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"MMI - cannot disclose"
"MMI, signed NDA"
"MMI, so can't reveal too much. There were 9 total stations, 1 was a patient interaction."
"I won't disclose the contents of the MMI. From my understanding, it was a typical MMI."
"Tell me about experience X."
"Who are you?"
"If you had an unexpected free day, what would you?"
"Explain your unbalanced MCAT score."
"Why is there such a disparity between your grades in the humanities and those in the sciences? (Asked this twice, although worded slightly different)"
"You could go to your state school and pay much less money. Why do you think UVM would be worth the extra money?"
"specific questions about my file (activities, grades, etc)"
"Why do you want to live in Vermont? (I live in Texas)"
"What are you most proud of?"
"How do you think health care should be paid for in the U.S.?"
"What do you think are the negatives of becoming a physician? How would you deal with those aspects as a physician?"
"Tell me about your life etc"
"What are 3 of the biggest problems in medicine right now?"
"All about my AMCAS application."
"Who has been the greatest influence on your life"
"Proudest achievement outside of academics/science/clinical research/medicine"
"What are you doing after you graduate? (I finish in December)"
"just questions about my experiences, very conversational"
"Why do you want to be a doc?"
"What do you think will be the advantages and disadvantages to going into medicine?"
"Tell me about a time when you had to take care of someone."
"Describe your career before med school."
"Why Medicine? Why UVM?"
"Why do you want to be a doctor? "
"You're in front of the admissions committee panel. Tell us why we should take you over someone else."
"What are your plans if you don't get into medical school?"
"How do you feel your background has prepared you for primary care practice."
"What has been a positive impact on your life? What has been a negative impact on your life?"
"Why UVM? Why Vermont?"
"What do you think of Vermont?"
"What is a personallity trait that sets you apart."
"(Personal questions about AMCASS app) "
"tell me about yourself"
"Why Vermont? Why UVM? Why Medicine?"
"why uvm? vermont?"
"Explain MCAT scores and GPA."
"Why the USA?"
"Why UVM? Why medicine?"
"Where do you see yourself in 10 years?"
"Why do you think you deserve to attend UVM over the other applicants?"
"What will you do if you are not accepted this year?"
"How did you hear about UVM?"
"Tell me about your experience in Ghana. "
"Bioethics scenario questions."
"Why did you decided to go into medicine (later in life, since I'm a non-trad)?"
"Review of logistics from AMCAS app; where I went to school, where I grew up, etc."
"Are you considering the MD/PhD program?"
"Where do you see yourself in 10 years."
" How did you decide that lab research isn't for you? "
"I see you have done well thus far, what are your weaknesses."
"Why UVM? Why the northeast?"
"What are the origins of xxx language(obscure language I am familiar with)?"
"Tell me how you handled your ailment (mentioned above)."
"Was a conversation, no questions were asked. We just hit it off. Just like old buddies talking..."
"What are your strengths and weaknesses?"
"What intellectual pursuits have you taken while in school? What did you enjoy about these experiences? What did you not enjoy?"
"Tell me about your job"
"What do you like to do for fun? "
"Describe your friends."
"Where do you see (U.S.) healthcare?"
"Tell me about yourself."
"Why did you decide to go into medicine?"
"What do you do in your spare time?"
"What questions do you have about UVM?"
"What do you do for fun?"
"Why do you want to be a doctor? There are plenty of other professions where you can help people."
"tell me about your research, teaching, and other jobs ..."
"Talk about an issue in medicine. (be prepared to know this issue IN DEPTH)"
"Comment on an experience that you've had with a difficult person."
"Are you ready for the intensity of medical school?"
"Did you know you wanted to be a physician when you first attended undergrad?"
"Tell me about your clinical experience"
"Why do you want to come to vermont?"
"Why do you want to go to UVM?"
"What type of medicine do you want to practice? "
"What are some of the major issues you see in health care in the future?"
"Tell me about your activities "
"Why medicine, why UVM?"
"Did you learn to type at your highschool? (First question)."
"Tell me about your research/what does ____ mean?"
"What classes are you taking?"
"Tell me about your thesis."
"Where do you see yourself 15 years from now?"
"What is one of your weaknesses?"
"Tell me some of your successes and failures."
"Talk about this article you wrote."
"Why UVM amongst all the other great schools out there? What's so special about this place?"
"What is one problem that you forsee yourself having as a med student? As a resident? As a physician?"
"Why should we accept you?"
"How did you end up knowing becoming an MD is what you wanted?"
"Tell me about your community service..."
"What is your biggest weakness?"
"Tell me about what you have done since graduation."
"Why UVM? Why Syracuse for undergrad?"
"What would you say is a weakness of yours?"
"Weaknesses? Over and over and over she dwelled on my weaknesses. I can only hope that means she thought I was a strong candidate."
"Your role model?"
"Why do you want to become a doctor?"
"what should I tell the committee on your behalf?"
"What's your town like"
"Tell me about yourself. Why do you want to come to UVM? Where do you see yourself in 10 years, what field of medicine?"
"What are some of your positive attributes?"
"Describe your work experience (i.e. clinical research)."
"What do you anticipate to be the greatest challenge you will face in medical school?"
"Why UVM? Your strengths & weaknesses?"
"What would you do if you didn't get into med school this year?"
"Tell me about your friends and family."
"Why medicine? Why not a social worker or nurse instead? (You will definitely be asked this question!!)"
"What influences shaped you?"
"What do you think of malpractice?"
"How did Native Am. etc.? What do you think will be hardest in med school? How can I explain to the admissions commitee that you're scores are not reflective of how intelligent you are?"
"What are your strengths and weaknesses? Are you a reader and what book are you currently reading? Tell me about your research."
"What is the bigest problem in health care right now? Why medicine? Why the University of Vermont? If a kid comes to your office with a genetic problem and the monther says don't tell my minor kid about his/her disease? what would you do?"
"why didn't you take any time off between medical school and college?"
"Tell me about *blah* experience from my AMCAS. (The interviewer obviously had spent a lot of time reviewing it.)"
"Why do you want to be a physician? What are some of your strengths? Why UVM?"
"Why UVM?, Why move from CA?"
"Tell me about your research."
"Why medicine (as a second career)?"
"How did you decide to become a physician?"
"view on physician assisted suicide"
"What lead you to want to go into the medical field?"
"Why MD/Phd? This was more of a grilling session...(the guy pretty much presented the woefully long duration of the program, difficulty level, stress afterwards to dissaude me...I just smiled."
"wat is the problem w healthcare today and solutions to it"
"Who is a role model of yours?"
"So tell me about yourself. Start anywhere you like."
"what was the nobel in med awarded for"
"What is the political make up of Vermont?"
"Tell me about your service activities."
"What is partial birth abortion?"
"Can't remember...mostly converstaional questions...very pleasant"
"Why should we choose you over the other applicant?"
"What do you like to do during your free time?"
"Why medicine and not another profession where you can help people one on one?"
"very conversational... where do you want to settle in the future? why uvm? why medicine? are you a patriots fan? oh, and my interviewer knew my file really well (particularly my personal statement and a select few activities) so be prepared to go in-depth with your responses"
"Tell me about a time when you used empathy."
"What do you need to improve on before/during medical school?"
"If you could invite a famous person to dinner, who would you invite?"
"Why do you want to be a doctor?"
"give an example of a failure in your life"
"How well do you work with other people? (i.e. are you a leader or a follower)"
"What would the person who knows you best say about your strengths and weaknesses?"
"Clarify the phrase: "There is no social justice without a single payer system""
"Why medicine? Why not physical therapy."
"How did you decide to pursue medicine?"
"why med school and more specifically WHY UVM?"
"Tell me about your research"
"how do you deal with stress?"
"What will you do if you don't get into medical school?"
"What have you improved from last year/what have you done differently this cycle?"
"How are you different from other applicants?"
"Why do you want to be a doctor and not some other health care professional?"
"Explain to me your email address."
"two strengths, and THREE weaknesses"
""I don't understand why you said" this or that...."
"what hardships do you think you will have as a med student? as a physician?"
"what would you do if you couldn't be a physician?"
"what would you do if you didn't get into medical school"
"WHere do you see yourself in ten years? Describe your typical work day."
"why did you apply to uvm?"
"Why do you want to come here? (asked in various ways for the first 15-20 minutes of the interview) probably important for them to ask applicants from warmer climates and big cities--totally understandable"
"MMI - cannot disclose"
"Can you address this dip in your academic performance?"
"What's a book you've read recently?"
"Explain your clinical experiences."
"What did you learn as an EMT?"
"Why did you decide to leave ecology?"
"How did you become interested in medicine?"
"AAMCAS application details."
"Tell me about your clinical research."
"What are you least proud of?"
"What do you think of physician assisted suicide?"
"Tell me about your experience with (specific things from AMCAS)."
"Explain why your undergrad GPA is lower than normal."
"Give 3 reasons why you'd want to attend UVM."
"Why did you study sociology in college? And questions about how it will help me in my career."
"Discussed my EC's/Work details (non-trad)/Study Abroad"
"What did you learn on your study abroad trip?"
"Describing experiences from AMCAS application"
"What person has influenced or inspired you the most in your life"
"Have you liked what you've seen about UVM so far?"
"Do you have any failures?"
"How would you fix healthcare?"
"Who has told you NOT to be a doctor?"
"What happened to you in college? (i.e. explain academic problems)"
"Have you come across any ethical dilemmas during your clinical research?"
"How do you plan to contribute to society?"
"Who is your role model, or someone you admire greatly?"
"Tell me about your research and what you learned from it? "
"What do you like to do to relax? "
"What is your biggest accomplishment?"
"Explain the weak areas of your application"
"None really, it was mostly just a relaxed conversation about my influences growing up."
"Where fo you see yourself in 10 years?"
"What will you do if you make a mistake as a doctor (because you will)?"
"What are you doing for the next year?"
"Let's say you're in med school and you had a Saturday off to yourself after a long week what would you do?"
"Why be a Dr. over a nurse, PA, social worker?"
"Why VT? Why UVM?"
"Could you demonstrate your <insert unusual talent here>?"
"tell me about your research"
"Talk about your TA experience."
"Canadian Healthcare problems"
"what was your favorite undergrad class and why"
"Where else are you interviewing?"
"What will you bring to the school/community?"
"How have your experiences influenced your desire to pursue medicine?"
"Was that a turning point in your decision to enter medicine?"
"Why Vermont? Why UVM?"
"What are the biggest challenges you see yourself facing as a doctor?"
"Was it (excperience X) that made you interested in medicine?"
"How did you treat this patient in the wilderness (referring to AMCAS essay)?"
"Who is a person whom you respect."
"Why UVM (group interview -informal)"
"Why Medicine? What will be tough about a career in medicine? What will be rewarding?"
"What are the problems in American Health care today? How would you fix them?"
"Some questions regarding my travels abroad. "
"Who has been an influential person in your life?"
"Some of the standard stuff: Why UVM, questions about experiences on AMCAS(they only have your amcas, no letters of rec), what type of doctor do you want to be..."
"What is the most difficult experince you have faced in your life?"
"Where do you see yourself in 10 years? "
"clarify your educational path (unclear on amcas?)"
"Give me a strength and a weakness about you."
"What do you want me to know about you?"
"So, what draws you to Vermont?"
"Tell me about your vollunteer experiences"
"What makes you happy?"
"Cliche alert: Why are you interested in medicine?"
"what do you do for fun? "
"Tell me about your volunteer experience."
"Why medicine? How would you describe yourself?"
"Rescue and internship related questions."
"What would your friends say about you?"
"How does the American system of healthcare compare to Canada's?"
"What do you like most about yourself?"
"Why do you want to be a doctor?"
"How does your art history research relate to medicine?"
"Tell me about yourself. "
"How do you feel about the Human Genome project?"
"Have you ever been in a conflict during school or in the ER. How did you handle it ? Do you forseee any conflicts that may arise while working as a doctor?"
"Tell me about your work at such and such place."
"Describe a day in the life of you the physician ten years from now. Where do children fit into that picture? "
"Did you always know you wanted to go into medicine (followed with) where do you see yourself in 10 years?"
"What are your goals in medicine?"
"Have you ever dealt with a difficult person?"
"how would you deal with a pte that is over weight, smokes and just want a med. to get his pain away?"
"How did you get interested in medicine?"
"Where do you see yourself in ten years?"
"Are you still teaching EMS classes."
"Why not nursing or social work instead of medicine?"
"What do you see as the biggest problem facing the US health care system? Global health?"
"What do you think of UVM?"
"Tell me about your how you became interested in your undergrad major."
"Describe a difficulty you have faced."
"Tell me about yourself..."
"Could you see yourself living in such a small community compared to yours?"
"You don't seem like you'd be a good doctor, tell me if I'm wrong."
"Tell me about EFTA, an organization I was involved in. "
"What do you see yourself in 10-15 years?"
"do you see yourself leaving the east coast?"
"Would you like to tell me about this incident where you got caught using a fake ID at a bar during your freshman year? "
"Name an obstacle you overcame in academia?"
"Why do you want to study medicine? why do you want to be a doctor? WHY? Why? Why? (She was tough)"
"Toughest decision you had to make? "
"Tell me about your travel experience"
"what is something we haven't discussed which you would like us to know?"
"Why did you go to your undergrad college"
"Describe your clinical experiences"
"What do you think of the global AIDS crisis?"
"What type of travel experiences have you had?"
"What has been the most challenging part of your work?"
"Do you ski?"
"What would be the most difficult thing for you personally to study at UVM or in med school?"
"There are 6 or 8 big issues in ethics. Identify as many as you can."
"Tell me about your experiences since school"
"Why do you want to come to Vermont?"
"Mostly stuff straight from my AMCAS although some other interviewees said they had a lot of bioethics Qs."
"Have you ever seen death before or end of life care?"
"End of life care?"
"How will you face death? (we talkeda bout end-of-life care for a while)"
"What person has had the most impact on your life? Why UVM? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?"
"If a company gives you sample drug worth $ 2000, do you think it is a fair solution to the problem that many people out there don't have health care insurance? How would you distribute them? What are the strengthes and weaknesses of UVM? What do you do to relax? How do you deal with the tremendous pressure of medical school?"
"why vermont? why this particular school?"
"What kind of things do you enjoy in your free time?"
"The one stated above about the teenage mother and partial abortion issue. Talked about universal healthcare insurance coverage. "
"Asked a lot of questions regarding what I put in my AMCAS application."
"Explain to me what you do exactly?"
"What are your strengths and weaknesses?"
"what excites you most about becoming a physician"
"How are you going to pay for medical school?"
"What's the biggest problem facing American health care today?"
"What kind of people in medicine do you not like? How are your fantasy teams doing? Why are fantasy sports important?"
"tell me more about x activity"
"Your going to be pretty old by the time you become a doctor. Why are you doing this?"
"Tell me about your family."
"Do you know what is happening with physician assisted suicide in Vermont? "
"Describe the development of your interest in medicine?"
"What kind of books do you like to read?"
"Have you ever travelled? Where? What was it like?"
"Do you have any hobbies? (Sports, volunteer work, and extracurricular activities not included?)"
"Why are you interested in living in/practicing medicine in Vermont? "
"See Most Interesting Question"
"Tell me about your dance/extra-curricular activities?"
"what characteristics do you have that would make you a good doctor"
"What's the last book you read?"
"Why UVM? (Duh... this qn should not be asked EVER) "
"What do u do for fun?"
"What do you do in your spare time? Do you read books?"
"What type of research do you want to do?"
"What did you get out of your work at-----?"
"what do you like to do for fun?"
"What are your strengths/weakenesses?"
"Tell me about your volunteer experience"
"are there any doctors in your family?"
"what field of medicine are you interested in?"
"You care a lot for the people you work with, how do you deal with it when they fail or don't progress the way they should?"
"How do you envision your career in 20 years? "
"How can there be drawbacks to a socialized healthcare system like Canada's? hmmm must be b/c i'm canadian"
"What did you value most coming out of college?"
"What are some problems with the health care system and how would you fix them? "
"Why UVM? Why would you fit here?"
"Who has influenced you?"
"why did i choose an MD rather than another health profession"
"How would you define a mature person?"
"what will you do if you don't get into medical school?"
"Do you think you can handle medical school? (asked 4-5 times in a row, answered something like this: yes, absolutely, definitely, infinitely sure I can hack it, I've survived X, Y, and Z, therefore I believe I can survive medical school...) (a test perhaps?)"
"MMI - cannot disclose"
"What is one bad part of your life?"
"Tell me about your experience with the Maori."
"Has anyone ever dissuaded you from pursuing medicine?"
"It looks like your only clinical experience wasa month two years ago. (Not a question, but also untrue, most of my experiences are clinical and have a current full-time job in clinical research...)"
"Question about being a Planned Parenthood peer educator, an experience listed on my application."
"What is a downfall in medicine that you hope to change when you become a doctor?"
"I see that you have taken the MCAT multiple times, what happened? (I have taken the MCAT 5 times, so I was expecting this question...)"
"Tell me about yourself"
"Why do you want to attend UVM?"
"how does the U.S. compare to other health care systems you are familiar with?"
"Why don't people want universal healthcare?"
"My opinions about hospice."
"What are some books you've read recently?"
"Biggest accomplishment? Biggest failure?"
"What would your best friend say about you?"
"Tell me about your experiences (on AMCAS) and how they have prepared you for a career in medicine (very open)...also prompted me to discuss something others may not focus on. "
"What was your most meaningful volunteer experience?"
"Discuss a disappointment and/or a loss in your life and how you have overcome it."
"What is going to be challenging about med school? What are going to be the disadvantages of being a doctor?"
"What will you do if you don't get into med school?"
"What are you life goals?"
"Nothing really, just a very engaged conversation. He found out a lot of my extracurricular interests and then invited one of his colleagues who shared those interests in on the conversation. Very chilled out"
"What's your life like outside of academics?"
"Why Vermont (this is VERY important I guess)?"
"Why do you want to be a doctor? What drives you?"
"how has your background in xxx (non scientific area) helped prepare you for medicine"
"What's an accomplishment that you're really proud of?"
"Are you ready for the commitment involved in a career in medicine?"
"When did you know you wanted to go into medicine?"
"Why be a Dr? Why VT?"
"Why a low science GPA (3.3) "
"tell me about X activity"
"Where do you see yourself in 10 years?"
"tell me what happened with your grades freshman year?"
"What would you do if you didn't get in?"
"Tell me about your experience with... (stuff from AMCAS)."
"Where do you see yourself in ten years?"
"What are the qualities of a good doctor?"
"tell me about a book you've read recently "
"What is your life goal?"
"When did you decide you wanted to be a doctor?"
"What are some of your flaws? What are some of your strengths?"
"What is your greatest accomplishment outside of academics?"
"what makes you a great applicant."
"Who is your role model?"
"What are you strenghts and weaknesses?"
"What can be done to improve the health care system in the U.S.?"
"Why do you want to go to UVM? "
"When did you decide to become a doctor?"
"Why did you/tell me about______ (for various exracurriculars)"
"What would you do if you did not end up pursuing medicine?"
"Why would you want to take a military scholarship?"
"What do you do for fun."
"How do you deal with stress?"
"What would your best friend describe as your strenghts and weaknesses?"
"What are you most worried about when it comes to medicine?"
"How did your family's history in medicine affect your decision to go into the profession? "
"Where do you see yourself in 15 years?"
"What does UVM stand for? my interviewer didn't ask me this, but they asked other applicants in my group. It does NOT mean university of vermont. Google it, it's latin."
"Name two strengths and two weaknesses you have."
"Tell me about your research "
"What type of medicine would you like to practice?"
"when did you decide nursing wasn't enough and why isn't it enough?"
"Most questions were meant to get a fuller sense of my AMCAS file and background."
"Background specific questions"
"Tell me about your research."
