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SUNY - Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine (Brooklyn)
SUNY - Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine (Brooklyn)
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  • Year founded: 1860
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SUNY - Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine (Brooklyn) (SUNY-Downstate)
Allopathic Medical School
Brooklyn
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  • SDN RANKING 1
  • INTERVIEW FEEDBACK 5 305 Responses
  • SCHOOL REVIEWS 3 2 Responses

Overview

Overview

School Stats

  • Resident Tuition $38,250
  • Non - Resident Tuition $63,260
  • Application Fee $80
  • AVG MCAT 518
  • AVG GPA 3.8
  • LIZZYM Score 72.7

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Admissions Information

  • Office of Student Admissions
  • MSC 60
  • 450 Clarkson Avenue
  • Brooklyn 11203
  • United States

School Overview

School Info

The State University of New York (SUNY) Downstate Medical Center, is a major provider of medical education, health care, and research in the New York City region. Located on an urban campus in Brooklyn, SUNY Downstate Medical Center includes a College of Medicine, College of Health Related Professions, College of Nursing, School of Graduate Studies, and the 372 bed University Hospital of Brooklyn.

Curriculum

The educational objectives of the curriculum are intended to provide students with the basics that they will need to embark upon graduate medical education in the field of their choice, and ultimately to become competent and compassionate physicians. To achieve these objectives, the College has set standards of knowledge and develops the skills and attitudes necessary to enable students to reach their goals. Many factors have stimulated the College of Medicine to revise its curriculum, including the change in the organization and practice of medicine; the explosion of new scientific and clinical information; the desire to integrate basic and clinical science throughout the four years of medical training; the need for an earlier exposure to patient care and environments where health care is delivered; the need to foster a team approach with other health care professionals; the need for more small- group and student-based learning; and the desire for medical education to stimulate curiosity and questioning and maintain altruism and idealism.

Facilities

SUNY Downstate Medical Center has many facilities for education and training students. Students receive a well-rounded didactic and clinical experience which will prepare them for whatever field of expertise they choose to enter. The Health Science Education Building (HSEB) houses classrooms, laboratories, a 500 seat auditorium, and the Medical Research Library of Brooklyn. Included in the HSEB are two floors of study carrels, which serve as "home base" for medical students during their first two years. The carrels are located in multidisciplinary laboratory sites. The arrangement fosters small-group learning. The carrels, with lockable storage and two computers, are equipped with power and data lines, which can enable students to connect computers to the library's computerized data bases.

Interview Feedback

Interview Feedback

Results Overview

How did the interview impress you?

Response # Responders
Positively 203
Negatively 57
No change 4

What was the stress level of the interview?

Response Avg # Responders
3.39 297

0 = low, 10 = high

How you think you did?

Response Avg # Responders
7.16 204

0 = low, 10 = high

Select Questions & Recent Responses

What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

"Make the waiting room less hot." More from this Member | Report Response

"Plan the day better. I had 2 hours where I was sitting in a room doing nothing" More from this Member | Report Response

"The admissions office can be a little warm, even if it is a chilly day. More variety of snacks and drinks like tea or coffee would be a huge plus for morning interviewers." More from this Member | Report Response

"N/A" More from this Member | Report Response

"offer interviewees to sit in on a class on Interview Day" More from this Member | Report Response

"Too long of a wait time" More from this Member | Report Response

"None at all, very short and stress free day." More from this Member | Report Response

"None really. The day was fine." More from this Member | Report Response

"Better lunch if possible." More from this Member | Report Response

"It would have been nice to have a financial aid presentation. I also would have liked to visit the student dorms." More from this Member | Report Response

"I know Downstate doesn't have a whole lot of cash, but making the school a little more cohesive and appealing would be nice." More from this Member | Report Response

"Have more of the correspondence be online. Snail mail makes the process even more drawn out." More from this Member | Report Response

"Most post-secondary contact is via post, I'd recommend shifting to more electronic communication." More from this Member | Report Response

"I think they should really switch to doing more things online and not by regular mail...it seems pretty slow and wasteful." More from this Member | Report Response

"The interview day program at Downstate is far below average and gives a very poor impression of the school. Each component of the day, as well as the overall schedule, needs to be carefully looked at and systematically improved. A committee of current M1s may be helpful because they have experienced the interview trail recently and can make suggestions based on what they encountered elsewhere." More from this Member | Report Response

"Awesome." More from this Member | Report Response

"More activities for interview day. Let us see the hospitals on the tour. Let us shadow classes/students for the day (even before we are accepted)." More from this Member | Report Response

