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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?

2 out of 10

How you think you did?

10 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

7 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 medicine?" Report Response

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

"Why DO?" Report Response

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

"Why COMP? - questions were all really straight-forward. I prepared for some ethical questions but I did not get any. If you want to interview well, say more than they ask you. This is your chance to shine, take the opportunity." Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"I noticed you have an MD program listed in your application, how do you reconcile that with the fact that you are applying to DO school?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"My interest in DO stems from the fact that my scores are lower than average for MD and the more I researched DO the more I felt it matched my personal philosophy/ideology of what medicine should be." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN, reviewed my application, read my primary and secondary essays." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The admissions staff was really nice. The classrooms are state of the art, the anatomy lab was amazing, the new curriculum (which seems to be having amazing results on board scores). I was accepted yesterday. Some stats for those inclined: MCAT 27, GPA 3.4. I was impressed they did a background check on me, suggesting they weren't merely obsessed with scores. I like that they have a really good opportunity to spread out your clinical rotations at a lot of hospitals. I also was impresed by the match lists available on their website for previous years. I am not sure how Western ranks (it supposedly has high averages and entrance requirements) with other DO schools but I definitely prefer it over Touro and the mid-west schools. " Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The appearance of the building (looks like a high school). There is a block of antique stores adjacent to the school which is completely useless to someone going to school there. I was not thrilled about the Pomona/suburban location. It was test time so we could not attend classes. Also the students were really stressed and tried to discourage attending medical school.. Why is there no on-campus food available? Students need to eat! When I asked the tour guides what there was to do around the area, they pretty much laughed. a) you have no time b) there is nothing except D&B 30 min away. " Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"They research you ahead of time. The interviewer asked me about every hit he had apparently found via google. Luckily, all the sites that came back were academic. Lunch is provided, so is water from the bookstore." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"It was sterile. Both lacked humor and were not personable. One person was asking questions while the other looked like he'd rather be anywhere but there. He took off his shoe and stretched/yawned in the middle, looking absolutely bored. I tried to be friendly, but they responded with more droning. I had to take initiative on my own to tell them about myself, they did not ask many probing questions." 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?

7+ hours

What was your primary mode of travel?

Automobile

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

< $100

Where did you stay?

Friends or family

How would you rate the hotel?

9 out of 10

Would you recommend the hotel?

yes

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

11/16/2005

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

9 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

6 out of 10

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

7 out of 10

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