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  • Saba University School of Medicine (Saba, Caribbean)
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Devens
Individual Feedback 2 24 Responses
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Response # Responders
Positively 24
Negatively 0
No change 0

What was the stress level of the interview?

Response Avg # Responders
3.35 23

0 = low, 10 = high

How you think you did?

Response Avg # Responders
8.50 18

0 = low, 10 = high

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

Response Avg # Responders
6.75 16

0 = low, 10 = high
Questions

How long was the interview?

Response # Responders
5 minutes 0
10 minutes 0
15 minutes 1
20 minutes 1
25 minutes 1
30 minutes 11
35 minutes 2
40 minutes 1
45 minutes 4
50 minutes 0
55 minutes 0
60+ minutes 3

Where did the interview take place?

Response # Responders
At the school 0
At a regional location 5
At another location 17

What was the style of the interview?

Response # Responders
One-on-one 12
In a group 12

What type of interview was it?

Response # Responders
Open file 22
Closed file 2

How many people interviewed you?

Response Average # Responders
2.17 24

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

"What would you do if you don't become a Physician?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you know about our school" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do You know about the USMLE" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you know about SABA island?" More from this Member | Report Response

"what do you know about SABA and the island. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Which Caribbean schools did you apply?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell us what you know about Saba." More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you know about the USMLE?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why should we accept you? Is there any reason we should not admit you into Saba?" More from this Member | Report Response

"At such a young age, you have truly accomplished a lot, and have devoted your life to becomming a physician. Why do you want to become a doctor so passionately?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If your graduate program wanted you to consider pursuing a PhD after your Masters, what would compel you to still pursue medicine instead of research?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why chose SABA" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"You are obviously very young. Why do you so passionately want to go to medical school. Follow-up: Have you ever considered an MD/PhD program?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you get accepted into St. Matthew's and SABA what factors will you consider before making your decision on what medical school you want to go to." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell us about Saba? " More from this Member | Report Response

"When did you realize about your career choice and how does Saba school of medicine(SSOM)fit into that?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Please see the previous posts posted by other people. i had the same questions as those guys." More from this Member | Report Response

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

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

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

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

"How will you adjust to living in SABA" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you know about USMLE?" More from this Member | Report Response

"tell me about your volunteer experience. " More from this Member | Report Response

"How did you know about the schools? What made you choose them?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell us about yourself. Have you applied to US schools?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you know about SABA?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What made you as a Humanities major want to become a physician? " More from this Member | Report Response

"How is your family dealing with moving away/your medical education at a Caribbean Island?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me a little about your experince in _____ Country, your research experince in lab and your EMT. " More from this Member | Report Response

"What was the most interesting thing you learned in one of your shadowing experiences?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How well do you think you would adjust the life on saba" More from this Member | Report Response

"How does your family feel that you have to live so far away for 20 months?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Name four characteristics of being a doctor that really compell you to pursue being a doctor." More from this Member | Report Response

"Emphasize on your personal statement." More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you know about the USMLE's?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Favorite place to travel? why(most memorable moment)?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me 3 good things about yourself" More from this Member | Report Response

"Explain what you know about SABA/SSOM?" More from this Member | Report Response

"how much do you know about SABA? " More from this Member | Report Response

"Have you had any clinical experience?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Have you applied to other schools or programs?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Explain your unusual academic background" More from this Member | Report Response

"What clinical experiences do you have" More from this Member | Report Response

"What volunteer experience do you have?" More from this Member | Report Response

"how's your family feel about you going away to an island. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Would you want to learn how to surf?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How is your family dealing with moving away/your medical education at a Caribbean Island?" More from this Member | Report Response

"The deductive reasoning question listed above." More from this Member | Report Response

"What semester would you prefer to start?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How will you decide which school to attend/What criteria would you use?" More from this Member | Report Response

"For someone who has done a lot, you seem very humble. We like that in our students. Followed by would you practice medicine in your native country?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If accepted to another Caribbean school and SABA, how would you make the decision as to which school you will attend?" More from this Member | Report Response

"would you recommend taking a kick boxing class to someone else" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you get accepted to other schools, what are the criteria will you look at before matriculating?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell us everything you know about Saba. Follow-up: You've applied to a lot of other (U.S.) schools. Why would you consider going to Saba?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me what you know about the USMLE's." More from this Member | Report Response

"Clinical work / island of SABA / SABA university questions" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you feel about moving around during your clinical rotations?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me 3 bad things about yourself" More from this Member | Report Response

