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  • West Virginia University Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Morgantown
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

2 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

30 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?

2

What was the style of the interview?

One-on-one

What type of interview was it?

Open file

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

"How did you study for the MCAT?" Report Response

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

"How does someone with your background decide to enter medicine?" Report Response

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

"Would you be willing to spend years three and four in Charleston?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"I was asked a lot of questions about my background and experiences, which are not typical of most med school applicants." Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"No questions were especially hard, though I was asked to explain some of my grades." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"This site, the school's site, my AMCAS and secondary, information the school sent me." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The students all seem very stoked to be there. The students who showed us around like the school and the area enough that they both want to do their residencies there." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"A large proportion of the student population comes from the WVU undergraduate school. That seemed a bit incestuous to me." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Since the school has rolling admissions, it is possible to be interviewing for a place on the wait list. This year that didn't seem to be the case, but we were told that last year they had filled the class before Christmas. I think the admissions people would be honest with an applicant who asked if there were any seats left in the class." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"The third-year students who showed us around were great. They were very upbeat about their school and the experience there. They gave us good, useful information. The folks in the admissions office are unfailingly helpful. The facilities are good (the library being the one exception I saw; it's adequate) and should remain that way as long as Robert Byrd is a senator. I was interviewed by an MD and a PhD. One had very little reaction to anything I said and it was hard to judge if he thought I was the greatest applicant ever or just another bozo who gets the 'no thanks' letter next week. The second interviewer was a bit eccentric and threw out some total non sequitors every now and again. He was amusing, but I had to work to bring the interview back to why they should let me in. They had clearly looked closely at my application packet and letters. They were well informed about where I was coming from. I did get the impression that they wanted the interview to last 30 minutes and no longer. I only had time to ask one question of them before one interviewer got up and opened the door as a signal that the interview was definately over. " Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

01/24/2003

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