2010-2011 Virginia Commonwealth University Application Thread

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I was just rejected by VCU before I received my MCAT scores. Why did I get rejected pre-secondary and pre -MCAT? My GPA is 3.52 (3.57 Sci). Pretty good App...and I talked intensively with my pre-medical adviser. They told me I need to seriously talk to my pre med adviser. I am so unsure how they judged my application.

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Last day to hear from VCU for getting accepted this year! It's not over till it's over.
 
i was accepted today!!!!!!!!!!!! =)
 
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i was accepted today!!!!!!!!!!!! =)

OMG, Congratulations!!!:clap:
Welcome to Richmond and to MCV!!:highfive:
I have followed you on this site, and saw that you had reason for some encouragement with admissions, but now it is a reality. Wow, I guess I'll meet you soon, I'm an M1 too, just started yesterday. :thumbup:
 
i was accepted today!!!!!!!!!!!! =)

You know, there is supposed to be a scholarship given to the last person admitted to the class!! That might just be you :D, you sure have a great chance for it, and some incredible luck :laugh:
 
Can any current med students at VCU comment on the clinical rotations at Fairfax vs MCV hospitals? Is one urban and one rural? What are the major differences?

Fairfax is suburban SUV heaven (not rural at all, but not DC, either); MCV is downtown urban, and a Level-1 Trauma hospital that coordinates all states of emergency in VA, including Fairfax. Volunteering in the ER at MCV is pretty cool, in that respect, getting to see how they handle responses to catastrophes state-wide. There are facilities and specialties (such as an honest-to-god burn ward) in MCV that are not existent in Fairfax

But I really know nothing about Fairfax, aside from not ever wanting to live there or visit again.
 
MCV is downtown urban, and a Level-1 Trauma hospital that coordinates all states of emergency in VA, including Fairfax


Incorrect. Inova Fairfax Hospital coordinates all states of emergency for northern Virginia. They also have a level-1 trauma center
 
I was just rejected by VCU before I received my MCAT scores. Why did I get rejected pre-secondary and pre -MCAT? My GPA is 3.52 (3.57 Sci). Pretty good App...and I talked intensively with my pre-medical adviser. They told me I need to seriously talk to my pre med adviser. I am so unsure how they judged my application.

Really? That's either very strange, or a pathetic bureaucratic SNAFU. (Hopefully your recommendations were all positive?) Please elaborate, if you find any more out. I'm very curious, as (a) MCV is my first choice and (b) I have some nagging doubts about the guidance I've been getting from my pre-med adviser.

Thanks and good luck!
 
Incorrect. Inova Fairfax Hospital coordinates all states of emergency for northern Virginia. They also have a level-1 trauma center

Cool. My bad. At MCV, I've been explicitly told twice that MCV runs the show state-wide, but as I was typing that up, I was thinking it would be weird for NoVa not to have its own authority. Just assumed it must have been centered in DC city limits, instead.
 
That's weird that they told you that because towards the East in Norfolk, Sentara Norfolk General Hospital (EVMS' teaching hospital) also has a level 1 trauma center that deals with the whole Hampton Roads area. Not to mention UVA also has one and so does Carilion Clinic in Roanoke (VTech's teaching hospital)
 
can someone tell me about the area around VCU. not that I care but itll help me write essay

Richmond is amazing, unless you're unemployed. MCV is located downtown, next-door to the Confederate White House, just above (topographically) Shockoe Bottom, which is pretty fratastic and unextraordinary, aside from the architecture. Church Hill is the neighborhood where most med students live; the place is gorgeous antebellum architecture, a lot like historic Baltimore, and Steven Speilberg is using it for filming Lincoln this Fall. Richmond has a lot of character. VCU has a nationally-renowned art school (complete with theatre, music, dance, film and fine arts), so Richmond is pretty hopping with hipsterish cultural events, because the art students just don't want to leave town after graduating. The thing to do all Summer long is go swimming in the James River, on Belle Isle, which is a former open-air prison camp for Union soldiers, granite quarry and electrical plant (closed in the '60s, after the electric trolleys were abandoned). It's a small city, but it's a nice place to live.
 
That's weird that they told you that because towards the East in Norfolk, Sentara Norfolk General Hospital (EVMS' teaching hospital) also has a level 1 trauma center that deals with the whole Hampton Roads area. Not to mention UVA also has one and so does Carilion Clinic in Roanoke (VTech's teaching hospital)

Yeah, increasingly, it does seem very weird. There was no ambiguity to the the statement when it was made: they claimed that MCV has reign over the entire state in case of widespread emergency. Being central and the capitol city, it seemed very reasonable. I lived in Charlottesville and my parents practiced medicine at UVA and MCV, so I quickly accepted the notion that MCV is a gargantuan research hospital compared to UVA, and even if UVA is a more prestigious hospital and school, it is obvious that MCV has the muscle and significantly wider resources.

I'm caving here, in the face of contradiction--but that's what they say at MCV, in a very simple and direct claim. There must be some level of truth to it. And despite several regions each having a power-house hospital of their own, I am inclined to believe that one hospital could have the final say, and I am assuming that no false claims were made. There really wasn't any need for hyperbole, and there were certainly enough dispatchers, doctors, nurses and EMTs standing around to contradict misinformation.
 
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