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  • Ben-Gurion University - Medical School for International Health (Israel)
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • New York
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?

9 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

60+ minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At a regional location

How many people interviewed you?

2

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)?

"Why did you apply (the first time) when you did?" Report Response

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

"Why didn't you get in the first round (as your application is strong), and why didn't you apply here last cycle?" Report Response

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

"Where do you see yourself in medicine (what field)? Where can you see yourself practicing medicine?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"How will you practice medicine internationally if you have to return to the US to pay off your loans?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"How do you reconcile providing aggressive and expensive medical intervention in a region where the care is not sustainable? Aren't there more cost-effective ways to improve health in the area?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Researched the school (excessively), re-read my essays, calmed down and got a good nights sleep." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Both interviewers were incredible people, had gone through my application thoroughly, and cared about me as a person and an applicant. With one I felt as if I was meeting with a fairy-godmother-like premed advisor. With the second, I felt as if I was getting to know my new medical school mentor. The community and support at MSIH is visible even in the Columbia U. office. Very cool." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"There is no food/drink provided. Eat beforehand, the interview day can... extend." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"There's no food and nothing to drink. Even though there are only 2 interviews, I was in the office for almost five hours. Maybe bring a snack. They will ask you about languages in detail, as well as intercultural and international experiences. Be prepared to speak at length about anything on that topic. Also, plenty of the faculty and individuals in admissions are comfortable with Hebrew. I'd... not overstate your language abilities." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"The interview process for me was so positive and optimistic that it's hard to make it through the post-interview wait. I will be crushed if this school doesn't end up accepting me." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Admissions staff

How did the tourguide seem?

Enthusiastic

How do you rank the facilities?

5 out of 10

What is your in-state status?

Out of state

What was your total time spent traveling?

7+ hours

What was your primary mode of travel?

Airplane

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

$501+

What airport did you use?

JFK

Where did you stay?

Friends or family

How would you rate the hotel?

5 out of 10

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?

No Response

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

02/04/2011

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

5 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

10 out of 10

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

10 out of 10

How is the responsiveness of the admissions office?

10 out of 10

How is the friendliness of the admissions office?

10 out of 10

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

3 out of 10

What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

"Ms. Mahoney is an incredible person. She lives up to the feedback already available about her on SDN. She reminds me of a nice NYC Jewish grandma." Report Response

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