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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?

6 out of 10

How you think you did?

9 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

5 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?

In a group

What type of interview was it?

Open file

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

"Why do you want to be an MD? Strengths/weaknesses " Report Response

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

"Why EVMS? " Report Response

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

"What is the role of the MD in society?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"You are an ER physician and a mother brings in her 6-year-old, who needs blood transfusions immediately. The mother is a Jehovah's Witness and states that she cannot allow the transfusions as they are against her religion. What would you do?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Fix the US health care system (Be very prepared for this question! Everyone gets asked this!)" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read SDN, reviewed my AMCAS and secondary, researched health care reform, talked to some friends who had already interviewed there, brought copies of my publications. " Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The students were univerally friendly and encouraging and seem to have a very closely knit community. They were planning a haunted Halloween night for disadvantaged youth, and seemed very committed to serving the area. The Children's Hospital was beautiful. The Jones IVF center is among the best in the nation, and the standardized patient program was impressive." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The facilities were run-down, and research is poorly funded. The academic caliber of the students was not as high as at other schools. My student tourguide made homophobic comments that I felt were inappropriate. Although this is definitely a matter of personal preference, I felt that the school had a very conservative atmosphere, which I didn't like. " Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"The interview committee generally consists of 3 people: an ADCOM member, a student, and a clinician. The ADCOM member has seen your entire file, but the other two have only seen part of it. The ADCOM person will not identify him/her-self as such, so you have to guess. EVMS is all about the primary care, and has very unimpressive research opportunities. There are--count em--2 lecture halls total in the school. " Report Response

What are your general comments?

"The interview was highly predictable, and the interviewers were affable and friendly. They did press me a little on some of my "bioethics question" answers. It's really important to pick a clear stance and then don't back down! Once they saw that I was sticking to my guns, they said "good answer!" and moved on. The students at EVMS are so friendly and helpful. Be sure to talk to as many as possible." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?


How did the tourguide seem?


How do you rank the facilities?

5 out of 10

What is your in-state status?

In state

What was your total time spent traveling?

2-3 hours

What was your primary mode of travel?


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


What airport did you use?


Where did you stay?

With students at the school

How would you rate the hotel?

8 out of 10

Would you recommend the hotel?


General Info

On what date did the interview take place?


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

5 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

7 out of 10

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

6 out of 10

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