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  • California School of Podiatric Medicine at Samuel Merritt University
  • Podiatry School
  • Oakland
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?


What was the stress level of the interview?

3 out of 10

How you think you did?

8 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

9 out of 10


How long was the interview?

20 minutes

How many people interviewed you?


What was the style of the interview?


What type of interview was it?

Open file

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 1)?

"We see you have a lot of health care experience, but why podiatry (over other areas)?" Report Response

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

"Do you think you have enough podiatry experience to make an informed decision to pursue a career in it?" Report Response

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

"Why should we choose you?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"What did you think of the MCAT?...Do you think it tests more for knowledge or test-taking skills?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN, school's website" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"almost everything because what I had read on here did not seem to coincide with what I had learned at the interview...small class size, clinicals start during second year (HUGE), the faculty that teaches in the classroom is the same that teaches in the lab, nice campus, great location, the school appeared to do everything possible to keep their students instead of being "survival of the fittest" " Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"school in in san fran; however, there seemed to be ample modes of transportation between the two loations, on-campus housing is dorm-style, classes are not taped but there is a blackboard for notes " Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"the school is very misrepresented on SDN. it is a great school in a great location!" Report Response

What are your general comments?

"long day...met at st. mary's medical center, toured the medical center and the clinic across the street, met some second and third year students, faculty interview (very laid back), had lunch with two students at a mexican restaurant, traveled to oakland and met with financial aid, basic sciences interview (a little more interrogative), quick tour of samuel merrit campus, travel back to st. mary's." Report Response

Tour and Travel

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?


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


What airport did you use?


Where did you stay?


How would you rate the hotel?

5 out of 10

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?

Greenwich Inn

Would you recommend the hotel?


General Info

On what date did the interview take place?


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?

8 out of 10

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

8 out of 10

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