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"What do you think of living in a different country"
"What are two values/characteristics that you think a physician should have?"
"What was shadowing so-and-so like?"
"What do you think is your greatest weakness?"
"I lived on the neighboring island, so we talked about island life for a while."
"Why do you want to be a doctor, Why do you want to go to Ross? The usual."
"Tell me about yourself and why you want to go to medical school."
"What was your most difficult class?"
"Tell me about your background and your family"
"how did my clinical expirience contribute to my drsire to pursue medicine"
"Why medicine? Why now?"
"How did you hear about Ross? What do you think of Ross?"
"It was a game of 50 questions. I felt like I was getting drilled on all my life experiences-good and bad, my qualifications, and my reasons for choosing the school. "
"How would your friends describe you? Why medicine? ...typical questions"
"What would you change about yourself?"
"Tell me about yourself/family."
"1. Why Ross 2. Why Medical School 3. Talk about your volunteer work. 4. How were you involved in the community and your school?"
"Talk about your strengths and weaknesses."
"What does your family think about going to school in the Caribbean?"
"Why did you drop (BLANK) class? (Make sure to answer well and before they do, specify what you did to replace that class; i.e. you retook the same course or one similar to it)"
"List 2 things, non-medical related, that are unique features about yourself?"
"What was the biggest challenge in your clinical internship?"
"Ur Mcat Experience?"
"Why Ross? What do you think about Dominica? How did you hear about Ross? Why Medicine? What are three traits a Doc should have?"
"How was your college experience?"
"How will you adapt to living in a 3rd world country?"
"Why medicine? Why Ross?"
"Tell me about your undergrad."
"Tell me about your research experience and clinica experience."
"What are your strength/weakness?"
"tell me about yourself and your family"
"Tell me about your family and background. How does your family feel about you going to Dominica? "
"Tell me about yourself and your family. Tell me about your volunteer work, research, and whatever else that needs some elaboration."
"What happened with my MCAT scores? Why so low compared to GPA?"
"what have you heard about dom-i-nee-ka? "
"what are your stengths/weaknesses?"
"Tell me a little about yourself."
"What would you say is your weakness?"
"tell me about your research"
"Tell me about your volunteer experience."
"Can you describe for me how you prepared for the MCAT?"
"What are your strengths?"
"Why do you want to become a physician?"
"What science and non science classes you liked and WHY. Which ones you didnt like."
"Who was your mentor/ what motivated you to look for a carear in medicine....something like that."
"Tell me about yourself? What was your experience at USC? How was your experience in th US as an immigrant?"
"Why do you want to become a doctor?"
"Why do u want to be a Doc? Tell me about your family? Can you explain your grades and your mcat scores?"
"Tell me about your family."
"How was your MCAT experience and questions about particular grades in classes. "
"why do you want to be a doc?"
"How do your parents fell about you moving to Dominica? "
"Tell me more about yourself!"
"What are your strengths / weaknesses?"
"Do you think that being out of school for these last few months put you at a disadvantage"
"Who is your role model?"
"How did I develop an interest in medicine?"
"One trait that you're proud of in yourself"
"Do you think your transcripts reflect your potiental ?"
"Which of your personal characteristics would help you in a medical profession?"
"Tell me about yourself."
"Why do you want to be a doctor? "
"Are you satisfied with your MCAT score? How do your parents feel about you going to medical school?"
"why medicine? any volunteer experience? research experience? why did you take so many classes? name one characteristic that describes you? what do your parents think about my career choice? she asked about me growing up in Africa and how that impacted my life. "
"Tell me about your family. Any healthcare workers?"
"Why were you kicked out of medical school? Explain exactly what happened. (I explained how I had changed also so this wouldn't happen again)."
"Why do you want to be a physician?"
"How does my family feel about my moving to Dominica? Are they supportive?"
"What do you do for fun/in your spare time?"
"Do you have any doctors in your family? If so, what do they think about your decision? "
"So, tell me about yourself."
"How will you be able to adapt to the island?"
"Why Medical School?"
"Tell about about your experience at _______(university or college)?"
"How did you feel being an older person going back to obtain your undergrad?"
"Why do you choose the undergrad institution that you did?"
"What are you positive qualities?"
"How well do you think you will handle the accelerated 16 months (basic sciences)in Dominica?"
"Tell me about your course work?"
"Since how long did you know you wanted to be in medicine?"
"Which subject would you recommend..."
"Why did you take Physics I at your undergraduate university and Physics II at another university?"
"Why do you want to be a doctor."
"When did you decide you wanted to be a doctor?"
"What professional organizations are you in?"
"Are you adaptable? (cite examples)"
"Tell me about yourself. Why do you want to be a doctor?"
"How would you adjust to life on Dominica"
"Why medicine? Do you feel that your transcript is reflective of your abilities?"
"How would you handle a patient that could not communicate in an emergency situation."
"why do you want to be a doctor"
"Why do you want to be a doctor? Why pursue a career in medicine?"
"Why do you want to be a doctor?"
"Why our school?"
"Talk about your research"
"I see that you have many shadowing experiences and some research experience. What did you gain from these of your experiences (overall)?"
"Tell me about your research."
"Tell me more about Activity X (he literally read my resume in front of me and asked about every activity)."
"Ethics: If you, as a doctor, made a mistake in treating a patient, but that mistake has been corrected and will NOT negatively impact the patient, would you notify the patient of that mistake?"
"Tell me about your research (talking to non-STEM)?"
"Ethical questions: You're a med student doing rounds at the hospital and another student comes in and you can smell alcohol on their breath... You are a doctor and when seeing one of your patients he/she asks you on a date... What are the issues that come to mind when considering how to respond to these situations?"
"Which clinical experience impacted you the most and why?"
"Why should Ross choose you over all other applicants?"
"How was your MCAT experience?"
"why medicine, my good qualities"
"Information about work. Which one is most significant?"
"Tell me about your MCAT score."
"If you caught a friend cheating on a test, what would you do? What/who is affected by this?"
"What quality would make you a good doctor?"
"Give a time when you have had to adapt to a situation such as adapting to life on the island."
"Strength/weakness, how they will affect you as a physician."
"Strengths and weaknesses"
"5. How were you involved in school actvities in highschool."
"What do you do for fun? Do you think that those activities will help you be a better physician?"
"Have you done research?"
"Do you have research experience?"
"What will you do if you misdose a patient? (I was asked another ethical question too)"
"Will you bring your family with you?"
"Has your family ever tried to dissuade you from being a physician?"
"How u intended to cope without ur family especially having a new baby?"
"Do your transcripts reflect you? How was the MCAT? How did you prepare for the MCAT? Which class did you struggle with most? Which class was most academically challenging for you? Do you feel your pre-med background has prepared your for med school?"
"If I were to ask one of your friends about you, what would he/she say?"
"What elements of your undergrade has prepared you for medicine?"
"Tell me about your medical experiences. Tell me about your research experiences. Tell me about your volunteer experiences."
"How about we talk about your personal essay. (yeah that was the question, there was an extremely long pause before realizing she wasn't going to expand or ask specifics)"
"What do you usually do in your spare time?"
"How did you hear about Ross and what do you know about the island?"
"How does your family feel about you moving to Dominica?"
"How do you release stress?"
"where do you see yourself in 10 yrs."
"Explain a C. What are your weaknesses?"
"How did your college prepare you for medical school?"
"Where do you see yourself in 10 years?"
"Do you think that your MCAT scores and your performance in school are a good reflection of you?"
"Why Ross? How do your family and/or significant other feel about you moving to Dominica?"
"give a personal teamwork experience"
"Have you thought about what specialty you would like to go into?"
"what are your strenghts and weaknesses?"
"Tell me about your extracurricular experience."
"Tell me about your clinical experience. "
"Can you describe for me your clinical experiences?"
"What was your favorite non-science and science class? Most difficult class?"
"What are some of the challenges you faced during your undergrad? How have these challenges shaped who you are today?"
"What other schools I have applied to? Their responses? if we don't take you then? "
"What qualities do you think a physician should have"
"Why Ross? Why you want to be a doctor? What you do for fun/to relieve stress?"
"There was a question about culture and diversity and if I had been around individuals of different cultures before."
"What was your MCAT experience? (I said disastrous but doesn't represent my true scientific capabilities, since I have patents at Caltech and near 800K in NIH and private grants,...)"
"What will you do differently during medical school to handle the work?"
"what do you like to do for fun? anything that i shall tell the admissions committee? "
"Tell me some things about yourself. What is your strongest characteristic? What is something you need to work on? "
"What qualities do you feel every physician should have and how have you demonstrated that you have these qualities?"
"why ross? tell me about your family. tell me about your undergrad experience."
"What are your strengths and weakness?"
"When did you realize you wanted to become a doctor?"
"Do you think a month is enough time to move yourself down to the island"
"Do you think your undergradute education has prepared you well enough for medical school?"
"How did I prepare for the MCAT? What did I do differently the second time?"
"What did you think your references said about you? "
"Can you pinpoint the time in your life- when you decided to become a physician? "
"How did you become interested in Ross University?"
"Was there ever a time you felt like a failure?"
"What are your strong and weak attributes? How do you manage stress?"
"Do the classes you took represent your interests? Do your grades reflect on your potential?"
"she kinda forced me to sign up for a seminar in Irvine, knowing that I am travelling from AZ. finally she said that I might get into the Jan semester."
"What happen when you dropped all of your classes in 2004? Recalled to active duty."
"Tell me about your clinical exposure to medicine."
"How did you transition to school/life when you first went to college?"
"What qualities should you look for in a physician? Why do you want to become a physician? ... but it was not worded that straightforwardly. It actually threw me off a bit and made me nervous."
"What are some qualities you believe a physician should possess?"
"Why do you want to become a doctor?"
"Are you satisfied with your MCAT score? Why/Why not?"
"Why did you select this school? "
"Why do you want to be a doctor."
"Do you think MCATs should reflect one's potential for medical school?"
"What have you done to affirm your decision?"
"What are you positive and negative qualities?"
"What are you doing right now in your job?"
"What are some of your positive and negative attributes?"
"What was your favorite subject in college?"
"Do my friends and family support my decision?"
"What are some of your negative qualities"
"what do you think about your undergrad. education? "
"Why do you think you scored so poorly on the MCAT?"
"Do you think your MCAT score reflects your potential?"
"What are your negatives?"
"Explain your personal statement and specifically your experience with illness."
""I see you did really well on the MCAT, how did you prepare for it?"
"What other schools did you apply to and have you heard from them?"
"list your clinical experiences"
"How did u learn about the school?"
"When did you decide you wanted to become a physician?"
"Tell me about your leadership qualities."
"What specialty would you choose?"
"Tell me about your volunteer/clinical experiences? "
"What will you do if you are not accepted?"
"If you could change one thing about medicine, what would it be?"
"Why was my verbal MCAT score so low"
"What would you do if you are not accepted?"
"Do you study individually or in groups? What role do you play, if in groups?"
