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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)?

"How would you change the U.S. health care system?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

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

"Is there anything in your past academic history you feel is negative?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

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

"Do you want to continue research?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most interesting question?

"The Dean stresses non-stress interviews, and if you have one just let him know. The interviews itself was extremely conversational so there is no need to worry." Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most difficult question?

"None" Report Response | I was asked this question too

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read the questions on SDN and read up on the school." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The anatomy lab, RMED program and MD/PhD program. How happy the student were to be there and the non-competitive atmosphere. Everyone I interacted with was positive about the school. Plus there are five hospitals in the city and three right on campus. They are adding a Childrens Center to the University Hospital that shall be in the shape of a tree or tree house which sounds great for the kids. " Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Syracuse is very cold in the winter, although it doesn't bother me you may want to consider it when determining where to attend. In addition, just across interstate 81 is dangerous. However, I traveled to a town about 10 miles away, which would be a great place to live with a great cost of living. Another thing is that there are 17 people on the admissions committee and each gives you a numerical score, which is averaged. You can either be accepted automatically, placed in "high priority" which means you have a good chance or a "hold" in which you should probably hold no hope in attending." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Do Not park in Crouse parking garage, I parked there for about 7 hours and it was $14 (give me a break). I wish I knew it was going to be so windy." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I was extremely impressed by SUNY Upstate. The admissions staff and interviewers were the friendliest of any school I have visited thus far. The day began with the Dean describing what each of our interviewers personal characteristics were, which really puts you at ease. Then it's off to an interview, followed by lunch, another talk about the school and a tour. The day is capped off by a final interview. You may have two interviews in the morning but no one there had that situation. Each of the interviewers was very knowledgeable about the University and programs offered. I was really impressed with the new anatomy lab. Plus, they have an option whereby you can take anatomy the summer prior to matriculating so that while first years are taking the course, you take electives such as radiology etc... One great thing about attending from out-of-state is that after the first year you can become an in-state resident and only have to pay $17,000 a year as opposed to $28,000. If accepted I plan on attending." Report Response

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