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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 you think you did?

8 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 did you study for the MCAT?" Report Response

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

"What are your plans in the year off?" Report Response

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

"What would you do if you didn't get ineto medical school?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Read this article and tell me what you think (the MD interviewing me just published it)" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"None really. It was pretty relaxed." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN, my AMCAS, Upstate's website and this site" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The students, staff and faculty really liked where they were. They were genuinely helpful and informative. The $3.6 mil brand spanking new anatomy lab. The curriculum - basically taking one class at a time in blocks, thus reducing stress. The cost (duh) Residency matches and opportunities at Syracuse" Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Can't really think of any." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"That I should have asked for a student host instead of doling out $100 for a hotel. " Report Response

What are your general comments?

"After reading all the positive reviews on this site, I was expecting a warm reception and that's what I got. Jennifer Welch, the admissions director, couldn't be nicer if she tried. The students taking us on our tour were incredibly helpful and informative. Plus they really seemed to like it there. Student morale is high. The interviews themselves were more like conversations rather than interviews. I ended up talking to the med student who interviewed me for almost 90 min! We spoke about everything from movies, our backgrounds, things to do in syracuse. It was very comfortable. My faculty interview was also pretty comfy. A lot more direct questions from my AMCAS. One wierd thing to note - he wrote down EVERYTHING I said. And I mean EVERY word out of my mouth. I guess he plans to submit a paper about my evaluation. So if you have Dr Henry, know your AMCAS inside out. He was also nice enough to answer my questions about upstate and give me advice on possible specialties to pursue. Overall, I was definitely impressed. Now if only the $100,000 average debt wasn't there, Syracuse would be my top choice. Who knows, maybe if I can work out some sort of financial aid deal w/o taking too many loans, It will be." Report Response

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