"What have you been doing since college?"
"What aspect would you find most difficult if you were in medical school?"
"How has your home life (I was a military child, moved around often) affected your development and potential medical skill set?"
"What is the biggest problem facing the healthcare industry?"
"how do you handle stress? "
"Tell me about your job."
"Why vermont? Why UVM?"
"Who is one person that influenced your development?"
"Name two things you did where someone would say that you were compassionate."
"Why don't you want to be a politician? They want to improve the world."
"What would you change about yourself if you could?"
"How would you describe yourself in 1 word?"
"How would your friends describe you?"
"Tell me about your research in trauma and critical care. "
"Why did you choose medicine?"
"Why do you like the VIC?"
"Tell me about your international volunteer work."
"What do you think a medical school interview should be like? (He thought it was more of a conversation and couldn't be standardized)."
"Questions about my volunteer experience"
"Where else did you apply?"
"describe me a personal experince with its good and bas sides."
"Could you explain your research."
"Do you think you can handle the academic challenges of med school?"
"What's with this D in orgo, oh, you retook it. Good."
"What's the best experience you've ever had?"
"How to you picture yourself in ten years? "
"What organic chemistry classes have you taken? Why so much physical chemistry? (My course titles weren't very clear on my transcript)"
"How did being an undergraduate athlete help you in school?"
"What current issues in healthcare do you think are important?"
"Are you anti-feminist?"
"Have you ever lived outside of the northeast, and follow-up would you consider working in a rural underserved area."
"what do you do for fun?"
"What do you think you could contribute to medicine?"
"How would the UVM community benefit from you attending our med. school?"
"Why would you want to become a physician and not a teacher?"
"What is controversial in medicine today? Then I had to argue both sides of the issue."
"How can we solve the problem of obesity in the States vs starvation in Africa? ( This came following a statment i made about international health!)"
"Why not apply to better schools"
"What types of travel experience have you had?"
"Who has been a role model for you, and why?"
"(at the end) Is there anything there anything else that you would like the admissions committee to know about you? "
"Is there anything either positive or negative in your application you would like to highlight?"
"You appear to really enjoy the outdoors. Please elaborate?"
"What do you think about the stem cell research? How do you see yourself in 10 years. Pretty much all standard questions?"
"What do you do to de-stress?"
"Why do you want to go to UVM?"
"What questions do you have for me? (This seemed to be an important part of the interview, so have a few questions lined up)"
"What do you think of physician-assisted suicide? Which of your extracurricular/volunteer commitments impacted you the most?"
"What do you think about current healthcare problems?"
"How about a one payer system?"
"Have your submitted research papers been published? Why UVM? Strengths and weaknesses type question."
"What would you do on a day when you were free of academic or work related obligations? Any questions for me? "
"You seem to have a lot of both clinical and basic science research. Have you considered doing MD PhD? If not why only MD? Where do you see yourself in ten years? Any questions for me? "
"Where do you see yourself in 10 or 15 years?"
"Numerous questions about my activities and hobbies."
"Definetly know the ethical dilemmas regarding any area you have worked or volunteered with. (i.e. I have experience working with hospice so we had a long talk about end-of-life care)"
"What specialty do you want to go into?"
"Besides medicine, what other career interests you?"
"explain your life decisions. biggest problem with health care. explain some community service youve done."
"Name one thing you would like to change about yourself."
"Tell me more about clinical experiences."
"wat do u want to specialize?"
"How would you deal with a patient who is non-compliant?"
"What do you do for fun? Do you like Tarantino's style?"
"Why is the cost of drugs to high?"
"Why do you want to come here?"
"What will you do if this doesn't work out?"
"Decribe a volunteer experince that had a big effect on you?"
"We talked about patient identity and stem cell research"
"Medical school admissions anywhere is sort of a crap shoot. What will you do if you don't get into medical school?"
"Tell me about your family. "
"What kind of medicine do you want to practice?"
"why should you be a student here over the other students interviewing today"
"Do you ski?"
"Where do you see yourself 10 years from now and would you practise rural medicine. Get your answer ready for this one! GOOD LUCK!"
"Do you have any questions?"
"Tell me about your experience playing rugby in college."
"strengths and weaknesses"
"What would you do if you didn't get into med school?"
"Give example of failure and how you overcame it"
"what have been the most difficult/rewarding situations during your undergrad?"
"Who has influenced you?"
"What is the biggest problem with our health care system?"
"Why in the world would you want to come to VT and study medicine at UVM?"
"So you volunteered at a clinic...(there were many of these instances where he would make a statement without any question and then wait for me to just start talking about it)."
"Tell me about the last four years."
"how did you reach your decision to enter medicine?"
"What did you learn from your research experiences?"
"Why do you want to be a doctor? What makes medicine so special."
"what award are you the most proud of?"
"in my application, he said it seemed music was as important to me as medicine, so why/how did i choose medicine..."
"MMI - cannot disclose"
"Tell me about x experience."
"Very few actual questions. Mostly it was a conversation."
"What's a book you've read recently?"
"How has your special experience in college changed you?"
"Nothing too interesting, just had me repeate my application over and over."
"How do you see medicine changing when you become a doctor?"
"How can more doctors be drawn to work in rural areas?"
"How many youth do you have praying for you? (based off of a reference in my AMCAS application)"
"None really interesting, but he seemed very interested in getting to know my family life and background. He asked me to tell him where my parents came from and their background as well as my life story... It was low stress though."
"Tell me about your thesis"
"How does the general public perceive physicians?"
"The interview was conversational; there wasn't just one interesting question"
"What do you think about the new healthcare reform? (It was like a day after it had passed...we spent most of the interview conversing about this topic)"
"Give me your ideal day off. What you would do, where, with whom, etc."
"What would you do if you couldn't go into medicine? What will our health care system look like in 5 years?"
"What books have I read recently? That led into finding that the interviewer and I both have the same interest"
"In what ways do South Americans lead better lifestyles than Americans? (Because I studied there)"
"All the questions were very expected, nothing out of the ordinary"
"What was the most interesting thing you saw while working in an ER?"
"Say something interesting about yourself. So if you are interviewing, have an answer ready."
"You talked about attending x conference in your AMCAS application, who should get to decide how organs are distributed and by what method?"
"How are you going to deal with people you don't agree with? Tell me about an experience dealing with someone different than you."
"What achievement are you proudest of?"
"Describe your perfect day. "
"Tell me about your high school visits (I went back to my HS last year and I'm going back this year again to talk to kids about college. We actually spent a good deal of time on this.)"
"What would be your approach to deal with a difficult or uncooperative patient, give an example of how you've handled it in your clinical experiences"
"Tell me about your life."
"What is the worst problem in health care today?"
"do you think focusing on MCAT scores is a good way for medical schools to distinguish applicants?"
"What are your wildest dreams?"
"What one thing do you want to accomplish?"
"Who made the most impression on your life."
"Have you read anything good lately?"
"How do you think you'll handle the power of being a physician? "
"How did you decide on your undergraduate institution, and how does that inform your decisionmaking process for a medical school?"
"more conversational, with a few basic questions"
"Just standard questions about my aplpication."
"There were no interesting questions - all were very bland. This was disappointing, as I was hoping for thought-provoking questions. "
"Why did you come to the U.S. to study medicine(all the way from Korea)?"
"Problems with the Canadian Healthcare system"
"do you think that your creative spirit will be subdued if you go into primary care"
"Who's your role model?"
"Describe a challenge you've overcome?"
"What scares you about becoming a doctor?"
"Where do you see yourself in 10 years?"
"who founded uvm"
"Who is your role model?"
"How me might approach the health care problem in the U.S. (though he did not really ask me we kind just discussed it)."
"What did UVM stand for? It was asked during a group session before the interview process began. Google it for the meaning!"
"Why do you like writting? (I never mentioned that in file or discussion)"
"Questions about very specific hypothetical bioethics situations."
"Why did you publish your paper under an alias?"
"What do you think a Dr should be paid?"
"All were pretty straight-forward ''tell me about yourself and experience ''type questions"
"A question pertaining to my upbringing and how I have supported myself."
"How does your research (plant bio / agricultural) relate to human medicine?"
"Tell me about how you got to see surgery at age 12."
"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"
" It was more of a conversation, so no difficult or unique questions"
"Tell me about your sister's diabeties."
"Why did I pick my major? What made me change paths from History to medicine?"
"How do you move a 200 lbs keg?"
"Tell me three words with which to describe you to the admissions committee."
"How did I deal with a past ailment listed on my AMCAS."
"What current areas of basic research in biology will lead to new cures in medicine?"
"What do you do in your spare time? In all of those experiences, can you tell me about one very positive and one very negative experience? "
"What is the most difficult thing you will face as a Physician?"
"What do you think will be the most difficult thing for you to deal with in medical school? "
"Describe a typical day as you see it 10 years from now starting from when you wake up."
"What would you do if you didn't get in this year? What if you couldn't ever become a doctor?"
"[I am a non-trad applicant who went to law school before really deciding on medicine.] When did you finally get your "
"My interviewer asked me a lot of questions about my background specifically."
"If you had all the knowledge of the human genome what would you do with it?"
"I was directly asked the basic questions like tell me about yourself, your interest in UVM, why you want to be a doctor, and then the rest of the interview was basically just a conversation."
"What should I say to the admissions committee when it's time to talk about you?"
""Hospice is a socially accepted form of euthanasia." Agree, disagree, why?"
"How would I respond if a terminally ill patient disclosed they were considering suicide?"
"How have your research experiences helped prepare you for a career as a physician?"
"Do you think you would be able to adjust to the atmosphere of Vermont"
"Compare health care systems of the US and of the UK."
"Were you interested in becoming a doctor while you were in college? (i've taken several years off)"
"tell me about yourself"
"Tell me about your volunteer experience."
"I showed an interest in pediatric oncology and the interviewer's response was: "Dont you realize these kids are going to die? Why would you want to be part of that?" "
"If you had a day all to yourself what would you?"
"What was the last book that you read?"
"What is the most important problem facing medicine today?"
"If someone found a homeless person passed out downtown and they were brought to the hospital, do you think that they would be denied care? Why or why not?"
"If you could write your own eulogy what would you want to be remembered for?"
"What is a difficult situation (with a person) you had to handle?"
"What type of movies/books do you like?"
"Why did you choose MD rather than MD/PhD?"
"How does the trauma service at your institution compare to UVM's?"
"nothing too interesting"
"Nothing difficult. All specific questions pertaining to my essay and activities"
"If you were new to an area and needed to be seen by a physician what is the #1 most important characteristic for that physician to have? (He would take "a cold fish scientist before a humanistic physician")."
"Do you know what (some obscure musical instrument) is?"
"How would you restructure public housing in Boston to promote more community? (Related to my volunteer experience)"
"Tell me about your [interesting experience]."
"nothing really, the usual: why vermont, how would you deal with the cold weather, "
"How did the Europeans treat you?"
"What do you think about euthanasia?"
"He asked about an article I had written for s journal. He said he hadn't heard of the disorder the article was about, but he asked a bunch of relevant follow-up questions, so he was definitely testing me."
"Who are you role models and how did they impact your decision to enter medicine?"
"During which life transition did you decided to be a physician?"
"Are you interested in Vermont because of the mountains? (my experience is very outdoorsy)"
"So why MD and not PhD?"
"Discuss your clinical experience."
"Specific question about my personal statement"
"I was not asked any questions that were interesting."
"Nothing out of the ordinary"
"What are your opinions on antibiotics?"
"What is Chinatown like in Philadelphia?"
"What is your least favorite class that you took?"
"How do you foresee using genetics as an effective clinician?"
"What would your co-workers say about you?"
"Are you interested in participating in a MPH program?"
"Speaking of drinking, what happened in your freshman year? (she wanted me to crack)"
"Where do you see yourself practicing? ( I had mentioned my interest in international medicine)"
"What can be done to provide health care in an equitable manner across the entire (national) population?"
"It was a 45min exploration of ethics, the question just kept becoming more focused and pointed after I answered. The interviewer was very attentive and didn't let me get away with making generalizations"
"Do you think that spending three months working in a health clinic in a poor country really helps improve things?"
"Describe a time in your life when you were so overwhelmed you didn't think you would make it."
"Why MD and not RN or DO?"
"Why do you think there has been an increase in the number of cases of ADHD diagnosed over the last few years? (this question was specific to me considering my research is in the area of child psychiatry and ADHD)"
"Should government be responisible for the health insurance of every citizen?"
"Describe yourself in a sentence."
"Why are you friends with your friends? What common link do you all have that makes you friends?"
"Tell me about your family and friends."
"Why did you decide to major in neuroscience and philosophy? What connection do they have?"
"How do you plan to change the world? (this followed an idealistic tangent of mine)"
"What have been the most important medical advances in the last 100 years?"
"Nothing unusual. But they do make it a point to talk about some current health issues."
"What makes you who you are today?"
"How did being Native American play a role in your life/upbringing?"
"What person has had the most impact on you in your life?"
"How do you feel about working in a homogeniously white population of Vermont? "
"The questions were mostly standard. She really knew my application and asked about me research."
"No questions were interesting; the interviewer kept pressing me on my religious beliefs. "
"Take your pick: Taiwan politics, international policy, fishing in Lake Champlaign, perceptions of Americans overseas, being a military doctor, health care policy."
"Young woman (teenager), who is 17 years old, is in your office for a routine check-up, but is really there to find out if she is pregnant(and indeed she is), and her mom is outside in the waiting room, would you tell the mother about her daughter's pregnancy or not?"
"Questions about Spanish history and culture. ( I studied there for a year)"
"How did you improve your verbal score in a matter of a year? (I took the MCAT twice)"
"It sounds like you have a lot of experience working with patients, what do you think are the advantages of being an older student?"
"Besides medicine, what other career interests you?"
"no one interesting question-just lots of good probing character and motivational questions"
"What havent I asked you that you would like me to?"
"How am I going to pay for medical school?"
"Why is the practice of medicine not ideal?"
"Is there any issue/has there been a time that just makes you want to jump out of the soap box and say something?"
"wat is the problem w healthcare today and solutions to it"
"How do you deal with a coworker who you have a problem with? I'm not sure why this tripped me up - just an unexpected question I guess. "
"Do you drink Coke?"
"what was the nobel in med awarded for"
"What should we do about the spread of AIDS?"
"What is it like for a person with so much on their plate to focus on one thing?"
"Why do so many students from your school apply here at Vermont? "
"How did you manage all that you did? (referring to my activities)"
"Paint a portrait of your self to decribe your personality and strengths and weaknesses."
"Ho do view the ethical issues surrounding engineered bodies and stem cell research?"
"nothing really interesting."
"What do you think of medical ethics? (I'm not quite sure how I was supposed to answer this one . . . they're good?)"
"Think about your career 50 years from now and tell me what you want your medical legacy to be. "
"Asked about Cipro use in Anthrax scare. To assess Rxing to pt for use in case of infection."
"If your wife was sitting here what would she say were your strengths and weaknesses"
"Tell me about your dance ?"
"if i considered myself a type a or type b personality"
"What was your high school experience like?"
"Who was your role model in life?"
"Gave various scenarios that lead to a discussion of healthcare issues."
"Where do you see yourself in the future?"
"Many questions asked me to draw from experiences and think aobut things a little more in depth than in some interviews. For example, did a particular patient stand out to me? Has a patient/family member of a patient ever angered me? What was my favorite book? Why was it my favorite book? What about the characters could I relate to?"
"do you think there are any negative aspects of attending UVM?"
"Where is health care going? What are some of the problems facing HC system in the US?"
"Where do you get your spunk from?"
"What is your essense?"
"I was asked if I had taken any courses, etc in ethics, and if I had I was asked to expound on a topic within medical ethics."
"Do you think you have a unique contribution to the student body and to the school? "
"You care a lot for the people you work with, how do you deal with it when they fail or don't progress the way they should?"
"How will you deal with dying patients and death in general as a physician?"
"When you hang out with your friends, do you tend to just ogle women and talk sports, or are you guys out to figure out the meaning of life?"
"Do you realize how boring being a doctor can be?"
"so you have close friends - what is it that makes people your friends? what is friendship?"
"I was given a quote from Hemingway's Farewell to Arms and asked what I thought about it."
"Is there a patient that you worked with that you found to be memorable? "
"In what ways did you mature from your volunteer experiences?"
"how do you want to be remembered (i.e. an epitath)"
"What does your name mean and tell me about your parents."
"Have you ever taken an unpopular stance/position and what was the experience like?"
"Is there anything you've seen here at UVM that might dissuade you from coming here?"
"MMI - cannot disclose"
"Most of it was a conversation so there weren't any particularly difficult questions."
"What is one problem in health care delivery and how can we fix it."
"Do you have any big questions for me?"
"I don't think any specific part was very difficult."
"He made a lot of statements that were hard t figure out how to answer."
"What would you change about today's healthcare?"
"How will majoring in philosophy inform your work as a physician?"
"Justify your low MCAT score."
"My interviewer, and other interviewees told me similar things, was only interested in getting to know me better. There were no ethical or difficult questions. It was very conversational."
"What brought you here?"
"What are you most proud of?"
"Why medicine\what will you be doing in 30 years?"
"What are some of the failures in your life?"
"What do you want to do?"
"I had a really challenging, yet enjoyable interview. My activities, personal background, research, career goals, and motivations were touched upon. "
"all were pretty easy"
"Nothing, the interview was very relaxed and conversational."
"We talked a little bit about health care and it was the morning after Obama's big speech so that was a little nerve wracking "
"The broad, "in your own words, I want to hear about how you feel about your experiences""
"Any failures? I tried to avoid the question by saying that whey something does not work out, I do not see it as a failure but the interviewer (he) insisted that I answer the question specifically. So I came up with something."
"Describe your perfect day. (For some unknown reason this was slightly difficult... guess it could encompass many things, I just went with a few.)"
"Tell me about a failure."
"With your background, would you ever want to go into health policy or planning? "
"Who is someone you don't want to be like? I couldn't think of an answer, so she changed it to name a situation where it was difficult to work with somebody."
"What are some of the biggest challenges facing medicine and can you offer any approaches to solve these problems?"
"There weren't really any difficult questions...my interviewer's questions were very straightforward. No tricky questions."
"interview was conversational--none of the questions were really "difficult""
"What areas of medicine are you interested in?"
"What will you do if you make a mistake as a doctor (because you will)?"
"Tell me something that isn't in your AMCAS application. (This was hard because I basically put everything I could into my AMCAS and I wasn't expecting this question)."
"Give me a synopsis of your life...you can start from the womb if you want."
"What is a personal failure you have experienced?"
"Your science GPA is lower than it should be and medical school goes quickly. How can we by sure you won't fall behind? "
"a lot of questions on ethical issues in healthcare"
"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]"
"The interviewer asked me to interpret a graph he drew on the back of my application."
"Which class (for undergrad studies) impacted you the most?"
"Why you want to study in the states?"
"tell me about a failure in your life and how you dealt with it"
"Honestly, there were none. My interview was very conversational. "
"What is your greatest accomplishment outside of academics or your job?"
"Why medicine? I'm a non-trad and it is such a complex question in a sense that it is always tough for me to encapsulate it."
"So you have had publications, which are really great honors, but what other honors have you had? ***I felt like...wow I feel inadequate LOL"
"None. Very conversational."
"What is/was your greatest weakness?"
"None. Quesitons you would find in a typical med school interview. The doctor was a very chill person and was informal during the interview."
"How would you fund primary care for everyone in the U.S.?"
"The bioethics questions. "
"You say you've been political since you were 5 years old, where did it come from? "
"What needs to change in american healthcare?"
"what do you perceive as a weakness in yourself?"
"None really difficult, it was more of a conversation. But, if I had to classify the *most* difficult, it was probably: ''how do you deal with failure?''"
