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04-11-2007, 09:32 PM
Does anyone have insight into what to expect from an interview at Villanova? I have been to interviews before, but this year it's a whole new group of apps for me. I feel like I need a new approach and I'm working on it.
Also, does can anyone tell me about the program at Western Carolina University? Thanks!
04-12-2007, 01:01 PM
I applied at Western Carolina and the pd called and told me I was too late to interview for the Jan. 07 class but that she would contact me this summer for to interview for the Jan. 08 class. In the meantime I was accepted to my first choice school. The website for the program touts heavy regional experience which alot of programs lack and the PD is well thought of in the anesthesia community (has written textbooks, started Duke university's CRNA program, etc.) Also, you couldn't ask for a more beautiful location to be for 2.5 years of your life IMO. Good Luck!
04-12-2007, 07:58 PM
The PD from Duke actually is now at Samford. I have a friend in Western's program now. She interviewed with the original PD from Duke. Then the PD left before the program got started in Jan 07. I interviewed this past Nov at Samford's program in Birmingham, AL by the same PD.
My friend says that she really likes Western's program. I think it is a liitle difficult being in the 1st class, but she enjoys it and says she is glad she turned down other programs for it.
Any more feedback from anyone on the WCU program? I'm wondering if anyone currently in the program wouldn't mind sharing their experience so for, or if anyone knows anything even as "word of mouth." I'm considering applying to the program but since it's so new not much is known. Thanks in advance.
05-10-2007, 10:32 PM
The Villanova interview (it's really an interview at Crozier) was really straightforward and not super-technical. Usual questions about your basic patient sceniarios and what changing swan number might indicate. They seem more interested in what kind of person you are than the technical stuff - which seemed the common theme when I interviewed last year. I picked Villanova/Crozier because students I know there loved the program. You can't beat that kind of reccomendation!
05-14-2007, 08:00 PM
I graduated from the Lakenau School of Anesthesia prior to its move to Villanova in the early 90's. The program is top notch and its rare to never that a SRNA doesn't pass boards. Not easy, very challenging. The director is top notch and well placed politically.
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