"What population do you find most difficult to interact with? "
"and other basic questions"
"Where did you learn about Ross?"
"Are you applying to other medical schools? MD schools? How about DO schools? Any other Caribbean schools? Is this your first interview? If not, which school did you have an interview with?"
"Tell me about what happened with this redflag?"
"What's one quality about you that will make you a good doctor?"
"Ethics: If you discovered a patient has a terminal disease, would you postpone telling them or downplay the seriousness of the disease in an effort to bolster the patient's spirits?"
"What do you think you will miss the most/most difficult part of living in the islands?"
"How do you feel about your GPA? How do you feel about your MCAT scores?"
"Would you mind living in a 3rd world country?"
"What is one thing you would like to improve on?"
"how my family feel about going to ROSS"
"Tell me about yourself?"
"What has been your greatest academic challenge thus far?"
"If a friend was intoxicated while doing clinical rotations at a hospital, what would you do?"
"How do you deal with stress?"
"I volunteered information about why medicine, my experiences, my determination and passion to become a doctor, what specialty I'm interested in, etc. therefore the interviewer didn't have many questions for me...I answered them before he had the chance!"
"Talk about your research"
"6. What are your strength and weaknesses? 7. Why do you want to be a doctor?"
"What is the most pressing issue facing medical practitioners today?"
"Where do you see yourself in 10 years?"
"Name one quality that you have that will help you as a doctor?"
"Explain your research and clinical experience."
"Would you return to the military to practice medicine?"
"Would you consider re-taking the MCAT?"
"ur greatest achievement?"
"What is one thing you want the ad com to know about you? What are your strengths/weaknesses? What has been your greatest accomplishment (academic or non-academic)? What is your clinical experience?"
"Tell me about your hobbies."
"Tell me about your clinical and medical experiences? Pretty much listed most of the questions above."
"How will you adapt to life on the island? What are your values?"
"Do you think you'll be able to adjust to moving to the island?"
"How do you manage stress?"
"How do you stay motivated? "
"Do you feel prepared for a medical program?"
"How do you perform under pressure?"
"What do you like about Dominica? Why Ross? Why didn't you chose an American school - Be honest for this question as the interviewer knows that most of them go to Ross just because they have a bad gpa or a bad mcat and not because they want to stay on an island. I told him that I did bad on my verbal section in my MCAT and I think he was happy with my honest answer. I tried to explain a little on why I did bad on my verbal!"
"Why did you pick Ross?"
"How was your undergraduate experience? Tell me about your experience with the MCAT. Tell me about your research. Why did you choose your school to study your undergrad?"
"Where did you learn about Ross? Do you have any questions?"
"What has been a difficult time for you and how did you overcome it?"
"why is your mact so low? "
"How do you destress?"
"Why did you decide to get a master's degree in public health?"
"If you do not get into Ross, what will you do? if you still do not get into a med school in 5 years time then what?"
"Tell me about a stressful moment in your life and how you dealt with it."
"Tell me more about yourself. "
"Can you describe for me your strengths and weaknessÃ¢â‚¬â„¢?"
"Why do you want to be a physician?"
"What was your most difficult class? What was your favorite class?"
"abuout mu GPA and MCAT? most challenging course? why? what I want to tell admission committe about me? "
"What else do want the admissions committee to know about you"
"Discuss your clinical experience? What area of medicine you're interested in and why?"
"Where do you see yourself in 10 years? tell me more about your research? what would you do if you do not get into medical school? How many patents do you have? "
"what extra-curricular activities/volunteer work have you done? what organizations do you belong to?"
"Why medicine instead of X career? "
"Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Why Ross? Did your undergrad institution prepare you for application and matriculation into medical school?"
"tell me about your volunteer experiences (so vague, couldn't it be more specific like ''tell me about X''?)."
"Why do you want to be a doctor? Why do you want to go to Ross? Tell me abour MCAT experience? Tell me about your cinical/volunteer/extracurricular experiences?"
"Talk about your research, volunteer, work, ..."
"Do you have a mentor in the medical field, explain your relationship. "
"What's your favorite book"
"What are some postive and negative characteristics you possess"
"What were my favorite classes in college? Least favorite? "
"What are you going to do to ensure success in med school?"
"Tell me about your clinical experiences?"
"Do you have any questions for me?"
"Tell me about your clinical experiences."
"Tell me about your volunteer experiences."
"What made you pursue medicine?"
"What speciality are you likely to pursue? Why?"
"After earning a B.A. and M.A. in the Humanities, and taking a few years off, why medicine?"
"If you were to do college over again, would you do it the same? If not, what would you change?"
"How did you prepare for the mcat? What about healthcare do you not like? What are your strengths and weaknesses? (but not worded that straightforwardly)"
"What are some of your weaknesses?"
"Are you satified with your MCAT score?"
"Question about my extracurriculars, what did I do, what I learned?"
"What do your parents do for a living and what is their level of education? "
"What was the most interesting science course that you have taken? "
"Describe to me the hardships you've went through as described in your application. In addition, how have you dealt with those hardships?"
"What are your expectations of medical school?"
"How will you adjust to island life and what will your family have to say about it?"
"Tell me about your experience at Berkeley."
"What about Ross University made you decide to apply for admissions?"
"How did you hear about Ross?"
"Am I satisfied with my transcript record, and do my grades and MCAT reflect my ability as a med student?"
"If you were in front of the admissions committee right now, what else would you say to them"
"Is there anything that you want to tell the admissions committee in Dominica since they are not here to meet you?"
"How do you think you'll deal with Dominica?"
"How do you think you will score on the USMLE tests?"
"Describe to me a good doctor?"
"What was your favorite course?"
"What are your strengths and what could you improve?"
"What are you going to do with your family if you get accepted?"
"Why did you choose the undergraduate instituation that you did?"
"When did you decide to become a doctor?"
"will you be to handle the life at the island?"
"How would you adapt to island life?"
"Did you feel that you received an adequate education in your undergraduate institution?"
"How would you deal with the stress living on an island away from family and friends?"
"How did you learn about Ross?"
"Why Ross, and how do you think you will be able to handle island life."
"Do you feel that your academic record is a n accurate reflection of you/your abilities?"
"Hobbies, interests? Are your grades reflective of how you will do in medical school. "
"What was you favorite aspect of your clinical experience?"
"Describe the most stressful situation you've ever ecountered in your life and how you handled it."
"How did my undergrad. education prepared me for the medical shool"
"Are there any physicians in your family?"
"Tell me about your experiences. How will you be able to adjust to life on the Island of Dominica? Do you have any other questions for me?"
"How will you cope with the stress and time commitment of medical school on the island, with a wife at home?"
"Do you feel that your transcripts are a good reflection of you?"
"Ethical Question on homeopathic medicine"
"Can you give me some reasons why Ross should accept you? *Then my interviewer winked her eye*"
"What was this country like?"
"The ethics scenarios because it was more about my opinion and much more revealing about my character (not something that can really be prepped for). They say "there are no right or wrong answers," but they are looking for logical, well-thought out responses."
"If there is one thing you would like for me to tell the admission committee on your behalf, what would it be?"
"If you were to change one thing within the field of medicine, what would it be?"
"Explain how I was able to transform academically into a more successful student."
"How was it transitioning into an American school system?"
"DO YOU HAVE ANY QUESTION FOR ME"
"How does your family feel about you continuing your education?"
"I guess the drunk one."
"What do you attribute your high undergrad GPA to?"
"How would your family feel about you moving to Dominica?"
"What do I do to deal with stress?"
"Has anyone ever tried to discourage you from practicing medicine? "
"What three countries have ties to Dominica? (I wasn't expected to know... but he still asked me)"
"Day and month you got married?"
"What are the three characteristics required for a good physician?"
"How my uncle who is a doctor has handled an ethical issue?"
"Asked me something directly from my personal statement. Wanted me to elaborate on it."
"Pretend you are an attending physician at a hospital and you administered the wrong medication to one of your patients, how would you handle the situation?"
"Nothing in particular, all the typical questions."
"Nothing really interesting. The interviewer had a standardized list of questions to ask. Why Medicine, Why Ross U, medical experience, volunteer activities, research experience, strengths/weakness, leadership experience. All the goldies"
"''so anyone else in your family in medicine?'' when my app. clearly stated i'm the first to pursue college"
"If you catch a friend cheating in medical school; what would you do?"
"Are you a follower or leader?"
"If a friend was here what would they say about you"
"All the questions were expected.. '' What would you like to do after 10 years? '' To my answer, the interview also pointed out sarcastically that ''Do I not want to help the underserved'' and he said that everybody says that and he doubts all those people who say that. So, dont say that you want to help the underserved unless, you do not have anything else to say."
"None were really interesting"
"How would your friends describe you?"
"Nothing really. Everything was pretty general..."
"Well, I had to think of what are my 3 greatest strengths? I did kinda want to know why they ask me what schools I had applied to?"
"Did I regret studying my major in undergrad? I had no clue where the guy was going with this. What do you say to that? no of course not... "
"What is your fav. non-science course?"
"What field of medicine do you see yourself going into?"
"Are you an Eagles fan?"
"who do you look up to?"
"How well are you able to adapat and live by yourself"
"What was your favorite non-science class and science class. "
"Currently, what would you change in healthcare, if a problem does exist?"
"Are you married or in a relationship? If so, what does your spouse/partner think of your plans to attend Ross?"
"What issue in the field of medicine do you feel should require the most attention?"
"There was no any interesting question b/c that guy looked so bored and tired from his job"
"What kind of books do you read? Who is your favorite author?"
"She asked me that why would I go to medical school, since I have a very career as Director of R & D for major cancer center in the US? My answer was simple; I want to reach to my full potential and be able to become a neurosurgeon."
"Why do you feel you'll make a good physician?"
"Why MD instead of PhD?"
"Everything was in the Norm!!"
"Do you feel that you've given me an accurate representation of who you are as a person? Do you feel that you've told me enough about yourself to make a recommendation to the admissions committee? Or would you like to add something? [Towards the end of the interview, obviously]"
"He started off by asking what I did to relieve stress. "
"none. all were expected"
"Tell me about yourself and your family"
"Describe 3 characteristics of yourself!"
"With regards to adaptability to the culture & life in the caribbean, give an example of a new situation where you had to adapt and how you were able to overcome the circumstances. For this question, I gave a very non-traditional response, I had already discussed how I had visited India, and Pakistan and had familiarity with poverty and differences in culture, etc. But for this particular question, I answered by saying, the situation I encountered where I had to adapt was "
"Where do you see yourself in 10 years"
"What would you change about healthcare?"
"Am I better at the Physical Sciences or Biological Sciences and why?"
"What do you know about Dominica so far?"
"How do your friends feel about you choosing to pursue this career?"
"Tell me a bit about yourself."
"Nothing. Questions were unoriginal and all pertained to application. "
"Specific questions about my traveling"
"Nothing interesting. Most questions were about classes that were taken, GPA, MCAT score, research and clinic experience"
"NONE WERE INTERESTING. THEY WERE THE USUAL QUESTIONS"
"When did your desire to become a physician occur?"
