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Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
  • Year founded: 1875
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Vanderbilt University School of Medicine (Vandy)
Allopathic Medical School
Nashville
  • SDN RANKING 4
  • INTERVIEW FEEDBACK 5 309 Responses
  • SCHOOL REVIEWS - 0 Responses

Overview

Overview

School Stats

  • Resident Tuition $45,350
  • Non - Resident Tuition $45,350
  • Application Fee $85
  • AVG MCAT 518
  • AVG GPA 3.9
  • LIZZYM Score 74.7

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Admissions Information

  • Medical School Admissions Office
  • 303 Light Hall
  • Nashville 37232
  • United States

School Overview

School Info

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine (VUSM) seeks to matriculate a diverse group of academically exceptional students whose attributes and accomplishments suggest that they will be future leaders and/or scholars in medicine. To accomplish this goal, VUSM provides a review of each candidate by multiple members of the faculty who are broadly representative of the faculty body. The committee uses a holistic approach to evaluate an array of applicant attributes, including academic excellence, personal characteristics, accomplishments in research, leadership, service to others, contribution to diversity (gender, race, ethnicity, sexual preference, socio-economic background, geographic origin), and participation in extracurricular activities.

Curriculum

The curriculum is divided into required courses taken by all students and elective courses taken at the choice of the individual student. Required courses constitute the nucleus of medical education at Vanderbilt; elective courses are an integral part of each student`s educational experience in the School of Medicine, providing considerable flexibility for individual programming. Students develop an elective program to meet individual needs with the help of the faculty and the approval of the Associate Dean for Medical Students or a designee.

Facilities

Rudolph A. Light Hall, completed in 1977, is a sophisticated facility providing much-needed space for medical education and other student activities. The seven-story structure contains 209,000 square feet of space housing the latest in laboratory equipment, audio-visual and electronic teaching tools, and multi-purpose classroom space. The second floor student lounge is designed to foster medical student interaction and to permit informal educational experiences - leading to the development of physicians grounded in the sciences but enlightened by humanitarian interests and understanding. Light Hall is the physical manifestation of Vanderbilt University Medical School`s ongoing commitment to excellence in all areas of medical education. The Medical Research Building, completed in 1989, provides laboratories and academic space for pharmacology, biochemistry, and molecular physiology and biophysics. The eight-story building also houses the A. B. Hancock Jr. Memorial Laboratory for Cancer Research and the positron emission tomography (PET) scanner.

Interview Feedback

Interview Feedback

Results Overview

How did the interview impress you?

Response # Responders
Positively 269
Negatively 14
No change 1

What was the stress level of the interview?

Response Avg # Responders
2.62 306

0 = low, 10 = high

How you think you did?

Response Avg # Responders
7.59 214

0 = low, 10 = high

Select Questions & Recent Responses

What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

"Maybe to notify to students ahead of time that they may be walking far distances to get to their interviews" More from this Member | Report Response

"Give Sherita a raise, she was awesome! Both of my interviewers were late to their appointment, and as a result my interviews were cut a little short. On the whole my experience was very positive, but I felt like the process was very rushed (by the faculty)." More from this Member | Report Response

"Bigger waiting areas for applicants" More from this Member | Report Response

"perhaps provide folders on interview day, don't have students waiting several hours first thing in the morning. It reflects poorly on the organization of the day." More from this Member | Report Response

"Use EMAIL!! :)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Continue the great work." More from this Member | Report Response

"I enjoy meeting more of my potential classmates so a larger interview class would be nice." More from this Member | Report Response

"Keep up the good work! This was the most organized of all my interview days." More from this Member | Report Response

"Give us something to do during down time - or just don't have as much. Make the day more structured" More from this Member | Report Response

"Judy is fantastic!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Suggestions for what to do in down time." More from this Member | Report Response

"None, you all are awesome, keep up the great work!!!" More from this Member | Report Response

"There's lots of down-time in the afternoon if you have a morning interview." More from this Member | Report Response

"Didn't interact much with admissions officers. Faculty presenter was great though!" More from this Member | Report Response