"Make Secondary Electronic" More from this Member | Report Response

"The application process should be completed online rather than by paper-format in order to be eco-friendly." More from this Member | Report Response

"Had to go to the interview and did not finish the tour or lunch." More from this Member | Report Response

"It's better not to hold interviews at the room adjacent to the holding room, we can hear everything" More from this Member | Report Response

"None. The interview process was straightforward and well-run." More from this Member | Report Response

"Note: I've added this since completing my other interviews. Of all the schools i interviewed at I f" More from this Member | Report Response

"Try to give some time to the tour guides so that they aren't late. There should be some more time be" More from this Member | Report Response

"Admissions office presentation would help." More from this Member | Report Response

"Implement an online Status Check system" More from this Member | Report Response

"try to get back to students faster. they are painfully slow" More from this Member | Report Response

"There is too much of a lag between the post- interview and the tour. Also, an information session wo" More from this Member | Report Response

"Have a more professional, well spoken person to greet the group in the waiting room while discussing" More from this Member | Report Response

"try to schedule the interview so that there is less waiting time, or provide interviewees with thing" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What social support do you have for during medical school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why did you struggle in organic chemistry?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you approach academic challenges" More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe a stressful situation and what was the outcome and what did you learn from it." More from this Member | Report Response

"How will you handle living in NYC/Brooklyn? What is your support system/how will you deal with stress?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Specific questions about some of my activities" More from this Member | Report Response

"how did you study for mcat" More from this Member | Report Response

"Specific questions about red flags in my application." More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you see yourself as a leader?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you manage stress?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you study in college? How did you study for the MCAT?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What else do you want us to know?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think medical school is like?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Specific questions about my AMCAS" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you have a support system in New York City?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you know about Brooklyn and do you think you will fit in this environment?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Downstate has a book of questions that everyone gets asked. Among them are some very generic questions like: How do you study now? How did you study in college? How did you Study for the MCAT?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why didn't you submit your secondary to Downstate last cycle?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Some specific questions regarding my career motivations that referenced my personal statement." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to come to New York? (I am from California)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your research as if I know nothing about science." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why were your grades lower in second year?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Explain the withdrawals on your transcript." More from this Member | Report Response

"How did you study for your MCAT?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How did you raise MCAT score/Why Medicine" More from this Member | Report Response

"Give an example of a stressful situation and how you handled it" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do want an MD/MPH?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your volunteer experience." More from this Member | Report Response

"What would you want me to say to the admissions board on your behalf?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why medicine? Why Downstate?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you do for fun?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you handle stress? Have you ever lost control and what were the consequences if you did?" More from this Member | Report Response

"did your parents want you to be a doctor?" More from this Member | Report Response

"You got great grades-- how did you study? How did you study for the MCAT?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why downstate." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me why you got so so and so grade? (to be expected since my gpa was atrocious.)" More from this Member | Report Response

"tell me about a stressful situation" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you have 2 W's (my first and only interview where any specific grades were asked about, kind of caught me off-guard)." More from this Member | Report Response

"What are you extra curriculars? " More from this Member | Report Response

"What's an ethical dilemma you've faced? Did you do the right thing?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you study? How did you study for the MCAT?" More from this Member | Report Response

"When did you decided to do medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is your greatest weakness?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How did you choose medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What was the most stressful experience you've had?" More from this Member | Report Response

"dont remember the first question... your grades are excellent, as if your MCAT score, how did you study?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Can you clarify the sequence of some of these classes on the AMCAS application?" More from this Member | Report Response

"None" More from this Member | Report Response

"how did you study for the mcats? did you think the test was fair? " More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you consider as an academic strength/weakness?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you study? In a group or by yourself?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are your red flags?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Interview was very conversational. I don't remember any specific questions because it just sort of flowed." More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe a stressful situation and how you handled it? " More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think of Brooklyn?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself." More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you study/did you for the MCAT?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your clinical exprience" More from this Member | Report Response

"what do you think you will do as a doctor" More from this Member | Report Response

"Any leadership experiences?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are your non-academic interests/hobbies?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about one of your research experiences in detail." More from this Member | Report Response

"What does ___ mean on your transcript?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why did you choose medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about a time when you looked up something scientific for your own knowledge. Don't just tell me ''I looked this up one time.'' Tell me what happened that made you look it up, and tell me what you learned, using scientific terms. It does not have to be health- or biology- related. " More from this Member | Report Response

"What did you do in high school besides study?" More from this Member | Report Response

"tell me a little about yoursel that isn't on the application." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to be a physician?" More from this Member | Report Response