"The entire interview was interesting mostly due to the rapport developed with the interviewer."
"What was your favorite and least favorite non-science and science class in college?"
"What is the most important aspect of healthcare that you would change?"
"Based on your answer concerning your grades, if you were in front of the committe right now, what would you say to them?"
"How would you adapt to a new island/moving away?"
"It is important both as a prospective student and physician to be adaptable. Are you adaptable? Give me an example from your experience that illustrates this. "
"How would you adjust to Island Life?"
"I understand there's a high level of competition at the University of Southern California. Can you explain that to me? Share with me one experience that reflects the competitiveness."
"What challenge, besides moving to a new location, will be your biggest challenge your first semester of medical school."
"What have you learnt from your experience so far that will help you in medical field?"
"How did you manage to get the same MCAT distribution twice?"
"How did you feel being an older person going back to obtain your undergrad?"
"What is a quality that I see in physicians that I would not want to have when I become an MD?"
"Who was your favorite professor in college and why"
"Why not become a mortician instead of a forensic pathologist?"
"Do you have any rehearsed questions to ask me?"
"None. The question were really basic and easy to answer."
"Have you had any experience with a doctor who didnt have a good bedside manner?"
""If you were infront of the admissions committe right now, what would you say to them to accept you?""
"Why I attended the college I did?"
"Why, at this point in your life do you want to become a doctor?"
"None really, all basic questions"
"With a family how do you think you will adjust to the Island?"
"how can you describe yourself? what qualities do you have?"
"What describes you in three words?"
"Looking back at your undergraduate institution, if you could do it all over again, would you attend the same school and why?"
"Which subject would you recommend a student to take before they enter med school?"
"No very interesting questions were asked. It was a casual conversation between two ordinary strangers trying to get to know each other. "
"None, really. All were pretty straight-forward and basic. No ethics-based questions or scenarios were given."
"Questions were routing...to get to know you, not to jolt you; e.g.,when did you decide to become a doctor, what specialty would you choose, what was your favorite clinical experience? "
"Did you look at the courses required to complete you basic sciences program? And if yes, which course are you most "stressed" about taking? "
"None stand out"
"Honestly, this is about as basic an interview as you're going to get. The interviewer literally had a prepared sheet of set questions that she just rattled off. No real curve balls here. The only questions that really couldn't be answered off your file and required a bit of thinking I listed in the "3 questions" section."
"How would my backgroung help me or affect me as a physician."
"I have had sort of an odd life so pretty much all my questions centered are going to be pretty specific to my file -- if you know who you are - you'll do fine. Don't lie, don't make excuses... Just be honest - they are really nice."
"What undergraduate class, that you have taken, do you think would be the most helpful to someone entering a medical career, regardless of the grade you earned?"
"If I had a cloned "brother" 4 years my junior and he was entering college as I was exiting college what piece of advice would I attempt to give him?"
"are your mcats reflective of your potential?"
"If I was an entering undergraduate student on the premed path, what class would you recommend to me?"
"How could you survive on an island?"
"The questions that derived from three medical ethics scenarios."
"What can I tell the admissions committee about why you will do well here?"
"What are your hobbies?"
"I don't recall."
"Tell me about yourself?"
"There weren't really any difficult questions... just normal interview questions and the ethical questions required a little more thought."
"What made you interested in medicine?"
"none really "
"No difficult questions. Very relaxed interview."
"None really, maybe your three greatest strengths and weaknesses?"
"Explain your bad year."
"Name a specific event in your life where you had to adapt to something new and challenging."
"How would you describe your academic career?"
"Do you have any questions... right after he had only asked me one question. It threw me off a bit but I managed just fine."
"List 3 weaknesses you have."
"What will be the biggest challenge for you in medicine?"
"some of the ethical issues I know and how I feel about them"
"Tell me about an ethical situation you have been in before. How did you deal with it?"
"Why didn`t you retake the course?"
"Tell me about your values."
"what else would you like to add about your self for your application review?"
"Nothing really, everything was straight forward."
"none; most were pretty standard"
"What is one exapmle where you have overcome adversity? (nonacademic)"
"Are your transcripts a reflection of you"
"No unexpected questions. But all the interviewers asks to explain a C. I never got a C in my life, so he told me that I was making his job difficult. So, make sure that if you have a C, you can explain it."
"Why did you pick Ross?"
"none....everything was expected thanx to sdn."
"ummm...i don't know. The interviewer was nice and laid back, and none of the questions were hard. I did get nervous and was stuck to me seat in the end because my interview was only 30 minutes! ARGH! "
"None really, because I pretty much had prepared for the questions. "
"do you have any more questions...after I asked about 10."
"Do you think your transcript is a reflection of how well you will do in Med School?"
"What is the biggest challenge physicians will be facing in the next 15-20 years?"
"Have you considered applying to DO school?"
"Why were mcat scores on the second one so low?"
"Same score on verbal the second time"
"Why did you get a C in your X class. "
"No difficult questions."
"Discuss a stressful situation you experienced recently and how you dealt with it."
"I felt none of the questions were difficult."
"Asked me why I got the grades I got...especially the very few courses in which I got C's."
"About my MCAT. I took it twice and got the same score."
"None, really. All the questions were basic"
"Why was your MCAT Experience? (Obviously I did not do well and did not think that MCAT represents my capabilities in science, since I have more than 20 publications and near 800K in NIH and private grant funding as well as 3 patents)"
"Why did you withdraw from a class?"
"What's the weakest part of your application and what would you do if your are not accepted?"
"Tell me more about your MCAT score and your grades!"
"nothing... EVERYTHING I was asked was on this website. "
"None were really difficult. Just be ready to talk about everything you wrote in your application. "
"for some reason, ''why do you want to be a doc'' always gets. i know why, just putting it into words is a bit difficult"
"Explain the grades on your transcript"
"Talk about your MCAT experience!"
"Do you think your grades show your potential?"
"What are your two greatest strengths/weaknesses"
"What would you change about healthcare?"
"to explain grades on my transcript"
"Was asked to expand on one of my extracurriculars which I didn't really enjoy. "
"Are you planning on retaking the mcat? (did they want me to! my mcat was high! confused me~) "
"no such thing"
"None were difficult."
"Why my grades didn't show my potential"
"What changes do you see taking place in the field of medicine? Or what would you change about medicine?"
"WHY ARE YOUR MCATS SO LOW."
"1.Give an exmaple of your adaptability. 2. How have your study habits changed since being your masters program? 3.Has working full time affected your studies?"
"None of the questions were particularly difficult because I put most of my effort into preparation."
"What has been your greatest challenge in life?"
"Why was I kicked out of medical school? (yeah...ouch!!)"
"If becoming a doctor was not an option, what else would you do?"
"What is the biggest difficulty you will face in medical school?"
"How can you prove that you are capable of completing this curriculum? "
"I told him that I enjoy various genres of music. He was into classic rock and began asking questions about that. No I wasn't ready for that one but handled it well."
"I understand that in the Asian communities there are cultural beliefs that undermine conventional medicine practices. Let's say you had a patient with terminal illness, but the family wishes you not to tell him/her. What would you do and how would you go by doing it? Would you tell the patient or keep quiet and respect the family's wishes?"
"Same as most interesting"
"What are your negative qualities?"
"What's the one thing you feel you need to work on in yourself?"
"What was your favorite subject in college?"
"What I would do if being and MD was not an option?"
"Explain your chemistry grades (I had a lot of C's)"
"Do you feel there are any flaws in your academic record?"
"Why happened your MCAT scores? and your grades?"
"How do you think your undergraduate school prepared you for medical school?"
"What did you think of Organic Chem?"
"What are the qualities you posess that will improve Ross' Campus?"
"Why I didn't do so well in Molecular and Cellular Biology? Answer: Because the teacher really was crazy"
"What is your best quality?"
"What was your most difficult class at College (I got a B in first semester organic)"
"What makes you want to become a doctor?"
"What are three words that would describe you?"
"Personalized question based upon my academic record."
"None. There was one question that I was asked that seemed to probe too deeply behind my motivations for becoming a doctor. It just seemed redundant."
"How will you handle the emotional stress of being away from your mom and spouse, while on island?"
"What quality do you have that you think would negatively impact your success in medical school?"
"What happend to my verbal MCAT score?"
"Explain your grades. (If you had a bad grade(s) like I did, be prepared to answer.)"
"None- they were all straightforward"
"Describe your personality"
"What scares you the most about Ross?"
"None were difficult. It was very VERY laid back"
"Did not prepare"
"Read interview feedbacks here, read recent Ross SDN posts, skimmed through Ross' website, watched their official YouTube videos, read all their official advertising emails, reviewed my resume and application essay"
"Reviewed my application."
"SDN interview feedback, SDN and ValueMD forums, looking over my application and resume"
"Reviewing my application."
"I reviewed my application material and some SDN interview forums."
"SDN, reading my application, reading the website"
"Practice interviews at school and reviewed some of the basic questions."
"SDN, Value-MD, Ross website"
"SDN, ValueMD, wrote out the responses for most of the questions"
"ROSS WEB FAQ, SDN, SPOKE WITH PHYSICIANS, RED MY APPS OVER AND OVER, WATCH YOUTUBE VIDEO"
"SDN, school's website and application"
"Reviewed SDN, read application, reviewed Ross website."
"SDN, PS, Resume"
"SDN, read over my application, went over their website"
"read some questions listed online by other interviewees, went over my application."
"Read over my application."
"SDN, talked out loud to myself during the two hour drive to the interview."
"SDN, Ross website, blogs"
"SDN, mock interview"
"Reviewed SDN, application, and read books."
"Student Doctor Network, Ross website & FAQ, bounced questions off of friends, read "The Medical School Interview: Secrets and a System for Success", attended multiple seminars and was very familiar with the school, re-read application and personal statement for possible surprise topics."
"SDN, Ross application, & Ross website"
"Absolutely nothing. I did not even review my applicaiton."
"SDN, ValueMD, re-read my personal statement"
"Sdn and ross website"
"Reviewed: SDN, Value MD, Ross website, AACOMAS application, Facebook, Resume, Wrote out Qs for myself and Qs I wanted to ask Ross, Friends asked me Qs, attended a Ross info session and spoke to a current Ross student. Had a 1/2 cup of coffee! =D"
"SDN, ValueMD, mock interviews"
"SDN, prepped for the most common questions, re-read app. The interview was basically a verbalization of my AMCAS application."
"SDN, reviewed application, researched about island/history, reviewed Ross website, mock interview"
"SDN feedback, valuemd"
"snd, mock interview, reviewed application "
"SDN, ValueMD, my own interview questions, going over AMCAS app, Ross app"
"I surfed google and got the questions from there and I did actually try to answer all of those questions before the interview. SDN also helped me a lot."
