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Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center School of Medicine
Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center School of Medicine
  • Year founded: 1838
  • ENROLLED TOTAL: 210
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Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center School of Medicine (VCU SOM)
Allopathic Medical School
Richmond
  • SDN RANKING 3
  • INTERVIEW FEEDBACK 5 264 Responses
  • SCHOOL REVIEWS 4 7 Responses

Overview

Overview

School Stats

  • Resident Tuition $31,608
  • Non - Resident Tuition $47,572
  • Application Fee $80
  • AVG MCAT 508
  • AVG GPA 3.7
  • LIZZYM Score 67.0

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Admissions Information

  • Admissions Office
  • McGlothlin Medical Education Building (MMEC), PO Box 980565
  • 1201 East Marshall Street, Room 1-200
  • Richmond 23298
  • United States

School Overview

School Info

Welcome to Virginia Commonwealth University`s School of Medicine. We take great pride in our heritage and our accomplishments. From our beginnings in 1838 to today, as part of a thriving urban comprehensive academic health center, we have maintained a reputation for excellence in teaching, research and health care. Our tradition of excellence provides a foundation for innovation as we move into the 21st Century.

Curriculum

The program for the M.D. degree is divided into four phases, each of a year`s duration. Medicine I, occupying the first year (mid August to early June), emphasizes normal human structure, function, growth, and development. Medicine II, occupying the second year (August to May), stresses pathological conditions. Medicine III occupies the third year (July to July) and consists of clinical education and training. The fourth year (Medicine IV), lasting from August to mid-May, consists of approximately one-sixth required clinical education and training with the remainder open for electives at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center and at approved medical schools elsewhere in the USA and abroad. Elective opportunities are offered also in M-1 and M-2.

Facilities

In 1968, MCV joined with Richmond Professional Institute to form the Medical College of Virginia of Virginia Commonwealth University. It serves as a Level I Trauma Center and a referral center for the Southeast. With 847 physicians, 1093 licensed beds, annual inpatient admissions of more than 35,000, ER admits for 111,000 and outpatient clinic visits of close to 350,000, MCV is the eighth largest medical center on an academic campus in the country.

Interview Feedback

Interview Feedback

Results Overview

How did the interview impress you?

Response # Responders
Positively 220
Negatively 21
No change 0

What was the stress level of the interview?

Response Avg # Responders
2.61 257

0 = low, 10 = high

How you think you did?

Response Avg # Responders
7.90 199

0 = low, 10 = high

Select Questions & Recent Responses

What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

"None, they are great." More from this Member | Report Response

"None, everyone was very helpful and lovely." More from this Member | Report Response

"I personally had an smooth application experience with VCU SOM, although I know many other applicants had a horrible experience with them. I am thinking part of the reason may be due to some recurring IT issues they have been having. One suggestion I would have for the admissions office is to try and iron out these technical issues before the next cycle so save everyone the headache!" More from this Member | Report Response

"I would have love to get an interview package or know who my interviewer ahead of time." More from this Member | Report Response

"None. They did a great job!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing really! Would be great if student host list included email addresses." More from this Member | Report Response

"Keep interviews in the morning (it makes the day less stressful)." More from this Member | Report Response

"Give an interview day schedule a few days in advance" More from this Member | Report Response

"Quicker response times" More from this Member | Report Response

"I wish the Dean of Admissions would have given a discussion about her view of the school and the admissions process instead of the entire time just being questions." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing. Extremely enjoyable experience." More from this Member | Report Response

"They didn't give an interview packet or nametags or anything. I had nothing but business cards to re" More from this Member | Report Response

"Maybe interview packets?" More from this Member | Report Response

"N/A...everything was very organized." More from this Member | Report Response

"Very relaxed, comfortable. Could've used a question or two about ethics/health care issues." More from this Member | Report Response

"None. This is the most transparent application process there is. The interview day was the perfect l" More from this Member | Report Response

