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  • University of Vermont College of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Burlington
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

1 out of 10

How you think you did?

8 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)?

"See above" Report Response

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

"Mostly stuff straight from my AMCAS although some other interviewees said they had a lot of bioethics Qs." Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"How do you plan to change the world? (this followed an idealistic tangent of mine)" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"A stem cell research question. This is an area that I had limited information so I had made a point of reading up beforehand but I couldn't ramble as comfortably as I would have liked." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN, UVM web site, and misc. bioethics websites." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Everything, I was in beautiful Burlington for two perfect fall days, the city is small but fantastic. The school itself is finishing lots of new construction and is in the 2nd year of a massive curriculum change. The new curriculum sounds great, lots of integrated learning, very open to student input. It utilizes a lot of new tech as well (like integrating imaging--X-ray, MRI, CT, ultrasound--into all the courses from the getgo) they give you a new dell laptop 1st year which you can buy for $1 3rd year, it has everything you need to do classwork from home if you need to or learn better that way. However, MOST impressive were the students, all the 1st and 2nd years had a major exam the next day and they all seemed low-stress and would stop us to ask how things were going and give us advice on how to impress our interviewers. They all seemed really happy with UVM, not just the folks that gave the tour but everyone I met." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Not much, I was worried about clinical opportunities in such a small setting but they have students doing 3rd and 4th year work in NYC, Boston, and internationally even though their primary sites are Burlington and Portland, ME. Also, with a new curriculum some of the students were concerned about the USMLE pass rate. The man that gave us our intro to the school (and was a big part of the new curriculum) is one of the directors (or something intimately involved) with writing the USMLE and he put concerns to rest. It is also one of the MOST expensive schools out there, but hey, if we didn't love debt we wouldn't apply to med school." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"UVM accepts a lot of non-traditional students (their average entering age for the last class was 25 or something) so this is a great place to apply if you have some time out of college and "life experience."" Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Very positive, my interviwer had clearly done a lot of looking at my AMCAS and supp. as they had a full page of questions based on my info. After the first couple questions we found some points of common interest to sidetrack us and just chatted for 90 minutes. I had a coughing fit during the interview which could have been a nightmare situation but my interviewer got me a pitcher and glass of water and put me at ease." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

09/15/2004

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