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What was the stress level of the interview?
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"Assign virtual tour as a pre-interview task and offer student panel the night before or early-morning of rather than at the very end of the day to avoid a huge gap/break"
"Be more consistent in communications with interviewed applicants."
"I have no complaints."
"Update the hotel listings & car rentals info sheet to those you invite to interviews. Promo codes are outdated"
"More dates for interviews, especially in November (I believe there was no interviews in the month of November 2014)."
"Update the school website with more/new information about the school. Not a lot of information to look up before the interview."
"Interview experience was great. I thought it was especially sweet that you had students hang out with the interviewees while we were waiting for the morning to get started. I learned a lot about the school from them."
"None, they did a good job."
"Send out an email to students regardless their status whether accepted, wait-listed or rejected."
"Keep doing what you're doing!"
"Don't say continental breakfast in the email when there are only granola bars."
"Shorten the day a bit. There was a lot of downtime in between interviews and tours."
"The down time between events was beneficial as it gave you time to mingle with other applicants; however, it could have been minimized just a bit to make the process more streamline and seamless. Overall, it was a great experience."
"Every student I saw during the tour looked, interacted and had similar personality. Where is the di"
"Have a student lead the tour. Combine walking tour with driving portion."
"Send e-mails of the admission committee's decision to applicants. Why is the most important part of"
"On the tour show the gym and campus housing and do a student panel."
"Less downtime??? Maybe a TV in the waiting area... The typical conversation between applicants can o"
"Great job. Best financial presentation I saw. Include directions to building were admissions is or a"
"Less down time, more student interaction. But everyone was extremely friendly and really wanted to m"
"Give us more exposure to students.."
"A little more enthusiasm and activity during the day. There is a lot of sitting around that gives a"
"While I was able to fill the time by chatting with other interviewees, I noticed a lot of people who"
"Give tours in groups while we all wait for interviews to be done!"
"This one seriously needs to be restructured. We had a good two hours of sitting and doing nothing..."
"be more truthful and open about the total cost of attendance for 4 years."
"Very organized day the breakfast was much appreciated but I didn't find it necessary to have the tou"
"The tour did not include lecture halls. There was a lot of down time. Interaction with students af"
"too much downtime for students. Talk about something other than how great your board scores are."
"There needs to be more opportunity for applicants to interact with current students!!!"
"Interview in groups and have the other group tour the campus. Include student interaction.."
"Have multiple tour guides on the bus or use a microphone - it was very hard to hear! Also, a tour of"
"Less downtime during the interview day."
"Kept bugging me w/letters to apply...makes them seem desperate! Maybe it works, though...
"great presentation by dean at the beginning, then starts interview process."
"None! They have been amazing... i dont know if I could have gotten through the interview if it were"
"Get information about the school (cirriculum, rotations, etc.) out to the student more quickly. Don'"
"I think they did a good job, they were friendly and willing to answer questions. I don't necessaril"
"Do you think all treatments are required for every patient with the same disease or injury?"
"Why medicine? Why DO? Why AZCOM? (all at once)"
"Why physician? Why DO? Why AZCOM (all at once)"
"If you were accepted to multiple schools, how would you choose?"
"Your research is great, tell us about clinical experience"
"Why be a doctor?"
"why medicine, why DO, why do you want to come to the desert? (he asked all 3 together as he leaned back in his chair with his hands over his head. It was a distraction to try and intimidate. He cut me off when I was trying to answer all three questions. They just use it as an opener. Stay calm and stay yourself, they are really nice people at heart.)"
"List five characteristics that set you apart from the other applicants here today"
"Where do you see yourself in 10 years."
"Why doctor? Why D.O.? Why Midwestern?"
"Why doctor? Why DO? Why AZCOM?"
"Why DO and AZCOM?"
"What specifically makes you want to be a doctor?"
"Why is a tennis ball fuzzy?"
"Why medicine, why DO, and why Arizona?"
"Who is your role model?"
"Why Medicine/Why DO/Why Midwestern"
"Why medicine, why DO and why AZCOM? If you could invite three people to dinner, who would they be and why? And what would you cook them? What is your exposure to OMM and how do you feel about it?"
"What do you think the life of a medical students is on a daily basis?"
"Why should we choose you?"
"Why should we not accept you into this year's class?"
"specific follow-up questions about my secondary essay"
"Why medicine? Why DO? Why AZCOM?"
"Why medicine? Why DO?"
"How I would respond to certain ethical situations such as if a young girl came into my office for birth control to help her with her acne and her mom was concerned about putting her on birth control at such a young age."
"What would your best friend say about you? What would your worst enemy say about you?"
"Why DO, why medicine?"
"What changed your interests from veterinary to medical?"
"What was the most critical patient you saw while volunteering in the ED? What was the best volunteer experience? HAve you ever shadowed a DO? Did he practice OMT?"
"What book did you read recently?"
"Why medicine? Why DO? Why AZCOM?"
"Why Medicine? Why Osteopathic medicine? both together"
"What would your best friend say is your best quality? Your worst?"
"Why medicine, and why osteopathic medicine?"
"What is empathy, and can it be taught?"
"How does your background working in a cabinet shop correlate with your current position in an orthopedic clinic?"
