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  • Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • New York
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?


What was the stress level of the interview?

1 out of 10


How long was the interview?

30 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)?

"Tell me about your family." Report Response

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

"Is your interest in medicine mainly intellectual or emotional?" Report Response

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

"How do you hope to work with underserved communities in your medical career? (I had stated this in my application)" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Re-read my application, searched the P&S website, read the interview feedback on SDN" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The interview was very conversational; it did not seem like the interviewer was trying to stump me with difficult questions. He spoke nearly as much as I did, about himself and opportunities on campus for me. Further, he gave me booklets of information for programs specific to my interests-- obviously, he had carefully read my file and thought about it beforehand. While waiting for the interview, numerous students came by to answer questions and wish us luck. All of the students seemed very happy to be there, and there wasn't an overwhelming sense of stress." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The tour was somewhat rushed and only covered one classroom and the dorms. Also, all the other interviewees were from Ivy league schools as well. It did not seem like there was much diversity of undergraduate institutions among applicants." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"First year is pass-fail. " Report Response

What are your general comments?

"The experience was not at all stressful, and the interviewer seemed genuinely interested in what I had to say and not out to get me with tricky questions. The students on campus seemed eager to help, and overall, everyone was very supportive." Report Response

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