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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?

60+ minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

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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)?

"Tell me what your highschool ranking was (yeah, I really remember that), what you did in highschool, SAT score (not fun seeing how I did poorly on it), and how you liked it at the school. I was abit nervous as I thought that maybe he somehow had my highschool records and was just asking me to see what my responses were (I was tempted to lie about my SAT score...j/k:@)" Report Response

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

"Come to think of it, I did asked a question I thought was tough for me. I have no health experience during school at all (I worked alot during school) so he asked me about it. It was hard telling him why I want to be a physician when I had no real healthcare experience to speak of. I just told him the truth, that I worked school jobs to make money. He seemed to understand and I stressed the fact I was currently working a job with TBI patients. " Report Response

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

"How could you change the current healthcare system in the US? It was hard keeping the answers focused without going on a spree." Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"I had two interviews, one was conducted by a student and my second one was conducted by a faculty person. I really cannot think of a question that was very interesting, most of the questions were standard like why do you want to be a doctor and why medicine. My second interview with retired faculty family doctor was more interesting. He asked me questions pertaining to high school. He asked me what activities I did and what honors I received. I thought they were interesting seeing how I don't remember everything." Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"I don't recall any question being very difficult. My first interview with a MSIV was very lax. It turned out she was from where I live (Flushing) so we talked about that and my interets, very easy. My second interview with the retired doctor was also very lax. He was very lax as well. Right from the beginning when he brought me in the room, he was eating lunch and offered me a cookie. From there he said that he had no intention of grilling me and wanted to just to get to know me. He was very throughly with questions, which I like. He started off from highschool, everything I did right up to my present status. The interview lasted about 1 and 1/2 hours. I did get a ethical question pertaining to Simeease(?) twins and how I would advise a couple with the twins on what to do about it. Other then that, the questions were mostly stuff about you. " Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"I did about everything I could to prepare. I read up on the US healthcare system as well as socialized medicine (I did get asked about the two), bioethics (cloning, abortion, euthanasia, etc), the school, and my AMCAS stuff. In retrospect, I probably would have been better off just relaxing, but I felt confident due to the fact I prepared alot. As long as you have a passing knowledge about those things, you should be fine. I felt that the most important thing is to be yourself, if you carry yourself with confidence, relaxed, and honesty, that will probably make a better impression." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"In general I love the school. Upstate has always been my first choice so I just I am a bit biased. The student body, as far as I have met, were very down to earth and friendly. The classrooms were adequate and I liked the CAB building with many things to do there. The anatomy room was...well it's just a room with tables for bodies, I wasn't expecting anything fancy. The thing that impressed me most was the interviewers in general. I felt they reflected what the school was about, to produce intelligent, but down-to-earth physicians who are good with people. " Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Like I said, I am a bit biased toward Upstate. It is close to my family, state tuition, very good facilities, good student body, and the region it self ( I am an outdoors person, so I like the fact Syracuse is close to lakes and mountains). I really did not find anything that gave me a negative impression. " Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Nothing really, I also found out that Syracuse does not give in-state preference anymore, which might be a small disadvantage to us New Yorkiers. " Report Response

What are your general comments?

"They were both great. The MSIV was very sweet and fun to talk to. The retired doctor was very down to earth and was nice he felt that interviewers who give stress interviews suck. From my own experience and others I talked to, Upstate is really out to get to know you and to are very down to earth. This was by far my best interview and only reinforces the fact I want to attend this school. " Report Response

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