"Name an ethical issue in medicine (but didn't ask to elaborate)"
"Three people, neither friend nor family, that you would invite over to dinner and cook for: who would you invite, what would you cook?"
"why doctor? why do? why midwestern?"
"What do you like to do?"
"Health care: a right or a privlidge?"
"Thirty years from now when I am retired, how do I want people to remember me, what is my legacy?"
"If you saw a classmate blatently cheating would you report them. . . what if they said they had family problems and didn't have time to study?"
"If I had a patient who had terminal cancer and wanted me to help him die, what would I do?"
"What's the last book you read?"
"Why not be a nurse or PA?"
"This is always the first multi part question at any DO school: Why doctor, Why DO and Why AZCOM?"
"If you could be any kitchen appliance, what would you be?"
"What is something interesting about you to help me remember you out of all the other applicants?"
"If you could go anywhere after this interview with just the items you packed in your suitcase, where would you go?"
"What three people would you invite to dinner? one must be a scientist, one must be a political figure, and one must be an artist"
"When was the last time your cried? And they followed up with the question about it being ok to cry infront of a patient or not."
"Let's say for whatever reason you are against abortion. Now, let's say the hospital you're employed at tells you that you have to put your profession above your morals and perform an abortion. What would you do?"
"Have you ever failed in life?"
"I had questions about my skydiving past and what that was all about from personal statement I wrote in my supplemental. "
"Many questions specifically about me and my resume and my background. The most interesting was due to the fact that I had worked at Toys R Us during the holidays for three years: Tell me how working at Toys R Us relates to being a doctor? I pulled off an answer that the interviewer told me stunned him in a good way!"
"Research versus patient care. Which would you choose and why?"
"why medicine and why azcom?"
"Why medicine? Why D.O.? What would you do if you didn't get into med school this year? (I said I already did) What will be the deciding factor in choosing btwn AZCOM or the other school? "
"The interviews were semi-open (They had PS, supplementary answers, CVs, and I think Letter of Rec. NO Grades or MCAT scores were seen by interviewers)
Why DO? Why AZCOM? What are your strengths? What are your weaknesses?"
"Why DO? Why MWU? "
"Why medicine? Why DO? Why Midwestern?"
"What is your position on stem cell research?"
"Why AZ? Why DO?"
"What is an ethical dillema that you have faced and how did you deal with it?"
"All in one: Why medicine, Why DO, Why AZCOM?"
"why osteopathic medicine
why azcom? criteria to choose a school?
some questions specific to me( EMT stuff)?
positive attributes you have....?"
"Why medicine? Why doctor? Why osteopathic medicine?"
"Tell me about an ethical situation you have been involved in and what did you do?"
"Why Arizona? Why DO?"
"4 part q: Why medicine? What positive attributes will make you a good doc? Weakness that could affect your career? How you have improved on this area? "extra points if you answer all 4""
"Why DO? Why medicine?"
"Questions regarding my personal statement. What was your worst grade in? Tell me how you chose your major. "
"Give me a biographical summary of yourself."
"Would you go back to (country I volunteered)?
After I said probably yes, they told me how I most likely wouldn't.
Sad, yes. But I've been told that they do this to see how well you take criticism and negativity...so the best thing is to take is with a smile, like i did."
"Was there a specific incidence that made you want to become a physician?"
"If you had a 14 yo boy in your office with his parents requesting you give him growth hormones to make him bigger, what would you do?"
"What do you do to relieve stress?"
"Who is/are your role model(s)?"
"Why AZCOM? Why not the other 3 medical schools in AZ? (I wrote that I am from AZ in my secondary essays)"
"Tell me about yourself and why you choice medicine and why D.O."
"Tell me about yourself, and tell me about your desire to become a physician. Include any exposure to osteopathic medicine and OMM."
"Tell us how you came to be here.
Asked about my research. "
"Specific questions about my CV, why medicine?"
"why medicine, why do, why azcom?"
"Why do you want to be a doctor, why osteopathy, and why AZCOM?"
"Why DO, Why Doctor, Why AZCOM?"
"something about my research"
"When was the last time you cried?"
"What king of yoga do you do (specific to my file)?
What would you do if you caught someone cheating?"
"Why DO, AZCOM? Tell us about yourself."
"Why medicine, why D.O., why AZCOM?"
"What is the biggest problem in healthcare today and what would you do to fix it."
"If you could invite anyone from the past to dinner, excluding family, who would it be and why?"
"Why D.O. and why did you chose to come all the way to Phoenix?"
"What is a selfish part of medicine that draws you to it?"
"Tell me about a specific problem in health care today and how you would attempt to fix it as a physician."
"They could see essays and CV. No grades or MCAT. So when I wanted to talk about something in those two realms, I felt like I was biting my tongue so I didn't tell them my stats. 1st question: Tell me a lil bout yourself."
"It was semi blind going off of personal statement, resume, and secondary.
General "Why DO/Medicine?" question"
"Why osteopathic medicine?"
"Based on Arizona state law, do you think doctors should be penalized or supported if they treat patients based on their beliefs? (this pertained to if I thought doctors should be penalized or supported if they chose not to perform an abortion)"
"Why Midwestern? Questions specific to my application."
