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  • Northern Ontario School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Sudbury
Individual Feedback 1 9 Responses
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Response # Responders
Positively 7
Negatively 1
No change 0

What was the stress level of the interview?

Response Avg # Responders
5.56 9

0 = low, 10 = high

How you think you did?

Response Avg # Responders
8.67 9

0 = low, 10 = high

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

Response Avg # Responders
7.44 9

0 = low, 10 = high
Questions

How long was the interview?

Response # Responders
5 minutes 0
10 minutes 0
15 minutes 0
20 minutes 0
25 minutes 0
30 minutes 0
35 minutes 0
40 minutes 0
45 minutes 0
50 minutes 0
55 minutes 0
60+ minutes 9

Where did the interview take place?

Response # Responders
At the school 4
At a regional location 3
At another location 2

What was the style of the interview?

Response # Responders
One-on-one 9
In a group 0

What type of interview was it?

Response # Responders
Open file 0
Closed file 9

How many people interviewed you?

Response Average # Responders
6.44 9

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

"cannot disclose due to signing of confidentiality agreement, however all questions were fair game." More from this Member | Report Response

"Know NOSM's curriculum, teaching style, general program requirements as they may ask about your learning style, or what you think of specific things (all stuff you can get from their website)" More from this Member | Report Response

"In 20 years from now, what do you expect to be doing?" More from this Member | Report Response

"In general: Understand the importance of culture and society in medicine/life, and understand social accountability...all with personal examples" More from this Member | Report Response

"Unable to say, due to strict confidentiality agreements. " More from this Member | Report Response

"sorry... cannot disclose" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Brush up on medical ethics....bring in examples as much as possible to demonstrate you have knowledge of past similar cases." More from this Member | Report Response

"At the end of 1st year, you'll be spending time to immerse yourself in an Aboriginal community. Speculate why, raise issues." More from this Member | Report Response

"In general: Understand what the MMI is about and how its process affects you..." More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Really think about qualities you possess that will make you a good MD and good NOSM student and emphasize these qualities in EVERY answer." More from this Member | Report Response

"How has your experience helped you in fitting with NOSM's large-group sessions and small tutorials?" More from this Member | Report Response

"In general: Understand what NOSM's teaching/learning style is about and how it applies to you and the schools social accountability." More from this Member | Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"a situational medical ethics question" More from this Member | Report Response

"I was surprised at how specific the issues were in the questions (lots of medical ethics).....REALLY make an effort at throwing in personal examples at every station or else the interviewer will not get to know you." More from this Member | Report Response

"A diabetic patient stops taking her conventional medication and turns to faith healing. Discuss issues." More from this Member | Report Response

"pro's and con's of the MCAT and why i think NOSM does not utilize it." More from this Member | Report Response

"what would I do if a peer in my class seemed depressed or suicidal. " More from this Member | Report Response

"signed a confidentiality form.. but the question was in relation to typical stresses upon med students.. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Perhaps the most interesting question was the non-disclosure statement that I signed... therefore prohibiting me from discussing questions in detail. However, in a vague sense, the most interesting questions were those that intricately conjured-up a discussion linking ethics and very current events." More from this Member | Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

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

"A scenario was given and you had to answer how you would deal with it with specific knowledge about the Canadian Health care system....have an idea about what is covered and what is not." More from this Member | Report Response

"Debate the positives and negative issues surrounding clean-needle exchange for addicts. " More from this Member | Report Response

"The ins and outs of providing care for someone doing something you may or may not see as unethical...it may be abortion, steroids, or whatever." More from this Member | Report Response

"you are part of a comittee to decide where the money for health care is spent" More from this Member | Report Response

"something about the health care system.. still not sure to this day what they were asking though.. ambiguous question.." More from this Member | Report Response

"A question pertaining to current problems with the health-care system and possible solutions." More from this Member | Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"read the school website, read up on Northern health issues, improved familiarity with initiatives in Ontario health care system and how they pertain to rural/remote regions, read "Doing Right" by Hebert." More from this Member | Report Response

"Read ''Doing Right''...a medical ethics book, read thestar.com daily, reflected at why I wanted to be an MD." More from this Member | Report Response

"CMAJ's Bioethics for Clinicians" More from this Member | Report Response

"Prepared a series of questions and ethical concepts oriented to medicine, culture, sociology, politics, etc etc..." More from this Member | Report Response

"Created possible questions that would be typically be asked at a med school interview and added the Northern Ontario twist to each. Mock interview at school. Repeatedly practiced with 8 minute time frame, so that I could pace my answer - fill the time, but answer under time." More from this Member | Report Response

"read the paper, practiced answering questions and giving my opinion (then asked for feedback), watched the news and attended a MMI practice session." More from this Member | Report Response

"MMI practice... read.. talked to people... organized my thoughts" More from this Member | Report Response

"Read over my sketch. Watched the news. Remembered to set my clocks ahead one hour. And researched the MMI concept (did a pubmed search for multiple mini interview)." More from this Member | Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The enthusiasm of the students, faculty, administration" More from this Member | Report Response

"how organized the whole process was. Everything was on time." More from this Member | Report Response

"The school, staff, volunteers, they all were inviting and comforting..." More from this Member | Report Response

"Progress made in the previous two years (they actually have a physical location now), how friendly everyone was." More from this Member | Report Response

"how friendly other students were. " More from this Member | Report Response

"how much fun the MMI was.. and how the cases were really and truly geared to understanding issues of Northern or rural ontario- and my experiences. " More from this Member | Report Response

