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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?

6 out of 10

How you think you did?

7 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

6 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 your lower grades in ___ semester." Report Response

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

"What do you do that's not related to medicine (as in, what do you do for yourself)?" Report Response

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

"What do you think of the future of medicine? What direction is it headed?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"What do you want me to tell the admissions committee?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"A woman comes to you with a 2 cm breast cancer. What do you do?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Reviewed my AMCAS and resume, brushed up on my research work. Didn't know about SDN until last week." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Integrated curriculum, big trauma center across the street, small group study space." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Location wasn't the best, not everyone was so friendly, dark and old buildings." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Fairly fast-paced and conversational. We covered EVERYTHING you could think of relating to my application -- my interviewer was very very prepared. I had to talk about research I did in 2002-2003, and give really concise summaries of pretty obscure non-medical research. He asked me questions about my work, my school, research, hobbies, extra-curriculars, everything. Honestly, I felt exhausted by the end of the interview, because we'd covered so much. I was never asked questions that I wouldn't know the answers to, though. Things were always on topics with which I had some familiarity, and my interviewer seemed genuinely interested in what I had to say. My interviewer asked me the classic, "How did you realize you wanted to go into medicine?" and I started to answer, but somehow we ended up on this 10-minute diversion on food and cooking. My interviewer was quite pleasant and answered my questions without that condescending or impatient tone that other interviewers have used with me (dude, you know the one... where they're so close to ending the interview that they can't wait to leave)." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

How did the tourguide seem?

Enthusiastic

How do you rank the facilities?

6 out of 10

What is your in-state status?

Out of state

What was your total time spent traveling?

4-6 hours

What was your primary mode of travel?

Airplane

What airport did you use?

JFK

Where did you stay?

Hotel

How would you rate the hotel?

5 out of 10

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?

Doubletree by JFK

Would you recommend the hotel?

no

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

10/15/2005

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

5 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

6 out of 10

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

7 out of 10

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