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  • Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine - Blacksburg
  • Osteopathic Medical School
  • Blacksburg
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?

5 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

5 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?


What type of interview was it?

Open file

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

"Can you give an example of a time you worked as a team? Can you give me an example of a time you went against your ethics? Can you give me an example of a time you were proud?" Report Response

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

"Tell me about your study abroad experiences. (VCOM has an extensive world and appalachia missions program), Why VCOM?, What did you like most about this school when you decided to apply?" Report Response

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

"Why are you here? (I answered based on my medical interests) So why are you here? (I hesitated to find another appropriate answer... i think he was trying to trip me up)" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"If, for some reason, the new health care reform was not passed, what aspect of the bill is most important to keep by itself?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Tell me the difference between a doctor and a physician. (WHAT?!)" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN - I read up on the school's programs and style" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Students can use all the Virginia Tech facilities and attend games, join clubs, etc. I like how non-competitive the class is even though they are on letter grade system. The students were challenged but had fantastic feedback about professors being fair and pretty understanding. The admission staff took us on a tour of Blacksburg to know about the apartments there, see the VTech campus, etc. - very helpful and beautiful! I like that there is a block at the end of first year dedicated strictly to board prep. There are lots of bike trails connecting the town as well as a free bus service from VTech that helps to cut down on gas/hassle. I thought the cost of tuition compared to other schools and what is included is phenomenal! Also, the structure of classes has more frequent tests built in so students can stay up to date with the material AND redeem themselves after one bad test. Anatomy lab is all throughout first year not just crammed into 3 months." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Dress code: at first I thought this was cool to keep the school professional and classy but, let's be honest, there are some days I'd like to roll outta bed in sweatpants after a long night of studying! Other than that, the school exceeded my expectations! I saved it for last to interview bc I wasn't sure it sounded like a good fit - WOW was I wrong!" Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"I wish I had known how awesome this school is even though it is tucked away in the Blue Ridge Mts of Virginia: I would have cancelled more of my other interviews if I hadn't put this one off! The Virginia Tech mascot (the Hokie) is a ficticious bird." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"VCOM has so much to offer! I was blown away by their state-of-the-art facilities and technology as well as the perks of being 2 miles from a 30,000+ university. The area is beautiful and VCOM is tucked away from the undergrads but close enough for convenient food, shopping, rec, etc. This school has lots to offer in research too if thats something that interests you. the cost of living is low and the students here were so friendly! After my visit here, this school went from the bottom of my list straight to the top - can't wait for fall!" Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Faculty member

How did the tourguide seem?


How do you rank the facilities?

10 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?

< $100

What airport did you use?

No Response

Where did you stay?


How would you rate the hotel?

4 out of 10

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?

Holiday Inn Blacksburg - more llike motel... kinda creepy

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?

5 out of 10

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

5 out of 10

How is the responsiveness of the admissions office?

5 out of 10

How is the friendliness of the admissions office?

5 out of 10

How eco-friendly are the school's application materials and interview process?

3 out of 10

What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

"Everything was awesome! Excellent lunch, got the interviews overwith quickly, tour of the area helped, and we talked with current students candidly." Report Response

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