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  • Touro University California College of Osteopathic Medicine Mare Island
  • Osteopathic Medical School
  • Vallejo, CA
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?


What was the stress level of the interview?

5 out of 10

How you think you did?

9 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

8 out of 10


How long was the interview?

60+ minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?


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)?

"Please tell us about your experiences in Japan." Report Response | I was asked this question too

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

"What are the differences between Osteopathy in New Zealand and the US? " Report Response | I was asked this question too

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

"What did you like about being an anatomy TA? (and) Are you still interested in sports medicine?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most difficult question?

"I was asked a question comparing Osteopathy where I live (where Osteopaths aren't physicians-outside the US) to that in the US. Then I was asked where Chiropractics and PT fit into the scheme. I didn't really know what to say, so I just told them I couldn't properly answer the question. He seemed to be asking more out of curiousity than anything." Report Response | I was asked this question too

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN, school's website, review of my application" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"I was impressed by the student tour guide...she had a lot of good things to say about the school and didn't shy away from saying what she didn't like (school is a bit disorganized at times). Overall she was happy with her choice there. Anatomy lab seemed good too. Also, I liked the fact that the interviews were done in a group and open-file. This allowed them to ask specific questions about you that you were probably more prepared to answer (I felt). And with other applicants there, it took the focus off of me some. I felt pretty comfortable by the end of the hour. All of the staff seemed friendly and approachable. Also, there's a two-week turnaround on your application status. That's fantastic. " Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Mare Island isn't really that nice looking. Driving into the place is a little creepy. I think that things will start to look better though when the construction gets closer to being finished." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"that there is nothing in the way of coffee or food or anything on or near Mare Island. I drove up from SF without breakfast and hoped to pick something up nearby but had to go to the interview hungry (and sleepy! no coffee either!)" Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Overall I think I had a good interview. It was nice to have the other applicants there to mitigate my nervousness. I think they truly are interested in getting a better sense of who you are at the end of the interview. I didn't sense any bullying on the interviewers part. I left feeling really good about the whole experience." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?


How did the tourguide seem?


How do you rank the facilities?

9 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?


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?

2 out of 10

Would you recommend the hotel?


General Info

On what date did the interview take place?


What is your ranking of this school's location?

5 out of 10

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

4 out of 10

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