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"they suck as hard as an admissions office can suck. Good luck dealing with them"
"The admission office has by far the fastest response time in terms of e-mail, telephone, etc. If you have any questions, concerns, or just want some encouraging words, the admission office don't mind you contacting them :)"
"SGU admissions office is very organized and reponses very quickly with email and phone calls."
"Love the Resource Hotline!!"
"let the interviewers have a personal investment in the interview and not just be a person to read yo"
"Let me in."
"There were about 33 lines to write out the essay (yes, I counted), which is just about alright, but"
"Keep up the great work!"
"Just keep in touch."
"How do you overcome struggles with difficult coursework?"
"...it's been a while. Sorry, but I don't remember specifics. What I can tell you is it was a very casual discussion that revolved around "Are you SURE you don't want to just try again for the US schools?" The interview was encouraging me to do so."
"Cultural life on the island"
"What type of doctor do you want to be?"
"I actually applied to the School of Veterinary Medicine. Similar to the school of medicine, they ask you to write a 10 minute essay in which you pick from 3 topics. I picked to name 3 characteristics that help me in my persuit of veterinary medicine."
"Before any questions are asked, you have to write a short essay... no big deal, you take about 10-15 minutes to answer one of 3 questions... just be prepared to answer one and you'll be fine. 1) Describe a life changing experience of yours. 2) What are three characteristics you possess that will help you in your pursuit of a career in medicine? 3) Who is an inspiration to you and why?"
"How many schools have you applied this year? Any acceptance? How many schools have you applied previous year?"
"What motivates you?"
"You start with an essay that you are given 10 minutes to complete. You choose one of the following topics and write about it
1) Discuss three characteristics a good physician should possess
2) Describe a notable life changing experience
3) Write about someone who inspires you and why."
"Why do you want to go into medicine?"
"Specific questions about whether I was aware of programs at SGU such as GSP and MD/MPH program. "
"Why medicine ?
Why SGU ?
Tell me abit about yourself"
"1. Why SGU
2. Why do you want to become a doctor
"Why would you want to be a doctor?"
"Tell me about your volunteering experiences? (since I volunteer at the ED of a hospital, he asked me what exactly I do there)"
"Looks like you did some research, give me an overview and tell me your findings.
Guessed ahead of time that SGU would arrange for a cardiologist who had done echocardiography research, just so they could quiz me about my paper. It's a niice.
"How did you find out about SGU? "
"Tell me about your research and volunteer experiences."
"Have you applied to other schools? If so where? Any interviews? If so where? Decisions?"
"What are your eventual goals in medicine?
"set wages? bad? good?"
"Remember these three questions, you will need to write about one of them for 10 minutes.
1. List 3 traits that make a good physician"
"why do you want to be a doctor? where do you see yourself ten years from now?"
"Name a key reason why medicine interests you? (I basically said about three, its difficult to say just one)"
"posted already...Why medicine?"
"Essay Option: Describe a defining moment in your adult life"
"Why do you want to attend SGU?"
"How did you know about St. Georges?"
"how i feel about being a forigen med school grad."
"What is an ethical issue in medicine, talk about it."
"will you be okay with living on the island? "
How did you hear about SGU?
How will you finance your education?
Which other schools have you applied to?"
"1. What will be you as 5 years later?"
"why go to a school in the caribbean?"
"Are you aware of FMG's?"
"Your strengths and weakness described by a best friend."
"Why do you think there is such a disparity between your GPA and MCAT? High GPA, Low MCAT"
"Describe volunteer experience."
"Why do you want to become a physician instead of continuing your career in research?"
"Why do you want to be come a doctor?"
"How did you hear about SGU?"
"He asked me about all my research, what was each one about, what did I do exactly and did I get published."
"Why St. George's?, How will you pay for school?, Why do you want to be an MD?"
"Why do you want to change careers and go into medicine?"
"What type of physician do you want to become?"
"why sgu? why medicine?"
"(1 of 3 Essay topics, same as everyone has listed thus far, 10 min to write)
Fav and least fav classes, (science and non science)"
"quality that friend would describe you as"
"What was the last book you read"
"First off is a 10 minute essay on 1 of 3 topics: 1) Who influenced you the most? 2) List 3 characteristics that you have that will make you a good doctor 3) A defining moment in your life"
"Why do you want to be an MD. What volunteer experience do you have. Do you have any questions for me. How will you pay for school. "
"Although I wasn't asked any questions, here are the questions I put together and studied:
St. GeorgeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s University Interview Prep
