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

How did the interview impress you?

Negatively

How you think you did?

4 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

6 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

50 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)?

"Research based. Do you look for specific antibodies in the patients that you study?" Report Response

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

"I think you will be bored in your first two years of class (I have a graduate degree) will you try to opt out of them?" Report Response

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

"What do your parents do for a living? Do you shadow? Do you volunteer? Do you have any hobbies? Typical stuff." Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"I spoke with a faculty member who worked on a very similar research topic to my research but his approach is totally different--en sum a research-based question was the most interesting." Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Where did your science genes come from? It was difficult because I found it extremely offensive. Neither of my parents are college graduates and work in service/secretarial positions. (I guess she forgot that this is America where class distinctions do not dictate our potential)." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN, Rochester's website and the viewbook they send out after the primary is submitted." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The students seem to really like the school despite its location in Rochester which is a bit run down. The dean of admissions who met with us in the morning seemed like a very cool and intelligent guy. The secretary (Gracie I think) is awesome. She seems like she befriends the students and doesn't just work with them." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The offensive question from my interviewer. Also, I sat in on a class while a professor was teaching about androgens. She didn't have the answer to some questions that didn't seem that difficult (I knew the answer to one of them) and she also presented slides with incorrect statistics on them (they didn't make any sense if you knew anything about statistics) but none of the students seemed to notice or care. Rochester certainly isn't the most happening place in the world." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Rochester is not the most straightforward city to navigate. It's actually somewhat confusing. I'm glad I had the chance to drive around beforehand to figure out my way. Also, I did not realize that the undergraduate campus was a few blocks (through a cemetary) away from the medical school." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Overall, I enjoyed my interviewer with the researcher much more than the physician. The researcher was interested in how I think and work while the physician sat and asked the stupid and typical (do you volunteer, do you shadow physicians, what right do you have to do science even though your parents do not?). The students (2 guys) who gave our tour seemed like they were just there for the free food and possibly to check out any potential new meat for next year's class. (one was seriously dressed like and looked like K-fed)" Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

How did the tourguide seem?

Enthusiastic

How do you rank the facilities?

4 out of 10

What is your in-state status?

Out of state

What was your total time spent traveling?

4-6 hours

What was your primary mode of travel?

Airplane

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

$101-$200

What airport did you use?

buf

Where did you stay?

Hotel

How would you rate the hotel?

9 out of 10

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?

Doubletree Inn and Suites Rochester

Would you recommend the hotel?

yes

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

12/17/2006

How do you rank this school among other schools to which you've applied?

4 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

1 out of 10

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

1 out of 10

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