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SUNY - Upstate Medical University College of Medicine
SUNY - Upstate Medical University College of Medicine
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SUNY - Upstate Medical University College of Medicine (SUNY-Upstate)
Allopathic Medical School
Syracuse
In-State Applicants Favored
  • SDN RANKING 2
  • INTERVIEW FEEDBACK 5 249 Responses
  • SCHOOL REVIEWS 1 1 Responses

Overview

Overview

School Stats

  • Resident Tuition $38,250
  • Non - Resident Tuition $63,260
  • Application Fee $100
  • AVG MCAT 509
  • AVG GPA 3.6
  • LIZZYM Score 66.4

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Admissions Information

  • Rm. 1217, Weiskotten Hall
  • 766 Irving Avenue
  • Syracuse 13210
  • United States

School Overview

School Info

The SUNY Upstate Medical University College of Medicine has been educating students to become doctors for 168 years. Our nationally recognized faculty received their medical training at some of the nation's most prestigious medical schools, residency and fellowship programs in the country. Nearly all have subspecialty expertise. Recently, four Upstate physicians were included in the guide America's Top Doctors: The Nation's Leading Medical Specialists. Among the many research papers, books and textbooks published by our faculty are some of the leading medical manuals, including Williams Hematology, first edited by William J. Williams, MD, in 1972 and now in its sixth edition.

Curriculum

The College of Medicine curriculum integrates the basic and clinical sciences with basic science courses teaching the clinical implications of the material and provides clinical experience starting in the first semester. All courses are aligned by organ systems. For example, in the first year, students learn the structure and function of the brain in February, the heart in March and the lungs in April. Similarly, the second year aligns the pharmacology, microbiology and pathology of each organ system. The curriculum also addresses the humanistic aspects of medicine, including its ethical, legal and social implications. Throughout their four years at Upstate, students acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to become competent, caring physicians.

Facilities

All College of Medicine students spend their first two years on the Upstate campus in Syracuse. At the start of the third year, one-quarter of the class moves to the Binghamton Clinical Campus. The rest of the class remains in Syracuse, and completes clinical education at University Hospital and its clinical affiliates. Students learn the same skills at both campuses, but the ambiance is different. Much of the clinical training in Syracuse takes place in a tertiary care setting, the special focus of a university hospital. In Binghamton, most of the training occurs in a community-based setting that is more akin to the environment in which most physicians will practice later on. Applicants indicate their campus preference within two weeks of the admissions interview, and are assigned to a clinical campus upon acceptance to the College of Medicine.

Interview Feedback

Interview Feedback

Results Overview

How did the interview impress you?

Response # Responders
Positively 194
Negatively 19
No change 2

What was the stress level of the interview?

Response Avg # Responders
2.51 238

0 = low, 10 = high

How you think you did?

Response Avg # Responders
7.91 173

0 = low, 10 = high

Select Questions & Recent Responses

What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

"A slightly longer information session would have been nice, but overall I thought the day was really well-structured and informative." More from this Member | Report Response

"I had an overall very positive experience. I wish you added to your FAQs how you accept brief relevant updates via email and can upload longer ones to the web once you receive and interview. Nothing else." More from this Member | Report Response

"None, pretty smooth day!" More from this Member | Report Response

"I liked the small session they had in the morning to acclimate us to the interview day." More from this Member | Report Response

"Admissions dean was awesome, but the assistants and staff couldn't care less. The med student tour guides and interviewers were great, as well." More from this Member | Report Response

"Allow more time for the tour." More from this Member | Report Response

"Keep up the good work!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Great JOb" More from this Member | Report Response

"good job" More from this Member | Report Response

"Everyone was friendly and helpful" More from this Member | Report Response

"Maybe a little discussion about financial aid." More from this Member | Report Response

"Have the interview day begin a little later to better accomodate people traveling from far away (the" More from this Member | Report Response

"None, they did an amazing job." More from this Member | Report Response

"Everything was excellent. Maybe the map of the campus could be less confusing... Thank you!" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"MMI format" More from this Member | Report Response

