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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?

6 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

5 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)?

"If you could have your ideal situation, what do you envision doing in 10 years?" Report Response

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

"What do you think of your MCAT score?" Report Response

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

"Why medicine?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Routine questions for the most part. Nothing overt like "where else have you applied/interviewed--although a couple of the other interviewees were asked these questions" but more roundabout ways of asking "Why Upstate", "why medicine", and "do you know what you're getting yourself into"." Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"I was asked to explain the lowest grade on my transcript." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read about the school and Syracuse. Interview feedback." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The new pediatric hospital is on track for their spring '08 opening and fundraising is actually ahead of schedule." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"West/northwest portions of Syracuse." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"That the good neighborhoods are either to the east or extreme north/northwest (in the suburbs)." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I drove around the city a little to try and get a feel for it. I wasn't impressed with the neighborhoods (to the west/north of campus) I saw, they were mostly commercial/industrial. I couldn't find the residential. I found out at my interview that the faculty live to the east and those students who live off campus tend to live in the northern/western suburbs (my drive kept me within Syracuse proper). The library was new, well-lit and spacious. It had a really calming feel to it, although the hours weren't as long as some med school libraries I've seen. The gross lab was the most spacious and well-lit one I've come across. It looked completely new. The pedi hospital would be available in time for 3rd year clerkships. Overall, I was not that impressed with the city but the facilities seemed good enough. They only have 4 major hospitals (University, Crouse (sp?), VA, St Josephs) but do have a pretty large catchment area comprising much of central NY (I suppose between Rochester and Albany)." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?


How did the tourguide seem?


How do you rank the facilities?

4 out of 10

What is your in-state status?

Out of state

What was your total time spent traveling?

4-6 hours

What was your primary mode of travel?


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


What airport did you use?


Where did you stay?


How would you rate the hotel?

3 out of 10

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?


Would you recommend the hotel?


General Info

On what date did the interview take place?


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

5 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

3 out of 10

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

3 out of 10

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