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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?

50 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)?

"When everyone is outstanding candidates at this phase, how do we select those who will be the best physicians, rather than those with the best MCAT score or grade?" Report Response

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

"What sort of traits are important in physicians, what sort of activities have you participated in that demonstrate these qualities? " Report Response

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

"Tell me about your clinically related employment." Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"What do you think about the way medicare/medicaid put caps on reimbursments for particular procedures? How are to provide coverage for the 15% who are uninsured without detracting from quality of care, and while still being able to attract the top minds into medicine." Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"I see that you have been to a lot of different schools during undergrad, ultimately culminating in a degree from Cornell and master's research. Tell me your story. Why all of these schools?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN, stayed with a friend who is a 2nd year student, re-read AMCAS application, the website." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The admissions staff was very friendly. The interviewers were well informed, and outstanding representatives of the University. I thought the facilitates were great, they are planning on getting a new anatomy lab next year. The new Health Science Library, and auditorium are very nice. The main quad is very close to the Hospital (tunnels connect pretty much everywhere you need to go)." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"SUNY is planning a tuition increase of 2,000 per year for medical students. This reduces the gap between Private school and Public school cost. Consequently our decision on which school we ultimately attend is less financially based. My interviews were several hours apart. This resulted in a lot of down time--which had both pluses and minuses. We didn't get to meet Dr. Keating the dean. No longer a preference for in-state students (at the interview phase)." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Mapquest is not always accurate with street directions in Syracuse (do to recent road construction?). " Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Overall, I was very impressed with the University and the faculty/staff. They did a great job making us feel comfortable and answering any questions we had. I think this speaks volumes about what means being a student in UMU. MD/PHD program is expanding, and allows you to apply for that option your during the first year. Upstate is quickly becoming a premier research institution among the SUNYs. " Report Response

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