"MMI" More from this Member | Report Response

"signed non-disclosure agreement for MMI." More from this Member | Report Response

"This is a multiple mini-interview. We signed a non-disclosure agreement. Just prepare as per a normal interview." More from this Member | Report Response

"no real questions, more of a conversation. what made you want to get into medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"why medicine and why upstate" More from this Member | Report Response

"Have you been following the news on changes in health care policy? What do you think about health care policy?" More from this Member | Report Response

"how will you deal with the extreme stress of medical school" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to study at Upstate?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me something not in your essays (pre-interview essays)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you think there is anything wrong with trying to build the "Ground Zero mosque" (the interviewer clearly thought there was)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Which activity do you want me to talk about?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think about the health care reform?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What aspects of being a medical student are you looking forward to?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Questions about my research" More from this Member | Report Response

"Standard get-to-know-you questions." More from this Member | Report Response

"What is an attribute that you have that you think will most contribute to medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What has been your greatest accomplishment?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What was the focus of your undergraduate research?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why SUNY-Upstate?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Since I know nothing about you tell me about yourself." More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe your leadership experiences." More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Why did you decide to pursue medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Everyone has good grades and MCAT scores, what makes you different?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How did I get here/why medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

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

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

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

"Why do you have these W's on your transcript" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me more about yourself. It was very conversationals in both cases and we talked for about an hour both times." More from this Member | Report Response

"Typical questions. Nothing specific stands out." More from this Member | Report Response

"what are your strengths and weaknesses" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Tell me about your research (in detail!!!)..." More from this Member | Report Response

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

"See above." More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe this experience...." More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you do at this (volunteer experience)?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"specific questions about experiences." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself, and why you want to be a doctor." More from this Member | Report Response

"what are your weaknesses" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you have familiarity/exposure to what it would be like to be a physician?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Conversation...no specific questions directed at me, other than the usual, ''tell me about yourself'' at the start of the interview." More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Have you encountered much managed care in your home town?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Does a patient have the right to die?" More from this Member | Report Response

"tell me more about this experience..." More from this Member | Report Response

"(Don't remember the order but these are some that stuck out the most) Have you ever cheated?" More from this Member | Report Response

"About my grades and college experience" More from this Member | Report Response

"What would you do if you couldn't be a doctor?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Why not a PhD or nursing?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do your parents do for a living? (both interviewers asked this)" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you expect medical school to be like?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Do I think the notion of preventative medicine (by itself) can help countires such as Haiti?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Please interpret this artwork I have in my office... why do I have it here?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What volunteer activity to did you get the most out of?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Does the patient have a right to die?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What would you like me to say about you to the admissions committee?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why draws you to the medical field?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What unique aspect would you contribute to Upstate?" More from this Member | Report Response

"read any good books lately?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Research Experience" More from this Member | Report Response

"What made you interested in medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Why become doctor rather than nurse or other health professional?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you could have your ideal situation, what do you envision doing in 10 years?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you have any questions for me? After I asked a question, my student interviewer would answer it and then ask "anything else?", and I would ask another one, and the cycle continued until I was exhausted with questions. It was a strange format, but interesting nonetheless. " More from this Member | Report Response

"why do you think i have a picture don quixote on my wall, and what do you think it says about me?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why my major? Elaborate on your extracurriculars. (my faculty interviewer grilled me on this)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Strengths/weaknesses" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why did you get an O in writing on the MCATs?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How did you come to the decision to apply for medical school? (I am somewhat of a non-traditional applicant)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Well, you seem to have an interesting past (I do), why don't you explain it a bit. From that point the interview was very conversational..." More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Tell me about your volunteer experinece at the hospital... " More from this Member | Report Response

"Why medicine" More from this Member | Report Response

"How did you choose a major in X? In three words, how would your best friend describe you?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Why Early Assurance. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to study in the US?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your journey toward medicine." More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Who has been your role model in the medical field?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What books are you reading?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"How would you change the healthcare system?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Tell me a bit about your job (I work full-time)." More from this Member | Report Response

