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  • Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Winston-Salem
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

1 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

20 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?

3

What was the style of the interview?

One-on-one

What type of interview was it?

Closed file

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

"What specialty do you want to go into. This was asked several times. I don't know what their angle is, but I just answered as honestly as possible. They can tell when you're full of it." Report Response

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 2)?

"Have you had any clinical experience? I didn't but qualified my answer by saying that I'd talked to many doctors about medicine, etc. If you don't have experience, I recommend that you can justify wanting to enter medicine." Report Response

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 3)?

"Half of the questions pertained to what I said in my essay. The rest of it was getting to know you stuff: my family, what I did in college, after college, etc., etc. My advice is to write down three things you want to get across to the admissions committee. Know these cold and work them into the conversation." Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"One interviewere started the interview by asking "So, is there anything I you want to know?" which caught me by surprise because that usually ends up last. Otherwise, the interviews were very conversational and low key." Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"See above." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Routine stuff - read my AMCAS essay and secondary essay (sice that's all the interviewers have access to)." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"- The integrated curriculum - it's great for self motivated people who don't like being spoon fed. - Hospital & school are all in one building - New conprehensive cancer research center going up soon - Hospital & facilities were nice - PBL is a key component of this curriculum. Though there are substantial lectures, there is also a strong emphasis on clinical skills development. I think it's a good balance. - They "give" you an IBM Thinkpad & Palm. This not really true - you pay for it. It's just that everyone gets the same one. - No over night calls on the wards (except if you want) - They tell you when exactly when they will make a decision and notify you. No admissions office games." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"- No Pass/Fail; they have a "3 point grading system", which I'm assuming goes 3,2,1,0 for honors, pass, marginal pass, and fail. Depending on how you look at it, it may be a positive or negative. I think it's positive because it rewards those who put in extra effort, but many people don't. - Students don't have their own cubicles " Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"The scholarly project is no longer required." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"They have a unique interview format. You have 3 interviews, each lasting no longer than 20 minutes. I like this because in most interviews, I've felt like the interview has made an assessment after 5 minutes. The rest is just a waste of time. It's less pressure this way. Just go into it with the attitude that you're meeting someone new for a short conversation (at a cocktail party if that helps). I really liked Wake. Its curriculum is flexible and can somewhat be compared to Yale's. Though Yale has a more traditional curriculum (less PBL, etc.), both schools seem to foster academic independence and self-directed learning. Bottom line: you can get a super competitive residency if you want, but you gotta do the work. It's all up to you; you get what you put into it." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

02/15/2003

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