"None. :)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Not much, actually :)" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"An interview packet would be nice." More from this Member | Report Response

"none" More from this Member | Report Response

"none, they are wonderful" More from this Member | Report Response

"The dean of admissions was incredibly friendly...I know that the interview sounds bad...but he was a" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Traditional interview question" More from this Member | Report Response

"MMI scenarios" More from this Member | Report Response

""Did anyone discourage you from pursuing medicine?"" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about a time you were challenged" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Tell me about a time that you had difficulty working with someone on a team." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about a situation where you had difficulty working with a group and how you handled it?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Discuss a time when you had to work with someone you disliked." More from this Member | Report Response

"How would you react if you were in a group and someone wasn't pulling their weight?" More from this Member | Report Response

"talk about a time when you helped someone in a crisis" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself. (This was asked very conversationally.)" More from this Member | Report Response

"What type of models do you use to study cancer (I'm a Research Technician at MGH)." More from this Member | Report Response

"How have you resolved group conflict in the past?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about a time when you worked with a teammate that you intensely disliked." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself (first question...)" More from this Member | Report Response

"How will you choose which school you accept admissions to?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is the biggest problem with US healthcare?" More from this Member | Report Response

"They asked me to tell them about the pathology of a specific disease that I had seen once in a patient while I was shadowing a doctor, which I mentioned in my personal statement anecdotally. It was stressful, because I hadn't thought too much about the pathology, just the symptoms I had observed." More from this Member | Report Response

"What was a big mistake you made?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you deal with a cancer patient who wants to refuse treatment?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe a situation involving interacting with a culture different from your own." More from this Member | Report Response

"There are over 100 medical schools in the country. Describe to me how you narrowed down to VCU as one of your choices." More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Did you even consult your undergraduate medical advising office to see if you were a reasonable candidate?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If I hypothetically held a gun to your head, what specialty would you choose?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think of healthcare reform?" More from this Member | Report Response

"So you went to (Undergraduate College). Why?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What's your opinion on what is being done with Health Care now?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Have you had any teaching experience?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What changes do you think need to be made in health care? Do you know which states have implemented individual mandates? What are the problems with these mandates? " More from this Member | Report Response

"So you've told me the problems in healthcare, and what you should do to fix it, but HOW would you go about doing so?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you see yourself in a career as a physician?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"How would you deal with cultural differences between you and your patient?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How would you define leadership?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think about the current healthcare system in America? " More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Detailed overview of extra-curricular timeline." More from this Member | Report Response

"What type of medicine would you like to go into?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What made you choose medicine as a career?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Read any good books lately?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What was the most difficult situation you were put in during a patient interaction?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What area of medicine are you interested in?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about x,y,z experience - this was the vast majority of the interview, in relaxed, conversational tone" More from this Member | Report Response

"Went through my personal statement paragraph by paragraph. Holy moly, that man had it dissected!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you read? What are you reading right now? Have you read Harry Potter (which is weird because he isn't a fan and he hasn't read it himself." More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Why Richmond/MCV?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is your opinion on underage drinking at college, have you seen that it affects education?Marijuana usage? How about medical marijuana? Supreme court cases dealing with this? Terri Shavo? Dr. Kevorkian? Uninsured citizens? Illegal aliens using government resources? Politics involved with medicine. Aka every ethical question imaginable" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Tell me about your ___ experience working in hospitals. " More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What was the lastest fiction you read?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How would you deal with a patient who refuses treatment (refer back up the page for details)?" More from this Member | Report Response

"tell me about special patient contact incidents. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe yourself?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you relate with other cultures?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Describe a stressful situation, how you dealt with it, and what you learned from it." More from this Member | Report Response

"why do u want to be a doctor" More from this Member | Report Response

"What were your volunteer activities?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How did your childhood influence your decision to go into medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What type of research do you think you want to do?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Questions about my background.. Family, why I chose undergrad, why I chose medicine, why " More from this Member | Report Response

