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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?

2 out of 10


How long was the interview?

30 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

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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)?

"Were your college classes challenging?" Report Response

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

"Tell me about your most influential professor." Report Response

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

"Do you ski?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Do you think you handle the relative isolation of upstate NY? (I went to undergrad in up-upstate NY, and I am pretty sure I was the only candidate that had to travel almost 3 hours south to get to Syracuse)" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"What will you do if you don't get in to medical school?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN, Upstate website, brochures, current students" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Non-cutthroat atmosphere among students; several options for clinical years" Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"parking isn't great, and a car is pretty necessary. the Weather was below zero and whiteout conditions (couldn't see another building from the 9th floor cafeteria) which may deter some southerners, but I was used to it" Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"You have to choose your 3rd year location (Syracuse or Binghamton) up front, with little or no opportunity to change later on" Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Day is well structured, admissions committee very friendly. They emphasize low-stress interviews. My first interview was a 15 minute walk away in blizzard conditions and my interviewer rushed things a bit because she squeezed me in between patients, but she was still receptive and seemed satisfied with my answers. The second interviewer was enthusiastic about getting to know me as a person and was very informative about the school's many clinical programs. The interviews were pretty conversational in tone, with getting-to-know you questions rather than a barrage of medical ethics questions. Upstate is definitely primary care oriented, especially if you choose Binghamton. If you are used to big city life, you may not be happy in Syracuse. " Report Response

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