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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?

6 out of 10

How you think you did?

8 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

8 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?

2

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)?

"Who wrote your letters of recommendation? How old were you when you saw your first birth? (and similar questions that were all a test to find out if I knew what was in my own application)" Report Response

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

"What do you think of the US healthcare system?" Report Response

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

"What would you do if a 16 year old came to you and wanted an abortion but didn't want her parents to know? (Since I said I would talk with the girl about her options and try to find out more about her psychosocial history, I found out that her father was also the father of her child - at that point it would be turned over to a child protection agency)" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Why do you want to be a physician and not an alternative medicine practitioner? (this was because I studied alternative medicine as part of my master's degree)" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"After I answered a standard strengths and weaknesses question, one of the interviewers replied 'thats not a weakness, what is your weakness'. He then continued to press me on this issue to the point of absurdity." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"read over my application, had mock interviews previously, SDN, read the New Physician, Time, Newsweek, etc and drew on my own experiences in clinical medicine and basic science research." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"I stayed with a first year student who was welcoming and helpful. She and her friends made me feel very welcome. Overall the students, faculty, and staff are all truly warm and the atmosphere at the school was relaxed and supportive. The standardized patient program is very impressive, and it is clear that EVMS emphasizes a humanistic approach to clinical medicine. I could really see myself at this school. " Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"I did not enjoy the interview because one of my interviewers was unusually interrogative." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"The campus is actually quite nice. It is small, but you have to realize that almost all medical schools have small campuses of one or two buildings and the hospitals. The facilities were either new or renovated and the school has plans to continue renovating places like the lecture halls and student lounges. The difference is that this school does not share its campus with an undergraduate school. I don't think this is a bad thing." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I was looking forward to the interview because I read and heard that it would be an intense but enjoyable discussion. Instead, one interviewer just fired question after question at me and seemed to only want to trip me up. The other interviewer was a medical student and she was wonderful. I think it was just this one guy who had the wrong attitude, and from what the other applicants shared, I think I had an unusual experience." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

How did the tourguide seem?

Enthusiastic

How do you rank the facilities?

6 out of 10

What is your in-state status?

In state

What was your total time spent traveling?

2-3 hours

What was your primary mode of travel?

Airplane

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

$201-$300

What airport did you use?

ORF

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?

10/26/2005

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

8 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

7 out of 10

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

7 out of 10

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