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  • Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Rochester
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Negatively

What was the stress level of the interview?

8 out of 10

How you think you did?

1 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

1 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

30 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?

Open file

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

"There will be one stress-test interviewer who will try to make things tough on you. This is usually the administrator MD (a dean, senior chair). They might grill you, claim you lied on your app, tell you that your views are wrong, or etc. For me, they attacked my personal identity by saying they have a hard time believing people from my background experienced what I experienced." Report Response

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

"Tell me about yourself, why medicine, how have your (insert EC) contributed to your "why medicine"?" Report Response

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

"What was your most meaningful EC?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

No Response

What was the most difficult question?

No Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

No Response

What impressed you positively?

No Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The stress test and crossing the line to do so (see my other comment)" Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"There will be a stress-test" Report Response

What are your general comments?

"The school, MDs, and students do certainly give off a "cult" vibe. (They are NOT a cult, at least not as far as I know, but they do give off the vibe). They want people who will abide to the Mayo system and philosophies...some not so orthodox." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Admissions staff

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?

7+ hours

What was your primary mode of travel?

Airplane

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

$401-$500

What airport did you use?

No Response

Where did you stay?

No Response

How would you rate the hotel?

5 out of 10

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?

No Response

Would you recommend the hotel?

No Response

General Info

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

3 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

No Response

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

No Response

How is the responsiveness of the admissions office?

5 out of 10

How is the friendliness of the admissions office?

5 out of 10

How eco-friendly are the school's application materials and interview process?

5 out of 10

What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

"Throw away the stress tests. Stop playing the games via email with your "show me your interest". The reality is that students need to play the admissions game if they want the best chance at admissions. If you want a great yield for your institution, I suggest changing the system rather than using these tactics. Also never forget the fiasco where they accepted everyone who interviewed and then rejected everyone without explanation, and then proceeded to blame the admissions portal software company (which isn't reasonable because thing like this has never happened in the past and the portal literally does not have any control over sending out acceptance letters). The response was not only delayed but also unprofessional. Applicants never received an explanation. When when they called us to apologize, they still played this "you are on the waitlist" vs "you are HIGH RANKING on the waitlist" game." Report Response

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