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  • Ponce Health Sciences University (Puerto Rico)
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Ponce
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?


What was the stress level of the interview?

2 out of 10

How you think you did?

8 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

6 out of 10


How long was the interview?

60+ minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?


What was the style of the interview?


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

"Tell me about yourself." Report Response

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

"Any volunteer experience, community service, publications, awards, merits?" Report Response

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

"If your brother was dying and the only way to save him is to give him your heart, what would you do?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Do you love birds?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"What's the relationship between PR and the US?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN, AMCAS, wiki" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Location offers a very laid-back environment for you to concentrate on studies. The island offers a wide range of activities, however, for those who love and embrace new cultures. Small class size offers a very cooperative/supportive environment instead of a competitive one." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Facilities were small and not state of the art compared to other medical schools. However, this is an LCME accredited school, so you learn the same things. It's the residency that matters, so do well in your board examinations." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"No tour was going to be given, so you have to ask around (cafeteria, how to take taxis, etc) Also, there are flights that arrive to Ponce (Airport Mercedita) directly so you have to research/plan your trip accordingly. There's that saying that goes: Preguntando se llega a Roma." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Ponce performs better than the rest of the island schools in the USMLE Step 1. The school really emphasizes on integrating the knowledge taught to you so each month a medical case is presented for students to analyze with their current knowledge. It is a beautiful island with many things to do if you are willing to take the 1 hour drive to San Juan. All the beaches are nice and the mountains are amazing. Ponce is in the driest place in the island so the heat, although it's really hot, won't suffocate you. You have to be carefuly where to go, however, because crime rates aren't dropping anytime soon. Also, you will need your own transportation, either a second hand car, a bike, or a new car. Ponce does not have public transportation. Thank Ford and another american car manufacturer for that (they bought out the stocks of the railroad being constructed in the island many years ago)." Report Response

Tour and Travel

How do you rank the facilities?

6 out of 10

What is your in-state status?

Out of state

What was your total time spent traveling?

2-3 hours

What was your primary mode of travel?


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


What airport did you use?


Where did you stay?

With students at the school

How would you rate the hotel?

10 out of 10

Would you recommend the hotel?


General Info

On what date did the interview take place?


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

6 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

6 out of 10

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

8 out of 10

How is the responsiveness of the admissions office?

7 out of 10

How is the friendliness of the admissions office?

10 out of 10

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

10 out of 10

What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

"Give a tour of the facility!" Report Response

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