3 out of 10
At the school
"Why a doctor?"
"Do you think you can handle it (curriculum and such)?"
"Only had 3 questions. The first was (paraphrase) what is the biggest challenge/problem in healthcare?"
"Do you think you will have any trouble at Columbia?"
"Read AMCAS app."
"The students. They are very glad to be there."
"It was my first interview so it was hard at the time to compare it to other schools. Looking back, the day was pretty short. No speech from Frantz. No financial aid session."
"Nothing. Had been to Washington Heights/CUMC previously."
"URM session over bagels and juice at 9 or maybe earlier. Spoke to students and to Dean Hutcherson. There were 3-4 other applicants present. Had my interview (not with Frantz) early morning. Told me I was "in" on the spot (didn't believe him). Students came in to speak with the few applicants waiting in the interview room. No arrogance. Very candid. They have a rep for churning out people who want to go into surgery or surgical subspecialties. Not a place for primary care although Mailman school of public health is among the best."