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  • Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Nashville
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?


What was the stress level of the interview?

1 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)?

"What motivates you to practice medicine?" Report Response

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

"Why did you transfer schools after just one year?" Report Response

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

"Will you have any biases in practicing medicine? (I did my senior project for my religion major on religious perspectives on medical ethics.)" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"How have your parents' professions influenced you to become a doctor?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"You got four C's as an undergraduate. How do you explain these grades?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Mock interviews, read all the questions from SDN, re-read my AMCAS and secondary applications, brought a demo of something I do research on." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Everyone was so happy to be there. Vanderbilt ranks number 1 in student satisfaction. The students have a lot of freedom -- the Cadaver Ball, the golden shovel award, the portrait of Yoda on the Wall of Deans." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"You are required to spend your summers at Vanderbilt. All students are required to specialize in a subsection of medicine under the Emphasis Program. There are many specialities -- lab work, spirituality and medicine, medicine and law, your choice. Students spend their afternoons during the first two years doing research on their project to the point of producing a publishable paper. Unfortunately, students must also spend the summer between the first and second year on campus." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"That we were allowed to sit in on classes." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"The interviewer does not sit on the admissions committee. S/he mearly writes a letter of recommendation on your behalf based on the time you spent with him/her. With the exception of two short presentations, the rest of the day is up to you. You can talk to current students, sit in on classes, take a self-guided your of the hospital, speak to anyone of the faculty members, or anything else you may want to do. Vandy also has a host program. Be sure to check out the web site for information on staying with a current student." Report Response

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