"Describe a personal conflict that you've had in the workplace."
"Tell me about your school's (Simon's Rock College of Bard) affiliation with Bard."
"What profession would you seek if you could never become a physician, or if you became one and then were disillusioned?"
"None were difficult. "
"How do you handle situations involving differences of opinion with a coworker, boss,etc..?"
"What is the greatest problem facing American health care?"
"How are you going to handle living so far away from your family with whom you are obviously ver close to? (I'm from AZ.)"
"Who in your life have you had to deal with to work toward a common goal, but who you did not like or respect?"
"None of the questions were hard!! My interviewer was a psychiatrist and it really felt like a therapy session...no, I didn't cry ;)"
"The interview was more of a conversation than a challenge, so no questions were difficult."
"What was the most difficult thing you have had to go through? "
"none of them were "
"So tell me your "
"If you are treating brothers and one has Huntington's disease, would you inform the the other brother of his family's health risk? What if he was going to have children? Do you have that right?"
"Nothing diffcult, just the standard questions as mentioned above."
"none were really difficult"
"Give three ethical topics and discuss if they will be issues in 10 years"
"Where do I see myself professionally in ten years?"
"Explain the disparity between your very high MCAT and your diappointing undergraduate grades."
"Why is the cost of health care so high? What is the solution?"
"What has made you now that medicine is for you?"
"What was your most challenging but rewarding expereince? "
"there weren't any difficult questions... just the standard "why medicine" stuff. they really tried to just get to know you"
"Why should we chose you? What makes you different? "
"Name current issues in research that you think would have an impact on medicine."
"What is the most unique experience you have had as an EMT?"
"What was a class that you didn't like?"
"What is your responsibility to one of your patients who refuses to stop smoking but wants a cure for one of their smoking-related medical issues?"
"How are you prepared to handle emergency situations that require your immediate attention?"
"None. Just ur standard questions."
"What makes you more qualified for medical school than the other candidates that you met today?"
"How did you go from physics and mathematics to medicine?"
"Nothing out of the ordinary"
"Name three current medical issues at the supreme court right now."
"What does UVM stand for?"
"What do you think is a good solution to the financial problems facing primary care providers in terms of low payments from medicare and high operating costs, etc. (After I answered, he told me he didn't actually expect me to come up with "THE answer")"
"What do you think are future ethical problems in medicine?"
"What would you do if you had one day to yourself? "
"would you be able to funcion here? "
"What were the easiest and most difficult parts of living in Amsterdam outside of the clinic?"
"What has made you a compassionate person?"
"Why I wasn't teaching anymore."
"You're neither smart or well-qualified enough to be a doctor. Prove me wrong."
"What is one failure that you have had?"
"Why are you switching from Chemical Engineering to Medicine?"
"Do you think your patient contact is adequate? "
"Are you prepared for the intensity of medical school?"
"Why a doctor and not a nurse (my mother is a nurse)"
""I don't think you're cut out well to be a doctor. Please contradict me so that you have a chance of acceptance with the admissions committee.""
"What have you done since graduation?"
"Who is the most influential person in your life"
"What are you doing in 10 years? Because really, how would you know?"
"What is your biggest achievement?"
"Do you truly like the sciences? Difficult question for a philosophy major."
"Different variations of weakness-focused questions."
"What would your wife say your weaknesses are?"
"The difficulties that i am to expect in medical school"
"what would you do if faced with a patient who refused to comply with your recommendations?"
"The interviewer went back to a previous answer I had given and used it to challenge me on a later question"
"Questions regarding past research experiences, specifically as to the implications for patients."
"nothing too difficult"
"What do you think of current problems in healthcare?"
"How can you convince me that you know what it is like being a clinician?"
"Where do you see yourself in 10 years?"
"same as above"
"What are today's bio sci's problems in medicine? Have you ever worked with difficult people?"
"Of anything in the news in the past 6 months, which news story/issue had the most impact on you, in that it had both near- and far-reaching implications?"
"Your personal statement is a nice story, but it doesn't tell me why you want to be a doctor."
"Tell me about yoru research (it had been a few years since I did the research, and I was fumbling around a bit)"
"What do you think of physician-assisted suicide?"
"A stem cell research question. This is an area that I had limited information so I had made a point of reading up beforehand but I couldn't ramble as comfortably as I would have liked."
"What influences have shaped you?"
"Should there be a cap on pain and suffering malpractice awards?"
"How will you deal with death when your first patient/patients die? (as their primary care doc)"
"Where do you see your self in ten years in term of geographical location, specialty, etc? (there weren't really any hard questions)"
"What are the strengthes and weaknesses of UVM? "
"She asked me to talk about the three most positive and negative qualities I had...I couldn't help but to turn the negatives into positives anyway."
"If I bought a hospital, what fiscal policies would you implement for it to be a success? "
"How do pronounce "aptotosis?" He had reviewed my file very thoroughly and was asking because I had worked in a dementia lab over 7 years ago. Couldn't remember much about that experience at all when asked."
"one mentioned above"
"Related to the above question but talking about the Partial Abortion issue."
"My thoughts on physician-assissted suicide."
"Tell me why you want to go to this school?"
"You haven't taken science in a while, how do you think you will deal with that?"
"What are your strengths/weaknesses?"
"Who is your favorite Jazz guitarist? (I know it doesnt sound hard....but I don't really have one. I listen to alot of jazz and dont pay much attention to who it is. I felt pretty weird not being able to answer. I just hope he didnt think I lied about listening to jazz...because I do.)"
"Name one thing about myself that I would like to change."
"How would you remedy the inadequate nature of medicine?"
"See above. I messed up here. I thought he was referring to my communication skills. He later rephrased the question. Hey, it was my third interview that day and I was tired after less than 4 hours of sleep in two days."
"wat is the problem w healthcare today and solutions to it"
"None were difficult, though most were ethical questions"
"Do you have a role model other than your parents?"
"What institution unique to Vermont? (answer: civil unions)"
"She asked quite a few questions about ethical issues as they stood in Vermont."
"Talk about some problems in health care?"
"It seems like you could get what you want from other jobs, why medicine?"
"What is the most creative thing you've ever done."
"What are you not going to like about medical school?"
"See Most Interesting Question."
"Relate an experience where you had to deal with something dificult"
"what do you think of physician-assisted suicide/ euthanasia?"
"What do you think can be done about the current malpractice insurance situation?"
"How will you deal with the fact that most of your work time will be spent in small rooms dealing with minutia?"
"None. My interviewer seemed to just be going through the motion of asking some standard questions. Didn't seem interested in getting to know me better and to see if I fit into the school."
"Why don't you become a physical therapist (I expressed interest in occupational health)"
""If you have to pick MD or PhD, what would you choose?""
"What is one challenge/problem in the medical field today?"
"Do you really think you have enough clinical experiences to know what being a doctor is all about? (This caught me off guard a bit, and I'm not sure I responded as well as I would have liked)"
"what is the most important issue in the WORLD in regard to healthcare?"
"What would you do if your girlfriend left you while you were in school here?"
"Has anyone ever dissuaded you from becoming a doctor?"
"1 What do you think a busy month is like (# of hours) for a student/doctor? 2 have you ever had a communication problem or conflict with another person? how did you resolve it?"
"Nothing very difficult. Mostly conversational discussions about my research experience and personal life. "
"What is the biggest problem with our health care system?"
"What do you think will be your greatest challenge in medical school?"
"If we were to ask your girlfriend some undesirable attributes about you, what do you think she would say??? "
"With the coming war with Iraq, would you or your friends from college ever consider enlisting in the armed forces?"
"Everytime I told the interviewer something, that person questioned my answer rather sarcastically. "
"What are the cons of being independent (we were talking about Britain versus U.S.A). Then the interviewer went off on a strange tangent about the men in Vermont, and completely unrelated topics. I just nodded along."
"Has the great twentieth-century american novel been written? (goodness graciousness -- i now see one of the disadvantages of having a literature background)"
"Most of my experience is in Psychiatry research so I felt a bit put on the spot about my interest in this field- the questions felt odd at times."
"how was i able to compare what i learned from two (anthropological) research projects i'd conducted"
"How many schools did you apply to? How many interviews do you have? How did we get on that list?"
"Tell me about your greatest disappointment/frustration in life?"
"Why did you major in Neuroscience? (long story, but this question kind of led to a bad turn in the interview)"
"MMI Practice + Mock Interviews"
"Mock interviews. Created MMI answering format"
"I read materials about MMI as this was my first one. I also spoke with other applicants about MMI during our tour to get a sense of what it would be like."
"Googled practice interview questions, school's website, SDN"
"Reviewed MMI sample questions online."
"Reread my application and researched the school/area thoroughly."
"Reviewed my primary application very closely."
"Looked over my application file prior to interview. Know your story and what your specific motivations for going into medicine and why UVM is a good fit."
"Mock-interviews, went over AMCAS personal statement, read SDN interview questions from this year at this school, went over interview questions by myself."
"I reviewed my AMCAS, rehearsed with my friend a few times... thought about why I wanted to go into medicine."
"I went over my AMCAS, secondary app, also did thorough research of the school."
"Read the school's website, re-read my AMCAS file"
"Read my AMCAS application."
"looked over my application, visited the school website"
"Considered my opinions on major medical issues."
"Read the website, read information on currently healthcare trends in policy, research, etc."
"SDN Feedback of course!"
"Read my application and familiarized myself with current trends in medicine"
"Read website, read student forums, etc"
"Read the website."
"SDN, read a book on interviewing"
"SDN, school website, mock interview"
"SDN interview feedback, review AMCAS application, review school website, review my old research material, look at current medicine and scientific articles"
"SDN, past job interviews experience"
"School's website, mock interview with pre-med committee and a professor, SDN"
"School's website, SDN interview feedback- made a list of previous questions and practiced answering them, spoke with pre-med dean at my undergraduate college"
"studied the school website, SDN, read up on health care reform, prayed"
"Researched their site and tried to come up with a good reason for why I wanted to go to UVM."
"SDN, mock interview with pre-med advisor, read books on interview skills, UVM website."
"SDN/Interview Feedback, AMCAS, current reading on health issues, medical journals, school website, exercise & sleep!"
"this website, school's website, reviewed healthcare system"
"Reread application essays, looked at SDN feedback"
"AMCAS, SDN, interview feedback, mock interviews"
"Just the school website"
"Glanced briefly over SDN. This is an interview you don't really need much prep for. It's very laid back."
"SDN, school website, read over applications, read about current topics in medical ethics and health care policy issues"
"SDN interview feedback, my AMCAS application, went over typical questions"
"Practiced questions with parents."
"looked over feedback on SDN, read UVM's website, talked with student hosts"
"SDN, website, wrote out some of my answers to help me collect my thoughts."
"UVM website, SND, reviewed AMCAS application"
"SDN, pre-med committee interview, UVM website, read over AMCAS"
"SDN, website, mock interview, AMCAS"
"Looked over my app, read all about the UVM system. "
"SDN, reading newspapers, UVM website"
"AMCAS, SDN, school website, mock interview"
"read AMCAS, news, UVM website"
"SDN, reviewed application"
"Mock interviews; knew my file cold; watched shows such as "Meet the Press.""
"Read brochure, thought about questions, SDN "
"SDN, AMCAS, the school's website and (most importantly) the UVM's med students. "
"SDN, school website, mock interview with friends"
"right here, talked to med students, had friends mock interview me"
"Read through the school website, reviewed my AMCAS app, practiced some questions"
"SDN, mock interview, UVM website, reviewed AMCAS"
"UVM website, SDN, reread AMCAS application and UVM secondary"
"Interview feedback, mock interview, prepared for routine questions"
"amcas, website, reading about healthcare"
"SDN, Reviewed AMCAS, Mock Interview, and researched UVM online."
"SDN, talked to my host, reviewed my AMCAS and summer research propsal."
"SDN, school website, AMCAS application"
"SND, school website, talked to myself with practice questions. ;)"
"Read SDN, student feedback, talked with current and past students, made flash cards about the school."
"Read the UVM website, read the MSAR, read these interview feedback profiles, searched SDN forums, ran through answers in my head"
"looked at website and MSAR"
"Read UVM's website, SDN, had other interviews"
"Mock interview, reviewed AMCAS, read UVM website esp. for Vermont Integrated Curriculum (VIC)"
"Mock interview over the phone, looked at SDN, soul-searching."
"SDN, UVM Med Website, Google, Sci Finder Scholar, MSAR"
" SDN, secondary app, AMCAS, other interview experiences"
"sdn, school website, previous interview, AMCAS file."
"SDN, read the website, AMCAS, the usual"
"SDN, school web site"
"Read over AMCAS, school website, SDN"
"SDN, read AMCAS, PreMed questionaire"
"SDN feedback, look over my file"
"SDN, school website, read AMCAS, reviewed research, talked to students day before"
"I overprepared; I spent lots of time brushing up on healthcare policy, ethics, current events. My interview, and everyone else's in my group was nothing more than a casual conversation. Very chill, relaxed, open, etc. So to prepare well, do some inner reflecting about the questions I've listed below. "
"SDN, Reviewed my file, read about the school."
"SDN, read AMCAS application, and read up on the school through school website and AAMC website"
"student doctor network, read interview books, watched interview video, lots of self-reflection."
"SDN, and UVM website"
"MSAR, AMCAS, SDN, UVM website, student host, RELAXED"
"SDN, reread AMCAS, school website"
"Reread file, spoke with med students and faculty."
"Read SDN, read their online viewbook, talked to students the day before."
"I read all the materials provided by the school that day, SDN"
"SDN, looked up bioethics topics, reviewed AMCAS, asked current med student questions"
"website, Med School Admissions Requirements, SDN"
"Read over interview feedback on SDN"
"Reviewed the UVM catalog and curriculum to formulate questions."
"SDN, other online sources, UVM website and brochure."
"SDN, UVM website, mock interview."
"school website, SDN, AMCAS app"
"This website, the school's view book, mock interview"
"SDN, UVM website, reviewed application"
"SDNET, AMCAS file, articles"
"Student Doctor, UVM Website, Current students, Watch the news"
"current events, controversial topics, studentdoctor.net, mock interview, looked at school's website"
"Mock interview, spoke with students and faculty from the school, reviewed my application, read up on medical ethics and health news."
"this website, practice interviews, their website"
"read this website, talked to currrent students, and read over my application"
"mock interview, school website, sdn, read application."
"SDN, mock interviews with physicians, read over AMCAS application, browsed school website"
"SDN, UVM website"
"sdn interview feedback, school website, i've had many other interviews"
"Read over my application, read up on the school, read the newspaper, spoke with current med students and other students interviewing this year."
"school's website, state of vermont's website pertaining to health care, read a few issues of their local newspaper and watched their local news, SDN. "
"AMCAS, UVM brochure, SDN, previous interviews"
"SDN, read over apps, mock interviews, school website, MSAR, etc."
"studentdoctor.com, msar, UVM website, mock interview"
"read school website, learn about the new curriculum, "
"SDN, met with a friend's dad who's a doctor, websites, aamc website, read a few back issues of academic medicine"
"Read over SDN feedback, practiced questions, looked over the school's website for questions I could ask."
"SDN, my application, UVM's website"
"SDN, research on UVM's programs, mock interview"
"Read a couple of medical ethics books, practiced questions from SDN, read school website, read my application."
"Read SDN, review of notes I made on previous questions, AMCAS"
"AMCAS application , mock interviews, spoke to current UVM med students about the school, SDN."
"UVM website, spoke with other applicants"
"UVM site, admissions catalog, AMCAS file, mock interview"
"SDN, U. Vermont website"
"sdn, school's website, practice interviews"
"Mock interviews, reread AMCAS, checked UVM's website"
"This website, mock interview with pre-med staff at my college, ethical internet acticles, review of UVM website and my AMCAS app"
"SDN, read UVM's webiste especially the VIC curriculum, read through my amcas app"
"SDN, my AMCAS app, UVM website, sections of some medical school related books"
"studentdoctor net website, school website"
"This site, reviewed my ap, mock interview, induced vomiting (not really), a little yoga followed by coffee."
"Sdn, read about the school and went over my application. Read some stuff about bioethics though i did not get asked about it at all. "
"UVM website, reviewed my application"
"Read SDN, AMCAS, old papers, mock interviews"
"AMSAR, SDN, Read AAMCS, good night sleep"
"Mock interview, reading about interviews, being at the University for 5 years."
"sdn, uvm site, my app"
"school's website, this website, talking to friends, talking to student hosts, misc bioethics material"
"Read school brochure and spoke with professors and students that I knew from working at UVM"
"looked on this website, listened to NPR, read articles, and printed off information from the UVM website."
"mock interviews, UVM website and brochure, talked to students, SDN"
"SDN, UVM web, some intro level med ethics, healthcare policy & stem cell research books."
"reading a lot online about UVM/sdn"
"Reading this site, reading the school's viewbook, discussing ethical issues w/friends"
"This website - UVM website"
"Looked at Vermont's website, read newspapers, looked at this site. "
"Website, UVM admissions booklet and info session provided by UVM on the interview day, SDN"
"SDN, UVM web site, and misc. bioethics websites."
"Interview feedback, school website, current medical students."
"Talked a lot with my student host, read own AMCAS application, SDN"
"didn't do much"
"sdn, talked with students, re-read my amcas materials"
"SDN, read brochure, read website"
"Listening to the orientation before the interview."
"I read sites like this one, browsed the school's website, and asked students there about what to expect."
"read about the school and hospital, but the questions had nothing to do with it."
"Read the Vermont brochure twice, reviewed by AMCAS, and enjoyed myself."
"amcas, sleeping on the plane"
"This very helpful SDN website, UVM brochure, UVM website, Bioethics.com, Howard Dean's website."
"Read information on health care system, SND and the universites web site. Practiced answering questions"
"SDN, UVM website, and visit downtown Burlington."
"sdn, vt lit, school lit"
"SDN, admissions brochure, talked with a student beforehand."
"fellow students, their website, sdn, medical ethics stuff, ie dying with dignity issues"
"Read over my application."
"Read this website; went over some current issues (esp. about Howard Dean since he is from Vermont AND a doctor..but no questions about him); looked over my personal statement...and of course, just be myself!"
"Websites (UVM and ethics websites)"
"This time, I only read my research reports since I was interviewing for the MD/Phd position."
"read personal statement and review app"
"SDN, read AMCAS, talked with students"
"Read their website, go over my AMCAS application because the interviews know your file back and front with extreme detail."
"brochure, website, Interview Feedback, sdn forums"
"surfed the web"
"NYT, SDN, read up on health care issues, esp. the physician-assisted suicide bill in Vermont."
"this site, UVM website"
"This site, their booklet"
"WEbsite, SDN, reread my application"
"read Interview feedback, read about the school."
"SDN, website, brochure, focused on their new curriculum"
"this website, uvm catalog (man that's a strangely spelled word--just doesn't look right)"
"Read website, mock interview"
"Read the schools website and prospectus, talked with students who interviewed there, reviewed my file. "
"No Prep. Showed up and prepared to be my self."
"SDN, school website, pamphlet"
"Read this website, reread amcas, went thru my premed interview packet"
"interview feedback; read application; school website; read about howard dean"
"SDN, UVM website, brochures"
"SDN interview feedback, Vermont website, my AMCAS"
"Mock interviews, SDN, UVM website and talked to med students the night before. Contact the students, they love to help you."
"School's website, read up on current events"
"Read about Fletcher Allen scandal."
"Read their brochure, looked at their website, read interview feedback."
"Read SDN, talked to a physician about our health care system, read up on current events a little"
"read application, read school website, this website"
"Read up on UVM and the new curriculum. Looked up info on the state of Vermont and the city of Burlington. Also ate some Ben and Jerry's and listened to some Phish (two Vermont mainstays :))"
"Interview feedback, AMCAS application, school catalogue and website, current events"
"studentdoctor.net, mock interviews, review interview questions, research school"
"SDN, read my personal statement,visited school website"
"Know myself, my application - the why's and what each item meant to me."
