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  • Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center School of Dental and Oral Surgery
  • Dental School
  • New York
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

8 out of 10

How you think you did?

7 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

9 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

30 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?

1

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)?

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

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

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

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

"Why did I get a bad grade in Organic and on the carving portion of the Canadian DAT?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most difficult question?

"Why I did badly in Organic chemistry and on the carving portion of the Canadian DAT." Report Response | I was asked this question too

How did you prepare for the interview?

"I actually really over-prepared... I read a book on dental ethics, a book on interview preparation, looked over SDN feedback, read their websites in excessive detail and stressed for extensive periods of time." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The facilities are first-rate and they have some really new and cool stuff there. Also the students and staff are very enthusiastic about Columbia and especially about it being in New York. Dr. MacManus spent a lot of time with us and his presence really emphasized the importance he places on the incoming students - he was also very kind." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The cab drivers ;)" Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"That the cab drivers are unreliable." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I stayed at a hotel in New Jersey - so heading over to Columbia was a huge issue with morning traffic and unheard of amounts of rain. The interviewees were seated in the faculty club at a long table - there were quite a few of us - and we had "breakfast" that no one really touched ;). Next, we were given a talk about Columbia and our interviews followed thereafter. It was a bit odd because we were called from the room into the biger room of the faculty club and were seated at dinning room tables with our interviewer. Next we had lunch and met with some current students. After the tour (for which my interviewer was our tour guide) we were free to leave. It actually passed by quite quickly and the other interviewees were really great." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Faculty member

How did the tourguide seem?

Enthusiastic

How do you rank the facilities?

10 out of 10

What is your in-state status?

Out of state

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?

EWR

Where did you stay?

Hotel

How would you rate the hotel?

4 out of 10

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?

Holiday Inn George Washington Br. - Fort Lee

Would you recommend the hotel?

yes

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

10/14/2005

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?

10 out of 10

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

10 out of 10

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