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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?

3 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)?

"Tell me about your family." Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"So, what do you want to talk about?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"None really." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN, Interview Feedback, reread my application, school website and viewbook" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Reputation of the school, 1st year is pass/fail" Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Everything else. I really got the feeling that the school rides completely on the fact that's it's Columbia, and doesn't need to sell itself to you at all. The tour showed us 3 things - a lecture hall, a histology lab, and a dorm room. We didn't get to see any of the clinical facilities or other parts of the school of medicine. The tour guides were not very helpful, they talked on and on about how everyone in their class was an olympian or a world-class musician, etc. They didn't offer any helpful info on the MD program or the clinical training. There was no info session, no welcome session, and no financial aid orientation. They day consisted of arriving, waiting around for a long time, a short tour and lunch, waiting around for a long time again, and then an interview. My interview was supposed to be at 3:00 pm but it didn't start until 4:10 pm! My interviewer wasn't really concerned with getting to know me - he was more interested in chatting about random things. " Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"That the school completely rides on its reputation." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I was very disappointed - I expected to like the school a lot more. See above." Report Response

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