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  • SUNY - University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Buffalo
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

5 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

45 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)?

"See above" Report Response

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

"See above" Report Response

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

"See above" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"I don't really think there were any "interesting questions". Buffalo asks questions from a sheet of standardized questions that the committee expects the interviewer to ask during the interview. The standardized quesions are behavioral type questions. The purpose of the questions are to guage how you react to specific situations. Some quesions were: What was the most stressful event in your life and how did you handle it?, What did you like to do as a child for fun?, Have you ever had to do something that you knew was wrong, but was necessary?, Who is someone from the past or present that you would like to interview/meet?, What are your best qualities; your worst?, etc... I was not asked any ethical questions during my interview, but that is not the norm at Buffalo. Every person who was interviewed the day that I interviewed was bombarded with ethical questions (one person was asked what would you do if an old person came to the emergency room and you knew there was no hope for them, but the family insisted on prolonging the life of this person.). So, I would definitely brush up on current events and how to deal with questions where you will be given a scenario where you have to make life or death type decisions. Don't stress out to much, they are not asking for the right answer; they are looking to see how you reason through stressful situations. Know yourself, your personal statement, be up to date with current events- if you adhere to these, you should be fine. SUNY Buffalo asks you to write a short essay in 10 minutes on a selected topic. They change the topic often. Don't stress out, they don't expect you to write an award winning essay. " Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"None really, but watch out for ethical questions (like I said above; they love asking them)" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Interview feedback, SDN, went over personal statement, practice vision, amcas application, research, etc.." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The students and the admissions people were so nice! I also liked the school's facilities and I also don't think that Buffalo is all that bad either." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"One of my interviewers had made what I thought was an inappropriate statemtent during my interview. It bothered me a lot at the time, but now in retrospect, I think it was said just to see how I would react. There was honestly nothing that was said/seen that gave me a bad opinion about the school." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Nothing. I really prepared for my interview. " Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I highly recommend staying with a student host(I did). It a gave me a chance to better familiarize myself with the school and its students before my interview. My student hos was great and very helpful. If you want to contact me to ask me any other questions, just e-mail me at [email protected]" Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Other

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

02/27/2002

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