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  • New York Medical College
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Valhalla
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?


What was the stress level of the interview?

3 out of 10

How you think you did?

9 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

8 out of 10


How long was the interview?

50 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?

Closed file

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

"The generals: Why NYMC? Why Medicine? What specialty are you interested in?" Report Response

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

"The personals: Tell me about yourself. Oh! You're hispanic? You don't look it - tell me about how that's influenced you" Report Response

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

"And the activities-related: So what exactly is water polo? What is your season like? Did playing help you get in? (No - I'm DIII which means no scholarships)" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Explain water polo - I have never heard of that sport!" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"So why did you transfer from UCLA to Scripps?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read SDN feedback, researched the school via their website, e-mailed some current students from the host list, read up on some current medical issues" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Everyone at the school was genuinely happy to be there and there was a real sense of community. Very cooperative environment and beautiful facilities" Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Nothing really - everyone was really helpful. The directions online were a little screwy and the place doesn't exist on Yahoo! maps but the transportation if you take trains and taxis is pretty easy overall." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"I would have gone a day earlier just to check out some lectures and the beautiful new children's hospital. I also wish I would have known that when you buy tickets for a train from Grand Central to Valhalla, you don't have to go at a specific time - I would have stayed in the city for a little while to check it out :)" Report Response

What are your general comments?

"The day was incredibly fun, not stressful. Everyone in my interview group seemed very laid-back and were definitely the type of people I could go to school with. The bad press that this school gets on SDN is so unwarrented. The people writing it must be a bunch of spoiled snots. And there is a TON of stuff going on if you make the effort to look for it! There must be at least 2 or three small suburbs around the school with local events going on every month. The facilities are gorgeous and Valhalla itself is just like a postcard. My interviewers were really nice (one was the favorite prof. of histology, Dr. Larea, and he was AWESOME and so likeable - he seems like a great prof.) and the students giving the tour were very friendly and honest. And no, they didn't just go to NYMC because they didn't get in anywhere else - they had good options and still chose NYMC. It is definitely a top choice for me now!" Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?


How did the tourguide seem?


How do you rank the facilities?

9 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?

9 out of 10

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?

Comfort Inn (20 Saw Mill River Rd., Hawthorne)

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?

8 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?

7 out of 10

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