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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?

2 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

15 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)?

"Why medicine? How did you get to the point of wanting to go into medicine? Are you married and do you have kids? (I was completely comfortable answering this last one - being single & childless has to have some kind of advantage despite what my mom thinks) " Report Response

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

"What do you think is the biggest problem facing medicine today? Knowing that, why do you still want to go into medicine?" Report Response

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

"I was asked to talk about some research I did in college many, many, many, many years ago. It's a good thing I reviewed it recently." Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"To give my take on basic research and what impact it will have on medicine 10 years from now" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"For me, the toughest questions are to explain in a coherent fashion my non-traditional route to medicine. I practice but still end up babbling in my excitement." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN, School website & brochure, read AMCAS application and secondary applications from Wake Forrest and other schools" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Positive attitude, happiness of students and faculty (despite the small town), facilities, hospital is right there. It was the first anatomy lab I've seen and the cadavers were surreal. Clinical experience right away and throughout time there. The advance technology i.e. laptops, ether net, audio of class, links to relevant information for classes supplied prior to class. Everyone seems to work together. Very good support systems in place. Opportunities to go abroad." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Size of town and distance to major cities. Grading system (0-3). You have to foot the bill if you elect to go abroad." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Just about everyone who is going to Wake Forrest was initially wait listed. Only 10-15 students are accepted every time the committe meets which is 4-5 times a season. The rest are wait listed or rejected. They then pull people off the list as time goes on (it sounds like they do it even up to the day before class). So don't despair if you don't get in right away." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"The office is a bit difficult to find from the parking garage (park on the orange level and walk straight ahead). I went the night before and did a dry run to get the right entrance and I asked for directions since I got a bit turned around. It really helped because I had no problem finding it the next morning. Parking is $3.75 for the day. It was supposed to be 6 interviewees but one canceled at the last minute. We all came early, so we had a chance to chat with each other. A volunteer then talked to us for about 30 mins. She kept telling us how wonderful everything was. I appreciated her enthusiasm but she never experienced going to school there. She was however very helpful with general questions about the town, living expenses, etc. and very friendly. We then met with a staff member that rattled off the description of the program. I swear she said "Any questions? Good, let's move on" withour skipping a beat. The Financial aid person came next and explained the whole thing which was nice as they don't do that at many other schools. Thinking about debt was kind of depressing though. We then went to lunch in the cafeteria with the volunteer and 2 1st years. A couple 2nd years showed up later. From there it was the 15 minute interviews for half while the other half did the tour and then we switched. The 15 minutes were up really fast. We couldn't really get into depth about much and I felt like I had to answer asap before time was up hence the tendency to babble. :-) My 1st interviewer was awesome. He had a great sense of humor and had me rolling most of the 15 mins. The other 2 were more serious but okay. You are interviewed by MDs and PhDs and they don't have any information from your file except your personal statement. Most of the questions come from there. Try hanging out in Walmart for a bit to see if you're going to like it there. It is a totally different environment from the hospital/school setting." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

12/15/2003

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