Interview Day at VCU School of Medicine

We use the Multiple-Mini Interview (MMI) technique for our interview process

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.

Letters of Recommendation

Applicants should submit a minimum of three letters of recommendation (maximum of five)

Applicants should submit a minimum of three letters of recommendation (maximum of five). A letter packet is assembled and distributed by your school.  It may or may not include a cover letter from your pre-health advisor or committee, but it does not include a committee evaluation. If the letter packet contains at least three individual letters, it will fulfill our requirements. However, if the letter packet includes fewer than three individual letters, you will need to submit additional individual letters to meet our minimum requirement of three letters. All letters should be submitted through AMCAS Letters of Evaluation/Recommendation Service.

We receive many questions about who should write letters of recommendation.  We highly recommend you select writers who know you well and can speak to your qualifications for entering the field of medicine. Letters from family members and/or friends are discouraged. Learn more here

  • Letters must address personal experiences and characteristics that will help us to develop an overall portrait of you. A letter based upon direct interaction with you and addressing qualities such as maturity, empathy, character, reliability, interpersonal skills, and any special attributes or experiences will be the most helpful.
  • Letters may be authored by individuals from an academic, clinical, employment, research, or volunteer setting. People who know you well and who can attest to your character and abilities based upon their personal experience with you will be the most meaningful.
  • If you have taken time off between college and medical school, you should also send a letter of evaluation from a person who can comment about experiences during that period.
  • If there are special circumstances or potential concerns raised within your application (ex: lower grades one semester, compelling reason for withdrawal from a class, minor institutional action), consider securing a letter that could validate or clarify the situation.
  • Ideally, letters should be dated within one year of your application.
  • We DO NOT provide a status message indicating receipt of letters of evaluation. If AMCAS has confirmed receipt of your letters, then we have them as well. It is not necessary to contact our office to ask if we have your letters.
  • Unsolicited letters sent directly to the college outside of the AMCAS Letters service will not be reviewed, placed in your file, or retained in any form; they will be discarded. 

Selection Factors

Selection factors used to evaluate MD Program applications

Selection Process

We hope the general information provided below will help you to better understand our admissions process. Interviews are conducted August through March, and our admissions process is structured so that seats remain available for applicants who are reviewed and interviewed later in the application cycle. Applicants are not negatively affected by the timing of the application review or interview. It is very common for applications to be held for an interview decision, for comparison to the larger applicant pool that evolves over the year. Please do not call the office if your status has not changed; as soon as a decision is made, your status will be updated. Our staff has no information beyond that listed on the Applicant Portal status page. The office staff is unable to project when you will receive the next status update. Please use the Applicant Portal account to track your application status. Your patience is appreciated as we give individual consideration to all applications.

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