I attended a 4 hour Med School 101 presentation yesterday put on by the Mayo Clinic. They had 2 Assistant Deans cover the basics of applying to med school and tips of what they look for in a candidate, basically things that have been discussed many times on many forums. They did, however, subtly reiterate that non-trad candidates are quite attractive b/c of our additional life experiences.
For the last 1.5 hours, they had 5 current Mayo med school students (including 2 non-trads) do a Q/A panel session and a couple things the panel said stuck out in my mind:
- They wish they had applied to more schools. Some had only applied to 8 - 12 schools but they wish they had applied to between 20 and 30.
- Mayo does a pass/fail system on their classes to remove any competition between students and foster teamwork and collaboration. No one competes for class ranking b/c none exists. This was something I had not considered before but that curriculum setup sounds appealing.
Just wanted to share with the group.