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  • Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Richmond
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Negatively

What was the stress level of the interview?

1 out of 10

How you think you did?

9 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)?

"What is your religious background?" Report Response

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

"Why do you want to come to VCU?" Report Response

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

"Why do you want to practice medicine?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"If your best were here, what would he or she say about you?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Tell me about your religious background." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The admissions committee does not give too much preference to in-state students. All of the exams are made to look like Board questions. The emergency medicine department is one of the largest in the country." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"There 180 students per class. Downtown Richmond, where the school is located, is hideous. There are high-rises everywhere and very little greenery." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Stay at the Commonwealth Park Suites. Mention that you're interviewing with VCU and you'll get a discount. The hotel is great and is highly recommended by others on SDN. Also, the hotel is within walking distance to the university. Patch Adams went to school here. The school only offers acceptances on Oct 15, Dec 15, Feb 1, and March 15. You may have to wait a while to hear back from them." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I arrived at 9am in the morning and was greeted by my interviewer who took me to his office. We then talked for an hour about my hobbies and my vision of medicine. I did not get any ethics questions, but I've heard that others will occasionally get questions about abortion, euthanasia, etc... After the interview the Dean met with us to tell us in detail how the admissions process works. Every Monday the committee meets to vote on candidates by scaling them 1-5. Like the Olympics, the highest and lowest scores are thrown out. After several weeks, the Dean ranks everyone by score and accepts the top fifty or so. After this meeting, we met up with two current students who took us on a tour of the children's hospital and the classrooms. The whole day lasted from 9am-2pm." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

11/22/2004

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