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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?

4 out of 10

How you think you did?

8 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

8 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

40 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)?

"What makes you want to become a doctor?" Report Response

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

"How do you study for exams? In groups or by yourself?" Report Response

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

"Tell me about a stressful time in your life and how you dealt with it." Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Would your friends describe you as a nerd or the life of the party? " Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Do you have any hobbies except sports? " Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"school website, SDN, read AMCAS and secondary, mock interview " Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"How friendly the staff and students were. The interview was very low stress." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The facilities looked a little rundown but it seems they are putting a lot of money and time into improving them." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"How difficult it would be to find parking." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"The tour and lunch with the med students was very informative. They were more than willing to answer all of our questions and to give us their impressions of the school. If you have the 1 pm interview ( I did) be prepared to have an abreviated lunch. Everything there is to know about the school can be found on their website, so I basically used my time at the interview to learn more about student life and activities outside of the classroom. The facilities (including the "famous" anatomy lab) were not as bad as everyone says they are. I actually thought they were quite nice. Overall, I thought my interview went well, but then again it was my first one so I had nothing to compare it to. There were no real difficult questions. The interviewer just wanted to know some more information that wasn't present on my AMCAS and secondary. After about 30-35 the interviewer seemed to be done with all that he wanted to talk to me about and then he asked me if I had any questions. Luckily, I had prepared a few before the interview, otherwise the interview would have been over at that point. I definitely advise coming up with some questions for your interviewer. We were done with the interview in about 45 minutes which I thought was on the short side but I wasn't too concerned becuase I felt that I answered the questions thorouhgly. I enjoyed my visit to SUNY Downstate and look forward to hearing back from them soon. " Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

How did the tourguide seem?

Enthusiastic

How do you rank the facilities?

5 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

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

01/10/2005

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

8 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?

9 out of 10

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