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  • New York Medical College
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Valhalla
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How long was the interview?

60+ minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

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What was the style of the interview?


What type of interview was it?

Closed file

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 1)?

"Questions you'd expect about your family, activities, undergrad major and experiences, personal statement (which you hand to them right before your interview), and interest in medicine." Report Response | I was asked this question too

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

"Of course, the red flags question" Report Response | I was asked this question too

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

"If you didn't get into med school this year, what would you do to help improve your chances next time around?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most interesting question?

"What is the difference between morals and ethics? (This turned into a chicken/egg-type conversation...)" Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most difficult question?

"I didn't think anything was THAT difficult. "Name one pressing issue in health care today" was tough for me b/c it was so open-ended. I was prepared to speak about an issue if I was presented it, but I wasn't as well prepared to present an issue if given a choice." Report Response | I was asked this question too

How did you prepare for the interview?

"NYMC website, Viewpoints book on health care reform, University of Washington biomedical ethics webpage, SDN helped so much that it convinced me that I should contribute too instead of just lurking as I had been" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The anatomy lab, the dorm rooms, the great record NYMC students have on the boards, the poise of the students and admin office staff when speaking; also, Westchester's a nice place to live in terms of comfort and just feeling safe; finally, I really liked the group of students I interviewed with, which I took to be a good sign in terms of the types of students the school attracts and ultimately enrolls" Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"I actually did not know that NYMC is a ubiquitous "back-up" school until the end of my visit, and that made me worry that I might have classmates who actually didn't want to be there; Westchester life may be a little too sheltered and suburban; the gym seemed pretty insignificant" Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"I had heard a lot about the Catholic tradition of NYMC and rumors of it being ultra-conservative and anti-abortion and all that, and that had put a damper on my enthusiasm before my visit. But I learned that the "Catholic tradition" is more related to funding than the way of life there. The students and faculty I met and spoke to gave me the impression that the community is tolerant, and the administration tries to allow students to partake in whatever activities they wish to, provided they don't try to garner the attention of the mass media." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"The day began at 8 w/ a light breakfast and a chance to meet the other applicants. We then got a short introduction to the school and to each other, followed by a little talk by a 4th year. Then there was a mini financial aid presentation (which I actually found to be useful). And then interviews. I had one w/ a 4th year med student and another w/ a PhD faculty member. Questions from the 4th year were mostly about my activities and family and interest in medicine - what you'd expect given it's closed-file. The faculty interview was a little more intense, as my interviewer was not shy at all about sharing his own opinion or disagreeing with me. But his demeanor was almost jovial, so it was not that stressful. Some other students had only one interview. We all met up after our interviews for a tour and then lunch. What I really liked about the interview day at this school was the ample opportunity to at once experience the school and meet my possible future classmates. I didn't realize how helpful it is to have an applicant group you can talk to and share with until my interview day at NYMC." Report Response

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What was your primary mode of travel?

Train or subway

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