"better suggestions for what to do during down time in interview day (or having tour of hospital befo" More from this Member | Report Response

"Keep up the great work!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Is there a larger place for everyone to sit and meet? That conference room was way too small for th" More from this Member | Report Response

"Consolidate the interview day. There was a lot of downtime." More from this Member | Report Response

"The admissions office should note that if people are interested in joint degree programs other than" More from this Member | Report Response

"They should assess the layout of the day and create a bit less downtime." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing! Judy was so sweet! Southern hospitality is wonderful!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Include anatomy lab/main Vanderbilt Hospital in tour." More from this Member | Report Response

"The sandwiches for lunch were yummy, but WOW very difficult to eat. Made things a little awkward...I" More from this Member | Report Response

"umm..please let me in.. :-)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Quicker Decision after interview!" More from this Member | Report Response

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 1)?

"Tell me about a time when you disagreed with authority (or something like rules)." More from this Member | Report Response

"There's 2 interviews. One short, one long. The long one is traditional (OPEN FILE) type questions, the short one is personal/creative questions (CLOSED FILE). In the first interview we discussed global health and my background and interests. The most difficult questions were regarding my research, but they were only difficult because I didn't prepare this!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Where do you see yourself in 10 years (career wise)?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe a difficult decision you had to make (and other similar behavioral questions in the closed file interview)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Can you give me an example of a time you failed?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Give an example of a time you gave someone the benefit of the doubt and were glad you did." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your childhood." More from this Member | Report Response

"What would you contribute to Vanderbilt? Why should we choose you over thousands of other applicants?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Did you have any shadowing/volunteering experiences to make sure that this (becoming a doctor) is something that you want to do?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Elaborate on _______ activity on your AMCAS." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about a difficult situation and how you handled it." More from this Member | Report Response

"What one accomplishment are you most proud of?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Activities on AMCAS - which most meaningful" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do patients that make poor lifestyle choices deserve to get one of the limited number of organs available for transplantation? (This was the only ethical question)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your weaknesses?" More from this Member | Report Response

"None really." More from this Member | Report Response

"What do plan on doing with medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your timeline (I have a confusing one with regard to what school when, what job when)." More from this Member | Report Response

"Questions about non-science classes I'd taken." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why did you decide to pursue an MPH?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What community service activity had the most impact on you? Leadership activity?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your family and growing up" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why would you want to stay at Vanderbilt? (I go there undergrad)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your background/personal history." More from this Member | Report Response

"What is the one accomplishment you're most proud of?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are 3 adjectives to describe yourself?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are you doing right now?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Just a few questions about my motivations for medicine and specific classes I took. " More from this Member | Report Response

"What I wanted to know about Vanderbilt?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What qualities do you have that would make you a good doctor?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me what a day in your life is like?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How/When did you decide you wanted to go to medical school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How involved were you/what was your specific role in your research experiences? " More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your research project" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about this EC activity. What do you want me to know about you? Tell me about your basic sci research & why you stopped it. Why didn't you apply to medical school last year? What are you looking for in a medical school? Any questions for me? " More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your research experiences." More from this Member | Report Response

"What distinguishes you from the rest of the applicants?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me why medicine? Why Vanderbilt?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What three qualities would your best friends say you have?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me more about X (on the AMCAS)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Where did you grow up?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What other schools have you interviewed at?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What should I emphasize to the adcom?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about x research" More from this Member | Report Response

"About my family" More from this Member | Report Response

"How are you? How was your flight? Will you be staying for a few days or ...?" More from this Member | Report Response

"what type of setting do you want to practice medicine in?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about one of your research experiences." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your research experience." More from this Member | Report Response

"What Vanderbilt?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why engineering?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Asked about my research." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why did you take X course?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Where do you see yourself in 10 years?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your path to becoming a doctor. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Explain past experiences" More from this Member | Report Response

"What did you do during your summers" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about anthropology." More from this Member | Report Response

"How did you become interested in medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"what other schools did you apply to" More from this Member | Report Response