"What were my clinical experiences and what do I do in my spare time?" More from this Member | Report Response

"more like a conversation after that" More from this Member | Report Response

"Would you be willing to move around during your clinical rotations?" More from this Member | Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Have you thought of being a PA?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is one lesson you learned from volunteering/shadowing that you will use as you become a physician" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do u know about the SABA island?" More from this Member | Report Response

"not really, all were very general" More from this Member | Report Response

"What schools did you apply?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"A deductive reasoning question in which the interviews wanted both a response to the question as well as your analytical reasoning in support of your answer." More from this Member | Report Response

"I see that you play the violin and viola, tell me about that." More from this Member | Report Response

"Is there any reason we should not admit you into Saba?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Would you practice medicine in your native country after you become a doctor?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If your graduate program wanted you to consider pursuing a PhD after your Masters, what would compel you to still pursue medicine instead of research?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Would you recommend kick boxing to someone else?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Your Proffessor wrote in your recommendation that you are very enthusiatic, can you give us a reason or a situation why she wrote this?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Interviewer: Tell us everything you know about Saba. Me: The school or the island. Interviewer: Both. Interviewer (skeptical of whether I wanted to do research more than clinical medicine): Why don't you just pursue an MD/PhD program? (Kind of a trick question, because Saba doesn't offer an MD/PhD program. If that was what you really wanted to do, Saba is definately not the place for you.)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell us about your culture (because in my personal statement I have talked about my culture a lot) " More from this Member | Report Response

"Will your MCAT score be reflective of how you perform on the USMLE'S?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell us about Saba as if we had never been there." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why I decided to go to Saba and how does the school fit into my overall goals?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is one difficulty you will face when you come to Saba/Saba Med. School?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Please see the posts posted by the others b4 me. It was about the same for me too." More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing really, basic questions: why doctor?, why SABA? but the interview was a phone interview (would be too much trouble for canidates to fly down to Caribbean just for interview- esp. if the canidate doesn't yet have a passport)." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about Saba, as if I didn't know anything about the school or the island, and why I should go there." More from this Member | Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"None" More from this Member | Report Response

"Explain your unusual academic background" More from this Member | Report Response

"None. Was ready for all their questions." More from this Member | Report Response

"None, per se." More from this Member | Report Response

"How are you going to pay for the first semester tuition since we don't offer loans at the first semester?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What did you get a C in some clss?" More from this Member | Report Response

"None." More from this Member | Report Response

"A question related to psychoanalytical theory. I had forgotten the theorist's name they were looking for." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why did you withdraw from Genetics?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Is there any reason we should not admit you into Saba?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing really, just very laid back and informal." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why would you chose to go to SABA over any other medical school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why did you take math in a community college and not at your university?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Name four characteristics of being a doctor that really compell you to pursue being a doctor. It's so obvious that you can't even respond with "I want to help people, times four." I actually knew what I wanted to say, but didn't have the four ideas separated. So it came out as one big response with like 50 characteristcs all meshed together. I was officially on the second characterisitc after literally a five minute resopnse, and I asked them if I should continue. They said no...recognizing I responded with much more than four characteristics. ^_^" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why did you not take the mcat" More from this Member | Report Response

"relating passion to the things in my life" More from this Member | Report Response

"Pretty Standards Q's nothing to difficult" More from this Member | Report Response

"Please see above." More from this Member | Report Response

"see above" More from this Member | Report Response

"What other schools have you applied to? If you were accepted to both, which would you choose and why?" More from this Member | Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read about the school and found out who would be doing the interview" More from this Member | Report Response

"Going over my application, reading SDN and ValueMD" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN interview feedback, read personal statement and application" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, read a couple sites on SABA island, " More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, ValueMD" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, SABA website" More from this Member | Report Response

"Read feedback from this page." More from this Member | Report Response

"Mock interview. Researched the island as well as the school. Researched current medical events. Looked over entire application and resume." More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, ValueMD forums, and I spoke with a current student." More from this Member | Report Response

"Saba's website, SDN Interview Feedback, Mock Interview" More from this Member | Report Response

"saba.edu, sabatourism.com, google, SDN, valumd.com" More from this Member | Report Response

"valuemd.com, saba website" More from this Member | Report Response

"this website and looked up the island on google" More from this Member | Report Response

"Reviewed my personal statement, browsed thru the Student Doctor forums and interview feedback, saba.edu, valuemd.com" More from this Member | Report Response

"Just thought about why I really pursued medical school. Surely there was something. Thought about something unique Saba could offer than other schools couldn't, namely U.S. schools." More from this Member | Report Response

