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

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

2 out of 10

How you think you did?

9 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

10 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)?

"Describe when/how/why you became interested in medicine. This led to other questions related to those experiences. (Describe differences in healthcare in Trinidad and in the US. Describe good attributes of physicians. Describe a negative trait of a physician. Compare the hospitals in Trinidad with those in the US.) " Report Response

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

"If your best friends were here, what would they say are your three greatest strengths? What would they said is your greatest weakness? " Report Response

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

"Describe your family." Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"What is a negative characteristic of a physician that you have observed? (This was after being asked what are good traits of doctors you've observed, either in a foreign country or as a patient.)" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Explain your verbal reasoning score compared to the sciences." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN, read my AMCAS and secondary applications, talked to two current students (one M1 and one M2), read the school's website, looked up various ethical/ current healthcare issues (prepared more than necessary)" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"I was impressed with how laid-back the interview was. He told me at the beginning that he hoped it would be a good, easy-going experience and that it was probably a good first interview to have. I was very impressed with the facilities, especially the hospital. The admissions meeting was very thorough on explaining exactly what is next in the process. She emphasized that the interview is the most important part because it allows the committee know you as a personal personality. This is especially important when there is a tie, interview score, then undergrad gpa, and then mcat score. Also the associate dean of admissions mentioned to feel free to email her with any information you may have forgotten to mention to the interview. Before the rest of the committee, she mentions that information. (It was somewhat difficult to always remember everything to say to the interviewer, especially since it was more of a conversation). The food was good also! You can get whatever you want and it's free! Richmond was very picturesque. I loved it. I hope I get accepted!" Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Be prepared to walk a lot during the tour. Also it got hotter after lunchtime. Also, with 11 interviewees in today's group, it was harder to hear what each of the tourguides said because they were usually answering questions at the same time. " Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"I wish I had known that an October 3rd interview probably isn't early enough to be notified by the mid-October mail out date because they're running behind with presenting the interviewees to the admissions committee. I chose today because the Monday interview would allow me to only miss one day of classes. " Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I stayed with an M1 who walked me to Sanger Hall this morning. I didn't feel as nervous about leaving later because he knew exactly where to go. I arrived 10 minutes before my interview at 9 am. My interviewer picked me up from the admissions office, and we walked to his office in the hospital. The interview lasted an hour and a couple minutes. He had another interviewee at 10 am so we left the hospital at 10. Then I sat in the applicant waiting room for an hour with other interviewees. Ten of us had morning interviews and one had a 2 pm one. Then we met with the associate dean of admissions for 55 minutes before the tourguides, 2 M2s, came. We started the tour and then ate lunch at the hospital. Then the rest of the tour consisted of the computer lab, lecture hall, pediatric ICU, courtyard, etc. " Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

How did the tourguide seem?

Enthusiastic

How do you rank the facilities?

10 out of 10

What is your in-state status?

Out of state

What was your total time spent traveling?

7+ hours

What was your primary mode of travel?

Airplane

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

$501+

What airport did you use?

RIC

Where did you stay?

With students at the school

How would you rate the hotel?

10 out of 10

Would you recommend the hotel?

yes

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

10/03/2005

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

10 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

9 out of 10

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

9 out of 10

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