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

"why medicine? how did you get interested in it?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why are you hear?" More from this Member | Report Response

"i asked all of the questions and just talked about myself for an hour" More from this Member | Report Response

"Let's go back to your high school and start there....what type of person where you? (my interviewer was a developmental/educational psychologist). " More from this Member | Report Response

"BASICALLY QUESTIONS REGARDING MY AMCAS APPLICATION..ANY DISCREPANCIES IN DATES, GRADES ETC. " More from this Member | Report Response

"What are your hobbies/extracirriculars?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why MD/PhD?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What happened during your first semester (with my grades)?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why the grade discrepancy? (came in with a 2.5 GPA and last semester had a 4.0)" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are the problems faced by our country's health care system and what would you propose to solve the problems?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What would you do about the fact that so many people are uninsured?" More from this Member | Report Response

"You are very independent minded. Tell me how you come to decide an issue. (It was the day after elections)" More from this Member | Report Response

"What kind of medicine? Clincial, research, or surgery? (Say clinical. SUNY's are generally clinically oriented.)" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"How did you develop an interest in medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Which class did you enjoy the most while in college?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

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

"Hypothetical ethics questions (informed consent, informed refusal being big)--this was the only interview I had which focused on ethics this much." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why early assurance? " More from this Member | Report Response

"What makes you tick?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"why the discrepancy in physics grades?" More from this Member | Report Response

"why suny? why syracuse?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you were on the ward by yourself, which hopefully wouldn't happen, what sort of doctor would you want to come to your aid? (This was really a question about what kind of doctor did I want to be.)" More from this Member | Report Response

""The government wishes to introduce a health care coverage program where patrons provide a $1500 deductable on medical cost (prescriptions and care) and they will cover the next $1500. Thereafter, the patron will be responsible for additional bills. What do you think about this 'doughnut' in financing healthcare?"" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why the Early Assurance Program? Why Upstate?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Why I wanted to attend SUNY Upstate?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why medicine? What other careers have you considered?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe the clinic where you work. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you have a specialty in mind?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

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

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

"questions about my experiences in other countries." More from this Member | Report Response

"How would you change the U.S. health care system?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What was your motivation to go into medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

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

"family background(parents, brothers...etc)" More from this Member | Report Response

"What would you do if you don't get good grades in med school? What would keep you going?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are your strengths and weaknesses? What do you do for fun?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"There were many questions about activities that I participated in outside of class like "How did you get into this, why did you do that, how did it feel to be part of that, what did you like/ dislike about it?"" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What field of medicine are you looking to pursue?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What would you like me to tell the admissions committee about you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to be a doctor? Describe yourself for me." More from this Member | Report Response

"Were your college classes challenging?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Believe it or not, I mostly listened to them! Very very few ques were asked! Maybe they were testing my listening skills?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Do you actually know what a doctor's day is like? Followed by "That's not what I meant"." More from this Member | Report Response

"No 'canned' questions. The whole thing was just like a conversation with a friendly doctor." More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you see yourself in research, or clinical medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How is being religious going to affect your medical education?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why medicine? and other such standard questions." More from this Member | Report Response

"Ethical Questions about dying patients, my response to families, healthcare problems, solutions etc..." More from this Member | Report Response

"What's your favorite book?" More from this Member | Report Response

"My interviewer asked me about activities from high school! What sports I played, etc. " More from this Member | Report Response

"When everyone is outstanding candidates at this phase, how do we select those who will be the best physicians, rather than those with the best MCAT score or grade?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

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

"the sinus infection question" More from this Member | Report Response

"What made you choice medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is one thing that sets you apart from other applicants?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me what your highschool ranking was (yeah, I really remember that), what you did in highschool, SAT score (not fun seeing how I did poorly on it), and how you liked it at the school. I was abit nervous as I thought that maybe he somehow had my highschool records and was just asking me to see what my responses were (I was tempted to lie about my SAT score...j/k:@)" More from this Member | Report Response

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

What was the most interesting question?

