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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?

5 out of 10

How you think you did?

6 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

8 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)?

"Explain this aspect of your MCAT. How did you study for the MCAT? Explain this grade on your transcript." Report Response

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

"Describe your clinical experiences. What motivated you to become a doctor?" Report Response

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

"How did you get involved in this extracurricular activity?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Why didn't you mention your parents on your application?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"There weren't so much hard questions by themselves but given the tone in which they were asked made for a very awkward and uncomfortable interview." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN, AMCAS, previous interviews" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The quality of the study carrels and the student center I must say were pretty decent looking. I suppose I pictured the absolute worst but I was pleasantly surprised. Also, students are well-trained for residencies because of the great experience they get during their clinical years." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The gross anatomy lab looked like a piece of crap and the neighborhood surrounding the neighborhood is pretty dangerous." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Nothing really." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I'm quite familiar with SUNY Downstate so I suppose I'm a bit biased toward the school. I took a class there and now, I conduct clinical research in their ER. Although the school is located in a dangerous neighborhood, it offers an unparalleled, diverse clinical experience for its students and to be honest, that's what all pre-med students are looking for. Plus, it's as cheap as it could get! The only negative experience I had is with the interviewer himself. Frankly, he was a huge prick who seemed completely disinterested with what I was saying and it almost felt like he was trying to give me a hard time on purpose. Words cannot even describe how miserable I felt during the interview. On the other side though, the interview did last for about an hour so I really don't know what to think. I'm crossing my fingers..." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Admissions staff

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?

11/22/2006

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?

6 out of 10

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