Overview

Savvy Rank
The Savvy Rank is a combination of admissions selectivity (MCAT, GPA, acceptance rate), research ranking, and primary care ranking.
78
School Type
Whether the school confers an MD or DO degree, is an international (Intl) school for Americans or is a Canadian (CA) school
MD
Public/Private
Private
Year Founded
2008
US News Rank - Research
81
US News Rank - Primary Care
94-122
Cost
Out-of-state tuition, from cheap ($) to obscenely expensive ($$$$$)
$$$
Weather Rating
How nice is the weather, from crappy () to excellent ()
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City Size
< 500K

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Median GPA
3.62
Median MCAT
513
Research Rating
A combination of factors to show the school's research ranking and research opportunities, from very little research () to lots ()
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Out-of-State Rating
Whether the school is very out-of-state friendly (), somewhat friendly (), not friendly (), or in-state only ()
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International Friendly
How friendly the school is toward international applicants
No
Med School Class Size
Class sizes range from 40 students to 400
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Application
AMCAS
Letters of Rec Required
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Secondary Essays

Secondary Essay Difficulty
How many essays, how long, and how unusual the prompts, from easy () to brutal ()
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Screen Before Secondaries
Does the school read your primary before sending a secondary?
Yes
Typical Secondary Release Date
When does a school usually release its secondary relative to other med schools (though it may vary from year to year)?
Early
Secondary Fee
$70
Other Tests

Interviews

Interview Type
Interview Invites Begin
Interview Format
MMI - Multiple Mini Interview; Traditional - two-way conversation
Traditional and MMI
Accepts Updates?
Does the school accept update letters?

Secondary Essay Prompts

Essay Topics ('22 – '23)

(600 word limit for each)

1. From the following list of human qualities, choose the ONE you think is most important and explain your choice: intelligence, honor, humility, perseverance, optimism.

2. What advice would you give someone your age but from a different culture who is new to our country?

3. What do you think your chances of being accepted into medical school are this year? Please explain your answer.

4. Please describe something you deserved but didn’t get and how you felt about it.

Essay Topics ('21 – '22)

1. Tell us about constructive criticism you have received, or a personal challenge you have experienced, that you found particularly impactful. Please describe how that experience has advanced your development as a future physician thought leader.

2. Explain how interactions with people who are different from you have shaped your world view and relate how you would enrich the VTC community.

3. Describe three aspects of VTCSOM and how those align with your philosophy of medicine.

4. Please describe a research passion: If funding were no object, what scientific study would you design? Please also describe a non-research passion.

Essay Topics (’20 – ’21)

1. Tell us about constructive criticism you have received, or a personal challenge you have experienced, that you found particularly impactful. Please describe how that experience has advanced your development as a future physician thought leader.

2. Explain how interactions with people who are different from you have shaped your world view and relate how you would enrich the VTC community.

3. Describe three aspects of VTCSOM and how those align with your philosophy of medicine.

4. If funding were no object, describe how you would direct medical inquiry.

Essay Topics ('19 – '20)

1. Tell us about constructive criticism you have received, or a personal challenge you have experienced, that you found particularly impactful. Please describe how that experience has advanced your development as a future physician thought leader.  (Minimum words: 400)

2. Explain how interactions with people who are different from you have shaped your world view and relate how you would enrich the VTC community.  (Minimum words: 400)

3. What, in your opinion, makes the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine different, and why is that important to you?  (Minimum words: 400)

Essay Topics ('18 – '19)

1. Tell us about constructive criticism you have received, or a personal challenge you have experienced, that you found particularly impactful. Please describe how that experience has advanced your development as a future physician thought leader. (600 words, 400 word min)

2. Explain how interactions with people who are different from you have shaped your world view and relate how you would enrich the VTC community. (600 words, 400 word min)

3. What, in your opinion, makes the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine different, and why is that important to you? (600 words, 400 word min)

Essay Topics ('17 – '18)

1. VTC's curriculum fosters a culture of compassion through its community service learning initiatives. Through their inter-professional learning group projects (IPL), students demonstrate leadership and innovation while making a positive difference in the community. Describe an event or a time when your personal contribution was instrumental to the success of a team or made a positive impact on someone else's life. (minimum of 400 words)

2. Each member of the VTC community has a unique and enriching life-story. Interactions with heterogeneous populations increase compassion, understanding, and the ability to communicate effectively and respectfully with others. Explain how your life experience has shaped your world view, describe your approach to people who see the world differently, and relate how you would enrich the VTC community. (minimum of 400 words)