"I browsed the school's website. I went over my application and personal statement. I browsed this website." More from this Member | Report Response

"valuemd.com , SABA website" More from this Member | Report Response

"Internet research (www.saba.edu, www.sabatourism.com, www.studentdoctor.com, www.valuemd.com)" More from this Member | Report Response

"valuemd.com, school website and sabatourism.com" More from this Member | Report Response

"Using Studentdoctor.net, valuemd." More from this Member | Report Response

"School website, school catalog and this site." More from this Member | Report Response

"visited SDN, visited www.saba.edu, visited www.valuemd.com" More from this Member | Report Response

"Went over standard lists of questions, came up with a list of questions to ask the interviewers (VERY HELPFUL)" More from this Member | Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"They knew about me" More from this Member | Report Response

"That the interviewer really knew my application inside and out" More from this Member | Report Response

"Interviewers tried to let me know about what I was getting into in coming to the carribean." More from this Member | Report Response

"The interviewer was considerated for my finance situation and letting me know that I should keep it in mind. " More from this Member | Report Response

"It was a phone interview." More from this Member | Report Response

"The interviewers were very "light", they cracked jokes and made me feel at ease. They seemed vey "human"." More from this Member | Report Response

"Didn't actually visit. It was by phone. However, the interviewers were very friendly and did not seem hostile at all." More from this Member | Report Response

"Very nice people, extremely friendly." More from this Member | Report Response

"The interviewers were very relaxed and did not seem to pose questions to make you look stupid. They instead seemed to genuinely want to understand my motivations for pursuing medicine." More from this Member | Report Response

"the student professor ratio" More from this Member | Report Response

"Saba isn't a research powerhouse. Most of the faculty have the sole job of being educators." More from this Member | Report Response

"One of the interviewers was interested about my hometown" More from this Member | Report Response

"Very relaxed and informative" More from this Member | Report Response

"How the school has progressed with the new gym and the new library." More from this Member | Report Response

"No visits" More from this Member | Report Response

"NY approval. Now we can do clinicals and residency in NY. This is a good thing!" More from this Member | Report Response

"no visit, it was a phone interview. but i was impressed at how enthusiatic and positive the interviewers were about the school. they sold the school well." More from this Member | Report Response

"Phone interview - did not visit campus. Interviewers were very informative and answered all of my questions." More from this Member | Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"One interviewer didn't not seem to understand me as a non-traditional student" More from this Member | Report Response

"I could barely hear the interviewer at times - It was over the phone..." More from this Member | Report Response

"The interviewer was aggressive, but he knew what he was talking about. You can't fake or BS him. " More from this Member | Report Response

"It was over the phone and it's difficult to hear them. " More from this Member | Report Response

"One of interviewers did not ask me many questions but seemed to want to embarrass me in a very mean way." More from this Member | Report Response

"The fact that it was often difficult to properly hear b/c their telephone connection was not the greatest. " More from this Member | Report Response

"The quality of the phone conversation (their end was a conference call) made it difficult to hear." More from this Member | Report Response

"I wanted to learn more about how they compared to other schools, but they wouldn't elaborate too much on it. " More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing" More from this Member | Report Response

"small 5 mile island" More from this Member | Report Response

"The phone quality was poor and I had to ask them to repeat some questions" More from this Member | Report Response

"not very organized" More from this Member | Report Response

"No visits" More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing really." More from this Member | Report Response

"Did not seem to have reviewed my application very thoroughly i.e. my essay." More from this Member | Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Nothing more" More from this Member | Report Response

"That it was going to be so stress-free and conversational" More from this Member | Report Response

"N/A" More from this Member | Report Response

"That most people have to relocate several times during the clinical clerkship years." More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing" More from this Member | Report Response

"I had a lot of questions. Make sure you make a list of questions to ask them. They were eager to answer them. Everything from student involvement, where you would live, what do students eat, financial aid, etc. Anything you can think of, ask them." More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing. i was pretty well prepared. just have some questions to ask them before hand." More from this Member | Report Response

"Should have researched more particulars about the school and island to be prepared for interview. (Check out school web site saba.edu and valuemd.com.)" More from this Member | Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Agreeable and supportive interview" More from this Member | Report Response

"Was interviewed by a male and female. Could not hear the female clearly so the male had to repeat to me every questions she asked. Felt weird and funny to me. Still got accepted though." More from this Member | Report Response

"It was kinda laid back but since I was a transfer student, it was a bit intimidating. " More from this Member | Report Response