"SDN, AMCAS application, all secondary essays"
"sdn, read over personal statement, went through the rossu website, read over papers i wrote about my research and health care issues"
"SDN (thank you!!! The past interview feedbacks are so helpful!!!), read over my personal statement, resume, and health care issues."
"ValueMD, SDN, asking fellow applicants"
"sdn, value md, ross website, researched dominica, typed out a list of questions, prepared answers for why ross, why med school, and why low mcat score "
"SDN, went through application, went through the website"
"VMD, Ross site, reviewing my app."
"SDN, Ross website"
"sdn website, ross website, valuemd website"
"SDN, ValueMD. ROSS school website. "
"Ross Open House in Chicago, Website, Island Med Student.com, Wrote down questions/answers, Reviewed my research data, I have had experience from interviewing for jobs with medical universities in the Chicago area. "
"This website and the Ross website."
"sdn, sdc, vmd, my application and PS"
"SDN, ValueMD, transcripts, Ross Website, Personal Statement, Application"
"This website-SDN. The best, all the questions asked are posted here!!!"
"SDN, School website, mock interview, Info from internet, valuemd, looked at application"
"Read this website and talk to my colleagues."
"Used studentdoctor.com, visited www.rossmed.edu, and spoke with a ross student."
"Mock interview at my University, SDN, Ross website."
"SDN, google, my cousin, other ppl who went on medical school interviews!"
"SDN, my application, schools website. "
"Pfeizer Interview Guide, SDN, ValueMD, Read Medical Journals, Practiced by writing out answers"
"sdn, this website"
"I was very well prepared for the interview ; SDN definitely prepared me for the questions, I also looked over my application and the Ross website."
"the schools website, SDN networ, application"
"SDN interview feedback. I made a list of all the questions that were asked that the other students mentioned on this website, and then went through them one by one, and answered them, typed up the answers in bullet point format, and then had my husband interview every morning during breakfast. He would ask me questions randomly from the list. I also used the list that I had created for the questions from the feed back from SGU, but they were different questions. Pretty much the questions I prepared for were the questions I was asked. SDN rocks! Thanks all for providing your feedback!!"
"SDN, ValueMD forums, school website"
"SDN, their website, application"
"this website, read over application/transcript/essays/resume, practiced answering questions"
"Student doctor, mock interviews, reading tips on behavioural interviews, read current events, ethical issues"
"Read SDN feedback ( VERY HELPFUL ) "
"Learn about the school, the program, went to their seminar in ny. "
"Mock interview. Read interview book. Researched island information as well as school information. Researched current medical events. Familarized myself with my application."
"Looked at my application and this website"
"SDN. GOOGLED A BUNCH OF QUESTIONS TO GET SOME INPUT AS TO WHAT TO SAY."
"This site and reviewing my application."
"SDN, Ross, and ValueMD websites in addition to MSAR. Review submitted essays and personal statement(s)."
"SDN, Read over application, mock interview with friend, prepare bullet point answers for common questions, Ross website"
"Read SDN, ValueMD.com, Ross med's website."
"Reviewed SDN, Ross website, Ross information session"
"I looked at other responses on studentdcotor.net and I practiced with my family. I also went over my application and made it my goal to let my interviewer know information they did not currently know about me."
"Ross website, SDN Interview Feedback, Mock Interview"
"Student-Doctor Network forum, gathered lists of interview questions of the net, skimmed a book on managed care, reviewed my application, practiced with a friend. "
"student doctor and a various interview prep books."
"ValueMD.com, StudentDoctor.net, Ross's website, monsterjob.com, friends"
"Typical research, sdn, experience interviewing"
"Read all the interview feedbacks on studentdoctor.net"
"Mock Interview, SDN"
"Research the Island, Ross University website, Practice interview questions, Learned about school history"
"School web site; reviewed my application and transcripts; had mock interviews with family anf friends."
"This website, valuemd, going over application and transcripts"
"SDN website, reviewed my app, personal statement, transcript"
"Ross University website, valuemd.com, studentdoctor.net, avirtualdominica.com"
"read up on school site, personal statement, academic transcript, forums"
"studentdoctor.net, Ross web-site, personal statement, reviewed transcripts, attended open house "
"Ross website, pamphlets, this site. valuemd site"
"Ross website, pamphlets, this website"
"Just read alot of books on ethics and medicine, alot of Sir William Osler, and prayed alot."
"Student Doctor and Ross website"
"This website, attended Ross open house, Ross website. "
"sdn, valuemed, college catalogue."
"Ross website, this site and Valuemd."
"Looked through this website, personal statement, school research, practiced."
"This website,talked to ross graduates,personal statement"
"This website. Ross Univ.'s website. College Advisors suggestions. Reviewed personal statements, resume, and transcipt."
"Looked over my transcripts and personal statement, did research on forums and other websites. Mock interviews by family and friends."
"Reviewed application and tried to relax :)"
"Website/informational packet, personal statement, practiced general interview questions in front of a mirror/audience"
"Read the website, watched a video the school puts out, read this website."
"Read school website and researched the island itself. "
"Read about the school and its statistics"
"Read posts on this forum and had a list of potential questions I found in another site, which were all useless for Ross interviews. No ethics or hypothetical situations."
"Read my file, looked over interview feedback; wasn't much need to prepare for it too extensively"
"attended information seminar about the school, read web site, did independent research on internet, spoke with graduates of the school."
"read rossmed website"
"Practiced "commonly asked" questions in front of a mirror. Wrote out some answers, and went over them with some friends."
"Reviewed my personal statement"
"My interviewer. She was very welcoming and treated me like a valued person. She introduced the three interview parts (medical ethics scenarios, personal experiences, Q&A) to me at the very beginning of the interview so I felt less nervous and less uncertain. Some scenario questions were challenging, and she allowed me some time to think when I requested. At the end of our interview, she informed me that it'd take about 4 weeks before I hear back from them, and she explained to me about the next application stages following the interview. She was very experienced, informative and warm."
"Friendliness of interviewer - openness in terms of wanting only students who can succeed to attend and suggesting for students who have US acceptances to stay in the US."
"The interviewer was friendly and had a good sense of humor and we seemed to agree on a lot of topics."
"The warmth of the interviewer and Admissions office. They were very nice, and I felt they valued me as a candidate and respected my hard work to pursue my dream."
"The laid back feel of the interview."
"The friendliness of the staff and interviewer, the happiness of the students coming in and out of the office, how nice the building was (Miami location)"
"The professionalism of the office and the responsiveness of all the administration."
"The interviewer was very nice and pleasant."
"The level of professionalism"
"THEY ARE WILLING TO WAIT TILL I SUBMIT MY LAST MCAT SCORE"
"Nice school, interviewer was pleasant and knew his stuff."
"Interviewer was very friendly and informative."
"The office building in Miami. It's really, really nice."
"The interview was very laid back, the interviewers were very positive."
"Interest of interviewer and sincerity. "
"The friendliness of the interviewer."
"Interviewer seemed like she was genually interested in what I had to say."
"Great residency placement in the US, high USMLE pass rates, financial aid available"
"How comfortable the interview was. We were both laughing."
"Interviewer was very easy to talk to."
"Everyone was so friendly... even the secretary who laughed when I told her I was lost in the 7000 Bldg. and laughed yet again when I was leaving and pulled the door instead of pushing...maybe that's what got me accepted :)"
"The mediator seems to want to give you every opportunity to validate your flaws, either in a grade or on the mcat."
"The interviewer seemed to know my file very well, he asked very specific questions, which was nice. He also knew a lot about the school and about the island, and was happy to answer my questions."
"The interviewer was very familiar with my file. Seemed to have been well prepared for the interview, unlike some of the postings of some other students who complained that the interviewer was not ready and seemed not to have read their files. Also it did not seem like a recruiting business to me, unlike few of the postings here. He told me their acceptance rate was 60%. He left me unsure of if I was going to be accepted. Another aspect that impressed me was that it took them 3 weeks to get back to me about their decision, unlike other schools that take months to get back to u."
"Staff was friendly. Had a conversation with each person I met on staff. Answered my questions to the best of their ability. Followed up with a request I made at the interview. Gave me some info to take home."
"The interviewer was very outgoing. He made sure that I felt relaxed and comfortable."
"Nice lobby, good atmosphere and building for interview. Interview started my interview early because I arrived early."
"The NJ office was very organized, The process was stress free. Ross tries to make sure your application is complete (unlike other medical schools who might leave you hanging on the vine, as long as they get their fee)."
"nothing unfortunately. i guess the fact the interview was so close to home."
"People are friendly, and everything is in order."
"how relaxed the interviewer made me feel during and even after the interview..in fact he told me that he will recommend me for admission to the committee "
"Interviewer was really friendly, easy to talk to"
"Interviewer was kind and easy to talk to. Technology level on the campus. Ability to secure a good residency."
"the interviewer was very friendly made me feel at ease"
"The interviewer was very humble. I never realized when 50 mins flew away. It was just like a normal conversation and he started by asking me what my parents did. His name was Kevin. Kevin hates late comers, so if u have him, be sure to be there on time!! The front desk receptionist was also very good."
"The high-tech campus"
"i was shown a video about the university and the interviewer gave me a copy of the video so i could show it to my family or friends."
"The video that was played showed how hi-tech the school is, and they seem to really care for the students."
"The interviewer's personality"
"the caribbean artwork in the home office "
"How friendly the interviewer was!"
"Really great admin. staff; very courteous and genial."
"The school's facilities seemed to be updated and the school really tries to take care of their students right away when they arrive on the island."
"the people were very nice and attentive"
"the interview person could represent the school well"
"The person at the front desk was very warm. The interviewer was very friendly and easy-going. "
"The professionalism of my interviewer."
"The supportiveness and enthusiasm of the staff. "
"The question and answer session assigned with the 4th year med student was really helpful. I liked how I was able to ask the 4th year all the questions I had and get a straight answer. Very informative and insightful. "
"The fact that Dominica doesn't have many much of night life...they strive to keep your head in the game"
"Everyone was VERY nice. The interviewer, and the rest of the staff. "
"The encouragement the interviewer gave in trying to make it a friendly-type conversation. The graduate students we spoke with were very honest in terms of what to expect on the Island of Dominica. The faculty seems aware that most of us would not have applied if we had options in the US. They presented their school in a fair and positive light. In general, everybody was very nice and friendly."
"Level of interest they expressed in who I am, what I have done, what do I want to do with my life and why do I want to become a physician/neurosurgeon. "
"They have a high first time pass rate on the USMLE and their facilities are both very modern and impressive."
"The fact that their students do well on the USMLE"
"everything about the school! the technologies they have for the students! the curriculium, dedication, Awesome school!! Recognized in all 50 states!! Awesome residencies, they get their students ready for USMLE!!! "
"The people were really nice. I got the impression that the faculty actually cared about the students. "
"The enthuiasm of the receptionist. Her warmth made me immediately feel at comfortable. "
"sounds like ross is making attempts to facilitate more clinical rotations in ca. the lady was nice."
