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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?

9 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?

One

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)?

""Did anyone discourage you from pursuing medicine?"" Report Response

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

""Do you think that physicians should be allowed to have time off or vacations?"" Report Response

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

""Imagine you are in family practitioner and a nurse tells you that the next patient you are about to see is very clearly upset, possibly hysterical. Tell me how you would interact with this patient."" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

""What activities and honor societies were you involved in during high school?" (Yes, my interviewer asked me about my high school experience- including class rank and GPA- which surprised me. But I suppose he wanted to know more about my educational background)" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

""Who is the most influential person in history and why?" I'm not a huge history buff but I answered the question and was able to defend my (cliched) answer!" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read over some ethics cases on the AMA Journal of Ethics, read over my primary and secondary applications briefly as a refresher, but other than that nothing too intensive." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"I found interview day as a whole quite efficient. An appropriate amount of time was allotted for each activity which included the interview, financial aid presentation, lunch with med students, and tour." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Nothing stood out to me as negative during interview day." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"When I checked in before my interview, the secretary told me the name of my interviewer. Since I got there early, I had 20 minutes or so to do some quick research on my interviewer so that was fine for me. However, I am sure future interviewees would like to know further in advance who their interviewer will be- I know some schools even type up a biography for you to read. Not completely necessary, but definitely helps get you oriented." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"VCU SOM was a top choice for me since day one, so I came into the interview quite biased in favor. I had a very smooth interview and interview experience as a whole." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

How did the tourguide seem?

Enthusiastic

How do you rank the facilities?

8 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?

Automobile

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

< $100

What airport did you use?

No Response

Where did you stay?

Friends or family

How would you rate the hotel?

5 out of 10

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?

No Response

Would you recommend the hotel?

No Response

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

November 17, 2015

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?

10 out of 10

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

9 out of 10

How is the responsiveness of the admissions office?

9 out of 10

How is the friendliness of the admissions office?

10 out of 10

How eco-friendly are the school's application materials and interview process?

9 out of 10

What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

"I personally had an smooth application experience with VCU SOM, although I know many other applicants had a horrible experience with them. I am thinking part of the reason may be due to some recurring IT issues they have been having. One suggestion I would have for the admissions office is to try and iron out these technical issues before the next cycle so save everyone the headache!" Report Response

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