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

45 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 do you want to be a doctor?" Report Response

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

"Why did you get a C in Cell Biology? What should I tell the committee in regards to this grade?" Report Response

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

"How does one measure motivation? How can I know that the students I'm intervieweing really know what they're getting into?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Why Latin as a major?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"How would you fix the health care crisis? [Who knows. I just ruminated on the subject, expressed my concerns, and some basic ideas of what I thought was wrong, and he was satisfied. I think he knew it was not a very fair question.]" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Practiced answering questions into a voice recorder, and with a close friend. Read my AMCAS app, some current topics in health care, and a lot of poetry." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Everyone I talked to had a smile on his or her face, and they were all genuine. The Director of Admissions made it very clear that the school was impressed with us, and that that was why they had invited us to interview, and that we shouldn't be too nervous. The possibility of doing the clinical years at Binghamton as opposed to Syracuse, which gives 3rd and 4th year students more hands-on experience and opportunities (as opposed to the large teaching hospitals which adhere to a very rigid hierarchy of house physicians and physicians-in-training). The Rural medicine program, which allows even more ooprtunities for 3rd and 4th year students to get their hands dirty, as it were. My second interviewer was a man of great charm, and he had an impressive facility with conversation. He made me feel comfortable, like an individual, and most importantly, like I was meant to be there, and not just some random interviewee. We also had a lot in common, so I can say that it was by far the best interview I could have hoped for. And most importantly, I truly liked everyone I met that day that was there to interview. It was clear that the school had made an effort to invite students who exhibited a wide array of talents and interests, but who also shared similar qualities such as dedication, intelligence, compassion, and a good sense of humor. I would be happy to be a colleague to any of those folks." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Zero, zip, nada." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Nothing." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Beyond my expectations. I was comfortable, and made to feel at home. It helped a lot when I did my interviews: I was very composed, enthusiastic, and not at all nervous. Everyone was very cordial, and made every effort to smile." Report Response

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