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  • Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Nashville
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

3 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

45 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?

1

What was the style of the interview?

One-on-one

What type of interview was it?

Open file

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 1)?

"Give me a 2-minute autobiography." Report Response

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

"What do you think will be the most difficult part of being a doctor?" Report Response

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

"Give me one sentence to tell the admissions committee why they should accept you." Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Hmm . . . nothing too crazy. I guess I liked the question, "If you had an absolutely free weekend, no strings attached and no cost applied, where would you go and what would you do?"" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Nothing too hard either. He asked what I thought the hardest part of being a doctor would be. He also asked what one sentence I would give to describe me." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Nothing. Just chilled and relaxed." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The interviewer was terrific. He was really laid back and sold the school more than grilling me. It felt just like a conversation where he was making sure I was normal." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The tour was silly-short. You see the classrooms, the computer lab, the entrance to the library, and that's it. " Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"The students at Vandy are all 'bout their school. Several students stopped us and said, "Come to Vandy; we love it!" Also, they have a new program called the Emphasis program that lets you choose electives and research topics to explore." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"My interview was originally scheduled for 7:30 in the morning (ugh). But they called the night before and bumped me back to 9:30 (yay!). I got there early and just hung out in the admissions lounge. The staff is pretty friendly and the lounge is nice. A member of the staff took me over to meet my interviewer, and we had the interview in his office. It was really laid back. We just talked about questions off of my AMCAS, and he asked me to give a 2-minute biography of myself. He then asked questions during my "biography." He asked what I thought the hardest part of being a doctor would be, if I had a free weekend where would I go, questions about my undergrad classes, and other normal stuff. He also asked me for one sentence to tell the admissions committee about me. He then asked if I had any questions for him. He assured me that the interview process was not all that important. His words were, "We just want to make sure you speak in complete sentences and don't drool." That really put me at ease. I feel it went really well." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

01/06/2004

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