4 out of 10
At the school
"How do you pronounce your name?"
"Where exactly is your hometown?"
"Why do you think this Columbia is good?"
"Are you sure you want to live in New York? You don't look like you want to live in New York."
"Read their website."
"The teaching facilities are nice, the students are friendly, and the professor in the class we walked in on seemed to interact really well with the students."
"The interview day was totally uncoordinated. There were people arriving for interviews at all times - M.D./Ph.D.'s in the morning, people who wanted lunch about mid-morning, people who didn't want lunch in the afternoon. There was no introduction, no welcome, no info session. They just ushered everyone up to this nice restaurant where we were served pretty but bland food, then they shuffled us around for a tour, and then we were on our own for the interview. There were certain things for M.D./Ph.D. applicants only, certain things for M.D. applicants only, and the lunch for both. I felt as if I were intruding on the M.D./Ph.D. interview program rather than participating in an M.D. interview program. My interviewer had my file right there but obviously had not read it. He did not ask me any questions to try to get to know me. Instead he talked about himself, anecdotes about Columbia, his family, New York, etc. I felt cheated. I couldn't get a feel for the school at all. This means that even if I do get in, I'll be forced to buy another plane ticket to New York to try to get an impression of the place. "
"Going from Baltimore to Newark to New York on the morning of the interview is not a good idea. You won't feel too fresh when you get there."
"See "What negatively impressed you?""