1. Define three characteristics that will help in your pursuit to become a physician.
2. Describe an influential event in your adult life.
3. Describe someone who impacted your life.
4. Describe the moment that affected your life the most
5. Describe the 3 characteristics a physician should have.
1. Do you mind being called an FMG?
2. What do you know about St. Vincent?
3. List 3 reasons you want to become a doctor.
4. Describe yourself in one word.
5. By moving away from family & friends, how will you adapt to survive on the island?
6. Why do you want to become a doctor?
7. How will you pay for Medical School
8. What volunteer experience do you have?
9. What does your resume not tell me about you?
10. What field of medicine would you want to practice if you had your choice?
11. What extra-curricular activities have you participated in that show your conviction for a career in medicine?
12. What do you see doing with your life?
13. Did you do any research?
14. Describe your volunteer experience.
15. Have you lived or traveled outside the US?
16. What other US/non-US schools did you apply to? Where did you get accepted?
17. How many schools did you apply to last year, how many secondaries did you send/ how many acceptances do you have?
18. Have you thought about PA School, you have a husband, it would be better for you.
19. Are you interested in an MPH as well as an MD?
1. Stem Cell research
4. Private vs public healthcare (b/c in personal statement)
5. List 5 medical issues in the world
6. Organ transplants & harvesting
Questions for Interviewer
1. What is the Faculty to Student ratio?
2. What are the educational backgrounds of the faculty
3. What is the Drop-out Rate?
4. How are the residency Matches?
5. What was your experience like living on the island?
"What does your resume not tell me about you?
"Tell me about current medical issues."
"Did you do any research?
"Discuss an ethical issue. What's your take on it? (I don't think it matters which side of the ethical issue you lean towards, as long as you understand all aspects of the issue and use sound reasoning to explain your side.)"
"How many med schools did you apply to/secondaries/acceptances"
"Three reasons why you want to become a doctor?"
"Why do you want to be a doctor"
"Are you interested in getting an MPH at St. George along with your MD?"
"Where do you see yourself in 10 years?"
"what are the ethical issues in medicine today? Name 5 reasons for why you want to be a doctor. "
"How are you going to pay for this?"
"viewpoints regarding euthanasia?"
"What do u think about having a foreign diplom"
"How will you finance your education? Why do you want to be a doctor?
What do you know about foreign medical graduates?"
"Why apply outside the United States?"
"why should we select you and not other applicants?"
"Why were some grades bad?"
"What do your parents do?"
"Why do you want to become a physician?"
"Name one ethical issue facing medicine?"
"what three factors influenced you to want to become a dr?"
"How are you going to pay for school?"
"How many offshore schools have I applied to. How many US Schools I have applied to and how many interviews I've gotten. "
"What are the defining factors that have influenced you decision to pursue a career in medicine?"
"Would you go here if you got in?"
"Tell me about yourself"
"Explain a yearlong leave of absence from school."
"what are some difficulties doctors are facing today?"
"How will you pay for school?"
"how do you think you will handle it there on an island"
"Why do you want to be a doctor?"
"Can you study in paradise?"
"How many US medical schools have you applied?"
"Why do you think you were not accepted at any US med schools?"
"Where have you scuba dived before? (We had a lengthy conversation about diving because we're both into it)"
"What do you think will be the most difficult part of living on island for you?"
"Have you previously been to an open house for this school? (there were previously open houses around CA but I didn't go :( I said that I will go after the interview!)"
"Can you explain both sides to a current medical ethics issue?"
"Do you have research experience and what was it?"
"What do you know about foreign medical graduates? The positives and the negatives of being one?"
"A couple of ethics questions about end of life care and stem cell research. "
"Your own family member is suffering from terminal illness and you are faced with an ethical issue. Will u increase the dose to an extent that increases your loved one's pain or would you prefer to give that person death than to purposelessly increase their life with drugs??
your take on stem cell research ?
"5. Lets say its Sunday morning, you are waking up from a night out, have an exam tomorrow, your boyfriend calls he says he's fed up and cannot do this anymore, your mother calls and says that she is seriously ill. How will you handle this situation."
"How will you adapt to life on the island?"
"What are you going to do in Grenada besides studying"
"None - all prescripted questions, read from SGU's list for interviewers. Nothing original at all.
Though do be prepared to talk about a prominent ethics topic (choose one from UW ethics site). Just an overview with a few points is fine. "
"What would you do if you got into a fight with somebody on the island, or if you did poorly in a course?"
"What do you know about Grenada? "
"So you`re a competitve badminton player . . . (going through some elements of my profile)"
"Coming from high school to college you have had to leave and take with you different things. What is one thing that you could never sacrifice upon coming to the island for med school?"
"Who is your favorite soccer team in the world? And what do you think about the match-fixing scandal in Europe?"
"What area of medicine do you intend on practicing (important, because interview noted the difficulty on obtaining some residencies, specifically dermatology and opthamology)"
"Seeing that both your parents are physicians, are you just doing medicine to please mummy and daddy? (I actually laughed when I was asked that!)"
