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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?

6 out of 10

How you think you did?

6 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

20 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?

3

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 did you end up choosing osteopathic medicine? Why do you want to come to Western? Did you apply to MD schools as well? Explain your research and volunteer activities." Report Response

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

"What are your strengths and weaknesses?" Report Response

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

"Were you happy with your MCAT scores? How do you explain your grades? (I told them that there's an upward trend, to which one interviewer interjected "NO THERE'S NOT!" There actually is, but since they didn't have a class-by-class list, they couldn't see that.)" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"All the questions were pretty basic. Why DO, why Western, what are your strengths and weaknesses." Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Think of a time when you had a lot of things on your plate. How did you handle that situation?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Mock interview, read SDN website, read Western website." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Great anatomy and OMT labs. Students were enthusiastic and friendly. The new curriculum seems better organize and more conducive to long-term learning." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"My interviewers were not that great. My interview started 10 minutes later than planned, which normally wouldn't be a big deal, but we had to finish by 10:30 so that I could go to the orientation. So because we started late, I basically had 10 minutes less to interview. In addition, I had 3 fairly intimidating interviewers (2 PhD, 1 DO) who did not make much eye contact during the interview. They were not very friendly or welcoming and even seemed a bit hostile at times. However, I later learned that that's just the way they are and one even had good things to say about me, so I guess it's not as bad as I thought." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

How did the tourguide seem?

Enthusiastic

How do you rank the facilities?

8 out of 10

What is your in-state status?

In state

What was your total time spent traveling?

2-3 hours

What was your primary mode of travel?

Automobile

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

$201-$300

What airport did you use?

ONT

Where did you stay?

Hotel

How would you rate the hotel?

4 out of 10

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?

Red Roof Inn, San Dimas

Would you recommend the hotel?

no

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

04/08/2005

What is your ranking of this school's location?

8 out of 10

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

8 out of 10

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