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

How did the interview impress you?


What was the stress level of the interview?

4 out of 10

How you think you did?

9 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

10 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?

Open file

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

"How would you go about resolving health care issues in developing countries?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

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

"What are your strengths? What are your weaknesses? (Difficult question to answer becuase you don't want to sound arrogant, and you don't want to make it sound like your weaknesses are huge issues)" Report Response | I was asked this question too

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

"Why Mayo? Why medicine? What pieces have you played (I play an instrument)?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most interesting question?

"Nothing too out of the ordinary, how would I reform health care in developing countries (based of my extracurriculars)" Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most difficult question?

"What are your weaknesses (its ALWAYS hard to answer that)?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read my primary application, Mayo's website" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"OK, hands down this school is amazing. I get the feeling that if this school was located in anywhere but Rochester, everyone would want to go there. The administration was a class above every other med school I've been too. They really stressed that they want you to go where you think you'll fit, they were extremely courteous... and its the Mayo Clinic, prime ministers from other countries come there for treatment and your working with specialists who lead their field. Amazing school. They offer scholarships to everyone, at WORST your going to pay 12,000 a year, housing is cheap too! Medical students seemed so respected (theres only 42 of them in a class) and I was amazed when I sat in a lecture in one of the Clinic buildings and there was a lecturer, and then five doctors specific to that field that took questions, and added more for students. Just amazingly impressive. Oh and if that wasn't enough, you get scholarships to cover costs for dual degrees, and they cover expenses for you to do rotations abroad for 2 months. A WEALTH of opportunities and connections." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The only negative, location. Rochester is an allright town. Nothing amazing. The clinic makes up for it because it is so diverse, has a diverse patient base (global) and world class resources. Minneapolis/St. Paul is onlya n hour away. But still, rochester kinda blows." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Money is not an issue, you don't have to worry about debt and they basically pay for any opportunity you wish to pursue. 94% of applicants match at their top three choices, 90% match at their TOP CHOICE!. They ever had a stat sheet saying: USMLE Step 1 National Average: 215 USMLE Step 1 Harvard average: 225 USMLE Step 1 Mayo average: 235 No wonder their match list is so impressive!" Report Response

What are your general comments?

"The clinics facilities, and opportunities available though the medical school are breathtaking. Small class, great learning, lots of doctors to work with. Great day, very relaxed. I was impressed with the interviewees they had, really nice, humble and intelligent (and really diverse!). My interviewers were very nice and stressed that they were my advocates and just wanted to get to know as much as they could about me. Tour guides loved the school, were really honest, and fun. My number one choice, had no idea the school was this great. " Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?


How did the tourguide seem?


How do you rank the facilities?

10 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?


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


Where did you stay?


How would you rate the hotel?

10 out of 10

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?

Grant Kahler Hotel (right across the school)

Would you recommend the hotel?


General Info

On what date did the interview take place?


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

10 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

7 out of 10

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

8 out of 10

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