"everything was about my application...." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about a challenging situation in your life and how you handled it." More from this Member | Report Response

"Read over application activities. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Why don't you want to stay in NY and attend medical school there?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself and why you would like to attend VCU." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself. What was your high school like? How did you choose your college? How did you choose your major? Last book read. What do you do for fun?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"How will you add to diversity at VCU?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why is your verbal score low?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe your volunteer experience" More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe your family (this was the very first question)." More from this Member | Report Response

"If you had a patient born at 24 months with hemorraghing, spinal damage, brain damage, etc, how would you approach the parents?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

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

"I noticed that you got a B- in cell bio, which is inconsistent with the rest of your record. Would you like to explain that?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why dont you believe in socialized medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

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

"What are your hobbies? What are your strengths/weaknesses? How would a friend describe you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why your undergraduate inst." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your experiences in Pakistan and Africa." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about a book you've read? And before that?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What field of medicine would I pursue? Primary care? (be open to discover other areas of interest in school)" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you pronounce your last name? What books would you suggest that I read? Tell me about your current internship. Your MCAT scores improved a lot, how did you do that? Why VCU? What do you do for fun? What is your favorite movie? Any idea of the field of medicine you want to enter? If you were the surgeon general, the top doctor in the US, what medical issue would you want to tackle? What are your thoughts on PAS? If a patient came to you with terminal cancer and was tired of all the trials and drugs, what would you say to the patient? How do you feel about malpractice insurance? We also talked about health policy, but that stemmed from the malpractice insurance question. Do you have any questions for me? (These are the questions that I can remember…Good luck!) " More from this Member | Report Response

"Thoughts on PAS?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

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

"What do you think about Dr. Kavorkian and euthanasia?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Went through the my life: pre-birth to the present." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me a little bit more about X experience." More from this Member | Report Response

"end of life issues" More from this Member | Report Response

"Other than the experience described in your AMCAS essay, what has been the most important volunteer experience in your life? " More from this Member | Report Response

"Have you ever read Harry Potter?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What would have made you comply with your doctor's orders better?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What would you tell a parent of one of your students if you suspected they had an eatind disorder. (I've done a lot of work in eating disorders and I coach gymnastics)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe your family" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why did you choose your undergraduate school in the east coast? (I'm from the west coast)" More from this Member | Report Response

"The New Orleans question (above)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe when/how/why you became interested in medicine. This led to other questions related to those experiences. (Describe differences in healthcare in Trinidad and in the US. Describe good attributes of physicians. Describe a negative trait of a physician. Compare the hospitals in Trinidad with those in the US.) " More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Do you like reading fiction?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about you international experience?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you like to do outside of school and research?" More from this Member | Report Response

"something to the effect of how have your work, clinical and volunteer activities effected you or something liek that- I believe this was the first interview question asked" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Explain your clinical/research experience. " More from this Member | Report Response

"What was the last book you have read?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why VCU" More from this Member | Report Response

"Have you heard of Dr. Kevorkian?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is the greatest ethical challenge facing medicine and how do you propose to overcome it?" More from this Member | Report Response

"why medicine? why VCU?" More from this Member | Report Response

"why mcv/vcu?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your current job, current extra-curricular activities, hobbies etc." More from this Member | Report Response

"Talked about prominent health care issues." More from this Member | Report Response

"Have you read Harry Potter or the DaVinci Code?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Heard of Kevorkian?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What would your friends say are your 3 greatest strengths and your 3 greatest weaknesses?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Are you into Harry Potter?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do your parents feel about you applying to med school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe a challenge you encountered." More from this Member | Report Response

"How did you end up at XYZ University" More from this Member | Report Response

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

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

"Will your family /have they support you in your pursuit to become a doctor" More from this Member | Report Response

"whats your favorite part of the cell? followed by what do you think about mitichondria and their DNA?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you think pro-football players get paid to much?" More from this Member | Report Response

