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  • Ponce Health Sciences University (Puerto Rico)
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Ponce
Individual Feedback 1 9 Responses
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Response # Responders
Positively 7
Negatively 1
No change 1

What was the stress level of the interview?

Response Avg # Responders
3.22 9

0 = low, 10 = high

How you think you did?

Response Avg # Responders
8.50 8

0 = low, 10 = high

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

Response Avg # Responders
5.29 7

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 1
30 minutes 0
35 minutes 0
40 minutes 0
45 minutes 3
50 minutes 1
55 minutes 0
60+ minutes 4

Where did the interview take place?

Response # Responders
At the school 9
At a regional location 0
At another location 0

What was the style of the interview?

Response # Responders
One-on-one 7
In a group 2

What type of interview was it?

Response # Responders
Open file 2
Closed file 6

How many people interviewed you?

Response Average # Responders
2.00 9

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

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

"Tell me about the research you have done?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you understand about the Reforma?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

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

"why do you want to be a doctor" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are 3 current medical/health issues that are going to become more important?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Any volunteer experience, community service, publications, awards, merits?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your volunteer experience?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Where do you see health care in Puerto Rico headed over the next 10-15 years?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you know a little about the health care reform in Puerto Rico?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How de we know you will not transfer back to the U.S. after finishing the basic sciences?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Have you done any research" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think about the bombings in Madrid (I had studied abroad there) which led to how I felt after Sept. 11 and then how I felt about the war in Iraq. That then led into how I make difficult decisions." More from this Member | 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?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you do to keep organized and to keep up with your studies?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Where do you see health care in the United States headed over the next 10-15 years?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How will you deal with moving to Puerto Rico?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What recent clinical experiences have you had?" More from this Member | Report Response

"My interviewer asked if I'm the only daughter in my family and since I am he wanted to know how my parents felt about my coming to Puerto Rico and why I applied to Ponce." More from this Member | Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Do you love birds?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Who is the most inspiring person that you like (must not be someone you know perosonally)?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Should we have invaded Iraq?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you and another applicant have the same GPA and MCAT scores, why should we pick you over the other applicant?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Give your opinion on the following situation: The parents of a sick child genetically manipulate their unborn baby with hopes that it will later help save the life of its sibling." More from this Member | Report Response

"What kind of guarutee can you give us that you won't transfer back tothe states after completeing your basic sciences? " More from this Member | Report Response

"What's your favorite class this semester, and why? Oh, and both my interviewers asked how I had done in my Calculus classes but didn't ask about any other grades in other classes." More from this Member | Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"What's the relationship between PR and the US?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think of the US. healthcare system?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How should the Reforma be fixed?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What percentage of residents in the state of Florida (I'm from Florida) are considered medically underserved?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Same as above." More from this Member | Report Response

"How I felt about the fact that I'm going to be studying non-stop for the next 4 years and then completely in debt after that." More from this Member | Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN, AMCAS, wiki" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, Kaplan, and Puerto Rican newspapers for current events" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN website, Ponce Website, Kaplan" More from this Member | Report Response

"Ask my friend who was a second year there at the time and his friends. AMCAS, SDN and some experience interviewing at another school." More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, reading about the PR reform, newspaper, spoke with doctors." More from this Member | Report Response

"Sunblock and internet. Just know spanish! Medalla always helps post interview." More from this Member | Report Response

"read up on PR health reforms, of which no questions were asked. SDN, practice the spanish, mucho" More from this Member | Report Response

"I stayed with a couple first year students and they gave me a mock interview in Spanish." More from this Member | 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." More from this Member | Report Response

"The interviewers were very nice and laid back. " More from this Member | Report Response

"friendly students and administrative staff" More from this Member | Report Response

"The small class size and the close relationship the students have with each other." More from this Member | Report Response

"The professors were very involved with the students at the school. They keep a close eye on the class and make sure everyone does well. How well the class does on the boards!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Friendliest faculty and student body of any medical school I have visited. Also, tropical beaches and endless summer are a nice touch." More from this Member | Report Response

"students were happy and thought that Ponce, although more expensive, was a better school than UCC." More from this Member | Report Response