"Read Interview Feedback, reviewed application, reviewed school materials and website"
"Read over all my applications. Knew the prospects and theory behind my research work. Looked up some facts about UVM and VT in general. Took a walk around town the day before- simply splendid!"
"researched the school, reviewed application, mock interviews"
"read viewbook, looked over my application"
"Reviewed literature on the school from web-site and medical school books. Reviewed application."
"Read application, read up on the school, kept up to date w/current affairs"
"mock interviews. reviewed my AMCAS application. read the interview chapter/section in a number of getting-into-medical school books."
"SDN, read over general interview questions"
"interview feedback site, discussed current med events with a med student, read current med articles, re-read my essays"
"Read AMCAS, school brochure, read up on medical news."
"current events, aamcas application review, mock interviews."
"read the brochure"
"The interviewers were very friendly and genuinely seemed interested in what I had to say"
"The city of Burlington is very quaint and everyone was friendly"
"I liked the closed file interview. I think it makes sense to prevent bias based on mcat score/gpa. The interviewers were very nice."
"Welcoming and open environment at the school. Very positive and encouraging"
"The school presented itself well and was welcoming. The curriculum is intriguing."
"Welcoming and friendly environment. Culture of inclusivity and diversity. Didn't feel like we were being tested, just tyring to get to know us and analyze our thinking skills."
"Friendly admissions staff, students seem extremely happy, beautiful location"
"The students genuinely seemed to feel that UVM is the best medical school. They make you feel welcome and that UVM will be a great fit for you."
"The admissions staff and interviewer really made me feel like they wanted me to be there."
"The Vermont Integrated Curriculum, the PCR course, the early clerkships and selectives"
"Damn near everything. Great school all around."
"School facilities, current students were lively, the student host program and my student host, the admissions officers' friendliness"
"The medical campus is beautiful. The students seem very happy."
"The integrated curriculum looks amazing."
"How liberal my interviewer was (re: abortion, universal healthcare, etc.), the curriculum, early clinical exposure"
"school curriculum, facilities, friendliness of faculty/staff"
"The relaxed and conversational nature of the interview."
"LOVED the school, all of the students really want to be there and they all really have pride in their school. I actually liked Burlington a lot. Also, this school has an amazing and long history, I liked that a lot."
"The interviewer was very friendly but also frank."
"School is very student-centered student-oriented."
"The medical school and hospital are very connected and right on the undergraduate campus, everyone was very friendly, and the facilities are brand new."
"The interview was very relaxed. It was more of a conversation. This was a little tricky, though, because I wanted to get in all of my reasons why I'm a good applicant, and the interview wasn't focused on that."
"VIC, technology, friendliness of the students and staff"
"We went on a walk for the tour! Great time."
"I was impressed by how much time my interviewer spent with my file before meeting me. "
"People, School, Curriculum, Location"
"Everything: Burlington is beautiful, the integrated curriculum, all students were friendly and welcoming, great facilities"
"Facilities are beautiful, everyone was very nice"
"The school's facilities are very new and technology driven. The curriculum is designed for the modern doctor - everything is integrated and about becoming a well rounded doctor."
"The VIC, the student projects, the technology, the facilities, the faculty"
"The technology, the buildings, the landscape - it was all aesthetically pleasing."
"Everyone was ridiculously friendly, the students seemed happy and well-supported, the curriculum and use of technology = awesome. My fellow applicants were all great too and had really interesting experiences and stories - yay for no mediclones! UVM also went out of their way to make the interviews as low stress as possible. Seriously, they gave us cookies to munch on during the interview!"
"Really conversational interview"
"how they are keeping up with technology"
"VIC and COMET are fantastic; students get their own notebooks from IS pre-loaded with COMET. The facilities (library, study spaces, etc.) are amazing & the students seem to genuinely enjoy being there & one another. UVM really fosters a positive environment that relies on cooperation rather than competition. It's definitely a place that I could see myself being happy at for 4 years."
"The use of technology is very impressive. I sat in on a Convergence (PBL) class, and thought it was very neat how they used COMET to get information about the patient. Also, all material from your 4 years there stays on your COMET webpage and is organized nicely. Virtual microscope is a plus. The PBL faculty member was very nice and attentive to me. The students are chill. Burlington is pretty, but I am partial to New England anyway. I was also impressed by the undergrad institutions represented by the fellow applicants."
"Everyone at the school was INCREDIBLY nice, including my interviewer. The facilities are brand-spanking-new, including the hospital, and the students seemed really happy."
"Everything! Ok... I'm biased though because UVM is my first choice. But the facilities are amazing, COMET, the curriculum, all the students and staff were incredibly friendly. "
"Curriculum sounds great, COMET is cool, everybody seems relaxed and chill"
"The admissions office, students, $12500 UVM GRANT for students who qualify financially, how new everything is and how much more money they are planning to put into upgrades, the school is attached to the hospital, VIC, COMET, the doctor teaching the Generations class on herpes, elective rotations at any hospital in the country, massive amounts of electives, etc."
"setting of school is gorgeous (right on lake with mountains in background). undegrad campus is right there so you can use gym, library, etc. This school is a hidden gem--top notch research especially with translational applications, top 5 in US for primary care, and state of the art new facilities for both the med school and hospital which is 150 feet away from the school! The facilities are just amazing, you will have to see for yourself, very 21'st century with awesome architecture. Curriculum seems very forward thinking. Financial aid talk was best I have seen and answered many questions other schools couldn't. The students we met genuinely seemed like they were stoked on the school"
"the facilities, the integrated curriculum, the med students who were really happy, the staff, and my interviewer, the beautiful area"
"Beautiful campus and hospital. Nice curriculum."
"the location, the students I stayed with, COMET--the pathology images were great! and VIC, the students I met (both current and fellow interviewees)"
"The facilities, COMET."
"The tour, the students, everything. I had a great time and loved the school."
"Beautiful campus, facilities are very new for the most part, Burlington is gorgeous, really really nice people!"
"Pretty much everything. Burlington is laid-back and very relaxed. The surrounding area is beautiful with Lake Champlain and surrounding mountains on either side. The facilities are pretty much brand new and very impressive. Also, the integration of technology into the education is fantastic and the integrated curriculum is pretty amazing."
"The facilities are beautiful and the students are extremely friendly."
"The relaxed atmosphere"
"The staff was very professional, great presentations and nice people. The school is BEAUTIFUL and the new curriculum is something they are really proud of, for good reason. Also great use of technology. "
"very supportive environment, integrated curriculum, very laid back students"
"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."
"How friendly everyone was. How technology is integrated into the curriculum. Students take the USMLE Step 1 in January of their 2nd year, leaving more time for clinical rotations/electives."
"the facilities and technology are incredible and the students are so happy and stress-free. vermont is beautiful. "
"The facilities are amazing, the city is nicer than I remembered, and the new curriculum is fantastic."
"Facilities are beautiful, VIC is outstanding program, students were extremely excited about being at UVM and were enthusiastic about their experiences so far. Financial Aid meeting was very informative, EVERYONE was extremely friendly. When I got lost trying to find the admissions office, the janitor walked me to the room and talked to me the whole way - that was my first impression. "
"How comfortable everyone made us feel; also the histology lab was impressive. "
"I loved every aspec of my visit. I was really really impressed with VIC and COMET. The facilities are amazing! Some brand new buildings. And most importantly, the people there are so nice. Some students exchanged emails with me to help me further. I'm already getting along with the students! :) Just an awesome experience!"
"Everything!!!! UVM is very close to my hometown, excellent curriculum and reputation, friendly people, beautiful small ciy and a progressve community. There is no other school I want to get into more than UVM."
"curriculum design, location, technology"
"Great facilities, friendly students, beautiful campus. The new curriculum seems to work really well, and the students do not have to worry about competition for grades or class rank. Also, perfect place for someone who isn't that enthusiastic about living in a huge urban area for the next four years. "
"The school is AMAZING ... brand new facilities, great technology, every student gets a laptop with lecture notes, slides, animations etc preloaded. All the students seemed enthusiastic and loved the program. The new curriculum seems to be working quite well."
"The low stress level of the students combined with the high performance they have had on the Steps with their new curriculum"
"Great facilities, cute town, great people"
"facilities, the VIC"
"The friendliness of everyone. Truly a great atmosphere for studying medicine."
"The students there genuinely love the school and are well rounded. They realize that there is more to medical school than studying."
"Facilities, student and faculty. The city of Brulington is small but in a good way. All the stores and bars are in a 10 block radius with a great nightlife."
"The staff and students have a lot of pride in their school. They love their professors and hospital."
"Far and away the happiest students I've seen. Newest facilities. Most high tech. Very friendly faculty and staff. "
"Everything. Very positive atmospher, very laid back, family-friendly, early clinical exposure, nice location, new facilities"
"the facilities are amazing and state of the art"
"Well-rounded curriculum, although still relatively new. Use of technology throught the entire program. The admissions staff were fantastic---from myfirst contact with Ms. Keefe who went out of her way to schedule (and reschedule!) my interview to the way the interview day was organized, the admissions staff were very friendly."
"The med students were really encouraging and had very positive things to say about the school, the school's facilities are new and impressive, and the faculty and staff seemed happy and inviting. (You will especially love Mary Campbell in admissions; what a lady!)"
"VIC gets students into the clinical setting early; facilities are well equipped / newly renovated; students collaborate rather than compete and really like the program; Burlington and the nearby mountains are rad!"
"Everybody was incredibly friendly, the Dean of the college spoke to us and asked us for questions, my interviewer and I actually left the room to go look at things during the interview."
"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."
" EVERYTHING! THIS SCHOOL IS AMAZING. CAN'T SAY THAT ENOUGH. I went in not expecting much, but was completely blown away. Fletcher Allen (the hospital) looks more like a mall than a hospital"
"The students's positive attidude and love for the school. The faculty members and secritaries were very friendly and happy."
"The facilities are brand spanking new. The town is quite picturesque and everything is quite accessible. All the students seemed to be really enthusiastic about their school. "
"Facilities are beautiful (except maybe the cramped lecture hall); students and faculty were extremely positive, nice and enthusiastic about the program and curriculum."
"Great school!! Small town, great technology, awesome curriculum. Definitely my #1 so far...good thing I got in! :)"
"The students/staff were so welcoming and encouraging; as well as the beauty of the Burlingotn area. "
"The facilities, everything is brand NEW! The curriculum, you have class in the morning and patients in the afternoon/night. Awesome! Plus, how close Montreal is!"
"Beautiful location and facilities; very friendly admissions staff and students; some of the use of technology; flexibility in the last year for electives and research."
"Burlington is the shiznit: a quaint, rustic little town with old-world charm, like they would film a sitcom there or something...UVM has a true cozy, east coast feeling to it. Everyone is VERY friendly, and the hospital and medical school itself are very newly redone. I'm impressed. You will be too."
"The students and faculty are very open and supportive. Everyone is very friendly."
"The people are so friendly, non-competetive and the area is gorgeous! Definatley a good environment to learn in. "
"The friendliness of the admissions staff."
"cool town, friendly people, happy students, new facilities, mellow vibe, VIC (cirriculum)."
"student happiness; quality of life; facilities are new; COMET truly integrates technology into the VIC; cooperative spirit; Vermont Integrated Curriculum (but USLME Step 1 is in Feb!)"
"Everyone was incredibly friendly and positive about the school. All the students seemed very happy and truly liked the school."
"Admissions staff was warm, welcoming and very understanding. Also many new facilities."
"The library, lecture halls, common spaces, and how happy and approachable the students were. Plus, everything in Vermont in general just seems to work efficiently/smoothly and people are helpful and pleasant...as opposed to DC, where I live. Just an observation"
"The school was beautiful and new. The students were so friendly and excited for us."
"Every single person I met was very nice and welcoming. The new facilities and buildings are great. Very non-competitive, cooperative atmosphere. Integrated curriculum. Beautiful town. "
"New facilities are amazing. The fact that the Senior Education Dean stopped by at lunch to speak to us and really gave a comprehensive overview of the curriculum and what makes the school unique in its educational philosophy and the way it educates students. He had me convinced that this is the school for me."
"The curriculum, the support of the admissions staff and administration, the facilities. Their lunch rivaled the University of Nebraska! It was delicious!"
"The renewed and state-of-the-art physical campus, the enthusiasm of the admissions staff (Mary Campbell)."
"The facilities and the curriculum are state-of-the-art"
"New library, new hospital wing, diverse city."
"great facilities, happy students, integrated curriculum"
"the facilities were really nice, burlington is gorgeous, the students seemed very happy and laid back"
"I loved this school! All of the people were so nice, and the faculty seemed so devoted to the students. It was a really laid back, non-competative environment."
"Students seem very happy. Very supportive environment. Excellent VIC program."
"Vermont's beautiful! Small class size. New additions to existing facilities."
"Everyone is very friendly"
"Everyone seemed so friendly and willing to help. Even random med students in the hallway asked a group of us waiting for our interviews if we had any questions about the school. "
"Laid-back and supportive students and admissions staff. A wonderful time to apply to UVM because of the new curriculum, new addition onto the hospital, and new medical education center on the school."
"The staff was very nice, much of the facitity was new, the students were friendly."
"the facilities, the curriculum, and the friendly students and staff"
"the new hospital facilities"
"The people were all extremely friendly and helpful. It seemed like a very close community. "
"I was really impressed by the close knit community. Everyone seemed genuinely nice and willing to help each other. What most impressed me though was the VIC program. "
"Admissions staff was very friendly, as were the students, beautiful facility, Burlington is a beautiful city."
"Overall happiness of the students and the brand-new facilities"
"how incredibly nice and hospitable people at the school were. Also my student host was so gracious. Downtown Burlington."
"Everyone seemed there for you and the school stresses being a whole person in addition to an excellent physician. Low pressure."
"The friendliness of the staff, students, and even my fellow interviewees. Curriculum (VIC and COMET). Teaching component of education. Early clinics. "
"The friendliness of the staff and students, and their enthusiasm for the VIC. Also the VIC itself and how much the school seems invested in the success of its students."
"The school as a whole: the enthusiasm of the faculty and the students."
"The staff and students were extremely friendly, enthustiastic and down to earth. My impression of the school is that they are very supportive of their students and encourage them to have a balance life. Given the school's devotion to their students, I can only imagine their commitment to their community and patients. I never thought Vermont would be so great!"
"the facilities are brand new, you can do rotations at maine, even though there may be a waitlist for those. you take exams on the computer and you are given a laptop."
"Medical students seemed happy. Staff was generous and very hospitable. Freshmen get new laptops with curriculum software on them."
"The new facilities, the total openness and enthusiasm of the med students."
"Everything, the town, the people (students, facutly, admissions staff) were all sooooo nice."
"Enthusiasm of students, brand-new facilities, state-of-the-art hospital, faculty"
"Beautiful setting, great town. The students seem very happy. The new curriculum seems great."
"great facilities, friendly students & admissions staff, great curriculum, start rotations march of second year"
"Everyone seemed very happy to be there. I heard "I love it here" from more than one student. The VIC and the "community" feel."
"Friendly,encouraging atmosphere. Enthusiasm of staff/students. Facilities."
"The Dean came and chatted with us during lunch. How happy the staff, faculty and students were. "
"How happy the students are and the VIC "
"Everyone at the school was so enthusiastic and happy to be there. The physician who interviewed me made the time fly by. I hope that all of my interviews are like this. The campus is state of the art and is beautiful. "
"The new facilities and VIC"
"1) New facilities 2) Everyone was supernice 3) The teaching hospital is a stone's throw away from lecture hall 4) HP, P, F system (not competitive) 5) Good match rates despite low selectivity rank 6) Awesome town 7) Curriculum constantly reinforces what you have learned "
"Very friendly students, nice admissions staff"
"Everyone was SO laid-back and relaxed, students were happy and friendly, BRAND NEW facilities are beautiful, new Vermont Integrated Curriculum, you get a laptop when you first get there"
"the curriculum, the overwhelming happiness of the students, the relaxed atmosphere"
"The VIC is an excellent program. It allows for early clinical experience, proper and thorough intergration of the basic science and clinical sciences, ethical/medical leadership/teamwork group discussions, the re-learning method to reinforce material over the course of the four years spent in medical school and much more. Additionally, a lot of construction went into the new areas and availability of course materials. The standardized patient facility is excellent as well. Lastly and most importantly, the students, faculty and admission staff that I met with were sincere, outgoing, enthusiastic and very helpful."
"new technology, on the first day of school you get a labtop, and students seems to be really happy with the new curriculum"
"Burlington, try the Single Pebble for dinner but don't go alone (you need a res). Get out and talk to people, its weird how nice they are."
"The friendliness of the students and how approachable they are. I love the new curriculum and all the interest groups UVM has. It is not bad for a town. If you like snow and out door activities, then this is a good place for you. I also like the fact that students can do their residency in Maine. "
"Everyone was very nice including students, faculty, and staff. People seem to really form a community and bond together. The overall goal isn't competition but rather collaboration."
"everyone there (students, faculty, admissions staff) seems incredibly happy and satisfied. Even though boards were two weeks away the students we met didn't seem to be dying of anxiety. High marks for the VIC"
"The school was having lots of changes, going to be real nice real soon"
"The director of admissions was very encouraging, all of the interviewers seemed very nice."
"The people in Burlington, the students, and the administrative staff were incredibly friendly and helpful. Everybody seems to love it there. They were all very happpy, enthusiastic, and just simply glad that they were at uvm."
"All the students, especially my hosts, were incredibly friendly. They all seem genuinely happy and enthusiastic about the school."
"My interviewer asked very fair questions. Nothing was out of the blue, out of the ordinary. She responded to my answers, helped conversation to flow, and told me at the end that she thought the interview had gone well. It was nice that she told me what she was thinking, it showed that she was sensitive enough to know that that would be the question that would be burning in my mind when I left. It made it much easier to wait the three months it took for the decision to come. I was accepted. "
"The focus is not on competition. The focus is on collaboration. The students seemed very happy and were all very friendly. The new VIC seems really wonderful."
"The students appeared exceptionally down-to-earth. There doesn't seem to exist the same competitive attitude that can be found at other schools. Much more collegial at UVM."
"Very relaxed and supportive environment of the school & the staff. The students seem warm & cozy despite the cold weather. The small town evironment is quaint."
"The friendliness of everyone."
"Just walking around, people noticed I was in a suit and they asked if I was interviewing, and asked how it went. They then told me how great the school was. Very nice staff/students!! They gave a 1/2 hour financial aid talk which was boring but VERY informative and gave very important info. My interviewer was very sweet and nice and asked many questions and I felt like I was better able to represent myself at this interview than at any others. Burlington is a very nice little town and a friend who goes to UVM says the town is a blast year round. If you don't like Burlington, you can leave for your 3rd/4th years and go to Maine, NY, and I think even Boston."
"Really nice interviewer"
"They tried to make my day comfortable, the students during the tour were very nice."
"Very informal...interview was more of a conversation. Everybody was very welcoming and the new facilities look like they are going to be incredible. Tuition includes a Dell laptop and everything is done online. The Financial Aid representative had tons of information and was extremely helpful. "
"Everything, I was in beautiful Burlington for two perfect fall days, the city is small but fantastic. The school itself is finishing lots of new construction and is in the 2nd year of a massive curriculum change. The new curriculum sounds great, lots of integrated learning, very open to student input. It utilizes a lot of new tech as well (like integrating imaging--X-ray, MRI, CT, ultrasound--into all the courses from the getgo) they give you a new dell laptop 1st year which you can buy for $1 3rd year, it has everything you need to do classwork from home if you need to or learn better that way. However, MOST impressive were the students, all the 1st and 2nd years had a major exam the next day and they all seemed low-stress and would stop us to ask how things were going and give us advice on how to impress our interviewers. They all seemed really happy with UVM, not just the folks that gave the tour but everyone I met."
