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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?

Negatively

What was the stress level of the interview?

2 out of 10

How you think you did?

6 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

3 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

25 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)?

"Explain your line of reasoning from medicine, to osteopathic medicine, to this school" Report Response

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

"How did you like [sic] get your expertise in spanish?" Report Response

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

"What do you think about this thing with Terri Schiavo. Its a medical thing but its also a ethical and religious thing." Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"none were interesting" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"sdn" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"--seems to be a good amount of clinical contact built in to first and second years --has option of Northwest track for 3rd and 4th year rotations, possible Seattle and Portland locations" Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"1. interviewer-a D.O. , didn't introduce himself as anything, wore sneakers,used the word "like", and made little to no eye contact. 2. a curriculum that is constantly revised from one year to the next- indication that it is probably getting better, but is not that well established. " Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"during the tour you go to the presidents office and see where the board of trustees meet (why I don't know, classic board room from a decade ago). Althought the pres was not there we were given a pamphlet "the physician humanist." THE SCHOOL NEEDS TO FIND CLINICIANS TO INTERVIEW THAT UPHOLD THIS IDEAL OF A HUMANIST. I GOT THE ANTITHESIS OF A HUMANIST." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I had read negative feedback about the school from sdn logs, but kept an open mind. The facilities are not top notch (no wireless, not best system for downloading lectures) but still adequate. Students I talked to were friendly and seemed satifisied with the opportunities presented to them to become a doctor. However the my sneaker-clad, introverted interviewer, (I found out his name and that he was a D.O. after my interview by asking admissions staff) only made eye contact with me at the end of the interview when I asked him questions, which were partially answered. During the interview he made no eye contact, gave me no indication of whether or not he was listening to my answers and seemed to rush my answer to the next question while constantly flipping through my file which he HAD NOT SPENT MORE THAN TWO MINUTES READING. eg. Did you do any research? Oh, you didn't catch my year-long thesis that has been published. Thanks for your time." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

How did the tourguide seem?

Enthusiastic

How do you rank the facilities?

3 out of 10

What is your in-state status?

Out of state

What was your total time spent traveling?

4-6 hours

What was your primary mode of travel?

Airplane

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

$401-$500

What airport did you use?

LAX

Where did you stay?

Hotel

How would you rate the hotel?

6 out of 10

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?

Claremont Inn

Would you recommend the hotel?

yes

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

03/24/2005

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

3 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

2 out of 10

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

8 out of 10

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