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  • SUNY - Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine (Brooklyn)
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Brooklyn
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

4 out of 10

How you think you did?

8 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

8 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

60+ minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?

1

What was the style of the interview?

One-on-one

What type of interview was it?

Open file

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

"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?" Report Response

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

"Tell me about a difficult or stressful situation and how you handled it." Report Response

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

"Tell me about your most significant volunteer experience and what it meant to you." Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"You said you read a lot of medical non fiction, have you read any medical fiction?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Explain your undergraduate grades. In addition to the standard questions that everyone gets asked, each interviewer has a few questions from the committee that are specific to your file." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read SDN interview feedback, plus a book on interviewing. I did a full length mock interview with my adviser before my first interview" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Students were very enthusiastic about the school. The anatomy labs were renovated very recently. Each student is given a desk and computer with a locked drawer as a space to study in the main building. This is in addition to being able to use the library to study." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"That the curriculum is changing in 2013 so the class starting in 2012 won't get to experience some of the positive changes being made. Also the new building won't be complete until 2014." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"They give you a bottle of water with lunch so you don't need to bring one yourself" Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I really enjoyed my interview day at Downstate. I thought that the admissions staff was very nice to us, and the interview was not a stress interview" Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

How did the tourguide seem?

Enthusiastic

How do you rank the facilities?

7 out of 10

What is your in-state status?

In state

What was your total time spent traveling?

0-1 hour

What was your primary mode of travel?

Train or subway

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

< $100

What airport did you use?

No Response

Where did you stay?

Home

How would you rate the hotel?

5 out of 10

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?

No Response

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

2/16/12

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

10 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

10 out of 10

What is your ranking of this area's cultural life?

4 out of 10

How is the responsiveness of the admissions office?

6 out of 10

How is the friendliness of the admissions office?

9 out of 10

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

6 out of 10

What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

"Have more of the correspondence be online. Snail mail makes the process even more drawn out." Report Response

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