"New building, beauty of school, informative financial aid session."
"The facilities are really nice, the faculty are very dedicated to teaching, Burlington is very pretty and a great town to be in."
"I was very impressed by the friendly and cohesive attitude of the students."
"everyone is uncommonly nice and friendly, they put more weight on wellroundedness and compassion than grades and mcat (once you have an interview)"
"the noncompetitive atmosphere, friendly students, Burlington"
"How relaxed the medical school environment was and how kind and down to earth the students were. "
"everyone was really quite nice and seemed happy."
"students were extremely nice."
"A lot. Of the 4 med schools I interviewed at, the students here were by far the happiest and most interesting. You get the impression that they think they are at the best med school in the world -- they genuinely have no regrets coming here. The faculty really do care about teaching the students -- there personality pervades the feel of the campus: chill, fun-loving, hard-working, focused but also can see the big picture. The curriculum is great too. The length of the interview day is perfect: not a dull moment because talking to students filled up any free time, and it gave you a great impression of the whole of the school."
"not much. burlington is a small town with nothing to do unless you are a winter person and go ski/snowboard all the time. "
"The supportive atmosphere of the medical school, new buildings for 2005, the Vermont Integrated Curriculum, everyone was laid back and very friendly. A lot of students from all over the country and is very diverse."
"Friendliness of staff and students. There new curriculum sounds fantastic. I was there on match day and there were many very happy 4th year students."
"Everyone was extremely friendly. The entire lecture materials including diagrams, X-rays, and notes were posted on teh web."
"the town is so clean!!! the students were nice, athletic (they looked like they were all coming off a hike)"
"Interviewer was extremely friendly, students were friendly, open and honest, everyone seems to enjoy being there, students entering this fall will likely receive tablet PCs (most of the handouts and supplemental material are online/handed out on floppies -- this year the first years received laptops), integrated curriculum, instead of exam blocks (ie. several exams over the course of many days) students take one exam at the end of every block that encompasses many disciplines -- probably the same amount of work but only one exam."
"non-competitive atmosphere, open student-faculty relationship, integrated curriculum, the topography"
"The people were awesome. Burlington is a great place to live and I love the whole area. I'm somewhat biased since I live not too far from there."
"This curriculum is excellent. Also, it was the best visit I have had at any school. Too bad I decided I do not want to live across the country. "
"The curriculum and how laid back and friendly the students and staff were! "
"curriculum, small town env."
"The graduate programs and level of intergration among the departments. I arrived about 7am and talked to an M1 for about 45 minutes. She was extremely nice and other students wanted to answer our questions too."
"friendly students/faculty, new buildings under construction"
"The students were so happy and friendly. They genuinely get along and help each other, and they have great faculty support. I think if I went there I would make wonderful friends. "
"The student body. The integrated curriculim. The fact that you finish basic sciences in 1.5 years and take boards in the winter time. World renowned faculty members."
"major facilities upgrade (over $300 mil) done by our first year in (Feb-2005), the students and the non-competitive atmosphere are major assets of uvm med, a very supportive faculty that med students regularly each lunch with, burlington has a college town feel but its got a ton of bars on or around church street, and vermont is just pristine"
"Burlinton in a nice town, students seemed happy. If your into sking and want to live in the east coast this is the place."
"Laid back students. Total lack of competition. BEAUTIFUL area. If I end up there I'll probably try to be an awesome snowboarder before I leave."
"The students were incredibly enthusiastic about the school and so eager to talk to us. I felt really welcome. I also like the new integrated curiculum, clerkships start in March of the second year. "
"My student host is probably one of the nicest people I've ever met. She LOVED her school and it seemed that it was a sentiment shared by all the students I met that day. Everyone was really nice."
"THe students, the new integrated ciriculum, how friendly and happy everyone is, early and lots of clinical training and the town."
"the staff was great. Burlington is really pretty and there seems to be alot to do for the outdoorsy types. lots of early clinical experience. "
"everything about the school"
"students seemed incredibly happy across the board, even just while we were waiting for the day to start, many (completely unaffiliated with the tour/interview day) came up to us to give us encouragement/advice and told us how much they liked the school; also, the school seems to be headed in the right direction--the new curriculum seems to be a significant improvement over the "traditional" curriculum (it was just fully implemented for the first-year class) and it's cool because of early clinical exposure (start rotations 2nd semester 2nd year)--in addition to the fact that they're constructing a brand new medical school facility"
"How friendly, happy, and laid back the students seemed, yeet they still do well on their boards and in residency placement."
"The faculty's involvement in the school and the warmth of the admissions committtee. The day was planned to the minute and the interviewer had taken the time to read my file. "
"The people, the new curriculum, the facilities under construction. "
"the positive attitude of the students, the new hospital addition and student center, and the quaintness of the town"
"Everyone was very happy and relaxed. Stress seemed to be non-existent. Students were laid back and down-to-earth. Burlington is beautiful"
"supportive atmosphere; professors seem very interested in student satisfaction; new curriculum; proximity to ben & jerry's factory"
"The students. We caught the first-years on neuroanatomy exam day, yet they still took time to talk to us during their breaks and a few had lunch with us. Medical school is on main University campus, providing a nice academic environment as well as use of University facilities."
"The whole place impressed me. The students were stoked, the facilities were fine, the program is progressive (if untested)."
"The interview day was very structured. No time wasted!"
"Students were nice, facilities are pretty good."
"Learning about volunteer oppportunities at the school. The Schweitzer fellowship woudl be nice to pursue."
"The students were happy and it just really seemed like a nice place. Burlington is a great little city."
"The people at UVM and in Burlington were so friendly. It seems like a wonderful place to spend 4 years. Classes are small, the curriculum is exciting, and clinical exposure begins early. I was also very impressed by the flexible 3rd and 4th year schedule. Some students spend much of their clinical time in Portland, Maine (b/c they want to). Even though Burlington is very small, it has a lot to offer: the Church Street Marketplace, the mountains, and Lake Champlain. It has some great restaurants and shops as well as a really progressive feel for a small town. "
"students were very friendly and everybody was really happy to be there and the non-competitive atomosphere"
"students seemed happy and satisfied. They had a nice variety of experiences in their education...curriculum seems to allow them enough latitude to do that."
"How well organized the interview day was and how amazingly friendly and happy students seemed to be, even in the midst of exams. UVM really makes the effort to make you feel comfortable and relaxed the day of your interview. I also enjoyed my fellow interviewees! Positive vibes all around. If you partake in any kind of winter outdoor activities, this is the place to be! If you ride, check out the Burton Snowboard Factory store...that place is like a shrine!"
"friendliness of students, faculty, and admissions staff"
"everyone I saw said hello and almost every student I ran into tried to help me and give me info about hte interview"
"Hospitality of the faculty and students. Opportunities for great skiing. I stayed an extra day to squeeze in a skii trip. "
"The friendliness of both students and faculty."
"The curriculum, facilities, students, the lake"
"Everyone was very friendly, Burlington is absolutely beautiful, small class size, new, innovative curriculum will be introduced next year."
"How extremely friendly everyone is there. From the faculty, to the students to the cafeteria ladies! :D"
"The town! Gorgeous setting, great downtown, friendly atmosphere"
"really laid-back, low-stress environment"
"The students and faculty are VERY friendly and went out of their way to answer any questions we had and to make sure we had a good day."
"Very friendly staff and students. Burlington is beautiful. "
"The beautiful scenery in all directions. (Despite the freezing cold)"
"the friendliness of students and faculty. learning about the new curriculum. "
"The friendliness of the students, the new curriculum being developed and implemented"
"the non-competitive atmosphere, access to profs, and stupendous setting"
"How happy everyone was and what a nurturing environment it is. And how beautiful Vermont is!!"
"sincerity and kindness of faculty, students, administration."
"the safety of the town and the friendliness of the people there; they're building a new hospital"
"After the interview, we had a chance to talk to a student ambassador in groups of seven and she talked very poorly of the Connecticut campus (she chose VT) which was very offputting."
"New curriculum means mandatory hands-on group work every day, and clinical rotations are scattered all over the northeast and Florida so housing will be an issue in 3rd and 4th year"
"The process was very impersonal. The MMI format is far too rigid. It basically turns into a contest of which applicants can answer the question the best instead of giving each applicant the freedom to truly present themself as a candidate."
"Area is not diverse."
"Diversity in Burlington will be an issue. It's a small college town. That said I think the medical school made a point of addressing this and wants to broaden perspectives in the school."
"There was one administrator that gave me a weird look when I asked where the bathrooms were."
"High tuition for OOS students"
"Financial aid presentation was not positive for OOS students. The presenter rushed through the presentation and made me, as an OOS student, feel that I had no options for scholarships."
"Difficultly in flying here, long routes."
"Even though the town is idyllic and has much culture, it still is super small and spaced out."
"Cost is a bit high for OOS."
"Costs of attendance"
"The cafeteria food. But it was free!"
"My interviewer didn't seem to want to meet with me."
"Vermont is really sparsely populated, the school is hella expensive OOS"
"Nothing negative specifically, but the interview day was very formal. The tour was run by admissions staff and I felt like it would have been valuable to get more of a student's perspective on the school."
"Nothing. I loved Burlington and UVM."
"Middle of nowhere, homogeneous patients"
"I wasn't expecting such an intense interview, but I do appreciate that my interviewer spent so much time getting to know me. She wanted to see if I was a good fit for UVM - makes sense to me."
"I wish our tour was longer and more comprehensive"
"Cost, and I'm in-state! Location is more rural than I would prefer, but other than that this school is amazing! "
"The fact that you don't start seeing patients until the later part of the first year, how the patient population is so homogeneous, how incredibly rural it is (which could also be a plus, however), the price"
"The place had a cult-like feel to it. It was like everyone that was a part of UVM knew something I didn't."
"The high cost of OOS tuition and that you cannot establish VT residency. I understand why it's like this, but it still sucks!"
"the area (Burlington) is small and isolated. It is cold for most part of the year."
"That my interviewer wouldn't enter into a dialogue with me. I expected a conversational-style interview from a place like UVM but got much the opposite. I understand that the interview is their chance to get to know us, but it's also helpful to be able to view them as people and possibly future colleagues."
"The hospital seemed pretty small compared to others I've seen. The interview itself felt like an hour-long interrogation, but perhaps I had just been spoiled by the conversational interviews I had at other schools."
"Students take Step I in Feb. of second year (vs. May at other schools), and start clerkships right after that. This means the preclinical years are more intense than usual, because they have to cover 2 years' worth of material in 1 1/2 years. Also, there's no summer break in year 3, so year 4 lasts 16 months."
"Not very diverse, hospital seems deserted, city of Burlington not exactly NYC"
"Nothing about the school (this is a trend for me LOL). But be aware that cancellations and massive delays are quite frequent for Burlington International. "
"it gets cold there in winter (of course) and the bars don't have happy hour (but they do have food specials) that's about it. not really any cute girls in the group :("
"my student host wasn't very helpful"
"wish that it wasn't quite so pricey!"
"The price is a little rough."
"Everyone said the interview would be very laid back and conversational. This was not the case for me, I was asked LOTS of questions with NO feedback from my interviewer."
"The high cost for out-of-state students and the lack of diversity in the patient population."
"The patient population is primarily white and lacking in diversity in terms of culture, race, etc."
"Being in the same room for so long. The tour could have been better."
"Your rotations are either in Burlington VT or Maine. "
"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."
"vermont is kind of dull, at least from my perspective. OOS tuition is ridiculously expensive"
"Cost of attendance for out of staters...Vermont is a little removed but beautiful."
"The library - visually interesting, but worthless as a study space, as there are maybe 50 seats for studying. The tour guides said it was only temporary, as there is major construction going on, but the "temporary" period will be during the next couple years, which is when we would all be there. Also, the student computer lounge was about the size of my old dorm room. "
"High tuition fees for out of staters. However there is some financial aid available."
"Pricey! $42,000/year for OOS just for tuition--and you can't become instate once you apply. "
"Lack of residency opportunities in Burlington. You are more likely to have to move somewhere else for residency."
"School is expensive"
"how expensive the school is. 250K of debt for out of staters--holy cow."
"Nothing. I consider my visit to UVM a vacation from working near Washington, DC."
"If possible it is like the attitude at UVM is almost too relaxed but their 96% step 1 pass rate really counters any negative associated with this. There is very little ethnic diveristy in Burlington and even less in the medical school."
"The diversity...there isn't much in this department but the university is doing a lot to bring in more. There are many muticultural groups that you can join."
"Burlington is super small."
"It was cold, but other than that, nothing."
"The cold. It was 0 degrees!"
"The COST for out of state students (upwards of $42 grand per year tuition alone)"
"Not much! (Not anything, really.)"
"At times, my interviewer monologued on his own research at the expense of discussing my candidacy in greater depth."
"The students seemed to disagree on a couple of points (I'm really reaching here...), the tour was a bit short."
"There was nothing negative - though some people might feel a detraction from the small-townsy nature of Burlington, I fell in love with its New England charm and open-arms and minds. There are plenty of great restaurants (oh, the food is exquisitely tastey and fresh), plenty of bars downtown, a small outlet mall with the best shops (think Armani with outrageously low prices), and a movie theater, stage theater, etc. The one detraction I found was my interviewer - though nice, the particular ER physician I was assigned was kind of dead-pan and quiet and gave long piercing stares during my responses (felt like a renegade shrink at first), but the tone softened up later on. That said - everyone else seemed to have had very calming, conversational interviews. I seemed to have gotten one of those interviewers who enjoys making you feel uncomfortable to see how you gauge stress."
" Nothing. (well, I guess OOS tuition, but they have some scholarships and grants)"
"NOTHING. I looked hard for anything negative. Could not find. Well, aside from the rediculus out of state tuition. "
"OOS tuition load is HUGE!"
"The other interviewees were duds (didn't want to talk)"
"Winters are rough...snow, snow, and more snow!"
"Limited onsite clinical opportunities."
"How small burlington is. I have lived in a big city all my life. Will take time adjusting...but I love outdoors."
"Too obsessed with use of technology (?); they do not videotape lectures; while curriculum is newfangled with its block approach, the science is still almost completely lecture, not much small group work or problem-based learning in the first year and a half."
"Going to UVM is heeella CA$H. If your an out-of-stater, you have to pay out of state tuition for all 4 years, totalling over 250,000. That didn't sound too bad, afterall, doctors make cheese right? But, the financial aid lady burst my bubble when she said the average monthly payment for a loan was over $1000 a month. While you're a resident making like $3000 a month? OUCH!"
"Once an out-of-stater, always an out-of-stater"
"The tour wasn't super in-depth. "
"weather was a little lame, and apparently gets much worse as winter sets in!"
"research not really a selling point; students don't care about board scores - while their pass rate is high, they didn't impress me w/ their overall performance; LACK OF RACIAL/ETHNIC DIVERSIT; Vermont law precludes having a student-run clinic"
"Out of State tuition- always a downer"
"The day was very quick with little exploration of the hospital and facilities. "
"Burlingon is dusty because the winds blow up from the lake, I guess...I'm not a meteorologist, clearly. Bring some sunglasses."
"There was no financial aid presentation, but they were very apologetic about it."
"I'm from California so it was definitely a lot colder than I'm used to. But I guess almost everywhere is compared to CA!"
"it seemed like the admission staff tried hard to be "cool" and sell us on the place--I guess the idea was to make us feel less nervous before our interviews but it really wasn't necessary. I did enjoy the med students who ate lunch with us--they all seemed happy and really took the time to answer our questions about thier experiences with the curriculum and what it is really like."
"Construction going on in the hotel."
"high out-of-state tuition"
"Small campus, small city, lack of student diversity."
"cost of out of state tuition"
"no patient diversity, and the cost if you're an oos applicant is insane."
"The only downfall to UVM is the cost of tuition. However, you can opt to do your rotations (starting in your 2nd year!) in Portland, ME, and if you do, they pay for housing costs."
"I didn't really see any of the usual places that is normally shown at a tour. We didn't really go into rooms or labs. "
"Would have liked a more diverse cross-section of the student body to interact with during the lunch chat session. The three students were friendly and knowledgable but were very similar."
"$60,000 out of state tuition"
"the tuition 60,000 per year for out of staters"
"It was more rural than I expected and COLD."
"Interviewer seemed more interested in reading questions directly off from a sheet instead of really trying to get to know me as a person. Was more of a interrogation than a conversation. Also, having the interview last after a long day."
"The cold...but that's not a big deal"
"Out of state tuition."
"Burlington - it's small, 3 hours from anywhere interesting, and very windy due to its location on Lake Champlain."
"I learned that the class was not very diverse and were predominantly caucasian. But! There is definitely opportunity to serve a very diverse population."
"from what i saw, the town is small and i dont think it there much to do there."
"High out of state tuition. Not enough clerkship positions means 3rd and 4th year are spent between Vermont and Maine. "
"It would have been nice to have seen more on the tour."
"The cold, rainy weather and the cost of education for out of state residents."
"Very high tuition. Little student diversity. "
"no chance of becoming in-state resident. my interviewer pointed out that the academic teaching is very compressed since students see patients early in their education."
"Nothing-- it was a very positive experience."
"COLD in winter"
"The school overall claims to be a genuinely friendly, non-competitive environment. However, my interview was extremely cut-throat, and my interviewer seemed to dislike me and be biased against me from the very start. In reality, the school almost seemed a bit... communistic. Any sort of competitiveness or desire to accel was looked at negatively. Everyone is discouraged from studying alone. You are supposed to do just as well as everyone else, not any better."
"Tuition, but all schools are expensive. The interviewer seemed to have already made a decision about me, and interupted my answers to ask the next question."
"1) High tuition for out-of-staters (~60,000/year) 2) Early boards 3) Little diversity (but they say patient population and student population are getting more diverse)"
"all the farms that you are forced to drive through on the way up"
"The other students who interviewed that day seemed uptight and dorky"
"the high out of state tuition"
"The out of state cost is something to think about, but the interview day builds in a very informative financial aid discussion that has helped to guide me where I need to look for financial aid, where not to look and how to minimize my debt as best as possible."
"curriculum looks like it is way too long"
"The extreme, intense, relentless, bitter, aweful cold. Dress warmly."
"The committee meets three times, one in nov ( i think), one in feb and one in april. You may be put on a waiting list, but they accept 100 and wait list about 300. The student host told me that most of her classmates were actually from the wait list. "
"it was about 15 below zero at night in town"
"The tuition is extremely high, even for in-state students. On the bright side, they are making an effort to address this problem."
"the interview. It focused on my weaknesses."
"The campus - kind of quiet, students don't seem to be very involved in activities outside of school. Also not much research goes on there."
"The student tour was the least impressive. I work at the school so I know what it has going for it. UVM is in the middle of a "Renaissance Project" so the construction makes things seem sort of in a disarray. i.e. the temporary library is not very appealing. I think that more focus could have been placed on the upcoming renovations. Also, seeing the anatomy lab would have been nice and also walking through the hospital where students do their clinical rotations might have made the school seem more appealing. "
"The cost of the school, especially if you are from out of state."
"The school is under renovation therefore we could only tour the older, more archaic portions of the school (which most likely were the motivation to renovate in the first place)."
"Very expensive school fees. Cold climate. Some people wrote about local people being racists - I didn't encounter any ( I'm a minority )."
"There wasn't much of a tour (which I didn't really care about, but someone else may), and while the main campus of UVM is very old and nice, the med school itself isn't that nice. However, they are doing a huge renovation which should be done in July 2005. If you can't stand/don't like cold, DON'T GO HERE! It was 30 degrees, ridiculously windy, and at times snowing. Oh and it's insanely expensive for out-of-staters."
