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  • New York Medical College
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Valhalla
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

3 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?

Closed file

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

"What do you think will be your biggest challenge in medical school?" Report Response

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

"What are the weaknesses in your application? Strengths?" Report Response

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

"How can you be sure you want to be a physician?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"If you had the resources to start your own healthcare-related grassroots campaign, what would be the focus of your campaign?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"How do you work in a group setting? (My interviwer noted that most of my jobs/experiences were independent and not affiliated with school clubs, etc. and wanted to know why that was. I felt slightly defensive, as though she was perhaps implying that I was antisocial or perhaps didn't work well with others.)" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Checked out school website, SDN, etc." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The facilities are BEA-YOO-TIFUL! The anatomy lab and classroom modules appear to be brand-new and well-maintained. The students seem genuinely happy, didn't appear as frazzled/stressed as kids at other schools. I think NYMC does a good job of selecting ppl who fit the profile of the school (even the other kids I interviewed with were great! We all bonded and even shared rides/took cabs/trains back together.) Although the housing is dorm-like, it's reasonably priced and convenient. The location is also pretty ideal--it appears as though living in Valhalla would be conducive to studying (i.e., avoiding the tempting distractions of city life), but The City is easily accessible when you want it (40 minutes away by train). I was also psyched to hear that a large percentage of 3rd and 4th year students do their rotations in NYC." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Housing is somewhat dorm-like. Students appear to be a little cliquey (even our two tour guides sat at a table by themselves, leaving the prospective students to chat amongst ourselves). The cost of attending NYMC is really high. I hated wearing an ID tag w/my picture on it throughout the day. Our tour guides told us the curriculum wasn't particularly innovative or noteworthy. I also had the chance to peek in on a 2nd year lecture, and noticed that perhaps only 1/4 of the 2nd year students were in attendance. . . and after sitting there for 15 minutes, I could understand why! " Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Um, that the Sprain Brook Parkway (or whatever that road is called) on the school's map is kind of confusing to find. Allot ample time for getting to your interview if you're not planning on cabbing it! " Report Response

What are your general comments?

"My interview experience was positive overall. At the beginning of the day, the admissions ppl tell you precisely why school prefers to give closed-file interviews, but I actually felt that may have detracted from my experience a bit (interviewer jotting so many pages of stuff down made me feel a little uncomfortable/nervous--like i was giving a lecture or presentation or something). I also felt like trying to cram my life story into 45 minutes resulted in my going off onto several tangents/rambly monologues, resulting in my appearing (i suspect) incoherent, disorganized, and perhaps slightly off-kilter." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

04/01/2004

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