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  • University of Rochester School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Rochester
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

3 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

35 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?

Closed file

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 1)?

"Our curriculum requires attendance and participation in class. How do you feel about this? Give me an example of when you fulfilled these requirements." Report Response

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

"Tell me about your family." Report Response

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

"Tell me about a stressful situation and how you dealt with it." Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"What did you learn about yourself in your current job? (I am currently taking a year off.)" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"What makes you a unique applicant?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Looked over my application, read their viewbook/website, read this website, tried to think of answers to commonly asked questions." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Student happiness/enthusaism/friendliness. Students approached us just to talk about the school and tell us how much they liked it. All the facilities seemed new and very high tech. The nicest I have seen yet, especially the PBL rooms. The curriculum is great, as Rochester is the only school to offer so much patient contact in years 1 and 2." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The neighborhood surrounding the med school doesn't seem that exciting. (I'm from NYC.) I was disappointed that we didn't get to see any on-campus housing during the tour, but they said housing was nice, cheap, and readily available." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"The building where the admissions office is located can be quite tricky to navigate. But just ask anyone around for help--everyone was very nice. Be prepared to list your 4 most important extracurricular/volunteer experiences. This is the only information your interviewer will have besides your name/undergrad university since they conduct blind interviews." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I was 15 mintues late because of a car emergency, but when I arrived, Mary, the receptionist, made me feel at ease and told me not to worry about it at all. The day started (or was supposed to start) at 8am, and all interviewers met with the associate dean of admissions in a conference room. He introduced the school and their unique Double Helix Curriculum. Next, someone came to give out packets that included our personalized schedule for the day. Finally, a financial aid representative talked for a while about paying for a med school education. I happened to have both my interviews scheduled back-to-back, but I think most people had one interview in the morning, and one in the afternoon after the lunch/tour. My first interviewer had a list of questions to ask me, and jotted down notes as she shot questions at me one-after-the-other. But, she was quite friendly and I don't think she was trying to intimidate me. She asked very interview-type questions though (Why Rochester? What makes you prepared for a career in medicine? How did you come to decide on medicine?) My second interview was much more conversational. Both lasted about 30-35 minutes. Last was lunch and tour with med students. Afterwards I sat in on a lecture. It was extremely interesting and the lecturer was great! My day was over at 3:30pm (I chose to sit in on the lecture for an hour and a half though.) Overall a great visit." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

10/18/2002

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