"what i do to destress?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Tell amout [blank] experience." More from this Member | Report Response

"What is the physician's responsibility to indigents or illegal immigrants who do not have access to health care?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What is your greatest weakness?" More from this Member | Report Response

"what do you know about stem cells?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you read fiction?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about studying in New Zealand" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is your favorite part of the cell?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think of Dr. Kevorkian?" More from this Member | Report Response

"CLONING?" More from this Member | Report Response

"I was asked about specific experiences, hobbies, work and research that was listed on my primary application." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why VCU/MCV?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to be in this program? How did you find out about it?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Why did you go to UNC when both parents went to UVA and you grew up in Charlottesville? " More from this Member | Report Response

"why medicine and what would you do if you couldn't be a doctor?" More from this Member | Report Response

"asked about my life, siblings, parents, etc." More from this Member | Report Response

"DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME WITH THIS SCHOOL." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself (while he read my copy of my AMCAS application I had luckily brought with me...)" More from this Member | Report Response

"I see that work "here", how is that experience? What do you do there. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Questions about my application" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think about stem cell research? " More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing out of the ordinary - why medicine? tell about your clinical experiences. specific questions about file" More from this Member | Report Response

"what do you see yourself doing 10 years from now" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think about stem cells and cloning?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you like football better than soccer?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What were your SATs? GPA? MCATs?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What do you think of euthanasia/assisted suicide?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What brought you to Virginia? Why did you apply to MCV?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why medicine, when you're a liberal arts major?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What do you think of stem cell research and cloning?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What brought you to Virginia?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What is your position on the possible war with Iraq?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"what do you do in your lab?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What type of doctor do you want to be/why?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"See example above." More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe the path you have taken towards medicine? Was it purposeful?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What's your opinion on Stem cells?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you do now? Why transition to medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How does a body obtain energy?" More from this Member | Report Response

"would you like to try to explain any of your grades to the admissions committee? (asked in a very friendly way, as if the interviewer was my advocate)" More from this Member | Report Response

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

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

"What do you make of stem cell research? " More from this Member | Report Response

"How did you decide to become a physician? and why?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Mostly conversational but asked about my activites and grades" More from this Member | Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"MMI scenarios" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you wanted to plan a vacation with your friends, how would you plan it? and then proceeded to ask every detail about this hypothetical planned vacation." More from this Member | Report Response

""What activities and honor societies were you involved in during high school?" (Yes, my interviewer asked me about my high school experience- including class rank and GPA- which surprised me. But I suppose he wanted to know more about my educational background)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Are you financially independent" More from this Member | Report Response

"How have you changed since you started college?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Discuss a time you misjudged someone." More from this Member | Report Response

"how did you work with a teammate that wasnt pulling their weight" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about a time when you were judgmental about someone else." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me something about you that is not in your application." More from this Member | Report Response

"Would a single-payer system fix the healthcare system?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about something you have seen in the news recently that was interesting to you and why" More from this Member | Report Response

"Talk about a person that was particularly hard to deal with and how you learned from it." More from this Member | Report Response

"Name 5 things you can do with a pencil other than use it to write/draw with. (not even kidding)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Talk about a patient you have seen who sticks out in your mind." More from this Member | Report Response

"They asked me about how I might incorporate research into my career, since I have a pretty extensive background in research." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me how you got here." More from this Member | Report Response

"Have you ever been discriminated against?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Who was the most influential person of the 20th century?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe a situation where you experienced negative feedback, how it affected you, etc." More from this Member | Report Response

"Question 1" More from this Member | Report Response

"None." More from this Member | Report Response

"More questions: What medical experience impacted you the most? What will you do if you don't get accepted this year? What do you like to do when you have some free time?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you have problems with diversity?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are you reading? " More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing was very interesting" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you know what is going on with the current health care reform? What do you think of it?" More from this Member | Report Response