"how did you come to choose medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself. This led to a 60-minute conversation." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why medicine" More from this Member | Report Response

"Questions specific to my application. " More from this Member | Report Response

"asked about my activities briefly" More from this Member | Report Response

"There really weren't questions, per se. At least not any that I remember directly." More from this Member | Report Response

"How would you like me to present you to the admissions committee?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why medicine? " More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your ___ experience " More from this Member | Report Response

"How did you decide on your undergraduate university?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why are you interested in medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Have you been to Nashville before?" More from this Member | Report Response

"so what do you know about vandy?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why are you taking a year off?" More from this Member | Report Response

"When did you first develop an interest in medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What draws you to Nashville?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me more about yourself." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why did you choose your major/degree?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why are you taking time off before medical school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe a specific example of how you helped another individual and what you learned from it?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why did you pursue your advanced degree?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about Earlham College and why you chose to go to school there." More from this Member | Report Response

"You have a good record, but your grades have slipped at certain points; why?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you plan to practice in the USA after your training?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How long have you been interested in a career in medicine and what spurred that interest?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me a little about yourself..." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your family" More from this Member | Report Response

"TEll me about urself." More from this Member | Report Response

"tell me about yourself and your family" More from this Member | Report Response

"What made you decide to pursue medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you think your major will help you in medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to become a doctor?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Major healthcare problems/solutions" More from this Member | Report Response

"Favorite/least favorite class?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to be a doctor" More from this Member | Report Response

"Where have you demonstrated leadership? What are you strengths/weaknesses?" More from this Member | Report Response

"strengths/weaknesses" More from this Member | Report Response

"I see you have athletics in your backround, compare that to medicine. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Explain your current research." More from this Member | Report Response

"What was your favorite class? What was your least favorite class?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What other schools have you applied to?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your volunteerism abroad" More from this Member | Report Response

"asked about my research" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why did you wait until you graduated from college before applying to medical school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you plan on continuing your research in medical school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"we talked about dogs for a while before even got started" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why I am studying for an MA at Columbia." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your extracirriculars" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you know what kind of medicine you want to go into: specialty? academic/private practice?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is your favorite nonscience class?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why Vandy?" More from this Member | Report Response

"My extracurricular activities" More from this Member | Report Response

"All of your community service is admirable, but I don't understand how that connects with your desire to study and practice medicine....um...so how does it connect?" More from this Member | Report Response

"tell me about yourself" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about the latest book you've read. " More from this Member | Report Response

"What's your biggest accomplishment?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Most meaningful community service?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to go to Vanderbilt? " More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your undergraduate experience." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your undergraduate experience -- why did you choose ABC university?" More from this Member | Report Response

"what do you want me to tell admissions committee about you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Have you considered what field you might enter." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your medical leave" More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe your college experience." More from this Member | Report Response

"I was asked about the C's on my transcript" More from this Member | Report Response

"Have you thought about what field you want to go into? Why that field?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your research/college/other experience." More from this Member | Report Response

"why did you choose your undergrad institution?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to be a doctor?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How was your "introduction to modern culture" class?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you want to get out of medical school besides just learning the academics?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How did you choose your undergraduate school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about this piano class you took." More from this Member | Report Response

"What makes you better than everyone else?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to study medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Research" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you want me to tell the admissions committee?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your life before undergrad." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to attend Vanderbilt?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you could decide where to go to college again, would you go to the same school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you look for in a medical school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why did you take the MCAT twice? " More from this Member | Report Response

"What are your strengths? " More from this Member | Report Response

"What are you going to do about a family? (Aaack!)" More from this Member | Report Response

"I am writing a recommendation for you to the admissions committee - what do you want me to put in it? I mean, what differentiates you from any other student?" More from this Member | Report Response

"tell me about your childhood and growing up. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Name the top three reasons you want to enter medicine." More from this Member | Report Response

"What volunteer experience do you have?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about a specific volunteer experience." More from this Member | Report Response

