2 out of 10
At the school
"What area of medicine do you see yourself in (asked over and over until I said something specific)?"
"Which scholarly concentration are you interested in and why?"
"Nothing too interesting..."
"... or too difficult"
"SDN, school website, re-read secondary"
"It is simply beautiful there. The location is great because you have all the advantages of close cities (SF, San Jose etc) without having to live in one. The tour was informative, and the facilities were beautiful. The meetings with the assistant dean and financial aid counselor were a great opportunity to find out additional information. And the financial aid really is among the best. Further, the assistant dean told me that since the scholarly concentration program is so new (2 years old), the current tendency of students to take 5 years may dissipate as the kinks work out from the transition to the new curriculum."
"The scholarly concentration program was at first appealing to me, but when I heard about it there, it seemed much less impressive. I really felt like the point of all the research was prestige and not improving one's skills and gaining greater insight. Also, do not go to an interview on a WEDNESDAY! There are no classes on Wednesdays, so there were few students on campus and no classes to visit. It seemed overall like this was the sort of place to come to do residencies (because the hospital is really amazing) but maybe not medical school if you are not very research-oriented... "
"There are no classes on Wednesday!"
"I arrived at 7:30 for a short orientation. Then I had two morning interviews, one with a faculty member and then a student. The faculty member was very research-oriented and seemed less interested in my clinical and patient-based experiences. Then there was an extremely informative meeting with a financial aid counselor. After lunch and a tour with students, we met in a group and individually with an assistant dean to discuss the curriculum and any other final questions. I was finished by 2, though most other interviewees had afternoon interviews and were there much later."