"One thing you have learned about medicine from your shadowing experiences" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is the capital of Brazil? Argentina? " More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Describe a time when you felt in over your head. How did you deal with that? " More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you anticipate being the most difficult part of medical school? Of being a doctor?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are some of the most interesting things that you have seen during your experience as a scribe?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you take care of you?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"All very interesting and challenging, but excellent in making me think about medicine!" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is the most influential patient encounter you have had?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How would you feel if starting tomorrow morning, government had full control over the healthcare system?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why were you in a hedge fund?" More from this Member | Report Response

"With the upcoming election, what do you think about the candidates' stances on healthcare reform?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about the best experience of your life." More from this Member | Report Response

"How would you fix the healthcare system." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to practice surgery (since I had an interest)?" More from this Member | Report Response

"When asked whether they would choose a career in medicine again, 40% of physicians said no. Why do you think that is?" More from this Member | Report Response

"I was interviewed by a physician in his office. Most interviews are performed by physicians and then they present you to the admissions committee on Monday afternoons. Therefore the whole point of the interview is to get to know you so that they can present you to the board. We had a friendly conversation in which he went over my AMCAS file and activities. No stress." More from this Member | Report Response

"How can you gain the knowledge necessary to work with patients from a different cultural/socioeconomic background as you?" More from this Member | Report Response

" Something healthcare related, I cant remember exactly." More from this Member | Report Response

"I said I enjoyed googling strange/interesting facts and she asked me what is the most interesting answer/thing you have found on line. I blanked for a second but talked about looking up stuff on Sicko and the other side of the issue..I wish I had remembered some of the cooler/more interesting stuff I have learned." More from this Member | Report Response

"Who won the 2010 FIFA Player of the year award? (After I mentioned I liked soccer)" More from this Member | Report Response

"She kept asking me about my religion major, and what I studied. However, she became defensive when we discussed my concentration. Plus, she was negative regarding my basic science research background, she preferred a more clinical approach to medicine." More from this Member | Report Response

"About my particular experiences" More from this Member | Report Response

"Not an interesting question, but my interviewer showed me pictures of his family, and it turned out that I had a literature class with his daughter." More from this Member | Report Response

"What was your gpa in high school? SAT's? WHat were you ranked in your high school class? (who remembers that stuff?)" More from this Member | Report Response

"How I could tell that I had gained the trust of the autistic child that I was teaching." More from this Member | Report Response

"I was asked about the photo I submitted to the admissions committee." More from this Member | Report Response

"Who's the governor of your state? Who are the senators? (apparently he asked the interviewee after me the same questions)" More from this Member | Report Response

"What would you contribute to your class?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Would you participate in physician-assisted suicide?" More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing really. No ethical questions. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing really. Was only asked ''Why medicine'' and ''Why VCU'', and the rest of the time we chatted." More from this Member | Report Response

"What makes you think you're capable of succeeding in medical school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What's your favorite Beethoven symphony?" More from this Member | Report Response

"what would your best friend describe you as and what would they say you needed to work on? " More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe your life?" More from this Member | Report Response

"PHD: You appear to be a great candidate, why are you interviewing so late in the season? Lab: You have been involved with RNAi, is there any advice you can give on problems you have ran into?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Arn't your opinions on Globalization seem too idealistic? (My essay was on globalization)" More from this Member | Report Response

"How well do you deal with stress?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"The interviewer asked what area I would most likely choose to relocate to in order to be closer to school." More from this Member | Report Response

"How would you, as a physician, deal with cultural sensitivities?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is my favorite book and why?" More from this Member | Report Response

"All basic questions...why do u want to be a doctor, what is your def of professionalism etc...mainly just talked about my EC activities....my interviewer seemed to know me better than i knew myself haha! very impressed" More from this Member | Report Response

"To be honest, all of the questions were very generic." More from this Member | Report Response

"Does your school have an alcohol problem? I wanted to ask: What school doesn't? " More from this Member | Report Response