"If you were to pick from all of your activities, which is your favorite and why?
Tell us about your undergraduate research."
"Why medicine, DO, and AZCOM?
-Did you apply to MD schools? Did you apply to only allopathic schools last year?"
"It was semi-open file, they had my CV in front of them but no grades/MCAT scores. They asked why DO, why medicine, why AZCOM"
"partially closed file, they have your secondary application and your essay on aacomas application. Right of the bat they ask you 3 questions: 1) why medicine 2) why do 3) why azcom"
"Why AZCOM and why Arizona?"
"Tell me about your research?"
"Who is a role model that you have within the medical field (I said I didn't have one!)"
"What were you thinking on the way to the interview? (That was easy cause the Red Sox had just won the ALCS... so I said ''My team just won the ALCS.''"
"why did you choose AZCOM and why did you choose D.O.?"
"Why do you want to change careers?"
"If you had a super power, what would it be?"
"Ethical question about the 18 yr old girl."
"Why osteopathic medicine and why AZCOM?"
"Biggest issue in health care."
"What moral/ethical situation have you faced and how did you respond to it?"
"If you could have dinner with one dead and one alive person, who? and what would you cook?"
"What are the major issues in healthcare today? What would you do to fix the problem nation wide?"
"What brings you here today?"
"Tell me one thing you want us to know that is not on your application"
"If you absolutely could not go into any medical field, what would you do instead?"
"Explain your hospital volunteering experience."
"specific questions about my patient care experience and public health internship? "
"What came first for you, the research or medicine?"
"What is the biggest problem facing medicine in america?"
"Do you understand difference between DO and MD"
"Why is your best friend your best friend?"
"Tell us about yourself... How did you come to this decision to pursue medicine?"
"Are you passive?"
"Why D.O. and why AZCOM?"
"What challenges do you see medicine facing 10 years from now?"
"How did you learn about D.O's, why D.O?"
"With your extensive background in research, why medicine?"
"Strengths and weaknesses"
"What do you do for fun?"
"What do you think about abortion? and then being challenged with a lot of follow up questions.."
"Why do you want to attend AZCOM?"
"What is the most pressing issue in health care"
"With all of your other experiences, how do you know that medicine is for you?"
"Why DO? Did you apply to MD schools as well?"
"Tell me about your research. "
"how do you deal with personal and academic challenges?"
"The ethical question i mentioned above"
"Why a doctor?"
"What would be your ideal patient?"
"Tells us what you know about Osteopathic Medicine."
"Do you know what OMM is?"
"you seem to have only volunteered with children. why havent you volunteered with any adults?
"Tell me about yourself?"
"If you recieve a bad grade on your first exam in medical school, what would be the first thing you'd do?"
"There are always three questions I am asked at every interview, but I'm going to include it as one: Why do you want to come to this school, Why do you want to become an osteopathic physician?, Tell me about yourself."
"Tell me about osteopathy and why you want to become a DO."
"Tell us about yourself..."
"Tell me about yourself and patient experiences. "
"Tell us about yourself/what can you contribute to the next class?"
"If you could have dinner with any three people, alive or dead, who would they be and why?"
"Why do you want to be a DO?"
"What have you been doing since you graduated in May?"
"Describe your clinical experience"
"Tell us about your research? (Details and specifics)
How did you get a 45 on the MCAT and graduate with only a 2.1 GPA? (just kidding) ;) (it was really a 43)
"Tell us how you got here to this point.
(Why medicine, why DO, why AZCOM, etc)"
"Tell us about yourself. Then asked more specific questions about my experiences."
"13 year old girl wants abortion (see above)"
"Tell us about yourself"
"1) Tell me about yourself.
2) What do you think is the biggest problem in health care today and why?"
"What is wrong with healthcare in the US?"
"why DO? why doctor? what specialty and why?"
"Tell me more about your research?"
"What do you like about AZ?"
"Changes in health care?"
"Tell us about yourself?"
"Tell us about yourself (start anywhere!)"
"How do you deal with set backs?
"What was the last book you read?"
"Why medicine? Why DO? Why Midwestern?
Who is your role model and why?
Have you ever hired a tutor?"
"What 1 thing would you change about the health care system?"
"Why medicine? osteopathic medicine? Midwestern?"
"see above; expect the basic questions, why DO and not MD, why apply MD; why azcom, strengths, weaknesses, ethical questions, healthcare in the US; undergraduate experiences, future plans etc"
"Why do you like the T.v show the Simpsons?"
"Why DO? Why AZCOM?"
"why osteopathic medicine, why Midwestern?"
"Why do I want to be a doctor and why Midwestern."
"Why medicine? Why osteopathic?"
"Why medicine? Why AZCOM?"
"Both of your parents are M.D.'s...how do they feel about you being a DO?"
"What kind of music play with your violin?"
"Have you always been a leader? How do you lead?"
"Tell us about yourself? (The interview jokingly admitted that the question was rather open so the question wasn't that bad)"
"What was your semester and travel abroad experience like?"
"If you could invite one person to dinner who would it be and why? What dinner would you present them with?"
"Patient has late stage emphysema and... (near death). What factors do you base your decision on whether to put him/her on a respirator?"
