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  • Eastern Virginia Medical School
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Norfolk
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?


What was the stress level of the interview?

3 out of 10


How long was the interview?

50 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?


What was the style of the interview?

In a group

What type of interview was it?

Open file

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

"If you were the Surgeon General and you had to power to completely solve the problem of the 40+ million who are uninsured, how would you do it? " Report Response

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

"What are your best/worst features? What characteristics of yours will help/hurt you in medical school?" Report Response

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

"Many, many situational questions, mostly ethical, but not all. i.e. An eighty year old man with pancreatic cancer and a dispute amongst the family about how to procede; A 76 year old woman who has high BP but swears she is taking her meds; An 80 year old woman with bone sarcoma who asks you to prescribe her a lethal dose of painkillers...." Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"What is the one way you can, all by yourself, lower the cost of health care for your patients?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"You are physician and married with two children, and you work all the time. One day your spouse says to you, "If you don't quit your job today and start spending more time with me and kids, we are leaving." What would you say? " Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN and read articles on current health issues. I knew there would be a lot of ethical questions. " Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The people - everyone is so friendly. Also, the standardized patients. " Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The weather - it was rainy and cold, which I am told is pretty typical for January - March in Norfolk." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"There is a lot of traffic on 64 in the mornings, so prepare for it. The parking garage is also very busy, so allow adequate time for parking." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"In the morning you conduct a mock interview with a standardized patient and recieve a tour of the hospital and school. Then you have lunch (wraps!) and you move on to the library for interviews. If you have a later interview (the first one starts at 2:00) bring something to read. The panel interview set-up was not as intimidating as I thought it would be, but I think I had it easy compared to some people. I have definately heard stories about people coming out crying! The inerviewers are tough, they test your opinions, knowledge of the subject matter (not necessarily the legality of the situations) and your ability to think quickly, reason and back yourself up. The student tour guides will tell you some of the questions that they will ask. It is important to have good solid reasons for wanting to attend EVMS and to be a doctor. " Report Response

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