"Is anyone in your family a doctor? What made you want to go into medicine, then?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your relationship with your family and your experiences growing up in a small town." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about what brought you here, why medicine, why vanderbilt etc.? (all given as one big question)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself (growing up, school, family values)" More from this Member | Report Response

"What motivates you to practice medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you want to talk about?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are you looking for in a medical school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe your thesis research in terms that I could understand" More from this Member | Report Response

"Wh o is your role model" More from this Member | Report Response

"what do you do if a patient dislikes you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How did you like (name of your college)?" More from this Member | Report Response

"You were a non-science major. How did some of your non-science classes relate to the field of medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How did you spend your summers? What extracurriculars were you involved with?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What was this like, that like? etc. on my essay" More from this Member | Report Response

"Give me a 2-minute autobiography." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your undergraduate experience?" More from this Member | Report Response

"-What were the positive and negative aspects that you've gathered from your experience with health care? How would you improve it? -Why Vanderbilt?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What book are you reading now? Strengths and weaknesses? How would your friends describe you? 4-5 words or phrases." More from this Member | Report Response

"essay-specific question" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you could spend two hours in any museum, which museum would you go to?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why Vanderbilt? Why medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"all pertaining specifically to my amcas" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to go into academic medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What in your college career has made you believe that medicine is the right thing for you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your experiences in the medical field." More from this Member | Report Response

"What has been the most rewarding experience for you so far?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What's it like to be a whitewater kayak instructor?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe your research." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself." More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe a Clinical Experience" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your research" More from this Member | Report Response

"Again, lots of questions on me (my undergrad experience, how I became interested in medicine, how I completed my pre-requisites, what other schools I applied to, my work experience...." More from this Member | Report Response

"What was your most valuable research experience?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about XYZ research project. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your experiences?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your research." More from this Member | Report Response

"A difficult and complex case study of a patient with a potentially terminal illness that only responded to an exotic therapy that the insurance company refused to pay for because of its' contract. What would I do? " More from this Member | Report Response

"What questions to you have about Vanderbilt? (asked over and over) " More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you have any questions for me?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What's the most meaningful volunteer work you've done? What's the most impactful leadership experience you've had. " More from this Member | Report Response

"What questions do you have for me? (Ask what the strengths and weaknesses are)" More from this Member | Report Response

"My questions were mostly about my extracurricular activities - I didn't have any of the standard questions about my personality or motivations. But be prepared to defend yourself if you don't have clinical experience involving lots of hospital time during recent years. " More from this Member | Report Response

"do you have any questions for me about the school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How would your friends describe you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me a little about time you've spent abroad." More from this Member | Report Response

"why is your second degree (unlrelated to med or phd) useful in the career you have ahead of you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why Vanderbilt?" More from this Member | Report Response

"tell me about your family." More from this Member | Report Response

"what excited you the most about your college?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your research activities." More from this Member | Report Response

"Who is your role model?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are your strenghts/weaknesses?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How diverse is your school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think of the politics in the Sino-taiwan region?" More from this Member | Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Tell me about a time when you disagreed with authority (or something like rules)." More from this Member | Report Response

"Discuss a time when you had to see something from someone else's perspective." More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you like to do for fun?" More from this Member | Report Response

"When was the last time you asked "Why?"" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing really out of the ordinary" More from this Member | Report Response

"When were you glad that you gave someone a second chance?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Is there anything that you wish that you could redo or do more?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Discussion of the differences in the healthcare systems of the US and the country where I grew up." More from this Member | Report Response

"What would you do if you could not go to medical school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Are you sure that you want to be a doctor?" More from this Member | Report Response

"our discussion on family life and time commitments in medicine" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why did you take a year off" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you know about Nashville?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Not really any." More from this Member | Report Response

"None in particular." More from this Member | Report Response

"What was the purpose of your personal statement? What was your intent for the reader?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Imagine you are being interviewed on a news channel. Tell us about your math research in layman's terms." More from this Member | Report Response

"Asked me why my band (something I mentioned in app essays/AMCAS activities) wasn't "getting big" on Music Row" More from this Member | Report Response

