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

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

1 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

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

"MD: I gave the Dr. my personal statement just prior to my interview. I see your step-father attended here, tell me about that. What was it like growing up in the Dominican Republic? Who raised you? When did you arrive in the US? What was it like seeing you parents for the first time? Clarify the time between your parents divorce and your mother's remarriage. (This was in context of the conversation.) At this point I asked if there would be any questions about my academics, but he only had a list of activities with him and stated that he just wanted to get to know me. (I was so at ease!!)" Report Response

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

"So your grandmother passed away? Did she live here? (I was very close to my grandmother, but the family divorce was not very pretty.) Tell me about high school. (I moved to the suburbs and went to two different high schools because of my parent's divorce and spoke of my excitement towards biology. When did your parents marry? (My step-father and mother) Why did you attend your undergraduate institution? Did you enjoy your time there. So you've been at the NIH for this long and the we corrected some information on my file. What is proteomics? Tell me about your research. Would you pursue a PhD? (I really want to study human biology and human disease and I'm also interested in " translational research." I answered along those lines. Do you have any questions for me? " Report Response

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

"I felt the interview was a bit short. I did manage to say I have a renewed appreciation for knowledge and that I really want to use medical knowledge to help others. I also said that I had a wonderful time at NYMC, and that it was an honor and privilege to interview at NYMC. Then the Dr. escorted me out and the interview ended. " Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"I was quite surprised by the friendliness of the admissions staff, the students and my generous hosts. My whole interview was interesting. My interviewer just wanted to get to know me. He made this clear. All of the questions pertained to my life experiences. I'll list the questions below. He also asked me "What is Proteomics."" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"There were no really difficult questions. I was asked however, if I would pursue a PhD. I have spent three years performing biomedical research in Bethesda so this is a really interesting question as well. I answered by saying that I would like to do translational research or more patient centered research. And that a medical education would allow me to more fully understand the human body and human disease and pathogenesis." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"I prepared by reading all of the material I could on the NYMC web site; SDN interviews; reviewed my research; and had some time (2 years and a previous rejection everywhere) for serious introspection about what I want to do with my life and why a career in medicine is most satisfying for me." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Everyone raves about he anatomy lab - it is great! High ceilings, glass windows for natural light and t.v.s everywhere. It is as wonderful place to study human anatomy. However, I feel that not enough is said about he faculty. The Professors here really focus on teaching the students. In addition, the curriculum stresses bi-weekly exams - which by the way are similar to the boards. Hence the high passing rate at NYMC. The congenial atmosphere is extremely attractive. I also learned that the school really makes an effort the get the best financial aid packages possible for its students. " Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"This was by no means a negative impression as much as it is fact: the expense of the school. However, I feel that the clinical training and education offered by NYMC is outstanding and worth the price! I'm going to be in some serious debt though....ouch!" Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"I had volunteered here some years back. I showdowed my step-father while he was on rounds. I had some memorable experiences. Going back made me realize what a wonderful place it would be study medicine and be trained as a future physician. I also learned (from my interviewer) that there are plenty of research opportunities available around the campus. Some of the latest finding include the Bone Marrow derived stems cells that were used to regenerate heart tissue - Nature. Overall this place is in a nice location. Valhalla is quiet - allowing for focused study time. There are also quite a few student organized activities and clubs to enhance medical school life. And NYC is only a metronorth rail (40min) ride away." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"What can I say, I'm in love with the school and it would be a privilege to attend there. All I have to say about the interview is RELAX and BE YOURSELF. You can prepare all you want - like I did - but be prepared for a quite easy going interview. They really want to get to know you here." 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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