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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?

5 out of 10

How you think you did?

10 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

30 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)?

"questions specific to my amcas application." Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Nothing." Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Nothing." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN, talked to med students" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"the amount of clinical exposure that Downstate med students experience" Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"the interviewer." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Nothing." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"met with admissions person who talked about the school to all of us other interviewees. med students gave a tour of the school. had lunch with med students. went to interview. went home. many of the people on this website who comment that the school is in the "ghetto" should really think of why they are going into medicine. being in an underserved urban community, downstate med students get a real chance to obtain hands on experience not available to med students at other med schools, and to make a substantial difference in someone's life which to me is one of the biggest perks of going to school in the "ghetto." if you want extensive clinical exposure, then Downstate is the right place for you. residency directors are continually pleased with the caliber of students that graduate from Downstate. also, remember that most of the really good med schools are located in underserved communities (Baltimore, Harlem, North Philly, etc.) because their students get phenomenal clinical exposure. i really liked the school, but I wasn't a big fan of the grading scale which is something like Honors/High Pass/Pass/Fail. i feel it may breed competitiveness which would be a bit of a downer in med school. people say that the Downstate interview will be one of the most mellow interviews, but that wasn't my experience at all. my interviewer was a female general surgeon. at the risk of sounding un-p.c. (although i think that pc stuff is bs) having worked in i-banking after college for two years, I've experienced that a lot of women in male dominated specialties act like aggressive ball busters to prove to others that they can handle the work, and this is exactly what my interviewer was like being a woman in surgery, a male dominated specialty. she was aggressive and cold. she asked nit picky questions about my application that didn't emphasize a holistic view of me (Why did you take this anthropology course? Why did you get a B in this class?). her closing comment to me was, "well, I hope you get a lot more interviews so you feel really good about yourself." thinking that this was the worst interview in my life, I wasn't expecting an acceptance letter from them which I received two weeks later. if I do decide to go there, I hope I don't have to ever work with her. i think that a lot of pre-meds should remember that as much we are trying to sell ourselves to the school, the school should also try to sell themselves to us. to the med schools that are browse this site, remember that most pre-meds interviewing early in the process will most likely obtain multiple acceptances, so it's important for the school to put on a favorable impression and to choose interviewers who are interested in getting to know the interviewees. " Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

10/15/2004

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