"it was very laid back, and it's more like a conversation. " More from this Member | Report Response

"It was an easy, laid-back interview, and they really wanted to impress me and wanted me to come to this school. They asked me questions, and it was like a conversation that you could do with your professors or friends. They wanted me to know some of the facts about the Caribbean schools and told me that other schools would lie to me or something like that. They were great, but then I think they shouldn't have said that. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Pretty much relaxed. They did most of the talking. Interview started off with the weather." More from this Member | Report Response

"Overall, good experience. Not stressful. Hung up phone feeling confident I had done well." More from this Member | Report Response

"On the whole, I felt very positive about the experience and the quality of education at Saba. They get into some excellent residencies." More from this Member | Report Response

"It was a phone interview. There were 2 interviewers. I was only asked about 2-3 questions, and then if I had any questions to ask them. It was very relaxed. The interviewers were friendly and also joked a little. I could not hear them sometimes, that was the only glitch." More from this Member | Report Response

"Great experince, they really look at you as a whole applicant. Make sure you really review your application, your statement, resume, anything you have submitted, they will ask questions. Just be honest, look at them stright in the eye. Don't make up anything, they want to know you, so be relaxed, calm and throw in a joke here and there to make them laugh...so them you are more than just numbers...show your humane side as well.." More from this Member | Report Response

"This was a phone interview. The interviewers were nice, friendly, and seemed knowledgable about SABA. They were ready to answer my questions, and seemed interested in getting to know me as an applicant and person." More from this Member | Report Response

"it was a really laid back interview no real pressure they started talking first so it was easier to break the ice" More from this Member | Report Response

"It was over the phone, very freindly and relaxed interview, was more of a conversation really." More from this Member | Report Response

"I'm from Wisconsin so Saba did a phone interview. If you are close to their US Office in Massachusetts, I think they do a personal interview. I was 19 when I applied and had heavy research experience. Everything they asked me pretty much revolved around these two thems: you are very young and why I wanted an MD instead of a PhD. I guess I kind of overemphasized my research because I figured it would give me an advantage over other students. I definately knew I wanted to pursue an MD, but they weren't so sure at first and wanted to verify that it was truly what I wanted to do." More from this Member | Report Response

"It was very friendly and conversational. It was not difficult at all-there were no tricky questions." More from this Member | Report Response

"It was pretty good, made it very comfortable" More from this Member | Report Response

"It was really good. It was more like a conversation and they also seemed have read my application and told me things about the school that catered to my interests." More from this Member | Report Response

"The questions were 80% similar to what others have experienced. Therefore this website and Valuemd definitely helped me in preparing for the interview. Also be prepared to have a good explaination for any sort of deficiency on your trnascripts or experiences (if any)." More from this Member | Report Response

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

"again it was a phone interview and very casual. more like a conversation than an interview- they put a lot of effort in trying to sell the school to me because I'm applying to 12 DO/Osteopathic schools as well. generally speaking, I came away impressed by the positive staff, all my interactions with SABA have been positive. I would have to say SABA would be my 1st choice for overseas schools. And the acceptance/rejection comes back the next week, very quick turnaround. I get word next week so let's hope for the best." More from this Member | Report Response

"Overall, low stress. Interviewed with school president, registrar's office rep, and financial aid rep. Most of the interview time was spent with them telling me more about the school and me asking questions. The worst part of the interview was trying to understand what everyone was saying on the conference call." 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 3

How did the tourguide seem?

Response # Responders
Enthusiastic 2
Neutral 1
Discouraging 0

How do you rank the facilities?

Response Avg # Responders
6.77 13

0 = low, 10 = high

What is your in-state status?

Response # Responders
In state 0
Out of state 14

What was your total time spent traveling?

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

What was your primary mode of travel?

Response # Responders
Airplane 1
Automobile 1
Train or subway 8
Other 4

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

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

What airport did you use?

ATL, SXM, Juancho Yrausquin

Where did you stay?

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

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?

Would you recommend the hotel?

General Info

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

Response Avg # Responders
6.88 16

0 = low, 10 = high

What is your ranking of this school's location?

Response Avg # Responders
6.80 15

0 = low, 10 = high

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

Response Avg # Responders
6.31 13

0 = low, 10 = high

How is the responsiveness of the admissions office?

Response Avg # Responders
9.50 4

0 = low, 10 = high

How is the friendliness of the admissions office?

Response Avg # Responders
9.25 4

0 = low, 10 = high

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

Response Avg # Responders
7.00 4

0 = low, 10 = high

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