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

How did the interview impress you?


What was the stress level of the interview?

9 out of 10

How you think you did?

6 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

6 out of 10


How long was the interview?

60+ minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?


What was the style of the interview?


What type of interview was it?

Open file

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

"why mcv/vcu?" Report Response

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

"why a doctor?" Report Response

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

"grades and MCAT question" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"about my grades and if i feel i could succeed at VCU/MCV" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"specific questions about my work " Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"sdn, vcu/mcv website, read about medical ethical topics" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"the egyptian building was great; dr. costanza is the person who writes the board exam study books and a lot of vcu/mcv people in her class do very well" Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"the students were not as friendly. in fact, a lot of them (with the exception of the two student tour guides) were very snobby. i interviewed at DO schools before. this school was my very first MD interview, and it was so amazing to see the differences in attitude between DO students and MD students. on the whole, i found DO students to be so much nicer and friendlier thant the MD students i met that day. " Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"how conservative my interviewer was in terms of what he considered the ideal candidate to medical school (ie. stellar gpa, 35+ MCAT scores, etc.)" Report Response

What are your general comments?

"went over the hour mark, interrupted several times by phone calls that my interviewer kept getting, i had to wait while he talked to someone on the phone for about 5-10 minutes. my interviewer did not take any notes on me at all. i asked other interviewees, and they all said that their interviewers took down notes and wrote down whatever answer they said during the interview. i was afraid my interviewer forgot the specifics of our conversation, since he didn't write down anything. plus, there was another girl he had to interview right after me, and after her interview, she told me he didn't write anything during her interview either. i don't know how he could possibly remember all the answers i had to his questions if he didn't write down anything at all, and that scared me since he is my advocate to the admissions committee." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?


How did the tourguide seem?


How do you rank the facilities?

6 out of 10

What is your in-state status?

Out of state

What was your total time spent traveling?

4-6 hours

What was your primary mode of travel?


About how much did you spend on room, food, and travel?


Where did you stay?


How would you rate the hotel?

7 out of 10

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?

Comfort Inn

Would you recommend the hotel?


General Info

On what date did the interview take place?


How do you rank this school among other schools to which you've applied?

7 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

4 out of 10

What is your ranking of this area's cultural life?

3 out of 10

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