"The second I sat down, my interviewer asked: So, what do you want to know?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your sexual assault counseling experiences." More from this Member | Report Response

"How did you prepare for mcat? " More from this Member | Report Response

"Explain this aspect of your MCAT. How did you study for the MCAT? Explain this grade on your transcript." More from this Member | Report Response

"What was your inspiration to study medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you do to relax/out of class?" More from this Member | Report Response

"where do you see yourself in 10 years?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you handle stress" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why the big MCAT score jump?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Where are you from?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What was the most difficult thing you have gone through?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you do in your free time?" More from this Member | Report Response

"how did u prep for mcat?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about any medical related work you have done?(basically explain the AMCAS application)" More from this Member | Report Response

"why med" More from this Member | Report Response

"why do you want to go to medical school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Is religion important in medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe a stressful situation and how you handled it." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why I want to be a doctor?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Y did u get a C?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why med school? Why downstate? Describe yourself. How did you prepare for MCAT? " More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about the birth of your child and your difficulties with health insurance." More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you like to do?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Explain your low grade?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Clarify what you did between certain dates on your AMCAS." More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you know what section of the MCAT med schools consider the most important? (He said Verbal Reasoning) " More from this Member | Report Response

"How did you arrive at medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your international medical experience." More from this Member | Report Response

"He had a very very long and thorough list of questions that he had to ask. He recorded my answers very thoroughly... Describe your research in as much/little detail as you like. Don't go for a lot of minute details since that's boring, but DO talk a lot about your research and show enthusiasm. " More from this Member | Report Response

"What makes you want to become a doctor?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What was your favorite part of Peru" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you want to know about the school?....x4" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do u do in ur free time?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How did you study for MCATs." More from this Member | Report Response

"My interviewer asked what school's I applied to and where I'd interviewed, I answered honestly and he told me he knew I'd get in to them and asked me why I would want to go to SUNY-Downstate instead." More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you know what you want to do with your life at the age of 21?" More from this Member | Report Response

"how many hours do you study each night?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How did you decide that you wanted to go into medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your lower grades in ___ semester." More from this Member | Report Response

"You've applied to a lot of schools in the New York area. Why downstate?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Explain all of your C grades and why you withdrew from your philosophy class. Got me nervous cuz it was at the beginning of interview." More from this Member | Report Response

"How did you study for the MCAT? " More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you study?" More from this Member | Report Response

"why this grade? why the mcat twice?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you study? How did you study for the MCATs? ***Apparently this question is asked in nearly every interview (this is what two Downstate first years told me)." More from this Member | Report Response

"What clinical experiences have you had?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Your MCAT score, explain" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to be a dr?" More from this Member | Report Response

"It seems like you had a lot on your plate, how did you handle it? " More from this Member | Report Response

"How will you study in medical school." More from this Member | Report Response

"why didn't you become a classics professor?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why medicine? Why not piano? Why don’t you teach physics since you’re so good at it?" More from this Member | Report Response

"I see you were involved in many things during college (work, volunteering specifics, lived at home (distractions)etc..) when did you have leisure time? What did you do?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why are your grades low? Because I work two jobs and help pay my moms rent while living on my own and going to school full time. " More from this Member | Report Response

"basic. Why being a doctor and not research? I see you are very passionate about what you do" More from this Member | Report Response

"all questions were speicific to my personal file" More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe your path to medicine." More from this Member | Report Response

"What do your parents do?" More from this Member | Report Response

"how are your study skills?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How did you study for the MCAT? (the interviewer said it was from a list of questions she had to ask)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Didn't really have specific questions, mostly just chatted about things that were in my file. Talked about books to read etc. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to do medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"questions specific to my amcas application." More from this Member | Report Response

"What is my support system?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your research. " More from this Member | Report Response

"How are you prepared to live in this part of Brooklyn?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What's the difference between education and literacy? Are you literate?...proceeds to prove me wrong with trivia!" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you expect to be doing 10-15 years from now?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How did you study for the MCATs" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your interest in Downstate? In medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How did you decide to pursue medicine as a career? What do you see yourself doing in the future?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself" More from this Member | Report Response

"How did you prepare for the MCATs?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How did you study for the Mcat?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Since it was pretty much a conversation, I can't really remember specific questions!" More from this Member | Report Response

"How did you arrive at the decision to pursue medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why did you chose to go to MIT? Did you consider Harvard at all? or Princeton?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What stresses you out/how do you deal with stress" More from this Member | Report Response

"Have you ever lived in an urban environment? (What prepares you to live in this neighborhood)" More from this Member | Report Response