"Something along the lines of...list 3 economical ways that people at Grenada make money? or something like that...i only thought of one. "
"All pretty staight forward, from the paper. "
"What is a typical day in your life like? How do you divide up your time to study and still have a personal life?"
"I was well prepared. "
"98 year old, overweight woman, diabetes and 3 heart attacks, do you send her into surgery that could potentially make her better but at the same time kill her?"
"What are your goals in life, other than medicine"
"Are you going to change into more comfortable shoes before you get on the subway? "
"Why didn't you apply in Canada?"
"Who is a person who knew well in the world? What he/she will describe your 3 characteristics? (This asks your strength!)"
"what happened in college?"
"Are you aware of FMG's?"
"Do you feel the MCAT is a true reflection of a students ability?"
"Perhaps not the most interesting (the interviewer asked me a total of 3 questions) but the question that most caught my attention was whether or not I would be interested in the MPH Program at SGU. "
"The most interesting would probably be what kind of medicine i wanted to get into whether academic or otherwise. I found this interesting because I clearly realized that i didn't know what academic really meant. My interviewer didn't make me feel stupid for not knowing, but he educated me about the different ways one can go with medicine, and even went on to say that he didn't know this until he got knee-deep into the process of deciding what he would do with his MD. I appreciated him for this."
"Are you concerned about being a foreign medical student? About being stereo-typed?"
"Since I chose euthanasia as one of the topics I discussed with the interviewer he asked what I would do in a certain situation (from his own experience) as a physician. "
"If my MCAT and GPA reflect my true ability."
"If someone were to write a book about you in 5-10 years, what do you think they would say about you?"
"How do you rank SGU compared to DO schools? Which would you rather go to?"
"There were no really interesting questions, just the usual."
"An ethical question about managed care. What would you do if a managed care person refused to pay for your request for a CT scan."
"I'm a bit older (36) than the average applicant. The interviewer asked why the career change and at such late stage. (I expected this.)"
"Are you aware of ethical issues in medicine today?"
"pick a controversial topic and tell me both sides."
"pretty standard questions"
"I was asked to role-play a situation in which the doctor portrayed a non-cooperative patient and I was the resident trying to convince her to give a sample of blood. I was surprised and caught off guard by this, but the doctor was respectful of my attempts and gave sound advice."
"one quality that your best friend would describe you as"
"Have you ever considered becoming a corrections physician?"
"None--Standard Questions (He read from a sheet)."
"I wasn't asked any questions. Instead the interviewer (Dr. Lane, in Atlanta, GA) was more of a counselor and mentor rather than an interviewer. He gave me excellent insight about St. George's. "
"There were two questions that I felt important to answer. The first was why I wanted to attend St. George's University. The second what specialty in medicine I wanted to pursue."
"Who has been most inspiring in your life?"
"Stem cell research."
"what do you see yourself doing with your life?"
"Tell me about your research."
"About Stem cell research"
"I wasn't asked any questions"
"Describe yourself in one word."
"What I knew about the islands; I actually learned interesting information from him."
"essays: define three characteristics that will help in your pursuit to become a physician. describe an influential event in your adult life. describe someone who impacted your life. "
"No particularly interesting questions"
"Talk about an experience and how it has influenced you"
"what are the different viewpoints regarding euthanasia?"
"Tell me how X experience changed u"
"why do you want to become a doctor?"
"What are three ethical issues in medicine?"
"If someone where to write a novel about you 15 years from now, what would it say?"
"How do you think you'll be able to cope with life in grenada."
"Tell me about your part-time job as an Aquatic Specialist."
"How do you plan on adjusting to living in a 3rd world country?"
"What's the most recent movie you've seen in the theater? "
"Are you re-taking the MCAT (Why do you need to know that if you are interested in selecting me now)? and How many other medical schools did you apply to? How many do you still have the chance of getting into?"
"Nothing fascinating just your standard
"If a patient who had ovarian cancer came to me, and asked me to help her end her life (euthanasia question). (It was interesting because he was a heme/onc fellow and I said that I wanted to do ob/gyn, so he incoporated both our fields to the question.)"
"What are three of the biggest ethical issues facing physicians today?"
"What did your advisor say when you decided to apply here?"
"Ethical question about cloning- What do you think about cloning?"
"With all the recent lawsuits over Vioxx and other drugs, do I feel as though they should be pulled from the market and why/why not?"
"What do you think about being a foreign grad as opposed to a US grad? And have you really thought about what its like to live on a small third-world island?"
"How would you cope with living in in Grenada"
"nothing; The interviewer, and alumnus from SGU SOM, was very positive and welcoming. "
"there were no interesting questions"
"how do you think you would far on an island?"
"As you know, medicine has quite a few ethical issues. You don't have to tell me your side of the issue, but explain to me the two sides of abortion, and their points in their arguments.
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