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

How did the interview impress you?


What was the stress level of the interview?

2 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)?

"How would you help your patients make health related decisions?" Report Response

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

"I was asked to decribe the time I decided to re-apply to medical school (It was the focus of my AACOMAS personal statement)" Report Response

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

"What qualities are important in a physician?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"How would you help your patients make health related decisions?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"How would you help your patients make health related decisions?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Praye, read this site, looked over AACOMAS and secondary applications, and looked over topics such as: American healthcare system, and stem cell research. (Both useless, all questions asked of my peers and me were based on applications)" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The students, we were able to meet w/a few post interview, and I instantly felt a genuine camraderie; they were the best (Our meeting them was NOT part of the interview/tour). The legendary Dr. Haight (Height, not Hate for those who will be interviewing soon) the hype is justified; the guy truly cares for the applicants, and tells us exactly what to expect during the admissions process." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"They didn't have Roast Beef sandwiches (only vegi, tuna, and turkey...doh!) Other than that, everything was cool. Yes, the campus is on a deserted Naval Base, but the building that are actually used by the students and the surrounding areas were well kept." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"That I should've taken more than one damn pastry at the Best Western during the complimentary breakfast; 'cause it's the only thing I had in me until the end of the 1:00 P.M. So have a decent breakfast." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I live in the local area, and still recommend staying at the Best Western, you get to meet the other applicants, and get to meet Dr. Haight around 0900. You then hop in the shuttle which takes you to the Mare Island campus. I asked Dr. Haight if I could follow in my car 'cause I wanted to stick around post-interview and ask the students their thoughts on the school; and he was cool w/it. Looking around the campus was useless, we all interviewed for Las Vegas; it seems like that's the way it goes; all Vegas people together, and Mare Island people together. So, we didn't tour, and instead talked a bit w/ the dean of pre-clinical education. The good news is: The Vegas professors are experienced, and will NOT be teaching med students for the first time. Dr. Haight also got us all to introduce ourselves, prepping us for speaking in front of each other. Then came financial aid, med students borrow a LOT of money. Fortunately, if I'm short on cash, I can take some of the loan money and shoot dice. Finally, at 1200; the panel interview. I'd say it went well, just relax, speak slowly and pay attention to the other applicants' answers. After the interview, lunch arrives and Dr. Haight tells you when Admissions and standards meets to vote on your standing. He then tells you that the letters go out the next day, and offers email notification for those who request it (Highly recommended). Keep in mind that you should have a decision on Touro by the end of the interview day, 'cause the $2000.00 deposit is due in the admissions office two weeks after the letter is SENT! This means you only really have a week + or - a few days to decide when you factor in time spent in transit; coming and going. After that, everyone hops in the shuttle and goes back to the hotel (TUCOM interviewees get late checkout at 3:30 PM) I ended up going right back to the hotel 'cause the students had to spend the night there, and that's where I got to meet them. Overall, it was great, and I can't wait to go. " Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Admissions staff

General Info

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