"why downstate " More from this Member | Report Response

"Where have you traveled? (one of my ECs in AMCAS was about my love for traveling)" More from this Member | Report Response

"What does your mother do?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Just get to know you questions like how do you study, how did you prepare for your mcats, some application questions about my grades, community work, volunteer work, etc." More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you have any family members who are physicians? Friends of the family?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How did you deal with a stressful situation" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why did you get a B in this class, were you too busy doing wasting time doing other things? What? is this 2nd grade" More from this Member | Report Response

"Compare your grad and undergrad ;How many hours a week do/did you devote to studying? " More from this Member | Report Response

"Why medicine? When and how did you know you wanted to go into medicine? Why Downstate? " More from this Member | Report Response

"what other schools are you applying to?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why did you teach following undergrad?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why Downstate?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Name a stressful situation and how handled it " More from this Member | Report Response

"why did you choose your undergrad school" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why Downstate, Why do you want to be a doctor, grades, MCAT" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why did your grades drop during your sophmore year?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What was your most memorable/significant clinical experience?" More from this Member | Report Response

"All related to clarfying things on my AMCAS app. " More from this Member | Report Response

"all of the ones previously mentioned on this site" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why Downstate? What do you know about Downstate?" More from this Member | Report Response

"When did you know that you wanted to be a doctor?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to be a doctor?" More from this Member | Report Response

"10 standard interview questions: Research experience? MCAT preparation? Studying habits? Hobbies? Why Medicine? When did you decide Medicine? Why Downstate? What are you doing now? Where do you see yourself in 10-15 years? How did you like [undergraduate institution]?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why did you take time off? Describe your research?" More from this Member | Report Response

"many questions that clearly violate the civil rights act of 1964" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to go into medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why are your graduate school grades so much higher than your undergraduate grades?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why did you want to become a doctor" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you deal with stress, tell me about a stressful experience." More from this Member | Report Response

"I think the first thing on the form is they ask you to explain any poor grades - so don't be shocked if they ask you about your one C+ - it seems like just an opportunity to give an explanation if you have one." More from this Member | Report Response

"All of the questions my interviewer asked of me were either said in a very angry tone or were very crazy. I know that sounds hard to believe but read the other horror stories about this school above and you will see what I mean." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why bother going into medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How did you prepare for your MCATs? Why do you want to go Downstate? What type of medicine interests you? Are you really sure that you want to go into medicine? Tell me about a difficult situation and how you handled it? What do you get stressed out by? How do you relieve stress? Where have you volunteered? Why? What did you get out of it? Why did you choose to go to the undergrad you went to? How do you study (where, how much, when)? What do you do for fun? What do you like to do in your spare time? What are your hobbies?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you deal with stress?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is your opinion of drug companies in medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How did you prepare for the MCAT? (Apparently, this is a standard question that Downstate requires all interviewers to ask.)" More from this Member | Report Response

"why did you choose your high school" More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe a difficult situation (very common question for most Downstate interviewees, apparently)" More from this Member | Report Response

"How did you prepare for the MCAT?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What was a difficult situation you were in and how did you handle it?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you do in your freetime?" More from this Member | Report Response

"You must be a very lonely person? I would swear on a bible that this came out of nowhere. Im not sure if this was a stress interview ?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you do in your spare time?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you like to do in your spare time?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why did you take time off after college?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What clinical experience do you have?" More from this Member | Report Response

"did you work while attending school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do I want to become a doctor?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What type of books do you read?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why this school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why did you take time off?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me more about (insert experience)?" More from this Member | Report Response

"when did you decide to be pre-med?" More from this Member | Report Response

"WHy did u chose to go to the undergrad you went to" More from this Member | Report Response

"Please explain a low course grade." More from this Member | Report Response

"what was a difficult situation you encountered and how did you handle it?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How did you prepare for your MCATs?" More from this Member | Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"What physician has influenced your decision to go medical school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What personal accomplishment is memorable/valuable? The writing about a picture was also interesting (doesn't affect admissions though)." More from this Member | Report Response

"If you had a lot of money, how would you spend it?" More from this Member | Report Response

"writing a short paragraph about a picture presented on interview day (not during actual interview)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe a non academic setting in which you took a leadership role" More from this Member | Report Response

"You are treating a patient as a successful and competent doctor and a nurse on your team says that they disagree with your treatment plan , what would you do?" More from this Member | Report Response

"the questions were very run-of-the-mill" More from this Member | Report Response

"How did you study for the MCAT differently the second time you took it?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Hmm..they were all pretty standard." More from this Member | Report Response

