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

How did the interview impress you?

No change

What was the stress level of the interview?

1 out of 10


How long was the interview?

30 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 DO? " Report Response | I was asked this question too

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

"Why VCOM?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

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

"Where do you see yourself in 10 years?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most interesting question?

"everything was from my file, nothing hard, don't stress this one!" Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most difficult question?

"no difficult questions, they just want to get to know you" Report Response | I was asked this question too

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Everyone was very friendly. The student who ate lunch with us offered to go out that night and talk to us more about the school. A very nice gesture!" Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Year round classes, dress code, mandatory attendance, you cannot do out of state electives because they want you to practice in VA. This could severely limit residency options." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"That the building seems too small for 2 classes of med students to be there. Also, there will not be enough parking next year. One person in my group asked what to do about this and their response was "maybe people will bike to school". Not an adequate answer for the $$$ they want to attend here." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"This is to the person who has been accepted to VCOM who has a problem with the post on 4/10/2004. You have no right to criticize this person for their post. The purpose of this web site is to rate medical schools so that other applicants may have more knowledge and a better feel for the school when they visit. I have personally been accepted to VCOM and have decided not to attend for reasons similar to those posted on 4/10. While you may think that not being able to wear jeans to class and mandatory attendance is no big deal, it is. Medical school is hard. It is one of the hardest things we will ever do. It is important as a medical student, at least for me, to go to a school which is "prostudent". I always go to class. That said, I may choose to miss a class at some point during medical school. We are not in kindergarten, we are in professional school. We should not have to be "excused" for making a personal decision. I imagine this situation is worse at VCOM because school is year round. Do you really want to go to a school where missing a class can affect your grade? This has nothing to do with how good of a physician you will become and as for me personally, I prefer not to be treated like a child in professional school. The same is true with the dress code. I understand that we are going to be professionals and I am all for looking professional in front of patients but why not be relaxed and comfortable in class. I personally learn more that way. As for your comment about full accredidation, it IS IMPORTANT! Wake up people. If a certain percentage of the first class does not pass boards, they are not accredited. While I think this is a very unlikely scenario, it is something to think about. On the positive side, everyone at VCOM IS REALLY NICE. They just are. While I think this is great, I think that VCOM severely limits its students in their career. The building only being open until 10pm is RIDICULOUS!! If you go to this school, you are paying $52000 a year. You should be able to use the facilities. This and the other rules lead me to believe that VCOM does not trust its students to know what is in their best interests and therefore the school is attempting to control many aspects of student life. Once again, medical school is stressful! Why add extra, unneeded stressors to the situation? It makes no sense to me. On the other hand, if this does not bother you and you want to do primary care in rural virginia, you will probably be very happy at this school. I just cannot get past the negatives so I will be attending elsewhere. " Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Admissions staff

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