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  • Eastern Virginia Medical School
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Norfolk
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Negatively

What was the stress level of the interview?

10 out of 10

How you think you did?

3 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

45 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?

3

What was the style of the interview?

In a group

What type of interview was it?

Open file

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 1)?

"During WWII, illegal medical experiments were performed in Nazi Germany on Jewish prisoners where they tortured and sometimes killed their subjects. Some authorized people have read the results of these experiments and found that the Germans uncovered such advanced scientific knowledge that scientists today still have not quite caught up to some of the discoveries. The results of these German experiments have not been released to the public due to the brutalities associated with them. Some on the one hand believe that it is wrong to release the knowledge because of the horrible acts that were performed by those scientists. On the other hand, some push for the knowledge to be released because the knowledge discovered then still cannot be rediscovered today and that by releasing the information, since it will save lives today, those Jewish prisoners who died will not have died in vain. If it was your decision, what would you do with the information? Release it or not?" Report Response

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

"What do you think about the system of health care in the United States? What would you do to solve it? How would you fund that? " Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"What do you think about the system of health care in the United States (yes, they were this broad)? What would you do to solve it? How would you fund that? (all asked in a row)" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"(this is paraphrased, but I am not making any of this question up) During WWII, illegal medical experiments were performed in Nazi Germany on Jewish prisoners where they tortured and sometimes killed their subjects. Some authorized people have read the results of these experiments and found that the Germans uncovered such advanced scientific knowledge that scientists today still have not quite caught up to some of the discoveries. The results of these German experiments have not been released to the public due to the brutalities associated with them. Some on the one hand believe that it is wrong to release the knowledge because of the horrible acts that were performed by those scientists. On the other hand, some push for the knowledge to be released because the knowledge discovered then still cannot be rediscovered today and that by releasing the information, since it will save lives today, those Jewish prisoners who died will not have died in vain. If it was your decision, what would you do with the information? Release it or not? (Yes, it was this long, and I promise I am not lying about this question. Tip: answer that you would not release the information like I did.)" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read this website, read my personal statement, studied my activities, read my secondary essays, studied myself (figured out my stances on difficult medical issues and my answers to difficult questions)." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The interview process was so negative and intense compared to the quality of the school, it was too much of a disparity for me. They even had a small discussion with all of the applicants before the interview to tell us how hard it would be--they told us that the interviewers loved to focus on bioethical issues and situational dilemmas." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"I had heard that the interviews were hard, but I wish I had known how stressful and negative they would be and how much it would scare me for all my future interviews." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"To preface this, EVMS mailed their decisions shortly after 10/15. I received my acceptance in the mail a few days later. This is a perfect example of how a terrible interview can still lead to positive results. I cannot tell you how terrible my interview experience and performance was. The interview was 3 to 1, with one student on the admissions panel, the director of admissions, and a practicing physician. The physician had a negative impression of me the entire time, and his body language was of extreme annoyance and boredom toward me and my answers. Every time I would speak, he would look away and sigh while the other two interviewers would stare at him instead of paying attention to my answers. After I would answer a question, the interviewers would stop and stare at each other rather than converse with me. There would be a terrible awkward pause for a long period of time, until one was brave enough to ask another question. They would never make conversation with me but would go straight into a question with an entirely different subject. The questions were made in an extremely aggressive manner and my replies were received with indifference. After a long series of aggressive bioethical and current issues questions, I became slightly flustered and started repeating relatively the same answers for all the questions. When it was my turn to ask questions, all my questions were answered by the student since the other two refused to reply to me. This interview was tougher than anyone can describe--do not underestimate it." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

09/24/2004

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