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

How did the interview impress you?


What was the stress level of the interview?

1 out of 10


How long was the interview?

45 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?


What was the style of the interview?


What type of interview was it?

Open file

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

"Is anyone in your family a doctor? What made you want to go into medicine, then?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

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

"Tell me about your research. Do you LIKE working with the mice?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

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

"What do you think of Vanderbilt?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most interesting question?

"What do you do in your free time?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most difficult question?

"No really difficult questions" Report Response | I was asked this question too

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read this website and the Vanderbilt website, reviewed my research and AMCAS" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"How happy the students were, how nice the admissions staff and faculty were, and the quality of the instruction in the two classes I sat in on." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Homogenous class, most seem to be rich white kids, from what I could tell, tour wasn't very extensive (i.e. didn't even show us the HOSPITAL), and there was too much down time." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"That I was going to be done as early as I was." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"This was a very easy interview, I can't say I was really nervous at any time throughout the day. Basically, you get to admissions at like 8:15, and chill with the other interviewees for a little while. Then, they take you into this conference room and tell you a little about the school, the day, and the process. By about 8:45, we were turned loose until our interviews or 11:30, whatever came first. So, I went to two classes in the morning, and walked over to the library before my interview. All the students who saw us were really welcoming and encouraged us to go into classes and recommended other things to see. Then, at 11:30, we met with a physician who told us about their emphasis program and academics, and a med student who talked briefly about her experience. Then, we met up with like 6 1st and 2nd year med students who took a few questions, told us about their experience, took us on a really brief tour (essentially only of Light Hall, which is where there are classes and a med student lounge), and then we went to lunch. If you had a morning interview, you were done for the day after lunch, around 1:00. They assign interview times and interviewers ahead of time, and you can find out the time and interviewer on the application status check page. So, in summary, the only scheduled things that you have to attend are the welcome, your interview, and the info session at 11:30. I'd look at the interview time before you book your flight, if you can, because a lot of the people in my group had AM interviews, but were told by admissions not to schedule a flight until after 6 PM, so they ended up having like 5 hours to kill. My interview was with one faculty member, who was really laid back. I think she talked as much about her as I did about me, which made it a really easy, conversational interview. But, at the same time, I felt I didn't really add anything to my application with the interview because everything I told her was already in my application. I wonder how important the interview is at Vanderbilt. " Report Response

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