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  • University of Virginia School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Charlottesville
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Negatively

What was the stress level of the interview?

1 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)?

"Tell me about yourself." Report Response

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

"So, where'd you grow up?" Report Response

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

"What do you do to relieve stress?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"I see you do a lot oral cavity research, why not be a dentist?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Same as the above question. As obvious as the question may have been, I'd never been asked it on any other interview and didn't have a "pat" answer to it! I handled it well though. I've gotten scarily good at improvising on the interview trail. " Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Reviewed my applications and read Interview Feedback." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"I'm from the South, so Charlottesville wasn't exactly a culture shock to me. In fact, it reminded me much of home. Virginia is a good state. Although I'd like to live in Charlottesville, I'd much prefer an urban Southern city, say Richmond? Nice facilities and hospital too." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"I was more negatively than positively impressed. I was surprised at how traditional the curriculum was at a so-called "progressive" school. They JUST switched to pass-fail, and the rest of their class structure involves little to no PBL/small group learning. Being a minority, I visibly felt the lack of a diverse student body at UVA; I thought I was mistaken on interview day, but then looked up the stats in the MSAR: yes, UVA really IS bottom of the barrel when it comes to minority recruitment. The old part of the med school is pretty run-down, with tiling on the walls that reminded me of my middle school. Don't know if I could handle four years of going to school here. I've seen too many better, more integrated places... :-(" Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"The Corner is pretty fun! Hang out there the night before if you get a chance." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"The day was set up really well. We were welcomed in the morning into the cramped admissions office, and then taken on our student tour. Lunch was buffet style. Interviews were pretty superficial, ala "How are you doing? Why UVA?" All in all though, I was a bit disappointed. This being my 13th interview, I was expecting a lot more out of UVA. It's partly my fault for comparing it to higher-ranked schools that I've interviewed at. That's unfair, but I can't help it. I just didn't get the glowing feeling that I really wanted to go there after my interview day. When it comes to something as important as medical school, you NEED that gut feeling. Oh well." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

12/12/2003

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