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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?

50 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At another location

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)?

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

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

"What did you think about the National Health Service hospitals in London?" Report Response

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

"Do you think a socialized medicine system would work in this country?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

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

What was the most difficult question?

"none" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read AMCAS and secondary apps, read interview feedback, looked at school's web site" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The talk with the associate dean for admissions was fantastic. She explained the process very well and how she thinks the school's curriculum will change in the future. The new facilities are beautiful! The Egyptian Building looks great renovated, too. ALL of the students I met seemed happy and excited about MCV. They all like the new block class format where they only have lectures in the morning. I drove out to the Fan area of Richmond since I wanted to see a nicer part of the city than is around the med school. It was very nice - lots of cool historical houses and renovated row houses..." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The hospital is showing its age a bit. The new Gateway building that connects all of the medical buildings is gorgeous, however." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Wear comfortable shoes - the tour involves a lot of walking. Also, make sure you get your parking ticket validated." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"The school has just put lots of money into several new lecture halls and small group learning rooms. There are new study areas and almost all of the classwork is online. I think this is a really great time to go to MCV. My interviewer was a researcher who for some reason didn't get my file. It really wasn't a big deal, though. As the associate dean for admissions explained, you have two advocates at the admissions committee meetings: your interviewer as well as a file reviewer (who reads every single essay and recommendation letter). Interviewing at MCV is a laid back experience - similar to what it's like going to school there (from what I can tell). It was more like an hour long chat. I did have to save most of my questions for the associate dean and the students, however, since he didn't know a lot about the school (he deals mostly with MD-PhD students and residents)." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

11/25/2003

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