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  • Weill Cornell Medical College
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • New York
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

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)?

"What are you doing during your year off? (and lots of follow-up questions about the job)" Report Response

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

"Why did you major in ...? How does it relate to medicine?" Report Response

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

"Tell me about your extracurricular activities/research/college experience..." Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"None--very straightforward questions." Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"None--very straightforward questions." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Re-read my application, read the school's website, read SDN, thought of answers to questions that would probably be asked, and reviewed my research." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The problem-based curriculum seems great (active learning, etc) and leaves students with lots of free time (first years are done by 1pm every day). The facilities were very nice, and the students seemed to be pretty happy about their school, though I was also impressed that they were very honest in saying that we would probably be happy at most medical schools. They said they really enjoyed Cornell, but honestly couldn't say that their school was so unique that we would ONLY be happy there. The honesty was refreshing." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Basic science courses are graded Honors/Pass/Fail, advanced science courses are Honors/High Pass/Pass/Fail, and clinical electives are Pass/Fail--I wish there were more pass/fail courses. First years are given weekly quizzes and final exams--I am not sure whether I think of this as negative or positive." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"That I would have to miss the last couple minutes of my tour because of my first interview." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I was asked to arrive at 11:15am for the afternoon session. Both morning and afternoon session interviewees meet for the dean's welcome from 11:30-12:00, and lunch with 3rd and 4th year students from 12:00-1:00. There were some 1st year students at the lunch as well, but they didn't speak much. The tour is scheduled from 1:00-2:00. The interviews are supposed to be roughly 30 minutes (mine were 25 and 45 minutes). Both interviews were very casual, low stress experiences. I think their curriculum is very impressive, and it sounds like a great way to learn, but it isn't for everyone. However, since I wasn't able to sit in on a problem-based learning class (they are from 8:00-9:30am), it is hard to tell whether I would benefit from PBL. Overall the day is very low stress." Report Response

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