"MMI" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you make of Gabrielle Gifford's 2011 recovery and do you think it would have been possible in males? (Neuro-tinged question)" More from this Member | Report Response

"no real question and answers, mostly conversational. maybe how i would adjust coming from a large city school to syracuse" More from this Member | Report Response

"Asked some questions about the ethics of human research in medicine that were interesting." More from this Member | Report Response

"If you had a pregnant girl come to you and ask for advice about what to do, what would you say?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe a time when you failed" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think about Obama's healthcare bill not doing anything at all about tort reform?" More from this Member | Report Response

"I don't know what else to ask you. What should I ask you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing interesting, just standard questions." More from this Member | Report Response

"How is medical school different from undergrad?" More from this Member | Report Response

"An ethical question about end of life care involving an ALS patient." More from this Member | Report Response

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

"The regular stuff: tell me about your volunteering" More from this Member | Report Response

"From your essays, it looks like you've been through a lot of tough situations. What keeps you going? Why do you keep trying?" More from this Member | Report Response

"I see you like music, what kinds?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

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

"Both interviews were basically a laid back conversation" More from this Member | Report Response

"What's the most difficult question you've been asked in an medical school interview so far?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you feel about Obama and his plans to change healthcare?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If no one ever got sick & health care didn't exist, what would you be?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What do you think of your parents' lives as immigrants?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about a time where you faced a conflict." More from this Member | Report Response

"The things they asked about my essay." More from this Member | Report Response

"Above" More from this Member | Report Response

"What can you see yourself as apart from a doctor?" More from this Member | Report Response

"None" More from this Member | Report Response

"Student interviewer: If there was a reality tv show about your life what would it be called?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you feel about implementing universal healthcare in the United States and also how do you feel about charging higher health insurance premiums to people who have risky behaviors?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is your future specialty likely to be, and why are you partial to that area of research/clinical work?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is my favorite subject? I really liked that question" More from this Member | Report Response

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

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

"Nothing that I recall." More from this Member | Report Response

"None." More from this Member | Report Response

"Do either of your siblings play a sport?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"How do you tell a patient he or she is going to die?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing really, pretty basic informal questions: tell me about yourself, why medicine, describe other interviews, etc." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing really. It was typical conversation type interview." More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think of physician assisted suicide?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Questions about a volunteer experience I had regarding Hurricane Katrina." More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think might cause some residents to lose interest in medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why don't u want to be a lawyer? lmaoooo sooooooooooo caught off guard" More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing really" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you could be any celebrity, who would you be?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Talking about AIDS he asked me point blank: You think the India should mass produce AID/HIV drugs bypassing copyright law?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Surprisingly, I was not asked a single question not realted to an activity on my AMCAS application" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is the difference between having hope and being realistic? (regarding medical outcomes)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about how you started (EC) as a child." More from this Member | Report Response

"What was the hardest decision you had to make in your life?" More from this Member | Report Response

"what do you think about health policy in the US?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"what do you think of the ethnically-centered residence halls ni your campus (I'm involved with residential life in college)" More from this Member | Report Response

"All questions were based on my file. Friendly conversations with interviewers." More from this Member | Report Response

"I don't remember. The interview was very based on my file but no specific questions like why do you want to be a doctor? more of conversional information" More from this Member | Report Response

"What would you do or how would you feel if you discovered that you were just mediocre and not at the head of the class?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How many mechanics are there in New York City?" More from this Member | Report Response

"have you ever cheated?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why not a PhD or a nursing degree?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What kind of physician was Dr. Kevorkian?" More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing" More from this Member | Report Response

"fairly basic/typical questions" More from this Member | Report Response

"The interesting thing is that I wasn't asked any questions!" More from this Member | Report Response

"What does your family think about you going to medical school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you were one of the lowest-ranked members of the graduating class (bottom %10) of our medical school, what would be your motivation to go into medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"how do you think you will adjust to living in syracuse? (ha ha ha... yikes)" More from this Member | Report Response

