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  • Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Richmond
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?

60+ minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?

1

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)?

"Why do you want to go into medicine?" Report Response

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

"Talk about an experience in which you failed." Report Response

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

"Why VCU?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Talk about an experience in your life in which you failed." Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Explain your low writing sample score." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"This web site, school web site, MSAR, my AMCAS app and secondary essays, reading up on managed care and ethical issues (although no health care questions were asked)" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"the integration of clinical application with theory, the technology (most books are on CD, all lectures are powerpoint presentations that you will have, videos in the lab), the non-competitive environment, the easy-going faculty. Everyone seems to be happy there." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Out-of-state students cannot change their residency over the 4 years. Some of the buildings are old and rundown. " Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"No bathroom close to the parking structure. I would have worn my suit on the way to the interview rather than changing at the school." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"A 4th year student interviewed me and he made me very comfortable. I felt like we were having a conversation. He had read my file and knew it very well. He will be my advocate in front of the admissions committee so he wanted to be sure any questions about my application were covered. I rushed to get to the interview right on time, and he could see that I was panting and red-faced. But he offered water and some time to relax before we started. I the interview and the day feeling very positive about the school. " Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

12/12/2002

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