"What non-science class did you like the best?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"All pretty much standard questions, why medicine, tell me about yourself, etc." More from this Member | Report Response

"Where do you see yourself in 20 years?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What would you do if you found out your friends in your Anatomy class have the answers to an upcoming exam?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Is there an alcohol problem at your undergrad? How bout a drug problem? What would you say is your strongest muscle (my application is all about weight-lifting)?" More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing really...the interviewer mostly asked questions about my application. She hadnt read it, so she wanted me to pretty much repeat everything I had written." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me more about racially-charged atmosphere at your undergraduate univerisity." More from this Member | Report Response

"What sacrifices are you willing to make for a career in medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If a terminally ill patient asked you to NOT tell his family about his condition, would you keep it private?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you deal with an emotionally scarring event in your life?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Have I ever dealt with the long term care of any critically ill patients?" More from this Member | Report Response

" What are your thoughts about physician assisted suicide?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing was very difficult. Basic information on my research, experiences, and interests." More from this Member | Report Response

"My interviewer asked me a lot of questions about my high school experience...grades, AP/IB scores, clubs/sports I did...I just thought it was odd." More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you like this " More from this Member | Report Response

"What is the biggest issue in healthcare in the US? " More from this Member | Report Response

"Have you read any books lately? Can you tell me about it?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you believe in genes? What do you feel about the recent Supreme Court nominations (when Alito was just nominated)" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you were to die tomorrow, what would your tombstone say?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Wasn't asked any ethical questions. Mostly conversational, asking me about my experiences." More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you think that patients of different ethnic backgrounds also have differences in the quality of medical care that they recieve?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think about physician assisted suicide?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How are you prepared to face the future of medicine (rising health care costs, increasing uninsured, etc.)? " More from this Member | Report Response

"What are your views on Euthanasia. This prompted a disscussion about what a physician's role is as a healthcare provider, and also about the leaglity of the Oregon law (which I was fairly familiar with). Just FYI, it was recently upheld by the supreme court." More from this Member | Report Response

"How would a friend describe you?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"none really" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Have you read Harry Potter? (I think it's a question that only this particular doctor asks b/c he loves the books)" More from this Member | Report Response

"the ethical questions because I am a person who values both sides of the issue" More from this Member | Report Response

"Have you read any good books recently?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your childhood? (I have never been asked such a personal question)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing too "interesting" per se." More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe your value/belief system to me." More from this Member | Report Response

"Have you read any of the Harry Potter books? " More from this Member | Report Response

"What was the most interesting book you've read?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you feel about the Supreme Court nominations?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you like your Governor? (I’m from CA) " More from this Member | Report Response

"How are you going to get to know a patient, or get an accurate patient history if only given 10 minutes?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you read Harry Potter? I didn't but I've been muscled by friends, family, and now a renowned cardiothoracic surgeon to read the series, and so now I will likely read it." More from this Member | Report Response

"What was it like to transition in between volunteer work in underserved areas and high-end retail shops? " More from this Member | Report Response

"Have you read the Harry Potter books?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What would have made you cared more about your illness when you were 14. (I was diagnosed with IBD at 14 and didn't comply with doctors orders. I discussed this in my AMCAS essay.)" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Have you ever read the Harry Potter books?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What was the last fiction you have read?" More from this Member | Report Response

"With what happen in New Orleans I'm sure you wouldnt want to be in the midst of such devastation(Not the exact words but thats what it came down to) I took it as some sort of trap question." More from this Member | Report Response

"What is a negative characteristic of a physician that you have observed? (This was after being asked what are good traits of doctors you've observed, either in a foreign country or as a patient.)" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think about the legalization of marijuana?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you plan to incorporate family life into the career of a surgeon? It was all nice and conversational." More from this Member | Report Response

"What kind of writing do you do?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"If you were the surgeon general, what health issue would you pursue first and why?" More from this Member | Report Response

