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

How did the interview impress you?


What was the stress level of the interview?

2 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)?

"Why VCU/MCV?" Report Response

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

"What do you do for fun?" Report Response

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

"How do your parents feel about you attending medical school?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"What do you do at your place of work?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"None" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"This web site, sought the counsel of one of the doctors I work with, reviewed my AMCAS application." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The interview was not stressful, the state of the art technology, the new NICU facilities and computerized radiology in the ER." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Out of state students are not eligible for instate tuition once they move to Richmond. " Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"The AMTRAK station is within a walking to the hotel and the school, but you have to know your way around not the best thing to do when carrying suitcases." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"The interviewers were great, no complains from any of the other applicants. VCU makes it their policy to let you know what is going to happen to your file right afer your interview. You may also submit any new material that you know they don't have in you file on the day of your interview or shortly afterwards. The admissions committee meets the following monday after your interview and you have two people advocating for you; your interviewer who met you face to face and your file reviewer who has gone through your file with a fine comb. At the meeting they present your qualities and let the admissions board know why you qualify to attend VCU not to mention while they are doing so all your grades are on a big screen for everyone to see; MCAT and your academic transcripts. Now, the board is comprised of 31 people and at any given meeting you have atleast 25 people present. After your advocates have made their presentation, the board may need a clarification on something and they get to ask your advocates questions regarding your grades or ask the financial aid officer to read something in your file (AMCAS ESSAY, VCU ESSAY OR LETTER OF RECOMMENDATIONS) just to clarify something. Here is the odd part (to me) each of the 25 people including your advocates get to grade you on a scale of 1 to 5 which is on a scantron. 5 is the worst and 1 the best and all votes carry equal weight. They may decide that anyone with a grade from 3.2 to 5 there is no need to keep them waiting any longer and they send you a letter of rejection. Everyone else is either granted an admission or placed on the alternate list and you may called in at anytime even as late as August 11. The board never reviews your file again the grade the assigned you (1-5) remains on the computer and that is what they use to determine your eligibility for admission, by the way you will never know what your grade was. If you are from out of state your chances diminish since they can only accept only 40%, but chances increase when other applicants from out of state get accepted in their state school and hence withdraw from VCU. The whole process takes about 3 wks when you hear from VCU, otherwise it is a great school to study medicine." Report Response

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