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  • Albany Medical College
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Albany
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

6 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)?

"What ethical issue do you think will impact you most once you are a practicing physician? This was followed by almost forty minutes of...why?; explain what you mean by that; well what would you do if such and such a scenario came up; etc. " Report Response

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

"What do you think is the most pressing issue in United States healthcare today? In the future? My answer(s) was again followed by many "Why's" and "what should we do about it/and if that doesn't work" type of questions" Report Response

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

"If it was an absolute impossibility for you to ever become a physician, what other career would you choose? And of course, the obligitory "Why?"" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"If you could have lunch with any person (non-family/friend) living or dead, who would it be? " Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"I think the group of ethical questions were difficult because my interviewer was really pressing me on my stance. " Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Brushed up on common ethical scenarios over a Corona. Really not much-I fortunately just finished a med. ethics course, so I really didn't have to think about it all that much." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"You couldn't ask for a more friendly and supportive staff. They informed me of my acceptance within 4 days. Their residency placements are impressive." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"They're little behind on the technology front...I would have liked to have seen that they had more educational resources available on interent(for example: interactive quizzes, slide atlases, question bulletin boards). Also,many schools I have been to are in the process of setting up facility wide wireless internet, or have it set up already. When I asked about it at Albany the answers I got made it seem like like it would be a few years away from happening." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Nothing really, I had interviewed there last year." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"This is clearly a school that really cares about their interviews. They ask some difficult questions and may seem at times like they are either trying to confuse you or back you into a corner. A other schools that I have interviewed at ask the most brainless questions so that they can pride themselves as being a "low stess interview " school but you really come away wondering what the point of it all was. Albany really wants to see how well you handle being challanged, and although they may come across as being assholes to some people because of it, it is really important and I think speaks volumes about their selection criteria. If i had to give any advice to future interviewees, I would suggest making absolutely sure you are 100% confident as to your stance on all ethical/current healthcare issues because they will ask about them and if you're not prepared it can quickly turn into a nightmare." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

04/07/2004

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