"The questions were specific to my file with one open-ended question about the the state of medicine. I interviewed with a 4th year who was very enthusiastic about the school and about the things I had done. We had a lot in common so the whole inteview was basically a great conversation with occasional questions thrown in." More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Asked me about a book I had recently read. Talked about my background, living in another country during a Civil War. What inspired me to become a doctor. " More from this Member | Report Response

"What are your values, what makes you tick" More from this Member | Report Response

"everything was pretty basic...a lot of personal stuff. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Have you read Harry Potter? (No, I'm not joking)" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is the greatest challenge facing ER departments? (I've spent a lot of time in the ER and also worked as an EMT)." More from this Member | Report Response

"What made your experience in Fraternity and Sorority Life so different than the sterotypical experience?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you like to read?-I guess" More from this Member | Report Response

"about my grades and if i feel i could succeed at VCU/MCV" More from this Member | Report Response

"What would you consider as the most important part of a cell? We talked about my answer for a brief time afterward." More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you agree with Dr. Kevorkian's practices?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Have you read Harry Potter?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is the last book you read?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What books have you read recently?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you think there was a drinking problem at your high school, college?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you think the government can encourage doctors to practice in rural states?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you think same gender education should be adopted?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Are you into Harry Potter? " More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing was too interesting. All of the questions were really basic." More from this Member | Report Response

"All standard questions" More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe your best friend and why you're friends with them" More from this Member | Report Response

"all pretty run of the mill, talked about my education and experiences living in a variety of different places, nothing particularily interesting though" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"If your best were here, what would he or she say about you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Where does MCV rank on your top 5 list of medical schools." More from this Member | Report Response

"many physicians feel that government and insurance policies limit their ability to practice. why is it that you want to enter this field in the midst of such difficulties? what will you do to overcome them?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you feel that profootball players get paid too much? (This was part of a LONG conversation about my college playing career)" More from this Member | Report Response

"my spirituality?? caught me off guard." More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you know about the recent Nobel Prize winners?" More from this Member | Report Response

"None. All were pretty basic "get to know you" questions." More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you deal with failure and set-backs?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is your favorite foreign film? (part of a larger conversation)" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is your favorite are period?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Nothing unusual. Tell me about X experience type of questions." More from this Member | Report Response

"By the way this interview is for the "Prefer Applicants", a sort of Guaranteed Admission to their medical school when you are a sophomore. From what I heard, this is pretty much their real interview tactic also. How was your childhood? (That was the most interesting question ever)" More from this Member | Report Response

"What's your favorite football team?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you like Harry Potter?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What was the most interesting class you've taken outside of medical/bio courses" More from this Member | Report Response

"why can't you be some other profession and help peeps out" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to leave california and come here?" More from this Member | Report Response

"capitol of the south, history" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is your favorite part of the cell?" More from this Member | Report Response

"mainly generic, unfocused ethical questions like: "what do you think about stem cell research?"" More from this Member | Report Response

"HOW U FEEL ABOUT CLONING" More from this Member | Report Response

"interview was standard" More from this Member | Report Response

"What has your family taught you about giving back to society, and as a physician how do you plan to be involved in your community?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you do at your place of work?" More from this Member | Report Response

"In your religion (Hinduism), is there anything that might propose or oppose issues like cloning or stem cell research?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why are you sitting here in front of me? (In other words, what brought you to apply to Medical School?)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you think that your high school or college had more of a drug problem?" More from this Member | Report Response

"what is the best type of wine that washington state makes? (this was in reference to a wine class that i had taken) " More from this Member | Report Response

"Did you notice anything new about the security at the airport?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think about Kevorkian?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think will motivate the first scientist to produce a human clone?" More from this Member | Report Response

"what do you know about kevorkian and what do think about his philosophies?" More from this Member | Report Response