"Why are certain grades so low, but MCAT so high?"
"What are certain grades so low, but MCAT so high?"
"Tell me about yourself, what would you do if you had a break between studies, why would you make a great D.O., if not accepted what would you do to improve your resume."
"Who do you think is the most influential American in the last 50 years? "
"Why D.O.? Know what makes osteopathic medicine unique and why you want to become a D.O."
"Would you like a glass of water? (I refused since I didn't want them to reject me based on my lack of coordination, plus, I drank the water in the waiting room right before I walked into the conference room). Why do you want to be a DO?"
"What experience have you had with osteopathic medicine? "
"Specific questions from my secondary application - re: my college thesis, current medical job, etc."
"About my research experience
"Why D.O.? Why AZCOM?"
"have u ever shadowed a do? how deal with stress? any questions for the panel? how do you think you will deal with med school?"
"Why a physician?"
"What is your greatest accomplishment? What was the last book you have read? Why AZCOM and why osteopathic medicine?"
"what is osteopathic medicine? Why medicine?"
"Why do you want to be an Osteopathic Physician?"
"Why DO and Why Midwestern?"
"What would you do if you failed a test or class?"
"Tell us about yourself and what led to this point. What will I do if I do not get in. If I could do something differently, what would it be? How do I think working full time through school affected my performance and life during college."
"The questions were basically all from my app."
"Tell me about your website."
"Why osteo. med?"
"How did you get to this point and end up here?"
"Why are you here?"
"Tell me about yourself. Did you apply to other schools? Would you choose prestigious schools over this one? (I said that prestige doesn't necessarily translate into a good experience as a student, so I would go with my instincts). What do you want out of a school?"
"Why medicine, why D.O., and why AZCOM?"
"Tell us about yourself. Why Medicine? Why AZCOM? What undergraduate classes did you take that had nothing to do with medicine, and what did you learn from taking those courses?"
"Why medicine? Why osteopathic medicine."
"How would you transiton from a position of military leadership to one of being a student?"
"Tell us about yourself, what has led you to this point in your life?"
"IF you could have any car, what would it be? What was the last book you read? Why D.O. and why AZCOM?"
"tell me about yourself"
"What was your greatest challenge and how did you overcome it?"
"Why do you want to be a doctor and why a DO?"
"Any car in the world could be yours...what would it be?"
"If you saved someone and recieved any car as a reward, what would it be? Make sure you know what kind of engine it has, because I forgot a Viper has a V-10."
"What do you know about osteopathic medicine?"
"Why AZCOM, WHY DO? have you ever worked with a DO, explain experience"
"If you could be any animal what would you be?"
"Tell me something about yourself?
What is the difference between Allopathic and Osteopathic medicine?
What was the last book you read and what did you gain from it?"
"What kind of animal would you want to be"
"Tell us about yourself (this is not an easy question to answer by any means, I felt as though I was simply re-stating my personal statement and they could not have learned anything new from this question, but it had to be answered anyway). "
"If you were a doctor who knew how to do abortions but was an anti-abortionist, and you were the only physician in the state who knew how to do an abortion, and a girl came to you who was raped and requested an abortion, what would you do?"
"What experiences have you had that will help you in your future as a DO?"
"Tell us about your Law Enforcement career."
"Tell us about yourself."
"The same old questions--mostly about my file."
"How did I arrive at the decision to become a doctor?"
"Has your integrity ever been challenged?"
"Why DO vs MD"
"Why do you want to be a physician? Why AZCOM? "
"How were my two majors related?"
"What are your strengths?"
"Why do you want to be an osteopathic versus an allopathic doctor? "
"Ethical: You're an ER physician and what would you do if you find illegal drugs on your patient?"
"What makes a good Dr or a bad Dr?
"Describe yourself, and why D.O and why AZCOM?"
"You realize that doctors don't make that much money any more don't you? And the strong hold that managed care has on the industry?"
"If you could cure any disease, which one would it be and why?"
"Why do I want to be an osteopathic vs allopathic physician."
"Why osteopathic medicine over allopathic? Why AZCOM?"
"What was your worst experience in a college course?"
"Why do you want to be a physician and qualities do you possess that will make you a good one?"
"Have you ever had to bend the rules? Describe the situation."
"Tell us about your research?"
"If you could dure any disease what would it be and why? Infamous dinner question. What was the last book you read?"
"What qualities do you have that would make you a good physician?"
"We know you want to be a doctor, why did you decide to become a DO? Describe present, past experiences that led you to this decision"
"If you were taking a test and the person next to you was cheating, how would you handle the situation?"
"Have you ever been tutored?"
"Would you change anything in your educational past?"
""What to do if a fellow classmate was cheating?"-->(my answer)..."What if he/she had a family crisis and it was just on a little quiz?""
"1)tell me about your city ? "
"Describe the osteopathic philosophy in your own words and how it relates to you."
"What was the last movie you've seen?"
"How would I describe my current study habits?"
"What's your most selfish reason for pursuing medicine?"
"What is a college class that you started off hating but came to appreciate?"
"which shadowing experience was the best?"
"if you were a utensil, what utensil would you be."
"Do you think physical touch is still relevant to the doctor-patient relationship with more and more people glued to their phones and telemedicine on the rise?"
