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

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

2 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?

30 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)?

"How did you pick your undergraduate school?" Report Response

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

"Where do you see yourself in ten years?" Report Response

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

"Tell me something about yourself that isn't anywhere in this application..." Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"None in particular; both of my interviews were more or less conversations, with a leading question thrown in now and then (Why pick your undergraduate school? How difficult was it to get a summer job at X?)" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"None. No ethical questions, no grades questions, just a friendly discussion of what I was currently up to and my plans for the future." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read up on ethical questions, re-read all six thousand essays I wrote for the school, glanced at the website and at the interview feedback here at SDN, read the Health Times the week before. None of it necessary, apparently." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The shiny hospital, the amazing amount of research possibilities, the collaboration with the other University schools, the strong match list and the enthusiasm of the students for their school. Oh, and the tuition, but that's because 18.8k is a steal for a medical school. Why go out of state?" Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"That everyone both interviewing and attending seemed to have a connection to Long Island, and the isolation of the school. And: there wasn't any need to trash-talk Downstate like the students did. I think we all know that it's a choice between higher-ranked/research (SB) and proximity to NYC (Downstate)." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"I didn't really know much about the MD with distinction in research, and think it's a strong draw for those of us who want research opportunities without the commitment of an MD/PhD. Also, the acceptance stats on MDpotential are off: last year, they offered 300 spots to 550 interviewees (including from waitlist), which is more than 50% acceptance from the interview pool. Much better odds than I thought. Finally, I've never had such a laid-back set of interviews in my life, without even a Why Medicine question. Maybe I got lucky with the interviewers, but I was more than happy to have a non-formulaic interview." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Good. I didn't need to prepare, although fellow interviewees reported lots of ethical questions, so you might want to think about that. Overall, positive impression. " Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

How did the tourguide seem?

Enthusiastic

How do you rank the facilities?

9 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

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

< $100

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

01/09/2007

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?

3 out of 10

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

3 out of 10

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