Pre-packed lunch boxes featuring an uninspired cold turkey wrap, banana, chips, and cookie. Cohort of 20+ interviewees was supplied with a single and small pitcher of water which ran out at the 10th person. I was 11th in line.
A standard breakfast of bagels and fruit was provided, a nice start to the interview day. Lunch was a hot meal very similar to that provided by Vanderbilt. Notable offerings were pulled pork sandwiches, pasta, and salad. A rather odd fact was that drinks were placed at the seats beforehand, and Feinberg seems to exclusively consume A&W Root Beer.
Vanderbilt feeds its applicants a standard breakfast of bagels, assorted pastries, and fruit. Lunch is a hot meal catered by Jason's Deli that features pasta, bread, and side salad. Nothing tremendous to comment on in this selection.
WashU's review is perhaps inflated by their offering of two delicious meals. The interview day breakfast eschews the tendency of other medical schools to offer coffee and bagels for the start of the day, instead rolling out a hot breakfast of gourmet selections. The star of the show on my particular day was a delicious spinach and tomato omelette. Several fruit offerings complemented this savory delight. The interview day lunch is similarly delicious. Interviewees are taken to one of two restaurants, one across the street of the medical center and one on the top floor of Barnes Jewish Hospital. I was taken to The Table (restaurant external to the hospital) and was treated to a buffet led by a braised chicken and potatoes dish.
Applicants are taken to the Garden Room, a fancy dining experience reserved for faculty and staff. Gourmet buffet. My lunch featured a delicious meatball stroganoff, and the selection was as diverse as it was delicious. The only downside is that the Garden Room is effectively a tease; students are not allowed to eat at this campus dining location without being invited by a faculty, typically for a special event or in recognition of a notable accomplishment. Additionally, interviews are all in the afternoon so one must hold back to avoid post-meal drowsiness.
Coffee but not breakfast is provided in the morning. Lunch is a selection of cold sandwiches catered by Panera. Despite the cold meal, these sandwiches were quite well-made. I was particularly impressed by a pesto-chicken offering.
Decision update: Received full tuition Dean's scholarship
Pritzker's standard breakfast of bagels and assorted fruit is elevated to notable status due to the offering of a number of delicious cream cheese spreads. Lunch was deep dish pizza and despite my own marked preference for thin crust, I thoroughly appreciated the diverse offering of pies and toppings.
Merit scholarship covering over half of tuition received.
I entered Mt. Sinai's admissions office and was immediately greeted by a warning that the breakfast parfaits were not long for this world, not once the medical students had stopped by. I braved my lactose intolerance to sample one and was not disappointed. Lunch was a catered selection of standard cold sandwiches, no further comment.
Hours later, during my faculty interview, I felt the pounding. The parfait was knocking.