"What was your most interesting research project?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How would you explain your research to somebody who has a limited understanding of science?" More from this Member | Report Response

"You said you read a lot of medical non fiction, have you read any medical fiction?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How would you define the word 'doctor'" More from this Member | Report Response

"None, very typical questions." More from this Member | Report Response

"You now have the opportunity to directly address the adcom, what would you like to say to them?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is your typical day?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing too interesting, it was very conversational" More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing was too surprising...they have a form of questions that they have to ask everyone. My interviewer filled it out while talking to me." More from this Member | Report Response

"The most unusual question asked was how I studied for the MCAT. There were no interesting questions though. The interview was easy." More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing interesting" More from this Member | Report Response

"They were all standard questions." More from this Member | Report Response

"What are you most proud of?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What defining moment inspired you to pursue medicine." More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you look for when choosing medical schools?" More from this Member | Report Response

"???" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you feel about the school's neighborhood (Brooklyn)?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What role do you think religion plays in medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"none really, they were standard stuff " More from this Member | Report Response

"Question # 3" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you feel has influenced our perspectives on illness and health, from a sociological perspective" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing. They were straight off of a sheet of paper." More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you learn/study?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why was calculus so difficult for you? " More from this Member | Report Response

"I thought the questions were fair." More from this Member | Report Response

"Are you interested in a particular field of medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you do to relax?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me why Downstate without using info from the website." More from this Member | Report Response

"If you were at a party with 30-40 guests and you did not know anyone there, how would you behave?" More from this Member | Report Response

"None, my interviewer asked about my research and when I tried to explain it, he snapped and said that he knew that already." More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you do on your free time?" More from this Member | Report Response

"none" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing surprising or unexpected. Everything was the usual type of questions." More from this Member | Report Response

"There were none." More from this Member | Report Response

"How would you like to see healthcare change in the future?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you think you can call the shots?" More from this Member | Report Response

"You're from a small town, how do you prepare to study in NYC?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why were you unable to complete your application in your last application cycle?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Have you seen much of Brooklyn?" More from this Member | Report Response

"N/A" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about a job/activity you enjoy and why you like it" More from this Member | Report Response

"What I thought of Bourbon Street in New Orleans." More from this Member | Report Response

"The interviewer was interested in knowing more about my hobbies." More from this Member | Report Response

"What is the most stressful thing that's ever happened to you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe a stressful situation, how you dealt with it , what you learned..." More from this Member | Report Response

"Everyone has a defining moment when they realize medicine is for them. What was your defining moment?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your friends..." More from this Member | Report Response

"If you were accepted at all 4 SUNY schools, which one would you choose?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you were in the ER as an attending physician, and a patient came in with a life-or-death situation that you knew exactly how to deal with, but the resident nurse told you that she thought what you were about to do wasn't right, what would you do? " More from this Member | Report Response

"interview was very casual and conversationsal" More from this Member | Report Response

"Any leadership expereince? Admisions wrote down questions for the interviewer to ask me on my file." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why medicine? My interviewer did not believe nor understand my response." More from this Member | Report Response

"None Really" More from this Member | Report Response

"None." More from this Member | Report Response

"Have you ever had second thoughts about going into medicine? Did some other subject ever attract you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"I was asked to describe how I spend my free time hour by hour. Not a hard question, but it took me off-guard at first. " More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think is the origin of good and evil? ( I am a philosophy major and had just spoke about my interest in metaethical theory)" More from this Member | Report Response

"None. The interview seemed completely uninterested from the moment I walked in. Like it was an annoying interference to have to conduct an interview. She asked simple, textbook questions. No follow-ups. Like she had a list to ask and didn't really seem too interested in my response. We were told the interviews would last 45 minutes to an hour and mine only last 20-25 minutes. And she didn't even give me the opportunity to ask any questions. And she was suppose to show me how to get back to the admissions office, but just gave me so short, not so helpful directions so that I wandered around the hospital for awhile before finding my way back. " More from this Member | Report Response

"None too interesting" More from this Member | Report Response

"What does __________ mean (in another language...I wrote that I spoke it on my AMCAS)" More from this Member | Report Response

"I was interviewed by a neuroscientist and I have done research in neurology so I was asked a lot of specific questions about my research. I think Downstate tries to match people with the interviewer so make sure you are very knowledgeable about everything you claim to be knowledgeable about!" More from this Member | Report Response

