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Interview Day

Interview Day at VCU SOM

We use the Multiple-Mini Interview (MMI) technique for our interview process.  The MMI was developed by McMaster University in Ontario for their M.D. program for nearly 20 years. Duke University and Virginia Tech Carillion have also implemented the MMI interview process. 

The MMI process will consist of nine questions. The first question is a traditional interview question and will be asked by all of the interviewers. You will have 2 minutes to read the question and prepare your thoughts and 16 minutes for interaction with an interviewer.  ONLY 16 minute interaction. Questions two through nine are designed to help assess an applicant's attributes in the following areas: responsibility, ethical and moral judgment, communication and management skills, problem solving and conflict resolution and teamwork.  You will have 2 minutes to read the question and 8 minutes for interaction with an interviewer. ONLY 8 minute interaction.

You have seven days to schedule your interview from the time you received e-mail notification regarding this change in application status. Failure to schedule your interview before the deadline will result in withdrawal of your application.

You can find more information about the MMI on the MMI FAQ page.

Rescheduling an Interview

If you need to reschedule your interview, you will be able to reschedule your interview using the “Reschedule Interview” tool, located in the navigation bar on the Applicant Portal.  Please keep in mind that you will only be able to reschedule your interview once using the Rescheduling tool. Also, in order to utilize this tool; you will be required to be seven days or more out from your currently scheduled interview.

Cancellation and Withdrawal

If you are not able to attend your scheduled interview and wish to withdraw your application, please notify the Admissions Office ASAP by email and phone to cancel your interview and withdraw your application.

Please also be aware that failure to show up for an interview without notifying the office means that no additional interview will be offered. This policy is in place because candidates who fail to show up occupy an interview slot that could have gone to another highly qualified candidate. In addition our interviewers volunteer their time and energy to interview applicants.  Please be courteous to withdraw in a timely manner.

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Arrival Location

Please arrive for your interview at the VCU School of Medicine Admissions Office, 1201 E. Marshall Street, 1st floor, Suite 1-200.

 

Accommodations

Overnight Accommodations:  Prices are subject to change, please call and check with the hotel!  Also, say that you are coming to visit the Medical College of Virginia Campus and that you are a student to make sure you get the discount.  You must do this when you make the reservation. A list of local hotels and rates can be found at  Accommodations.

 

Parking Information

550 N. 12th Street, Richmond, VA 23219

Click here for more information

 

Student Hosting

Congratulations for getting an interview at VCU SOM!

Our generous medical students volunteer their homes, energy and time in the midst of their busy schedules. Hosting is provided one night and not during exam schedules and vacation periods.

We will try our best to place you; however, we cannot guarantee placement. Please complete this form as soon as possible to arrange accommodations for your visit. Host placements are assigned in order of interview date, please be patient. There are nearby hotels, you may also view the list of hotels.

Please note that hosting may not be available during the exam and holiday period.

 

How to Apply for Student Hosting

Complete the Student Hosting Form with your information. You will receive an automated confirmation email. We will contact you with your hosts name and contact information.

If you have any questions, please contact vcusomhosting@vcuhealth.org.

We look forward to meeting you and wish you well in your medical school application process.

Interview Day

MORNING INTERVIEW

8:00 am
Check-In

8:15 am - 8:45 am
Welcome and Multiple Mini-Interview (MMI) Overview

8:45 am
Gather for MMI

9:00 am - 10:45 am
Multiple Mini-Interview

11:00 am - 11:45 am
Information Session

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
Lunch

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Tour

 

AFTERNOON INTERVIEW

10:00 am
Check-In

10:15 am - 10:45 am
Welcome and Multiple Mini-Interview (MMI) Overview

11:00 am - 11:45 am
Information Session

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
Lunch

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Tour

1:45 pm
Gather for MMI

2:00 pm - 3:45 pm
Multiple Mini-Interview