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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?

3 out of 10


How long was the interview?

35 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 SUNY Upstate?" Report Response

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

"What will you do if you don't get into medical school this year?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"No questions were particularly interesting, just your standard interview questions." Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Same thing here, nothing really difficult. Standard interview questions. I wasn't asked any ethical questions and those tend to be the ones that make you think." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN, read over my AMCAS material, Upstate website etc." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The staff treat the students very well. The campus in general is very nice and the city is clean and lively. The medical school buildings and facilities are impressive." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"I've heard a lot of talk about how SUNY Upstate is in the middle of nowhere. In a sense, this is true, but on the other hand, Syracuse is a really big city. I was worried about the location before my visit, but after seeing the campus and local surrounding area, it's really not an issue anymore." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Actually... nothing." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I was surprised at how much I liked SUNY Upstate. The interview day began at 8:30AM. The ten or so individuals interviewing were all gathered in a room on one of the lower floors of the medical school building, Weisskotten Hall. Once everyone had arrived there was a short presentation by the Director of Admissions, Jennifer Welch. She gave a basic rundown of what the day would be like. Most people had interviews in the morning, around 9:00AM followed by an afternoon interview later in the day. I had a morning interview with a medical student. There were no difficult questions and the atmosphere was relaxed and casual. We discussed my grades, motivation to be a doctor and extracurricular activities. The interview lasted about 30 - 35 minutes. After this, I was free to do whatever I wanted, tour the campus on my own, go to the library or whatever. At 11:30 there was a presentation by the Director of Admissions over lunch. She talked about the admissions procedure and financial aid among other things. We were told that we would hear back from the school in about four weeks. If not accepted out right, there are two waitlists, high priority and a hold list. In years past they have accepted everyone of the high priority list and even some off the hold list, but this has not happened in the past year or two. In the past few years they have not finished getting through the high priority list. After lunch, the was a tour given by two MS1's and an MS3. We saw the normasl stuff, classrooms, anatomy lab library etc. Everything looked great. Nothing was rundown and the students milling around seemed to by pretty happy. My interview in the afternoon was in the hospital and was very much like my morning interview. This physician was not on the admissions commitee, but will report to them. No difficult questions were asked. Most of the time was spent discussing my grades and extracurriculars. After my interview I was free to go. At that point, the day was over. I recommend walking around the campus and getting a feel for things." Report Response

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