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  • Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • New York
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

5 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

35 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?

1

What was the style of the interview?

One-on-one

What was the most interesting question?

"Its been a long time. I remember the interview was very laid back. The doctor who interviewed me was extremely impressive (taught at Harvard Medical School and currently does joint teaching with Oxford), but also very nice and considerate. He mainly asked questions about my experiences noted on the application. It was my first interview anywhere and ultimately my best because he focused on my life and my motivations for medicine, and did not try to stump or put me on the spot." Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"See above." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Talked alot with my brother, who is at Columbia, about what to expect. Read over my application and boned up on my research. Tried hard to really psyche myself up. In the shower, formulated responses to tough questions about research or current medical dilemmas (which were not asked). Basically, it all comes down to confidence." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"I was very impressed with the doctor I interviewed with. Near the end of the interview, he looked me in the eye and said something to the affect that he never regreted going into medicine. A shining endorsement is such a pessimistic age. I was extremely impressed with the other students interviewing at Columbia and also with the current students. Everyone there seemed so well-rounded and interesting. " Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The housing is lousy." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"This was my first interview and I was nervous. While the experience was extremely positive, (unlike a future exceptionally poor interview experience at University of Utah), I wish I had maybe done some more "mock" interviews. I also wish I had known that "anyone who plays rugby and the piano" gets into Columbia..." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I enjoyed my whole interview experience at Columbia. I enjoyed talking to the other students and had an incredible interview. New York is such a fun vibrant city, even in the wake of 9/11/01. Most of all, I enjoyed the acceptance letter I got in February." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

10/31/2002

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