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  • SUNY - Upstate Medical University College of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Syracuse
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

1 out of 10

How you think you did?

8 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

5 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

40 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?

Closed file

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

"Standard get-to-know-you questions." Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"One interviewer asked me what I would do if my wife had severe depression while I was in medical school. Apparently a previous student had experienced this and it had affected his grades." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN. Re-read personal statement and other essays. Went to watch football game at a local bar." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The students are friendly, excited about Upstate, and the admissions staff is very cordial in person. The profs I was introduced to were warm and inviting. I observed the students interacting with profs outside the classroom in a relaxed and collegial manner. Syracuse is a good place for those who have a distaste for metropolitan living, although I haven't seen it in all its winter glory. My student host was exceptionally hospitable. The 9th floor cafeteria has a sweet view of the city :)" Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The medical center complex is nothing to write home about compared to others I've seen. The lunch they provide is average to below average compared to other interviews." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Because it is closed file, you need to self-promote aspects of your file like research experience. I really dislike self-promotion, but as the admissions staff instructs you at the beginning of the day, you need to let the interviewer know what you've done." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

How did the tourguide seem?

Enthusiastic

How do you rank the facilities?

5 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

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

$401-$500

What airport did you use?

Syracuse/Elmira

Where did you stay?

With students at the school

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

09/15/2009

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?

7 out of 10

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

7 out of 10

How is the responsiveness of the admissions office?

5 out of 10

How is the friendliness of the admissions office?

8 out of 10

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