2 out of 10
At the school
"Describe you research and work experiences and your level of contribution/commitment."
"What kind of medicine do you intend to practice and what previous experience have you had in this field? (In other words, how do your previous or current volunteer activities tie in with your future practice of medicine?)"
"Describe some clinical experiences you've had and what impressions they made on you."
"What kind of research or scholarly pursuit would you like to engage in at Stanford?"
"Nothing really, most of the questions had to do with my level of involvement in the different activities I had listed on my application."
"This was my ninth interview, so I was pretty comfortable with the generic questions. I checked out http://www.stanford.edu/~ralphc/convince.htm and spoke with my student host."
"The Stanford University campus is arguably one of the most impressive ones I've ever seen. If you have time during your interview trip, make sure you see more than just the medical school section of the campus."
"There's not really much to do in Palo Alto, so most students hang out in San Francisco on the weekends. It's hard to get to SF without a car, so it's a good idea to have friends with cars. "
"It's very easy to get lost while driving around all the one-way streets on campus. "
"Overall, it was quite a good interview experience. The day was quite long, and I had to wait for 20-30mins for my interviewers to show up (the student and faculty interviewers are quite busy). But, the Admissions' office counselors were really nice and easy to talk to. We had a very encouraging exit talk from one of them, which I thought was a fitting end to the day. Tuition and fees are being estimated at about $54,700 for the 2004-05 entering class. Although the financial aid is quite good, there is a $30,000 cap and you have to work as a TA or write research proposals to earn the rest of the money for school (if you don't want to borrow too much money). Maybe this is why most students at Stanford stay for 5years instead of 4. "