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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?

3 out of 10

How you think you did?

9 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

4 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)?

"Why do you want to be a doctor, and what made you choose DO? He noticed I had applied to a lot of schools, both DO and MD, and asked if I could go to any medical school I wanted to, what would it be and why? (this question made me nervous, since Western is not my first choice, but I answered honestly and it couldn't have mattered too much because I was accepted). " Report Response

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

"Tell me a little about your research (we didn't really talk about this for very long and he asked no follow up questions)." Report Response

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

"What do you do for fun, what books do you like, do you have questions for me, etc.? I felt the questions were standard, and I had read most of them on SDN already. " Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Three people need a liver. One is a 27 year old doctor, another is a 37 year old alcoholic and the third is a 57 year old doctor. Who do you choose and why?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"What is your view of medical marijuana? " Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read over my primary and secondary apps, read Western U website, SDN" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The attitude of the people at the school. Most everyone was friendly and nice. The interviewer I had completely put me at ease and I did not feel stressed out once the interview started. The new curriculum is nice, and fourth year clinicals you can go wherever you want (unfortuantely you are stuck anywhere from 45-60 min from campus for your third year clinicals). " Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The location. I am from the midwest and have been to So Cal before, so I knew what to expect. However, I would not be happy there with the weather, lack of seasons, and air pollution. Pomona is far from the ocean in my mind, and I know I would have trouble staying there for three or four years. Also, most students live at least 10 min away from campus and it seems like everyone drives. They do have some new on-campus housing, but it was pretty much full in early Oct. so it would be at least your second year before you could move in. " Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"That the shuttle would be late. If you stay at the Shilo Inn, and they tell you that scheduling a shuttle isn't necessary, DON'T BELIEVE THEM! Also, I thought I would get to meet the dean of the school. Apparently he stopped by when I was interviewing, so everyone else in the group got to meet him except me. " Report Response

What are your general comments?

"It was a great first interview. I was extremely nervous, but I didn't need to be. All the other interviewees were nice, and the students were nice. Everyone interviewed in the morning and got the stressful part over with. One student did say to us that the first year is highly competitive and he didn't feel that students shared materials or helped each other out, but none of the other students seemed to agree. I liked the school, just not the location, so I don't think I'll attend Western. " Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

How did the tourguide seem?

Enthusiastic

How do you rank the facilities?

7 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?

$101-$200

What airport did you use?

ONT

Where did you stay?

Hotel

How would you rate the hotel?

3 out of 10

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?

Shilo Inn

Would you recommend the hotel?

yes

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

10/07/2005

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

7 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

3 out of 10

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

3 out of 10

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