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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?

Neutral

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?

45 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)?

"The interview was very relaxed and the interviewer just wanted to get to know me. One interesting thing, however, was that when he got to my MCAT scores and grades, he did something weird. He told me that my MCAT scores were only average for the school, when I know they are WAY above average (in the 30's). That struck me as being odd. Then he went on to say that he would have a hard time explaining to the admissions committee that my course work was acceptable because I hadn't taken prerequisites for almost a decade. I graduated from CU in 1996. But within the last two years, while working as a full-time hospital attorney, a part-time professor, and a part-time military magistarte, I completed 30 semester hours of prerequisites (a year each of chem, o chem, graduate-level biochem; and a semester of physiology and physics) with a gpa of 3.95. Then he told me that my MCAT scores were higher than his. Who cares? Like I said, it was weird..." Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Same as most difficult. There really wasn't too much to this interview." Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Think of a time when you had to make a decision that was lose-lose. What did you do? How did you decide?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"I have decided that I don't do as well if I prepare possible answers, so I just read my application a couple of times." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The facilities at the school are GREAT and the area immediately around the school is nice, too. The admission staff is friendly and helpful. The other students with whom I interviewed were very nice, smart, fun, and accomplished. I enjoyed spending the day with them." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"There is NO WAY that I could go to this school. I have NEVER seen polution like that. I like to run and do a lot outside and I'm serious when I say that I would buy a high quality mask to wear if I lived there. The street signs are all a grey-brown from the air polution, and there is trash along all streets and highways. I could not wait to get out of there. It's too bad, because I liked the school itself. Oh, well." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"The polution, the price of housing, and the overcrowding is completely intolerable for me. There is no way I could live there, even for two years." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I liked the school a lot. Everyone is used to different things. Southern California is great for a lot of people, but not for me. All of the comments about how the school is a dump and looks like a strip mall are inaccurate in my opinion. The campus is great. The facilities are great. The anatomy lab and classrooms are incredible. If you like Southern California, this is a great school to attend." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

09/17/2004

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