"The 2 words for just meeting one." More from this Member | Report Response

"Background because I have a lot of stories to tell :-)" More from this Member | Report Response

"What's the deal with Mugabe?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why are you in a sorority?" More from this Member | Report Response

"I really didn't get many questions, and when I did, he usually interrupted me after a sentence or two. The interview was basically an hour of him talking at me. He was nice, but I didn't feel like I was able to express myself much at all. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Why Vanderbilt? (the interview was very conversational, I was able to take the direction of the conversation where I wanted to)" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you could choose one social cause to take up what would it be?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What other schools have you applied to, followed by, what do other schools have that Vanderbilt doesn't?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Before entering medicine, what did you see as the pro's and con's?" More from this Member | Report Response

"(When talking about my research) What color does it fluoresce? (She wasn't testing me, she was curious)" More from this Member | Report Response

"The interview began by asking me to ask questions and we went from there." More from this Member | Report Response

"What was your marathon time." More from this Member | Report Response

"I see you teach MCAT prep class. Do you feel like those prep classes are actually helpful? " More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you think there should be a 1-year mandatory civil service law in the US?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think about the health care reforms proposed by the presidential candidates?" More from this Member | Report Response

"none" More from this Member | Report Response

"''I see you've done X... do you think you would be interested in continuing your work on that in medical school?''" More from this Member | Report Response

"Don't remember" More from this Member | Report Response

"None, he was pretty quiet and got interrupted during our interview by his beeper." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself--let's start from the beginning. (Didn't read any of my essays because she wanted an unbiased interview.)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe a situation (medical) that did not go well." More from this Member | Report Response

"None of the questions were especially interesting. It was more of a conversation about why I was applying, what I was looking for, and how I got interested in medicine." More from this Member | Report Response

"What is the biggest problem in the area you live?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Could you explain why your grades improved after sophomore year?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Really none..." More from this Member | Report Response

"I was asked: Do you have any burning question for me? about 3-4x so I wonder what else to say. Please arm yourself with info about what your interviewer does. and you can ask them about their work. " More from this Member | Report Response

"I shadowed a Dr. in England so my interviewer asked, ''What are the differences in medicine between the US and UK?''" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you could address any issue, anywhere in the world, what would it be?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Questions were all rather routine." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing too "interesting"" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you were assigned to be the leader in a group in medical school, and you had someone who was a obvious slacker, how would you handle them? " More from this Member | Report Response

"Why engineering?" More from this Member | Report Response

"pretty standard really. really conversational. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing interesting per se. They have your information there and ask questions from it. He asked about some courses I had taken." More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you consider yourself to be an MCAT expert?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you do for fun?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Specific stuff about my resume..." More from this Member | Report Response

"About something in my application." More from this Member | Report Response

"Who is your favorite philospher (i'm a philosophy major)?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is your most significant community service experience?" More from this Member | Report Response

"So I see you're on the Academic Dishonesty Committee . . . What's been the most challenging case you've seen?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think about USC (I go to UCLA - cross town rival)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about anthropology (my minor)." More from this Member | Report Response

"The interview was really open-ended. He just asked me to talk about myself. " More from this Member | Report Response

"What do your bracelets mean?" More from this Member | Report Response

"None - all questions were straight forward" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about a time you helped someone. What did you learn from it?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about a time you helped someone." More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you think all McDonald's should close down?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What does the term 'doctor' mean to you" More from this Member | Report Response

"None that I can remember, really." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why should we accept you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"tell me about yourself" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think about the TV programming available to modern youth?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How did you come to be Korean? " More from this Member | Report Response

"A question related to a unique part of my application." More from this Member | Report Response

"I see you have a background in medical imaging, could you see yourself exploring this opportunity in our emphasis program?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Have you given any thought to what it's like to be a woman in medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What was the one most imporant thing you learned from being a pastor?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think of Paul Farmer (public health guy)?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What makes you want to come to Tennesee?" More from this Member | Report Response

