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

How did the interview impress you?


What was the stress level of the interview?

3 out of 10


How long was the interview?

50 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?


What was the style of the interview?


What type of interview was it?

Closed file

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

"Why medicine?" Report Response

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

"What do you like about Rochester?" Report Response

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

"Do you have any reservations about going into medicine?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Describe your ideal learning environment." Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"None." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read the school's brochure, read this website, and talked to the student I stayed overnight with (Rochester has a hosting program)." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The hospital is a very nice facility and both of the physicians who interviewed me were great. The students seemed happy and not very stressed. Everyone seems to like the curriculum and there are a lot of opportunities for students to interact with patients." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The city of Rochester." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"I knew that Rochester would be cold, but I didn't expect the city to be so gray and dreary. Also, it's very much a suburban area - cars are a must, and people seem to get in their cars to drive from one place to another. I was expecting more of a college town with large pedestrian areas. By the end of my two-day visit, I was craving sunshine." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"My interview experience was very good. This was definitely an enjoyable, low-stress interview. I liked the school a lot, but the city of Rochester was so miserable that I don't think I could spend four years there. I don't even know if I could spend four days there without going crazy. I feel like it's petty to reject such a great school based on its geographical location, but I don't want to spend four years sitting in a car staring out the windshield at gray skies. I highly recommend that anyone who interviews at the school be sure to arrive by midday the day before your interview (I arrived on a Sunday morning, interviewed on Monday, and flew back on Monday night). That will give you an opportunity to really see the city and the weather, since the day of the interview is spent entirely indoors (the admissions office, medical school, and hospital are one large complex). A lot of the other applicants I talked on the interview day had arrived the night before, then went to the interview the next morning, and then went straight to the airport afterward. The interview runs from about 8-4, so they never saw the city in daylight." Report Response

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