"The interviewer was extremely nice and easy going. She actually made the interview fun, and we had a couple laughs during the interview. It was like talking to a friend, just a little more formal."
"The interviewer although he wasn't a previous student, or a professor or a doctor, they were very relaxed, fun, and inviting. Although they are very very professional, and are a real advertising school, they genuinely want to help you, and give you the best opportunity out there, AND the interviewers have an earnest desire to get you IN. They aren't testing you for "
"Everyone was very nice, the interview was relaxed and informative"
"Everyone is extremely friendly "
"I was impressed with how informative, helpful, and enthusiastic the medical student was who answered questions and gave us the tour. I also appreciated the hospitality and non-threatening nature of the admissions staff."
"How comfortable the interviewer made me feel. "
"Although the interview was held at a regional location and everyone states that it is quite informal .. It is actually pretty professional. The interviewer didn't make it seem like a "conversation" as people mentioned. Although it was not super tense, and was comfortable- it was still more than a regular conversation. The interviewer also makes it a point to let you know island life is not the finest. "
"The facilities in Miami are awesome. Freindly atmosphere, nice people - from the receptionist, to the dean (whom we got to meet)."
"The school has up-to-date technology. But I feel that is all it has. It's a factory for pumping out M.D.'s. They don't care about YOU and your future in medicine, they care about filling their class!"
"How nice and enthusiastic everyone was"
"NOTHING REALLY. IT WAS A DEVRY UNI IN IRVINE; MY INTERVIEWER FELL SICK, SO I HAD A PHONE INTERVIEW THERE. "
"The preparedness of the interviewer and the open discussio about their (Ross) desire to produce quality doctors not just a high number of them."
"Friendliness of staff and thorough, honest presentation of the school by students and staff."
"Staff took care to make interviewers feel comfortable."
"Curriculum at Ross, student support"
"Current medical student responses to my questions and the friendliness of the staff."
"Interviewer was very friendly and took an interest in my answers to his/her questions."
"High level of professionalism, student guide was invaluable insofar as answering all questions honestly. "
"Casual and friendly"
"The professionalism and the fact that they really try to make you relax prior to the interview."
"Interviewer was very honest and frank - offering realistic expectations and answering all my questions earnestly."
"Nothing really, I knew most of it."
"Facilities are nice in US"
"The passion and feedback provided by both the interview and the student. They were honest speaking about many pros and cons to life on the island."
"The enthusiastic nature of the medical student who gave me the tour"
"The staff and the interviewer were all very nice and helpful. The school seems to rival US med schools and they have a significant amount of US hospital affiliations. "
"Picture albums of Dominica."
"the staff's friendliess and organization"
"The staff and students were very honest in describing the island life! Everyone was really nice & welcoming."
"very friendly, more of a conversation than an interview"
"All the interviewers and employees were extremly accomodating and cordial."
"The feel of the school, the attitude. The fact that they gave me a chance. That is all I wanted and needed was a chance."
"Ross students just returned from Dominica and starting their clinical rotations were very enthuiastic about the school."
"Very open and honest about the island life and that it wasn't the best in the world but the school was a very competitive one."
"The friendliness of the interviewer"
"How relaxed the whole interview was. No stress at all."
"The interviewer was very friendly and gave me honest opinions about her experiences adapting to the Island lifestyle."
"The USMLE passing rate!"
"The friendliness and relaxed atmosphere of the people."
"The admissions staff were really nice and easy-going. I felt comfortable."
"The positive attitude of the admissions staff - their warmth, sincerity, professionalism, and appreciation of the importance of compassion, dedication, and drive in their students."
"Very relaxed and casual. "
"The enthusiasm of the admissions staff."
"The depth of knowledge of the admissions staffer who conducted my interview. Her husband is a Ross grad, and she even lived with him on the island while he was going through school. She's been affiliated with Ross since...11 plus years. Not to mention, she was incredibly laid back, casual, and welcoming. Also, there really were no "sales tactics" either...although there was a push to get people who applied for the September class (like myself) to switch to May instead."
"is fine as long as you take some upper division courses for the non-community coll I was presented with advantages and disadvantages I may face if I attent this school. There was no Ã¢â‚¬Å“salesÃ¢â‚¬Â attitude "
"The interviewer, which was a Dean, was friendly and laid back. Also, the tour with the students was nice because they didn't lie on how it really is in the island, the bad and the good. Mostly bad."
"Supernice people. International schools have a bit of a stigma to them - but Ross really seems to be trying to break away from that - "
"The campus has state of the art facilities, only 16 months are spent on the Island of Dominica, the 5th semester is spent in Miami, FL in a course called "Advanced Introduction to Clinical Medicine." Following this, 48 weeks consist of core clerkships designated at various hospitals throughout the country. The next 33 weeks are of electives and can be scheduled at any teaching hospital throughout the country. All clerkships must be done at teaching hospitals. The campus also has 3 patient simulators and wireless access. The USMLE Step I pass rate is 88% for first-time takers."
"Low stress level, welcoming staff"
"level of details asked about grades, etc."
"The interviewer was VERY friendly! She wasn't intimidating at all, and she made it very easy to relax!"
"Everyone was very nice and welcoming"
"While I was thinking hard on one of the medical ethics scenario questions, there was someone next door talking loudly, and obviously, the wall between us had zero noise absorption effect so I heard him word-for-word clearly and my thoughts were disrupted, which made me super anxious."
"Concern/uncertainty about future residency statuses"
"NOTHING EXCEPT THEY REALLY DRILLED ME ABOUT SOME F'S I GET DURING MY UNDERGRAD"
"Class size of 350 admitted 3 times per year."
"Interviewer seemed apathetic"
"Nothing really. Seemed a little rushed, maybe didn't know what else to ask me. "
"The 16 months in Dominica"
"Nothing much... but I didn't get to watch the video, get the tour, or talk to a fifth semester... so that was a bit of a surprise/bummer."
"The mediator lied to me. She told me that you can only get into a US med school if you have these stats: MCAT>33, GPA > 3.8. That was a bit dramatic there killer!"
"Having to explain why I did poorly in two classes at college. Perhaps it would be nicer to focus on the big picture."
"Interviewer switched my interview time to one hour later at 4:30 pm the day before my interview. Thankfully I was checked my email on time."
"Its definately a machine. They're a recruiting agency, but its not a stressful experience."
"my interviewer appeared to be not much older than myself and had little to no medical or science background, which was expected after reading some of the other feedbacks but she clearly didn't review my application and got the feeling she wasn't even listening during the actual interview making the whole process very awkward. "
"nothing, it was a very pleasurable experience"
"Interviewer was late 10-15mins; attrition rate is very high! 15-20% !! Prof to student ratio is 1:17 !! Also interviewer did not satisfactorily answer my questions about their clinical program which seems to be having problems?"
"Nothing at all."
"The unimpressive video that they showed AFTER the interview."
"Nothing. Well, except that the interviewer said that a lot of students bring food with them, because the island doesn't have many US brands and its expensive."
"that a non-md was interviewing me. it felt a little too informal, guy answered the cell phone during the interview, smelled like cigarettes, told me the video I was about to watch was boring "
"Finding out that I may have to wear a skirt every time I'm not on campus."
"We didn't get to see a lot of their hospital. "
"The hospital seems quite small."
"staff was not friendly at all!!!! It seemed more like they want to get rid of u as soon as possible, "
"I could tell that the number of applicants are increasing by the year...so it seemed to be like they have become carefree or almost careless...the admissions officer that interviews is just a medium through which the admissions committee knows you...plus you can tell off the bat that the person has interviewed so many people...that has almost become a boring routine for him...my interviewer definitely made me feel this way"
"Larkin hospital where some of the family practice rotations are done. The hopsital was very small. The ICU only had three beds. On the other hand, it might be nice to start out in a small place before doing rotations in a larger area."
"They did not give me any indication that they are interested in my admission; Although I admit that my interview took near 85-90 minutes."
"Had to wait a bit for the interview to start. "
"interviewer seemed too busy writing. i was somewhat distracted by this."
"We didn't really get an orientation of the hospital where the clinical rotations occur. Instead we just went to the cafeteria, (where they bought us lunch + point). They bring in a student who is currently doing his/her rotations in Miami in the hospital across the street from the Ross U offices, and she tells you Everything you need to know about living out there, about crime, about flying down there, about clothes, money, books, education, teacher-student relationship, everything. "
"Living in the Caribbeans"
"Nothing negatively impressed me."
"I think the video they show ( ~ 15 min) is unnecessary. The same material on the video is available on their website and information sessions! they should include something you can ONLY see at the interview so its NEW information. "
"The life in Dominica, according to our student guide, is not necessarily peachy. The locals may or may not be glad you're there, and your housing might suck :) Don't abandon your dream of becoming a doctor because of this, but don't expect to be totally impressed."
"It's a FACTORY, a recriuting agency."
"How island life was described"
"The interviewer was more concerned about writing down everything I said so it was difficult to make conversation. "
"HAVING A PHONE INTERVIEW WAS OK, BUT I WAS ALL DRESSED UP FOR THE INTERVIEW THEREFORE IT WAS A WASTE OF ENERY AND TIME."
"Larkin Hospital in MIA. I expected a more up-to date facility. But learning does take place there."
"Office staff (not interviewer) was unprepared. Interview started 15 minutes late as a result."
"There was not anything to do after the interview that applied to the school. 5-6 hours of flying time for 45 minute interview."
"Not much. Miami is quite humid. "
"The interviewer was hyper and quick was not interested in "details" about anything other that rock and roll."
"None, it was perfectly fine."
"Would have liked getting something to bring home to my parents (video or something visual) "
"They don't seem to be organized about dates when we start applying for rotations in US or how the whole process works."
"Truthfully nothing. The opportunity to go to the Miami site allowed me to make a much clearer decision regarding my position on the school should I be accepted."
"The hotel recommended by the school"
"When I asked an admissions staff member questions about the school he seemed a bit evasive. ie: i asked about the passing grade and he told me it was a C but I looked it up and it says B. If you fail one class you have to repeat the entire semester. "
"The hospital was really, really small. I think I was expecting something else."
"My interviewer was a quite talker, although friendly. "
"Miami is a town where you need to speak spanish to get around."
"The only scholarship they offer is for minorities (not that I am racist but I have a pretty significant financial need)."
"I don't think Ross gives itself enough credit, occaisionally referring to itself as a second chance school for some of it students. Now, that may be the case at times or the general public's perception, but why play into the stigma? It has a tendency to scare off someone like myself, who is still in the running at several U.S. schools and instead looking at Ross for the unique challenges and culture it offers. They should've pushed more the truly one-ofa-kind learning the can give you that you can't get in the states. Also, I don't like the fact they have a HUGE entering class of 300 plus in September. "
"They unnecessarily undermine themselves by advertising the commodities too much while not stressing enough their results such as USMLE pass rates or first choice residency success rates, all of which are very good."
