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

How did the interview impress you?


What was the stress level of the interview?

4 out of 10


How long was the interview?

60+ minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

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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? Why Rochester? Tell me about (the four extracurriculars/activities I've listed). Tell me about a difficult experience and how you coped with it. What do you do for fun? " Report Response | I was asked this question too

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

"Given an undefined medical ethics dilemma, what issues would you consider? Suppose you are addressing the nation, how would you evaluate the state of the US health care system? What do you think should be the characteristics of a physician? " Report Response | I was asked this question too

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

"Having lived in big cities most of your life, how do you feel about Rochester? Tell me about your family." Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most interesting question?

"How do you think the heath of our nation will change in fifty years?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most difficult question?

"As a physician, what issues would you consider when facing an ethical dilemma? (no specific dilemma were stated)" Report Response | I was asked this question too

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Mock interview, SDN, Current events, UoR Website/Brochure, AMCAS essay" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Opportunity to check out lectures between interviews, happy students/faculties, recently-built facilities" Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Difficult to travel around without a car." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Not to worry about the specifics of my application so much since the interviewers don't see them anyway." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"UoR is fused with Strong Hospital, so on a typical day in the hospital you are exposed to both teaching and patient care. The interview day started off with a 15-minute synopsis of UoR's mission and our day's itinerary. A 15-minute presentation on financial aid followed. Perhaps this is not so surprising, since UoR costs are somewhat high and they want to reassure us that everyone who wants to go to UoR will be able to afford it. Then, we got three sheets with our name, degree, program, college, and four spaces to list our extracurricular/activities. Most if not all of us had three interviewers that day. Some interviewers insist on doing the interview completely blind and won't even read this sheet but make sure they get the sheet anyway so they will find it easier to write your evaluation. The first and second year lectures start from 8 to 10 so many of us had an opportunity to sit in. In the classroom, student activities are written on the board right next to the entrance, and the student body itself is quite social. My first interviewer was a researcher with some questions regarding health care and ethics. Essentially he sees many problems which are difficult to solve and it was alright even if I was way off base (whew). Our first interviews are done by 11, and we are treated to lunch (wraps/chips/soda) and a tour at 12, guided by two second-years. At this point I was thoroughly impressed by the vibrant and happy atmosphere of the students, faculties, and staff. We were repeatedly asked by the receptionist about how our day was going and whether we need anything. Many students and faculties with no role in the interview process stopped to chat or wish us luck or at least smiled at us. My next interviewer was a 2nd-year student. Throughout the interview I could tell he was assessing how well I would fit in the student body of UoR and he gave me a very frank evaluation. I had some time before my last interview and saw a lot of interviewees before they depart. Everyone who were interviewed that day were pleased with the school and what they've seen. However, it was still a draining day and I found myself stumbling a bit through my last interview, but I gave it a good shot. I would be ecstatic to enter this school." Report Response

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