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  • Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Richmond
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Neutral

How you think you did?

4 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)?

"What area of medicine are you interested in?" Report Response

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

"Did your mother being a pediatrician influence your decision to become a physician? (Which is a stupid question...of course it did...everything we live through and with influences us; either positively or negatively.)" Report Response

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

"Why did you move around so much? (My family just likes to move.)" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"She kept asking me about my religion major, and what I studied. However, she became defensive when we discussed my concentration. Plus, she was negative regarding my basic science research background, she preferred a more clinical approach to medicine." Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"What are your thoughts on medical malpractice? (when I asked her to clarify, she just repeated the question.)" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Practice interview, VCU website." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The staff were friendly, and excited about the future of the school. The architecture was fascinating. Who knew you could go to school on the front lawn of the ''White House of the South.''" Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Everyone kept referring to how great a school it was GOING to be. However, most of the improvements would not be implemented until I graduated. Also, they do not have class capture/audio capability." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"The Crowne Plaza hotel was a mediocre hotel, and if you are from a city, everything is within walking distance." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"The interviewer was overly aggressive, and seemed to have preconceived notions of who I was. My experience was a stark contrast to the woman who interviewed after me. (Maybe the interviewer didn't like my suit.) :)" Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

How did the tourguide seem?

Enthusiastic

How do you rank the facilities?

5 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?

Train or subway

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

$501+

Where did you stay?

Hotel

How would you rate the hotel?

5 out of 10

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?

Crowne Plaza

Would you recommend the hotel?

no

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

02/18/2008

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?

5 out of 10

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

2 out of 10

How is the responsiveness of the admissions office?

7 out of 10

How is the friendliness of the admissions office?

8 out of 10

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

4 out of 10

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