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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?

5 out of 10


How long was the interview?

30 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 I could so strongly claim that health care extended beyond treating disease without having treated any patients? " Report Response

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

"How will my strong views on the need for equal access to healthcare hold up when confronted with the 'simple realities' of medicine? As a follow up to the previous question - 'you don't seem like you can compromise on these issues, how will this effect your interaction with other medical professionals?'" Report Response

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

"What role I thought gender biases played in medical education (from my - a woman's perspective). He seemed exasperated by the end of the interview. I sincerely wished him good luck before I left. He needed it." Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"The students at this school usually come from very well known schools; how will you compete with their previous education?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"If I was so smart (this was his opening move - his barometer for intelligence was apparently my MCAT score), why did I attend the college I did for my undergraduate work (apparently the reasonably well known liberal arts college I attended had not appeared on his radar). It was difficult because it took a moment to avoid answering in an overly curt manner." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"I spent the past couple years writing a series of articles on the history of social medicine in the context of medical education. My life experiences prepared me for the interview." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"I met a couple students who spoke honestly about the school (both pros and cons) by accident. " Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"How much self-validation the students seemed to have simply by attending this institution." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"That the tour guides and students that hover around the admissions aparatus easily lied/ignored major problems they had with columbia [I overheard a group of them lambasting the lack of response by P&S moments after they emphasized to us how feedback oriented they were]" Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I was initially attracted to the School of Public Health. After visiting the medical school, however, I will not sacrifice my education/happiness in order to have access to it. " Report Response

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