"A lot of questions from my personal statement. Sentences and words were "dissected." I don't remember the specific questions." More from this Member | Report Response

"What would you like me to say about you to the admissions committee?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Honestly, I was asked very few questions... all very general and typical..." More from this Member | Report Response

"What would you do in a situation where you have to go against your maoral ethics?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you were appointed Health Care Czar by Bush, what would you do?" More from this Member | Report Response

"I had very interesting conversations with my interviewers. If they weren't selected to match my interests, it was a nice coincedence and made it a great experience." More from this Member | Report Response

"similar to the ones posted already" More from this Member | Report Response

"What makes a good scientist and a good teacher?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What will be your biggest challenge in the transition to medical school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"how are you going to pay for medical school" More from this Member | Report Response

"How would you propose improving health care for the urban poor?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Routine questions for the most part. Nothing overt like "where else have you applied/interviewed--although a couple of the other interviewees were asked these questions" but more roundabout ways of asking "Why Upstate", "why medicine", and "do you know what you're getting yourself into"." More from this Member | Report Response

"What books have you read recently?" More from this Member | Report Response

"why do you think i have a picture don quixote on my wall, and what do you think it says about me?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you deal with failure or a less than perfect outcome?" More from this Member | Report Response

"None--Mostly conversational" More from this Member | Report Response

"There were no real questions asked at my faculty interview. He started out by asking me if I had any questions for him, and then I would ask a question, he would answer and say, "anything else?". He never really asked me a question, which was quite the interesting format. He also kept calling me "honey" and talking about how women are better doctors because they are inherently more emotional, and how as a woman I shouldn't feel bad if I only want to work part time so I can be a mother, and how I'll have to have a very understanding husband some day. I was like, I'm sorry, where am I, 1930? My student interview had highlighted my AMCAS application and asked lots of questions straight from there, but the tone was very condescending, all in all, not a very positive interview experience." More from this Member | Report Response

"What are your strengths and weaknesses?" More from this Member | Report Response

"None really, very conversational." More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What should a doctor's responsibility be towards a person who has a gang-related stab wound? Why are so many kids joining gangs?" More from this Member | Report Response

"In one sentence, what would you like me to tell the admissions committee about you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"(Student asked this one) So what happens, you're a month into classes, you have you're first test and you get a 37. What do you do?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Give me a philosophical perspective on the art of healing. (I took a philsophy course my freshman year)" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Why are you changing careers?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What would your first day of class be like?" More from this Member | Report Response

"It felt really conversational. Most of the questions I listed below were within the flow of the conversation, so it felt really natural and comfortable." More from this Member | Report Response

"Prepared to handle the winter here?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is your family like and do they support your entry into medical school." More from this Member | Report Response

"What would you do about the very costy health care system in the US?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What reasons could you give for not wanting to be a doctor?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Questions, if any, were standard. Why medicine? Interviewers were also interested in whether or not you think you'll fit into the Syracuse area. This question is also takes into account the colder climate and plethora of snow during the winter." More from this Member | Report Response

"The interviews were mainly conversational. There weren't particular questions." More from this Member | Report Response

"none, really, the interviews were mostly open dialogue" More from this Member | Report Response

"What would you do if you weren't accepted into any medical school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"My interview with a third-year student was strictly a conversation, whereas my interview with a doctor had a few more questions (though it too was more like a conversation than anything else). No questions struck me as particularly interesting though." More from this Member | Report Response

"what do you think is the direction of medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What would you like the Admissions Committee to know about you? " More from this Member | Report Response

"What would you personally change about the healthcare system today?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you think the expense of new technologies like the DaVinci robot are worth the cost?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Something to the effect of: "I've gone over your file and so I know a bit about you, but this will be an open dialogue. Tell me about yourself...go!"" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you was admitted and in a conversation with your family someone asked you, "What is the most difficult thing about your medical school experience" what would you say?" More from this Member | Report Response

