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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?

60+ 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 are your strengths/weaknesses? " Report Response | I was asked this question too

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

"Where do you see yourself in ten years?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

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

"How did you deal with changing curriculum?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most interesting question?

"How would you feel practicing medicine in a rural setting?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most difficult question?

"Why did you change over to biochemistry from engineering? - Not really difficult - but this shows how low stress the interview really was." Report Response | I was asked this question too

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read this website and the VCOM website and student handbook (VERY IMPORTANT!! - This tells you a lot about the school that they fail to tell you)" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"How nice the facilities were. However, they were confined to one building, and one of the students commented on how we were going to feel like there was not enough space with more than one class present. The staff kept saying how students could use VTech facilities, which is OFF campus. " Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The first thing I witnessed as I walked in was a secretary giving a student this snotty attitude because he missed a class and was trying to be excused. In case you haven't done your research, class is absolutely mandatory, and you have to apply for an excused absence before you miss class. I also did not like that we were not left alone with the students. Lunch with a med student was soooo awkward, because an admissions person was there. She kept offsetting any slightly negative comments from the student. " Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"I spent a good deal of money flying out to VA. After being led on during the whole interview process, the director tells us that they have already offered all the available seats, and the best situation would be the waitlist. I actually found this out the day before I flew out because I read a review from this website. They should have been honest with people, lying is never tactful. Interviewees are deceived by how nice they appear and the low stress level of the interviews, but it seems that there are numerous underlying issues they don't want you to know about. " Report Response

What are your general comments?

"BE WEARY!! You are interviewing them as well. Also, do your research. You can't wear jeans to class, and the school building is only open from 7AM to 10PM. These are tiny details people need to know before they spend $200,000 on an education. Yes, they were extremely nice but the students did not look happy. They are NOT fully-accredited yet, it seems they brag more about their intramural soccer championship than about how safe their curriculum is. It also seemed like they look down upon medical specialties, and train you for family practice. They also stress that they would love for you to stay in the appalachian region. " Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Admissions staff

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