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  • University of Rochester School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Rochester
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?

10 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

9 out of 10


How long was the interview?

45 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)?

"Why Rochester? Why medicine? Why MD/PhD?" Report Response

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

"Tell me about your research." Report Response

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

"Why were you intersted in meeting with me?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"My interviewer asked me how I learned Spanish (in Spanish), and we then proceeded to have a 10-15 minute conversation in Spanish, which went fine because I'm fluent. Don't exaggerate!" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Why MD/PhD and not PhD or MD (he was a PhD, and kept countering my answer with well, you should just get a PhD or MD then)." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"read over AMCAS, secondary, school website & documents, researched my interviewers, SDN interview feedback" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"the quality of research, the neuroscience department, a new $40 million grant for translational research, the friendliness & non-competiveness of the students (P/F 1st & 2nd year), early clinical exposure (start taking patient histories 2nd semester of 1st year)" Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"the cold! But the snow is really pretty." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"If you're coming from a warm state bring a warm long jacket, MITTENS, scarf, probably a hat. And a hairbrush for when you get to the interview. :-)" Report Response

What are your general comments?

"2 days, I stayed with a MD/PhD student host who was awesome and picked me up from the airport, even brought me to the hospital the night before. Day 1: check-in 8am (they provide tea, coffee & hot chocolate, eat breakfast before hand), orientation (MD/PhD & MD), 2 MD interviews, lunch with a 2nd year MD student & tour (not too impressive, I saw more the nighte before with my host, not quite sure why they showed us their SMALL gym...), interview with a MD/PhD student at the end of his graduate work, interview with the MD/PhD director (awesome guy!), dinner at a local restaurant with MD/PhD students. Day 2: 5 faculty interviews! Most were faculty I had chosen, and since I researched their work beforehand I was pretty well prepared and had awesome conversations. Lunch was with the MD/PhD director. Awesome school, the quality of research is great, the hospital & med school are all connected & centralized. Very nicely integrated MD/PhD program, lots of clinical exposure even during your graduate years. And the cost of living is SOOOO cheap! " Report Response

Tour and Travel

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How did the tourguide seem?


How do you rank the facilities?

9 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

General Info

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

9 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

8 out of 10

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

5 out of 10

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