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MD/PhD Admissions: Interview Day

The MD/PhD Interview Day is organized to introduce prospective students to the many exciting opportunities available at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell and the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research. It is a time for applicants to meet and interact with faculty, students and administrators as well as a chance to explore our facilities. By day’s end, our hope is that applicants gain a comprehensive understanding of what it is like to be a student at the School of Medicine. Beginning at 8 a.m. and ending by 4:30 p.m., Interview Day will include:

  • the Multiple Mini Interview (MMI);
  • presentations from the Office of Admissions and Student Affairs that will cover relevant topics and give an in-depth description of our curriculum, the admissions process, and the roles played by each office;
  • lunch with our current students;
  • a tour of both the School of Medicine building, and the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research facilities;
  • an opportunity to meet with 2-3 researchers in the research area of interest to the applicants;
  • time to speak with our current MD/PhD students;

Multiple Mini Interview (MMI)

The Zucker SOM uses the Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) format to ensure a holistic assessment process by allowing each applicant multiple opportunities to show their strengths.  Interviewers are members of our SOM, inter-disciplinary faculty, staff, and student body.  The MMI is a timed circuit and applicants will have two minutes to move from one station to the next, read the scenario, and formulate a response.  The circuit runs for 1 hour and 20 minutes with a total of six interviews consisting of 5 scenario rooms and 1 open room. 

At the scenario stations you will have 2 minutes outside of the room to read the scenario and prepare a response, and 6 minutes inside of the room to discuss the scenario with the interviewer.  The scenarios are meant to assess certain attributes that we look for in medical school candidates, and there are no right or wrong answers.  Interviewers are evaluating your ability to think through the proposed situation, and how you articulate your response.

The one room takes the form of a traditional one-on-one interview.  You will have 2 minutes outside of the station to prepare and 30 minutes inside of the room to speak with an interviewer.  The interviewer in the open room will have access to your application.

Interview Day takes place at:

Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
500 Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY 11549
Feinstein Institute for Medical Research
350 Community Drive
Manhasset, NY 11030

Directions to Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

  • By Car
    The School of Medicine is located on the north side of the Hofstra University Campus. The main entrance to campus is located on Hempstead Turnpike. Arrive through Hofstra University’s main entrance and turn right at the second stop sign. Make the first right at the stop sign down the School of Medicine’s driveway and proceed through the gate to arrive at our building. Once through the gate, there is parking available in the front and back of our building. Additional parking can be found across from both the soccer fields, and the School of Medicine’s driveway.
  • By Railroad

    Long Island Railroad (LIRR) provides regular service from Pennsylvania Station in NYC to Long Island.  Take the LIRR to either the Hempstead or Mineola station.  Hofstra University provides shuttle bus service to and from the campus from both stations.  Ask the shuttle bus driver to be dropped off at the School of Medicine.  Taxis are also available at the stations.  Bring any luggage with you to the School of Medicine if you plan to take our shuttle to the train station directly after interview day concludes.

  • By Plane

    Zucker School of Medicine is located near three major airports:  John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)*, LaGuardia Airport and MacArthur Airport.  We suggest that visitors call a Long Island cab company for pickup and/or drop off, as NYC yellow cabs can be costly when traveling outside the city limits. The following services are provided for reference only and are not endorsements.

    All Island Transportation                                                                           Ollie's Taxi & Airport Service
    Hempstead Office:  516-481-1111                                                          South Shore office: 516-437-0505 
    Garden City Office:  516-746-2500                                                        (Cash and major credit cards accepted)
    (Cash and major credit cards accepted)

    * AirTrain JFK connects the airport terminals to the LIRR Jamaica station where you can transfer for a LIRR train to either the Hempstead or Mineola station.

  • Accommodations

    There are several hotels located near the Zucker School of Medicine, the closest being Long Island Marriott Hotel & Conference Center and La Quinta Inn & Suites Garden City.  For more information on accommodations and special "Hofstra" rates, please visit the Hofstra Visitor Page


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