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  • SUNY - Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine (Brooklyn)
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Brooklyn
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Neutral

What was the stress level of the interview?

4 out of 10

How you think you did?

5 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)?

"Tell me about one of your research experiences in detail." Report Response

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

"What extracurricular and community service activities have you participated in?" Report Response

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

"Questions that every interviewer at Downstate has to ask: How do you study? How do you handle stress? What do you do in your free time? " Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Have you ever had second thoughts about going into medicine? Did some other subject ever attract you?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"I specialize in minimally invasive surgery. I've worked at Downstate for two years and have interviewed students for a year...What's your story? It was the very first question, and it just seemed a bit abrupt. " Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Reviewed AMCAS application, looked at SDN questions" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The emphasis on getting students to actively participate in clinical, patient work early on, as well as the systems-based curriculum. Exams are given after each subject block as opposed to a midterm and a final encompassing many subjects and organ systems. " Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The neighborhood and the facilities are a bit shabby and run down. " Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"That the interviewer would, depending on his/her specialty, not be very knowledgeable about certain aspects of the medical school curriculum including research opportunities. " Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I have mixed feelings about the interview, but overall it went well. My interviewer was laid back but serious. It was hard to read him, though; I couldn't tell whether he kinda liked me, didn't like me or didn't care. When I talked about my summer biochemistry research experience, he seemed kinda bored, but I could be reading into that too much. " Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

How did the tourguide seem?

Enthusiastic

How do you rank the facilities?

3 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?

Train or subway

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

03/12/2007

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

4 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

4 out of 10

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

5 out of 10

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