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  • New York Medical College
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Valhalla
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Negatively

What was the stress level of the interview?

6 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

30 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?

1

What was the style of the interview?

One-on-one

What type of interview was it?

Closed file

What was the most interesting question?

"What do you think the names on my calendar represent?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Which St. Francis was the college my mother attended named after?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read SDN Interview Feedback." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Not much. The anatomy lab was very nice with hardly any smell." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The interviewer (Dr. Felix Wasserman), the unhappiness of my student host. Please read the comment section. Although Dr. Wasserman was not particularly mean, he did not do an adequate job of interviewing me and it irks me that his impression of me decided my fate at the school." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"I discovered that my interviewer was not accepting of opposing viewpoints nor was he interested in letting me talk. Had I known this, I would have not wasted $500 to fly out from California." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I dug my grave on a question about euthenasia. Dr. Wasserman told me what I had said was immoral when I said something favoring it. (Thanks buddy, I love it when people tell me I have no morals!) Then he was appauled when I didn't know the difference between euthenasia and physician-assisted suicide. I wanted to say that we are not all medical ethicists and as well versed in it as he was but held my tongue. The worst part was that he cut me off whenever I tried to talk about something. For example, he asked me about any red flags on my app. I answered that I thought my MCAT scores might be a red flag, because they didn't really correspond to the rest of my app. He said something like "What, you just didn't study?". When I tried to respond he of course cut me off. He must have talked for at least 2/3 of the interview! I kept wanting to say helloooooo, you are trying to get to know *me*! I'm not trying to get to know *you*. Additionally, he trashed talked NYMC's School of Public Health, telling me I went to a "real" school of Public Health. Of course, I didn't know what to say. I didn't want to disagree with him (he doesn't like opposing viewpoints), on the other hand I felt cocky agreeing with him! He also asked if I had any "special friends". He ridiculed me when I didn't know which St. Francis the college my mother went to was named after! He found my view on euthenasia particularly disgraceful, because my mother was catholic. Dr. Wasserman asked me what kind of community service I did in college (graduated 6 years ago!), and basically I didn't do any although I did lots of research & played a varsity sport. In hindsight I should have made sure to say I do community service now, but he kept cutting me off and I didn't want to be pushy so never got the opportunity to explain that. If anyone's reading this from the NYMC admissions committee, perhaps you should consider retiring certain interviewers or at the very least consider getting feedback from interviewees about how their interview day went. Other SDNers have had a similar experience wtih Dr. Wasserman. It's a shame that students fly all the way across the country to interview with the old codger!" Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

12/02/2002

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