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

9 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

9 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

10 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?

4

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 podiatry?" Report Response

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

"Besides location, why Samuel Merritt?" Report Response

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

"What do you look for in choosing a school?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Do you think that the MCAT is more based on knowledge or test-taking skills?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"List three things that a school must absolutely have or else you'd refuse to go there." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read the forums, the Samuel Merritt webpage, and had friends interview me for fun." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"I liked how we began the interview process by speaking to current students and residents to get more insights on the school. It made the interview day a bit more relaxing. Everyone was so encouraging and kind including the doctors, admissions staff, and dean. CSPM seems to have very strong clinical training. The podiatrists that teaches you in your second year surgical lecture are the ones who will train you during your third year rotation. The new dean really cares about doing w/e to make everyone strong podiatrists. Overall, I was very impressed!" Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The gym and library was a bit small compared to what I'm used to at a UC, but that's no big deal. " Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Traffic across the bay bridge is horrible all morning!" Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I think everyone who gets an interview invite should definitely come and check this place out. There's a nice new simulation lab that the school is going to start using more. Since the classes are small, we get our own cadavers to dissect and work with for the year. Basically, the training very well prepare you for your 4th year and residencies. " Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Admissions staff

How did the tourguide seem?

Enthusiastic

How do you rank the facilities?

7 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

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

12/03/2008

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?

10 out of 10

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

10 out of 10

How is the responsiveness of the admissions office?

10 out of 10

How is the friendliness of the admissions office?

10 out of 10

How eco-friendly are the school's application materials and interview process?

8 out of 10

What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

"Instead of having four separate interviews, they should combine the first two and last two since the" Report Response

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