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Western/COMP Discussion Thread 2011-2012

Discussion in 'Osteopathic School-Specific Discussions' started by Cheshyre, Apr 21, 2011.

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  1. hopefulCC

    hopefulCC 5+ Year Member

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    Just stopping by to wish you all good luck! Western U is an amazing school, if you get an interview invite- definitely make sure to check it out!
    Regarding Pomona, it's really not that bad. I live about 2-3 mins away from campus and it's totally fine. Like a previous poster stated, don't go looking for trouble and it won't find you. :)

    Also, remember that for the interview(s) it's ok to take a minute to formulate your thoughts. They'd rather hear coherent thoughts than a string of displaced and rehearsed lines.

    Lastly, before you start medical school (whether it's at Western U or not) make sure to REALLY REALLY REALLY enjoy your summer. Any attempt to "prepare and study ahead" will be futile.
     
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  3. n3xa

    n3xa "the anchor" 7+ Year Member

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    So ixnay on the ISAC?
     
  4. hopefulCC

    hopefulCC 5+ Year Member

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    If you don't do ISAC you're not at a disadvantage. Those who did ISAC enjoyed it, but honestly I was thankful that I made the most out of that summer. Spend it with family, friends, significant other, etc because once school starts you'll hardly have time to make a 15 minute phone call.

    When I said, "any attempt to prepare and study ahead will be futile" I meant it as in studying a gross anatomy book on your own. :)
     
  5. sixnotes

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    This is helpful. I stayed at the Comfort Inn in Pomona and walked to school and back for the the interview. I never felt unsafe. It just didn't feel like much to write home about. I am sure there are more interesting areas, but I didn't have a car or time to explore so I didn't get to see them. Any other thoughts on the area. I'm pretty sure I'll love the school, should I get accepted, but I need someone to sell me on the area.
     
  6. IDFsoldierboy

    IDFsoldierboy 2+ Year Member

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    Interview invite for mid November!!!
     
  7. gboy8523

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    hello!
    I was wondering who else had 11/2 interviews.
    You see, i was wondering if I should stay an extra few hours or an extra night if people were wanting to chill after the interviews.
     
  8. drgioiadds

    drgioiadds DDS c/o 2002; DO c/o 2016 5+ Year Member

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    Just withdrew my application. Should be an interview opening up at the end of october. Can't remember the exact date but I had a Saturday interview.
     
  9. engin33ring

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    Just submitted my secondary. How long will it take to know if I get an interview?
     
  10. dblue10

    dblue10 7+ Year Member

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    I just found out that this secondary was (sort of?) due after two weeks of receiving the email. On their website, I've seen two weeks, ten days, ,"secondary applications will be accepted until February," and something about having a delay in processing. Anyone have any experience/insight with this? This was one of my top choices...sigh.
     
  11. n3xa

    n3xa "the anchor" 7+ Year Member

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    Y U no online portal to see adcom decision before snail mail arrives?!
     
  12. SFO-IST

    SFO-IST 7+ Year Member

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    It's better to send it in within the time they ask for but if you're over, i'd still send it in.
     
  13. akatigerj

    akatigerj 2+ Year Member

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    adcoms met on thursday, we should be gettin' mail soon ya'll
     
  14. n3xa

    n3xa "the anchor" 7+ Year Member

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    :scared:
     
  15. AustinLAS

    AustinLAS Class of 2016 2+ Year Member

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    Just canceled my interview for October 22nd. Good luck everyone!
     
  16. mcp6g

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    Hey guys...so I just got a call from Western with the interview, but it's really soon....as in this Thursday soon because of a cancellation. To that effect, just curious if you (or anyone that has been through it) could let me know what to expect with the MMI. From what I have read, researched, etc., more traditional MMI formats (see UCLA) are much longer and have maybe 10 stations, while this, according to my confirm email, has 2 stations. What did you guys see/get in these? Thanks so much, and good luck everyone! (ps SDN....time to update emoticons....these were around I think when Al Gore invented the internet)
     
  17. IDFsoldierboy

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    They make u sign confidentiality agreements u won't reveal anything (specific questions) but they are generally ethical questions or role-play I have heard some schools hire actors to see how u act when u haven't rehearsed some big speech on why you are better than everyone else best advice is to remain calm ask questions about the situation and know a thing or 2 on healthcare and how u might change it that's the best way to be prepared....I have a full length MMI in 3 weeks and western mid nov just gotta stay relaxed
     
  18. mcp6g

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    Thanks man....appreciate it. Best of luck on everything you got....and if your full-length is at UCLA, then I hate you....kidding, but I am jealous
     
  19. IDFsoldierboy

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    Haha I wish UCLA they wouldn't even give me a secondary!
     
  20. n3xa

    n3xa "the anchor" 7+ Year Member

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    Take a deep breath, use the entire time given to read what's on the card and think of what you want to say/do, and try to relax. :)
     
  21. IDFsoldierboy

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    lol just remember that anything we might get is way easier than what they used to do...my dad told me when he interviewed him for med school a school nailed a window shut and asked him to open it to see how he acted when frustrated he told me of other nasty things committees used to do...he said another 1 schools used to do is leave the room as soon as you walked in and make you wait then call the phone in the room and see if you pick it up hahaha
     
  22. n3xa

    n3xa "the anchor" 7+ Year Member

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    Snail mail, anyone?
     