"Not much diversity"
"The campus was ok, but not the greatest. They are doing construction, which will be completed in 2005, so it might look a lot better by then."
"Tuition is one of the most expensive in the U.S. Approx $59,000. "
"Not much, I was worried about clinical opportunities in such a small setting but they have students doing 3rd and 4th year work in NYC, Boston, and internationally even though their primary sites are Burlington and Portland, ME. Also, with a new curriculum some of the students were concerned about the USMLE pass rate. The man that gave us our intro to the school (and was a big part of the new curriculum) is one of the directors (or something intimately involved) with writing the USMLE and he put concerns to rest. It is also one of the MOST expensive schools out there, but hey, if we didn't love debt we wouldn't apply to med school."
"Tour guides who seemed to think they were "cool" for giving the tour and talking to prospective students. 1 girl seemed tired, 1 girl seemed not very intelligent, 1 girl was both intelligent and informative. Also, most of the fellow interviewees did not seem terribly outgoing nor talkative."
"The airport is small, so I can imagine having to endure many connections to get back home on the West Coast."
"My interviewer seemed ready to ask the next question before I had finished the last one."
"hard to imagine new buildings that will be there in the fall, it's under construction, and tour only of indoors of one building"
"the number of nontraditional students, unproven curriculum"
"The cost and perhaps the cold."
"how the school prides itself on non-stress interviews. i wasted 200 bucks and took 2 days off school for that nonsense. the guy said i wasn't tough enough for med school and then that i wasn't sensitive enough. wth?? got into a much better school though so don't listen to them that try to put you down! also dropped me off after the interview in some strange underground parking lot and then just told me to find my way back from there. "
"Didn't have an opportunity to visit the hospital (which is still under construction.) It is hard to actually get to the med school (again, construction, and not enough parking.) Not many places to study because library is still not finished (again, construction.) "
"too cold for too long, medical school is under much renovation until 2005, diversity of patients is nonexistant. everyone in vermont is 90% caucasian white catholics as i was told by medical students there. I went to a pizza uno on route 7 headed toward burlington (do not go there) and there were blatant racism in my face by everyone who worked there. also during the tour at uvm, for lunch in the cafeteria, the cashier ladies were very rude and almost insulting (ex- i tried to add a candybar to my meal and they wouldn't allow me to do so just because i handed my voucher in 2 seconds before). give me a break. the student in front of me already handed her ticket in and was adding to her tray! unbelievable. ignorance and racism is still rampant here in burlington, although i did meet numerous friendly and nice people on the uvm campus. "
"The 6 months of winter (-20F<->10F), 60K per year for out-of-state residents. I wished I would have talked to the interviewer a little bit longer, but it was fine."
"Burlington is a neat city but it is small and you have to do some of your rotations in upstate NY and Main."
"The school and town was kind of boring."
"cost, huge out of state differential"
"Lecture halls were a bit primitive, new curriculum is a "work in progress", construction won't be finished until sometime in 2005, winter is harsh there, Burlington is very rural, gym and student parking are a bit far from the medical school buildings."
"burlingtons roads(many potholes), facilities (neutral acutally, just alot of construction, etc.)"
"The curriculum...the fact that it hasnt been proven yet."
"The tour was not organized...I was really looking forward to the tour...it's a major factor when I consider schools. I can always go back for a second look..."
"COLD...crazy ass snowstorms up in vermont"
"The new facilities aren't done yet, but they will be soon. The current facilities are ok at best. "
"There was no snow when I visited. I was expecting snow."
"the library which is basically a converted courtyard with books, nice carpet, and a roof over it but the new one looks to be sweet. Also that you cant qualify for state tuition under normal circumstances (like buying a house, or marrying a Vermont resident)"
"It's way in the sticks, Burlinton is only 40,000 people and it's the largest town in Vermont. "
"Not a ton of diversity in either the students or the patients. It's a pretty white state."
"The cost of going to school in Vermont was way more than I expected."
"The town is soooo small. Not much to do. It was very difficult for me to imagine myself here. Also, I'm not too thrilled about their crazy winters."
"Small town, the facility is small but currentlly expanding but wont be done till late 2005, limited diversity in clinical training, bugs still being worked out with the new integratd ciriculum. Expensive for out of state!!"
"Construction won't be done until 2006. That's not really their fault though. Students have to compete for study space in the meantime. It takes a lot of travel time to get to Burlington. "
"Burlington is a wealthy, homogeneous town. My interviewer reflected that Burlington was not like the rest of Vermont, in that Vermont has serious health problems related to access and the issues that come with a rural environment. Burlington just felt a little too perfect."
"the fact that it seems that construction will be ongoing while our entering class would be there; the current facilities are a little dated"
"Burlington is smaller than I thought and there is not much of a "metropolitan area." It's kind of funny that UVM considers Maine Medical Center in Portland, ME to be their "urban" hospital. I'm not sure what I think about the new curriculum either."
"It was a short day (11-3), with only one interview and a quick tour. The construction going on at the school seems crippling to the environment. "
"The Library. "
"The cold weather in September"
"Not really a negative but could be limiting depending on what type of experience you want to get. Emphasis on rural medicine/ primary care."
"A lot of construction; things will be nice in a few years, but right now it is a bit tough to get around and the temporary library is a little cramped. UVM tutition for out-of-staters, and Burlington itself for that matter, is very expensive; you definitely pay for the lake and mountain views"
"1: The cost is immense for out of staters. 2: Six months of winter. "
"The food was nasty. Lots of constructions around the campus. It was freezing in Burlington."
"Interviewer was curt, unfriendly, and generally unpleasant. "
"No alcohol allowed at dinner. . . The other applicants were a little brutal with each other. One of the applicants had a severe peanut allergy and he was not able to attend dinner, nor were the arrangements to accomodate him."
"The tour didn't really show us that much, we didn't see the hospital. And the school campus seems small and a little crowded. The food was not so good!"
"It was -18F one day I was there!"
"weather and financial aid info session where i learned as an out-of-stater it costs an avg. of $55,000 a year total"
"interview was confrontational and very challenging...which was unexpected given the laid-back atmosphere of the school."
"If you're coming from the west coast, the travel day to Burlington can be very long, especially if you utilized Southwest airlines. However, I have no negative feelings about the actual college of medicine or Burlington."
"it was so damn cold and the cafeteria food wasn't awesome"
"Nothing really, just cold."
"The extremely cold weather, the expensive tuition"
"Out of state tuition, cost of living"
"UVM is very expensive for out-of-staters. The school doesn't seem to have a lot of research resources or facilities."
"How truly rural Burlington VT is. I guess positive and negative, depends on who you are."
"My interviewer. Weird guy who asked weird and somewhat inappropriate questions. Plus, interview was slow because they did a schedule change so that my interviewer was not familiar with my file."
"construction - lots of it - but hey it will be really nice in a few years"
"nothing...Burlington is a very nice place"
"The person who interviewed me! "
"Lots of things: The facilities are too small, you might have to go to Maine or Boston for clinicals, library is far too small."
"How incredibly small and remote Burlington feels- coming from Boston I felt very far from home and any cultural opportunities"
"spending all of your 1st 2 yrs. of school in 1 building, essentially"
"How cold it is."
"not really any restaurants to eat at; you eat in pubs or breweries; lots of malls with nobody in them--not a bad thing, just a surprise"
"That there would be no official campus tour"
"You have a choice between staying in Vermont or going to Connecticut for clinical rotations."
"Bring boots for the snow."
"More information about the structure of the interview circuit."
"How much I was going to like UVM!"
"How cool the town was. I would have stayed a couple extra days."
"Who my interviewer was going to be"
"That the interview would be so conversational! I was worked up and nervous, but did not need to be."
"That not all the interviewers are low stress."
"How I was going to get to the interview from my student host's place."
"how relaxed and conversational the interview was--nothing to be nervous about!"
"They ask a lot-do you have any other questions??"
"That the airport in Burlington is really small!"
"That my interviewer really didn't ask me any of the standard questions such as "Why do you want to be a doctor/go into medicine?" or "Why do you want to attend UVM?""
"Not really anything..."
"The name of the person who would be interviewing me...I'd like to have prepared myself. Also, if you are in-state make sure to fill out the residency application BEFORE you go to your interview...did not know that beforehand."
"That my interview would mainly consist of listening"
"That Vermont is not my style."
"How much I would love the school...really, I had no idea. It shot to the top of my list after the interview."
"That if you are out of state, prepare to wait. You are going straight to the waitlist no matter what. They toy around with out of state students even though most of their students are out of state."
"How much the non-conversational thing would stress me."
"Don't book a JetBlue flight out of Burlington, because they don't have that many flights there. If they cancel on you (like they did to me), you'll have to stay overnight or pay a fortune to get out on another airline."
"Well, this is not the best fit for me."
"That they give a $12500 grant to any student who qualifies. For an OOS student, this cuts the costs down to about $58000. Still a lot of money, but far more reasonable and very comparable to my IS schools. It's based on your FAFSA and has nothing to do with merit (they also have merit scholarships). I will definitely qualify for this, so it's something I'll keep in mind."
"it's really cold...i should have brought gloves."
"would have been nice to have had a biography blurb for my interviewer to look at in advance of our interview."
"More about my interviewer."
"Nothing. I did a lot of research to prepare for this interview and I basically knew what to expect."
"That the Sheraton is closer than the Holiday Inn to the med school."
"Your rotations are either in Burlington VT or Maine. "
"they initially wait-list a lot of out of state applicants"
"Nothing, I had a great time."
"how much i would wish that i could move the campus to a city and lower tuition"
"I already knew most of the stuff."
"It would have been nice to know the exact agenda for the day, but it wasn't deterring. "
"Nothing, second time visiting the school."
"You can stay with a med student--you just have to hunt around the UVM med site to find the list of hosts."
"Found out that UVM is pretty well the most expensive med schools in the US for OOS students."
"That I'd like Burlington so much. I would have stayed longer if possible."
"how boring burlington, vermont is. its a cute town but has no diversity at all. not to mention theres on ly 40K people living there and its VERY far away from other larger multicultural and interesting cities. "
"The large number of non-trad students. "
"Its cold and snowy into the spring months."
"The Wyndham is under construction and will be until summer (don't listen to their website)."
"You don't have to walk outside for the tour so don't stress if you're wearing pantyhose and it's cold."
"That becoming a state resident after applying/acceptance is impossible"
"How much I was going to like Burlington"
"Not to be stressed out or freaked; they are more interested in getting to know you and making you feel welcome."
"How conversational and adept the lecturers are. Sit in on a class if time permits."
"All the information about the VIC."
"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."
" How much I'd like the school. My interviewer was a super nice MD who knew my application inside out and just wanted to know more about me. This was the most relaxed interview that I've been on so far. The facilities are AMAZING. Burlington is BEAUTIFUL. "
"How awsome this school was. It went from a security school to one of my top choices. I ahve been accepted to the Unviersity of Wisconsin (Madison), so the only reason I wont go to UVM if they accept me is their tuition. I wish I was from VERMONT!!"
"UVM gives all first-years laptops preloaded with all lectures, videos, etc. that profs will use. Tuition's high for out-of-staters: $40,000+."
"How many students from my state were in the first year class. "
"That going to vermont via plane from Canada (Toronto) is tough. If you miss the late flight, you are screwed. I had to drive all the way from Montreal...really really late at night. "
"The admissions committee EXPLICITLY told us that most out-of-state applicants are placed on the waiting list. It kind of sucks that most of us will probably have to wait until may-june to hear if we got in or not..."
"planning ahead and staying at a B and B would've been way cheaper and better than waiting til the last minute and paying a bunch of money at a lame hotel."
"often 6 people to a cadaver (3-person team switches off dissecting and teaching with/to the other)"
"If you are driving (I had a rental car) you need to get a parking permit from the transportation/parking office near the medical school and then park in a designated visitor spot. This whole production takes about 20-25 minutes, so leave early. I paid $6 for the day."
"That students have the opportunity to do clinical service in both Vermont and Maine"
"How much I would like this school!"
"No surprises here."
"everything was as expected"
"I should have brought my own lunch. The one they offered wasn't substantial enough."
"I discovered that all of the other students I interviewed with had (like me), taken a few years off from college before applying to medical school. I thought this might make me stand out, because I had been working in the medical field, but all of the other students had graduated at least a year prior and had been working or doing research."
"I never knew how happy medical students could be until i visited UVM. Everyone raves about the school."
"A lot of the class are non-traditional applicants. Many of them are married and/or have kids. "
"I wish I had known that the interview was going to be so relaxed."
"The whole experience seemed layed back."
"That my interviewer would not be laid-back like the majority of the interviewers are. He gave a WONDERFUL interview but challenged me quite a bit with his questions."
"nothing. the website and sdn.net were both excellent preparation for the visit."
"That lunch was a private engagement with students and the dean rather than a haphazard arrangement in the cafeteria as I had usually encountered at other schools. So rather than find the group, I took my own little tour of the facilities and headed back to the admissions office for the formal tour. "
"60,000$ a year for out of state applicants (this includes living expenses)"
"NEVER check your suit in your check in luggage. Mine didn't arrive with me and I had to go downtown, the DAY OF the interview and buy a brand new suit and shoes in time for my 11am interview."
"UVM med school admissions gives feedback if you do not get an acceptance. Also, what does "UVM" stand for?"
"I had no idea how great they were. The school is so much better than the info on their website. They went from my last choice school to my first choice school. "
"That you have to be a VT resident for a year BEFORE you apply or it's basically impossible to take advantage of in-state tuition rates at any point during your 4 years there."
"that i was going to like the school. they are really friendly and warm, the adm staff knows the name and undergrad school of every student that came to talk to us, and there were aout seven of them."
"Not enough clerkship positions means 3rd and 4th year are spent between Vermont and Maine. "
"I wish I had gone over more of the school's information and had more questions specific to actual programs and policies rather than just the pratice of medicine at the school and Vermont in general."
"should have contacted student hosts sooner. i had to stay in a hotel."
"How relaxed the whole process would be."
"How much I was going to like it!"
"That I'd want to stay an extra day (I had to wear the same clothes I drove up in)."
"That my interview was the last of the day, and that most of our contact was with staff who do not make admissions decisions."
"How fast my interview went (~10 questions total) and questions I had to ask him about the school (~5 question) = ~25 total minutes "
"it's really relaxing and you should enjoy the day"
"There is nothing that I wish I had known, but I wish that I had stayed with a student the night before and I feel that I missed out on a good experience."
"very little diversity in the school, mostly all white "
"The med school buildings are drab, disorganized and under construction. That was a let down. You get a laptop with tuition, that the school maintains."
"this late in the spring you are looking at the waitlist or nothing!"
"I forgot they were in a cold snap, I should of brought warmer clothes"
"For students coming from far away, it seems to ask alot of you, when basically you will arrive, see a talk, take a short tour and then wait for a while before having one interview. I wonder if phone interviews might be better for students from distant places, as the travel expenses can and do deter students from applying to many places."
"Take a car up there if you can"
"A lot of students from California end up going to UVM, especially those from UCLA. "
"You are told upon your arrival in the morning who will be interviewing you in the afternoon so you can do a little research on them in the student lounge, if you are so inclined."
"If you can, drive there. It's nice to be able to drive around the school/town after the interview, because you don't get much of a tour."
"They have a new integrated curriculum known as the Vermont Integrative Curriculum (VIC)"
"Seriously, the interview is really, really informal."
"UVM accepts a lot of non-traditional students (their average entering age for the last class was 25 or something) so this is a great place to apply if you have some time out of college and "life experience.""
"Change in curriculum took 6 years to plan, and prior curriculum had barely changed since the 70's. "
"Burlington is not very diverse."
"relax! just be yourself, don't forget which journals your publications are in :-o"
"most of the students there did not come straight from undergraduate school"
"They don't have many fancy departments or anything extraordinary like some schools. "
"They were starting a new curriculum and were in the process of working out the kinks."
"his initials are a.g. might want to stay clear if you are "ethnic-looking.""
"To allot out some time to visit the actual University of Vermont undergraduate campus which is not adjoining the med school. "
"it's a good school but the enviroment/atmosphere is highly unfavorable. i encountered severe and obvious racism in burlington just because i was not white. vermont also allows civil unions for gays, and i saw many openly gay people in burlington, which i didn't like quite frankly speaking."
"Vermont Roads are mostly single lane (no major highways except I89), T-Mobile and AT&T do not have reception in Burlington. "
"Contrary to Howard Dean's web site, Vermont does not have universal health care. However, all children are covered. "
"How cold it was. I forgot to bring warm gloves. I wish there was a direct flight into Burlington from California."
"High tuition, virtually no possibility to gain in-state status, you take USMLE Step I in March or April of your second year, a lot of the new curriculum centers around the use of computers (quizes, grades, lecture notes/handouts, dissecting videos, more) -- one student said you could theoretically complete the entire basic sciences curriculum without ever really going to class except for labs and exams, although that's probably not recommended. Also, laptops are serviced and/or replaced by the school."
"I got a great deal at the Fairfield Inn (Marriot) for $25/night..just go to priceline and book it!! I don't think you can get a better deal anywhere else!! "
"Jetblue flys into Burlington (and is cheaper than any other airline)"
"Burlinton International Airport is NOT AN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. It's more like a terminal of a local , jet only airports. The security was up my a** and I hate small jets."
"t-mobile has no signal there..."
"The importance of lunchtime fooseball games in a medical school education"
"That it would be raining and that there was going to be one ultra annoying interviewee."
"nothing really, did the research so i was pretty much aware"
"My interveiwer had it in for me."
"Huge focus on primary care."
"Stay with a host: it's cheaper and you'll get the inside "scoop""
"They begin clinical clerkships in their second year, lots of non-traditional students and students from california. I was interviewed by 2 people at the same time which was fine but different."
"that the holiday inn i stayed at was under construction, so the banging of hammers until 9pm and starting at 7 am sucked, particularly since the interview didn't start until 11:15: DON'T STAY AT THE HOLIDAY INN!! (who says consumers can't have a say?)"
"The dry cleaners at home gave me someobody else's suit, and there are very few stores open before 10:00 am to buy or rent formal wear."
"That there in almost zero possibility of gaining Vermont residency after the first year (and being allowed to pay the lower tuition). "
"This is a great place to go to school. "
"how beautiful vermont is"
"A LOT of Californians; more than half the candidates that day, the tour guide, the asst. dean of admissions, etc... I think I read that Californians make up 40% of the class."
"The new curriculum is just that: new. The class entering this August will be the crash test dummies for the new program. I don't think that elements of it have been beta tested at all. The VIC will be introduced all at once, not phased in."
"Having a laid back interview day can be a trap. It sort of makes you lower your guard."
"If you don't like outdoor activities.....especially skiing, tough luck!"
"New construction won't be finished till 2007, so interim library will be used until then."
"Burlington is very expensive-rent is rediculous. . ."
"That it would be absolutely freezing on the day of my interview."
"The class of 2003 will be the guinea pigs for the new curriculum. I knew this somewhat but did not realize much of it has not been tested out before. 80% of UVM students are non-traditional!"
"their library looks like a food court"
"In Burlington (and probably the rest of Vermont), if you buy clothes or shoes for under a $100, you are not taxed! I wish I had brought more spending money."
"to wear lots of insulation"
"Vermont can be extremely, extremely cold. I should have brought warmer clothes."
"Who my interviewer(s) is/are."
"some of the interviews are one-on-one, some are two-on-one"
"That the interviewer was going to question almost everything I said. "
"It's NOT diverse: so monocultural it's not even funny. And it's freezing!"
"I should have made arrangements to stay with a student host."
"That there were student hosts to stay with. That would have saved me a lot of money."
"i should've brought an umbrella"
"Great interview, very enjoyable time and I hope I am accepted."
