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  • Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • New York
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

No change

What was the stress level of the interview?

4 out of 10

How you think you did?

5 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

8 out of 10


How long was the interview?

30 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)?

"What was your first encounter/impression with medicine?" Report Response

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

"Was Princeton an adjustment for you?" Report Response

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

"What were your three most influential or enjoyable courses?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Why did you stay in Texas for three years? (answer: because my master's program took two, and I stuck around to date my eventual wife...the last part got a laugh, becuase he didn't see it coming)" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"What specialty in medicine do you think you will practice?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Student Doctor, browsed website (WAY more information than people give it credit for),, Googled info on the school, reviewed my AMCAS and secondary" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The students spoke with one voice--even the ones we met in the halls or study lounges--that P&S was a terrific place in terms of the comraderie and the quality of teaching. " Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Washington Heights, for one. I'm not concerned for me, necessarily, but for my wife. We're both capable or fluent in Spanish, but the closed circuit monitors on campus were not a good sign. I walked around a while, but it WAS daytime... For those of you who are single, Bard Hall is dorm living. Then again, there are worse places to live in NYC, and you can upgrade to the towers second year." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"It would have been nice to have the student bulletin in advance so we could have asked more specific questions about the facilities, clubs and other aspects of P&S." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Another thing I'd like to comment on is the frequent assessment that folks are "obsessed" with where the applicants attended school. While some asked, it was often NOT the first question, if one at all. On top of that, every student I met was willing to talk and answer questions. While stressed and admitted that P&S could be a bit much at times, they all managed to get out. In addition, there were numerous clubs and social outlets, and the people we saw (selection bias, admittedly) were well-adjusted and pleasant. " Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Admissions staff

How did the tourguide seem?


How do you rank the facilities?

6 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?

Friends or family

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?


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

7 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

5 out of 10

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

7 out of 10

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