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

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

How you think you did?

8 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

7 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)?

"Why Vermont? Why UVM? Why Medicine?" Report Response

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

"Could you demonstrate your <insert unusual talent here>?" Report Response

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

"Where do you see yourself in 10 years?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"How did you decide on your undergraduate institution, and how does that inform your decisionmaking process for a medical school?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Why medicine? [I've answered this a million times, it seems, so it's hard to keep telling the story well and still make it seem spontaneous and genuine]" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"AMCAS, SDN, school website, mock interview" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The students! I really felt like I clicked with them. The integrated curriculum has TONS going for it. The centralized online repository for lecture notes, study materials, exam questions, and the student-updated wiki for each class. The easygoing collegial atmosphere that drips off of the students. The town is beautiful and has progressive politics. The compression of the front part of the curriculum allows students to have much more clinical time than at other schools. You receive a numerical grade that then translates into pass/fail/honors. Some students don't seem overworked or stressed at all. All exams are board multiple-choice format." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Classes run longer in the day than some other schools because the first two years are compressed into 18 months (although this may be for only the 12-week anatomy part, I'm not sure). My host studies 12 hours a day or more, and although he says there are students there who work harder than him, the students we had lunch with all seemed incredibly laid back and like they hardly worked hard at all. No ability to get resident tuition if you start off as a non-resident. You have to use laptops for all exams." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Nothing, I had a great time." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Arrival was 9:45, which was nice. It was a little hard to figure out where to go from the website, so you might want to plan ahead. They present some curriculum and financial aid stuff, and do the ''tell us something interesting about yourselves'' thing. (Note that they stress that you take ''only one class at a time'', but if you get a student to show you their actual schedule you will see that while they are studying one general area at a time, they are taking multiple lectures a day on different sub-aspects of that area, plus labs and other stuff. I think they try to sell it as one class so it doesn't seem like as much work as it is. They also try to stress that ''you meet your first patient during orientation'', but this is just a talk by someone with a particular disease; you really meet your first patient the spring of first year.) Lunch with students was tasty and informative, and about 5 or 6 students showed up, which was nice. Tour is all indoors (so we didn't have to go out in the snow), which is nice, but we saw hardly anything (they said we couldn't see the anatomy lab due to strict VT HIPPAA laws). Interviews are all in the afternoon. My interviewer came to pick me up 10 minutes early. Very conversational but it was clear she had some stuff she really wanted to know about me. She asked me several times if I had any more questions, even though I said no the second time." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

How did the tourguide seem?

Enthusiastic

How do you rank the facilities?

7 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?

$401-$500

What airport did you use?

btv

Where did you stay?

With students at the school

How would you rate the hotel?

9 out of 10

Would you recommend the hotel?

yes

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

12/04/2007

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?

6 out of 10

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

6 out of 10

How is the responsiveness of the admissions office?

9 out of 10

How is the friendliness of the admissions office?

8 out of 10

What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

"You might want to make it easier to find the admissions office - I had to do some searching on the w" Report Response

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