"If you could choose to have one superpower, what would it be and why?"
"What non-medical related books have you read in the past three years?"
"All pretty basic."
"If you could invite three people to dinner, who and why? What would you cook them?"
"If you can cure any disease, what would it be?"
"Ethical question about how to handle a mother that doesn't want her child (your pt) vaccinated."
"If you could cure any disease, what would it be?"
"If inviting three people, living or dead, who would you invite?"
"Ethical Question Regarding lethal injection"
"The euthanasia scenario (specific to my experiences)."
"What is the most important skill for a practising physician?"
"What will wars in the future be about?"
"How would you deal with ___ difficult patient (scenario described)"
"If I have one year off and all the money that I need, what would I write a book about?"
"Who was your favorite patient?"
"Would I be able to handle and balance a rigorous and difficult lifestyle as a medical student?"
"Tell me about how OMM has influenced your desire to become a DO."
"An application specific question they asked as a follow up question to an earlier answer of mine."
"If you could choose between a vaccine for cancer, obesity or HIV for America which would you choose? What about for the world?"
"If you could invite three people to dinner, who would they be?"
"If you could ask us any interview question, what would it be, and what would your answer be? (I read about AZCOM asking which kitchen appliance you would be and why, so i asked this one)"
"The question about how to deal with a mother refusing vaccinations for her child."
"How are you different from your sister :)"
"Baking question - didn't expect it."
"what you change about your mom? your dad? have you every disappointed them?"
"If you could invite any celebrity to dinner, who would it be?"
"Gave me a situation about higher medical error rates for certain types of new residents, asked me to analyze and provide a solution (based on my past experience with medical safety)"
"If you could take any three people to dinner, who would they be?"
"How do you base your decision to go to medschool with respect to your spouse?"
"Stuff related to my app."
"If I had a super power, what would it be and why?"
"What is a social health issue you would choose to fix?"
"What are you going to do when you are a physician and people are unable to pay for your services, or when insurance companies try to pay you less than you ask for your services? They wanted a solution out of me, and all I could say was I would not refuse a patient due to their insurance, its just not who I am. I also said that I know that will happen going into this profession, and it doesnt bother me because it comes with the territory."
"With the current state of health care today, costs are sky high for people. What is the best way to reduce costs and what would you personally do to help reduce costs?"
"What is the most intense emotion you have ever felt? Do you know any jokes? Can you teach me how to sing? (they noticed on my ap I was in choir)"
"What influence did/does your parents' careers have on your life?"
"If I am a parent and have a child and I am opposed to you giving them a flu vaccine because of all the horror stories I have heard, how would you convince me to let you vaccinate my child? (They wanted me to act as if I was really the doctor... role playing!)"
"All of the questions were interesting in their own ways."
"what would your ideal patient be like?"
"What would I do if I was not doing well in my first semester of medical school?"
"The Toys R Us question"
"What are some problems with healthcare today? Followed by: How would YOU fix them?
"Various questions from my resume - they were pretty specific!"
"If Pres. Obama were to call you and ask you about your opinions on the current healthcare debate, what would you say? "
"biggest mistake in life"
"They were all pretty straightforward questions though I did feel like i was repeating a lot of things. There was one question that the interviewer across from me seemed like she was looking for an answer so she asked the question a couple different ways."
"Ethical question about religion"
"If you weren't about to go into medicine right now, what would you be doing with your life?"
"Is fear a motivator for you? 3 people to dinner, who would you bring and what would you make? If you had to put on a talent show right now, what talent would you showcase?"
"are you self gratifing or self deprecating?"
"If you had one plane ticket to anywhere in the world, where would you go. The catch: You only have the provisions you brought with you on this interview trip"
"If you could have dinner with any 3 people dead or alive who would it be and what would you cook for dinner?"
"What do you do when a patient refuses to follow your advice?"
"Why did I choose to come back to school after a hiatus"
"Does your parents success make you feel like you have to live up to them?"
"How often do you run? (Hobby on my CV). The rest is a blur...too many interviews at this point...!"
"Do you know how Jimmy Hendrix died? (led to a discussion about attempted suicide and a physician's role in respecting the wishes of the patient) What would you do if someone came to you with wounds that looked intentional?"
"Name three musicians you would like to invite to dinner, why you would invite them, and what you would serve them."
"One of the interviewers basically insinuated I was stupid for wanting to volunteer my life to serving people. Thankfully, I didn't catch the sarcasm at the time. haha"
"Who has been your mentor, and what is the one phrase that they said to you that really shaped your life?"
"What are the 3 most important characteristics of choosing a medical school?"
"Why did Jimi Hendrix die?"
"Ethical question as a future doc on approving use of growth hormone on 14 yr old patient wanting to play football"
"I don't remember!"
"(specific to hobby) Who is your favorite artist and why, and what kind of art do you enjoy doing most?"
"top 3 movies."
"What makes you happy and what makes you sad?"
"three best qualities and three worst qualities"
"If you could invite three people for dinner, who would they be, why and what would you serve them?"
"If you could invite 3 people to dinner alive or dead, who would they be? What would you make them??"
"What qualities does your best friend have that you admire?"
