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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?

10 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)?

"Do you actually know what a doctor's day is like? Followed by "That's not what I meant"." Report Response

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

"How much would medical insurance paid out of your pocket cost? (He wanted an actual number)" Report Response

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

"Why would somebody from Canada come to the U.S. to receive healthcare and why would somebody from the U.S. go to Canada for healthcare?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"How much do you pay for medical insurance? How is gamma knife surgery performed? How long does radiation stay in the body-- you should know this? " Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"If you were called to congress to come up with the perfect healthcare system what exactly would it be? " Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Reviewed my AMCAS application. Practiced an rehearsed the most common and likely questions to be asked. Read up on the school to be well informed. Asked former Upstate interviewees and current students questions." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The student during the interview seemed to be really happy as well as any other students that we met. " Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Where to begin??? After an introduction about the importance of a non-stress interview, I received the most stressful interview imaginable. My interviewer also had no concept of the schedule so I was late to meet back up with the others for lunch. Also, watch the elevators, during the tour we got stuck between floors and ended up jumping down to get out." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Just because they emphasize non-stress interviews does not mean that you'll get one." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Staying over with a student beforehand was a great experience but most of the rest was downhill from there. My first interview started with the phrase "All I'm concerned about is 2 of your grades-- Physics & Organic". That was the easy part. Then I got asked about 45 minutes worth of questions about HMO's. Whenever I would answer a question he'd let me talk for a minute then say "That's not what I meant". There was no discussion actually about me and he seriously asked me to solve the country's healthcare issues. The second interview was standard--but could it have been any worse than the first?" Report Response

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