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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?

2 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

60+ 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)?

"Characteristics of a good/poor physician. What unethical conducts have you witnessed and what did you do about it. " Report Response

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

"When did you realize you wanted to do medicine? Are you interested in research? Tell me about a low grade. What was the most significant factor of your volunteering experiences?" Report Response

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

"What is one thing you would like me to mention when I address your application to the admission comittee?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Any bad roommate experiences? " Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Were you ever in a situation where you are in a group whose opinion differed from your own and how did you handle the situation?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN, mock interview, SUNY Buffalo website, AMCAS application" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Faculties seems to understand the students, typical class day starts from 8 to 12, relaxed students, great computer and anatomy labs." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Four straight hours of lecture can be grueling, although typically lab or small groups are scheduled between lectures. " Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Every interview question will require you to draw from your personal experience in some way. " Report Response

What are your general comments?

"First headline read from a Buffalo newspaper upon my arrival "Icy Winds Expected..." The blasts of winds were strong enough to literally knock me off my feets. Buffalo is also likely the only place in NY you will hear about "lake-effect snow". Regardless, the medical school itself is quite welcoming. Twenty people came to interview, beginning with a tour consisting of: the brain museum, computer lab, anatomy lab, and library. You will pass a number of small classrooms but the lecture halls weren't part of the tours. If you arrive at the school earlier than scheduled (9:30am) then I recommended that you take a look at the 1st lecture halls, which was quite nice. The tour ends with two presentations by faculties, one on the curriculum and one by the student dean. Before lunch we were asked to write a 10-minute essay on "the person most influential in our life". Before you write anything silly you might want to know that the interviewers will have your essay on hand during your interviews. Sandwiches, cookies, and soda for lunch (where's the nutrition). We were greeted by the first and second year students while in the adjacent room the admission comittee prepared to administer interviews. Any downtime was hardly noticeable since anywhere you go there will be people to talk to. Interview questions were similar to those stated in other interview feedbacks, which stressed ethical responses (they know you have the stats, so they need to know that you also have the heart of a physician). Both interviewers will have a standard set of questions to ask but they also pick out parts of your application that particularly interests them. No hypothetical situations, they wanted you to draw from your personal experiences. Interviewers were friendly and welcomed good questions. Finally, SUNY Buffalo in-state tuition is a bargain at around $17,000." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Faculty member

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

01/07/2004

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