"Overall I left very disappointed, I ended up with what felt like a laundry list of negative opinions and very few positive ones."
"I really enjoyed this visit and interview."
"Beautiful medical education building. Fletcher Allen Health Care is wonderful as well."
"UVM's admissions officers are very active and informative. Come prepared with questions, there is ample opportunity for you to ask questions. I had a really positive experience with my student-host."
"I really enjoyed my time in Vermont!"
"I did not like my interviewer, he ahd me go through my entire application and didn't leave room for discussion. Because of this I did not feel like he wanted to know me and my goals in hoping for an acceptance to medical school, instead it seemed like he just wanted to know what I had done. (which is already on my app)"
"Loved the school! I really hope I get in!"
"Overall a very enjoyable experience."
"i love this schooL!"
"Bring a jacket! It gets cold!"
"No worries, just relax and be yourself"
"Great school, great program."
"A great school, though the type of environment it's in (socially and geographically) may not be for everyone."
"My interview was very relaxed, but it depends completely on the interviewer. Some interviewees said that theirs went down a list of questions that included healthcare and ethics. I think either format could be advantageous and my advice is to just be yourself."
"Great school...faculty truly care about the students and work together in a collaborative learning environment. Students match into great specialties...the extra time for clinical rotations is a huge plus."
"UVM is my top choice. It is such a positive place to be - students and faculty were all very welcoming, and many wished us luck as they saw us waiting to be interviewed. The technology is awesome and the Integrated Curriculum is unmatched. Fletcher Allen would be a wonderful place to train, as well. I'd recommend GOING to your interview if you are invited, even if you aren't used to being in a rural area. UVM is the place to be!"
"UVM, thumbs up"
"The school and hospital are beautiful and physically attached. Students seem happy and relaxed and the environment is very collaborative. The curriculum is truly one of a kind and will give you much more clinical experience than other programs."
"My interview lasted about an hour, approximately 10 minutes of which I spoke. I was worried that my interviewer wouldn't be able to get any sort of impression of me. He said I did well, but I'm not entirely sure how he came to that conclusion, seeing as I hardly got to talk to him."
"Great school, just not on my wavelength (I'm from NYC). Of my +10 interviews this was probably the worst, the guy was unyielding and not very friendly. But he might have been this way because he saw through my BS about how I liked mountains."
"Overall it was a good day. I think they should shorten the first morning presentation by the admissions person--it was way too long and the speaker sounded like he was on autopilot and droning on and on. I know they are are probably trying to make sure they cover everything but it really was too long. "
"The school is not very well integrated/diverse. If you are a multicultural person, it is probable that you feel isolated. There is lady that always sings when everyone gets together to meet the dean or whatever. OMG! she needs to stop that charade because we end up clapping or fake a smile even though we were not impressed for one bit."
"Considering UVM's high primary care ranking, I expected to see a school that pushed its students in that direction. However, I got the sense that they encouraged any and all career paths. The match list is impressive (probably due in part to the innovative/integrated curriculum), with people going into all sort of fields. That being said, UVM is not a research school, and when I asked about research, people were a little unsure of the opportunities -- still, I'm sure they can be found if you look hard enough."
"UVM seems like a wonderful place. The town seems nice, everyone is friendly, and the students look happy. My interviewer was incredibly kind and really seemed to care about getting to know me; he had obviously read my application closely and asked me questions that were tailored to my situation. I had a very positive visit to UVM, and would love to go there if I get in."
"Once you visit it's easy to see why they rank so high for primary care. The VIC is amazing and logical. I don't see why every school doesn't have their curriculum set up this way. You take step 1 anytime in February of your 2nd year. This way you get to start rotations extremely early. My interviewer was great. She clearly took the time to read my application in great detail because we talked about almost every activity I had listed. "
"If I was to open a med school and need a model of how to run a good interview day, this is it. 9:30 start (not 8, god that kills those of us coming from west coast), learn about school, tour, then interview. This school is phenomenal, I can't believe I almost didn't apply here. The VIC (curriculum) is a very progressive systems based learning mode with lots of PBL and the longitudinal patient care program seems to be excellent. Students here actually take the step 1 early and have time for clerkships in year 2, which allows more time for research or elective clerkships in later years--students say they killed the boards with the VIC approach I got my acceptance email recently and I enjoyed my day so much that it made a UC school I visited look pale by comparison. if you get an interview here go, but beware, you may full under UVM's spell :"
"very impressed overall"
"It was a great day and I enjoyed imagining myself as a medical student there next year (crossing fingers!) Appreciated the friendliness of everyone I met and the vegetarian food available. The interview building can be a little hard to find, so leave yourself plenty of time and don't be afraid to ask those around you for directions!"
"My visit moved UVM up on my list. Seriously great clinical training, and a very interesting curriculum."
"The whole day at UVM was really low key. The students were really nice and came up and talked to us. Also they have a new student lounge which is really nice."
"The entire day was very stress-free and relaxed. The atmosphere of the entire school was casual (but professional) and friendly. I was a bit nervous because this was my first interview but everyone there was very welcoming and respectful of us."
"Got there at 9:15am and was picked up by an admissions person at 10am and taken to a conference room where we had an overview of UVM, a couple more staff/faculty members stopped by to welcome us, which was nice. Then we had the financial aid talk followed by one of the deans who came to speak to us about UVM. Next, we had lunch/tour with the med students and then were dropped off to get picked up by our interviewers. While waiting several med students dropped by to comment, answer questions, and wish us luck."
"The actual interview was great very honest people."
"Great school in a beautiful, but bubble-like location. Fantastic new curriculum, great use of technology. This place will prepare you to be a great physician, but limited experience to urban hospitals, and Burlington is small. Had a great time, though. "
"It was a great experience. The students, faculty and admissions office staff were all very nice. "
"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."
"very relaxed, mostly conversational. "
"While I heard it was meant to be low stress, it was actually worse than I expected. I interviewed in an examination room in the hospital and was uncomfortable throughout the whole process. When I mentioned a stats class I took five years ago, the interviewer drew a graph and asked me to explain the significance of some of the points... that was unexpected. In general, while it was conversational, it didn't appear that the interviewer cared much about getting to know me. He would routinely ask questions and then not let me answer fully. It was kind of disappointing."
"Definitely my first choice! I really hope I get accepted!!"
"My interviewer was VERY serious but toward the end of the interview offered some great heartfelt advice."
"Overall, very low stress. When the construction is complete in a couple of years, things will be better. "
"Having that interview was like a dream come true. The interview was really laid back and the interviewer was only trying to know me. I really hope I will get accepted."
"very relaxed and personable. interviewer had a list of questions that he asks everyone, however, he used it only as a rough guide"
"Very conversational--generic questions, or asked me to expand on activities listed on my AMCAS"
"the day was stress-free, everyone was so nice and supportive. They really do make you feel welcome. Pleeeeaassseeee accept me :)"
"Was lead into a doctor's examination room by my interviewer and chatted for about 40 minutes. The questions were pretty generic, but he was really a great guy. "
"Loved my interviewer, we had a lot in common. She asked MANY questions, I felt as though everything got addressed."
"great university and interesting curriculum. small and boring town, and WAY too much money."
"Stress-free and definitely a place I can see myself for the next 4 years if I get accepted."
"It was very laid-back and conversational."
"Overall, it was a good experience. I drove to VT during a snow storm so that was the only thing I didn't like. I really loved the school and will be attedning this fall!"
"It was pretty good. I always freak out prior to these experiences, but staff was friendly and welcoming. One student who lead the tour was a little hardcore and told interviewers he had a tough ethical question in interview...kinda set a scary tone for a little while. The pediatrician I interviewed with was so nice, and only asked me one question about a bad grade I had had that I kinda struggled explaining. "
"Fantastic experience overall. They really have a lot of confidence about their school. The students seem to love the curriculum. I went in with high expectations and the school far exceeded them. I'd absolutely love to attend. They seemed incredibly nontrad friendly."
"I applied to UVM back in July and was invted to interview in February, a pleasant surprise. It was a low-stress day and totally positive. I'm a poor interviewer so I doubt I did well, but I'm glad I got the chance. They seem to put a lot of thought into which interviewer you get. My interviewer did a good job, really knew my file."
"Interviewer obviously took the time to review my file--asked very specific questions about my academics,volunteering. It seemed more like a discussion rather than just being asked questions"
"I walked away from UVM even more impressed than I had been prior to the interview. The staff was quite friendly, helpful and sincere. The students seem well-rounded, interested in having lives outside of the classroom and collaborate well with each other. I really got a positive impression from this school (though I was expecting my experience to be pretty positive, the great energy flowing out of this place blew me away)."
"My interviewer was a bit aloof/cryptic but we covered some areas of my AMCAS in great depth. The interviewer had obviously taken notes on my AMCAS ahead of time. However, I left feeling as though I hadn't spoken my case fully."
"Very positive, the interview was very non-standard. I wasn't asked why I wanted to be a doctor, why UVM, any of that stuff..."
"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."
" Look above. Mary Campbell (the secretary) is one of the nicest that I've yet to meet. "
"It was very pleasent. After arrival, all applicants waited together, then we were taken to a conference room where we heard about the school from multiple aspects (curriculum, residency, tuition...etc). Then, we spoke to students and had lunch. Then, we toured the school and interviewed. Interviewers were very nice, and it was a great experience overall. "
"The entire experience was really positive. My interviewer had my AMCAS and UVM applications, along with a list of questions he could choose from. The interview itself was pretty conversational, he would ask questions from his list and put them in the context of my experiences, eg. So how did experience X help you to decide the MD route? At the end of the interview he asked if I had any questions, then talked about the fact that despite being in rural Vermont, you'll still get good exposure to a broad base of patients. During the interview it felt like the interviewer was really just trying to get to know and befriend me rather than a grill and drill session. Overall, quite a good experience. "
"I didn't love the big group dynamic of the day (13 interviewees) but otherwise everyone was friendly and it felt personal. The location is beautiful so if you have the time, stay an extra day and hang out. Curriculum, technology and staff are top notch. I would love to be there next fall (or July, really)."
"Great interview! Interviewer was really relaxed and easygoing. No really tough questions. I found out earlier that he was the one interviewer who was tough but also really fought for you if he liked you. I didn't find him to be tough, but I'm sure glad he fought for me! "
"There weren't really any questions, per se. We just had a directed conversation. The intervewer knew my AMCAS inside and out and wasn't afraid to touch on anything. I didn't handle the format well; although, in retrospect, it was much more enjoyable than a full-on interview. Remember to be calm and don't fall for the 15sec. pause following your answer. Just say what you mean and be confident, yet respectful. "
"The interviewer didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t let me talk a lot. He seemed to talk for the entire time. But we hit it off. He liked my background, and we shared surprisingly similar interest (especially when it came to the topic about global AIDS epidemic). He even referred me a book, which I bought and currently am reading. Very very interesting indeed. At the end of the interview, he told me straight up ''I would love to see you here, you are UVM material''. Was surprised I got waitlisted, but, I think he convinced them to accept me...I was accepted 2 weeks after I was initially waitlisted. Woohoo!"
"The day was pleasant and low-key. Started with presentation on the VIC and admissions process, then lunch with students and brief tour, then interview. I stayed with a student and had a chance to see downtown and hang out with some students the night before."
"My advice: -try to arrive early enough in Burlington so you have to time to walk around and smell the roses. Trust me, they smell good ;) -do not waste your time preparing for ethics questions here, their goal is to get to know you to HELP you. The interviewer is not on the Executive Committee. Rather, they leave a 1-page summary of your interview in your file with everything else, and your entire file is reviewed later. -The school is a non-competitive community that is very tight-knit. It's not a shark tank like most pre-med filled institutions. If you're into that, definately a good place to interview. If not, have fun in the tool box."
"It was a relaxed day and my interviewer was extremely friendly. Overall it was a very positive experience."
"The whole day was very well organized, very low-stress and overall wonderful. They tried to make you feel at ease, and the students there were very friendly and really wanted to wish you well. "
"Overall really good interview experience, they want interviewees to feel comfortable and relaxed."
"overview of s the school, the town/state, brief financial aid informational overview, short talk from a dean, lunch and question/answer time with first and second year students, brief tour with students, 30 minute 1-on-1 interview, done!"
"it was very low-key, and it went by quickly. my interviewer was seasoned, and he managed our time very well. he didn't ask me the typical questions, b/c i'm a very atypical applicant. but as it was my 6th interview, i was well-prepared for anything."
"This was a very laid back day full of very enthuasiastic people. It's more than just a vibe, everyone is here because they wanted to be. UVM seems to foster a positive environment with students that are excited to learn."
"The day was very short with a general introduction to UVM COM. The interview felt very short, and I was cut off at 30 minutes so the interviewer could write her comments. The staff were very friendly and professional. The new facilities are a great addition to UVM. "
"I was interviewed by a clinician in an actual exam room (with an exam table, paper cover, everything) used for teaching. Like I said, it started out like a typical medical school interview and gradually turned into a conversation. BTW, we were both sitting on chairs, don't be alarmed."
"The admissions staff was very helpful and enthusiastic. They really went out of their way to make sure our day went smoothly. The actual interview was very easy and friendly. My interviewer seemed to welcome questions and enjoyed having a conversation with me. "
"I had a great experience at UVM. The faculty and staff are really nice. You get the sense that they definitely care about the student and their individual needs. The new curriculum and facilities are impressive. My interview was very laid-back. I didn't feel like I was being grilled. If you don't mind the cold or living in a small city, then this is a great place to go to school."
"The interview was centered more on my questions about the school and Burlington. My interviewer liked to talk, so most of the time I listened to him answer my questions. He asked only a couple of questions about me, which made me feel like he got no additional information than what was in my file. It was a different experience!"
"My interviewer was suffering from a nasty cold, and so it was very hard to gauge his body language. In addition, he kept interrupting the interview to reach for a cough drop or tissue, and his cell phone rang a few times, conveniently when I was espousing my virtues as a prospective medical student."
"I was entirely impressed with UVM."
"Very positive, not stressful. Mostly conversational with a few directed questions used to steer the conversation."
"It really was a great day - everyone was relaxed and friendly. The interview itself was very conversational, truly intended to get to know me. "
"it was a great day. i could definitely picture myself at uvm-- it's a nice school and the students seemed to be very satisfied with their education. "
"I was interviewed by a member of the faculty. He was so nice, and put me at ease. The interview felt much more like a conversation than an interview."
"Challenging. He really pushed me to think and stand up for myself. Overall positive. The interview ended up being more stresfull then the comments suggest on SDN."
"I didn't really expect that my interviewer would ask me questions like the ones that were on SDNET. I thought it would be more conversational. The other interviewees I spoke to had more conversational, laidback interviews, so I guess it just depends. Overall, it went ok. "
"The interview was extremely relaxed. It was more of a conversation than anything else."
"I had a very friendly and nice interviewer. She made me feel really relaxed and the interview was not as stressful as I thought it would be. "
"Intense. The interviewer didn't let me off the hook with my answers. He challenged me and asked very engaging questions. We got into a nice debate about the local hospital's evolution into a state-of-the-art healthcare facility. He told me that I did very well at the end, which was wonderful to hear."
"Everyone was very nice, but I don't think UVM is for me. It's small and out of the way. I didn't really like the layout of the interview day. They split it to allow more people, but I've had several interview days with that many people. I really liked my interviewer, he was super nice. It was really low stress."
"started at 9:30am with a presentation, waiting time, interview, lunch with dean and students, tour, and finanical aid presentation"
"Orientation lecture, lunch, tour, interview."
"It was a very comfortable experience and offered the opportunity to learn a lot about the school."
"The interview really felt like a conversation and not an interrogation. We shared a mutual interest in trauma care and talked at great length on the subject. "
"Welcoming, lunch with med students, tour, financial aid session, interview."
"Although my interviewer was very nice she seemed like she was in a rush. She arrived a little late and had to answer phone-calls regaurding a patient during the interview. However, she was very receptive and willing to answer any questions I had about the school. "
"It was great. I really loved the school. It is beautiful, typical new england style university with red brick. there still wasn't too much snow yet. I arrived late the night before my interview and without my luggage, so i was freaking out. took a cab to my host's house. she was really sweet and let me borrow clothes to sleep in and a towel. she took me downtown the next morning where i bought new clothes for my interview. i cabbed back to the university. the other interviewees were very friendly. we had an info session and all the staff were really fun and relaxed. not uptight at all. they explained the VIC curriculum which sounds really appealing. They integrate everything like embroylogy, histology, anatomy, biochem, and physiology when working on parts of the body. so there is redundancy but in the short-term so it gets engrained. Not redundancy in the long term, where you visit systems months later like in a blocking curricullum. I was very impressed. They also take their boards really early-Feb. Then we were led on a tour and then waited for our interviews. mine went smoothly, i had a radiologist interview me. He's from burlington and very sweet. No hard questions. "
"A long day with the interview at the end. I didn't get to talk as much as I expected during the interview but came away from it knowing what direction my interviewer thought medicine should go in the future."
"Started off day with dean of admissions presentation, interview, lunch with students, another dean, a tour, financial aid presentation, sat in on a lecture. I recommend the Lang House B&B. Delicious and close, much like the Ben & Jerry's factory. Nice town, nice people, safe, beautiful lake. Would definitely live there."
"UVM seems very focused on its students and their success. The VIC is a very well-planned curriculum, and the faculty appear very dedicated to making it work for every student. I wish we had more time to meet with students, since the tour was given by an admissions staff person. All in all, a pleasant experience."
"Info session, lunch with students, tour, financial aid meeting, interview."
"I interview with a third year faculty member. He was amiable and had a set of specific questions that he wanted answered. However, he didn't really ask anything difficult."
"get there by 11 am, talk with the dean, go over the school mision, etc. then lunch with med student (they all seem happy to be there), tour, financial aid talk, interview, free to go at about 3 pm."
"My interviewer was very animate and liberal. I felt it was easy to make a connection with him. He did not point out the faults of my application as some other interviewers do. He liked my essay and used that as a starting point."
"She had read my entire application and went over the whole thing in detail. It was extremely conversational and pleasant. The students emphasized that, while at every med school they claimed to have a non-competitive atmosphere, at UVM it truly was cooperative. Everyone there seemed extremely happy. I appreciated the financial aid session."
"Really not all that much to say. Very low stress, interviewer was very nice. He had definitely read my entire file, which was a relief, I knew he knew who he was talking to."
"Good interview experience to start with- very low-stress environment and a great school. All the other interviewees were great people and we all had fun together (even though it was a stressful day for all of us)."
"UVM intro session, interview, free time (there were no classes to sit in on during that time), lunch with med students, tour, financial aid session."
"conversational and relaxed. my interviewer said he hadn't done many interviews before. he had extensively reviewed my AMCAS"
"It was like no interview I have ever had, I didn't feel put on the spot. We just talked, there were very few direct questions. He had a list of questions he was told to ask but he said he didn't use it. "
"My interviewer engaged me in a conversation rather than interrogating me. She was warm and pleasant. I was impressed with how familiar she was with my application, particularly my personal statement."
"very positive, thorough decription of the school, curriculum etc... Students seem very happy. "
"Everyone at UVM is incredibly happy...it's really encouraging "
"My interview was long (~60 mins) but it was extremely pleasant. It was by no means interrogational. It was very much a relaxed, broad spectrum conversation. I am hoping that this was not a one time experience."
"Interviewer was very negative and condescending. U. Vermont should considering replacing my interviewer because of she was insulting and discouraging. Bad image for U. Vermont."
