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  • SUNY - Upstate Medical University College of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Syracuse, NY
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?

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)?

"There were many questions about activities that I participated in outside of class like "How did you get into this, why did you do that, how did it feel to be part of that, what did you like/ dislike about it?"" Report Response | I was asked this question too

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

"What part of medical school scares you, what are you most excited about? What is your research in (they didn't expect a detailed answer here, just the general idea)?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

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

"What area of medicine would you like to get into? What are your plans if you don't get into medical school?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most interesting question?

"What kind of friends do you choose to have? Most were just basic questions about my application." Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most difficult question?

"None were difficult because they were all about things I've done or aspects of my personality... most people have a good idea of who they are by this point, so there weren't any shocking questions that I had difficulty with" Report Response | I was asked this question too

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN, questions provided by pre-health, evaluated my motivations toward this career" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The students and staff were SO friendly and helpful with any questions or concerns that I had. Low stress interviews helped a ton, and I felt that they were mainly trying to get a read on our personalities rather than how we would react in certian situations. The school also has a great first choice placement rate for residencies of ALL fields in medicine. The cost of tuition is very low (even compared to other state schools). Overall, it was a great day. Don't stress about this one... they want you to be comfortable and make every effort to keep you that way. " Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The class length every day is pretty long compared to other schools, but you only have to take one class at a time (i.e. only one test to study for every 3 weeks). Also, we aren't able to see patients until 2nd year at the EARLIEST, unless we do more shadowing on our own." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"We had A LOT of down time where we were able to explore the school on our own. The class schedule of 1st and 2nd year classes were available to us so that we could sit in on some of them. I had one interview in the morning with a PhD faculty member, then lunch with the other students and the Dean, then another interview with a student in the afternoon." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Upstate does a nice job with the interview process. The day is laid back, and it really calms everyone down so that they can feel at ease in the interviews. I was really impressed with what Upstate is doing to educate their students. I think anyone could be proud to attend this University despite some of the negatives." Report Response

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