Virtual Interview Day
Due to the pandemic, the 2021-2022 admissions cycle will consist of virtual interview days on 5 Saturdays and one Tuesday in the fall and winter months.
Interview days provide an opportunity to interact with current students, the Admissions team and interviewers. Activities include a timed virtual MMI, asynchronous video presentations about the curriculum, research, facilities, and a tour of Roanoke.
All interviewees should plan to reserve time from 9:15AM until 3:30PM EST on their scheduled Saturday interview. Your exact interview time will be provided approximately one week before the interview date.
*Tuesday interviews will occur in the afternoon and evening EST.
We offer an optional virtual social on the eve of each interview. These events give interviewees the opportunity to meet with admissions staff and current Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine students.
Multiple Mini-Interview Process
The Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine uses the Multiple Mini-Interview (MMI) process. Applicants undergo a 30-minute evaluation of three scenarios by an interview team and one traditional interview lasting approximately 20 minutes. No prior medical knowledge is required for the MMI.
During the MMI process, interviewers evaluate applicants within the context of their respective scenario to determine the interviewees’ potential to develop into culturally competent, effective physicians.
Applicants move through a series of scenario questions designed to evaluate behavioral competencies such as communication, ethical and moral judgment, problem-solving, and responsibility. The MMI process assesses the ability to function in team settings, an important skill for the school’s small-group learning curriculum.
On-demand presentations are made available in the applicant portal to those applicants invited to virtually interview. The research presentation is provided by Dr. Michael Friedlander who discusses the way research is integrated into all 4 years of medical school. In his presentation, Dr. Richard Vari elaborates on VTC's patient-based learning (PBL) curriculum and walks through a mock PBL case.
To learn more about the Multiple Mini-Interview, watch our video.
Welcome to the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, a research intensive allopathic medical school with a patient-centered problem based curriculum. I'm Melanie Prusakowski, pediatric emergency medicine and assistant dean for admissions. We use the multiple mini interview process. It's a busy fun interactive process. Here's what you can expect.
Our interview weekend actually begins with the reception Friday night at a hotel adjacent to our medical school campus. Applicants are greeted by staff from our admissions department and then are allowed to mingle and enjoy a casual dinner with some of our current medical students. It gives our applicants the opportunity to ask the types of questions they might not want to talk to an admission staff about - like where do you current students live? What kinds of things do they do for fun when they have free time? Are they really getting to get involved clinically? They need to find a place where they're not just gonna survive, but they're gonna thrive for four years. We don't think there's a better way of showcasing what truly makes us strong than giving our applicants an opportunity to speak with our current students.
The actual interviews take place on Saturday. We use the multiple mini interview or MMI process at Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and it's an opportunity to assess some behavioral competencies that we think are really important for being an effective physician. We run scenario stations where applicants walk up to the door, have two minutes to read a prompt, then hear a bell, walk in, and discuss the scenario answer or discussion, and then hear another bell, at which time they move on to read the next prompt in the lineup.
These are opportunities for our applicants to talk about how they work in teams, give examples of their conflict resolution and maybe just explain their own personal moral compass. Our MMI interviewers are faculty, physicians, members of the community with a vested interest in our medical school. One of the real strengths of our school is that it is so enthusiastically supported by our community. I truly feel that community members want to have a part in selecting which students come and matriculate here.
We also have a traditional interview. That is a period of time that our applicants get to speak with a voting member of the admissions committee. Those are people who have read their application from beginning to end and it's a more traditional interview in the sense that they ask questions about the application and really try to get a sense of whether or not the applicant is ready for medical school.
We're hoping to see that the very very smart accomplished applicants that we know we're interviewing on the basis of their written application also have great interpersonal skills and a real enthusiasm for the fact that we're a research-intensive patient-centered problem-based learning curriculum.
Our interview day is half interviews and half a really immersion experience of what it's like to live in Roanoke and to be a student at our school. Dr. Vari provides the students with an overview of what each year of medical school looks like - especially those first two years when they're learning their basic science.
