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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?

5 out of 10

How you think you did?

9 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 happened during your first semester (with my grades)?" Report Response

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

"Why do you want to come to SUNY?" Report Response

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

"Despite your first experiences in college, what negative experience has happened to you that has driven your choice to go into medicine?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"You have "disadvantaged" on your application. What does this mean to you?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"There weren't really any... though my first interviewer asked me a lot about my first semester grades (but I think I convinced him that I can do the work in medical school)" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"School website, practice questions, searched on the internet for any and every medical ethics topic I could find" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Everything. The students, the faculty, the staff, the facilities. The anatomy was so clean you could probably eat off the floor (though I wouldn't recommend it.) This was by far the best school I have been to so far. " Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The only minor thing was that the tour guides didn't want to brave the snow to show us some of the buildings on campus. Of course we had a campus map if anything piqued our interest, but it would have been nice to hear some info on some of their facilities." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"That they have a LOT of New York residents -- I only saw three or four people who aren't from New York that attend. I'm an out-of-stater, and I KNOW this is my first choice." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"The interview day was simple. I would suggest to bring warm clothes -- our bunch were the first "lucky" people to get Syracuse snow all year. The staff were helpful, the students were down to earth and friendly, and the class schedule is only 2 or 3 at a time for first year students. The whole area seems like one big hospital, and with close to 30,000 students in a twenty mile radius (including Le Moyne and SU), there has always got to be something to do. The clinical training at this school is what drew me to it, and I walked away feeling very impressed. Also, be prepared to do a little trekking -- my first interview was in their University Hospital in the morning (the tougher of the two), then the Campus Acitivies Building (which has a great layout) in the afternoon. The admissions director was very nice, and the food was actually good! This is my first choice, hands down -- if they accept me, I will go." Report Response

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