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

How did the interview impress you?


What was the stress level of the interview?

5 out of 10

How you think you did?

7 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

10 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 was the focus of your Master's thesis?" Report Response

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

"Why didn't you proceed directly into medical school after your undergraduate work?" Report Response

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

"Which is more important to you, family or medicine?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Was your father wrong or right in his decision not to teach his children to speak Spanish?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"What should be done in the educational system to motivate and retain underachieving students? (I was expecting a question about medical system reform... so the educational system reform issue was a bit of a curve ball.)" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Sheesh! I wish I had known about SDN before I went for this interview! I prepped by reading the Mayo website, the Rochester website, and emailing back and forth with a 4th year Mayo student." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The people are so nice, and the facilities are great! Most notably, the new patient simulation labs are incredible. Overall, it's hard to accurately describe the classiness of the place! Everywhere I looked there was fine art and well-dressed people. They even have a grand piano in the main lobby of the hospital that anyone is allowed to play. Mindblowing." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Nothing. It was all awesome. (Even the freakishly cold weather wasn't as bad as I expected!)" Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"The phone interview was done to test how compatible a candidate's behavioral pattern is with the behaviors of Mayo's most successful physicians. Unlike the last person who posted about their Mayo interview, I was not told that people interviewing toward the end of February were only interviewing for a spot on the waiting list rather than outright admission. That's rather disappointing, but I'm still keeping my fingers crossed." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"My interviewers were polar opposites. The first one seemed to have an agenda for grilling me, while the second one was extremely friendly and funny. In retrospect, it was almost as though they had planned in advance to be "Good Cop / Bad Cop" with me." 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?

7+ hours

What was your primary mode of travel?


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


What airport did you use?


Where did you stay?

With students at the school

How would you rate the hotel?

10 out of 10

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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