"how well do you think your high school prepared you for college? *(why were we talking about high school test preparation?!)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you have any siblings and what do they do?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing too interesting." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me a little about your experience with Myers-Briggs, and how you've used it." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why didn't you mention your parents on your application?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Your background suggests you should be a lawyer, why do you want to go into medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"None. Nothing from the ''sheet'' just talked." More from this Member | Report Response

"What I like to do outside of work/school" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why not social work?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What has shaped you recently in being interested in medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Most questions were straight off of the infamous ''Question sheet''. We got off topic and spoke about the recent Yankees demise and the overabundance of iPods in America." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why not Harvard?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Are you good with computers?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Recall a stressful situation and how you dealt with it. " More from this Member | Report Response

"why medicine with all the problems and annoyances involved" More from this Member | Report Response

"What have you learned from living all over the world?" More from this Member | Report Response

"what else would you like the committee to know about you" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why medicine? (I was a business consultant before)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you think religion is important in medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"None. All questions were fairly straight forward" More from this Member | Report Response

"She asked me how I studied (I guess she meant what study techniques I use) and how I studied for the MCAT. This wasn't overly interesting, but then again there weren't too many questions and they were all very standard." More from this Member | Report Response

"If you are not accepted what will you do?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe an extremely stressful/painful experience in your life and how you overcame it." More from this Member | Report Response

"I guess I can call all of the questions asked "interesting"" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you deserve a spot in the class?" More from this Member | Report Response

"None, really. Most questions were about clarifying my application." More from this Member | Report Response

"My interviewer didn't hit me with anything out of the ordinary. Where did I see myself in 10 years? What type of medical work did I want to get into . . ." More from this Member | Report Response

"What is the one difference btwn. Mexico and India?(according to him Mexico is not a religious country while india has a lot of faith) Name the top 5 religions. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about the research you are involved in. What is the main question? What mechanisim are you using to obtain data? What have you learned and how is it relevant to clinical medicine." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your family situation and family members." More from this Member | Report Response

"So...I see that your last name is ____[a name that does not seem to correspond with my ethnicity]. He had my last name circled on my AMCAS!!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Would your friends describe you as a nerd or the life of the party? " More from this Member | Report Response

"Most difficult experience that I've dealt with" More from this Member | Report Response

"I was asked all about my travels to Peru and Brazil" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to be a doctor, not a nurse, etc.?" More from this Member | Report Response

""What do you do in your free time?" ?, bec" More from this Member | Report Response

"AMCAS questions, nothing out of ordinary." More from this Member | Report Response

"No real questions, mainly it was just conversational. My interviewer recited parts of my file from memory. They apparantly hand pick your interviewer based on your application and your interests. So my interviewer and I had TONS to talk about and lots in common. He was soooooo nice and made the whole interview very comfortable. He had gone to undergrad there as well as now being on faculty, so it was nice to hear about the school from here." More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you think a class that teaches med students compassionate care is a good idea" More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing too interesting. we just talked about my application and he asked me to elaborate on the different things I wrote about" More from this Member | Report Response

"I saw in your recommendations that your teachers describe you as a quiet person, but that's not the impression I'm getting here. How can you explain that?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Very detailed questions about my application, I was surprised. Not only had my interviewer read my application, but they were able to recite parts from memory." More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you want me to tell the admissions committee?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you plan on doing after medical school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is the normal body temperature? Yea I messed this one up. I said 97.8 for some reason and had to correct my mistake when the guy gave me a weird look. Blah!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why Downstate?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you do on weekends? (this question took my by surprise since all the others were standard questions up to this point)." More from this Member | Report Response

"when did you decide to become a doctor?" More from this Member | Report Response

"absolutely nothing (ugh)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you know what a duvet is?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing in particular. Many standard questions were asked." More from this Member | Report Response

"What would you say was a difficult situation in your life and how you handled it" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you relax?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing much, My interviewer was extremely nice and laid back. He seemed overall impressed with my listed activities, work experience, and recommendation letters. His questions pertained to the file mostly." More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing too interesting -- no ethical questions" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing! The interviewer assumed I wouldn't be seriously interested in Downstate becasue my gpa and mcat are too HIGH! " More from this Member | Report Response

"What was the most interesting case you saw in your internships?" More from this Member | Report Response

"pretty standard questions" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why did you choose to apply to Downstate?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is your favorite film?" More from this Member | Report Response

"On average, about how many hours did you spend studying on any given day? " More from this Member | Report Response

"Was there any single life changing experience that made you want to be a physician?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing very intresting, they basiclly went through my AMCAS application." More from this Member | Report Response

"I see you want to go to a medical school, but you don't really show that you want to be a doctor?" More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing stood out. very specific questions" More from this Member | Report Response

