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  • Ben-Gurion University - Medical School for International Health (Israel)
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • New York
Individual Feedback 1 21 Responses
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Response # Responders
Positively 19
Negatively 0
No change 0

What was the stress level of the interview?

Response Avg # Responders
3.15 20

0 = low, 10 = high

How you think you did?

Response Avg # Responders
7.76 21

0 = low, 10 = high

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

Response Avg # Responders
7.76 21

0 = low, 10 = high
Questions

How long was the interview?

Response # Responders
5 minutes 0
10 minutes 0
15 minutes 1
20 minutes 0
25 minutes 1
30 minutes 5
35 minutes 0
40 minutes 2
45 minutes 1
50 minutes 0
55 minutes 0
60+ minutes 11

Where did the interview take place?

Response # Responders
At the school 4
At a regional location 8
At another location 9

What was the style of the interview?

Response # Responders
One-on-one 21
In a group 0

What type of interview was it?

Response # Responders
Open file 21
Closed file 0

How many people interviewed you?

Response Average # Responders
2.05 21

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

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

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

"Why did you apply (the first time) when you did?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Have you ever spent time away from home?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you think we should pick you?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Define public health and what challenges do you expect to encounter? Where over seas do you see yourself working and why?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do your parents do?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

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

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

"The first one asked about my volunteer experience abroad and the conversation just carried on naturally from there...just basically expanding on what was written in the application" More from this Member | Report Response

"TEll me bout yourself" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you have any questions" More from this Member | Report Response

"Detailed questions about Peace Corps service and my upbringing." More from this Member | Report Response

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

"How did certain past experiences form my wish to become a doctor?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why Israel? What do your parents think about this choice?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you have any ideas on what kind of medicine you want to practice?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about this spiritual experience you had. Do you think it was a truly such this, or perhaps your mind was feeling idealistic and wanted to simply help?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

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

"Why should we pick you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why didn't you get in the first round (as your application is strong), and why didn't you apply here last cycle?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why are you interested in international health?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are some of your weaknesses?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Who has made the greatest impact on the public health of the NYC? Answer: The mayor. Please explain how you managed to improve your MCAT scores? I have never seen such a jump." More from this Member | Report Response

"How will adjust to life in Israel?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How did you come to be interested in medicine." More from this Member | Report Response

"What type of medicine do you want to practice?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you think Ben Gurion would be a good fit for you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"The second interviewer took the same approach as the first to start...but added at the end "Is there anything else I should know about you?" Usually those are golden opportunities to take control of the interview but I only ended up mentioning one major thing, my research. Later I regretted not saying much more but I got accepted so I'm guessing it wasn't necessarily a bad thing to keep it short and sweet." More from this Member | Report Response

"Ur interest in medicine" More from this Member | Report Response

"Medical school is tough. Can you handle it?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What else do you want to know about the program?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you plan on doing after you graduate in medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What would be my dream job as a physician?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why the low mcat score?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Why International Health?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

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

"What are your weaknesses?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Where do you see yourself in medicine (what field)? Where can you see yourself practicing medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What area of medicine do you see yourself practicing?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What was the most important medical/psychosocial issue seen at the ER you shadowed in?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Can you tell me more about your research?" More from this Member | Report Response

"They mainly looked off my application and asked Q from there. So be sure and look over this and be able to add more details about international experiences and medical experiences." More from this Member | Report Response

"What are your future goals?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Is your family supportive of your decision to move to Israel given the political situation/safety issues?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Ur researc...and what u want to do in the future" More from this Member | Report Response

"Since you have been accepted into Osteopathic school why do you want to go here?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Where do you see yourself in 10-15 years? What's your dream job?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Explain an ethical dilemma you have faced." More from this Member | Report Response

"Detailed questions about where I served as a Peace Corps volunteer." More from this Member | Report Response

"Particulars about my hobbies, plans for my stay in New York." More from this Member | Report Response

"What books have you read latly?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

What was the most interesting question?

"What kind of medicine to you want to pursue? What interesting movie have you watched this year? What interesting books have you read this year?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How did you take your father's death?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How will you practice medicine internationally if you have to return to the US to pay off your loans?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is your mother's favorite/least favorite thing about you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you were in a medical school class, and you saw two of your classmates copying from each others notes, what would you do?" More from this Member | Report Response

"I was asked if I had read "My Own Country" by Abraham Verghese." More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think is going to happen in Kenya with the political situation there?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Does/will your faith affect how you practice medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What courses besides your pre-med/science courses do you think will be most useful for medical school/the practice of medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If I really wanted to go to an International school given the strength of my file" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing interesting per se since they were based on my application/essay" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about X experience" More from this Member | Report Response

