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  • University of Vermont College of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Burlington
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

6 out of 10

How you think you did?

10 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

10 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

50 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 was the most interesting question?

"I don't recall any particularly striking question that made me go, wow, what a neat question! Every question was sort of run of the mill" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"What profession would you seek if you could never become a physician, or if you became one and then were disillusioned?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN, UVM Med Website, Google, Sci Finder Scholar, MSAR" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The town of Burlington (New England quaint yet liberal-minded and open-armed in a mid-western kind of way). I found it an idyllic place to study for 4 years, as well as to raise a family or retire. Also - the facilities - the new medschool building, the new hospital atrium and communicore additions with a new medical library - they are simply out of this world modern and cool. There's twisting metal surfaces that remind me of Frank Gehry's Bilbao museum and the Seattle Project for Music. Small Group rooms have 20'' LCD's connected to digital microcopes, large whiteboards, 42'' plasmas, a conference table with electrical and ethernet hookups, etc. And huge windows that give on the main plaza between the school and hospital. Spectacular facilities, truly worthy of an upscale architecture consortium." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"There was nothing negative - though some people might feel a detraction from the small-townsy nature of Burlington, I fell in love with its New England charm and open-arms and minds. There are plenty of great restaurants (oh, the food is exquisitely tastey and fresh), plenty of bars downtown, a small outlet mall with the best shops (think Armani with outrageously low prices), and a movie theater, stage theater, etc. The one detraction I found was my interviewer - though nice, the particular ER physician I was assigned was kind of dead-pan and quiet and gave long piercing stares during my responses (felt like a renegade shrink at first), but the tone softened up later on. That said - everyone else seemed to have had very calming, conversational interviews. I seemed to have gotten one of those interviewers who enjoys making you feel uncomfortable to see how you gauge stress." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"How exquisitely beautiful Vermont is. Even if you don't plan on going to the school (for some crazy reason), just visit Vermont itself. It's extraordinarily beautiful country." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Just relax and answer your questions truthfully and without much ado about nothing. I remember about 5 interviewees who told me they were asked something unconventional, one even had one of those imponderable ethical questions - and when I consulted with Admissions staff, they nodded and admitted they like seeing how you react to a stressful situation in which there's no way out. (They're not mean about it, mind you). They'll just give you en ethical preponderance that has no clear answer - and they want to hear you say - A) no real answer, B) I'd have to discuss that with someone who's an Ethics expert, C) don't appear flustered MOST IMPORTANTLY; they want you to seem humble and calm about not knowing how to approach that mountain of a topic." 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?

4-6 hours

What was your primary mode of travel?

Airplane

What airport did you use?

BTV

Where did you stay?

Hotel

How would you rate the hotel?

10 out of 10

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?

Wyndham

Would you recommend the hotel?

yes

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

01/15/2007

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?

10 out of 10

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

6 out of 10

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