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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?

2012

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

No

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

Not applicable

What was your MCAT score?

509

What was your undergrad GPA?

3.7

What was your undergrad science GPA?

3,4

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

90210

What is your race/ethnic background?

Other/Multiracial

Overall, how would you rate this medical program?

No Response

What do you like most about this school?

"Located in northern California." Report Response

What do you like least about this school?

"The poor education and the incompetence of the administration." Report Response

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

No Response

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

No Response

Please provide any other general comments on your school

No Response

Cost/Financial Aid

Are fees/tuition expensive?

No Response

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

2 out of 10

Are many institutional scholarships/grants available?

No Response

Is institutional aid need-based or merit-based?

Need-based

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?

5-6 hours

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

"All labs are mandatory. Some lectures are mandatory." Report Response

Are courses recorded for medical students?

Video recording

How many days per week is anatomy lab?

1

How many students per cadaver?

3-4

How long (in months) do you have anatomy?

6 months

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

4 out of 10

Are standardized patients used?

yes

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

3 out of 10

Are syllabi provided for the student?

no

What books are necessary?

No Response

What books are unnecessary?

No Response

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

"The curriculum is not adequate to prepare students for practice in any field of medicine." Report Response

Faculty/Grades

Are faculty members very open to students during office hours?

2 out of 10

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

1 out of 10

How is the instructional faculty during pre-clinical years?

"With a few exceptions, faculty are terrible." Report Response

How is the instructional faculty during clinical years?

"With a few exceptions, rotations have zero educational value." Report Response

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

2 out of 10

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

1 out of 10

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

"Numeric." Report Response

What is the grading scale used during clinical years?

"Numeric." 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?

No Response

Is desired rotation order easy to obtain?

No Response

Are the elective rotations easy to obtain?

No Response

Is there substantial hands-on experience for medical students?

No Response

Are the rotation sites conveniently accessible for medical students?

No Response

What responsibility do med students have on the wards?

No Response

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

No Response

How far are the clinical sites from the main campus?

No Response

What is the typical patient population medical students work with?

No Response

Location & Housing

How do you feel about the location of the school?

7 out of 10

Do you feel safe on campus?

4 out of 10

How available and convenient is public transportation?

3 out of 10

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

All years

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

3 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.)?

No 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 nearby off-campus housing available?

yes

How expensive is nearby off-campus housing?

3 out of 10

Social Environment

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

1 out of 10

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

No Response

How would you rank student involvement in extracurricular clubs?

2 out of 10

What is the range of extracurricular clubs available?

1 out of 10

Is the student body cooperative or competitive?

6 out of 10

Is the environment supportive for underrepresented minorities?

No Response

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

1 out of 10

Is the environment supportive for students with disabilities?

No Response

Is the environment supportive for married students?

No Response

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

No Response

Post Graduation

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

"Horribly." Report Response

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

"The school is known for the low quality of its graduates." Report Response

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

"They should never consider a Touro CA graduate for any position." Report Response

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