"How does rape in Africa contribute to the spread of HIV/AIDS?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What were the hardest and best parts of your Peace Corps experience?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Just mainly about the tropical medicine projects I do and why I want to go into International Medicine, but that was expected." More from this Member | Report Response

"If I got into an American school and Ben-Gurion, which would I choose and why?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why not be a lawyer like your sibling? " More from this Member | Report Response

"Mostly about my experences in other countries" More from this Member | Report Response

"If a patient of yours liked broncho-dilators for their asthma, but you like a corticosteroid treatment instead, how would you approach this situation." More from this Member | Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Does your family support you moving to Israel? How are you unique?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How did you take your father's death?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you reconcile providing aggressive and expensive medical intervention in a region where the care is not sustainable? Aren't there more cost-effective ways to improve health in the area?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What could you contribute to/gain from a group in an academic setting?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Same as the most interesting question" More from this Member | Report Response

"There were none. It was difficult being myself at times as I felt slightly intimidated by my second interviewer. I think I was slightly nervous for my second interview." More from this Member | Report Response

"Explain your family history, and how that has influenced your decision to work in international health. How you intend to carry this out? Which NGO do you think you might want to work with? (I was also asked if my religious beliefs might lead me to proselytize my patients)" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are your thoughts about active euthanasia?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Since I am a Christian, I was asked an ethical question about giving an abortion." More from this Member | Report Response

"Interviewer asked me to elaborate on ''family problems''" More from this Member | Report Response

"To tell the truth, I was barely asked any questions at all. They just told me I was a very strong candidate and asked if I was sure I wanted to go to BGU." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing difficult either." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about passive euthenasia" More from this Member | Report Response

"What does empowerment mean to you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why aren't you going back to your old job as opposed to pursuing medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"None" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do I handle families who have reversed the DNR on their dying family member?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why are there not enough doctors in Canada?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think will be the hardest part of Medical Schoolfor you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why was your MCAT score low?" More from this Member | Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Thoroughly reviewed the school website., read up on current issues in global health and medicine, watch Youtube videos on interview prep, read UfWash ethics page, and practiced questions with my sister." More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN; went over the school's application as well as secondary questions from all schools I applied to; researched the school and global/international health; went over interview material from my school's career center." More from this Member | Report Response

"Researched the school (excessively), re-read my essays, calmed down and got a good nights sleep." More from this Member | Report Response

"interview feedback, read website" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, school website, reading over my application" More from this Member | Report Response

"Read about the school. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Read extensively on AIDS, malaria, and TB, because I know those were issues in the area I wanted to work and I wanted to be able to speak partially intelligently about why I wanted to work in Africa. I also read up on my applications, WHO and other NGOs. Plus I read absolutely everything I could find about the school." More from this Member | Report Response

"The Medical School Interview book, reading interviews on sdn, reading through the U Wash medical ethics site, mock interviews, reading my essays" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, wrote out common interview Qs and As, read over application" More from this Member | Report Response

"Reviewed website" More from this Member | Report Response

"I did several practice interviews with faculty at my postbac program" More from this Member | Report Response

"Reviewed SDN feedback, mock interview, read up on ethics and my application" More from this Member | Report Response

"AMCAS, school website" More from this Member | Report Response

"Read the website, read over my Peace Corps COS and prepared a bunch of possible questions about my service" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, and practice w/ previous interviews" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, School website, acted like myself." More from this Member | Report Response

"Read website, recapped my application, resume etc." More from this Member | Report Response

"Website, practice interviews, reading the newspaper for current events, reading over my own application." More from this Member | Report Response

"Website/reviewed my research" More from this Member | Report Response

"Brochure, web site, friends and family" More from this Member | Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Everyone was so friendly and genuinely seemed to love the school. They really emphasized the focus on students and I appreciated that." More from this Member | Report Response

"Friendliness of the staff and interviewers." More from this Member | Report Response

"Both interviewers were incredible people, had gone through my application thoroughly, and cared about me as a person and an applicant. With one I felt as if I was meeting with a fairy-godmother-like premed advisor. With the second, I felt as if I was getting to know my new medical school mentor. The community and support at MSIH is visible even in the Columbia U. office. Very cool." More from this Member | Report Response

"the videos and materials about the school" More from this Member | Report Response

"The students, the friendly admissions staff, the program itself" More from this Member | Report Response

"The curriculum and location make this a very unique experience. You will be experiencing things which no other medical students in the States and Canada faces. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Ms Alice is one of the nicest people ever. The interviewers were very congenial." More from this Member | Report Response

"That this program really focuses on international medicine and provides many opportunities to work with diverse populations. I also like how the curriculum includes courses which focus on the broader areas of health. It's a nearly perfect fit for my future career goals." More from this Member | Report Response