"Do you like to read and what books are they?"
"If the laws were changed to require every physician to participate in death-row executions, how would you feel?"
"what would you send into space to represent humankind to any other intelligent life out there?"
"What similarities have you found between rock climbing and medicine"
"What would you do if you saw your classmate blatently cheating on an exam?"
"Who is your best friend and what qualities do they have? Do you have those qualities?"
"What goals have you set that you have failed>?"
"What is your favorite character to be when playing MarioKart? (I mentioned it in my PS)."
"When was the last time you cried?"
"One that was specific to one of the responses I made in a previous answer. "
"The book question"
"Do you think stem cells should be used in research? "
"Tell us about a time when you were in an ethical situation."
"Who is you best friend and what are their qualities?"
"What is one time that you are been treated unfairly or discriminated against?"
"What problem do you see future physicians facing which isn't present today or wasn't in the past?"
"How would you specifically provide affordable healthcare to the underserved and disadvantaged?"
"If a patient were unable to pay for services, what would you do?"
"What does your wife think of all of this?"
"Are you instinctive?"
"If you had to write a book about yourself, would be you title it?"
"What is your opinion on stem cell research? (Now the guy who asked it didn't feel the need to reveal that he is a stem cell research PhD until after my response. He proceeded to badger me over my response both before and after that revelation.) "
"what qualitites about yourself would make you a good physician?"
"Do you consider yourself a big fish in a small pond or a small fish in a big pond."
"What would you do if you had an extra 4 hours in a day?"
"If you could have a meal with a character from a book, who would it be?"
"An ethical question: an 18 yr old girl came into your clinic and you had prescribed birth control pills to her. Her mom later comes in and asks what you did to her. What do you do?"
"Read any good books lately?"
"What makes you a better candidate than the others applying? "
"Do you think religion has a place in medicine and would you discuss your religion to your patients?"
"If you had all the money in the world for one weekend, what would you do with it and why?"
"One of the interviewers asked me a question that took him five minutes just to explain it. I wont type the whole thing out, I will just say that he was trying as hard as he possibly could to generate questions designed to put someone on the defensive."
"Tell me a failure you had.
If reading a medical journal for evidence-based medicine, what should I look for to save time?
What is a recent non-fiction book you have read?"
"If you could change one thing in the world what would it be?"
"Why did you choose your major and how will that help you in medical school and as an osteopathic physician?"
"i am fluent in 3 lx and learning a 4th and they asked why i was interested in languages. "
"How would you describe empathy, and can empathy be taught?"
"What is the biggest issue facing osteopathic medicine today?"
"If you could have dinner with any three people, dead or alive, who would it be and why? What would you serve?"
"Tell us about a significant patient interaction you've had."
"Tell us about your upbringing"
"Tell us about your journey to want to be a DO."
"It was all about me, nothing strange, not even about AZCOM... not even an ethical question."
"If you were a tree what type of tree would you be and why?"
"A question about childhood obesity and diabetes -- what would I do as a physician?"
"If you were president of the United States, how would you fix healthcare?"
"The most interesting question that I was asked was who was a key person in my life that has influenced me."
"What's the best advice anyone has ever given you?"
"What is your favorite car? "
"What kind of tree woud you be and why?
Why didn't you apply to the PA program?"
"How would your friends describe you"
"Where are there good camping spots in the state"
"Nothing out of the ordinary but was told from other people interviewing the same day as me that they were asked what would you write on your gravestone?"
"Compare TCOM with AZCOM."
"What was your most difficult question you were asked by your other interviews?"
"I you had to stack dollar bills against the empire state building how many do you think it would take? Please reason your way through it out loud."
"What do you think of empathy? Can someone learn empathy and how important is it that a patient feel their doctor is empathetic?"
"What is the most pressing issue in healthcare today?"
"If you could chose 3 people (living or dead) to invite to dinner, who would it be and why?"
"They were pretty run-of-the-mill...why DO, tell us about the osteopathic philosophy, etc."
"What do you think of using animal models in research? "
"what would you do if you knew someone in class was cheating"
"An ethical/moral question: A mother brings her child to you, and after examining the child, it is obvious that the child has a viral infection. The mother demands antibiotics anyway. What do you do? This question came up after I said I was interested in pediatrics."
"How would you deal with a pt who treats everyone in the reception office poorly but was nice and cordial with you (as a physician)?"
"What was the last book you read?"
"I was not really asked any questions I would consider difficult and/or interesting/suprising."
"What do you consider to be your greatest accomplishment in life so far?"
"If you were a kitchen appliance, which one would you be, and why?"
"what makes you happy?"
"What would be your ideal patient?"
"Tell us about yourself. We want to get to know you. ( this question seems simple but it can really be challenging if you answer too promptly. the adcom really just wants to see your human side such as hobbies and such)."
"do you have a significant other?"
"How would you deal with a difficult patient? What if they would not follow your advice?"
"What would you write in you tombstone?"
"What is your philosophy on death? (In regards to my being a Hospice volunteer)"
"What would you do if a patient refused the treatment that you advised for her? For example, if you told her to take her medication but she refused, what would you do? Would you stop being her doctor if she did not listen to you?"
