all about the curriculum.
clinical, research and community service opps.
faculty receptiveness to students.
student body. diversity. are students happy?
things to do in the city...LOCATION. weather. places to go, food.
board preparation and avg scores.
patient population and hospitals you will rotate in.
a little about reputation if that concerns you.
how busy is the place?
time for having fun?
so on and so forth. hope that helps. (caution: dont ask things you could have found out yourself easily).
Should I dig for a better reply if the adcom becomes evasive about certain issues? I went to an informal session interview where I was asking how much peer pressure and competition students were experiencing amongst themselves, and the answer that I got was a half-hearted acknowledgement of the amount of work there is for students. Also when I inquired about shadowing one of their physician, I was told that this could not be done as they serve many people, and asked whether I understood this or not.
I am sure you guys have come across such firewalls, especially if all that you get to find out are numbers and figures instead of social connections. What do you do about this?
talk to the students. generally the happier people are the more talkative they are, esp about stuff that isnt school related. shootin the sh!t is actually a good indicator of student happiness, ive found.
at the core, however, picture if you will be happy.