"in research, how do you come to interpret your results?" More from this Member | Report Response

"all the questions were standard...there were no curve balls" More from this Member | Report Response

"standard questions" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you de-stress?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What was the most difficult aspect of your experience in West Africa?" More from this Member | Report Response

"he followed a standard list of questions, and had me go more in depth. What are your strengths and weaknesses was asked, which can be tricky. Also "what else would you like the admissions staff to know" is how it ended, so be prepared to say something good about yourself :)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why did you choose a Spanish major?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about a difficult time in your life and how you dealt with it? What was your support system?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you think research is worthwile if nothing comes out of it?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Something to the effect of what my best secret quality was, or what I thought was really important about me that the adcom should know. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Why the long, convoluted route to med school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Is it important to know a patient's religion? If a patient doesn't want to do something due to their religion, but its in their best interest (health-wise), what do you do?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What sort of patient population do you envision having when you pratice medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"None really, it was mostly a conversation. My interviewer spent most of the time telling me about her field of work and about the new school curriculum. She was more informative than interrogative." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing really. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Questions were fairly standard." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing majorly difficult... just your basic "tell me about yourself" and "why do you want to become a doctor?" " More from this Member | Report Response

"None really." More from this Member | Report Response

"What was one difficult situation in your life and how did you deal with it?" More from this Member | Report Response

"None. Standard questions" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing, I was asked standard questions: How do you study? How did you prepare for the MCAT? Why medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"About my work" More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe a societal problem, it does not have to be healthcare related." More from this Member | Report Response

"What differences do you anticipate in switching from a private undergraduate facility to a public graduate facility?" More from this Member | Report Response

"So, you live in a fraternity? I didn't think MIT had fraternities, is it weird living with all men?" More from this Member | Report Response

"The pressure of keeping up with good grades. How do you handle that? " More from this Member | Report Response

"how has your anthropology background helped you in the ER (and give specific examples of how you interact differently with different cultural groups)" More from this Member | Report Response

"None, they were all standard" More from this Member | Report Response

"tell me about your interest in science" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you in your free time?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Pretty basic questions that were asked" More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing really caught me as interesting. they were all standard questions." More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe a very difficult personal situation and discuss how you handled it and what was learned from it." More from this Member | Report Response

"The interviewer pretty much told me I got in. As long as you get at least a "9" on each section (minimal score of 27), you are going to get accepted. However, he told me many students reject their offer because of the location so he bluntly told me if I would be comfortable living in the area and I told him I'm from Queens so it was ok." More from this Member | Report Response

"My interview went nearly 2 hours and was very closely focused on my file. So all questions pertained to my past experiences. I guess the most interesting question was how I responded living in NYC on 9/11." More from this Member | Report Response

"Grades, Grades, Grades. all they wanted to know about was my grades and MCAT nothing else" More from this Member | Report Response

"There were no real interesting questions asked. But just basic get - to - know you questions. It was more of a conversation rather than an interview." More from this Member | Report Response

"Being an out-of-state applicant, you know that the odds are against you at Downstate. How do you plan to deal with this?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing really. She asked me the list of standard questions but it was very conversational. " More from this Member | Report Response

"None just grilling me about unimportant unrelated things" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing in particular. The session flowed well and the interviewer aimed to get to know me as a person. He asked few structured questions, even remarking that one was "stupid". " More from this Member | Report Response

"The questions were quite standard and most of them you can find on this site. " More from this Member | Report Response

"it was more of a conversation we both spoke an equal amount of time and it flowed pretty well." More from this Member | Report Response

"I liked discussing things outside of the application, such as personal interests (museums, books, movies, etc)" More from this Member | Report Response

"All of them. This was the most thorough interview that I have had to date. We spent two hours (!) going through my file. I am a post baccalaureate student and my interviewer had studied my experiences in depth. We had much to chat through." More from this Member | Report Response

"None. My interviewer read from a standard list of questions. This would have been fine, but his tone and attitude were unwelcoming and haughty" More from this Member | Report Response

"The questions were pretty standard. The interviewer wanted to clarify some discrepancies in my application, so that's what we talked about." More from this Member | Report Response

"The questions were pretty standard. " More from this Member | Report Response

"My interviewer was very nice. Most of the questions that she asked were about my childhood." More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing really" More from this Member | Report Response

"There are a few non-science majors here who are having a difficult time...do you think that's going to be a problem for you? " More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing terribly interesting, very standard get to know you conversational atmosphere, i was asking for probably half the time" More from this Member | Report Response

