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  • Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • New York
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Neutral

What was the stress level of the interview?

6 out of 10

How you think you did?

6 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

7 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

50 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)?

"What do you do for fun?" -Posted 01/09/2008 | Report Response

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

"Why do you want to do urban underserved medicine?" -Posted 01/09/2008 | Report Response

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

"What was your biggest failure?" -Posted 01/09/2008 | Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Why did you travel to a certain country?" -Posted 01/09/2008 | Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Tell me about yourself in five minutes..." -Posted 01/09/2008 | Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read secondary, SDN, AMCAS. " -Posted 01/09/2008 | Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The views from the top of Bard hall and the world reknown teaching/research faculty. NY Pres is a pretty cool hospital even though it looks grungy from the outside. Students were in general very nice. Big surgery placement school. Long anatomy (7 months) course. " -Posted 01/09/2008 | Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Washington Heights is run down. The admissions people never bothered to say anything to any of the interviewees. In general, I found people to be slightly smug. Everyone seemed to justify the negatives (Bard Hall, the cramped spaces) by saying ''it's New York. People love it here and they let you know frequently. " -Posted 01/09/2008 | Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Take the subway to 168th. If you have an afternoon interview give yourself until at least 4PM as the interviewers ran extremely late. There was only one ''half one interview'' but mine lasted an hour. " -Posted 01/09/2008 | Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Overall, Columbia is the more traditional of the NYC schools in terms of curriculum (which is being overhauled next year). Moreover, I found that they wanted talented under-represented minorities and Ivy League graduates. I felt slightly out of place. I felt the total lack of interest in interviewees by the majority of people there really spoke to their priorities. Overall, the interview went well but I wasn't overly impressed. " -Posted 01/09/2008 | Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

How did the tourguide seem?

Neutral

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

What airport did you use?

JFK

Where did you stay?

Hotel

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?

Hotel 17

How would you rate the hotel?

6 out of 10

Would you recommend the hotel?

yes

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

$401-$500

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

01/07/2008

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

8 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

9 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?

7 out of 10

How is the friendliness of the admissions office?

2 out of 10

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

8 out of 10

What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

"Offer students a host placement because staying in NYC is expensive." -Posted 01/09/2008 | Report Response

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