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

How did the interview impress you?

Negatively

What was the stress level of the interview?

10 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?

Closed file

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

"You must be a very lonely person? I would swear on a bible that this came out of nowhere. Im not sure if this was a stress interview ?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"This place gives horrible interviews. They have the most emotionally disturbed faculty I met at any of the med school interviews I encountered. Since I work in psychiatry they paired me with a psychiatrist who was openly anti-gay, classist and just a general a.....e. For instance he asked me why since my mother worked ina bank and my father was a teacher would I want to go to medical school? This was not asked in an open honest way; the tone was derisive." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read the web site and reviewed my amcas application" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"the students who gave the tour were very nice" Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The interviewer, Dr. Selzer, is a disgrace to medicine. The second interview, which the school promised would be "blind," was not. He referred to my first interviewer openly in his questions. Also (I'm being serious), there were signs of dementia and other cognitive problems. He and the other interviewer were in the same subfield of psychiatry and undoubtedly knew each other." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"That the administration has a poor sense of the kind of people their faculty are" Report Response

What are your general comments?

"After requesting a second interview and sending a letter about Dr. Selzer's behavior (as per the school's request; they had had problems with him before), I was then treated very badly. They sent me a "cover your a--" kind of letter that did not reflect the good will that I had shown them in mine. Though I am quite angry now, I was so incredibly patient then, that I will never forget how this institution allows its faculty to treat prospective students. If you are gay ( I am not), if you are a woman ( I am not) or if you care about issues related to human kind forget this school. Both faculty who interviewed me were white males in "high positions ( they give you the person's specialty and title when you get there)." If these are the people who they elect to interview students, all I can say is " Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

03/15/2003

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