"The faculty were so enthusiastic to finally see students and the community members were really involved with the whole process. They went out of their way to take care of the interviewers, inviting family and friends on the city tour, to lunch, and on the tour of the campus." More from this Member | Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"A lot of interviews (400) for only 56 seats." More from this Member | Report Response

"That they interviewed 415 people for 56 spots....why the extra 15??" More from this Member | Report Response

"Although I respect their efforts to promote medicine in Northern Ontario, Thunder Bay is likely the most abysmal city I have visited. Friends comment on how dangerous the city is and how they don't go to campus at night because the campus is surrounded by bush, thus making rapes not uncommon. A gentleman told me to watch my back in fear of getting stabbed by locals. The general environment seemed unwelcoming. One restaurant owner didn't even know Thunder Bay was host to a new medical school!" More from this Member | Report Response

"The monologue, as opposed to dialogue of the MMI. Would prefer actual conversation." More from this Member | Report Response

"I keep forgetting how ugly Sudbury is." More from this Member | Report Response

"school wasn't built yet, so it was difficult to judge what the facilities were going to be like. the interview process was not well organized...perhaps its because it was their first time? " More from this Member | Report Response

"unorganized somewhat, as a process... we sat down to eat and were told we had two minutes to 'vacate' for the next group coming in.. yet, there was no other place to go! the interview process started at least 15 minutes late. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing that I wasn't expecting. The campus is however small, and Sudbury is more or less barren." More from this Member | Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"How relaxed the whole interview day would be, and how different MMIs can be from school to school." More from this Member | Report Response

"I was unaware before the interview that they throw out your worst answer...apparently they said it in the room, but I didn't hear it. Having that knowledge would have allowed me to ''shake off'' my one bad station a little easier." More from this Member | Report Response

"How degraded the city was and how a significant part of the community is underprivileged/disenfranchised." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing, i'm awesome and prepared ahead of time...hahaha" More from this Member | Report Response

"You can't ask the interviewer any questions/they can't answer any questions about themselves. I wish I could have known what their role/position was (student, resident, community member, staff, faculty). Not new to me, but maybe of note to others: you are not allowed to bring ANYTHING into the interviews with you (no pens, no paper, no water). They provide you with water to bring to the interview with you. If you arrive too early you just end up sitting in a room talking with other nervous interviewees. " More from this Member | Report Response

"to bring a pen or pencil with me! " More from this Member | Report Response

"bring something to write with!" More from this Member | Report Response

"I wish I had known that the majority of my interviewers were concerned / involved members of the community and not faculty." More from this Member | Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I was SUPER stressed before hand, but once you get going the time just flies by." More from this Member | Report Response

"Those applying/accepting offers at NOSM must carefully consider the environment as well as the school itself." More from this Member | Report Response

"Excellent... (advice) If you make it to the interview it is safe to assume you are smart enough to be there. Just relax and go with the flow. Dont be fake, be real, and honest..." More from this Member | Report Response

"It's too bad that the Q&A session with the students wasn't before the interviews. It seems like anything (introductions, chit-chat) that is not part of your official answer is not part of the scoring of the interview. You have two minutes to read a senario/question on the door before entering the room to talk at the interviewer. The interviewers are instructed to give almost no feedback. They do have some follow up questions that they may or may not ask you depending on time, you would like to answer follow-up questions or if you had already addressed them in your answer. Eight minutes seems really long for one question, but in practice, it seemed really short and I had no problem talking for almost that lenght of time." More from this Member | Report Response

"it was a positive experience. I enjoyed the process and found it 'fun'. " More from this Member | Report Response

"positive experience overall. meeting the other applicants was an honor for me.. all the interviewers seemed genuinely interested in what I was saying.. they were friendly, etc." More from this Member | Report Response

"The MMI is an interesting concept. While initially fear of the unknown left me nervous, it turned out to be better than expected, and the 100 minutes of interviewing went really quickly. The format is designed to be more objective and somewhat standardized. And although I expected this design to do away with social niceties, I was mistaken. The interviewers (all 10 of them that I met) were genuinely interested in getting to know me as a person and as an individual who might one day practice medicine in their community." More from this Member | Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Response # Responders
Student 3
Faculty member 1
Admissions staff 1
Other 1

How did the tourguide seem?

Response # Responders
Enthusiastic 5
Neutral 1
Discouraging 0

How do you rank the facilities?

Response Avg # Responders
7.67 9

0 = low, 10 = high

What is your in-state status?

Response # Responders
In state 7
Out of state 2

What was your total time spent traveling?

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

What was your primary mode of travel?

Response # Responders
Airplane 2
Automobile 7
Train or subway 0
Other 0

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

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

What airport did you use?

No responses

Where did you stay?

Response # Responders
At school facility 0
With students at the school 0
Friends or family 3
Hotel 3
Home 0
Other 0

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?

No responses

Would you recommend the hotel?

No responses

General Info

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

Response Avg # Responders
6.63 8

0 = low, 10 = high

What is your ranking of this school's location?

Response Avg # Responders
6.00 9

0 = low, 10 = high

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

Response Avg # Responders
6.11 9

0 = low, 10 = high

How is the responsiveness of the admissions office?

No responses

0 = low, 10 = high

How is the friendliness of the admissions office?

No responses

0 = low, 10 = high

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

No responses

0 = low, 10 = high

What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

No responses

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