"tell me about XYZ class... " More from this Member | Report Response

"What would you like for me to highlight about your application to the admissions committee?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How did you like your summer at Duke?" More from this Member | Report Response

"All pretty generic questions, although there were a couple interesting questions relating specifically to why I took a class or expanding on a hobby." More from this Member | Report Response

"Given your interests in ____ and ____, how have they influenced your decision to become a physician?" More from this Member | Report Response

"It was a friendly chat, everything was interesting but also very laid back." More from this Member | Report Response

"What are some of your hobbies?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you have a choice between two med schools, what are your criteria for choosing between them." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why did I start a particular organization on campus and what was the value?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why did you decide to take Weaving as an art class?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What can I say to make you want to come here?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is your ethnic background?" More from this Member | Report Response

"I was asked about my foreign educational background. The interview was very positive and I found this to be very encouraging because a lot of people have negative attitudes towards degrees from outside the USA, though from my experience, there is a lot of spoon-feeding in the USA educational system." More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think the sol'n to America's obesity problems is? (follow up to something in a previous question)" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you could have dinner with 2 people, living, dead or fictional, who would you choose?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What would you propose to teach students a more humanistic approach to medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"My favorite undergraduate course" More from this Member | Report Response

"None really" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about something not on your AMCAS" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your research...i mean let's spend like 20 mins talking about it in depth." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your high school - it was interesting because I just didn't expect to go back that far." More from this Member | Report Response

"The interview was very conversational, not a lot of direct questions. Nothing really stuck out" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think the greatest challenge facing medicine will be over the next 30 years? " More from this Member | Report Response

"The traditional questions were asked, "Why do you want to become a doctor" and "what do you do to relax"" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think the major health issues are for women in the Middle East?" More from this Member | Report Response

"So what do you think about universal healthcare? (This was really just asked in a joking manner in response to something I had said, nothing serious)" More from this Member | Report Response

"If I asked your mom about your three best attributes, what would she say?" More from this Member | Report Response

"who's your favorite artist" More from this Member | Report Response

"Was there one thing that led you to medicine." More from this Member | Report Response

"Can you help me set up a program like this here next year?" More from this Member | Report Response

"The interview was more of a discussion. We talked about my research and background." More from this Member | Report Response

"What kind cancer did your mother die from (They get specific on your AMCAS personal statement file!)" More from this Member | Report Response

"What sort of Emphasis Program would you do if you attended Vanderbilt?" More from this Member | Report Response

"My interviewer asked me to summarize a few interesting courses I took in college." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why did you choose your undergraduate institution?" More from this Member | Report Response

"My interviewer didn't really ask many questions - it was more of just a conversation." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why did you fly in on American Airlines and not Southwest?" More from this Member | Report Response

"tell me about your dogs" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing unusual." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing really thought-provoking." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing to interesting." More from this Member | Report Response

"Everything was totally standard." More from this Member | Report Response

"If medicine did not exist, what profession would you be in?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How my undergrad major (not a typical pre-med major) prepared me for medicine." More from this Member | Report Response

"What was your favorite nonscience class?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe neuromarketing (for me_" More from this Member | Report Response

"Are you familiar with Chinese philosophy?" More from this Member | Report Response

"All of your community service is admirable, but I don't understand how that connects with your desire to study and practice medicine. Do you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"although we talked about interesting things, they all came about through the conversation. No really interesting questions were posed." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why Vanderbilt?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Name the other top 10 schools you are applying to?" More from this Member | Report Response

"the interviewer asked very open-ended questions. it seemed like she was simply trying to get to know me." More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you look for in a medical school program?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What gets your blood boiling? What makes you really really mad" More from this Member | Report Response

"What has been your biggest accomplishment in college? " More from this Member | Report Response

"None. I was really disappointed by all the boring questions. She wouldn't even bite when I mentioned things that other people usually find interesting." More from this Member | Report Response

"(for me): why did you join the military?" More from this Member | Report Response

"He asked me to talk about my clinical experiences, my research, my major, my family... really just trying to get to know me." More from this Member | Report Response

