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  • SUNY - Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine (Brooklyn)
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Brooklyn
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?


What was the stress level of the interview?

2 out of 10

How you think you did?

6 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)?

"Why did you chose to go to MIT? Did you consider Harvard at all? or Princeton?" Report Response

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

"I love this one... Interviewer: I noticed you got a lot of B's sophomore year, I assume the engineering courses you took are rigorous? Me: Yes, but in all honesty I should have worked harder. Interviewer: Well I'd imagine that your course load was very difficult at the time." Report Response

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

"Where on Long Island do you live?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"So, you live in a fraternity? I didn't think MIT had fraternities, is it weird living with all men?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"none of the questions were especially difficult, the one above just caught me off guard." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN, AMCAS, watching the simpsons and family guy." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"I was pleasantly surprised with the school, after reading a lot of the negative feedback, I was very nervous about my interview. The campus is not spectacular, however the students seem very nice and the faculty seems very down to earth. As for the cadaver labs, I thought they were fine, I mean seriously, ITS A CADAVER LAB PEOPLE, not the Plaza Hotel." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Nothing much, the neighborhood isnt the greatest, but it is what you would expect of any major city. " Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"The nice people in admissions offer to hold on to your back pack while you go into the waiting room. Silly me, I left my IPod in my bag. You end up waiting a long time between interviews and tours and such. So bring some music and something to read." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Overall I was impressed with the school. My interviewer did not follow the so called question sheet at all. I had all my answers prepared on what I was going to say about Downstate and why I wanted to go to Downstate. We actually barely talked about anything medically realted at all. In fact, he was more interested in why I chose to go to MIT rather than my interest in medicine. I think he was surprised with me because I did not fit the typical MIT stereotype. We also talked about our mutual interest in how engineers need a larger role in medicine as well as the prospects of Bioengineering at MIT. The interview was seriously a conversation about anything and everything. I tried to prepare, but my interviewer did not follow the standard format." Report Response

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