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  • SUNY - University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine
  • Dental School
  • Buffalo
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Negatively

What was the stress level of the interview?

10 out of 10

How you think you did?

7 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

9 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

50 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 was the most interesting question?

"no interesting questions. just the type of questions that are bound to make you slip in whatever answer you give." Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"all of them were stressfull." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"read SDN feedback: by the way, the older interviewer said to me "we expect our interviewees to know our questions through SDN"..." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"everything except the discrimination against nontraditional students. " Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"the interview. it was a traumatizing experience." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"how much i should have prepared for the interrogation that they call "interview" and how you have no chance of rectifying things that might have gone wrong during the interview, since they make their decisions the same day." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I was drilled, almost interrogated, and interrupted twice. I was asked many trap questions. I had 2 interviewers: one was an older doctor and the other was a senior student who was acting a bit authoritative and suspicious of me and my interest in pursuing dentistry. They did not say a single positive comment about my character or application. It was rather stressful and I came out of the interview with a headache. The older interviewer laughed at my answers twice! He also made it seem like every answer I gave was retarded. I have a high GPA and a good DAT score. I have a graduate degree and a couple of publications and I am working on the third. They ignored all of that and focused on the deficiencies of my application. My lack of experience in shadowing a dentist made them suspicious and they lingered on the issue. They also called my non-traditional path to dentistry “convoluted” as opposed to “well-rounded.” All interviewees on that day said that it was laid back, except two other non-traditional students. I believe that there is bias against non-traditional applicants at buffalo. Too bad, such a wonderful school, such a great student body and then I get those interviewers. It was a matter of luck and I simply did not have luck. I wish I was not a fucking non-traditional student. If I was the typical 22 year old guy who just came out of college, they would not have had the chance to question the years I spent before applying to dental school and give me a hard time. It seems that the adcom wants to keep the student body young, white and small-town-rooted. " Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

How did the tourguide seem?

Enthusiastic

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?

Train or subway

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

$201-$300

Where did you stay?

Hotel

How would you rate the hotel?

7 out of 10

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?

university inn

Would you recommend the hotel?

yes

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

02/16/2006

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

9 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

5 out of 10

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

4 out of 10

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