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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?

1 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)?

"How did you deal with a stressful situation" Report Response

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

"What are your hobbies? " Report Response

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

"How did you study for the MCat? My interviewer liked the fact that i did it on my own and didn't become a Kaplan head. " Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Nothing really. She asked me the list of standard questions but it was very conversational. " Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"See above. " Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"This site (though it is completely misleading about some aspects of the school) and my amcas application" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Mostly everything. My interviewer was so warm and friendly and the students were really genuine. The facilities aren't top notch but they aren't horrid either. Are most of you ppl that snotty about buildings? I don't care about the facilities as long as they are functional and you get a good education and clinial experience. Downstate is nice friendly and offers good exposure to many different cases in brooklyn. " Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The only thing is the area surrounding the school though i was impressed with their security measures. " Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"That you can have an interview in another building outside of the basic science building where the admissions office is located" Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I really liked downstate. The comments on this site are very misleading. I may be attracted to downstate because i'm from brooklyn and used to the urban atmosphere but really did you ppl expect harvard or vassar architecture in the heart of a depressed brooklyn neighborhood? Its not glamourous but its the realities of most hospital conditions in this country- functional and well kept but not the pretties thing in the world. Labs are fine- the smell was fine and i actually liked the set up. Also the student body seemed to be really awesome. If you aren't uptight and want to work with underserved populations this is the school for you. If you want to become a doctor for reasons other than prestige and money, then this is also the place for you. " Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

02/24/2004

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