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  • Albany Medical College
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Albany
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Negatively

What was the stress level of the interview?

10 out of 10

How you think you did?

1 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)?

"Tell me about yourself. Why medicine? What do you think about socialized medicine? Why this school?" Report Response

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

"Questions about weaknesses in my application (GPA, MCAT, specific classes, etc)... How will you improve your application to reapply when you don't get in? What will you do if you cannot become a physician?" Report Response

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

"Ethics questions... all can be found in other people's interview feedback. The scenarios were unrealistic, and interviewer was more interested in *what* I would do than *why* I would do it. However, the reality is, the law often forces physician action or inaction. Physicians also have ethics committees and trusted colleagues to turn to for help when making ethical decisions. Supposedly AMC is big on ethics, but if the interview is any indication, people interested in *real* ethics should not expect to see it at this school." Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Why do you flip-flop in your preferred specialties? (Am I not allowed to learn more about the different specialties after becoming interested in one of them?)" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"The interviewer asked several ambiguous questions. I picked all the wrong interpretations, but didn't realize it until long after the interviews were over. I don't know if the questions were unintentionally ambiguous or if the interviewer was trying to test my critical thinking and communications skills." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read SDN interview feedback." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Albany is a capital city with a rich history. There are museums and capital buildings to tour and a lot of nice views for people willing to look for them. There's plenty of housing within walking distance of the school, and the cost of living is reasonable. The school is attached to one of its affiliated hospitals. I met several pleasant and encouraging people in the area. The school has everything needed to provide a high-quality medical education. It's up to the student to take advantage of it." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The bus drivers in the area are unpleasant and return smiles with frowns. One of my interviewers seemed to get angry at me when I tried to ask for clarification about one of his questions. He also seemed unwilling to answer any questions I had, even though he asked me if I had any questions. The students didn't seem happy to be there. They said they picked AMC because it was the only school that accepted them in the US. Even if that's true, the school has to have some strengths that makes it a worthwhile place to be." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"How unpleasant one of my interviewers would be." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

How did the tourguide seem?

Neutral

How do you rank the facilities?

8 out of 10

What is your in-state status?

Out of state

What was your total time spent traveling?

7+ hours

What was your primary mode of travel?

Airplane

What airport did you use?

ALB

Where did you stay?

Hotel

How would you rate the hotel?

10 out of 10

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?

Pine Haven Bed and Breakfast

Would you recommend the hotel?

yes

General Info

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?

10 out of 10

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

8 out of 10

How is the responsiveness of the admissions office?

8 out of 10

How is the friendliness of the admissions office?

10 out of 10

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