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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?

4 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)?

"What's the difference between education and literacy? Are you literate?...proceeds to prove me wrong with trivia!" Report Response

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

"Name 2 global public health issues. Influenza and tobacco-use are WRONG?!" Report Response

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

"Stuff about myself. How much do you study? Why these majors? What specialty? etc." Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Is it important to know a patient's religion? If a patient doesn't want to do something due to their religion, but its in their best interest (health-wise), what do you do?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"How does philiospohy relate to medicine? (Just a really broad question to try to answer.) ...and TRIVIA: What is the one industry where only one language is officially spoken and why? Name the world's religions (he's looking for a lot!). Why do we speak english in the US? Again, he's looking for something really specific." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Browsed website. Read interview reviews (non of which prepared me for this guy!) Know your AMCAS! And play some trivial pursuit =)" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Students seemed laid back and liked the school. P/F grading limits competitive atmosphere and encourages people to share resources and help each other." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"It was a nasty rainy day so the school just looked gloomy. And (agian) I didn't feel like I got a fair chance due to my interviewer. " Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"That there wasn't an info session. Just a tour. And they left without me because my interview went long." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I put "no change" for my impression because I liked the tour and the students, but my interview was pretty bad. My interviewer was a pediatric nephrologist. He was friendly but had a thick accent - there were times he didn't understand me and that I didn't understand him. I hadn't anticipated a language barrier. I felt like I fielded questions well but am worried that he didn't get it all. He asked trivia questions but called them "common knowledge questions" and acted like he really expected me to answer them. And on the serious questions, I felt like he wasn't really listening. He asked me a lot of things that made be repeat myself. UNFORTUNATELY for me, the other interviewees had much different experiences: very relaxed with basic questions. Guess it's just the luck of the draw." Report Response

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