  23. wilg0013

    wilg0013 2+ Year Member

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    Nothing for me yet (in CA). I won't get the mail today until 6ish so I have my fingers crossed for this afternoon! :xf:
     
  24. agsDO

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    Question for those who've already interviewed:

    What time did the day actually start? Is it IMPERATIVE to arrive at 7:30 AM?
    What time did the day end?
     
  25. sixnotes

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    It began in your seats at 7:30am. Actual interviews are around 8 or 8:30am. I think we were done around 1:30pm. Definitely don't be late and make sure you have your parking situated well in advance.
     
  26. hataap

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  27. Deadpool786

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    Congratulations!! I just got a voicemail from them regarding my application. What are the available dates for interview? Thanks is advance.
     
  28. n3xa

    n3xa "the anchor" 7+ Year Member

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    Yeah, dont be the interviewee who's bumming change from the rest of the group at 7:30 am cause you didn't see the "need 8 quarters for the parking lot permit" part of the memo.
     
  29. help2

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    Do you have to pay this on Saturdays? The info they gave us said it was free...
     
  30. n3xa

    n3xa "the anchor" 7+ Year Member

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    I interviewed on a Thursday and had to pay. I thought I saw that the weekends are free, but look again in the II email.
     
  31. swtmoonlght

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    +1. I missed the call, too. Can't wait to call them tomorrow!
     
  32. hataap

    hataap 7+ Year Member

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    early nov.

    hope to see you there!
     
    Last edited: Oct 4, 2011
  33. sunshine 3

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    yesterday they said that Nov 5th opened up as an interview date.
     
  34. swtmoonlght

    swtmoonlght 5+ Year Member

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    Yup I just confirmed mine for Nov 5th!
     
  35. LJFMR2

    LJFMR2 Undergraduate

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    Nov. 19th interview! What a relief!
     
  36. DOrock11

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    me too!! It's my birthday too sooo I better get in! haha
    So this schools seems like its one of the best DO schools, can someone tell me about the school? there's not that much info about it on their website. I am really interested in mission work so I am wondering if they have that available. Also, what is Pomona like? Thanks!!!
     
  37. zoomzoom123

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    Why does this forum exist if you're not going to read any of it?!
     
  38. zoomzoom123

    zoomzoom123 2+ Year Member

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    fyi: 4256 applications, 607 interviewed, 442 accepted, 221 enrolled.
     
  39. SFO-IST

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    We had our monthly town hall meeting today where students ask questions to our dean and some guy mentioned this post and asked about the rotation sites at Arrowhead. According to the dean, "Arrowhead is ours." Apparently, in any given month we have over 100 students at Arrowhead and 30 or so at the Riverside med center. He said that even if UCR got it's funding from California, their class would be so small as to barely register a blip at Arrowhead. He then followed up with saying that not only are we solid on rotations throughout the LA area (ie, not just Arrowhead but also others where you get more hands on training), we've got too many and we're getting rid of some based on student reviews. Hope this helps!
     
  40. timeofthedecade

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    Interviewed at the Lebanon campus last Saturday! It was such a fantastic group of people. Were any of you there?

    This school has easily the most welcoming, friendly, intelligent-but-not-cocky atmosphere of any I've seen so far. Both the teachers and the students were so kind. And the anatomy lab! Oh, man, I think I could easily spend hours in it. I really want to get in! It's my first choice. :xf:

    Best of luck, everyone!
     
  41. IDFsoldierboy

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    thats definitely good to know!
     
  42. LawlasaurusRex

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    This is the thread for the Pomona campus, there's a separate thread for Lebanon. Check it out and drop by a hello!
     
  43. timeofthedecade

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    Okay, thanks! I was going off of ShyRem's list, and I didn't see anything listed there for Lebanon campus. Now that I'm actually looking in the right sub-forum, of course I've found it.

    Thanks for letting me know! :)
     
  44. liw002

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    interview on 11/5

    any suggestions on hotels? Thx
     
  45. engin33ring

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    Congrats on the interview, can't wait to hear back from them.

    I live in So cal and although Pomona isn't one of the dangerous parts of LA, it isn't one of the nicest cities either. I would probably recommend you venture out about 10-15 minutes to Montclair/Clairmont/Ontario area.

    Good luck with the interview. Let us know how it goes
     
  46. sixnotes

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    I flew into the ONT airport, took SuperShuttle to the Comfort Inn in Pomona, and walked the 1 mile to campus and back. I felt safe the whole time, but there wasn't much to see.. and I don't recommend walking that far in heels (ouch!). But if you have time and the means to see more of the area, I recommend doing so. I'm left to figure that part out virtually.
     
  47. sixnotes

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    Any acceptance letters out there yet? I'm stalking our mail person.
     
  48. n3xa

    n3xa "the anchor" 7+ Year Member

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    I peeked over at last year's thread and some people called the office, particularly those with other interview invites. I'm not sure I feel ok calling the office.

    30 more minutes til I can check my mail, but I would think CA people would get theirs first...
     
  49. chunt2

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    I just called admissions. They said the letters were going out either today or sometime early next week.
     
  50. ziprasidone1

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    That's so late... Interviews were weeks ago
     
  51. wilg0013

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    I e-mailed Robin about when decision letters will be sent out and she said we should be receiving the letter sometime next week. I was really hoping for good news this week. Oh well, one more week won't kill me!
     

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