It shows how we divide up the body systems and the information that they need to know into blocks, and then he actually works through a problem-based case with them to give them an example of how you use a patient, divide up what you need to learn in order to make a diagnosis and a treatment plan, and then teach that to each other and learn cooperatively. This really gives them a chance to see how they'll learn from each other and make sure that that's something that they feel comfortable with going into their medical education.
Also during the tour the students get to meet with the founding executive director of the Research Institute. He gives them some information about what the research curriculum is like and gives them a very good look at the opportunities that are available for them to do basic translational and clinical research.
Our medical school tour is actually given by current medical students. We think that is a great way for our applicants to see which spaces are really used by our medical students and get to hear about the curriculum straight from the horse's mouth so to speak.
We do a brief tour by bus of the downtown area in Roanoke to give our applicants an idea of not just how close everything is to our medical school campus, but also what's out there for them.
[Kelsey Daniel]: One of the unique things about our campus and the bus tour is that we can show just how close Roanoke Memorial Hospital is to the medical school and we can show that you can even walk there or bike there as a student which is very appealing to a lot of the students on the tour. After that we head towards downtown and really show the different restaurants as well as housing options and apartments that our students live in. We like students to know what Roanoke is all about because they're gonna spend the next four years, here and it's really important to be able to envision their lives here in this community and what they can do outside of Medical School.
We think the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Roanoke are great places to thrive, not just survive. If your passion is problem-based learning a research-intensive curriculum and truly exceptional clinical experiences that look no further than Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine.
Virtual Interview Day FAQs
How Should I Prepare?
There are a few simple steps that can help you prepare for your virtual MMI interview:
- Check to ensure your interview time – times are sent in EST
- Please try to find a private and quiet environment free of distractions. This can be a room in your home or dormitory without background noise or foot traffic. We recommend you have a light on yourself, but not a lot of lighting behind you.
- You will need a device with a camera and microphone for the interview. If you have any questions or concerns, all interviewees are invited to schedule a tech check with our department prior to the interview day.
- No cell phones are allowed. Please consider silencing notifications and closing out of your email during the interviews. You will not be permitted to accept calls, emails, texts or other social media contact during the interview. You may take notes on blank paper, but you may not type during the interviews.
- We recommend that you dress professionally for your interview.
- A number of on-demand videos are provided in your applicant portal to explain the process, describe our curriculum, tour the school, introduce applicants to Roanoke, and more. These represent the same activities that are offered when applicants can interview in person. We recommend you review these resources prior to your interview day.
- All interview content is proprietary and confidential. VTC relies on applicant honor to maintain the integrity of our admissions program.
How Long Is the Virtual Interview Process?
The Saturday interview day runs from 9:15AM to 3:30PM EST. Most applicants will only need to be logged on for a total time of 60 – 90 minutes. Your exact time will be sent to you approximately one week before the interview. Tuesday interviews occur in the afternoon and evening.
What Are the Requirements for Connectivity?
All applicants invited to interview will need access to Zoom, a functional video camera and a microphone. To learn more about Zoom connectivity, please visit this website.
Applicants should use computers that adhere to these technical specifications to participate on virtual interview day:
- Connection to reliable internet
- Processor and RAM requirements
- Minimum: Single Core 1GHz or Higher
- Recommended: Dual Core 2GHz or Higher (i3/i5/i7 or AMD equivalent)
- RAM: 4GB recommended but not required
- Supported Operating Systems:
- macOS X with macOS 10.9 or later
- Windows 10
- Note: For devices running Windows 10, you must run Windows 10 Home, Pro, or Enterprise. S Mode is not supported.
- Windows 8 or 8.1
- Supported internet browsers:
- Windows: Edge 12+, Firefox 27+, Chrome 30+
- Mac: Safari 7+, Firefox 27+, Chrome 30+
- Linux: Firefox 27+, Chrome 30+
- REQUIRED: A webcam or HD webcam - built-in or USB plug-in
- Speakers and a microphone - built-in or USB plug-in or wireless
- Alternatively, you may use a phone to dial in for the audio.