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  • Universidad Central Del Caribe School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Bayamón
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

2 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

60+ minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?

1

What was the style of the interview?

One-on-one

What type of interview was it?

Closed file

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

"Why do you want to study medicine?" Report Response

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

"What brings you to Puerto Rico?" Report Response

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

"How will your spouse and daughter adjust to life in PR?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Where do you see the future of the Reforma going?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"None of the questions were really too difficult. Most, in fact, were very straightforward and typical." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Checked with the SDN site. Read up on Puerto Rican healthcare - they have universal health care here (Reforma de la Salud). Looked over the school's website." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Friendliness of the staff. The admissions committee seems to take a genuine interest in each candidate. School has just completed a successful LCME accreditation review." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Some of the buildings could be a little bit more modern, but all in all, it was a good experience." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"My recommendation is that if you come down here you take a little time to figure your way around Bayamon. It is not the easiest to get around. Definitely, ask the admissions office for a map prior to arrival. Also, you will need to stay at a hotel in San Juan. There are no hotels in the immediate Bayamon area. Old San Juan is nice, and you can find a good place to stay there, or you can stay in Condado or the airport area (Carolina, PR)" Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I began the process as soon as I arrived. They are very efficient and there is no excessive waiting around like at other schools. The first thing you do is go to an office and read an article (in Spanish) from a Puerto Rican medical journal - Mine was an article about the elevated suicide rates among the elderly. You are given a piece of paper to comment on the article that you just read. You are given 30 minutes for this process. Next, I interviewed with a physician from the Family Medicine department. The interviewer was extremely nice and the whole experience was relatively stress free. The interview was the last part. The school left a very favorable impression on me. In the mainland US, not many people seemed to know about this school, but it is an LCME accredited medical school. Additionally, it is accredited by the Middle States colleges and universities accreditation board. All of the students seemed happy. It is a small school, but there are several students from the mainland US studying here. I was also happy to learn during the interview that most residencies are in the mainland US, because there are not enough residencies in PR for those that want to stay." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Admissions staff

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

03/23/2004

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