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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?

9 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?

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)?

"I see you were involved in many things during college (work, volunteering specifics, lived at home (distractions)etc..) when did you have leisure time? What did you do?" Report Response

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

"What are your plans for medical school, live on/off campus or at home?" Report Response

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

"Other questions were specific to my AMCAS file, including volunteer experiences and issues discussed in my personal statement (why medicine, who I am as a person and what my goals/life has been like)." Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"On average, about how many hours did you spend studying on any given day? " Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Questions about my lower grades (C's alongside A's in advanced science courses) and about my MCAT score - my interviewer simply said "let's talk about your MCAT" and then waited for my response." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN, school website, prepared answers to obvious questions so i could have the main points fresh in my head" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The proximity of dorms, hospital to the school, the multicultural community, the students there seem very non-competitive with each other and seem to work together" Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Nothing really. " Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"That it was going to be so cold that day!" Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Overall, I had a good experience. I was nervous but by the time of my interview (i'd already had a tour and had an afternoon interview) I was much more relaxed and could talk about what I'd seen that day (facilities, etc..) Downstate is a great place to be if you thrive in an environment that is diverse and are comfortable being in a typical NYC underserved neighborhood (although the growth there is evident). Having gone to a city school, (similar urban setting), I felt great to be there and know that I can gain excellent clinical experience as well as student/faculty support during my time there. " Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

12/20/2004

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