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

40 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)?

"Why medicine and when/how did the decision become solidified?" Report Response

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

"If you could pick 2 or 3 courses that have been your favorite, which ones were they and why?" Report Response

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

"Do you have any brothers or sisters? (yes) What are they like?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"What made you decide that medicine is a better vocation than music which is more of an avocation?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"same as most interesting" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN, Columbia website and literature, talked to a friend who had interviewed there" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The student body - I got a genuine impression that many of them truly love everything about Columbia. I really liked the school's network of student clubs, the testing system, and the clinical experiences offered." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The facilities weren't as nice as I'd hoped they would be, but they still look decent" Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"The area is a lot safer/nicer than I expected. Someone was saying that Washington Heights is now reported as the second safest neighborhood in Manhattan." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"People either love this school or hate it. I have a feeling that most of the haters haven't experienced the school except through what they've heard from others/SDN. Take peoples' comments with a grain of salt until you actually go to this school. I was truly impressed with my experience. The best part of the day was how the current students (from all years) willingly came to talk to us about their experiences thus far. They all seemed really honest and, with that, they all really loved the place. My interview was very conversational, no probing questions or anything. I had a good feeling about this school before I interviewed, and now I have an even better one. It's definitely my first choice. It will be an agonizing wait until February 15!" Report Response

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