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  • LIJ School of Medicine at Hofstra University
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Hempstead
Individual Feedback 1 24 Responses
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Response # Responders
Positively 20
Negatively 3
No change 1

What was the stress level of the interview?

Response Avg # Responders
3.54 24

0 = low, 10 = high

How you think you did?

Response Avg # Responders
6.58 24

0 = low, 10 = high

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

Response Avg # Responders
7.04 24

0 = low, 10 = high
Questions

How long was the interview?

Response # Responders
5 minutes 0
10 minutes 1
15 minutes 0
20 minutes 0
25 minutes 0
30 minutes 4
35 minutes 8
40 minutes 2
45 minutes 2
50 minutes 2
55 minutes 0
60+ minutes 4

Where did the interview take place?

Response # Responders
At the school 23
At a regional location 0
At another location 0

What was the style of the interview?

Response # Responders
One-on-one 23
In a group 0

What type of interview was it?

Response # Responders
Open file 21
Closed file 2

How many people interviewed you?

Response Average # Responders
2.52 23

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 1)?

"Why Hofstra? Why do you want to live here? ("I thought everyone from California wanted to stay in California")" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why I would want to leave my home state for Long Island" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about XYZ (AMCAS activities)." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to go to hofstra" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to be a doctor?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Explain your GPA slump" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me your thoughts on Obama care." More from this Member | Report Response

"What was your high school GPA? Why didn't you do as well in undergrad?" More from this Member | Report Response

"tell me about (specific event in personal statement)?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Biggest Weakness" More from this Member | Report Response

"Asked me about some B's that I received in my sophomore year." More from this Member | Report Response

"Ever have to lie" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why did you choose to go out of state for college?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is the best idea you have had?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What makes you a good fit for the new curriculum?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about an ethical dilema you faced in your life? How did you handle it?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Why medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why Hofstra? Do you think you will do well with our curriculum?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your research" More from this Member | Report Response

"What other schools are you interviewing at?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you think you will learn well with our style of curriculum?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about a challenge you overcame" More from this Member | Report Response

"Explain bad grade." More from this Member | Report Response

"What were your SAT scores? That's great, why didn't you do as well in undergrad?" More from this Member | Report Response

"where do you see yourself in 10 years?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Strength" More from this Member | Report Response

"Who is your hero?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How did I adjust to being back in America after being abroad for a long time." More from this Member | Report Response

"Asked about healthcare reform" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why did you pick your research?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Were you ever involved with any direct planning of programs?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you like about the curriculum?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What was the biggest challenge you have overcome in your life?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How have your parents (they are doctors) affected your decision to become a doctor?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Describe a time where you were trying to do the right thing but came out seeming like a bad guy." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why didn't you re-take the MCATS?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why would you attend hofstra?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What specialty do you want to do?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What sort of research do you do?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you do for fun?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Explain X grade, explain Y grade, explain Z grade. Interviewer would not let up on conversation regarding grades." More from this Member | Report Response

"explain this bad grade" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is the best idea you've ever had?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is one time where you had to work with someone who disagreed with you or was difficult and how did you manage?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you know what the curriculum here emphasizes?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself." More from this Member | Report Response

"What area of medicine are you interested in?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Scenarios: 1) Patient who wants an abortion 2) Patient at end stages of life and partner wants to pull the plug and kids dont. what do you do?" More from this Member | Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Specific experiences--tell me about that?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you think you'd attend Hofstra if you got in?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Worst day of your life?" More from this Member | Report Response

"I see you've done so many ECs, so then, who is the real you? What's your mission/passion in life?" More from this Member | Report Response

"where do you see yourself in 10 years?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about a challenge with an ethical dilema?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What would you do if someone in a group project falsified data?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is the best idea you have had?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How would your best friend describe you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What challenges may arise with the new curriculum?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What course throughout university did you enjoy most?" More from this Member | Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"The ethical MMI questions" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about a time where you had difficulty working with others. How did you handle it?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about a time when you demonstrated your ability to make a decision in a high pressure situation while acting as a leader." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you think your project is worthwhile?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Thoughts on healthcare system today." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about a time when your opinion wasn't welcome and what did you do about it." More from this Member | Report Response

"explain this bad grade. Most of the interview was conversational though." More from this Member | Report Response

"What is the best idea you've ever had?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe a situation in which you showed leadership." More from this Member | Report Response

"Question about my B's because I didn't have a tragdy or something happen." More from this Member | Report Response

"Did I ever have to lie" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is the best idea you have had?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you wish you would have done better in your life?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why should we choose you for the inaugural class?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How will your religous studies (I am Jewish) affect they way you treat patients" More from this Member | Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Mock MMI, reviewing application, reading Hofstra website" More from this Member | Report Response

"Sdn, mock interviews, etc." More from this Member | Report Response

"Read SDN page and school website" More from this Member | Report Response

"I read over my application more than a few times and really made sure that I could speak at great length about anything an interviewer could ask me about. Additionally, I researched the school quite extensively, read the student manual, and spent an hour chatting with an MS4 over the phone." More from this Member | Report Response

