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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?

3 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

35 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 be in this program? How did you find out about it?" Report Response

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

"If you couldn't be a doctor, what would you be?" Report Response

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

"What is your opinion on issues like cloning and stem cell research?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"In your religion (Hinduism), is there anything that might propose or oppose issues like cloning or stem cell research?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"[Luckily I researched this question beforehand; however, if I didn't, it would have been the hardest.] What are your feelings on cloning and stem cell research?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Talked to people who are part of this program, went to the MCV website, read interview feedbacks from SDN site (MAJOR help!), research bioethic topics, read over application, practiced with "Most Common Interview Questions" (you can easily find this online by typing that in under SEARCH)" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"I REALLY liked my interviewer. He was such a wonderful old man. I was nervous when I walked in, but once we started talking, it seemed like I was talking to a close relative of mine. I also liked the hospital buildings and how they are all nicely connected." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"My interview was at the West Hospital building and the elevators there were SOOOOO slow. I seriously waited for about 8 minutes before an elevator came. Besides that, the surrounding area isn't paradise, but it's not too bad either. I lived in NYC for a year so my love for the city-life is still in me." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"My interviewer had an emergency meeting that was absolutely mandatory, so he had to cut my interview to only 35 minutes. Still, everything went very well and the best news is that I got into the program." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"First of all, let me explain my particular kind of program. I am a senior in high school, and I found out about a Guaranteed Admissions Program for Medicine at VCU-MCV from my cousin (who is part of the program). Basically, high school seniors with an exceptional academic performance and many hours of volunteering have a chance to be part of this program (only 20 students are chosen from the 150+ that apply). Those students complete their undergraduate at VCU as part of the Honors Program and then go straight into MCV WITHOUT taking the MCATS. If you want, you can still take them, but by being in this program, you don't necessarily have to since you'll already have a spot reserved for you at MCV when you begin medical school. Anyways, I was fortunate to have gotten to the second level (where 50 students are chosen for an interview before the final decision is made). Overall, I REALLY liked my interviewer. Also, the VCU campus and MCV campus are great and place a heavy emphasis on Medicine and Life Sciences." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Other

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

02/03/2004

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