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"Have a better lunch"
"More thorough tours of the medical facilities would be nice. The tour at Ben Taub was only down a single hallway near the emergency room, nothing more."
"Ask interviewers to be a little more friendly and welcoming! Not just the students."
"Nothing to complain about"
"A little more communication between the interviewees and the office. Interviewees had to search for info through the website whereas other places personally sent out emails detailing how the interview day was going to go & made me feel more comfortable/prepared."
"My only suggestion is to consider paying for parking for those being interviewed. Every other school I interviewed with paid for parking."
"Because Baylor doesn't go all out with food, it seems like they aren't as eager to impress applicants as other schools"
"Don't end at 7, that's so late!"
"the m112 room is small, so it gets crowded when students show up, so bigger auditorium would be better."
"Less paper, more details online"
"Interviewees should get a little more time with the actual admissions officers."
"Accept applicants more quickly!"
"Perhaps allow the students to keep the manila folders after the interview? And to clarify who needs"
"Tell me what you think about the homeless situation in Austin and how the city has responded. (since that's where I'm from and because I'm been working with the homeless community for a while)"
"Explain your research as if you were trying to educate a patient without a science background about it."
"Name one specific event that confirmed your desire to go into medicine?"
"Tell me about your research experience."
"How have you shown leadership during your undergraduate years?"
"What factors will affect your choice of medical school?"
"How would I continue my education after going to school there"
"What scares you in medicine?"
"What do you think is the biggest problem in today's healthcare?"
""Tell me about a time you worked in a team.""
"If you didn't get into Baylor, what would you do? (Notice, it's not "into medical school")"
"Tell me about yourself/Why medicine?"
"What would you do if you are not accepted by this school?"
"Why medicine as opposed to teaching or other service profession? (This was probably uncommon and likely had more to do with my application.)"
"What do you like to do for fun?"
"What are your thoughts on healthcare?"
"What challenges do you think await you and the other members of your med school class when you enter the workforce as physicians?"
"Describe a time in which you failed at something (doesn't have to be academic)"
"Tell me about your shadowing experiences"
"What are three current health care issues and propose how to solve one."
"where do you see yourself in ten years?"
"What are some satisfactions you have received from volunteering your time?"
"Describe the process by which you choose your undergrad institution,"
"Have you spoken to other people who did this (medical school) while raising a family? "
"Tell about this work experience."
"Provide me with an example of your leadership ability"
"Tell me about _______ (ECs)."
"What do you know about baylor? What attracts you to Baylor? What negative quality will affect you while in med school ? How can you improve that ? "
"My first interview was very conversational. The student interviewer really seemed interested in me and the things I have done."
"So, what made you come to Baylor?"
"Interviewer 1 (student): why do you want to be a doctor? Why Baylor? Tell me about your senior research thesis. Tell me about your patient interactions. Have you ever shadowed a doctor, or gotten to see what a doctor does on a day-to-day basis? I see that you're a musician; what do you play? What did you do with the musical group you joined? Given all your diverse interests, what happens when, a year into your medical education, you decide that you find something else more interesting? When you were a part of a medical research lab, did you feel like an outsider since you had a liberal arts background/how did you deal with that? Is there anything else in your application that we haven't covered? What are your two biggest strengths and biggest weakness? Do you have any questions for me?"
"Med student interviewer. Asked me to pick 3 topics I wanted to talk about. "
"What would you like to ask me about Baylor?"
"Tell me about your family."
"Why not just pursue an MD with a heavy research emphasis?"
"Tell me about a favorite class."
"What are your strengths?"
"Tell me about x research"
"Why do you want to change the world, WHY?"
"Do you have any weaknesses?"
"Do you have a specific interest in any specialty?"
"Why would you come to Baylor?"
"Tell me about ___ experience on your app."
"What made you decide to study medicine after pursuing a music degree? (I was a piano performance major)"
"What is one thing that has surprised you about dancing (or any other activity you are passionate about)?"
"Int#1:Tell me something you're passionate about. (later) How does this relate to medicine? (would have picked a different passion if i knew that was coming)
Int#2:Tell me about a time you were misjudged. (very vague, wouldn't clarify)"
"If you had to pick one defining moment in your life that made you decide to be a doctor what would it be?"
"Tell me about your family"
"Tell me what you know about Baylor/why Baylor?"
"Name some good qualities and one quality you'd like to work on/change (about yourself)"
"what makes you an asset to baylor?"
"What do you want to be other than a doctor?"
"Asked questions about my clincal experience."
"Tell me about you family."
"Explain your research like you're telling it to your grandmother."
"Tell me about [insert AMCAS experience here]."
"Tell me about <x>, your undergraduate institution."
"How will your family adjust to you moving to TX?"
"Why do you want to come to Baylor?"
"Tell me about yourself...."
