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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?

4 out of 10

How you think you did?

7 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

5 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?

2

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)?

"Why osteopathic medicine? " Report Response

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

"Why western?" Report Response

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

"See most difficult and interesting questions." Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"How does column chromatography work?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Describe a position in which you had too many things to do at the same time - what was the result, and how did you handle it?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read my file, went over the interview feedback, that was basically it. " Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The admissions office staff were very helpful and friendly. " Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"This school is in my own state, but I would be reluctant to ever attend here. It has one of the highest attrition rates of all medical schools in the country, some of the lowest board passing rates ever (below national average), lack of modern facilities (the campus is horribly ugly), and too many classes that the students have to take it; it is like overload taking 8 classes in one semester - which is probably why a lot of them end up failing Biochemistry, or remediating. They can't even repeat one class, they have to repeat the entire year. The residencies aren't that impressive either. Sure, I want to stay in California, but not if it means getting a residency at a small osteopathic hospital (like most of their graduates)." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"What a lack of facilities the school has. I can't believe a bar is right in the middle of two of the school buildings. Also, the tour was so limited - couldn't even see the library, the OMM lab, and a couple other places. What a tour; we stepped in for 10 seconds into the student lounge, and for 1 minute in the classroom. None of the students that were not associated with the tour guide even bothered to say 'Hi' - basically, that means no one talked to us. That's not a tour at all. We had one hell of a cocky tour guide as well - who wears sunglasses while giving a tour guide?! Also, one of the admins told us "we don't teach students for the boards" and "competition is good, we make it rough the first semester so we know who wants to do medicine and who doesn't." That's one of the most retarded statements ever. This isn't the caribbeans - US schools do all that they can to keep students, not drop them like flies. It has always been said the biggest hurdle about medicine is getting into medical school. Apparently at COMP, this doesn't seem to be the case." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"The interview was strange. I liked the doctor, he was pretty cool. He even put down his clipboard when I was talking; I guess he just wanted to listen to me. The research guy was weird. He wasn't even dressed appropriately - he had no suit, light blue jeans, a dark blue shirt, really long hair, and sunglasses. What is it with sunglasses here? I am from LA and no one wears sunglasses around here. The research guy asked me a retarded question about column chromatography. I don't know if he was trying to see if I had actually done my research, even though I submitted a letter of rec from my PI. He also didn't like my long, complicated answer - he wanted a very simple answer about purification." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

How did the tourguide seem?

Neutral

How do you rank the facilities?

4 out of 10

What is your in-state status?

In state

What was your total time spent traveling?

0-1 hour

What was your primary mode of travel?

Automobile

About how much did you spend on room, food, and travel?

< $100

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

03/01/2005

How do you rank this school among other schools to which you've applied?

5 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

8 out of 10

What is your ranking of this area's cultural life?

10 out of 10

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