"Read SDN, reviewed my application, looked at the website" More from this Member | Report Response

"Practice interviews and read questions." More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN and Hofstra's website" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, school website, reviewing answers for common interview questions" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, schools website" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN and website" More from this Member | Report Response

"Prepared answers for standard questions and reviewed the school's curriculum/philosophy." More from this Member | Report Response

"Went over the curriculum, pre-answered some common questions" More from this Member | Report Response

"Looked at SDN" More from this Member | Report Response

"Studied the website and prepared for interview questions." More from this Member | Report Response

"Research the school, practice" More from this Member | Report Response

"Mock interviews." More from this Member | Report Response

"reviewed my application, reviewed current topics in healthcare reform, heavily reviewed the school's website" More from this Member | Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The passion about the unique curriculum. The amount of clinical exposure. The Step 1 performance. The responsiveness of the administration to student feedback. The diversity of the patients because serves Queens." More from this Member | Report Response

"Curriculum and school culture blew me away without a doubt. Ended up really seeing myself there" More from this Member | Report Response

"The facilities were really nice -- the anatomy lab especially was modern and high-tech!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Everyone I met at Hofstra, from faculty to students, truly loved the school. The curriculum is modern, impressive, and well thought out. You get clinical exposure starting week 1, and (what I love best) much of your learning is self-guided and in teams. Look up the PEARLS curriculum, and you can't but help be impressed. The ratio of faculty to students is ~5:1. That's a top tier ratio, and this school is looking to be an academic & clinical powerhouse in the next 10 years. They are a rising school, and, from the students that I met that they have recruited, they clearly are on the rise. On a final note, their student lounge was on point... and only students (and not faculty) have access, so it's a truly safe space to just hang." More from this Member | Report Response

"The new Cirriculum" More from this Member | Report Response

"The curriculum seems very innovative. All of the students were very happy to be there. The program seems to be a huge success re: board scores, medical community response to the students during residency applications." More from this Member | Report Response

"The admissions staff and curriculum." More from this Member | Report Response

"Everything. Especially the curriculum." More from this Member | Report Response

"Administration is very open and the curriculum has a lot of early patient exposure. Also, light breakfast was provided, which is always appreciated and doesn't happen at all schools." More from this Member | Report Response

"The new curriculum sounds very well thought out and unique. I liked the EMT training to start off with and the lots of early clinical experince. The school is brand new and beautiful. The faculty seemed really dedicated to making Hofstra a great school." More from this Member | Report Response

"The curriculum and energy of the admissions staff." More from this Member | Report Response

"facilities, friendliness of staff and students, curriculum" More from this Member | Report Response

"Very new and nice facilities. Students get ALOT of resources compared to other schools. Faculty and staff are very straightforward and clearly care about developing and excellent curriculum and atmosphere for their students.Many students chose Hofstra over other equally or better "standing" schools." More from this Member | Report Response

"New facilities, curriculum, and ample clinical exposure" More from this Member | Report Response

"New facilities, friendly staff, got to see a cadaver/mini anatomy lesson" More from this Member | Report Response

"The dean of the medical school came down to meet us." More from this Member | Report Response

"Amazing staff and resources" More from this Member | Report Response

"New facilities, nice staff." More from this Member | Report Response

"facilities, friendliness of staff," More from this Member | Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The location (!!). Students described not always feeling like they knew how well they are doing in courses and wish there was more feedback (there are very few assessments). The way that everything is a drive away. The sense that the school wasn't very motivated by a social mission/serving the underserved (staffs uses terms like "illegal immigrants" instead of "undocumented," ect) which was surprising because they brag about learning from the diverse population of Queens." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing at all" More from this Member | Report Response

"The lack of structure of the curriculum (no textbooks, students need to find their own resources for classes, etc)" More from this Member | Report Response

"The students mentioned that the neighborhood is kind of a dead zone for nightlife. That being said, you're a half hour away from the beach. I would trade a day at the beach for a hundred nights in a club." More from this Member | Report Response

"They seemed to do GOod cop/bad cop and one interviewer was extremely aggressive" More from this Member | Report Response

"I had 2 interviews - a "good cop, bad cop". I was asked where else I was interviewing, which I found distasteful. My "bad cop" interviewer made some inappropriate comments relating to something in my personal statement. I also did not like that they had someone from the admissions office come with the group on our tour. The med student who was giving the tour could not be honest with someone from admissions standing right there the whole time. I disliked that students do not have a true anatomy lab experience. Med students do not get to do dissections, instructors dissect everything for you." More from this Member | Report Response

"I really got the impression there was a big drinking culture." More from this Member | Report Response

"A lot of wasted time." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing. Everything was great." More from this Member | Report Response

"Students seemed nervous about the way medicine is taught (very little formal schooling, a lot of self-directed learning). There is a requirement to have a car here, administration made that very clear and not everyone may be enthusiastic about that. Also, admissions gave the illusion that most people would hear back in March when the reality is that accepted people will hear before then and only waitlist and rejected applicants will hear back in March (true, that IS the majority, but applicants were told that not getting an immediate acceptance didn't mean no acceptance at all, which wasn't the case)." More from this Member | Report Response

