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  • Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
  • Osteopathic Medical School
  • Pomona
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

2 out of 10

How you think you did?

8 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

30 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?

1

What was the style of the interview?

One-on-one

What type of interview was it?

Open file

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

"Do you feel osteopathic medicine is more a science or a philosophy?" Report Response

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

"If you were the head of the NIH and had $10 to spend, would you put it towards HIV/AIDS or diabetes research?" Report Response

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

"Would you ever refuse treatment to an illegal alien?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"If you were the head of the NIH and had $10 million at your disposal would put the money towards HIV/AIDS research or diabetes research? (money could only go towards one or the other)" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"If you were a physician working at a hospital near the Mexican border and were overwelmed by illegal immigrants coming to you for medical care, would you ever refuse any of them treatment?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN site,Gevitz the DO's,read over AACOMAS and secondary app, and most importantly went in with a good attitude." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The really nice facilities on the inside of the buildings, friendliness of the students, quality of the program, very solid network of rotation sites, great residency opportunities, and located in an area with alot to offer." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The unattractiveness of the surrounding neighborhoods and the fact that the school is a renovated strip mall. Also that many students commute from different areas so the sense of community isn't all there. The tuition is pretty steep, but I guess that's expected from any private medical school." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"That the students would be so friendly and helpful, not to mention the fact that they all highly endorse COMP." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"The interview day was well planned and I was done by about 100 pm. I had the first interview at 9 am which was very relaxed and conversational. During the other interviews I sat in on a biochem class where I talked with many students and really got a good perspective of the program. The financial aid and cirriculum presentations were informative and the campus tour was brief but hit all of the hotspots. When they showed us the OMT lab, we walked in on about 20 students with their shirts off. That was hilarious. Overall I liked Western but I am not yet sure if I want to live in Southern California. Plus, I have nothing to compare it to. Once I interview at a few more schools, I'll have a better feeling about whether I would attend Western or not. The bottom line is that this school will give you a great medical education with almost limitless residency opportunities. It just depends on whether you are willing to commute to a school located in a shady part of town. Also make sure you want to live in Southern California...it's not for everybody. " Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

09/14/2004

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