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What can you tell me about Mayo Medical School?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by JulianCrane, Jun 1, 2002.

  1. JulianCrane

    JulianCrane The Power of Intention 10+ Year Member

    Dec 22, 2001
    What types of stats do I need to be competitive for this school? What is the cost of living in Rochester since the school does not offer on-campus housing? Is the school diverse?
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  3. Bikini Princess

    Bikini Princess 7+ Year Member

    May 26, 2002
    Stats for Mayo. Small classes, extremely high quality all around. Perhaps one of the highest standards for all applicants (ie they don't lower the fence for URM's), some might say one of the best overall schools, especially scientifically.

    Gpa 3.80+ on average (3.4-3.9). MCATs 10.5,12,12.5 (28-39). Outstanding individuals.

    Yet because it's so venerated, not that many people if you match up ok, apply.
  4. mpp

    mpp SDN Moderator Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Jan 17, 2001
    Portland, OR
    I was accepted at Mayo with a 3.5 GPA (3.44 Science GPA, Physics/Mathematics major) and a 35M MCAT (11V,12PS,12BS). I am an older medical student so my background includes working for several years as a computer consultant, environmental engineer, and teacher. I have no medical research background but I was involved in atmospheric physics research for about three years leading to a few publications. I have many hours (over five years including two and a half years full-time Peace Corps volunteer) of volunteer work in teaching english as a second language, mathematics and science teaching for adults and children, and assisted living care.

    The class size at Mayo is very small (only 42 students). The cost of living is fairly low in Rochester (as is the norm in small-town midwest). I'm not sure what constitues a 'diverse' class, but it's diverse enough for me (a hispanic American). Although Rochester is fairly small (roughly 80,000) it is diverse. The Mayo Clinic and associated hospitals alone employ over 20,000 allied health staff and almost 3,000 physicans. There is also a large IBM facility in town.

    If you wouldn't mind living in a cold place and you fit within the range of stats that Bikini Princess mentioned, it is definitely worth a try.

    The application process for Mayo is a little different than other schools. Although they do participate in AMCAS, the secondary procedures are unique. They do not screen the primary applications, so everyone that chooses Mayo on the AMCAS primary application will be asked for an additional fee (I think it was $60 last year) to continue the application process. Last couple of years the applicant pool has been around 3,500 people. Once they receive your fee, they will review your application, and if they like you, will invite you for a telephone interview (I belive about 20 to 30 percent are chosen for the telephone interview). The telephone interview consists of a standard set of 30 questions. Everyone is asked the same questions. There is no feedback from the interviewer. I think their reasoning is that this is sort of like an on-the-spot secondary. You don't have time to reword and reword your essay until it sounds perfect. I think in this way, the results are much more unique as compared with the standard secondary essays in which, in general, most essays sound very similar. Although the questions aren't really ethical in nature (i.e., no questions about abortion, physician assisted suicide, etc.) they do make you think (e.g., would you ever give up on a patient?, how might you deal with patients that are non-compliant?, should physician's be humble, and how humble are you?, etc.).

    If they continue to like you after the telephone interview, they will invite you for an on-site interview. They treat you very well at the on-site interview, giving you freedom to do what you want throughout the day with escorts when needed, etc. There are only a few students interviewing on any one day...three to five at the most.

    Once the interviews are over, you are given a rank score by the admissions committee and once each month they accept a few people with the top ranks. This can lead to a big waiting game for some as they may interview in December and hear nothing until July. There is no waitlist at Mayo. Typically they accept about 80 to 90 students to fill the class of 42 and they invite about 250 for the on-site interview. They do not over-accept, so they only issue 42 acceptances until some withdraw, then they continue to pull from that rank list. Sometime in May, they'll send rejections to those on the bottom of the rank list as they realize there is no chance for them to be accepted.

    Most Mayo graduates (70 percent) continue and do their residency at the Mayo Clinic (in Rochester or at the other two Mayo facilities in Jacksonville, Florida, and Scottsdale, Arizona). On average, about 40 percent choose primary care specialties (family practice, pediatrics, internal medicine, psychiatry).

    Maybe I've given you too much information...but feel free to ask if you have more questions. The admission staff at Mayo are extremely helpful so don't be shy in contacting them.
  5. ellerose

    ellerose Member 7+ Year Member

    Cost of living peanuts compared to east coast or Cali. Mayo allots students about $730 for housing/utilities each month for financial aid, which is plenty for the area. (If you are single and are willing to share a place, your rent could be as low as $300-350 including utilities.) The main thing I had to do is convince myself I could live in Minnesota itself (I am a self-proclaimed desert rat from Arizona). What do you mean by diverse? Mayo prides itself on promoting diversity of all forms (financial, background, ethnicity, race, etc.) for its workforce as well as its med school. For being a class of only 42 students (including MD/PhDs, etc.) I think there is a decent amount of diversity in the student body.
  6. jot


    Julian CRane, i saw a thread about you asking for mcat stuff .. wel there is a thread by "C U in MedSchool" offering them. good match eh?

  7. marq_bme

    marq_bme Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Mar 25, 2002
    Milwaukee, WI
    my friend got in with a 29 MCAT. it was MD/PhD though.
  8. HanSolo

    HanSolo Member 7+ Year Member

    Apr 17, 2002
    Wow, an admission with 29MCAT for MD/PhD program @ Mayo?? How did s/he pull that off? Now, that's encouraging to hear!! <img border="0" alt="[Clappy]" title="" src="graemlins/clappy.gif" />
  9. Bikini Princess

    Bikini Princess 7+ Year Member

    May 26, 2002
    I think MD/PhD MCAT's are higher than average, usually..

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