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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?

8 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)?

"Tell me about yourself?" Report Response

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

"Why medicine?" Report Response

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

"What happened in Calculus? What about MCAT score?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Why medicine? (I was a business consultant before)" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

""tell me about yourself". I was preparing for this in a strategic way and it was my hardest anticipated question I worked on." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Lots of personal reflection (write about myself, talk to myself, re-read AMCAS), talked to present and former students, mock interview with friends, read website....As you can tell, I was nervous and it was my first interview!" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Organized. Our group of interviewee's were told exactly where to go and what to expect next before and after interview. I was brought back to office by my interviewer." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Although everyone I saw seemed happy, the buildings, including hospital and schools seemed old and a bit gloomy." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Nothing, I visited the school beforehand, that way I could time how long my trip would be from home (queens)." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"My interviewer was very pleasant. It was a strange interview in that he seemed to have his mind made up about me in the beginning. He told me he wanted to ask me some standard questions, since he was taking notes on a formal piece of paper. Surprisingly, he really seemed interested in my personal situation, my mother had cancer, and he is a hem/onc doctor so he asked me a lot about her care and about my family. He asked me about my MCAT score and one of my grades from undergrad (I'm a postbacc). He asked about a difficult situation and how I handled it, what leisure activities, how prepared for mcat, pursue anything in arts or sports?, Asked about clinical experiences, what my research was about, why downstate, which other schools I'm applying to, other interviews. Tour was good, two enthusiastic first years, however wasn't really able to get any information about what they didn't like about the school. I was able to sit in on a lecture b/c I knew a second year. Friendly admissions assistant, ilana. I feel safe in the area, but there doesn't seem like there is anything to do. Overall, I was happy with my interview experience, I really like the opportunity fo hands-on experience, i like that the school is a bit gritty, fits with the whole clinical emphasis of the education." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

How did the tourguide seem?

Enthusiastic

How do you rank the facilities?

7 out of 10

What was your total time spent traveling?

0-1 hour

What was your primary mode of travel?

Automobile

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

02/01/2005

What is your ranking of this school's location?

8 out of 10

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

6 out of 10

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