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  • Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • New York
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

3 out of 10

How you think you did?

8 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

8 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

25 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?

2

What was the style of the interview?

One-on-one

What type of interview was it?

Open file

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

"What makes you unique?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

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

"Why MSSM?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

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

"Lots of questions about my app and experiences." Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most interesting question?

"What makes you unique among applicants?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most difficult question?

"Weaknesses--not an unexpected question, but when I gave my answer (needing to be more assertive) and how I'd improved it, the interviewer misconstrued what I was saying to mean that I thought doctors should dictate orders to patients, so I had to back up and clarify. Ugh." Report Response | I was asked this question too

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read MSSM website, looked over my app" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The location--I'd never been to NYC before, and I liked it a lot; the friendliness and enthusiasm of the students; the sense of community; the international opportunities" Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Well, as a graduate of a lowly public university, I was a little put off that everyone else in my interview group and many of the MSSM students who came by to talk to us were all from big-name schools--Cornell, Stanford, Columbia, etc. But at least one of the student tour guides was from a state U, so it doesn't seem to be a pre-req of getting in. Oh, the high cost of living in NYC is of course a negative, coming from a substantially less expensive city, but I already knew about that." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"If you're traveling alone, stay with a student host. This wasn't an option for me, as I didn't think anyone would want to put up me and my partner, but hotels in NYC are spendy and it seemed like all the students were super friendly and would be good resources." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I had a great time at Mt Sinai and in NYC in general, and could seriously see myself at this school after the interview. They favor humanities majors and seem like a really progressive school which also has a great foundation in a well-established hospital, so it's a strong combination. The faculty seem to really know and care about students personally, which is very different from my undergrad institution. A lot of students stopped by while we were waiting between interviews just to say hello and answer questions, and all were enthusiastic about Mt Sinai and had few if any complaints. The interview day was pretty well organized, although the afternoon had a few hitches. The interviews were laid back and conversational, just trying to get to know you. Overall, a pretty low stress experience." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

How did the tourguide seem?

Enthusiastic

How do you rank the facilities?

8 out of 10

What was your total time spent traveling?

7+ hours

What was your primary mode of travel?

Airplane

About how much did you spend on room, food, and travel?

$501+

What airport did you use?

LGA

Where did you stay?

Hotel

How would you rate the hotel?

8 out of 10

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?

Affinia 50

Would you recommend the hotel?

yes

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

02/11/2005

How do you rank this school among other schools to which you've applied?

9 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

9 out of 10

What is your ranking of this area's cultural life?

10 out of 10

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