"Why do you want to go into medicine?"
"What do people in Austin think about Vince Young's cashing in? Surprisingly hard for one who's been somewhat trapped in the local VY lovefest. I also think he was testing if it would stand up to a contradictory point of view."
"tell me your biography, yawn"
"The famous why medicine?"
"Tell me about yourself...this helped me steer the conversation towards my research"
"What do you see yourself doing in ten years?"
"Tell me about yourself?"
"What was your favorite undergraduate course and why?"
"You seem to have a vast interest, why don't go into public health instead?"
"Why MDPhD? If you had to choose either the MD or the PhD, what would you choose?"
"All questions very predictable."
"How has your day been so far?"
"What are your motivations for becoming physician? "
"Why Texas and why Baylor? (I'm an out-of-state interviewee.)"
"Why don't you want to get a PhD? - after talking about research for most of the interview."
"Tell me about youself."
"If you had an ethical problem with what the hospital administration wanted you to do, how would you handle it? (For those of you who are suddenly panicked that the interview is hard, this was as bad as it got. All of the others were very generic and straight-forward)."
"Tell me about yourself. (From the interviewer who hadn't read my file)"
"Describe your X research project to me in lay-men's terms?"
"Why did you choose to major in liberal arts instead of something like bio?"
"Do you think you'll fit in here?"
"Do you think you're going to like your daily activities as a doctor? (Weird question because who is going to say, 'No, I'm not going to like the daily activities of a doctor.'?)"
"What do you forsee being your biggest challenge as a doctor?"
"would you ever do anything you considered to be morally wrong? "
"All the questions were specific to my life experiences, research, why I want to be a doctor, etc."
"Do you have any questions for me? One of the interviewers kept asking me this over and over again. I had a few pre-prepared but ran out after 6 of them and had to think them up on the spot which is a bit difficult when you're nervous."
"what are some of your strengths/weaknesses?"
"How would your friends describe you?"
"What person/people have most shaped you, and how has their influence prepared you for medicine? What are your strenghts/weaknesses? How has activity X influenced you? What have you learned from your volunteering?"
"Tell me more about your independent study."
"tell me about yourself. they need to get rid of that question it's so vague, bland and mindless."
"tell me about x, y, and z experience"
"What are your strengths/weaknesses?"
"Both interviews were pretty conversational, causing me to forget specific questions."
"Describe your support system"
"Tell me about yourself (this was the first time I've actually ever been asked that!)"
"What do you do for fun? What else? What else? What else?? What else??? (I work full-time, I don't have THAT much free time.)"
"Your personal statement starts rather dramatically--tell me about that."
"Are you prepared for the long haul and hard work involved in MD/PhD?"
"Int.1: Where is your undergraduate college located?
Int.2: Where do you work and what do you do for them?"
"Why did you choose medicine?"
"why texas? (i am from the east-coast)"
"Why do you want to be a doctor?"
"Tell me about yourself. (both interviews started with this)"
"Why do you want to become a doctor?"
"Why Baylor? "
"Have you ever had to deal with anything difficult?"
"Who was your role model and why?"
"What are the problems we may run into with genetic engineering?
"How are your co-workers balancing their practice and research, and how would you do the same?"
"Why Baylor College of Medicine?"
"What was your best expereince at your undergrad school?"
"What was your most difficult course in college?"
"What's the greatest problem with healthcare today?"
"How do you think your degree will help you in a career in medicine?"
"Why are your lab grades low?"
"-Why do you want to be a doctor?
"Lots of probing specific questions about my undergraduate classes."
"Explain this part of your AMCAS essay."
"How will your undergrad degree help you be a better doctor?"
"Ethical dilemma I've encountered."
"I was asked about what I had written in my personal statement."
"what should i say about you to the admissions committee."
"What a some drawbacks about being Pre-med at your school?"
"Why did you choose to go to [specific college]?"
"What interested you in Baylor?"
"What are some of the strengths and weaknesses of Baylor that you've noticed? (Everyone I talked to said that a "Why Baylor?" question is almost always asked)"
"What was your greatest dissapointment and failure in undergrad?"
"Tell me about yourself."
"Tell me about yourself"
"What are you going to do with your kid when you are in medical school?"
"What do you think is the biggest problem in health care at the moment?"
"Tell me about your childhood and your life in California."
"Tell me about Ayurvedic medicine (specific to one of my experiences)"
"Teach me something"
"How does politics influence healthcare?"
"If you were only accepted to Baylor, what would make you turn down the offer?"
"How do you treat mid-level providers in a healthcare team, how important are they?"
"To what extent do you understand the life of a physician?"
"What are your hobbies?"
"Where do you see yourself in five years?"
"I was asked an ethical question regarding a patient who tested positive for HIV. Patient asked you as the doctor to not tell his pregnant wife since he contracted the disease most likely from his prostitutes. What do you do."
