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  • Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine - Blacksburg
  • Osteopathic Medical School
  • Blacksburg, VA
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?


What was the stress level of the interview?

4 out of 10


How long was the interview?

25 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)?

"What is euthanasia? I didn't know an exact definition. He told me "doctor-assisted suicide." I politely said nothing, but I WISH I had thought about the case of girl babies in China killed because the parents wanted a boy, or the killing of a retarded child. Neither case would be "suicide." F*CK HIM right in the ear! We were told that this school wanted us to feel comfortable, and he made me feel like my answer was dumb. I'd love to punch that focker! (My other two interviewers were awesome, don't get the wrong impression)" Report Response | I was asked this question too

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

"Convince me that you want to be an Osteopathic physician." Report Response | I was asked this question too

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

"What is your greatest strength/weakness? (Came up in one shape or form in all 3 interviews)" Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most interesting question?

"Role reversal- I was allowed to interview one of the interviewers for a little while." Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most difficult question?

"Teenage girl, raped, now pregnant. What do you advise her to do? What is euthanasia?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN, School website. Always rehearsing and asking myself questions. Practice NOT saying "um." You'd probably be surprised at how much you say it w/o realizing." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The technology, no doubt. Ask about the dry-erase boards in many of the smaller rooms (ALL of the study rooms, and all of the OMM rooms). Friendliness of the staff. Everyone is happy to see you, really wants the school to succeed." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"School year is 12 months. Aside from having lunch with a student, there was pretty much NO opportunity to talk to current students, or sit in on lectures. I bumped into a few studnets in the hallway, and although they spoke positively about the school, they weren't excessively friendly. This could have been due to sleep deprivation-they had a big exam the day of my visit. " Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"That I would end up liking VCOM as much as I did. I still have two more interviews scheduled next week, but they've got a hard act to follow. Yahoo! directions were incomplete/hard to understand. Make sure you know where the school is the night before." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Overall, it was a VERY positive day. The interviewers put a lot of effort into getting to know you. My first interviewer was quite cold, asked some questions that stumped me. Later, another interviewer said that he was "so nice." Depends on the individual I suppose. There are a lot of "positives" about this school. Enough to overshadow many of the negatives. Ample info about nearby housing is given, cost of living is pretty low. They REALLY are putting a lot of effort into making this school great, so I'm not at all concerned about the school being so young. Again, I am kind of concerned about being in class year-round, and since the MS1's haven't even gone through a summer of class, they can't tell you whether or not it sucks. " Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Faculty member

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