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  • Touro University California College of Osteopathic Medicine Mare Island
  • Osteopathic Medical School
  • Vallejo, CA
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?


What was the stress level of the interview?

6 out of 10


How long was the interview?

60+ minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?


What was the style of the interview?

In a group

What type of interview was it?

Open file

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 1)?

"What made you want to be a DO? Elaborate on your shadowing experiences." Report Response | I was asked this question too

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 2)?

"How do you deal with stress?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 3)?

"I can't remember anymore, I think that was it. One person was asked to describe the differences between eastern/alternative therapies, and how they related to Osteopathic medicine (he had experience in these areas though)" Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most interesting question?

"Do you think as an English major you will be at a disadvantage, or the flip side, do you think it offers an advantage over other students? I think this is a bit tricky since there are other students in the room, and I don't want to start criticizing science majors in comparison to my own." Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most difficult question?

"How do you deal with stress? (I guess- I don't think I got any difficult questions, though I think others in the room did.). One girl was asked what other schools she had applied to and if she would prefer MD over DO. They also asked the same person to name a major problem in medicine today." Report Response | I was asked this question too

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read SDN, my application, mock interviews, reviewed typical interview questions" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"I was actually impressed by the campus. I was expecting "deserted military base" to mean cold, sterile buildings on a barren, windswept island. I found the initial parts of the island to be a bit run-down, but the area where the campus was located was historical and stately, but modern inside. The campus area was rennovated, and I thought the buildings were attractive. The campus is surrounded by green lawns, trees, and the bay- I think it was very attractive, and actually is the selling point for me for the school- when we were outside it was so quiet, you could only hear the sound of the sprinklers. I thought it was really peaceful. You can also live on the island and walk less than a block to class. There are no security issues because it is a small community and the island has a security check-point to enter. Just my opinion though. " Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The library was a bit small." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Don't use the admissions office address on mapquest. You will end up in the suburbs of Vallejo, on some tiny, one-way, winding street with the same name. " Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Long morning listening to the admissions director, and then the interviews come in the afternoon. It's like a lot of waiting and then a big rush. I thought it was a bit tedious listening to advice from the director on how to do an interview. It made it a bit more stressful because it felt like he was giving a lot of last minute dos and don'ts- it just seemed like more pressure. I think the group interview was a little bit more stressful going in, because you are marched up to the interview room together, and everyone is pretty tense. I was hoping I wouldn't be asked the first question. During the interview I relaxed a lot though, because I had time to listen to what other people were saying. It seemed less interrogation-style than one on one. It is hard though because you need to "sell yourself" with only a few questions. I think the deposit is harsh, and it makes me think twice about the administrative policy at TUORO, but it definitely does not mean they are a worse med school. I am more concerned about the quality of education I will recieve at med school than the fees I have to pay to accept my deposit. I think that I would love to go to school there. The students were really enthusiastic about the school, and that made me want to go there. " Report Response

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