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

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

2 out of 10

How you think you did?

7 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

8 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

45 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?

1

What was the style of the interview?

One-on-one

What type of interview was it?

Open file

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

"Tell me about yourself." Report Response

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

"Tell me about your research." Report Response

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

"Where do you see yourself in ten years?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Do you consider yourself to be an MCAT expert?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"What is special about Drug X---why not use Drug Y? (for my research)" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"I re-read my AMCAS application (the interviewer has seen your AMCAS, but has NOT seen your secondary), looked up information about my interviewer (the school will provide his/her name to you ahead of time), read about the Vanderbilt curriculum, and read the previous interview feedback posted here on SDN." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"1. The students seem friendly and appeared to have good camaraderie. All of the first-years were wishing us interviewees luck when we saw them in the halls. 2. The office staff were extremely friendly and helpful; Vanderbilt is an example of Southern hospitality at its best. 3. The interviewer was pleasant and conversational, and he had clearly taken the time to learn about me before the interview. 4. The facilities were on the whole very nice, especially the new Children's Hospital, the Cancer Center, and main Vanderbilt Hospital." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"I can't think of too much to say here, but just to caution future interviewees, there is a lot of construction going on right now at Vanderbilt, so be careful where you walk. Also, the cafeteria is pretty expensive, but the medical school gives you a voucher for $7, so it doesn't cost you out-of-pocket. Vanderbilt is a conservative school, so you should dress appropriately; ladies, wear skirt suits here, and save the pants for when you interview up North. Finally, if you go to Vanderbilt this early in the interview season, keep in mind that this is the South, so you can expect it to be HOT and HUMID." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Vanderbilt will not consider you to be independent for financial purposes, regardless of your age." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Overall my impression of Vanderbilt was positive. I like this school, and I'd be interested in going here. I thought that the interview day was relatively personal and well-run, especially considering that Vanderbilt plans to interview close to 1000 applicants this year. When you go, ask Dawn Sharp to show you the videos of the Cadaver Balls from previous years while you're waiting in the interviewee room." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

How did the tourguide seem?

Enthusiastic

How do you rank the facilities?

8 out of 10

What is your in-state status?

Out of state

What was your total time spent traveling?

2-3 hours

What was your primary mode of travel?

Airplane

About how much did you spend on room, food, and travel?

$201-$300

What airport did you use?

BNA

Where did you stay?

Hotel

How would you rate the hotel?

5 out of 10

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?

The Guesthouse

Would you recommend the hotel?

yes

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

09/02/2005

How do you rank this school among other schools to which you've applied?

8 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

8 out of 10

What is your ranking of this area's cultural life?

8 out of 10

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