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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?

1 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)?

"How is being religious going to affect your medical education?" Report Response

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

"With regard to question 1: Won't it preclude you from the ability to treat certain patients?" Report Response

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

"How are we going to pay for all of this new medical technology?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"What strengths do you have, and how do they make you more qualified to be a doctor?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Nothing was difficult" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read over my application, visited, read postings here" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The faculty. They seemed dedicated to teaching and making sure that they turned out well rounded docs." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Many students were not as serious about their studies as I would have expected. Maybe I caught them on a bad day, but the level of maturity didn't seem terribly high. I did meet a few who were mature and serious, but they seemed to be in the minority." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"nothing" Report Response

What are your general comments?

"It was a positive experience overall--nothing spectacular. The lecture halls are nice, especially the 1st year hall. There are several hospitals around, and the school is small, so you would almost definitely have fabulous mentor contact during the clinical years, even more so if you elected to take them at their small rural campus in Binghamton. The city seems really nice and quiet. It is snowy, but I like the snow so it didn't bother me at all. I stayed with a 2nd year med student, and that was a really good experience. The night before my interview he and several of his friends talked to me about the school, answered lots of questions both about student life outside of school, the facilities, what it's like to be a student there etc… after my interview a couple of students took me hiking at a place called Green Lakes. It was rather brisk, but a very nice saunter through the woods. The students are very welcoming, and the one I was staying with really went out of his way to make sure I was seeing everything that I wanted to see, and doing all that I wanted to do. The area south and a bit west of campus is nice, but some of the other areas didn't look so attractive (they didn't look too bad, though)." Report Response

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