"not much" More from this Member | Report Response

"Small medical school building, and distance from hospitals." More from this Member | Report Response

"location isn't ideal" More from this Member | Report Response

"Students had not taken boards yet so no actual metric to see if the curriculum works or not." More from this Member | Report Response

"It is a new school, so the students are like Guinea pigs, extra curricular activities are not fully developed, and everything else that comes along with a new school" More from this Member | Report Response

"Distance to clinical learning center from main campus" More from this Member | Report Response

"This was a very long interview." More from this Member | Report Response

"N/A" More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing" More from this Member | Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"The MMI is right in the beginning which was very nice" More from this Member | Report Response

"Expect curveball questions where you have to give examples of how you struggle on a team, etc." More from this Member | Report Response

"I wish the the special video they should us during the interview was available on their youtube channel. It made me tear up. It was fantastically done." More from this Member | Report Response

"Show up at least 30 minutes prior to the listed "arrive time." that's actually the start time." More from this Member | Report Response

"Bring a book." More from this Member | Report Response

"Which interviewer was open file which was closed file." More from this Member | Report Response

"The interviews were right after the dean's talk. Maybe it was just my interview experience but it seemed like a good cop, bad cop situation. Also, your interviewer can go past the time allotted (of course my "bad cop" was the one who grilled me way past the time). Mine went way over and once I got back to the group they were in the middle of the next presentation." More from this Member | Report Response

"theres a bus trip in the middle of the day to the simulation center (40 mins round trip) but the simulation center is really awesome" More from this Member | Report Response

"Interviewer's names" More from this Member | Report Response

"The weather forecast" More from this Member | Report Response

"All the ins and outs of the curriculum" More from this Member | Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I really liked the idea of the school (clinical experience, unique curriculum, normal-seeming students) but was very disappointed by the location" More from this Member | Report Response

"Super positive experience here. Hofstra definitely seems like a school invested to their students' success and their curriculum approach is definitely very unqiue!" More from this Member | Report Response

"I would be ecstatic if I went to Hofstra next year. Can't say enough positive things about the curriculum and the students." More from this Member | Report Response

"A great school, i left much more impressed than i was when i started." More from this Member | Report Response

"Absolutely loved Hofstra. Very excited about their curriculum and the students seem very happy." More from this Member | Report Response

"Lots of questions up in the air for the students about their future at such a new place but overall it seems like administration cares about their success." More from this Member | Report Response

"Was a great interview day, very relaxed and fun." More from this Member | Report Response

"Great school, my #1 choice. REALLY want to be a part of optimizing a new medical school curriculum." More from this Member | Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Response # Responders
Student 14
Faculty member 0
Admissions staff 9
Other 0

How did the tourguide seem?

Response # Responders
Enthusiastic 21
Neutral 1
Discouraging 0

How do you rank the facilities?

Response Avg # Responders
8.09 23

0 = low, 10 = high

What is your in-state status?

Response # Responders
In state 10
Out of state 10

What was your total time spent traveling?

Response # Responders
0-1 hour 8
2-3 hours 1
4-6 hours 4
7+ hours 7

What was your primary mode of travel?

Response # Responders
Airplane 6
Automobile 7
Train or subway 4
Other 1

About how much did you spend on room, food, and travel?

Response # Responders
< $100 10
$101-$200 1
$201-$300 1
$301-$400 0
$401-$500 2
$501+ 2

What airport did you use?

LGA

JFK

LaGuardia

Where did you stay?

Response # Responders
At school facility 0
With students at the school 0
Friends or family 4
Hotel 5
Home 8
Other 1

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?

General Info

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

Response Avg # Responders
7.33 24

0 = low, 10 = high

What is your ranking of this school's location?

Response Avg # Responders
4.96 24

0 = low, 10 = high

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

Response Avg # Responders
4.92 24

0 = low, 10 = high

How is the responsiveness of the admissions office?

Response Avg # Responders
7.67 24

0 = low, 10 = high

How is the friendliness of the admissions office?

Response Avg # Responders
8.29 24

0 = low, 10 = high

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

Response Avg # Responders
6.71 24

0 = low, 10 = high

What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

"I wish I could have learned more about student programs. I think they spent a lot of time diving into the minutia of the curriculum but I wanted to learn more about what it was like to live in the area and student happiness. I was disappointed by the sense that the school was not very interested in the mission of serving the underserved/social justice ("we aren't here to solve the primary care crisis")" More from this Member | Report Response

"Don't imply that we can email and you want to be as open as possible about the process and where we are ranked and then give vague responses when we email you. Don't do the good cop/bad cop interview" More from this Member | Report Response

"None really, everyone was great!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Don't give the illusion that most people will hear back in March when the reality is that accepted people will hear before then and only waitlist and rejected applicants will hear back in March (true, that is the majority, but applicants were told that not getting an immediate acceptance didn't mean no acceptance at all, which wasn't the case)." More from this Member | Report Response

"Don't keep us waiting so long post interview. Interview day was great." More from this Member | Report Response

"Not much, just a very hectic interview day" More from this Member | Report Response

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