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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?

1 out of 10

How you think you did?

9 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

8 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 are your hobbies? What are your strengths/weaknesses? How would a friend describe you?" Report Response

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

"Why medicine? What kind of medicine?" Report Response

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

"Do you have any questions for me?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"How would a friend describe you?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"What would you do if your peers/colleagues disagree with your political views (regarding abortion)?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read SDN, my own primary and secondary. I had planned on being more prepared for this interview but ended up having a biochemistry final the day before, so wasn't as ready as I had been for other interviews. As it turned out, it didn't matter because the questions were so open-ended and the interview was so laid back. " Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"When I walked into the admissions office, the most pleasant wonderful administrative assistant ever greeted me warmly, noticed that I looked tired, and then proceeded to procure a cup of coffee and a bagel for me. That really set the tone for the day. The staff, students, and interviewer were all similarly helpful and encouraging. The hospital was much much larger than I had anticipated and seemed bustling with a lot of energy. Students universally seemed very enthusiastic about the program. " Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Not much. I was pretty impressed overall. Students did mention that it is a lot easier to get along if you have a car, but that parking is a huge pain in the area. " Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"I wish I had known how large and impressive the hospital system was. " Report Response

What are your general comments?

"This was the most enjoyable interview I have had thus far. My interviewer, who was a 4th year, greeted me warmly and told me right off the bat that the interview was intended to be laid back, and that he was looking to be an advocate for me to the admissions committee. He was very encouraging, willing to share a lot about his own experiences, and at the end he told me that he would "be in my corner" when I was presented to the committee for review. The other students interviewing with me all reported similar experiences. It seems that the staff are committed to being friendly and encouraging and genuinely want everyone to be able to go to med school. We were even told that if you are given the decision of "not accepted for this year," they will be able to talk to you and provide pointers on how to improve your application for next year. " 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?

In state

What was your total time spent traveling?

4-6 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?

ric

Where did you stay?

Friends or family

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

01/25/2006

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

9 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

6 out of 10

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

6 out of 10

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