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    St. George's Interview

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    Hi Every1,

    new member here, I just got an offer for an interview @ SGU and was wondering what everyone else's experience was like...duration of int., are the questions stressful, do they pick over ur essays etc.

    Thanks all......any input would be helpful

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    no stress

    My interview experience was great. The questions the interviewer asked were not difficult at all. The most challenging was probably 'why do you think you haven't gained admission to a US school?' Overall it was really laid back. My husband made the trip with me (had to drive a few hours south for the interview) and she welcomed him into her office, let him stay through the interview, and spoke with him about what his experience would be like on the island. The essay was a little stressful but only because it was an on the spot sort of thing. The topics are all too familar to anyone who has experience with the application system. The whole thing lasted about an hour and a half, but I have a feeling we did more chatting than most. Honestly it felt like 15 minutes of interview followed by encouragment /recruitment (not quite the right word, but you know what I mean). It was far and away a positive experience. :P

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    interviews

    I think if you did a prospective study on all the candidates pre-interview you'd find that they would be nervous and have some manner of trepidation. This is natural for anyone who's gonna interview for a position that will change their lives (gaining acceptance to med school and a chance to get an M.D.)
    If you did a retrospective study on all the candidates post-interview, you'd find the exact opposite. St. George's interviews are really laid back but professional at the same time. Interviewers aren't really trying to find out how well you'll perform in med school (your stats - GPA, MCATs etc are already an indication of this). They're actually trying to find out who you are as a person. They are there to give you any information about life on the island and also at the same time reinforce that you will be leaving your family and the US and ensure that you'll be able to cope.
    The essay is an essential part of the interview and can be a bit stressful but it does not play a major part in your selection. Just make sense, make sure your grammar is good and you'll be fine. Again, while you'll be a bit nervous going in....the interview is really benign and designed to find out who you are.
    Good luck
    HG

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    I just realized..

    I didnt answer your question did I?

    My interview was not at all stressful. I met the interviewer at his house on the beach with both his black lexus and his Jeep Cherokee parked outside - signs of success after SGU. I was dressed professionally in a suit as was he. I met his wife and his baby daughter and then we went to his dining room to interview. The interview itself lasted around 30 mins and none of the questions were stressful. He asked me if I had any experience in medicine (like was I an EMT or a PA?) and I told him the only experience I had was my volunteer experience in college. It made no difference either way. He also asked if the realization had hit me yet that I was going to leave my family here in the US and go to an island in the caribbean for med school and also assured me that there was lots of support on the island - academically and emotionally.
    He also asked how i learnt of St. George's. We talked a bit more about the school and his own experience and how he was able to secure a good residency and be a success. After that he gave me about 15 mins to do the essay (which I completed in like 5 mins) and then we talked a bit more and I left. Nothing major.
    Any other ques...ask away
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    Interview

    Hey man,

    Don't stress at all about the SGU interview. I had mine a week ago, and it was totally conversational, partly because I initiated many of the questions in the latter half of the interview. They want to see you interested about the school, and know if you've done the research.

    I think the interviewer told me that SGU had some mandatory questions he had to ask me, and the rest was just chat about SGU, future specialties I might join, and my resume.

    The five major questions were something along these lines:

    Why be a doc?
    How do I plan on financing everything? (have some kind of general idea)
    Do I know the issues surrounding FMG?
    Questions about my reserach, volunteering, publications.
    Specialty of choice and why.

    Basically a total conversation, with lots of it initiated by me when he asked if I had any questions. We talked about life at SGU, USMLE prep, social life on the island, visa issues, residency, and specialties.

    I had NO ethical questions, but be prepared for any basic types, they shouldn't worry you.

    Just know yourself well, and I know that sounds cliche and is hard to explain, but be able to explain yourself, what drives/motivates you well.

    Good luck, and if you have any more questions, feel free to PM me.

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    Essay

    Oh yeah, about the essay, here were my 3 topics from the last week interview:

    a) Write about someone who inspires you.

    b) Name 3 characterisitics you'll use in your pursuit of a medical career.

    c) Talk about a defining moment in your adult life.


    Don't stress over the essay. My interviewer told me that it was used to see if
    a) you can handwrite english
    b) that you wrote your admissions essay

    That's all. The interviewers will ask NO questions on it. It goes straight to the board in Grenada.

    Good luck.

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    correct

    indianbabu is essentially correct about the essay's purpose. (and who ever interviewed him clearly has taken my little shpeil).

    But remember the interview can take different shapes as different people interview. nevertheless its typically fairly relaxed. there are no preprescribed answers for you to have. Just answer things truthfully and intelligently and show that youre sane and can cope.
    Steph
    If you get a warning, put on yer manpants and stop whining about it.

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    Essay

    Quote Originally Posted by IndianBabu
    Oh yeah, about the essay, here were my 3 topics from the last week interview:

    a) Write about someone who inspires you.

    b) Name 3 characterisitics you'll use in your pursuit of a medical career.

    c) Talk about a defining moment in your adult life.


    Don't stress over the essay. My interviewer told me that it was used to see if
    a) you can handwrite english
    b) that you wrote your admissions essay

    That's all. The interviewers will ask NO questions on it. It goes straight to the board in Grenada.

    Good luck.
    Do you choose one topic? Or integrate them?

    "that you wrote your admissions essay." Well, crap. I don't think I'll ever be able to reproduce anything like my AMCAS essay in 15 minute, nor my short little thing about medicine. Each one was more of a spark of inspiration that I received in a moment of almost subconcious meditation and panic.
    Posterior Fornix.

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    you dont have to "replicate" your essay in quality, exact style etc. But in the past it was clear some people were having others write an essay for them. This is a technique to help ensure that the interviewee is the author- general style is comparable. So they say.
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    essay

    You only need to choose one topic dude, no worries. I had the topics before hand, and pre-wrote out some sample essays to time myself and make sure that I had a good overall plan before I wrote on interview day. I suggest you do the same, since the chances are likely you will get all 3 topics that I and others in this forum got.

    And yeah, you don't need to replicate your AMCAS essay, just have decent writing structure and style, that's all.

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