"What causes low-back pain? (this question came from discussing my background as a trainer)"
"How would you tell a patient's family that their loved one has died?"
"They asked me about what issues I thought physicians need to deal with in the future and how we deal with those issues. I said malpractice insurance as one issue needing to be address. Based on my answer of possible ways to alleviate the problem , they asked me to argue the opposite point of view."
"What is my opinion on medicinal marijuana? (i was only asked this because of my answer to another question)"
"What three people from history would you like to meet? What would you serve as a meal?"
"Nothing terribly interesting, just a good mix of straight forward, and open-ended questions."
"What international news event from the past 6 months have you found to be the most interesting?"
"If you don't get in, how would you improve your application."
"If you could have dinner with any three people, alive or dead, who would they be and why?"
"If I were the president of the FDA, what would I do?"
"How do I think my psychology degree will help me as a physician."
"Where else have you applied? (Hard to answer - do you really want to tell them that?) I think they were trying to figure out if I'd applied to any MD schoos (no)."
"if you had 2 extra hours each day what would you do with them?"
"You are selected by lottery to inject a prisoner on death row and kill them for their crimes. What would you do??? (kill the bas)"
"What causes poverty?"
"What are your thoughts on managed health care?"
"Tell us about an experience where you failed at something and then tell us what you did to fix it. or what seperates you from all the other candidates here today?"
"If you were the president, would you support insurance companies doing genetic testing for specific diseases to exclude applicants?"
"You are a physician, and you were chosen randomly by a lottery and required by law to administer a lethal injection to a death row innmate. How do you feel about this? Would you do it?"
"Fairly standard fare...lots of questions about why DO, why AZCOM, and lots on my background. Very few ethical questions. "
"one below, what kind of car would you buy if money wasnt an object, 10 people are on a bus it crashes, you have to tell 5 they wont be helped and will die, what do you say?, tell me why you wore what you wore today (i had on a navy blue pantsuit, very traditional)"
""If you had enough money, that you and your were financially set for the rest of your life, what would you do with the rest of the money that you have?""
"What kinds of rockets did you build (referring to my old job)?"
"Nothing. All ethics questions."
"what unique quality do you feel you can contribute to your class? "
"Questions concerning consciousness and the movie "What the Bleep?""
"all standard interview questions"
"What was your hardest class as an undergrad and how did you deal with this class?"
"What would you want on your tombstone for people to remember you by?"
"How do you deal with setbacks?"
"If you could have dinner with any four people, living or dead, who would they be?"
"What scares you about medical school?"
"What non-science class have you taken that impacted your life the most?"
"What was the most recent good book you read?"
"If we were to meet your best friend, what would s/he say is your greatest strength? your biggest weakness?"
"what do you believe that you could bring to the osteopathic profession - and more pointedly, what activities would you participate in, and what organizations would you join/create if you were a student here?"
"If you were doing a life saving operating on a little girl and a phone call came into the O.R. saying your father just had a heart attck, would you leave?"
"How did your greek chapter mold you as a doctor?"
"What do you think in wrong with Medicine?"
"Do you think it is possible for McDonald's to become a healthy restaurant?"
"You have a patient that needs heart surgery. Because they are switching insurance companies, their current company refuses to pay for the surgery, and the new company won't pay for it until the new year. Meanwhile, there is a good chance your patient will die. What do you do?"
"As a caring individual, what will you do to care for the underserved in your practice?"
"Not too many interesting ones. Mainly all about me, no ethical questions. I guess it would be "how will your experiences with sports help you in medical school?""
"Describe a situation in your medical experience? Now describe in that experience how medicine needs to change?"
"If you were on a bus in a snow storm and the bus ran off the road and 5 people were going to die but 5 would survive, how would you tell the 1st 5 they weren't going to make it?"
"Did you also apply to allopathic schools?"
"How did you decide on a career in medicine?"
"Nothing really. All the questions came straight out of student doctor. I was very well prepared thanks to Studentdoctor.net"
"What would you do to determine if a candidate is compassionate?"
"So, why are you here? This was the first question that I was asked when I sat down. Very open ended with no direction. I felt it a little inappropriate considering I am taking off of work and traveling half way across the country and spending seven hundred dollars. They do not realize that some of us are working full time and are busting butt just to get a foot in the door."
"So, why are you here? This was the first question that I was asked when I sat down. Very open ended with no direction. I felt it a little inappropriate considering I am taking off of work and traveling half way across the country and spending five hundred dollars. They do not realize that some of us are working full time and are busting butt just to get a foot in the door."
"If you could do whatever you wanted for one entire day, what would you do?"
"Do you think selling human organs via the internet should be legalized?"
"If you could have anyone over for dinner, from any era, living or dead, who would it be and why?"
"I was asked a couple of hypothetical situational questions that were interesting."
"If you were a kitchen utensil, what would you be?"
"If you had a patient who you had been friends with for a long amount of time, and he passed out in front of you because of an amphetamine overdose, would you report him to authorities?"
"What I would do if a young girl came to me for an abortion, saying she would commit suicide if I told her parents"
"Name 3 adjectives describing yourself."
"Nothing too interesting, essentially all the questions from my resume."
"If you was put in a room with world leaders, what would you tell them is the most pressing health issue for them to focus on?"
