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  • Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Winston-Salem
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Neutral

What was the stress level of the interview?

7 out of 10

How you think you did?

7 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

15 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?

3

What was the style of the interview?

One-on-one

What type of interview was it?

Closed file

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

"How would you balance a work obligation and a family obligation?" Report Response

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

"How do you define medical altruism?" Report Response

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

"Name me three people -- a peer, a mentor, and a relative -- who have influenced you. How have they influenced you and how will you take that influence into medical school?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"What would you do if your definition of a value was in conflict with the normative definition?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"read SDN and the Wake brochure, reviewed my PS" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The curriculum is great. They've put a lot of work into modernizing and updating it. The faculty seemed very friendly and responsive. They've done a great job making full use of the laptops. The anatomy lab is amazingly nonsmelly. Dean Applegate is totally awesome." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Winston-Salem. Tiny, conservative town. Seriously about three bars and lots of tailgating. Students told me they liked this because they were afraid they wouldn't get studying done if they lived in a city with more to do. Uh-huh. Watch out for Dr. Lee if you get him as an interviewer. He's a killer." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"You're greeted and attended all day by a volunteer, who on my day was a woman whose husband was on the faculty. I found this really aggravating because I felt like I was being shepherded by a "mom" figure all day. She talked about how much she loved Winston-Salem and how much there was to do, but I was like, of course you love it and find lots of things to do -- you're in your fifties! She also took up a lot of valuable time with the current med students by asking them questions whose answers I already knew or didn't care about. Also, every student they assigned to us was from Winston-Salem or nearby, and didn't apply out-of-state. It really made me think twice about going there when over 40% of the students might be expected to share the very ... provincial outlook of the ones we talked to. The cookies are good, but eat breakfast before you go, unless you want cookies for breakfast." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"This is a great school in the middle of nowhere. The vibe is very small-town. If you want this, great. It's very laid back, which is nice, but would get frustrating to me. It seems like the curriculum, outlook, and training are great, but I couldn't possibly live in Winston-Salem for four years. The interviewers have your PS and nothing else. Much has been written about the 15-minute timed interviews. I found them stressful. The financial aid presentation is nice, but the tour is useless (you never even see the hospital)." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

11/29/2004

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