"It's very laid back. The professors and students are very friendly. It's a great atmosphere." More from this Member | 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." More from this Member | Report Response

"A tour was not given." More from this Member | Report Response

"Students seemed somewhat insecure. They were constantly putting down UCC and UPR, stating that their school was better. Enough already! Why don't you sell me on the positive points of your school instead of "We do this better than UCC" or we have better recognition than UPR. " More from this Member | Report Response

"The facilities are not great." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing" More from this Member | Report Response

"School is a little hard to find and not many people can tell you how to find it." More from this Member | Report Response

"they told me no classes were being held (to sit in on), but I walked the halls and found a microbio class" More from this Member | Report Response

"Both my interviews were done in Spanish (I'm not Hispanic) but I had been expecting one in English. Other students got 2 English interviews." More from this Member | 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." More from this Member | Report Response

"An easier way to find the school and that it takes much longer to get there than it should. Fortunately I arrived the night before. If you are flying into San Juan, plan accordingly as Ponce is on the southern part of the island well away from San Juan." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing, my purpose was to see how everything worked." More from this Member | Report Response

"How relaxed the entire day would be." More from this Member | Report Response

"There is a possibility of getting a group interview where it's a professor, a staff member and 3-4 interviewees." More from this Member | 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)." More from this Member | Report Response

"Seems like a great area but I did not get to meet any students on interview day. The interviewers were pleasant and made us laugh." More from this Member | Report Response

"Interviews were laid back and were conducted in both Spanish and English. The student interviewer seemed enthusiastic. I felt though that the staff and students could focus more on selling their school as opposed to trying to disparage other schools. I mean, what's the point? It is a laid back place and the people are friendly. There is a lot to do, but not nearly as much as in San Juan, but if you like a smaller city that may be OK." More from this Member | Report Response

"My interviews were pretty lay back. They just wanted to know me. My first interview went great and I had a serious and somewhat sarcastic second interviewer but we ended up talking about the World Basebal Classic, so it wasn't that bad. The fascilities are not great, neither the passing rate for the USMLE Step 1, but I don't think the school is entirely responsible for the latter. Some student have way too much fun. The culture and people however are great. The style of life is very lay back and the food is awesome. But what impressed me the most was the friendliness of the students. They are like a family, helping each other out, which is a huge plus in my opinion. I wouldn't hesitate to go to Ponce." More from this Member | Report Response

"The interviews were stimulating conversations. I didn't want them to end. Both interviewers were young and proud to be working at Ponce. I could tell they would make great mentors." More from this Member | Report Response

"one with financial aid director, one with library director. They both asked pretty much the same questions because I could see their rubric/scoring sheet. Standard questions." More from this Member | Report Response

"I had a really good time at Ponce. Everyone is very nice and helpful. My first interview was a little more stressful since it lasted about an hour and he asked me absolutely everything down to what was covered in the Physiology course I had taken. The second interview wasn't stressful at all." More from this Member | Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Response # Responders
Student 1
Faculty member 0
Admissions staff 2
Other 1

How did the tourguide seem?

Response # Responders
Enthusiastic 3
Neutral 0
Discouraging 0

How do you rank the facilities?

Response Avg # Responders
5.13 8

0 = low, 10 = high

What is your in-state status?

Response # Responders
In state 2
Out of state 6

What was your total time spent traveling?

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

What was your primary mode of travel?

Response # Responders
Airplane 7
Automobile 1
Train or subway 0
Other 0

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

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

What airport did you use?

PSE

SJU

Where did you stay?

Response # Responders
At school facility 0
With students at the school 3
Friends or family 2
Hotel 2
Home 1
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
5.88 8

0 = low, 10 = high

What is your ranking of this school's location?

Response Avg # Responders
7.38 8

0 = low, 10 = high

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

Response Avg # Responders
8.38 8

0 = low, 10 = high

How is the responsiveness of the admissions office?

Response Avg # Responders
7.50 2

0 = low, 10 = high

How is the friendliness of the admissions office?

Response Avg # Responders
9.00 2

0 = low, 10 = high

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

Response Avg # Responders
9.00 2

0 = low, 10 = high

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