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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?

2 out of 10


How long was the interview?

60+ minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At another location

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 medicine? What other careers have you considered?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

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

"What did you learn from your volunteering and extracurricular experiences?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

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

"Tell me about your best friend." Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most interesting question?

"Did you ever conflict with another person of different ethnicity?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most difficult question?

"How does your [non-medically related] majors factor into your decision to enter medicine?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Previous interview experiences" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Enthusiasm of the staff, faculty, and students. Active student body on campus. Reputable athleticism of Syracuse University. " Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Some first-year course schedules run from 8am to 5pm, although students admit the tutorials are not essential and are low in attendance. " Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"An interview is scheduled before you even find out much about the school. " Report Response

What are your general comments?

"The day officially begins at 9am and ends at 1pm or 2-3pm depending on whether you have an afternoon interview. The director of admission Jennifer Welch was very receptive to feedback and states she would rather hear them firsthand from students than read them on SDN. We hear about the nitty-gritty of the admission process, a bit about the programs at SUNY Syracuse, and financial aid. Syracuse is the fourth largest city in New York, centrally localized, and receives a diverse patient population. A decision (Acceptance, Waitlist-High Priority, Waitlist-Hold, or Rejected) will follow three to four weeks after our interview. She also assured us that in the event we do not gain acceptance to Upstate, we could meet with her to review our application (including interview feedback) and find out what went wrong. We are scheduled either two interviews in the morning or one each in the morning and the afternoon. It is tricky to find your way through the hospital so if your interview is at another location it is easier to go outside to the streets even though the buildings are all essentially connected through tunnels. Passerbys are quick to notice you as a visitor and are helpful with directions. Interview were low-stress, open-file and a good opportunity to see how well you fit into the school. While eating lunch, the director of admission will return to gain feedback on the interviews and explain the stuff that were in our folders. Basically, we were told to choose between the Syracuse or Binghamton campus for our 3rd and 4th year rotation. The separation is necessary because the Syracuse facilities have only a capacity of 120 students, so 40 students end up going to Binghamton for their clinicals. This was explained to be a strength since there are things that can be done in Binghamton (rural medicine) that can't be done in Syracuse and vice versa. The tour was led by three medical students who seems relaxed despite their workload. They'll have plenty to say as you tour their lecture halls, 24-hour computer lab, library, cafeteria, and anatomy lab (6 per cadaver). After the tour or the second afternoon interview we were free to go. Overall, SUNY Syracuse is a commendable school at an unbeatable price, with a great campus life." Report Response

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