"The questions all came from a list he had in front of him. They could all have been answered by a quick glance at my application, which the interviewer had not read. More than a few were redundant. Some were really asinine, like 'How did you prepare for the MCAT? Self-study or prep course?' Does that really matter?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you look for in a medical school" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you think you will enjoy working in medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you consider yourself economically disadvantaged yet went to that undergrad (expensive and very competitive)?" More from this Member | Report Response

"No interesting questions were asked." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing interesting." More from this Member | Report Response

"none, the questions were all from a standard list and my interviewer did not even show the coutesy of l;etting me respond before blasting me with the next question in an accusatory tone" More from this Member | Report Response

"I was asked a lot about my volunteer and work history." More from this Member | Report Response

"What is the MOST stressful experience you have had in the past 5 years? How did you cope with it?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is a typical day like at my undergraduate institution?" More from this Member | Report Response

"I was not asked any interesting questions. My interviewer was concerned about going through his list. He was bold enough to tell me just that at the start of our interview He did not wait for me to finish most of my responses. hewas also needlessly provocative, rude, and confrontational without reason." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to be a doctor(I have a non traditional background)?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you want to know?" More from this Member | Report Response

"All the questions were basic and applied to my application." More from this Member | Report Response

"why medicine (very original)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why change careers at (blank age), when you have had a reasonable amount of success in your present career" More from this Member | Report Response

"None of the questions that were asked were too difficult or out of the ordinary. Just basic questions about my experiences- see below. " More from this Member | Report Response

"No interesting questions. Only the standard ones that everyone else got." More from this Member | Report Response

"What stressful situation have you encountered" More from this Member | Report Response

"How does someone's culture relate to their medical care?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to move from suburban southern California to Brooklyn? (expected)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to go to Downstate?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you deal with stress?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing really, my interviewer was very bored as evidenced by his not paying attention to a word I said." More from this Member | Report Response

"I have to say nothing. These people are mentally ill and should not be in the business of caring for people" More from this Member | Report Response

"Becoming a doctor involves certain lifestyle changes. How do you plan to adapt to these changes?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do I call you... you have a million names? (it was a joke... that I still really don't get because I only have one name)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Some questions relating my research with my interviewer's." More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you think your PharmD will help you as a physician? How?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How I was able to balance having many extracurriculars and still maintain decent grades." More from this Member | Report Response

"What school were your relatives educated at?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing that interesting. Just the usual. My good academic record was mentioned a few times." More from this Member | Report Response

"No particularly interesting questions." More from this Member | Report Response

"Did you like The Matrix Reloaded? " More from this Member | Report Response

"No intersting questions." More from this Member | Report Response

"If you had to refer a family member to a physician, what would you look for in that person?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Having come from a relatively sheltered background, why would you like to go to school in Brooklyn?" More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing particularly interesting. Almost all questions were specifically about my past experience that I indicated in my application." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing in particular - the questions were pretty by-the-book. My interviewer was interested in my previous career and how I decided to get into medicine, wanted to hear about why I was making this huge change." More from this Member | Report Response

"Most of the questions were typical interview questions, such as why a physician? is your family supportive? waht happened in that class? no question really sticks out right now, they were all common." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why I chose to work instead of applying last year?" More from this Member | Report Response

"No interesting questions." More from this Member | Report Response

"How you relieve stress?" More from this Member | Report Response

"None. They had a standard list of questions. The interviewer stuck to those questions." More from this Member | Report Response

"I wasn't asked anything interesting or difficult, the entire interview was the interviewer asking me detailed questions about my research and volunteer experiences." More from this Member | Report Response

"It was a great conversation as we had some common background history. No realy questions as such." More from this Member | Report Response

"The interview was basically a conversation about my ECs and college. Interseting conversation, no spefic questions. we talked for quite a while" More from this Member | Report Response

"My interviewer had gone over my application with a fine -toothed comb. She asked me about specific grades, specific words used to describe my activities, dates, etc. Very nit-picky, very annoying. Be careful!" More from this Member | Report Response

"none, really, the questions all focused very strongly on my application" More from this Member | Report Response

"My interviewer really wanted to know is I felt truly prepared to handle all the challenges and stresses of life in med school. I felt that I answered all of his questions confidently. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Why after obtaining a PhD do I want to become a doctor. Fair enough" More from this Member | Report Response

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"It was cheaper than any other NYC allopathic medical school. The breadth of clinical exposure is second to none." | Report Response

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"Facilities and hospitals weren't nice; support staff was unfriendly; you often felt like a cog in a machine." | Report Response

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