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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?

5 out of 10

How you think you did?

6 out of 10


How long was the interview?

25 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 was your favorite country [during your travels]?" Report Response

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

"What specialty?" Report Response

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

"Have you been to NYC before? Do you like it?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Define capitalism. Define globalism." Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"How do you propose to fix the problems of globalization?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Researched P&S, read this site, reviewed my application, made sure I was comfortable in my suit, talked to my other med school applicant friends all the time about issues, read NYT regularly" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The school is amazing, incredibly wealthy. Very nice students, nice digs. NYC is great. Brand new children's hospital." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"A med student hollering at a security guard to stop harassing her, sloppy tour, lots of waiting around (students are supposed to drop in to the waiting room, but they all had finals!), can't see anatomy lab/any real parts of the hospitals. Bard hall isn't bad." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"That "be there from 11:45 to 1:30 for lunch and a tour" means that food will be dropped off sometime during that window (not that there is a sit-down lunch), and the tour is super informal. I arrived at 10:30 and basically sat around for hours before my interview at 2:30. No biggie, students did stop in and chat about the school." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"My interviewer didn't like me, or pretended not to like me. Lots of feel-good statements like "Oh you're the guy with all the travel. Yeah, your resume makes it look like you goofed around for 3 years." "You're the only non-MD/PhD candidate I'm interviewing today." "You haven't asked me anything. Don't you have any questions?" Basically, it was supposed to be 45 min and it was 25. It wasn't a dialogue, it was him asking me a question, me responding, and him saying "nope, here's the right response." So there wasn't any flow. This does not necessarily mean it went badly for me, it just wasn't a pleasant interview." Report Response

Tour and Travel

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General Info

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