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  • Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Richmond
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?


What was the stress level of the interview?

8 out of 10

How you think you did?

10 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

8 out of 10


How long was the interview?

60+ 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 was the most interesting question?

"PHD: You appear to be a great candidate, why are you interviewing so late in the season? Lab: You have been involved with RNAi, is there any advice you can give on problems you have ran into?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"MD: The person who reviewed your file indicated a problem in your secondary. They wondered why you raised some family issues, how does this apply to medicine? PHD: Tell me how working as an undergraduate differs from working as a lab technician, walk me through the steps you would go through to design an experiment." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"this website, going over my application especially my research, reviewing VCU/MCV's MD/PhD website" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Every single interviewer I had was so encouraging! I really enjoyed the laid-back style of the interviews, it really allowed me to feel relax and let my true self show. I think that is a smart move for interviewing style." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Nothing, I have been in love with this program from day 1, and my interview merely reinforced this opinion." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Nothing. SDN was very helpful, plus going to dinner with MD/PhD students the night before the interview helped weed out any questions I had." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"830am chat with MD/PhD administrative assistant; 9am MD interview one-on-one with associate director of MD/PhD program; 10am PHD interview with MD/PhD director, Professor familiar with avenues of my research as well as my hometown (yay!), G2 student doing spinal cord research; 11am Info session with 9 other students (1 other MD/PhD, 8 MD applicants) regarding financial aid and another questions; 12pm Tour led by M2 students, 1pm lunch with med students and other applicants; 2pm Lab interview with a young PI; 230pm Lab interview with a professor from my PHD interview; 3pm interview with Professor whom I would like to work with. 4pm... head toward the airport!" Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?


How did the tourguide seem?


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?

7+ 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?


How would you rate the hotel?

7 out of 10

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?

Radisson Historic Richmond

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?

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?

9 out of 10

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