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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

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?

60+ 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)?

"Where do you see yourself in 25 years?" Report Response

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

"Name one thing you anticipate having difficulty with in medical school and name another thing you will find easy." Report Response

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

"Name one thing you anticipate having difficulty with as a doctor and name one thing you will enjoy." Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"If you could design your own medical school name two integral features." Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Where do you see yourself in 25 years? I was expecting maybe 10 or 15 but 25? " Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"4th interview, so I read the website, browsed SDN, and reviewed the tour materials." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Stony Brook's MD with distinction program (Interviewers seemed very keen to elaborate on this) offers students an opportunity to get a taste of research without going into a full fledged MSTP. In addition, this research does not have to be in a medical science, but must be medically related. For example, a student could graduate with distinction for medical research in the humanities." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Interviewees were not offered a tour of the anatomy lab or student residences. The admissions office is in the hospital so parking was very difficult and required a long walk in the cold." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Luckily, I had some cash on me, but if you're driving there, be sure to bring money for parking." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I had 2 faculty interviewers. I'm not sure if this is their standard approach to interviews, but what I got out of it was this: My first interviewer seemed predominantly concerned with my extracurriculars and confirming that I was indeed the person my application presented. He asked me to defend my clinical experience and to speak about my other ECs. This was all very off the cuff and mimicked the conversational style interview that seems to be the norm at many places. My second interview was more of the traditional question-answer style. He asked about my reasons for going into medicine, problems I would anticipate, what I would look forward to, and why Stony Brook? There were not extremely tricky or ethical questions, just a standard, by the book, interview. It was not especially intense but it was thorough. Again, I'm not sure if this is their standard practice, but it seems like a reasonable assumption based on my experience." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

How did the tourguide seem?

Enthusiastic

How do you rank the facilities?

8 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?

01/18/2007

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?

4 out of 10

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