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  • Saba University School of Medicine (Saba, Caribbean)
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Devens
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

2 out of 10

How you think you did?

9 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

8 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

30 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At another location

How many people interviewed you?

2

What was the style of the interview?

In a group

What type of interview was it?

Open file

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

"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?" Report Response

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

"Name four characteristics of being a doctor that really compell you to pursue being a doctor." Report Response

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

"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?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"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.)" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"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. ^_^" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"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." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

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

What impressed you negatively?

"Nothing really." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"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." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"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." Report Response

Tour and Travel

What is your in-state status?

Out of state

What was your total time spent traveling?

0-1 hour

What was your primary mode of travel?

Other

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

07/05/2005

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

7 out of 10

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