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  • SUNY - Upstate Medical University College of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Syracuse, NY
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?


What was the stress level of the interview?

1 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)?

"Let's go back to your high school and start there....what type of person where you? (my interviewer was a developmental/educational psychologist). " Report Response | I was asked this question too

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

"Can you take the MCAT again?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

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

"Do we mean enough to you to drop your offer from another school and apply again here if you do not get in this year?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most interesting question?

"My student interviewer pulled out his homework on electrolyte imbalance and endocrinology - then asked me if I could answer the questions. That was a different way to go. " Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most difficult question?

"At the end of the interview, after being extremely interested and positive, one interviewer said: "so.....what are we going to do about the PS section of the MCAT?" (a negative part of my application). It was well-intentioned but I was just surprised ( and actually pleased) that he took the time to talk about all the important stuff before asking about any discrepancies. They really care about the students they interview and admit to this school - more than any school I've seen or heard of. " Report Response | I was asked this question too

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read over AMCAS form. Read SDN." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The GENUINE humility and caring attitude of the current students. They seem bright yet non-competitive and motivated simultaneously. The amazing anatomy lab and new lecture halls." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The weather. The admissions office really doesn't seem to know or emphasize how good their research opportunities are. I took the time to visit labs by myself during the day. This medical school does great research, let me tell you." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"That the school offers an M.D. with distinction in research. I already have two graduate degrees in research, and I would have emphasized my research interests more if I'd known the school appreciated that (it turns out that they do - the M.D. admissions office will obviously focus more on medicine because that's what you are interviewing for but know assuredly that teh medical school in general does competitive research. I e-mailed a couple of labs before I arrived and was extermely impressed by thir facilities and work when I visited their lab)." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I would go there in a heartbeat. I have an offer from one other school that is nationally ranked much higher, but I would go to SUNY Upstate any day of the week and twice on a Sunday. They really train you well clinically, they care about you, and the students are the happiest I have ever seen. The school is just awesome. I cannot say enough about this place....let's just hope they admit me. The best advice I can give people that interview here is to be yourself. They screen very, very heavily on personality, manners, attitude and the non-cognitive factors that make one a rounded physician. They also seem to take the comments of the student interviewers equally seriously, so treat them with the same respect if you happen to have one (and if you’re the right person for this school this will be second nature, it seems). Be prepared to expose your soul at this interview." Report Response

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