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  • SUNY - Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine (Brooklyn)
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Brooklyn
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?


What was the stress level of the interview?

1 out of 10

How you think you did?

7 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

7 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)?

"Explain your low grade?" Report Response

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

"Why do you want to become a doctor?" Report Response

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

"Where do you see yourself in 10 years -more specifically what aspect of medicine are you interested in (e.g. research, clinical, policy)?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"My interviewer didn't hit me with anything out of the ordinary. Where did I see myself in 10 years? What type of medical work did I want to get into . . ." Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Why medicine? But this question is always hard since there is no right or wrong answer." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN Reviewed Supplimental Application School Website" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The students. They all seemed very close, enthusiastic and helpful. They had a "cooperate to graduate" attitude. So did the other interviewees that were there, now that I think about it. I liked that there was an air of cooperative learning rather than competition. I was a big fan of the amount of experience and exposure even 1st year students got to patient care. I didn't get to see the inside but the new hospital was really nice. Brand new! Finally I was a big fan of how compact the campus was. " Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The facilities are a little run down but being renovated. Got stuck in the elevator - but it was kinda our fault. All 15+ of our group squeezed on the elevator with the big sign that said "no more than 10 people." It was actually kind of funny - so that isn't too negative. " Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"The neighborhood could be intimidating, but was not as bad as people make it out to be. Come on folks, this is NYC. The neighborhood folks are nice, there aren't alot of bars on the windows until you start traveling south east of the campus." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Overall a very positive experience. I interviewed in the hospital so the admissions personnel walked me from the Admissions office to my interviewer. I had to wait a bit but my interviewer was very laid back. The interview was practically zero stress. It was more like a conversation than an interview. He opened with a few questions the committee requested clarification on. He had a few questions of his own which he explained why he was asking then he gave me plenty of time to ask questions myself. Then we talked about his specialty a little bit. He gave me a brief history on the school and walked me back to admissions. Time really flew. It felt like 20 minutes but was actually a little over 60 min." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?


How did the tourguide seem?


How do you rank the facilities?

7 out of 10

What is your in-state status?

Out of state

What was your total time spent traveling?

0-1 hour

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?

10 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?

6 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

8 out of 10

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

8 out of 10

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