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  • Weill Cornell Medical College
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • New York
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

6 out of 10

How you think you did?

8 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

9 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

45 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?

2

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)?

"Tell me about yourself." Report Response

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

"Why Cornell?" Report Response

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

"Haven't you done enough for others? Why do you want to help people so much? (This was the stressful interviewer.)" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Why are there so many homeless youth? (In regards to my work with the homeless)" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Do you have any questions for me? This should not have been a difficult question, but my interviewer was basically toying with me and his other interviewees, and contradicting everything we said, so I had to think really carefully before coming up with an answer." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"This website." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"New York is amazing. The classrooms and hospital were beautiful, and the students seem really happy. The first year living is small but CHEAP! There is a Shabbat Elevator at the hospital, so that observant Jews can get to the top floors while observing Jewish law on Saturdays. It sounds like pretty much every department at Cornell is awesome. Some previous poster on this site said that Cornell doesn't have a good neuro program, but I was told that the neuro program was awesome. In fact, there is a whole Brain and Mind class in the second year, which accompanies a very long anatomy section on head and neck. The PBL-based curriculum is great, and almost all lectures are webcast." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"One of my interviewers grilled myself and the other kids he interviewed like crazy, and seemed to just want to make us defend ourselves. It was exhausting." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"That housing is subsidized at Cornell, and I could live in New York for $500-700 per month!" Report Response

What are your general comments?

"The interview day is very short. I arrived at 9:30 and was done by 2:30, leaving plenty of time for exploring the city. I had a great, but short, first interview, and a really stressful second interview with a guy who put me on the defensive with every activity, and even pretended to be bored with my responses at one point. The best defense was to joke back, which I did frequently, and I'm hoping that was the right choice. It was a relief to know that he had done this to other interviewees as well. Don't let it scare you though, everyone else said they had a very relaxed experience. The lunch and tour were great. The tour was actually very thorough. The anatomy room doesn't smell at all, and there are flatscreen TVs everywhere so that if someone finds something interesting on a cadaver, everyone can see. Overall, an amazing school!" Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

How did the tourguide seem?

Enthusiastic

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?

7+ hours

What was your primary mode of travel?

Airplane

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

$101-$200

Where did you stay?

Friends or family

How would you rate the hotel?

10 out of 10

Would you recommend the hotel?

yes

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

11/09/2006

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?

9 out of 10

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

9 out of 10

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