"A question about my research in management - business fraud." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing really interesting" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why did you decide to study in the US?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing particularly interesting" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing very interesting" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you had a day off to spend time with your family and a patient called, what would you do?" More from this Member | Report Response

"My interviewer asked me many questions regarding my volunteer work, some of which had little to do with clinical/research work (strictly speaking), which seemed unusual but were very much welcomed." More from this Member | Report Response

"N/A" More from this Member | Report Response

"what frustrates you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Aww, it just escaped my mind." More from this Member | Report Response

"So what do you think about the situation in Ukraine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you have any concerns about medical school (i.e. are you worried about it)?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe your usual role when working on a team." More from this Member | Report Response

"we talked about the importance of literature / the humanities in medicine, but I can't remember a specific question" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing too interesting... Just basic questions you would expect." More from this Member | Report Response

"What's the best thing that's ever happened to you? The worst?" More from this Member | Report Response

"You have had many extraordinary experiences, which one was your greatest? Which one was your least favorable?" More from this Member | Report Response

"We had a discussion about how my research related to his work." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing interesting..." More from this Member | Report Response

"The interviewer had my AMCAS file memorized. He knew that I took a piano class my freshman year. When he asked me about it, I was kind of shocked." More from this Member | Report Response

"I was really only asked two questions: What makes a good doctor? And what makes you better than all the other applicants? She seemed to disagree with my answer to the first question. I didn't particularly like the second question, since I don't know anything about the other applicants. I just tried to say what made me different, which didn't work. At all." More from this Member | Report Response

"What percentage of the GDP is consumed by healthcare in America? Don't worry guys, I probably led to this question by discussing the health systems in other countries and how much of the GDP it was consuming." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing too intersting, just asked how I got interested in medicine." More from this Member | Report Response

"Out of your community service experiences with people, describe a positive and negative experience. " More from this Member | Report Response

"why a year off" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing too out of the ordinary really. " More from this Member | Report Response

"the whole thing was basically a conversation so it wasn't stressful really at all.. the questions just flowed and followed naturally." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why did you travel after college?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What makes a good doctor?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me something interesting about what you learned as a political science minor." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing super interesting. He had me discussing my AMCAS application (which is all they have to look at), and I know mine like the back of my hand." More from this Member | Report Response

"Did you find your thesis project or did it find you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What one aspect of your time at 'insert hospital here' most surprised you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How a class from my major could apply to medicine (not a typical cell bio, biochem, etc. class)." More from this Member | Report Response

"Have you ever been accused of something that you didn't do?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What role does religion play in a physician's life?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How exactly does a basic swing dance step go? (I told him I teach swing dance lessons)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself growing up." More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you do in your free time?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe your best friend." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about what brought you here, why medicine, why vanderbilt etc.? (all given as one big question)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing really super sweet" More from this Member | Report Response

"How have your parents' professions influenced you to become a doctor?" More from this Member | Report Response

"All of the questions were about things on my application" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing that really threw me - all pretty standard and expected." More from this Member | Report Response

"Who has been an important mentor for you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"There wasn't anything out of the ordinary." More from this Member | Report Response

"Who is more musically talented, you or your sister?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why pole-vaulting?!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you watch Sex in the City?" More from this Member | Report Response

"how do you show compassion?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing was that interesting." More from this Member | Report Response

"A question that was really more in the form of a discussion of the role of alternative medicine in the US healthcare system." More from this Member | Report Response

"what is the best thing that has ever happened to you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about a time when you felt that you let yourself and other people down." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me what other schools that you've been looking at and if you have any questions of how they compare to Vanderbilt." More from this Member | Report Response

"Hmm . . . nothing too crazy. I guess I liked the question, "If you had an absolutely free weekend, no strings attached and no cost applied, where would you go and what would you do?"" More from this Member | Report Response

"What would you do if you were partnered with another student who vehemently opposes your interest in serving underrepresented communities?" More from this Member | Report Response

"None really---all were related to my AMCAS" More from this Member | Report Response