"None" More from this Member | Report Response

"What would you do if a patient came in without insurance and couldn't pay for prescriptions?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you think a socialized medicine system would work in this country? (in response to a discussion of my volunteer work in England)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Is there anything at all on your application that you want me (the interviewer) to make sure is expressed to the admissions committee? " More from this Member | Report Response

"what do you think will happen if the government started paying people to donate organs?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think of the current financial market? Its was understandable b/c i was in working in banking/investment for a number of years b/f i decided to re-pursue medicine again." More from this Member | Report Response

"Basic questions...why medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is the one thing the U.S. has done to turn the Middle East against us?" More from this Member | Report Response

"what do u feel about cloning humans" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you think students at your undergrad have a binge drinking problem?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe the bull fights in Madrid." More from this Member | Report Response

"How has working in hospitals abroad changed your outlook on the American medical system?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are your SAT scores? If my interviewer had my file like he was supposed to, he would already know." More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you parents feel about you entering medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"none out of the ordinary" More from this Member | Report Response

"What was the most recent book you read?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Conversational, asked me about my file" More from this Member | Report Response

"The questions were all pretty straightforward, and standard. " More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What kind of job can a blind person have?" More from this Member | Report Response

"You were a bio major, tell me about cellular respiration and ATP generation." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why don't you like the Red Sox?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think about the situation in the world today? Should we go to war with Iraq?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Did you read Harry Potter?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Talk about an experience in your life in which you failed." More from this Member | Report Response

"If your best friend was sitting next to you, what would she say about you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think of (insert current medical topic here)?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe yourself and then tell me about your application?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are you the most worried about for med school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"My interview was very conversational, no questions out of the ordinary." More from this Member | Report Response

"I was asked a scientific question about mitochondrial DNA." More from this Member | Report Response

"if you were stranded on a desert island, what (other than survival items) would you want to bring with you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me how you got there today." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing really. How would you fix the current healthcare dilemma?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you make of stem-cell research?" More from this Member | Report Response

"In regards to your religion, how would you pray with a patient in the ER who is of another religion and does not believe in your God and may even be against it?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

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What do you like most about this school?

"Diversity of students, patients, and cases seen on rotations" | Report Response

"-clinical experience great -board prep excellent -strong match outcomes" | Report Response

"Some great professors and deans who are always willing to help a student in need. Linda Costanzo, physiology guru!" | Report Response

"The clinical experience really is top notch. I was allowed to do things that students at other schools never got the chance. I did multiple paracenteses, I opened during surgical cases and even got to sew using the Da Vinci surgical robot." | Report Response

"My fellow medical students here are really cool. Most of them are laid-back and have fun when they are working." | Report Response

"Solid board preparation." | Report Response

"Dr. Costanzo does a board review course for Step 1 (she is the author of BRS Physiology). The hospital is incredible for 3rd-year clerkships." | Report Response

What do you like least about this school?

"Research ease" | Report Response

"-financial aid office is not helpful -hard to schedule electives during M3" | Report Response

"Foundations of Clinical Medicine could be better integrated. Wish we had more simulation time in our first two years." | Report Response

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"THE ADMINISTRATION!!! They are totally unresponsive to student concerns. Student mistreatment is a HUGE problem at VCU. Anytime student mistreatment occurs here, the administration always sides with the faculty member who is being charged with mistreatment. Also, students are discriminated against here for everything from having ADD to outside activities." | Report Response

"Preclinical science year Foundations of Clinical Medicine course." | Report Response

"It's in the south." | Report Response

Please provide any other general comments on your school

"-had a great time" | Report Response

"The board prep is excellent." | Report Response

"I am currently interviewing for residency. I have double 99 (averaged over 250 on steps I and II) so I got interviews at competitive programs. i cannot tell you how many interviewers have never heard of VCU. I have to explain at every interview that I do not go to UVA. I would not go here unless you have no other options. I only applied to three medical schools, and ended up going here to save money on in-state tuition. Apply broadly. Good luck." | Report Response

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