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  • New York Medical College
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Valhalla
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Neutral

What was the stress level of the interview?

5 out of 10

How you think you did?

8 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

4 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

45 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 is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 1)?

"What kind of activities were you involved in your first year?" Report Response

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

"What kind of activities were you involved in your second year?" Report Response

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

"What kind of activities were you involved in your third year?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"There were no interesting questions." Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"There were no difficult questions. " Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Looked over personal statement & primary app, read SDN feedback." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Valhalla seemed like a serene & peaceful area compared to a place as LA. We got a free NYMC lanyard. NYMC is very geared towards the boards, so they have good stats for STEP 1. " Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"My interview itself left much to be desired. Although Valhalla seems peaceful, the area is quite boring. Public transportation is apparently non-existent and a car is an absolute necessity. Without one, you can't even make your way to the subway station to get to NYC/airport. Housing options reminded me of undergrad dorms, which were right across from the school. Because of this, there seems to be very little separation between school life with non-school life. Religion is very much a part of the school, as I noticed a nativity scene set-up in glass display in the building with lecture halls. I was also turned off by the fact that NYMC banned an on-campus club for bearing the words ''LGBT'' in its name (after much protest, the decision was eventually retracted). Even though I'm heterosexual, I'm uncomfortable with this kind of intolerance ''in the Catholic tradition.'' When asked about research opportunities, my interviewer told me point blank, ''you're going to medical school to be a doctor, and that's what we focus on.'' In other words, good luck trying to find any kind of interdisciplinary opportunities here. I've been accepted, but I don't think this school is a good fit for someone who wants a broad medical school experience--I will definitely be going elsewhere." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"My entire interview essentially went like this: ''What did you do the summer before you entered college? ... What did you do during your 1st year? ... Summer of your first year? ... Second year? ... Summer of your second year? ... Third year? ...etc, until the summer after graduation. To be honest, I was caught off guard by this laundry-list style of questioning. When I mentioned an activity, I also had to state the approximate number of hours of involvement, which is POINTLESS because the admissions committee SHOULD have all of that information on my AMCAS app. As I was responding to these questions, my interviewer was too busy writing down what I was saying verbatim to really hold a real conversation with me. At one point she also interrupted me mid-sentence to ask if I could ''slow down'' because she couldn't write everything I was saying fast enough. At the end of the interview I felt like I had regurgitated my primary application without adding any additional insights into who I am as a person (despite my best efforts to steer the conversation to a deeper level than ''I did X for Y hours'')" Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

How did the tourguide seem?

Neutral

How do you rank the facilities?

6 out of 10

What is your in-state status?

Out of state

What was your total time spent traveling?

4-6 hours

What was your primary mode of travel?

Airplane

Where did you stay?

Friends or family

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

01/15/2008

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?

5 out of 10

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

4 out of 10

How is the responsiveness of the admissions office?

5 out of 10

How is the friendliness of the admissions office?

5 out of 10

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