"Not really anything interesting. Lots of personal stuff like my undergrad school, my family, aspects of health care that I've encountered, my research and clinical experience." More from this Member | Report Response

"What makes a musician great? Can you tell the difference? (Don't worry - I wrote in my AMCAS that I play a ton of violin!)" More from this Member | Report Response

"What books have you read recently? (Interesting b/c it lead on to other related questions)" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you could spend two hours in any museum, which museum would you go to?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you were writing your bio at age 70, what would it say?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How would your roommates describe you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing really. all were very fair and off AMCAS" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing really. Very conversational. Extremely nice interviewer. I was nervous before the interview because there was a large portrait of the Dr who interviewed me hanging in the First Year lecture hall but he was great." More from this Member | Report Response

"How did you get a C in General Chem and then an A in Organic?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What type of medicine do you want to go into and why?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you manage to do all of this stuff?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What has been the most fascinating place you have seen in your travel experiences?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing especially sticks out." More from this Member | Report Response

"How did you get involved in whitewater kayaking?" More from this Member | Report Response

"none particular" More from this Member | Report Response

"Very conversational interview, so there were a lot of interesting topics, but they weren't really ASKED, just arrived at them naturally." More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you do in your spare time? The questions were pretty standard." More from this Member | Report Response

"No unexpected questions - very conversational. You were basically given a chance to explain yourself. The interviewer tried to make you as comfortable and possible and just got to know you." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing really" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your Bioethics class" More from this Member | Report Response

"None really, just a no stress interview. The basic getting to know you better." More from this Member | Report Response

"What did you learn as a team player?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How is it living in Las Vegas?" More from this Member | Report Response

"No really interesting/difficult questions. The interviewer was incredibly nice, and she basically let me discuss whatever experiences (research, volunteer, etc) that I wanted to." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about the impact of immigration on human capital. (a project i'd done some research on) " More from this Member | Report Response

"What is the worst situation you been in?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Questions about my research and research group." More from this Member | Report Response

"The interviewer described a difficult case study of a patient with a potentially terminal illness that only responded to an exotic therapy that the insurance company refused to pay for because of its' contract. What would I do? This lead to a discussion of the pitfalls of the current medical economy set-up" More from this Member | Report Response

"How would your friends describe you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What were the best and worst experiences of your life?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What was the most meaningless extracurricular on your AMCAS?" More from this Member | Report Response

"interesting convo overall - we talked about politics, healthcare, rural medicine (while I have experience dealing with rural patients, its not what I want to do)" More from this Member | Report Response

"None, didn't really seem to ask the "usual" questions" More from this Member | Report Response

"What extracurricular activity did you enjoy the least, and why?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your interest in art. " More from this Member | Report Response

"None." More from this Member | Report Response

"Who is your favorite jazz musician?" More from this Member | Report Response

"none... all were specific to my file" More from this Member | Report Response

"What's the difference between country music and bluegrass?" More from this Member | Report Response

"please make a simple flowchart of the complex variants involved in healthcare mobilization based upon the Olerick model of statistical exchange. kidding. chill, its realy easy." More from this Member | Report Response

"If you had all the resources in the world to do whatever you want for a weekend, what would you do?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Mainly discussed research and some current healthcare issues (i.e. malpractice insurance)" More from this Member | Report Response

"What was your favorite and least favorite classes?" More from this Member | Report Response

"all specific to me - very chatty " More from this Member | Report Response

"After a long discussion of various problems in the health care system, what would I do to fix them?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are the advantages and disadvantages of socialized health care? (As a Canadian, I expected this question)" More from this Member | Report Response

"1) Who is your role model? 2) How do you get a 10-year-old child to practice a musical instrument? " More from this Member | Report Response

"Why did you choose the high school that you attended?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How would you compare what and how much students read for pleasure compared to 10 years ago?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing terribly exciting; mostly standard "why did you transfer?" "what was your most favorite and least favorite class?" "how did you like Stanford?"" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing was particularly interesting." More from this Member | Report Response

"What does poetry do for you" More from this Member | Report Response

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