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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?

2 out of 10

How you think you did?

7 out of 10


How long was the interview?

45 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)?

"Why do you want to be a doctor?" Report Response

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

"Tell me about your extracurricular activities?" Report Response

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

"Why did you get a C in that class? They ask about any discrepancies in grades, MCAT scores, whatever. So if you failed chemistry, twice, they are definitely going to ask you about it." Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Talk about a time you had to deal with a difficult situation or tragedy in your life? Only hard because I couldn't think of anything bad that happened throughout college." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read through my AMCAS application, the school website, and SDN." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"New lecture hall and gross anatomy lab. There was a new addition built onto the school and hospital. Everyone was friendly and students seem to be non-competitive. " Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The weather was freezing and windy, but that's to be expected in Syracuse. Some applicants had interviews inside the school, while a few had to walk to interviews 10-15 minutes away. I am so glad my interviews were inside the school because I had on heels and a skirt and it was too cold and snowy outside to walk. Also, the whole interview day was not very structured (compared to other schools), so applicants had way too much time doing nothing." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Definitely wear boots if it's snowing, or your expensive shoes, pants, stockings, etc. will be dirty. Also, wear really comfortable shoes, because your interview may be far." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Overall, the school was nice. Research does not seem to be a very high priority at this school, so be careful if you are MD/PhD or are interested in research. Also,my interviewers asked alot about stuff on my AMCAS, so definitely know your AMCAS well and be able to discuss your experiences. Also, eat before you come or you will die of hunger. I rushed there and did not have time for breakfast and paid the price. My stomach was growling the whole time and we didn't eat until around 11:30." Report Response

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