"There were other students that day and if you were the first to arrive, you were the first to be interviewed. They made the others wait to watch the video, which for some, over and over again. Some waited 2 hours before being taken to another room to be interviewed. "
"Nothing at all"
"The class size is huge (~310) for those matriculating in september, the attrition rate is 16% (though according to many other sources, it is higher), and the USMLE Step I pass rate is 92% overall (including first, second, third-time takers, etc.); mind you, this does not take into account the number of people that failed out before even getting to Step I."
"they showed a intro video first before initial information was given- i think it would have been more effective to have a personal intro before the video"
"More research into the actual university"
"That they are going to grill me with those medical ethics scenario questions. The average GPA is 3.2 and the average 2015 MCAT score is 495 (for accepted students I guess)."
"That it would be longer than an hour, but it didn't matter."
"If you arrive early, the receptionist will call the interviewer right away so be prepared to have little to no waiting time to sit down, relax, etc."
"That the building was on the right side, while the GPS kept telling me that it was on the left. Interview location, Houston TX."
"That if you use google maps for the Miami location... it takes you to the wrong place!!! Triple check the map! It is located at the corner of SW 62nd Avenue (not Street) and SW 70th Street, and you park in a garage (bring your stub inside for validation)! It took me to a residential area, I ended up being late but called to let them know... they were super nice about it though and we all laughed it off! :) Stay calm in these situations, my interviewer actually said he was impressed with how well I handled that stressful situation!"
"Nothing, I felt well prepared before hand thanks to reading surveys such as this one."
"Get enough sleep!"
"NOTHING..MORE TIME MAYBE TO PREPARE"
"How many tolls there were on the turnpike in Orlando."
"That the interviewer wasn't an actual prof from ross. She was very young just seemed like someone they hired randomly. She was smart and composed but I couldn't really relate to her--she was very distant."
"To not freak out the night before. I visited the office's location the night before to make sure that I'd get there on time in the morning. Well, it's a really nice building in a beautiful location, and suddenly, because of that, I felt really unprepared that night and had a minor freak out."
"How to find the interview building....they share a building with another school or something"
"Driving there would take a lot less time than expected."
"My interviewer was not an average staff member who can't answer some questions as some people claimed on SDN. On the contrary, he's a professor who lived in the island for several years!"
"That the interview location would be so cold and windy. Also, there was not a lot to do so don't get there toooo early. One hour before is plenty."
"If your interview is in North Brunswick,NJ, the Ross office is INSIDE the DeVry bldg. Also, my interviewer was not on the ad com. Her responsibility was to meet me, review my ap with me, ask me Qs and write a report to the ad com in Dominica. "
"That Dominica is not Dominican Republic! LOL."
"I did not watch a video on the school like I had read in other reviews. I waited for 10 minutes for my interviewer, verbalized my application and essay, and 45 minutes later it was all over."
"There are close to 70 clinical locations, not 45 like they say on the website."
"the fact that i was hyping myself up for nothing...the interview was very laid back and she made me feel like i was just having a conversation with a friend."
"The interview was at a DeVry center, and when I went in, I just had to wait for a half-hour. I thought they would hand me brochures or something."
"That the TX-Spur 280 was going to be confusing when I approached it."
"dominica is pronounced dom-i-nee-ka "
"That now rotations are available in Michigan"
"Ross doesn't have any on-campus housing available. And internet is crazy expensive there."
"nothing, because of this website especially, i feel i was well prepared for the interview"
"I wish I could have come out with more questions to ask their admission member. They were very helpful and I learned a lot. "
"that the staff is not friendly. They are careless!!!"
"The fact that you can't really ride a bike or have your own means of transportation unless it is a car on the island...my interviewer told me that the roads are filled w/ ditches and the driving over there is chaotic...he said that unless i get a car, i should rely on the transportation that the university provides"
"Nothing, bc of this website, all that happened was expected. "
"That the interviewers were not faculty at Ross. Though they had visited the Island and seemed knowledgeable about the workings of the school, they really couldn't give much information as to how the classes are."
"I had studied about this institution ahead (I have done that with my US interviews too); however, I discounted Caribbean Medical schools like Ross and I was wrong. There is truly no difference and no one cares where you get your MD from as long as you show competency in treating patients."
"That the Hilton hotel was much closer to the building than the Hampton Inn. I would have rather paid $20 more for one night and be closer to the building."
"i didnt get to prepare much for the interview itself. had all the questions but tried to wing it. that and feeling nervous didnt really work out for me. "
"At the end of the interview, she will ask you if there is anything else you would like to add, at this point be prepared to leave a lasting impression."
"Differences b/w SGU & Ross. I didn't know them, and they asked me that question when they asked what other schools I've applied to. Also, there will be other students there who will be interviewed separately individually, while everyone else waits in a meeting room, watching a movie about Ross U. Knowing a little about how the day is going to pan out is nice to know. "
"How to say the name of the island (do-men-I-ca), but that was covered in the video"
"bring your own food for breakfast because the hotel breakfast is not that good."
"Well now that I look back on the experience, I would have to say that when they invite you back for an interview, you have stepped over a huge barrier already. Just be yourself, RELAX and preparing beforehand definitely helps to get thoughts stirring in your mind. "
"nothing, SDN does a good job on giving a heads up . One thing - the location can be in nowhere nowhere land, so MAKE sure to eat before going *early* to the appointment. the early part, shouldnt' cover the eating part..b/c u probably won't find anything. "
"Have some breakfast in the morning, it will be a while before your lunch."
"Did not visit school, but watched video about school. The school is very glossy. Looks good on paper. "
"That the interviewer may not be friendly and that she was going to be writing everything down. "
"The possibility of being offered a spot in MERP(the Ross equiv to most bridge programs). If you do well in this semester, they will grant you admission for next semester med school class."
"Nothing. Janet does a great job informing the students of what they need to know prior to their visit."
"That I would spend $29.00 to park my car for less than 2 hours in Chicago! ouch! Also, Ross does not just "take anyone with a pulse" they are a serious school and will kick you out if you don't do well in Dominica!"
"Nothing about the school, but I wish I had had my water bottle within reach. I could have used some good old H2O during the long interview."
"Interview would not be as completely stress-free as some have said. "
"I was prepared."
"The very low level of stress throughout the interview and to relax..just relax and be yourself."
"I wish I had know that the interview was going to be so informal, and not conducted by a physician. After a season of pressure interviews it was nice to have a "conversation." Also, it is DOM-IN-IC-A, Dah-mun-ik-ahh, not domin-ica such as dominican republic"
"There's not many hospitals available for rotations in IL."
"Miami is HOT"
"That the interview would be so formally-informal, I would have relaxed a bit more."
"Nothing, there were no surprises."
"I knew everything I needed to know since I lived on the island."
"i didnt need to stress as much."
"that the interview would feel so short"
"I was well informed, but I didn't know that they would ask why I withdrew from a class"
"The amount of personalized questions based on my academic and extracurricular records."
"There was NO reason to stress out and worry about ANYTHING."
"The school is only in the process of providing campus-owned first semester housing & there is no campus-run eating facility."
"None. I was prepared because of the other post here."
"How totally laid back they were... And that I wasn't going to hit traffic driving there - I hung out in the parking lot for an hour cause I got there so quit.. I saw a bird with no head on the ground-- the head was no where to be seen I might add.... How odd."
"Nothing really. The website covers most of the information just as well."
"Percentages of matriculants vs. interviews"
"the interviewer was not a doctor, but just an assistant admission director."
"I stressed out WAY too much! The interview is more like a conversation!"
"My interviewer said the reconstruction after the hurricane Maria SHOULD be completed in January 2019. The reconstruction may be extended, but they are unsure as of now. She also said that the LMU students are not sharing the exact same facility with Ross students. A recent significant new improvement made for Ross students is that they have implemented an individualized counseling system for clinical rotations. The students in the past received no help and no guidance while they were doing rotations; now Ross assigns one counselor (or someone similar) for each student throughout the rotation."
"The admissions staff are very nice, helpful, and overall I feel that they give pretty good advice. Obviously they are trying to sell their school, just like anywhere, but I definitely appreciate how honest they are about the process, risks, and advice for prospective students. I didn't feel I was being tricked into attending, but rather that this was simply a way to reach my goal when other methods have failed."
"If you are coming from NY or going through the NYC area, please give yourself at least twice the regular travel time. I gave myself an extra hour to get there and barely made it in time even if it wasn't even rush hour. Also, the interviewer was very meticulous in looking at my resume and grades."
"It's a low-stress interview, be yourself and you'll have great conversation!"
"AWESOME THIS WAS MY FIRST MED SCHOOL INTERVIEW BUT IT WENT WELL...HE WAS FRIENDLY"
"bring your CV"
"Make sure to bring a CV or resume to cover things that are not on your primary application."
"Good school, the interviewer was nice."
"Just relax, be yourself, be honest. "
"Very relaxed interview and I was myself which probably resulted in my acceptance...YEAH!!!"
"My interviewer was great- really conversational and made it a lot easier. Got accepted two weeks afterwards!"
"Overall a very laid back interview, felt slightly over dressed in a power suit. Interviewer took me in a 1/2 hour before my appt. which was nice. Also received an updated book on the school and its curriculum."
"I got to the interview location 45 minutes ahead of schedule. I was probably a little too early. (2medschool.blogspot.com)"
"I got a call regarding my acceptance exactly 10 days after my interview, and you know you're doing well if the interview turns a bit into a conversation type format."
"For some reason, it takes 2-6 weeks to get a final decision. That is ridiculous. 2 should be the max, not the min. "
"Very friendly interviewer, made me feel at ease and hardly stressed at all."
"The interview process was very impressive. I found out later it was the associate dean of admissions that interviewed me, not just a regular staff."
"Overall the interview went well. I was surprised to see my interviewer had a list of questions to ask me. She wrote down as many notes as she could. Remember to be short and concise but don't be afraid to add detail. Focus on your unique aspects of your application. Don't forget to smile!"
"Interviewer was very formal and kept a straight face. She asked all the questions from her sheet: Why Ross, why medicine, adapting to 3rd world country, relationship with patients, clinical experiences, improvements to healthcare, preparation for medicine, strength/weaknesses, explain your marks, explain your MCATs, anyone family in medicine, any else you would like to tell the admissions committee. She was kind in asking follow up question if she felt that you should expand on a question."
"Positive. The interviewer seemed to genuinely be interested in my application. Unlike US schools where they ask 'what makes you think you're good enough for our school?' Ross tried to make sure I'd be a good fit."
"unsettling. felt the interviewer was so detached. all the questions were so general. felt she was so uninterested, if anyone from Ross comes across this, whether the interviewer is actually employed through your university or not, during the interview they are representing your institution and if she seems uninterested it can make the applicant feel Ross is uninterested. honestly afterwards felt like ''what was the point of that?'' but we'll see, was told it would be approx. 2 weeks to hear back."
"I meet the interviewer at a hotel conference room, we talked while he asked me specific questions about my file..it was more of a dialog oppose to a mono log..the best part was how relax the interview was.. "
"Basic interview; no hard questions, very easy-going and stress-free interview."
