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  • Albany Medical College
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Albany
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?


What was the stress level of the interview?

6 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)?

"The cigarette question! Other ethical questions (abortion, physician assisted suicide, etc)" Report Response

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

"If you could be CEO of a non-profit organization, what would you chose and why?" Report Response

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

"Where else have you interviewed? What is your first choice and why? " Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"If you were to pick up a Time magazine, what topic would catch your eye and make you not only read the article, but stop what you are doing because you HAVE to know more about it? " Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"The cigarette question. Also, what is your #1 choice for medical school and why? (I didnt think they were allowed to ask this!)" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN, other interviews. " Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"I know that everyone says this, but its true...the students were really friendly and seemed to be happy there. I also liked how someone from the admissions office walked you to your interview instead of handing you a map and making you find your way across a city! The other students interviewing were great! On a side note, If anyone reading this interviewed with me, I would love to hear where you end up (especially the guy who interviewed with the same doctor that I did! We bonded!) I dont want to put my name on this because I dont know if anyone from the school reads it, but I told people that I was going to post something on here about my interview experience and that I was going to say that I interviewed in January (even though that isnt true!). The date I put on here wasnt exact though, but if you think you might know me, email me at [email protected]!" Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The people doing the interviewing! Not only did I get the horrible doctor mentioned earlier, but my other interview was with someone in hospital administration who knew nothing about the medical school! I dont know why these people were selected to be interviewers! " Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"That you should visit the admissions office the day before your interview to make sure you can find it. " Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I put "no change" here because the school itself was ok, the students were great, but the interviews were HORRIBLE! This was definitely the worst interview experience I have had. After reading SDN, I was nervous about getting the pediatric neurologist (as were the other people interviewing!) and of course, I ended up with him! He was so incredibly negative about everything, talking to him was very unpleasant. The first thing he said was "medicine is a horrible field, why do you want to go into it?" He kept telling me to ask questions, so I asked if he liked Albany, to which he replied "I hate this city, I live far away where I can have my vegetable garden". He is the one who asks the famous cigarette question, which I also got. I think it is just luck of the draw though, some of the other people interviewing had laid-back and conversational interviews. I was relieved to find out that the other person interviewing who had the same guy felt the same way...we bonded over the horror stories of our interviews! But even if you get this guy, I wouldnt worry too much about it. I mean the 40 mins. that you are with him arent fun, but I dont think anyone could have a positive experience with him, so you just have to remember that it isnt you and this guy is just a jerk. Try not to get too flustered by his negative attitude and ethical questions. Other than the interviews themselves, the school was ok. The facilities are a bit old and there is WAY too much lecture time and not enough clinical exposure during the first two years, but the students were great and seemed to be happy there. " Report Response

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