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  • Ross University School of Medicine (Dominica, Caribbean)
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Iselin
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

5 out of 10

How you think you did?

9 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

4 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

40 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At another location

How many people interviewed you?

1

What was the style of the interview?

One-on-one

What type of interview was it?

Open file

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

"What are your strengths / weaknesses?" Report Response

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

"When did you realize you wanted to become a doctor?" Report Response

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

"Do you have a mentor in the medical field, explain your relationship. " Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"With regards to adaptability to the culture & life in the caribbean, give an example of a new situation where you had to adapt and how you were able to overcome the circumstances. For this question, I gave a very non-traditional response, I had already discussed how I had visited India, and Pakistan and had familiarity with poverty and differences in culture, etc. But for this particular question, I answered by saying, the situation I encountered where I had to adapt was " Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Do you think your grades show your potential?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN interview feedback. I made a list of all the questions that were asked that the other students mentioned on this website, and then went through them one by one, and answered them, typed up the answers in bullet point format, and then had my husband interview every morning during breakfast. He would ask me questions randomly from the list. I also used the list that I had created for the questions from the feed back from SGU, but they were different questions. Pretty much the questions I prepared for were the questions I was asked. SDN rocks! Thanks all for providing your feedback!!" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The interviewer although he wasn't a previous student, or a professor or a doctor, they were very relaxed, fun, and inviting. Although they are very very professional, and are a real advertising school, they genuinely want to help you, and give you the best opportunity out there, AND the interviewers have an earnest desire to get you IN. They aren't testing you for " Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"We didn't really get an orientation of the hospital where the clinical rotations occur. Instead we just went to the cafeteria, (where they bought us lunch + point). They bring in a student who is currently doing his/her rotations in Miami in the hospital across the street from the Ross U offices, and she tells you Everything you need to know about living out there, about crime, about flying down there, about clothes, money, books, education, teacher-student relationship, everything. " Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Differences b/w SGU & Ross. I didn't know them, and they asked me that question when they asked what other schools I've applied to. Also, there will be other students there who will be interviewed separately individually, while everyone else waits in a meeting room, watching a movie about Ross U. Knowing a little about how the day is going to pan out is nice to know. " Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Starting from the beginning: Since I'm in Atlanta, they called me down to Miami to visit them there, where they also have clinical rotations. They let me know about Best Western Hotel nearby (10 min walk, free shuttle to and from airport & interview site) which gives discounts to students for Ross (or wanna be students, too!) $79. I bought about $150 ticket round trip with AirTran ($59 one way sale), and then the $80 hotel, and then food for dinner & breakfast, added up to $20. They have breakfast there, but it's not free. They have a restaurant there and it's about $8-10 for a buffet breakfast. Lots of food, but go easy on the breakfast so you're not stuffed or sleepy. I got on the shuttle around 7:45 am after breakfast, and got to the interview site just about 5 min later. There may be other students in the van also, so get to know them and don't feel shy or intimated talking to them. Once we got there, we got int he elevator and went straight to the penthouse. They don't tell you this, but we happened to meet a kid in the van who had attended the interview the day before and he was off to the airport. So you want to go straight up the penthouse (top floor) I think Floor 15 or something. Then, walk out and you'll see the Ross U sign, and the doors are really tough to open, so make sure you PUSH hard! Someone tried walking in late, but couldn't so ended up knocking on the door (he stood out a little)--just cause the doors are difficult to open. Anywya, they say hi, and crack a few jokes, to make everyone feel comfortable. When I was there, there were 2 interviewers. Each interviewer took 1 student with him and walked off into a room (2 interviews going on in separate rooms at the same time) while the rest of us sat around in a meeting room and walked a little video on Ross. We talked and chatted and had fun. When one interview was over, that person came in and waited with us, while one of us went with the now free interviewer. This happened for a few hours. The interviews were not ... Timed. They just happened. some were longer than the other, depedning on how much you ahd to say and how much they asked. They had specific questions, that they had to ask, but it was totally cool if you interrupted them, and asked them questions too about Ross. It was very discussion-like, except he threw in questions evry once in a while. My interviewer was Tom Hueller. Really awesome fun nice guy. He made me feel like he was tyring to get a good image of who I am, what my goals are, why I pursued medicine, etc. He even would re-iterate my answers so that he made sure he understood me correctly. If he was incorrect, then I corrected him. We had a ball, laughed, and cracked up the whole time. It was a lot of fun. If you have the personality. Take it easy. Let yourself be professional but not toooo formal. Know your stuff be yourself. You'll meet others there who may seem -more- qualified than you, but try not to Be them. BE yourself. Just yourself. Some other questions we covered: -Strengths /Weaknesses? -Do Grades show potential? -What cultural exposure have you had? -Give an example when you had to adapt to a situation and explain how you did it. (with regards to cultural adaptability in caribbean) -Favorite non-science course taken -Worst Science Course -When did you know you wanted to be a doctor? -Did you have a mentor in the medical field? -Why Ross? -Is there anything else you want to discuss, that will add to your application? He had the file open right there in fron t of him, and he took notes the whole time, so don't be bothered by that. Don't even pay attention to it. Just make sure he gets a good idea of who you are. After the interview, you all sit in the meeting room talking to the student performing her clerkships (or rotations) in Miami, and you can ask her all the personal questions you want. Really good way to get to know what it's really like down south. She was very very informative, and really got me interested in going there! Then you all meet up with the interviewers & the president Or something, and go to the hospital across the street for lunch. We ate lunch around 1-1.30 (maybe a little early..we were waiting for aquite some time for the interviewers to come downt ot he lobby), and then we just sat and talked about all kinds of non-medically related stuff.. just getting to know them all. It was a lot of fun!" Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

How did the tourguide seem?

Enthusiastic

How do you rank the facilities?

4 out of 10

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?

Airplane

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

$201-$300

What airport did you use?

MIA

Where did you stay?

Hotel

How would you rate the hotel?

8 out of 10

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?

Best Western

Would you recommend the hotel?

yes

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

10/05/2006

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

6 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

4 out of 10

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

4 out of 10

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