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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?

3 out of 10

How you think you did?

8 out of 10


How long was the interview?

60+ 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?

Open file

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

"What do you feel the qualities of a good medical student are--give me three qualities in three words or less each. (I answered three and he said, "I would also add maturity to that list, but your three are good too")" Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most interesting question?

"What is your race? (related to my application essays, but strange regardless)" Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most difficult question?

"If you were accepted to Harvard, would you go there or here?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read this website, read my personal statement, studied my activities, read my secondary essays, studied myself (figured out my stances on difficult medical issues and my answers to difficult questions)." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The school has an incredible clinical focus and curriculum and does an amazing amount of community outreach. This is to be expected from a school ranked 13 in primary care and number 2 in Community and Preventative Medicine in the nation. The class I attended was very dynamic and involved a lot of student discussion despite the large, 100 person lecture format. Students seemed to love class and love going to class. Also, after my first interview with a physician, the doctor offered on his own to take me on a personal tour of the pediatrics wing (I expressed my interest in primary care and he happened to be a pediatrician). The tour lasted about 30 minutes and was an incredible personal touch to the interview day." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Research seemed much less of a focus here." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"To preface this entry, shortly after 10/15 I received a call from the U of Rochester saying that I had been accepted. These interviews are partially open file. You are asked to provide the interviewers with two essays (the questions are given to you upon your invitation to interview) and a list of 4 extracurricular activities. The interviews know only these and focus on them to varying degrees in the interview room. The first interview was extremely laid back and conversational. We took off our jackets and had a long, involved conversation about many issues in my application and many tangent issues as well. For example, we discussed the influence the internet and modern technology has on society, particularly small towns in the US (it sounds strange, but it was such a great conversation). This interviewer really liked my focus on primary care and my major--we both majored in the same humanities discipline and he talked to me about the opportunities in medicine to use that knowledge. He then took me on a personal tour of the hospital as described above. The second interviewer was very friendly and conversational, but very very intense with his questions. The interviewer would really focus on my answers and pick out the details and ask 4 or 5 follow up questions. We are asked to provide them with 4 of our most important extracurricular activities and he went through a long process involving a series of questions and follow-up questions for each activity, going in to each in extreme detail. He even questioned the importance of one of my organizations and made me justify my role and the activities of the organization in detail. By the end of the interview, I must have been asked over 60 questions. Incredibly intense, incredibly fast paced, but not tooooooo stressful and not negative." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Admissions staff

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