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  • Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Winston-Salem
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?


What was the stress level of the interview?

4 out of 10

How you think you did?

8 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

6 out of 10


How long was the interview?

20 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?

Closed file

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

"Does mental health (ie optimistic or cynical thinking) contribute to patient recovery?" Report Response

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

"Describe your leadership style." Report Response

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

"Where do you see yourself in 10 years?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Do you think that community service is required to be a doctor?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Name a good challenge and a bad challenge in your life and how did you approach them differently?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN, Reread Essays, WFU Website" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Cost of living in Winston-Salem" Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Rigid curriculum, no electives until 4th year, few students took part in research (this was confirmed by an interviewer who told me that she was disappointed with the amount of basic research that takes place at Wake), some facilities looked worn, high average student debt, most of the students you talk to are 1st Year without much experience in med school, seems like a lot of politics among the admin/faculty, MEDICAL GUILD CHAPERONE!" Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"No electives until 4th year, Wake is still trying to get enough faculty to support the PBL style curriculum they envision" Report Response

What are your general comments?

"The interview process is strange...almost like speed-dating. You get a max of twenty minutes with each interviewer, who only has access to your AMCAS and secondary essays. What I found to be frustrating is that you spend 10-15 minutes just revisiting the experiences you listed in your AMCAS. If you're going to have short interviews, the interviewers need to have your background so you can quickly move onto other topics. I didn't particularly like the system. I didn't think it was stressful, I just thought it was odd. Also, I thought the Medical Guild (AKA Doctors' Wives Club) Liason was detrimental to the interview experience. It's like having your mom there the whole time. I mean what kind of insight can they offer that goes beyond the input of the students? Did they go to the school? No. Did they EVER go to medical school? No. What's the point? Additionally, I thought their presence detracted from open discussion among the group interviewing as well as the Q&A with current students. Personally, I just thought this contributed to the my sense that Wake doesn't really trust it's students and does everything for them. I felt like I was being talked down to at the curriculum brief, there are no electives until 4th year (we wouldn't want you thinking on your own now would we?), and you have to find your own funding for study abroad. Not the place for someone who really wants to set out on their own path. As for the facilities, I thought some of the buildings and classes looked run down. In the 1st Year lecture hall some of the ceiling tiles were missing and the wires were hanging down. Overall, I wasn't particularly impressed, but that is just my opinion. I'm older than most students and I just didn't feel like was the place for me. " Report Response

Tour and Travel

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How did the tourguide seem?


How do you rank the facilities?

4 out of 10

What is your in-state status?

In state

What was your primary mode of travel?


General Info

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

2 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

3 out of 10

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

3 out of 10

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