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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 you think you did?

8 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?


What type of interview was it?

Open file

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

"Name the top three reasons you want to enter medicine." Report Response

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

"Many specific questions about my application (describe my research, what a city from my study abroad was like, etc.)" Report Response

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

"How would your friends describe you?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"How a class from my major could apply to medicine (not a typical cell bio, biochem, etc. class)." Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"What was the one part of my study abroad that was most memorable or educational or something to that effect." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read the website (especially the section on Emphasis), read about my interviewer (your status page should tell you his/her name), talked to a student host the night before." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The collegiality of the students, administration, etc. Even my interviewer was incredibly nice. Also the Emphasis program is impressive. I think most schools of Vanderbilt's caliber have ample research opportunities, but with this program the funding is guaranteed, and the structure should lead to productivity with a tangible outcome (e.g. a publication). Lastly, the vast majority of students in both the first and second year classes attended the lectures we had a chance to peek in on. When asked why, they said because the teaching was so good." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Not much really. I wish the curriculum were system-based (just a guess about how I will learn best in med school)." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"If you interview before lunch, you will be done by about 2 pm. Could have scheduled an earlier flight home." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Although this was my first interview, I doubt I will have any others as laid back as this one. The interview focused mostly on my application and experiences. It was rather conversational; although my interviewer asked most of the questions, they were not from a checklist but flowed based on the previous answer. The facilities at Vanderbilt are great. The classrooms are right next to the hospital, VA, clinics, and the gorgeous, new Children's Hospital. Administration seems really supportive of students. Many others have mentioned it, but be warned that the interview day is not very structured. If you don't want to be bored, take the iniative to walk around the facilities, drop in either the first or second year classes, talk to your fellow applicants in the lounge, etc." Report Response

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