"Went into interview center began with tell me a little about you self and to the typical questions on valuemd..ended with a video of the university.."
"office was easy to find. arrived 10 min early receptionist was nice waited about 8 min. for interviewer. went to a classroom that was at the location for the interview then a brief movie about ross"
"Really laid-back. The interviewer kept looking at the file to refresh his memory about facts. Kind of disorganized."
"I was interviewed at the irvine location - i waited in a small waiting room of a devry graduate division office. The interviewer was from the start friendly and easy to talk to. She showed me into a classroom, where i was interviewed. Questions were very general and expected thanks to sdn. After the interview, she answered some of my questions and showed me a video. I think she could tell from my answers that i was a little insecure about my grades but when she looked at my file she was reassuring and told me ''you didn't do that bad at all...just a few bumps on the road'' so that made me feel at ease for the rest of the interview. "
"It was very short, which was scary. But nothing out of the ordinary was asked, and i think i did alright. Just be yourself and SMILE. :)"
"It was very conversational, which made it easy to relax and focus on explaining yourself without distractions from nervousness."
"it was very chill. the guy who interviewed me worked for ross admissions and had no clue what being a doctor was about. This was bad. I over-prepared for the interview but I think it was worth it. I was very confident and profession in the interview and I knew I nailed it about 5 min into the interview. I also became less interested in the school after the interview. I thought it was too unprofessional and they guy could not answer a lot og my questions and had a vibe that ross was not that great of a school. I heard good things about ross before going there and was bummed out that I thought the school was eh after the interview. my stats were 3.6 gpa and 22 mcat if you have similar stats. I applied 9/20/2007 asked to interview 10/10/2007 interviewed 10/16/2007 accepted 10/24/2007 "
"Took me about an hour to get to the main offices. Was greeted politely by the interviewer. Went over my app. and was asked several questions (about 45 or so minutes). Then, I watched an introductory video of the school. Really laid back."
"It was very relaxed and easy. We had a nice conversation and the questions he asked were pretty general and straight forward."
"stayed at a cousins house. Let me tell you that the New Jersey Turnpike in the morning is chaotic during rush hour. I left around 8 am and arrive at the office at 9:30, an hour and a half later (normally would have taken 40 min). Interview was at 10 am, i arrived at 9:30, my interviewer did notice this point (so dont be late!!), receptionist greeted me very nicely, looked through some brochures on the school, interviewer came out 10 min later, a casual chat, then came back few mintues later to start the interview. Lasted about hour, then saw a video on the school, with one other prospective student (although they mentioned there was supposed to be 10 other students that time). An admissions counselor came in and answered all our questions, lasted about another hour, then left. the whole thing i would say was about 2 hours long."
"It went very well and was very easy going. They make you watch a video on Ross which is interesting."
"The interview itself went well, but Miami was HOT!Flying was a nightmare and so was the hotel. The hotel was very close to the interview office. I got there at 8:00am, and waited for 10 min. My interviewer was very nice and he joked a bit, it was very relaxing and I learned a lot from him. After the interview we watched a vedio, and a 5th semester student walked in to talk to us. He was very informative and honest about sharing good and bad experience he had with ROSS. He then took us to their hospital right across the street but we didn't see a lot of it. After that, we had lunch with all the interviewers and admission members. We talked a lot; it was fun. "
"For the Chicago office it's at 225 W. Washington in the DeVry Building. I arrived at Washington/Wells via the Brown Line ''ELÃ¢â‚¬Â at 9:40am for a 10am appointment. I checked in on the West side door and walked to the East side entrance to let them know I was here. I waited for 10 minutes until my interviewer came down to get me. My questions where straightforward. I have a lot of experience so I did not want to ramble too much. I did here the phone ring in the middle of a question/answer; I presume it was another interviewee arriving, and the front desk paging my interviewer, so just ignore it. Also, when your interviewer jots down notes, I presume its not verbatim what I was saying, but that e.g. I was clearly answering question #2 without hesitation, with confidence and that I had thought about what my process entailed. Again, this is what I presume or would do if the roles where reversed. I was slightly nervous the night before, but was well relaxed after I first sat down in the office. If you need to extrapolate in an area, he/she will guide you for more detail. My advice: relax and believe in all your accomplishments."
"Ross really seems interested in making medical school happen for good students who have been ignored by U.S. schools."
"Overall, I had a great experience! I felt everyone in the office was really kind, including my interviewer. I felt very comfortable and didn't feel any stress. The questions that I got are all the ones expected, no surprises. Here is the breakdown of the interview: 8:30-9:45 Interview 9:45-10:00 Video on Ross 10:00-11:30 Session w/4th year med student (invcluded a tour) 11:30-12:15 Lunch w/interviewer & med student (same from earlier)"
"It was not a good experience. AS soon as I walk in, the receptionist just wanted to snatch my coat away to hang it in closet. Interviewer just asked me to follow him, and started his Q's with out introducing himself. Very uncomfortable!!!"
"Know your transcript and MCAT scores well especially for those who think they are on the chopping when it comes to their grades and scores...have an honest explanation about why they aren't really great...trust me, i was honest in saying that biochem was really really hard for me...i said that i tried my best and apparently my best was a C and he took that as an answer...because they do ask why you got low grades in particular classes...also they look upon the fact that you retook a class and aced really really positively...so if you can do that to kind of void out the C's you have in your transcript...it would looked upon as a very good thing"
"I was very relaxed. The people were very nice. We were only 2 students to be interviewed. I went inot a room w my interviewer for 45-50 min. Then we saw a video, then talk to a current Ross student doing a rotation in Larkin Hosp, and then have lunch all of us (we-2 students, the 2 interviewers, Ross student, and the Dean). "
"The interview was very nice. I was nervous at the begining, but the interviewer was really nice and that helped me to relax. He wrote almost everything I said down. Which was a bit distracting, but I made myself focus on the questions he was asking. The whole day was short in general. There was a video presentation about Ross, in which former and current students spoke about thier experiences. The day ended with lunch with dean of admissions and the interviews. That was the most relaxing part and fun part."
"First I thought Idid well but then I thought my be I did not as well as I thought because it took them give me an acceptance letter 3 months after interview. "
"It was a great interview! The interviewer was very interested in knowing about both the type of student I am as well as the type of person I am. And the Hotel I stayed at was wonderful! Free shuttle both to and from the interview location and airport."
"awesome experience, it was my first interview! no stress at all. remained calm and answered all the questions in full. when i walked out of the room, i thought i had an excellent conversation with a stranger!! i explained myself well...awesome experience!!"
"Got there, waited a little, video, presentation, interview, left. It was a short day. "
"I arrived a little early for my interview and was welcomed by the receptionist who offered me reading materials on Ross as well as Dominica. The general level of my interview was comfortable, though the order at which the questions were asked was rather random. "
"My interview experience was really chill and my interviewer did a great job of making the interview as less stressful as possible."
"Starting from the beginning: Since I'm in Atlanta, they called me down to Miami to visit them there, where they also have clinical rotations. They let me know about Best Western Hotel nearby (10 min walk, free shuttle to and from airport & interview site) which gives discounts to students for Ross (or wanna be students, too!) $79. I bought about $150 ticket round trip with AirTran ($59 one way sale), and then the $80 hotel, and then food for dinner & breakfast, added up to $20. They have breakfast there, but it's not free. They have a restaurant there and it's about $8-10 for a buffet breakfast. Lots of food, but go easy on the breakfast so you're not stuffed or sleepy. I got on the shuttle around 7:45 am after breakfast, and got to the interview site just about 5 min later. There may be other students in the van also, so get to know them and don't feel shy or intimated talking to them. Once we got there, we got int he elevator and went straight to the penthouse. They don't tell you this, but we happened to meet a kid in the van who had attended the interview the day before and he was off to the airport. So you want to go straight up the penthouse (top floor) I think Floor 15 or something. Then, walk out and you'll see the Ross U sign, and the doors are really tough to open, so make sure you PUSH hard! Someone tried walking in late, but couldn't so ended up knocking on the door (he stood out a little)--just cause the doors are difficult to open. Anywya, they say hi, and crack a few jokes, to make everyone feel comfortable. When I was there, there were 2 interviewers. Each interviewer took 1 student with him and walked off into a room (2 interviews going on in separate rooms at the same time) while the rest of us sat around in a meeting room and walked a little video on Ross. We talked and chatted and had fun. When one interview was over, that person came in and waited with us, while one of us went with the now free interviewer. This happened for a few hours. The interviews were not ... Timed. They just happened. some were longer than the other, depedning on how much you ahd to say and how much they asked. They had specific questions, that they had to ask, but it was totally cool if you interrupted them, and asked them questions too about Ross. It was very discussion-like, except he threw in questions evry once in a while. My interviewer was Tom Hueller. Really awesome fun nice guy. He made me feel like he was tyring to get a good image of who I am, what my goals are, why I pursued medicine, etc. He even would re-iterate my answers so that he made sure he understood me correctly. If he was incorrect, then I corrected him. We had a ball, laughed, and cracked up the whole time. It was a lot of fun. If you have the personality. Take it easy. Let yourself be professional but not toooo formal. Know your stuff be yourself. You'll meet others there who may seem -more- qualified than you, but try not to Be them. BE yourself. Just yourself. Some other questions we covered: -Strengths /Weaknesses? -Do Grades show potential? -What cultural exposure have you had? -Give an example when you had to adapt to a situation and explain how you did it. (with regards to cultural adaptability in caribbean) -Favorite non-science course taken -Worst Science Course -When did you know you wanted to be a doctor? -Did you have a mentor in the medical field? -Why Ross? -Is there anything else you want to discuss, that will add to your application? He had the file open right there in fron t of him, and he took notes the whole time, so don't be bothered by that. Don't even pay attention to it. Just make sure he gets a good idea of who you are. After the interview, you all sit in the meeting room talking to the student performing her clerkships (or rotations) in Miami, and you can ask her all the personal questions you want. Really good way to get to know what it's really like down south. She was very very informative, and really got me interested in going there! Then you all meet up with the interviewers & the president Or something, and go to the hospital across the street for lunch. We ate lunch around 1-1.30 (maybe a little early..we were waiting for aquite some time for the interviewers to come downt ot he lobby), and then we just sat and talked about all kinds of non-medically related stuff.. just getting to know them all. It was a lot of fun!"