"if bush appointed you in a position to reform the US health care system, what would you do?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think this painting means?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe a situation that you thought you wouldn't be able to handle and how you handled it?" More from this Member | Report Response

"My student interviewer pulled out his homework on electrolyte imbalance and endocrinology - then asked me if I could answer the questions. That was a different way to go. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Did your father discourage you from doing medicine? (my father is a doctor)" More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing out of the ordinary" More from this Member | Report Response

"Specific to my research." More from this Member | Report Response

"Pretty standard fare..." More from this Member | Report Response

"You have "disadvantaged" on your application. What does this mean to you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you think there is a difference with teaching children and adults (referring to my piano teaching experience)?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Many physicians tell their kids not to become doctors. why do you think this is and why do YOU think it's for you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Basically, whether I thought too much money is poured into research. " More from this Member | Report Response

"so what brings you here?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about how you reconcile evolution and religion. (led from our conversation)" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you could tell one thing to the kids that you worked with in inner-city Philadelphia, what would that be? (my interviewer said this was a relevant question because doctors have to consider this when working with their patients.)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you think doctors are the last ones to realize how little attention/empathy they give their patients? - our conversation led up to this" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you think that healthcare in this country is a right or a privilege? " More from this Member | Report Response

"Most questions were related to my application ... question about my background." More from this Member | Report Response

"What are some principles that are common between martial arts and dance? (stemmed from a discussion about dance)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Something like... please explain the way in which you learn art." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing that interesting...maybe some of the ethical questions the med student who interviewed me kept aksing about--but they were pretty standard questions about informed conset, informed refusal, etc." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing really, pretty standard." More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you ever get fed up by the application process?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"I was asked to describe what I thought of the education I had received in high school (and college)." More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you feel are the essential characteristics of a good physician?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Questions about my research from the student interviewer" More from this Member | Report Response

"Read this article and tell me what you think (the MD interviewing me just published it)" More from this Member | Report Response

"given the current state of the middle east, what do you propose would be a good solution?" More from this Member | Report Response

"do you plan to do research while in med. school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Oddly, about my father -- "Describe your father to me."" More from this Member | Report Response

"No questions were particularly interesting, just your standard interview questions." More from this Member | Report Response

"Lots of ethical questions from my first interviewer. He presented different scenarios and was curious as to my opinion on them. They were not the far-fetched scenarios commonly given (like, patient's religion forbids blood transfusion, patient will die if doesn't get it, what to do?), but more realistic in nature." More from this Member | Report Response

"The most interesting question was also the most difficult. See below." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why are you applying for MD/PhD? Why field of research are you interested in?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing too interesting, which is good as far as I'm concerned. I was applying for the Early Assurance Program, and the MD that interviewed me wasn't familiar with it, so when he asked about it I found that interesting. Other than that is was just pretty typical questions." More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you know about my specialty?" More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing very unusual" More from this Member | Report Response

"Did you ever conflict with another person of different ethnicity?" More from this Member | Report Response

"It was basically a gimmit of questions for them to get to know you as a person, and how you might fit into the school. I was asked how I felt about competition (which really does not exist in this school), favortie non-science subject, why medicine, why Syracuse, hobbies, etc." More from this Member | Report Response

"Mostly standard, get to know you questions. " More from this Member | Report Response

"What are your interests in medicine? (potential medical careers)" More from this Member | Report Response

"To be honest, I didnt get asked many questions at all. Very laid back and relaxed conversations. " More from this Member | Report Response

"If I were on the admissions committee and could review my application, what I say that needed improvement and then answer my own answer as to why it needed improvement?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why Latin as a major?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"we mainly just talked about my experiences, places i'd been to (i've done a bit of travelling), college football, etc." More from this Member | Report Response

"The Dean stresses non-stress interviews, and if you have one just let him know. The interviews itself was extremely conversational so there is no need to worry." More from this Member | Report Response

