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

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

5 out of 10

How you think you did?

9 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

8 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

55 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)?

"Reasons why I got 2 B minuses" Report Response

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

"How long I studied for the MCAT" Report Response

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

"If I had any additional clinical experience not mentioned in the application" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"How will my research be used by doctors to help people, and how many people can it help?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Not sure. They really wanted to hear about clinical experience; Downstate is superior in terms of students' clinical exposure in their program." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Just got a good night's sleep" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The school didn't waste money on frivolous lunches or trying to impress people." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The neighborhood around the hospital is typical gritty New York, but that's not Downstate's fault. They're the shining light in the middle of it all." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Downstate has an actual Nobel Prize in the lobby where you enter for your interview. I had no idea, and had never seen one in person before." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"The interview is like an interrogation. The interviewer just writes a summary letter and passes it on to the adcom (they don't sit on the adcom). Try to answer questions straight forwardly and quickly so you can get through them all and give maximum info to the adcom. Also, they love clinical experience and people who understand Brooklyn for what it is. All the faculty/staff I met were superlatively helpful and genuine." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

How did the tourguide seem?

Enthusiastic

How do you rank the facilities?

4 out of 10

What is your in-state status?

In state

What was your total time spent traveling?

2-3 hours

What was your primary mode of travel?

Automobile

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

< $100

What airport did you use?

No Response

Where did you stay?

Home

How would you rate the hotel?

5 out of 10

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?

No Response

Would you recommend the hotel?

No Response

General Info

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?

4 out of 10

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

2 out of 10

How is the responsiveness of the admissions office?

5 out of 10

How is the friendliness of the admissions office?

7 out of 10

How eco-friendly are the school's application materials and interview process?

5 out of 10

What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

"Those stool-chair things at the computers in the waiting room are weird!" Report Response

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