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  • Albany Medical College
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Albany
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

2 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

40 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?

2

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)?

"Views on beginning of life/end of life issues. Discuss a current event. Do I have problems working with human samples and/or animals? (I think I was asked this in relation to my research experience.)" Report Response

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

"Why medicine? What did you take away from ___ volunteer experience? Do you remember any patients/times in particular that impacted you? Tell me about your family. Do you feel you're prepared for med school? Where do you see yourself ten years from now? " Report Response

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

"Can you see yourself in NY? What are your thoughts about relocating? One of my interviewers seemed to *really* want to make sure that I would be able to handle the change in climate and wouldn't be running home due to the cold and snow. " Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Do you keep up on the news? What was the last thing you read about? Discuss." Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"This school seems to be known for asking ethical questions. My questions centered around beginning of life issues (cloning, stem cell research, abortion) and end of life issues (euthanasia). We also discussed the lack of health care insurance for many Americansd and prescription drug coverage. None were given in terms of difficult scenarios though; they just wanted to know my thoughts on the issues." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Bioethics websites, AMC's website, newspapers for current events." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The people in NY (or at least at AMC) were *so* nice. Coming from the west coast I expected them to be a bit more reserved, but everyone was really laid back. The students were more than willing to discuss their experiences and thoughts of the school. While I was waiting for my cab at the end of the day, a 4th year student on his way to class saw I had just finished up. He came and asked me how it went, if I had any questions, shared his experience, etc. The other applicants were really friendly as well." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Albany is bitterly cold. I was told that this winter was particularly harsh though. The facilites were pretty old, but most schools' are. One student talked about some areas that have traditionally been problem spots on the Boards. Oh, and the price ($39K/year for 2003-04)." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"How cold it would be with wind chill factored in. The cost - I knew it was expensive, but I guess due to the poor economy, tuition for next year is being bumped up 9-10%." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I'm the type that can get really stressed over interviews, but this really was a great experience. The interviewers were very personable and easy to talk to, and they didn't grill me on any of my views (I made sure my views/arguments were well defended though). I walked out of the interview thinking that it went well, but unsure of how I did in relation to the others. (Nearly every other applicant said that they had smooth interviews too.) I found out just the other day though that I got in, so I guess it was better than I thought. " Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

02/13/2003

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