"What three (living or dead) people would you invite to dinner and why?"
"Ethics Question: Your patient, 100% cognitive, tells you he wants to commit suicide because the cancer meds make him a zombie and completely out of it. Aside from any legal obligations, how would you handle the situtation?"
"If you were able to invite three people from any time period to dinner, who would they be and what would you serve them?"
"What did you do last nite? did you like the mall ?"
"With all the things you do in your life, what do you do with the little spare time you have?"
"Tell me about your research project on animal X?"
"A patient is in late end stage emphazema. He comes to you and says that "he's had a good life, and wouldn't mind dying." Would you put him on a respirator? Why or why not?"
"nothing that interestingm quite a few about handling stress, time management etc. kind of repititive."
"They received a letter from a professor whose class I did well in and asked why I thought that I did well."
"Who had the most influence on your life"
"Tell me about your surf report website. (I do an online surf report in Hawaii)"
"The questions were relatively standard."
"It's really a laid back interview and they just want to get to know you. Did ask a hypothetical medical question relating to my CV."
"Nothing very interesting, though some other applicants had ethical questions."
"If you could be an animal, which one would you be?"
"Nothing really. Just the typical interview questions that everyone gets asked."
"If you could be a movie personality who would you be and why?"
"Being a basketball fan and from Utah, do you hate Michael Jordan? (That's still a sore subject!)
Is there any circumstance under which you would not play basketball? (I'm a b-ball freak!)"
"What do you dislike the most about working on a farm?"
"How would do I see myself transitioning from a leadership position in the military to one of a 1st year med student. I told them I would welcome the change, from one of being responsible for multiple people to being only responsible for me."
"They asked me mostly just questions about my resume and personal statement."
"If you could be any kitchen appliance, what would you be?"
"If I was the PI to my lab, what would I do differently."
"How would you help your patient quit smoking?"
"If you had to choose between going to a Diamondback/Yankee (I'm a yankee fan) and performing poorly on a test, what would you do. Kind of a fun question that they asked to break the ice, but tougher than you might think;)"
"What kind of kitchen appliance would you be?"
"What type of munitions do assassins most commonly use? I am a forensic science student, and the guy was a ballistics injuy expert."
"What ethical issues do you think will doctors face in the future?"
"If you saw someone doing something unethical what would you do?"
"What is you opinion of the medical school application? What would you do to fix it?"
"What was the best and worst thing about being a counselor at summer camp?"
"What animal would you be?"
"About being home schooled and the effect it had, specifically the transition to a public school."
"What is your opinion on music sharing and mp3s?"
"If your admission depended on a meal that you had to make us, what would you make?"
"About my Law Enforcement background"
"Nothing particulary interesting...They asked what areas I like to mountain bike (perhaps because I race)."
"Tell us something you said recently and had to put your foot in your mouth."
"Nothing really out of the ordinary or interesting."
"Are DO's better than MDs?"
"I was asked about my minor in Anthro. They don't have grades or MCATs but they do read the rest of your app. very thoroughly so be prepared."
"Explain detassling to me?"
"If you had to tell a patient that they had cancer and they
began to cry, would you cry with that patient?"
"Why did Wendy's remove their salad bar? (I worked at Wendy's in high school)"
"What specific role(s) to you play when assigned to a team?"
"How would you handle treating an illegal alien?"
"Do you believe in population control?"
"If I had to split money between Aids Research and Education, how would I do it and why?"
"When you're old, what would you think you'd consider to be your greatest accomplishment?"
"Would my significant other be insecure or jealous? I'm not sure my male counterparts got this one!!"
"You say you have a great sense of humor, do your best impersonation for us?"
"Do you think you will run into some resistance being a women in medicine? If so, how will you handle it?"
"How is marathon-running like medical school?"
"I invite 3 people over to my house for dinner, what do I serve?"
"A couple comes in for genetic screening. They are both carriers for cystic fibrosis and you discover that the fetus has the full blown disease. You also happen to find out that the father is not the true biological father of the child. Who do you tell (mother, father, both, none) and why?"
"Tell us about your most memorable patient."
"Since boxing and martial arts are your hobbies, how do you relate them to medicine?"
"Have you ever disagreed with a superior? If so, how did you handle the situation?"
"If you could cure any disease, what would it be and why?"
"Who is your best friend, and what qualities do they have that make them your best friend?"
"When was a time I was misjudged?"
"Have you ever had OMM?"
"Lots of resume questions. Know what you write about."
"After applicants leave, they usually think of something they wished they would have been able to tell the interviewer. What do you want to make sure we know about you? "
"What 3 people would you invite to dinner and why?"
"If you could cure one disease, what would it be?"
"You are the doc in charge of 15 bus crash victims. 5 have to go to immediate surgery, another 5 are triaged as 'will die soon.' What do you tell the 5 who will die?"
"Where do you see yourself in 10 years? And when your career is done what do you want to say about it?"
""What would you like on your tombstone?" There were some interesting questions regarding my past music career."
"they knew I liked watching foreign films so that asked me about what countries films I like the best"
"If I could invite 3 famous persons to dinner, who would they be and what would I serve them?"
"What makes you happy?
What disease would you eradicate and why?"
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