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

How did the interview impress you?

Negatively

What was the stress level of the interview?

8 out of 10

How you think you did?

2 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

4 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)?

"Explain your research. Be prepared to answere ANY question about it." Report Response

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

"Why did you take a year off? what did you do, how was it helpful?" Report Response

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

"Talk about a hot topic in medicine today." Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Tell me about a controversial health topic today." Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Same as above." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN. Mock interview. read amcas application. school website." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Anatomy lab is really nice. Better than all other schools i've seen. But I would'nt pick a school because of their anatomy lab. To me that is trivial. Option to do rotations is Manhattan, good clinical experience i bet." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"There were 14 other students getting interviewed. Damn, do they give an interview to everyone? Live in dorms with 3 to 4 people in each apt (shared bathroom/kitchen, individual rooms). Students were not friendly (said hello to a few students and they just nodded or said nothing back, kind rude don't ya think?). EXPENSIVE, HOLY CRAP ITS EXPENSIVE. $56,000 per year. $160,000 debt for this school when national average is around $115,000. Damn. Must have a car in an already expensive area, west chester county. Just not impressed with the school." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Alot of the negative aspects were revealed to me on the interview day. Also, if you are flying in go to La Guardia, closer than JFK. And it will take at least 2 hours if not more to get from La Guardia to the school. " Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Overall, I was not impressed with the school and the interview experience. My interview itself did not go well but I would like to not let that bias my judgment on the school itself. First off, prepare to PAY ALOT for this school. Tuition is $56,000 per year w/ ave. debt after school around 160,000. This school is expensive and West Chester County is an expensive area to live in also. You have to have a car if you want to get around and not take taxis everywhere, adds on the expenses. 90% of class lives in dorms which you share with 2 or 3 other students. Personally if I had to live in dorms I would not mind living in a single but a triple or a quad is ridiculous, plus that is $600 per month/per person. Tour guide said that was cheap in a snobbish way and not to worry about it(maybe if your dad is bill gates). Lecture halls were pretty standard, nothing bad about them but nothing spectacular either. Nice library and study areas. Anatomy lab is realy nice with sky lights and good filtration system. But seriously, don't make a decision on a school b/c of their anatomy lab. I think that is a moot point. As for the interview, I guess she had it out for me from the start. I've heard other interviewers that theirs were very conversational and easy, but I must have been very lucky and got demon-woman from the fiery abyss below. She woud ALWAYS interrupt to give me her opinion on everything, got very annoying. She first asked me about my research and but got hung up some of the specific antibodies we looked at. I could only remember the abbreviations and she wanted the full names. Plus there are like 20 specific markers that we look for and she wanted them all, no way I memorized the full names for all of them. Next she criticized one of my other studies and said some specific aspects were unnecessary. If she wants to change them she can go right ahead and have a nice chat with the Dr. I work under who has been doing this study for the last 3 years. I could not believe she had the audacity to say that. She then asked me to talk about a hot topic regarding medicine, but she interjected as usual and gave her opinion before I even had a chance to explain both sides and then she went off on some other topic that is only slightly related. I just basically sat and listened for 10 minutes. I talked to other interviewees who had her and they said basically the same thing. But if you are interivewing I think it is basically hit or miss with getting a good interviewer or not. " Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

How did the tourguide seem?

Discouraging

How do you rank the facilities?

5 out of 10

What was your total time spent traveling?

7+ hours

What was your primary mode of travel?

Airplane

About how much did you spend on room, food, and travel?

$301-$400

Where did you stay?

Hotel

How would you rate the hotel?

8 out of 10

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?

comfort inn

Would you recommend the hotel?

yes

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

02/15/2005

How do you rank this school among other schools to which you've applied?

2 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

2 out of 10

What is your ranking of this area's cultural life?

5 out of 10

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