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  • Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • 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?

6 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

30 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?

Open file

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

"How did you learn so much about computers?" -Posted 12/06/2004 | Report Response

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

"If you could tell a pre-medical student why your research experience was so important, what would you say?" -Posted 12/06/2004 | Report Response

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

"How would you rate your musical skills?" -Posted 12/06/2004 | Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"How did you learn so much about computers?" -Posted 12/06/2004 | Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"How would you rate your musical skills? " -Posted 12/06/2004 | Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read over the website, interview feedback, mock interview." -Posted 12/06/2004 | Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The students are Columbia are the most passionate ones I have seen, they absolutely love the school and went out of their way to answer our questions and talk to us about the school. The faculty were also very helpful and seemed to have a strong interest in students and providing them with a great learning environment. The pass-fail system for the first year is good, so that with all the stress of first year, you don't have to obsess over grades as well. Although others have said the students were cocky, they were really friendly and down to earth in my opinion. Also, Columbia has the top board scores (or among the top) in the country, which is awesome and shows that even though they are still into traditional lecture format, it is very effective. The other thing that was impressive to me was that the interviewer thoroughly read my file and knew a lot about me ahead of time." -Posted 12/06/2004 | Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The location is not so great, and Bard is a bit run-down, but has a great view of the Hudson. Education-wise though, nothing negatively impressed me (except that if you are interested in primary care, the student tour guide said that it's not the best school to attend)." -Posted 12/06/2004 | Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"That I would fall in love with Columbia P&S :o)!" -Posted 12/06/2004 | Report Response

What are your general comments?

"It was a great interview experience, one of the best I have had. The students were friendly, tour guides were very honest about the school and despite some faults, were very passionate about it and happy to be there. The interview was very low-stress and mainly centered on my other activities that were not related to medicine." -Posted 12/06/2004 | Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

10/07/2004

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