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  • Touro University California College of Osteopathic Medicine Mare Island
  • Osteopathic Medical School
  • Vallejo
General Info

What graduating class are you in?

2017

Are you pursuing any joint degrees (MD/PhD, MD/MPH, etc.)?

DO/MPH

Are you considered in-state or out-of-state for tuition purposes?

in-state

What was your biology MCAT score?

14

What was your MCAT score?

524

What was your physics MCAT score?

14

What was your verbal MCAT score?

14

What was your undergrad GPA?

3.9

What was your undergrad science GPA?

3.9

What was the zip code of your residence in high school?

91108

What is your race/ethnic background?

Caucasian

Overall, how would you rate this medical program?

10 out of 10

What do you like most about this school?

"Beautiful campus, great classmates, MPH program makes the MPH very easy to obtain. Even though medical school is difficult, I believe they prepared me to succeed on match day. The program is wonderful." Report Response

What do you like least about this school?

"Administration needs to do more for the facilities plain and simple. Also, you're in Cali things are more expensive than other parts of the US." Report Response

What is the reputation of the school in the medical community?

10 out of 10

What is the reputation of the research that goes on at this school?

8 out of 10

Please provide any other general comments on your school

"Professors and students DO publish research, quite often. The administration does do a lot for students, but as you can see the posts below are very old and things have changed since then." Report Response

Cost/Financial Aid

Are fees/tuition expensive?

5 out of 10

How is the cost of living (rent, food, bills, etc.)?

2 out of 10

Are many institutional scholarships/grants available?

8 out of 10

Is institutional aid need-based or merit-based?

Both

Curriculum

How is the curriculum structured?

Systems-based

How many courses are taken at a given time?

4

How long are you typically in class per day?

4-5 hours

How frequently do pre-clinical medical school activities have mandatory attendance?

"Not often" Report Response

Are courses recorded for medical students?

Video recording

Are courses recorded for medical students?

Powerpoint slides provided only

How many days per week is anatomy lab?

2

How many students per cadaver?

5-6

How long (in months) do you have anatomy?

9 months

Is the curriculum lecture-centric or small-group centric?

5 out of 10

Are standardized patients used?

yes

How much patient interaction is there in the pre-clinical years?

5 out of 10

Are syllabi provided for the student?

yes

What books are necessary?

"Lots of the books are shared between students or are at the library so you don't have to buy them (and might save some money) but I used most of my books." Report Response

What books are unnecessary?

"Very few nowadays" Report Response

Is the curriculum designed to promote a specialty? If so, which specialty?

"Primary care, but it's not like shoved down your throat or anything." Report Response

Faculty/Grades

Are faculty members very open to students during office hours?

10 out of 10

Are faculty members very available to students via email/message board?

10 out of 10

How is the instructional faculty during pre-clinical years?

"I thought the faculty was great and they always seemed to really care about how all of us were doing inside and outside of the classroom." Report Response

How is the instructional faculty during clinical years?

"It depends on which rotation site you go to, but I have always had good or great instructional faculty." Report Response

Are there many opportunities to shadow/work with clinical faculty?

8 out of 10

Are the faculty willing to mentor students in regards to career guidance?

8 out of 10

What is the grading scale used during pre-clinical years?

"Typical grading scale out of a 4.0" Report Response

What is the grading scale used during clinical years?

"0-100" Report Response

Is the class ranked?

yes

Clinical Rotations

How are clinical rotations scheduled? What are the required rotations?

No Response

Are the desired rotation sites easy to obtain?

5 out of 10

Is desired rotation order easy to obtain?

5 out of 10

Are the elective rotations easy to obtain?

5 out of 10

Is there substantial hands-on experience for medical students?

7 out of 10

Are the rotation sites conveniently accessible for medical students?

8 out of 10

What responsibility do med students have on the wards?

"Depends on your preceptor but for the most part" Report Response

What is the status/condition of the affiliated hospital(s)?

"All of the hospitals are in good or excellent condition. They generally have good funding as well." Report Response

How far are the clinical sites from the main campus?

5 out of 10

What is the typical patient population medical students work with?

"Depends, also why I was hesitant to say how far the clinical sites were from campus. The Touro network has hospitals across the country. TU Cal has most in Northern California, but you can do all year in PA or NY. Also you can do elective rotations outside the country as a part of their global health program." Report Response

Location & Housing

How do you feel about the location of the school?

10 out of 10

Do you feel safe on campus?

10 out of 10

How available and convenient is public transportation?

9 out of 10

Is a car necessary at any point during your education here?

Clinical years

If a car is required for education, how available and convenient is the parking provided to students?

8 out of 10

Is on-campus housing available?

no

What is the quality of available on-campus housing?

5 out of 10

Please describe the on-campus housing if available (i.e., cost, type - studios, 1-br, 2-br, etc.)?

"N/a but many students live on the island in houses" Report Response

What percentage of your medical school classmates would you estimate live on campus, if on-campus housing is available?

5 out of 10

Is couples housing available?

yes

Is nearby off-campus housing available?

yes

How expensive is nearby off-campus housing?

10 out of 10

Social Environment

Do students do a lot of activities outside of school together?

10 out of 10

What do the students typically like to do in the area?

"There's a lot to do indoors and outdoors. My personal favorites were visiting SF, Napa, and hiking." Report Response

How would you rank student involvement in extracurricular clubs?

10 out of 10

What is the range of extracurricular clubs available?

10 out of 10

Is the student body cooperative or competitive?

10 out of 10

Is the environment supportive for underrepresented minorities?

10 out of 10

Is the environment supportive for lesbian/gay/bisexual/transsexual students?

8 out of 10

Is the environment supportive for students with disabilities?

10 out of 10

Is the environment supportive for married students?

10 out of 10

Is the environment supportive for older/non-traditional students?

10 out of 10

Post Graduation

How do graduates from this school fare in residency and clinical practice?

"They do really well. I think that having to find some preceptors during our clinical years better prepares us to find and apply for residencies." Report Response

Is this school known for producing physicians strong in a certain area? If so, which area?

"Primary care" Report Response

What do you believe residency directors think about graduates from this program?

"Residency directors know this is a good program and we produce good physicians." Report Response

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