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  • Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
  • Osteopathic Medical School
  • Pomona, CA
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?


What was the stress level of the interview?

8 out of 10

How you think you did?

4 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

7 out of 10


How long was the interview?

35 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)?

"Why medicine? Why DO? Why not PT? What were you favorite college courses? How do I know you're responsible? When have you been responsible amongst your family? (yeah...really)" Report Response | I was asked this question too

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

"How will you deal with not being able to travel? How will you deal with difficult things you see in the hospitals? Question about AIDS/Cancer. What research experience do you have? Explain the Wada Test. " Report Response | I was asked this question too

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

"What have you learned from your travels? Also more questions about the physician I shadowed (a Western grad) and probably heaps of others I've forgotten." Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most interesting question?

"If you had to choose between funding HIV and Cancer Research, how would you make that decision?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most difficult question?

"see above" Report Response | I was asked this question too

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN, read the school's website" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"the campus feel of the school; the enthusiasm of the tour guides; the morning presentation was really well done; the PBS video was interesting" Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Wi-fi isn't quite operational just yet, one of the fellow interviewers wouldn't stop talking...about her MCAT, her MCAT scores...tacky, the fact that we ate lunch in a lecture room, balancing with those awful side-desk things" Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"that my interviewers had it in for me" Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I had already been accepted elsewhere and had a big trip planned the following day, so I wasn't as enthusiastic as I probably should have been going to the interview. However, I really did like what I saw especially during the morning presentations. You get the feeling that the school is really well-established in the area and they've got a good program. I'm not terribly excited by the inland empire (hot, dry weather or air-quality) but you figure it's close enough to a lot of other, more interesting things. My interview itself was, as I've seen described here before, a stress interview. I can't actually remember all of the questions, because they kind of came at me rapid fire. My interviewers (who were described as a ''tough crowd'' by the tour guides I saw afterward) weren't very ''nice'' listeners. I didn't get many encouraging nods or even the idea that they were satisfied by my answers. I do understand that it's an interview and they're not there to mollycoddle you, but I didn't feel they were ''just trying to get to know me''. I'd say, be prepared to get the difficult questions you read about on here, because another interviewee I saw got asked the ''would you turn your addicted colleague'' question so they seem to recycle the same questions. I wondered if they thought I had been lying on my applications as they asked me a lot of questions that were directly on my application (such as motivations for pursuing's one of the essays for god sakes!). Also I'd say don't be afraid to ask for clarification, because even though they seemed to expect me to be spot-on with my answers and explanations, my interviewers could be a bit rambling in their questions, so that by the end of the soliloquy I wasn't quite sure how many questions they'd asked. Overall, very UN-fun. But I do like the school..." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?


How did the tourguide seem?


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?

< $100

Where did you stay?

Friends or family

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?


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

8 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

9 out of 10

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

6 out of 10

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