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

45 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?

Open file

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

"What was a difficult situation you were in and how did you handle it?" Report Response

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

"Tell me about your volunteer and research experience." Report Response

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

"What questions do you have about Downstate?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"No particularly interesting questions." Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"What was a difficult situation you were in recently and how did you handle it? (but I knew about that one from this site, so I was prepared!)" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read over my AMCAS, read interview sections in 2 med school prep books I have (Barrons and Kaplan), read the school's website (which was partly down and painfully slow) and read this site, which was by far the most helpful." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The fact that my interviewer was as concerned with answering my questions about Downstate as he was about asking me questions. My tour guides were great, too. Downstate's big selling point is the excellent clinical experience, so both my interviewer and tour guides discussed that aspect of the school. It really eroded my previous snobbish attitude about attending a state school." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The facilities are nothing fancy. Also, the school-owned housing isn't much more affordable than local independent housing." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Nothing really. My dad went to Downstate, so he briefed me pretty well." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Extremely low stress, it was a pretty comfortable conversation. The admissions staff were very friendly and my tour guides were hilarious, very informative and amenable to answering my reams of questions." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

09/02/2003

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