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

How did the interview impress you?


What was the stress level of the interview?

3 out of 10


How long was the interview?

60+ minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?


What was the style of the interview?


What type of interview was it?

Open file

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

"Why do you want to be a doctor? Describe yourself for me." Report Response

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

"What one characteristic must a doctor possess? (answer: motivation.....I said compassion)" Report Response

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

"What do you think is the primary reason people don't get into med school? (answer: there just aren't enough spots!)" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"So I see you are were a history major. Do you know which Cold War president was involved in creating the CIA? " Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"What's cDNA exactly? Why is cDNA spotted on microarrays rather than regular DNA? What is the difference between a probe and a primer? (all questions related to my research)" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"read up on health policy, read newspaper daily for a week before, looked at Upstate website, went over possible questions, knew my research inside and out" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The students at Upstate were so enthusiastic about their school. The student interviewer and tour guides repeatedly praised the faculty, saying how genuinely concerned they were for their students." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"not much...maybe the wraps for lunch" Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"It was going to get cold and snow on interview day! It had been warm for the previous week so I didn't pack a coat!" Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Overall, my interview experience was really great. The student interviewer really just wanted to get to know me as a person, so he didn't grill me with questions about my MCAT and grades. The faculty interviewer was so nice. It really seemed more like a conversation than an interview, even when he asked me questions about my AMCAS. He seemed genuinely concerned about me as an applicant and a person. I don't think the experience could have been much better!" Report Response

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