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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?

7 out of 10

How you think you did?

5 out of 10


How long was the interview?

35 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)?

"In no specific order: the question that is posted on SDN about abortion, my favorite and least favorite classes, my hobbies, they asked a couple of questions from my PS and my secondary, definitely be familiar with those. " Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"What would your fellow students say about you on your graduation day from medical school?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"What are the biggest problems in American healthcare? If you had unlimited funds how would you solve these problems? Describe a day in your life as a practicing physician. (Wanted extreme details)." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN, read over my AMCAS application, read about EVMS online." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The children's hospital is amazing. The neighborhoods around campus where the students live was a great suprise. There are cute neighborhoods and a string of restaurants and coffee shops all within walking distance of the campus. Seems very easy to get around. Norfolk itself really struck me as a great city and the beach is only 30 minutes away." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The students have to travel to all different kinds of locations for their clinical years (at least this is the impression I got when I asked). The admissions officers seemed to give canned speeches throughout the day, there wasn't any spark of excitement about their school. The panel interviews seem to create unneeded stress and I have no idea why they think it is a good idea to schedule them LAST...everyone would have been much more relaxed during the tours and lunch if we could have gotten the interviews over in the morning." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Norfolk is a very underrated city and would be a nice place to live. If I decide to go into Peds I would want to work in a place like Children's Hospital, it was just amazing." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I went into this day thinking that EVMS is a vastly underrated school-- a diamond in the rough, if you will. It was not a BAD experience by any means, but the school didn't really try to impress the interviewees or show what sets their school apart from others. I left with no clear idea of why I would want to choose EVMS over another school. They really stressed their standardized patient program, which seems great, but there must be other things that we as applicants should learn about their school before deciding to go there. They didn't give us any kind of viewbook or information about their curriculum, just a packet of (helpful but scary!) information about financial aid. My interviewers really tried to stress that the interview should be conversational and not intimidating. I just don't see how that could happen given the situation. There was no give and take, it was just me answering their questions. This made the more difficult questions worse than they maybe could have been because you feel like you are getting no feedback and begin to question whether you are even making sense. Maybe they do this to see if you can keep your cool etc, but it certainly wasn't my idea of a conversation. The interviewers were very nice and certainly didn't make me feel bad or try and trip me up in any way, I just felt like I wasn't able to really show my personality or even why I wanted to be a Doctor (they didn't ask this question). Anyway, I still like EVMS, I'm just not sure if it's the best place for me. I won't be heartbroken if I don't end up there. " Report Response

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