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YoUR Journey Begins...

Picture of Associate Dean of Admissions Dr. Christine Hay

on receiving an interview invitation from the University
of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry!

Your combination of intelligence, empathy and curiosity made you a
standout from the over 6000 applications we received this year. During
the interview process at the University of Rochester School of Medicine
and Dentistry our goal is to showcase the wonderful opportunities we offer
in our curriculum from combined degrees and advanced research
to meaningful community and global engagement experiences.

We are excited to continue with our virtual interview day for the 2023-2024
cycle. Our hope is that during your time with us, you will immerse
yourself in our community, give us the opportunity to get to know you
and for you to see the full reach of possibilities available for you here at the
University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.


Interview Day:

Dates are reserved on a first come, first-served basis. Please login through the Applicant Portal to schedule your interview. You will need to:

  • Enter Social Security Number
  • Upload your photo
  • Fill out the Virtual Interview Attestation
  • Indicate "where will you be on your interview day?" (Specify state or time zone or international location)
  • Fill out your 2 most significant Activities*
  • Fill out 2 Short Answer Essays*

*Please note:  It is advised that you submit these components as soon as possible following your interview confirmation. In the event that these activities and essays are not
submitted five (5) business days prior to your interview date the Admissions Office reserves the right to withdraw your application without further notification.

If you are interviewing for the MD/PhD Program (MSTP), you will also need to:

  • List graduate faculty you would like to interview with (up to 10)

Please note: In the event that your requested faculty members are not provided ten (10) business days in advance, the MSTP Office reserves the right to withdraw your application without further notification.

YoUR Day

YoUR interview day will include: (Participation in all virtual sessions are mandatory)

  • Overview of the curriculum, facilities, health and wellness, and other student support services
  • Small group discussion
  • Two one-on-one interviews

Interviewer/Student Contact Information

If you wish to view the Interviewer and Contact Listings, visit the Applicant Portal

Interview Code of Conduct:

Please review the interview code of conduct prior to your interview day:

I will participate professionally and with honesty and integrity in all interview day activities. 

I understand that applicants are strictly prohibited from recording in any manner any aspect of their interviews. 

I understand that only I and my interviewer(s) are permitted to be present during my interview, and that no other person is allowed to join me, or to engage, guide, or offer me feedback during my interview.

I understand that the Committee on Admissions at the University of Rochester School of Medicine may take my failure to abide by these terms into account when rendering a decision on my application, and that my acceptance may be rescinded should the Committee on Admissions become aware of any such violation after I am admitted.


At least one interviewer will be a member of our faculty and the other may be a medical student. An average interview lasts approximately 45-minutes but varies according to interviewers and applicants. The University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry conducts application blind interviews. This means your interviewers will only have access to the pre-interview materials you submitted.

Small Group Discussion

In addition to one-on-one interviews, you will have the opportunity to participate in a small group discussion with other applicants interviewing with you that day. This Problem Based Learning (PBL) exercise is facilitated by a member of the admissions community. Discussion will center around an ethical issue in medicine and no preparation is needed. This format is a way to help us get to know you better, introduce you to a format we use regularly in the medical school curriculum and introduce you to your potential future colleagues.

Pop-Up Cafes

You will be invited to our virtual pop-up cafes which provide opportunities to learn more about Rochester and include our pre-filmed tour. Attendance is optional and does not impact your admissions decision. In order to protect the confidentiality of our applicants we do not record these sessions.

Pop-Up Cafe topics include:

  • Housing
  • Life in Rochester
  • Curriculum
  • Pathways
  • Affinity Groups
  • Interest Groups
  • UR Well and Street Outreach

Schedules (times in EST)

MD Applicants
One-On-One Interviews: 8 A.M. - 11 A.M.
1:30 P.M. - 6:30 P.M.
Welcome and Overview: 11:15 A.M. - 12 P.M.
Group Discussion: 12:15 P.M. - 1 P.M.

MSTP Applicants


One-On-One Interviews: 8 A.M. - 11 A.M.
1:30 P.M. - 7 P.M.
Welcome and Overview: 11:15 A.M. - 12 P.M.
Group Discussion: 12:15 P.M. - 1 P.M.


One-On-One Interviews: 8 A.M. - 11 A.M.
12 P.M. - 6 P.M.
Session with MSTP Directors: 11 A.M. - 12 P.M.

Post Interview Material

We would appreciate your feedback about your interview experience. All comments are anonymous unless you choose to identify yourself. We will be sending you an email with a survey link after your interview to better understand how we can improve our virtual experience. We welcome substantial update letters which can be uploaded directly to your application portal.

What's Next?

6-8 weeks post interview: Committee Decision made sent via application portal
April 15, 2024: Holding 3 Acceptances (AAMC Traffic Rule)
April 30, 2024: Holding 1 Acceptance, Deadline to select "Plan to Enroll" through AMCAS
May 1, 2024: Waitlist Activity Begins