"They had several videos and pamphlets on the school and emails from students answering Qs about the school as well as in-depth booklets on each of the 6 wk overseas clinical experiences. Also, Alice went over a lot of info about the school, and I was able to stay as long as I liked looking at their pamphlets. Interviewers were very nice." More from this Member | Report Response

"Alice Mahoney in the office is so nice. The viewbooks in the waiting room have emails that students wrote about their experiences." More from this Member | Report Response

"Everyone was very friendly, knew a lot about me, and they were very enthusiastic about the program and the students." More from this Member | Report Response

"The admin staff was great, especially Alice." More from this Member | Report Response

"The size, caliber, resources, money, hospitals, staff, support, class size of the school" More from this Member | Report Response

"That they were so well prepared. They knew everything about me before I came (based on my essays)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Friendly staff that tries hard to compensate for the fact that students are not available to talk to. Alice is awesome, and pretty much dotes on you hand and foot!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Columbia University and the affiliated Ivy League schools back this program up 300% and give you awesome exposure to great residencey programs at all of the top eastern US hospitals affiliated with schools like Dartmouth, Harvard, Brown, etc. I was also pleased to hear that BGU graduates also can enter residency programs at these hospitals without entering the match system because you are considered an IMG, However, you do not need to take any special IMG testing to work in the US. So if the program you do rotations at likes you, it is possible to lock down an awesome residency program without having to enter the rat race. Also the class size is really small (25-38 people) so you get a lot of one on one time and the class acts like a family away from home." More from this Member | Report Response

"How personable my interviewers were." More from this Member | Report Response

"The fact that they asked ME to evaluate my interview experience." More from this Member | Report Response

"Everyone was very enthusiastic about the school and all of the students. How well the faculty knew the students" More from this Member | Report Response

"There was a feedback and suggestion book in the office that talked about what to bring, what to expect, and how to generally adjust to life in Israel." More from this Member | Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Nothing negative, I only wish it were easier to visit the school and see the actual campus" More from this Member | Report Response

"There is no food/drink provided. Eat beforehand, the interview day can... extend." More from this Member | Report Response

"my first interviewer was rather harsh and called me naive" More from this Member | Report Response

"They might have to cancel the two month clerkships abroad, which strongly affects the curriculum" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing...this school is perfect for me." More from this Member | Report Response

"The information handed out and in the videos does not give a great grasp of what living in Be'er Sheva might be like." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing." More from this Member | Report Response

"Obviously it is hard to get an impression of the school campus when you aren't interviewing in Israel." More from this Member | Report Response

"One interviewer was incredibly nice, but the other seemed rushed and uninterested." More from this Member | Report Response

"You have to sit through three videos about the school. It wasn't really an interview for me, they basically just told me I got in. I felt like I wasted my time and money buying a suit, practicing my interview skills, and going all the way out to New York." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing really...one interviewer was running late so I waited around a bit but I understand." More from this Member | Report Response

"The fact that i couldnt find too many negatives...except it is 5 years." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing. This school is awesome if you are truly interested in International Medicine. If you are not sincere about it, don't waste their time applying because they will see right through you." More from this Member | Report Response

"Wish there were students around to offer info about school, but understandably this is not possible. " More from this Member | Report Response

"The lack of info for Canadian applicants." More from this Member | Report Response

"Second interviewer did not know much about the school" More from this Member | Report Response

"Not much. I was alone for my time there. It might have been nice to sit amongst some other applicants so we could chat." More from this Member | Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Nothing, just really review your own application and essays and be confident. The interviews were open file and very conversational." More from this Member | Report Response

"How conversational the interviews would be." More from this Member | Report Response

"There's no food and nothing to drink. Even though there are only 2 interviews, I was in the office for almost five hours. Maybe bring a snack. They will ask you about languages in detail, as well as intercultural and international experiences. Be prepared to speak at length about anything on that topic. Also, plenty of the faculty and individuals in admissions are comfortable with Hebrew. I'd... not overstate your language abilities." More from this Member | Report Response

"I wish that I had a few more days notice about the interview, and that I would need to bring extra water with me (its in the negev!)" More from this Member | Report Response

"I wish I had better questions and more questions to ask the interviewers. " More from this Member | Report Response

"That the first interview with the dean would be so conversational. I wish I had prepared more intelligent questions to ask her. " More from this Member | Report Response

"The importance of learning Hebrew. Your third year clinicals will be virtually all in Hebrew." More from this Member | Report Response

"That the Columbia office handles only the interview and admissions proccess and has next to nothing to do with the school itself. " More from this Member | Report Response

"That one of the interviewer's was on the ethics board - he didn't actually ask me anything directly pertaining to ethical issues, but it happened to come up during the conversation. Thankfully he didn't grill me and we had a decent discussion nonetheless." More from this Member | Report Response

