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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?

5 out of 10


How long was the interview?

60+ 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)?

"How do you think we can fix our domestic health care system? (I've done a lot of study in this area.)" Report Response

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

"Tell me about your research experience. (Even though it was from over 7 years ago.)" Report Response

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

"Why Albany." Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Lots about how to fix our health care system. Also, questions about comparing domestic vs international systems." Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"What's the most difficult ethical situation you will have to face as a physician?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Thought and wrote out answers to 10 very common questions: why Albany, why medicine, what are your strengths, weaknesses, where do you see yourself in 10 years, etc." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Admissions staff was super-friendly. My second interviewer, Dr. B, is the man. He's a former Albany grad, obviously bright, a pediatrician in a community hospital, and is really in medicine for all the right reasons. Gave me hope that the next 7-9 years doesn't really have to suck the life and idealism out of you. If a school is churning out great people like him, the school is obviously doing something right. Also, the admissions office got back to me very quickly (within two weeks I had received an acceptance offer.) " Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Both positive and negative: when asked why they came to Albany, most of the student hosts were very honest saying they only got into Albany, although many were waitlisted at several other schools. Honesty and humility, and having a sense of privelige just having the opportunity to study and practice medicine is impressive. But I'm afraid that many of the students will have a slight inferiority complex, that might pervade the school with a sense a mediocrity. Just my honest thoughts which may be totally inaccurate. " Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Albany is a pretty miserable city during the wintertime -- wish I had visited in the fall or spring, when upstate NY is much prettier. " Report Response

What are your general comments?

"A decent school, with a good vibe from the faculty, admissions staff, and students. Having actually attended med school elsewhere, the students here really are more relaxed and altruistic than most. The facility is fine -- I like how the hospital is connected with to the med school. If I come here, it will be because of how awesome the people are, especially the staff and the faculty. Enjoyed the visit. Be prepared for a wide range of interviwers -- some are tough cookies and ask difficult ethical questions, others are super-cool behind their facade and will challenge you but also really do care about their interviewees." Report Response

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