"outlets for stress" More from this Member | Report Response

"Have you met any celebrities? (This was in connection to my work)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about an experience with a patient that was memorable. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Most interesting discussion was with a faculty member, we discussed the disadvantages of a modern day research career. " More from this Member | Report Response

"what do you think of our involvement in iraq?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think is going to happen to Taiwan and China?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me something funny" More from this Member | Report Response

"Everything was pretty straight forward" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you see yourself doing in ten years?" More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing out of the ordinary, everything they asked dealt with my application" More from this Member | Report Response

"What kind of friends do you choose to have? Most were just basic questions about my application." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me in 10 words or less what you learned in (enter various classes.)" More from this Member | Report Response

"One of the interviewers asked for my advice on how to handle one of his teenagers (what he should say, think, and do). " More from this Member | Report Response

"None really. They told me about the school. It was relaxed, they just asked about my history, how I got to this point." More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you think EMTs should be given more responsibility for the patients they treat (this question was asked because I worked as an EMT). " More from this Member | Report Response

"So I see you are were a history major. Do you know which Cold War president was involved in creating the CIA? " More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you think you handle the relative isolation of upstate NY? (I went to undergrad in up-upstate NY, and I am pretty sure I was the only candidate that had to travel almost 3 hours south to get to Syracuse)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Is medicine logical?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you had a choice between one liver transplant or a thousand vaccinations which would you choose and why?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How much do you pay for medical insurance? How is gamma knife surgery performed? How long does radiation stay in the body-- you should know this? " More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you feel your grades acurately reflect your ability? Your MCAT's?" More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing really interesting" More from this Member | Report Response

"What strengths do you have, and how do they make you more qualified to be a doctor?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How does your dad get paid? (He is a physician in private practice)" More from this Member | Report Response

"My agreement/disagreement with the actions of a University professor (Texas Tech.?) that refused to give anyone who didn't wholly believe in evoluntionary theory a letter of recommendation, and reasons for my approval/disapproval.." More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Nothing really thought provoking. My interviewers were very conversational and friendly." More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think about the way medicare/medicaid put caps on reimbursments for particular procedures? How are to provide coverage for the 15% who are uninsured without detracting from quality of care, and while still being able to attract the top minds into medicine." More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing too interesting" More from this Member | Report Response

"Specifics about why didn't get in anywhere when I applied the first time." More from this Member | Report Response

"Both interviewers asked about my favorite non-science courses, and why I liked them." More from this Member | Report Response

"See below" More from this Member | Report Response

"Suppose you're a doctor and you've run a bunch of tests on a patient and still don't know what's wrong. What do you do?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Did you know what Syracuse is known for?? (salt city, didn't have a clue:)" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you think holistic/western medicine can be integrated with traditional medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"A 19 year old AIDS patient has been suffering from a recurrent sinus infection that hasn't been treatable by traditional methods. You are called in to take a specimen from the patient to find an alternative method of treatment. The patient physically pushes you away and is not amenable to being examined. What do you do?" More from this Member | Report Response

"I had two interviews, one was conducted by a student and my second one was conducted by a faculty person. I really cannot think of a question that was very interesting, most of the questions were standard like why do you want to be a doctor and why medicine. My second interview with retired faculty family doctor was more interesting. He asked me questions pertaining to high school. He asked me what activities I did and what honors I received. I thought they were interesting seeing how I don't remember everything." More from this Member | Report Response

"How would I a configure the admission process, so as to guarantee that medical school will produce excellent people as well as excellent physicians?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

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"Usually video lectures, hospital is connected to the school." | Report Response

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"Lots of bullshit. The administration does not listen to the students. There seems to be some disconnect when it comes to curriculum and I just generally feel I did not get a great medical education. I feel they hindered more than helped me become a better doctor." | Report Response

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"Its in a terrible area, several peoples cars got broken into. The weather is just as bad as it gets (think Seattle plus 10X more snow) and generally downtown stinks. If this was a great school I'd say who cares but it's a mediocre school in a less than mediocre place." | Report Response

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