"That they offer an MD/MPH, MD/PH.D. " More from this Member | Report Response

"That you're on your own for lunch." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing, I already knew a lot about this school. " More from this Member | Report Response

"That the school has a two month orientation period. " More from this Member | Report Response

"What a small program it is, and how much support the students receive, both from the American office, and in Israel." More from this Member | Report Response

"The students spend a lot of free time with the faculty" More from this Member | Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Very positive impression of the school. It is my number one choice so I hope to hear good news!" More from this Member | Report Response

"The interview process for me was so positive and optimistic that it's hard to make it through the post-interview wait. I will be crushed if this school doesn't end up accepting me." More from this Member | Report Response

"In my humble opinion, this is the best medical program in the world. MD with an adventure. I will be turning down US and Canadian schools to go here. " More from this Member | Report Response

"This school is a once in a life time opportunity. I turned down Stateside schools in order to attend. It will be perfect, however, for only a very few people and absolutely the worst possible option for everyone else. You need to be certain you are passionate about international medicine; otherwise don't apply. I look forward to meeting any of you that should choose to come here." More from this Member | Report Response

"It was a very relaxed and fun day. Everyone was incredibly friendly and made me feel comfortable. The interviews were pleasant and felt more like conversations." More from this Member | Report Response

"Unfortunately I arrived from the airport a bit late, but they were very understanding. Alice ran through info about the school, and I watched a couple of videos. I then had one interview with a pulmonologist (30 min) and then Alice finished going over the school info, and I asked her lots of Qs. Then I had a second interview with a PhD (about 40 min). I was free to go after this but took time to look over some of the informational materials they had." More from this Member | Report Response

"Very easy and stress free. " More from this Member | Report Response

"I got there way ahead of time but there were already other applicants there for interviews so I just joined the video presentations and such till my interview time. The admin was very accommodating throughout the whole process. The interviewers were friendly and approachable. Ben Gurion interviews are known for being laid back - they're looking for students with motivation and genuine desire to do international health so they won't ask you obscure questions to see how well you handle bs situations." More from this Member | Report Response

"Long day, the school is great, the facilities are great, and u will really enjoy ur time at Ben Gurion" More from this Member | Report Response

"Amazing" More from this Member | Report Response

"The interview is @ Columbia U in NY. You're usually the only one interviewing that day because it's such a small program, but it's kind of nice that way because all the focus is on you and there's plenty of opportunity for one-on-one Q&A. You watch a few videos on the school, the students, and are given a lot of reading material on the uniqueness of the program. If you're into international health, this is the place to be!" More from this Member | Report Response

"The Columbia office is wonderful and very helpful in answering all of my questions. The interviewers were very personable and friendly. Both interviews went very well. " More from this Member | Report Response

"I had already learned all I needed to about this school before the interview. I had very positive experiences with my interviewers. One in particular was very easy to converse with and applauded my accomplishments. " More from this Member | Report Response

"2 interviews, both very comfortable. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Positive. Basic, easily answerable questions. I somewhat got rattled in the beginning since I felt the first interviewer wasn't so keen on me. But I pushed past it and answered the best I could. It must have worked out fine since I was accepted that afternoon." More from this Member | Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Response # Responders
Student 2
Faculty member 1
Admissions staff 9
Other 1

How did the tourguide seem?

Response # Responders
Enthusiastic 13
Neutral 0
Discouraging 0

How do you rank the facilities?

Response Avg # Responders
7.24 17

0 = low, 10 = high

What is your in-state status?

Response # Responders
In state 1
Out of state 15

What was your total time spent traveling?

Response # Responders
0-1 hour 5
2-3 hours 3
4-6 hours 3
7+ hours 8

What was your primary mode of travel?

Response # Responders
Airplane 10
Automobile 3
Train or subway 5
Other 1

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

Response # Responders
< $100 5
$101-$200 3
$201-$300 4
$301-$400 2
$401-$500 3
$501+ 2

What airport did you use?

newark

LaGuardia

JFK

LGA

LGD

Where did you stay?

Response # Responders
At school facility 0
With students at the school 1
Friends or family 8
Hotel 6
Home 0
Other 0

General Info

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

Response Avg # Responders
7.67 21

0 = low, 10 = high

What is your ranking of this school's location?

Response Avg # Responders
7.33 21

0 = low, 10 = high

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

Response Avg # Responders
7.57 21

0 = low, 10 = high

How is the responsiveness of the admissions office?

Response Avg # Responders
9.10 10

0 = low, 10 = high

How is the friendliness of the admissions office?

Response Avg # Responders
9.50 10

0 = low, 10 = high

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

Response Avg # Responders
5.00 10

0 = low, 10 = high

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