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  • SUNY - Upstate Medical University College of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Syracuse
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

1 out of 10

How you think you did?

9 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

7 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?

2

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)?

"Why medicine? Why Upstate?" Report Response

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

"Other pretty standard stuff. Both of my interviewers did a fair share of the talking themselves." Report Response

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

"Why did you withdraw from X class?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Nothing too unusual." Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"What do you think about diversity in medicine?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN, Upstate website" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"My faculty interview. My interviewer was SUCH a nice guy, and when I asked him "why Upstate?" he had a few really attractive points. He said that he thinks Upstate students get a really superior clinical education, compared even to very good schools like Pitt or UCSF that he's also worked at. He also says that Upstate faculty are very accessible--you may be on a first-name basis with a world-famous doctor, and that won't necessarily happen at other places. He even said that he hopes I come to Upstate so he can look out for me! Awwww. If I don't attend this school (which I'm guessing I probably won't), my biggest disappointment will be not getting to interact with him in the future." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Classes are graded and very traditional-lecture based. Also, a sentiment that was echoed throughout the day was "medical school is medical school, and it doesn't really matter where you go since you end up learning the same material for boards. Therefore, you should come here because it's state school and cheap." I simply don't think that's true--there are huge differences in the "personalities" of schools. All other places I've interviewed have told me what makes THEM really special, and I was disappointed that Upstate didn't do that." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Nothing really." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"The students here were not very passionate about their school. They like it fine, and say they're getting a good education. But they're not in LOVE. I want to be in love." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

How did the tourguide seem?

Neutral

How do you rank the facilities?

7 out of 10

What is your in-state status?

In state

What was your total time spent traveling?

0-1 hour

What was your primary mode of travel?

Automobile

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

< $100

Where did you stay?

Friends or family

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

10/19/2005

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

3 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?

2 out of 10

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