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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?

2 out of 10

How you think you did?

8 out of 10


How long was the interview?

50 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 Crohn's Disease. How long did it take for you to be diagnosed? What medicine did you/do you have to take?" Report Response

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

"Who's your favorite composer? What's your favorite time period of music to sing?" Report Response

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

"Tell me about X, Y, Z experience." Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Given your different medical experiences, are you more interested in surgery or medicine - why?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"None - all very conversational, thought-provoking, insightful questions." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read SDN, interviewfeedback, read up on Columbia, talked with current students (friends)" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Contrary to other opinions, I thought the day (for the most part) was very organized. I really liked how the admissions office made an effort to make me feel at ease - that was nice. I also thoroughly enjoyed my interview with Dr. Frantz. He was just so engaged and interested in me (not my numbers or scores), and that was really refreshing. Conversation flowed and I was really excited to learn that Columbia prides itself on accepting students who are passionate about things OTHER than medicine, and that they want to craft a well-rounded physician. I was also impressed with the student - they seemed very happy across teh boards - and with the number of different medical clubs! Jeez! Oh, lastly, I was able to sit in on a class (a clinical correlative class relating anatomy to actual practice) and it was very, very interesting." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Although the students all seemed very happy, at times this seemed a bit forced. Also, looking through the student handbook, it seemed as though 85%+ of the students went to an Ivy. That's fine, I guess, but for a school that prides itself on diversity, they don't seem to be practicing what they preach! Also, our tour guide was extraordinarily ditzy; not a great representation of the school. Lunch was edible, but nothing to write home about." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Nothing - felt pretty well informed about the school." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"My interviewer was Dr. Frantz. He's a sweet old man who just wanted to get to know me. He was very kind, knew my file in and out (had a knack for memorizing details; very impressive), and just wanted to hear all about me and my musical/theatrical pursuits, family, early experiences (I have Crohn's Disease, so we talked about that at length). He is so proud of Columbia - and it's obvious that he puts a lot of stock in the students he selects to join the class." Report Response

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