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  • SUNY - Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine (Brooklyn)
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Brooklyn
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?


What was the stress level of the interview?

4 out of 10


How long was the interview?

20 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)?

"Why are your graduate school grades so much higher than your undergraduate grades?" Report Response

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

"Tell me about yourself." Report Response

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

"What have you learned about Downstate?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"No interesting questions. Only the standard ones that everyone else got." Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"What happened junior year? (I had taken a semester off, and this was meant to be the "difficult situation" question, but because of the way he asked it I started talking about what happened to me personally, and that's not what he wanted.)" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"this website, read my application, read the booklet they sent me, talked to an alum" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"the international opportunities that students have and the stipend they get, the fact that my interviewer read my application thoroughly and referred to it many times" Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"everything else - the facilities (especially the gym), the tour was disorganized (I was looking forward to see the anatomy labs, but they didn't have the code for the door), the fact that they changed my interview time without telling me, the inferiority complex that they have" Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"That having enough time to eat lunch is not guaranteed, so make sure I don't come there hungry" Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I came there with an open mind, not wanting to be influenced by all the negative comments I had read. I did not get the interviewer from hell, but nevertheless I did not get a good impression. My interviewer did not seem interested in anything I had to say - he just ran down his list of questions without asking many follow-up questions to any of my responses. Luckily I was able to answer all the questions after reading this website. When I got there the staff almost made fun of me for being nervous. The worst part was that I had just come off the red-eye flight that morning and was starving, and I couldn't eat my lunch because they changed my interview time to an hour early without telling me." Report Response

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