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  • SUNY - Stony Brook University School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Stony Brook
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Negatively

What was the stress level of the interview?

4 out of 10

How you think you did?

4 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

4 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)?

"What's an issue in medicine that worries you right now?" Report Response

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

"Why don't you want to go to a non-US school? ('cause you ain't gettin' in here!)" Report Response

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

"Why didn't you spend the last three years doing more clinical work?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Why do you want to be a doctor. No really, why do YOU want to be a doctor. Okay, so why do you want to do surgery. Why not endocrinology? Why not this? Why not that?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Why didn't you spend the last three years of your life padding your application?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN, website, reviewed AMCAS/secondary" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Students were friendly, wireless throughout building, note-taking service" Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Rude, inappropriate, discouraging interviewer. Bad, bad facilities. The main reason the students had for going there: "My parents live on Long Island." Campus is spread out, confusing, and UGLY." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"That the shuttle bus system is soooooo s...l...o...w... seriously, give yourself at least 45 minutes if you want to catch the LIRR." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"My interviewer was extremely discouraging and kept telling me that I should "go to a Caribbean school if you don't get in this year." Over and over. He repeatedly asked why I wanted to be a doctor, and why I liked my specialties of interest (which I explained were not set in stone).. and by the end the only thing I could say was, "I don't really know what to tell you, sir, I just find ___ to be extremely interesting and I just plain like it." He said my MCAT score was "okay" (34S) and my GPA was "ehh" (3.6) and then said that he doesn't think the adcom would put me through because I didn't have enough clinical experience (I admit it is a little lacking, but I do have over a year volunteering in a level I trauma center surgery ward). He repeatedly stated that I should look into non-US medical schools, "Stony Brook takes LOTS of residents from the Caribbean..." Then he got mad at me for saying I might not go to my last interview (end of March) and tried to sell that other med school to me. Overall, it was the worst interview I have ever had... and Stony Brook has dropped to the BOTTOM of my list." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Faculty member

How did the tourguide seem?

Discouraging

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?

2-3 hours

What was your primary mode of travel?

Train or subway

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

02/15/2006

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?

3 out of 10

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

3 out of 10

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