"I got there early and chatted with the people at the front desk. I was brought in to watch a video (I got a copy to bring home). Then my interviewer came in and we talked for almost an hour. The whole thing was very relaxed and enjoyable. "
"Overall, the questions asked were straight forward, none of the questions were tough, just general questions to get to know you better. The interviewers are friendly and help you keep the stress level down. "
"Lots of questions were asked, mostly dealing with grades, classes, MCAT, college life, and why I want to be a doctor. There were no surprises. The interviewer was really nice and gave really great feedback. This was the best interview I've had so far! "
"I arrived an hour early so I just sat in the office reading my magazine (I wasn't from the area and I thought rush hour traffic would be really bad). The interviewer made me feel really comfortable. The feedback on this forum prepared me very well for the interview - they were hardly any questions that I wasn't expecting. Just remember - relax and smile =)"
"I went 2-3 hours early, thinking I'd find a place to eat somewhere near by. NO! there was NOTHING except japanese food, which I might add, open their restraunts at 11am! so I ended up eating a bit from vending machines. I still was early for the interview. The staff in the office were very friendly and accomodating. Then came the interview, it was easy going, but formal. It didn't feel like a conversation, or chill meeting with a stranger. It was relaxed, the interviewer makes you comfortable to a certain level yet still maintains professional etiquette. Do not mistake the interview as a formality towards entering this school - there are people I know of with good scores who did not get accepted. Overall, this website helps the most- it has similiar questions and prepares you well on what to expect. I actually know a number of people who attend and attended Ross. It is a school that does prepare you well to practice medicine , there is a high attrition rate, and yes they do sometimes accept people with lower scores- but they are giving people a chance. The ones who prove themselves are the ones who make it to the end, and become great physicians. The rest, are in the crowd that fails out. Afterall, we do take the SAME licensure exam as u.s.a med students. The island life is near to a 3rd world country style. Living without luxuries is going to be a must. Adaptability will be tested. And thats my two cents! "
"It was laid back, we talked about hurricanes in that region for a while, and later about the world cup. There were some typical interview questions but the bulk of it was normal dialogue."
"Overall, interviewer lacked a personality. She did not once look up from her notepad. She asked very boring questions and seemed disinterested. Not impressed by school, although my interview went well. I was overprepared."
"It was positive, the interview was relaxed and asked questions that were specific to my file"
"I got there 10 minutes early but the receptionist didn't let the interviewer know right away. The interviewer thought I was running late when I had been waiting for nearly 25 minutes. Then I watched a tape for 10 minutes. Nothing new there if you've done your research. The interview itself was short. She basically asked me questions off a sheet and jotted down my response. She didn't ask me follow-up questions to any of my responses. Then I was given a chance to ask questions. "
"IT WAS A PHONE INTERVIEW WHICH KIND OF WORKED OUT SINCE I WAS NO LONGER NERVOUS, BUT OVERALL I DIDN'T ENJOY IT."
"Great, the Miami staff under Dr. Clutter was great all the way from the receptionist to the fourth-year student. the student was very truthful and frank in answering questions about ROss."
"The interview was actually enjoyable compared to others I have experienced. My interviewer ensured that the exchange was as stress-free as possible given the circumstances."
"This was my first medical school interview ever and I was feeling quite nervous. The interview began a little late, but once it got started it was very comfortable and allowed me to demonstrate a lot about myself, my abilities and my desire to go to medical school."
"I had an unusual experience than most applicants at Ross. I went to medical school in the united states but was kicked out for failing too many classes, so I applied at Ross. The interview was pretty good, basic questions but it did not seem "low-stress" or a "walk in the park" as others on here have claimed. The interviewer did try to sell their school, but at the same time it did not seem that they would just take me. I had to really prove that I wanted to be a doctor and that I could pass classes at Ross since I had been kicked out once before. Unlike most people I was a bit stressed and nervous and felt like I rambled a bit too much. While she was very friendly, there was nothing in her demeanor that said "you're in" or anything like that. Ross, believe it or not, does have standards, and they are trying to revamp their school's image and reputation."
"Really enjoyable experience because everybody was so nice and welcoming. Interviewer was very easy to talk to, really seemed interested in what I had to say."
"My overall experience was really good. I took a plane to the interview and then back again in the same day. So I was beat when I got home. The interview itself was really relaxed and after questions, I watched a video about Ross."
"It turned out to be a relaxed interview. My interviewer cracked a few jokes. It was more of a conversation. It seemed that one question led to another, and everything flowed. I dont remember most of the questions properly, as it did not seem too much of a question-answer session."
"I was promptly picked up from MIA by the hotel shuttle. The hotel was much nicer than I had anticipated, and the room was great. I was one of the first interviewees to arrive, and so we made small talk until the rest (8 total) showed up. The two interviewers introduced themselves, and then chose two candidates to speak with one-on-one. The rest of us went into a large office room to watch a Ross video, which was the same video that one gets during an information seminar. After the video, I got up and stopped the DVD as I didn't think anyone else wished to watch it ad nauseam. There was a book on Dominica as well as a small photo book of campus life, and the rest of chatted lightly until one of the interviewers came in to speak with us. The interview was open file, in a small room, with just the interviewer and interviewee. Nearly all of the questions were ones I'd prepared for (thanks to this forum). There are questions about specific things in one's application. The interviewer was very friendly, but (I think) intentionally avoided all eye contact after he had asked me a question, busying himself with leafing through my application. I was not prepared for this, and it added a sort of akwardness to the experience until I got the hang of it. Afterwards, I returned to the room with the others where a 5th semester student was answering questions. He was very friendly, approachable, and sought to sugarcoat nothing regarding the competitiveness present in the school and the huge percentage of matriculants that actually make it to Miami (45% or so). We took a brief tour of the hospital located across the street. It was small, but not unreasonably so. We finished with a lunch in the hospital cafeteria where all the applicants and some of the administration joined us. Overall, a very good experience. Ross is a serious school, and does fairly well with presenting the negatives and unique challenges that a student will face. "
"Be confident, don't go too much into details even if it is the most signficant matter to you, stay focused and speak to the point. "
"The interview was great. However! Unlike all the comments I've read regarding the interview and such easy questions asked...I unfortunately had very difficult questions (case scenarios!) and a very long interview! Nonetheless, I was able to go through it and my interviewer was open-minded to my thoughts, as if he wanted to know more about my experiences and opinions. Go in there answering with your own thoughts, don't have preconceptions of someone eles'e thoughts or a memorized list of answers. Be yourself, be honest, be relaxed, and you'll do perfectly fine. All in all, being my very first medical school interview, I had a great experience and feel like I can take on more medical school interviews~"
"Real good, they treat this interview as a chance to meet you - not just make you recite you application. Also, they understand the stress of these interviews and make you feel at home. This is a GREAT chance to help make up your mind about IMSchools and Dominica in particular."
"We watched a video for ~10mins, asked any questions I had on it...followed by general questions on why I want to become a doc and so on...very easy going interview. This was held in Chicago (downtown)."
"The interview was an open conversation between myself and the interviewer. He looked over my file and asked general question like, "Tell be about your work experience." He was also very willing to converse regarding my questions about the school. The conversation was light hearted and involved moments of laughter. It was NOT serious and formal, for the most part."
"Very postive and informative."
"very relaxed and laid back. I think everyone on this sight has mentioned the stress free atmosphere. After introductions I was asked about 20 questions, then I asked the interviewer questions, then watched a short video about the school."
"The person who interviewed me was very pleasant and kept the interview relaxed. The questions were very basic and straightforward. I would highly recommend going through other interview feedback questions from this site. I was so prepared because they ask alot of the same questions. The interview was short (30 min) and went by so quickly. There's really no need to stress. Just be open minded about living on the island. They want to make sure you have realistic expectations and that you are really motivated to be a Dr. "
"This admissions staff were friendly, in general, but the interviewer that I got appeared a bit critical and had a dull personality, making the interview process a bit uncomfortable."
"I felt as if they were trying to sell the school a little to much, but overall, it was very laid-back and stress free. I just found out last Wed. that I got accepted & start in May!"
"Very friendly. Accomodating"
"it was great, really it was great."
"Interview was one-on-one in a office in New Jersey with a member of the admissions staff. The questions were rather basic and the interview was followed by a 15 minute video and then more questions"
"I was a little nervous, but once we got to talking, I became relaxed and answered the questions as best as I could."
"it was great! interviewer was very nice."
"It was fun, it was very laid back."
"I was the first one to arrive at this regional locations. But I met the interviewer right away and we engaged in a pleasant conversation for the whole time. Its hard to believe how fast the time past by."
"It was a relaxing atmosphere.Instead of an actual interview, it seemed more like a conversation between two people trying to get to know each other well. Overall it was great"
"Overall, lots of travel time but well worth it for an easy-going experience. "
"Great, but still nervous to find out if I got in or not. Hopefully I did, otherwise it was a big waste of money."
"It was a casual conversation with a delightful admissions staff member. I was taken to a room to watch a recent video of the school, which was fantastic considering that I could not visit the campus. I was seen earlier than my scheduled time, and was treated like an individual rather than a widget produced in an interview mill."
"My interview was in LA. My interviewer was very friendly, to the point about Ross, and very knowledgable. The interview room was on the 25th floor with a beautiful view, and it was like talking to a friend. Just BE YOURSELF and relax. "
"Positive overall. It was nice to find a school that is willing to address you as a person and not simply computerized numbers (although they obviously look at that stuff)."
"Again, very basic here. I got there quite early, and sat out in the lobby. Since the candidate before me was watching a movie on the school, the interviewer sat out in the lobby with me and made casual conversation. This only made things that much easier and laid back. The candidate after also showed up during this time and we then went in and watched the movie together after the first candidate left. We then asked any questions we had after the movie, the other candidate was excused, and we jumped right into my personal interview. Just a very pleasant experience, from start to finish."
"Very nice and encouraging"
"Good, but still don't know where I stand and rethinking the island experience."
"Really laid back. I interviewed before Christmas- they leet us know that they would tell us something in a month or so.. I was called not even a week later to say I got in..."
"The interview is very conversational. Do not worry about it all. There are no "difficult" questions per-se; the interviewer just wants to get to know you as an applicant, and most importantly, as a human being."
"Extremely helpful. I got the impression of complete disclosure- which is rare in my medical school experience. They laid out their school- the positives and potential negatives and gave me a honest appraisal of my credentials. A pleasant experience."
"Overall, the lady was very nice and did her best to describe and sell the school."
"I was shown a 30 minute video before the interview, so the interview in all, was about 1 hour and 15 minutes."
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"Communicate with emails and not through phones. Inform the applicants about their application status timely (for the double-checking purpose), and not simply wait passively for the already-submitted-but-not-yet-noticed application material(s)."
"Best handled international medical application process. Very nice. Thank you."
"There has to be a better process of updating students application checklist. I submitted and resubmitted most items several times before my online status was updated. I may never have been invited to an interview, had I not consistently called Ross to find who was responsible for my application materials."
"continue to use holistic approach to determine the effectiveness of perspective students"
"Their office in NJ is really friendly and quick to respond. I got an interview less than a week afte"
"That video is really, really boring, and a lot of people see it before coming already on Youtube;"
"Please send me some good news!!!"
"I came to the 7000 Building and realized that I had no idea where the Ross dept. was. (PENTHOUSE!)"
"Try to look at the candidate as a whole rather than sweating the small stuff"
"Well oraganized, but please don`t change the interview time late in the afternoon on the day before."
"Send me an acceptance letter!"
"please see previous comment regarding your interviewers."