3. What, in your opinion, makes VTC different, and why is that important to you? (minimum of 400 words)

Essay Topics ('16 – '17)

1. VTC's curriculum fosters a culture of compassion through its community service learning initiatives. Through their inter-professional learning group projects (IPL), students demonstrate leadership and innovation while making a positive difference in the community. Describe an event or a time when your personal contribution was instrumental to the success of a team or made a positive impact on someone else's life. (500-600 words)

2. VTC is committed to strengthening the diversity of its community. Through interactions with a heterogeneous population, people broaden their knowledge about other cultures and ultimately develop the ability to communicate effectively and respectfully with others. Tell us about how your life experience has broadened your perspective of the world and relate how you would add to the diversity of your class, if admitted to VTC. (500-600 words)

OPTIONAL QUESTION:

1. Upload a 600 word update essay.

Essay Topics ('15 – '16)

Please respond to the following two required essay prompts (A and B) below: Your response for each should be approximately 500-600 words (using 1-inch margins, 12-point font, single-spaced). Leave one blank line between paragraphs.

The mission of VTCSOM is, in part, to educate physician thought leaders through inquiry, research, and discovery. . . Thought leaders are individuals who are recognized for innovative ideas and who demonstrate leadership in sharing, promoting, and implementing those ideas.

1. VTCs curriculum fosters a culture of compassion through its community service learning initiatives. Through their inter-professional learning group projects (IPL), students demonstrate leadership and innovation while making a positive difference in the community. Describe an event or a time when your personal contribution was instrumental to the success of a team or made a positive impact on someone else's life.

2. VTC is committed to strengthening the diversity of its community. Through interactions with a heterogeneous population, people broaden their knowledge about other cultures and ultimately develop the ability to communicate effectively and respectfully with others. Tell us about how your life experience has broadened your perspective of the world and relate how you would add to the diversity of your class, if admitted to VTC.

OPTIONAL QUESTION:

1. Use this optional essay opportunity to update the information you provided in your AMCAS application on your recent experiences, such as medical volunteering, shadowing, community service, research, leadership, teamwork and/or work. Please do not repeat information already reported in your AMCAS application. For the optional essay, please limit your responses to approximately 600 words (1 page, 1-inch margins, 12-point, single-spaced) and leave one blank line between paragraphs.

Essay Topics ('14 – '15)

1. VTC's curriculum fosters a culture of compassion through its community service learning initiatives. Through their inter-professional learning group projects (IPL), students demonstrate leadership and innovation while making a positive difference in the community. Describe an event or a time when your personal contribution was instrumental to the success of a team or made a positive impact on someone else's life. Limit your response to approximately 600 words (using 1-inch margins, 12-point font, single-spaced) and leave one blank line between paragraphs.

2. VTC is committed to strengthening the diversity of its community. Through interactions with a heterogeneous population, people broaden their knowledge about other cultures and ultimately develop the ability to communicate effectively and respectfully with others. Relate how you would add to the diversity of your class, if admitted to VTC. Tell us about how your life experience has broadened your perspective of the world and how that would lend itself to the overall diversity of the class. Limit your response to approximately 600 words (using 1-inch margins, 12-point font, single-spaced) and leave one blank line between paragraphs.

Essay Topics ('13 – '14)

The mission of VTCSOM is, in part, "to educate physician thought leaders through inquiry, research, and discovery." Thought leaders are individuals who are recognized for innovative ideas and who demonstrate leadership in sharing, promoting, and implementing those ideas.

1. Envision your future as a physician thought leader. In your practice of medicine, how will you demonstrate the two primary traits of a thought leader: innovation and leadership? Describe specific experiences you've had previously that will shape your ability to earn the distinction in the future.

2. VTC's curriculum fosters a culture of compassion through its community service learning initiatives. Through their inter-professional learning group projects (IPL), students demonstrate leadership and innovation while making a positive difference in the community. Describe an event or a time when your personal contribution was instrumental to the success of a team or made a positive impact on someone else's life.

3. VTC is committed to strengthening the diversity of its community. Through interactions with a heterogeneous population, people broaden their knowledge about other cultures and ultimately develop the ability to communicate effectively and respectfully with others. Relate how you would add to the diversity of your class, if admitted to VTC. Tell us about how your life experience has broadened your perspective of the world and how that would lend itself to the overall diversity of the class.

Limit your response for each to approximately 600 words (using 1-inch margins, 12-point font, single-spaced) and leave one blank line between paragraphs.

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