" The school is great, but then again this was my first interview, so its hard to say if my interview experience went well or not. I stumbled on the difficult question, but other than that, I did not feel nervous at all. It was very conversational. The orientation day was very well organized and everyone was extremely nice and enthusiastic. You can really tell they were trying to sell their school. Also, I met a person from my high school all way in Vermont while we introduced ourselves. Other than that, people came from all over: Cali, Montana, Penn, Florida, Minnesota, and Connecticut. "
"conversational, very nice interviewer"
"The day consisted of (in this order): presentation about UVM, interview, free-time, lunch with 2nd years, tour, financial aid session"
"The whole interview day was great. I was impressed with the committment to primary care and the students happiness with the school and curriculum. The interview, though, was more intense than I expected. "
"Before going up to my interview, I had really did not know what to expect about Vermont and the northeast. The scenery is beautiful, there appears to be a lot going on at the lake and the downtown area is small and fun (like my undergrad college town). It may not be as warm as I am used to and I might not hear the expression "yall" for a while, but it would be an exciting experience."
"It was overall a very good experience. Very country like and relaxed. Very different from the city "
"I was impressed by the curriculum, and by the sincerity of the staff and students. I felt welcomed, comfortable, and relaxed. There was a fin aid presentation that I found particularly useful. "
"My interviewer was very friendly and wanted to get to know me. It sucks that i have to wiat till the end of april till they decide. They are focued on primary care and very open to students. They are undergoing construction now. "
"I really enjoyed UVM. The interviewer was very nice and it was an open discussion. nothing too hard"
"quick meeting with the dean of admission as a group to hear about the admissions process, Q&A session with some students, lunch, then the interview!"
"very good, but very hard most intense interview by far"
"The interviewer seemed tired, I think because 3 interviewers called in sick so he had to do alot of interviews that day. He seemed relaxed, and just had a few specific questions. I was somewhat surprised that he didn't ask me more questions, I asked him a few questions and we just kind of chatted for a while. I'm not sure if the fact that the interview seemed short was a good or bad sign. I came out of the interview with an ambiguous feeling."
"overall, very well"
"Mixed - some things very positive, others not so great"
"My interview was generally very easy going. My interviewer asked good questions and smiled. I could tell that she was making an effort to make me feel more relaxed. This was important because I want to go to a medical school that takes the quality of the students experience into account. I understand that professors and clinicians can not always be so empathetic but at least there seems to be an effort at UVM to treat medical students with respect. "
"I really enjoyed my interviewer. The atmosphere was very relaxed, and everyone was very pleasant."
"The interview was, as most students describe, very laid back. My interviewer made a conscious effort to avoid the traditional, patronizing rhetoric and instead focused on those areas of my application that were really exceptional. There were no trick questions, just open-ended directional comments that allowed for a free flow of ideas."
"The admin director gave a little presentation about the admin & selection processs, which I thought was very nice of them to disclose. The staff & the students were very friendly & helpful. The inverview was very low-stress. Overall, I had a very pleasant experience."
"It was over 60 minutes, but we talked the whole time. No question was too difficult, and the interviewer would "introduce" questions so I had time to think of answers while he was still technically asking the question. He was a good listener and seemed to actually care about the answers I was giving to his questions. The three listed below were three out of about 20 questions I was asked."
"UVM was just full of extremely nice people. The students love it there, the faculty seem to love it, and people are smiling a lot!"
"The interviewer was very nice and friendly. He knew about my essays and seemed genuinely interested in the things I have done. If it ever got awkward, he was quick to move on and keep things running smoothly. "
"Few concerns... Why is the female/male ratio tipped towards the female side more than any other medical school? An article at the school states that their admissions feel that women make more compassionate doctors than men. Do they really believe that? The curriculum is also brand new and seems to be untested. Students said there were problems with it and that it needed to be changed many times for it to work with the students' schedules. Nobody would answer how UVM students did on the national boards with the new curriculum which is suspicious. Sounds like you might be a guinea pig to test out their new project if you go there. Not so sure about that."
"Everything was really comfortable and easy-going. UVM is a really great school and all the students were awesome. It's a good idea to prepare for some ethical questions."
"Very positive, my interviwer had clearly done a lot of looking at my AMCAS and supp. as they had a full page of questions based on my info. After the first couple questions we found some points of common interest to sidetrack us and just chatted for 90 minutes. I had a coughing fit during the interview which could have been a nightmare situation but my interviewer got me a pitcher and glass of water and put me at ease."
"While the actual interview experience went well because I hit it off on many fronts with the interviewer, I sensed fatique and forced excitement about the school from the tour guides. The new curriculum is young and so hard to say how well it is working. "
"I think this a great school for personal attention, great teaching, etc. Burlington is nice enough to be happy without offering too many distractions."
"UVM is a great school that doesn't get the credit it deserves."
"UVM was beautiful, their new curriculum seems very integrated and comprehensive, seems great for early experience and combining classroom/lab with clinical and diagnostic"
"Overall, I was impressed with the school. My interviewer made little eye contact and made me more nervous than I should have been. The students here are friendly and more well-rounded and the school will have impressive facilities for the fall of 2005. I also really liked the town and surrounding area. With the exception of the somewhat odd interview, I had a positive experience."
"I really loved the school, the area, and the interviewer. She asked me a lot of questions. "
"UVM had the friendliest students and staff of any place I interviewed. I really enjoyed my experience there, and was prompted admitted. "
"besides being a bigot, the interviewer was also a very bitter old man. the students seemed great though, but the experience only reaffirmed my desire to stay in a big city."
"Wonderful experience -- loved the people and the environment. Still waiting on the admissions committee to get back to me. Learned that they only review applicants 3 times a year (December, February, and April), so future applicants, try to interview before February if you can. They do waitlist most OOS applicants, so that is a drawback. The only thing keeping me from making Vermont my top choice (because I really do think I would be amazingly happy with my fellow students, the curriculum, and my training here) is the geographic location. Vermont is cold and rainy/snowy/sleety for much of the wintertime, and there really isn't much to do for a CA warmblood who doesn't ski, loves to run/bike/swim outdoors. Also as an ethnic minority who loves many ethnic foods, I'm worried about finding people of similar background and good restaurants. Still Burlington is a pretty charming town, the University of Vermont undergrads probably add life and vitality to the area, and the summertime will be great. Still undecided where to go if they accept me."
"interview was casual, everyone on the admissions staff are very very friendly and nice. the medical students were very welcoming. however, burlington is a small city, and i encountered obvious racism on more than one occasion. patients in the fletcher allen center are almost always white caucasians so not much diversity there. there are also not enough variety of medical procedures and cases, since nothing really happens in burlington. i also found out that clinicals are done in upstate ny and maine, both places i rather not be. "
"Hello everyone! I hope the information provided will be of good use to future applicants and good luck on the interviews! My interview here was the last day for the UVM season and there were 12 of us today. The schedule is as follows: @11am, Dean of Admissions presentation, Lunch with medical students, tour of the Given Building, Financial Aid Info, @2pm or 3pm, Interviews. My interviewer had already reviewed my file and application thoroughly, and asked a lot of questions about my activities and some parts of the essay. My interviewer was extremely friendly and smiled a lot, which made me feel more comfortable and relaxed during the interview. It was a great interview and many other students felt that their interviewers were great as well. In general, it was more conversational than the typical interview and I had a great time at UVM. Burlington is a quiet yet fun city with 40,000 people, so you must love the small city environment to be happy here. They generally wait-list many out-of-state applicants before making final decisions on acceptances. Good luck and God Bless everyone!"
"It was good."
"My interviewer was a great guy and seemed like he would be a caring and competent physician--the kind of person you could really learn from."
"A good time was had by all."
"excellent. interviewer created a comfortable environment for me to be truthful and sincere in my answers. very conversational. it was a rewarding experience for me as i felt i had a chance to really express myself, and they got to know me personally. it was one of the moments in life I got to lay it on the table. the students were fantastic. very friendly and upbeat, and i felt they were sincere. the integrated curriculum is progressive and makes sense. looks like a wonderful place personally and professionally to experience med school."
"I absolutely loved the school. The tuition is a bit pricey being out of state...but I would overlook that to attend UVM. Definately one of my top choices now. It will be a tough decision if I get in, but I would love to attend this school."
"Overall, it was a VERY pleasant experience and I am really impressed with the school...despite the heavy $56,000/year to attend UVM!!"
"Very positive. Out of the interviews that I have taken, this was by far the least stressful. "
"Overall, this is a very nice school and would consider going there if accepted for any program. A little expensive but let's face it, financial consideration is the last thing on my mind right now. Burlington is not diverse but the people are respectful and cool. I actually overtipped my taxi driver because he gave me a lot of tips about UVM and Burlington which helped me in the interviews. Cool place but I am a city blood and that may be a problem because I do not consider Burlington to be a city."
"I had 2 interviewers interview me at the same time. I thought Vermont would be "low stress." Nope! It was the most stressful of 8 interviews I had! I felt like I was being drilled by my interviewers."
"ppl were really nice. they have a new curriculum now (not really tested but supposedly they really care about students feedbacks and will readily improve upon the curriculum)... so applicants this yr are pretty much guinea pigs..."
"I didn't know that a medical school interview could be fun until I went to UVM. I had the best time there. If you go, I hope you have as good of a time as I did!"
"I had the most overall fun at UVM compared to all the other schools I have visited. This was surprising since I wasn't expecting much from this school. But they definitely changed my mind about them. They may not be a top tier school but I am sure going to treat them like one."
"the students are all down to earth and very happy, they are an active bunch so if you despise the outdoors uvm is definately not your cup of tea. the class is also very diverse with traditional and non-traditional students-- the atmosphere was also very supportive, the students know a ton about each other too and that was nice to see- ps...ask about "Man-cave" and play a round of foos-ball"
"Interviewer seemed very dubious from the beginning of my interest in medicine. And seemed to try from the beginning to belittle my interest in medicine, and show how clever she was."
"I stayed overnight with a student host which was helpful in finding out more about the school. This would be an awesome place to go to school if you don't mind working with a less diverse population than in a big city. If your social scene looks like late nights at loud dance clubs, don't come. If your social scene looks like a long hard day skiing and then chilling at a cool coffee bar with friends afterwards, this may be the right place."
"My interviewer knew my AMCAS application very well. She had specfic points that we talked about. The whole interview was very conversational and we talked alot about ethical issues, almost the entire interview."
"Great school, especially if you're interested in doing rural medicine. No gun shot wounds here, more like "a cow bit my hand" or "hit my hand with an axe while chopping wood" accidents. Good luck everyone!!"
"Very positive experience, and changed my opinion, I am now strongly considering comming here if accepted. Most enjoyable interview yet."
"I didn't expect to like the school, but I really liked it. Students would come up to us and talk to us and most people seemed really happy and friendly. My interviewer was very funny and nice and the interview was very laid back and short. UVM has definitely become higher on my list."
"all in all, a very pleasant experience. the school impressed me moreso than i thought it would and it's now in my top 4. the students love the place and i got a good vibe from the faculty/administration in that i feel they really care about their students. once the construction is complete, they'll have beautiful facilities."
"The interview itself was pretty relaxed and purely conversational until the last fifteen minutes or so when my interviewer realized that he had a page full of questions that he had not asked and started spitting them out one-by-one. Although the interview itself was fine, but nothing special, the overall visit to the campus was enjoyable. The admissions staff and students are very friendly. They love UVM and seem to have a relatively laid back attitude on life."
"On the whole it was a good experience (though there were some negatives). The new cirriculum seems well thought of and is continuing to improve (it is a work in progress). Heavy contstruction, comtinuing through 2005, is a major factor (not their fault, just bad timing for those of us applying this year). "
"Great interview experience. Very friendly students, faculty and supportive environment. "
"Relatively relaxed, wish there were additional interviewers, my interview resides in the hand of this one interviewer and he may have had a bad day that day, making me look bad. I felt the interview went well, however."
"Great first interview. The experience proved to be relaxing and nice."
"we didn't have to be at the school until 10:45 which was nice; got presentation by assistant dean, lunch with med students and financial aid talk before our interviews. all the current students seemed to really love the school"
"I found it interesting that the day didn't start until 11am, typical of the laid-back Vermont atmosphere I guess. The financial aid presentation was informative, if daunting (approaching $60k a year for out-of-staters). Interview was relatively low-stress, although we did delve into some of the trickier ethical questions. Burlington is very affluent and yuppie; there were as many slides in the initial presentation of the yacht club, ben and jerry's, and the view of the lake from the presenter's back yard as there were on the actual curriculum and hospital. Burlington is hardly a city, so be prepared for rural life. And cold, snowy winters. But you should already be expecting this. "
"The admissions staff puts together a good day for applicants. Interviewees get lots of information about the area and the school. The financial aid presentation is a good feature. When the staffer passed out the information on indebtedness, you could see the faces of some applicants just drop. Those numbers definately test your committment. My interviewer was a retired faculty member. He was well-versed in my application package and he had some pertinent questions. As another poster noted, he left numerous pregnant pauses. I felt no need to fill the silence. He didn't seem bummed by it either. He harped a bit on some elements of my background but I answered those questions and moved on. I did spend a fair amount of the interview disagreeing with him on several issues. I was disappointed that he was unable to answer some specific questions regarding the curriculum change. "
"Great school atmosphere, students help each other here. Do you know how much tuition is for out-of-staters? Would love to have another interviewer who is interested in getting to know me individually."
"The students seem to be very friendly and down to earth. They're a bit older than students from other schools. The financial aid session was very helpful. "
"Interviewer=not nice; Students=Very nice."
"The program is young, fate uncertain. "
"UVM is a nice place to interview. They are very friendly and offer a financial aid meeting. It was a very low-stress day and the students were very friendly. "
"UVM was great! They designed the day so that we didn't have to leave the building, which was great b/c it was so cold. People were very nice and seemed genuinely happy to be there. UVM seems like a wonderful place to study medicine, and I was impressed with everyone I met. I was interviewed by 2 people, which sort of psyched me out at first but ended up being fine. If accepted to UVM, I would have a hard time turning it down in favor of another school (even a much higher ranked school), because it seems like such a great environment to be in. "
"clinical professor was an awesome interviewer. very relaxed experience, more like a conversation of him trying to get to know me to see if i would fit in at UVM. no stupid ethical questions asked. a couple of questions asking me to draw on real-life experiences though."
"Burlington and UVM rock. I'd come here in a flash. I absolutely loved the place. The town and it's inhabitants are Birkenstock-friendly and eco-conscious. I really enjoyed my time there. My interview experience was also very, very positive. I did not feel intimidated to be myself around my interviewer--he did an excellent job of making me feel at ease. The interview was very conversational, very laid back and non-stressful. "
"I really liked uvm and would definetely accept an offer of acceptance. the faculty I met were approachable as were the students."
"Though Vermont MD/PhD program is relatively new (in its 3rd year) and small, the students seems happy and the faculty seems nice and enthusiastic. Research programs are well defined with appropriate themes but there are plenty of opportunity for interdisciplinary research. It's cold up here but the people are super friendly. I was arranged for staying the night before at the Radisson overlooking lake Champlain. Come early and you can watch the spectacular sunset over the mountains and the lake right from your room. The dinner on the night before the interview was a good ways to learn about the school from the director and the students. I interviewed with 2 MDs 1 MD/PhD student 1 PhD faculty and a brief talk with the MD/PhD director. I was interviewed in a room that has the view of the Green mountain. It was a really relaxing view and helped initiating small talks. I stongly consider going here if accepted. "
"If it cost less it would definitely be my first choice. Might be anyway."
"The interview was very laid back and the interviewer really focused on how I would balance my personal and professional life. Everyone was friendly, but for me, UVM is too small and too expensive."
"Amazing school. Super cool people there. But also a super expensive place to get heavily in debt."
"The whole day went very smoothly except for the interview. We first had a presentation on the new curriculum, then had lunch with the medical students and a tour. They were all very down to earth and had good things to say of the school. Then had a presentation regarding financial aid (very expensive for out of staters). Then the interview, which was very slow, confusing, and I am completely unsure if it went well or not."
"the interview day was really relaxed, but the actual interview was very intense. it was fun - my interviewers were very nice, and the interview took the form of an intense conversation. not stressful, but i felt like i had to be alert and really think about my answers."
"Very good day. Very friendly people who all seem to work together. I would deffinately suggest this school to others and I will probably go if I am accepted."
"I really liked the school and the program. I didn't feel like my interviewer represented the school's image. However, other interviewee's I talked to seemed to have had laid-back interviews. Unless my interviewer was trying to test me, that person was very rude. "
"The people of vermont are very friendly but can't say the same for the interviewers. "
"My interviewer came across as serious, yet down-to-earth. The questions he asked were fairly general in nature, however there were some that required a great deal of thought. He certainly made sure that my responses were not a bunch of bosh; he expanded upon nearly every question. I am not sure what type of impression I left on my interviewer. I attribute my ambiguity largely in part to the fact that I was extremely nervous; and because I felt it difficult to truly express who I am in just 30 minutes."
"We began in the morning with a brief presentation on the school, focusing on the new curriculum. We then had lunch with students, a tour of the campus and then interviews. I had a chance to explore the campus after the tour and before the interview which was nice. My interview was pretty laid back- we mostly talked about my research experience and volunteer experience- what I had learned from these."
"overall, fantastic. everyone was very friendly - med students would randomly approach us to see if we had questions, wanted info, one even took me on an informal tour of campus! seemed like a very comfortable place to be."
"It was really easy. We arrived around 10:45, were presented with stats about the school and the new curriculum, ate lunch (free), took a tour and then had our interview. It was tiring to have the interview at the end."
"the best interview experience i could ever hope for. the interviewer was extremely encouraging and sympathetic to my background, very easy to talk to, share jokes with... a wonderful experience overall."
"i didn't feel my interviewer was hostile towards me, in fact he was pretty nice, a sweet retired doctor/professor; i just felt i couldn't read him and could not connect; the interview also didn't move forward very well; sometimes i felt we got sidetracked for relatively long moments; i felt he didn't ask very good questions; he would mention something from my application and then stop and smile at me and i didn't know if i should just talk about it or if there was a particular question to answer; it was just an odd interview that felt very long and drawn out; i was exhausted by the end of it; i tried very hard to keep the ball rolling, but it was tough, and i usually have an easier time talking to people; the students were very nice and friendly and seemed happy to be there; i think my experience here was unusual b/c i heard from other people that they had very good interviews"
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"Please include a tour of campus, I heard mumblings all day that indicated I was not the only applicant disappointed that there wasn't one."
"Ditch the MMI."
"The turnaround for a decision is very long. If it is possible to make decisions more efficient or to communicate a timeline for when a decision will be rendered that would be helpful."
"Have the current medical students give a tour, also make sure to introduce who is speaking."
"Have more current students involved on interview day - maybe as tour guides. More than just having lunch with a couple of students."
"Nothing, they are amazing!"
"More student-lead aspects of the interview day would be nice."
"Admissions office is great. Very friendly, very thorough. I felt like I got a lot from the interview"
"I had such a great day. The presentation by the admissions officer was really smooth, and I apprecia"
"Everything was great"
"PLEASE shorten the first presentation. It was way too long and the speaker didnt seem into it."
"As an out-of-state interviewee, I liked the fact that the interview day didn't start until 10am."
"The financial aid talk was unnecessarily long in my opinion. Also, the evaluation room where I had"
"Longer and more involved tours"
"none, they were very helpful in working with me to coordinate interview dates so I could visit sever"
"more extensive tour of hospital facilities"
"Have lunch with the students in the cafeteria instead of a meeting room - more friendly and we'd get"
"Everything was great. I was able to sit in on a class but this was not part of the day. This classro"
"My only suggestion would be to give a more in-depth tour of the clinical facilities. We only went t"
"None - they were great and the day went very smoothly."
"Please get better name tags!! It was a bit annoying to have the tag curling up and eventually fallin"
"Very little--the day went really well."
"You might want to make it easier to find the admissions office - I had to do some searching on the w"
"Either give a set date for decisions or say 'we don't know'. I couldn't sleep well for weeks after"