"Any conflict between your religion and medicine?"
"Tell me how you got to this point in your life."
"What have you read recently?"
"As a physician, how do establish and encourage trust with your patients?"
"What have you learned from all your volunteer experiences?"
"So what is your research about?"
"It was interesting when my faculty interviewer picked up her phone and took a personal call which didn't seem like an urgent matter at all.... -__-"
"What did you learn from (blank) experience?"
"None, it was the flow of the interview"
"What do you want me to tell the admissions committee on your behalf? "
"None, really. Most were pretty generic."
"During our clinicals, medical school students have to be the last in line when treating a patient. First is the physician, attending,resident , etc. so when it is your turn, the patient is usually tired and grumpy. How would you deal with a non compliant patient in this situation?"
"What are your passions?"
"Played a word-association game. It was fun!"
"Tell me about <a history class I took some years back>."
"Which cell type would you most like to be?"
"After telling my student interviewer about a class that looked at the culture of illegal drug use in the US, he asked me how I would solve the problem. After I gave my answer, he apologized for giving such a hard question."
"How do astronauts exercise in space? (this is related to my job)"
"Why do you want to live in Texas? "
"How do you think the portrayal of medicine in the media will affect your practice?"
"Do you anticipate challenges as a woman in medicine?"
"When you have a patient that has an option for a non-essential treatment (one that isn't a life or death decision but one that would prolong or improve the patient's life), what would you do if the patient had been turned away from Medicare, etc.?"
"What kind of music do you listen to?"
"Why would you come to Baylor? (They didn't believe a Californian would relocate)."
"Question about my research."
"What were the challenges of teaching piano lessons to an autistic child?"
"Pretty basic q's about mainly activities..but here's one:
What was the most difficult day you have had in school?"
"Favorite undergraduate class and why?"
"If you were on a date with yourself, what would be the thing that would bother you most about yourself?"
"What would you do to solve the drug problem in Camden?"
"Would you have gotten into med school in the UK if you had applied there?"
"What's the most significant volunteer experience not related to medicine you had in college?"
"very standard questions"
"Who are three people you admire and why"
"Is it ethical for medical students to be allowed to treat patients in public hospitals?"
"What is your Id's (selfish) reason for applying to medical school?"
"When I (the interviewer) am swimming, I sink. I cannot float on water. What can I do so I can float?"
"How will your family adjust if you decide to move to TX (I'm a Michigan resident)?"
"Questions were very basic"
"Can you tell me about a time when you faced adversity and how you dealt with it?"
"Given your family's vast experience with physicians, what are some attributes you would like to emulate and what are some attributes you would change about those physicians?"
"mostly conversational interviews, although the faculty one told me that I get to ask one question exactly halfway through. weird...."
""Tell me about your greatest strengths, weaknesses, and challenges you've overcome. What I'm looking for here is about two strengths and weaknesses..." My first interviewer told me how to pattern my answers, which was a little strange."
"fast forward 12 years and tell me what you're doing"
"The interview questions were fairly typical-- about past experiences, why medicine, etc."
"In general, what do you think is one of the biggest challenges facing U.S. society today?"
"What are your favorite and least favorite things about doing research? (I'm a non-trad student coming in with a PhD.)"
"So why is ( my name) here and not some other person with a similar background."
"My interviews were very conversational and not to stressful."
"What did you do in highschool?"
"If you were a hospital adminstrator during a natural diasaster, what would you do?"
"how does music and medicine relate"
"Tell me about yourself from birth until now."
"What is the most challenging obstacle that you have had to overcome in your life?"
"Why do people like Bollywood?"
"Describe yourself in a way that a friend would describe you?"
"All questions off AMCAS."
"Tell me about the worst thing you ever did in your life and about the best thing you ever did in your life."
"Why don't you want to get a PhD?"
"How would you compare being a resident assistant and being a medical resident?"
"What is the best and worst days of your life?"
"Why don't you like research?"
"(several interesting questions that particularily related to my application)"
"How would you set up such a medical program? (In my essay I talked about wanting to offer medical aid to the place I've been on several mission trips to) "
"What sets you apart from other students?"
"What would you do if two colleagues of yours were not getting along?"
"They were pretty standard."
"Explain your research in layman's terms, and explain the implications of it."
"Nothing really stands out. Mostly talked about my public health background"
"how would you explain to someone from another country what's wrong with our health care system?"
"Nothing immensely interesting. I got the "What is your biggest pet peeve question?" too."
"they were all pretty run-of-the-mill, though my first interviewer spent more time selling Baylor than interviewing me..."
"Standard question: what is the biggest problem in healthcare"
"what is your biggest pet peeve. this was asked by the student interviewer, and it was supposed to be an "ice breaker" question. it kind of caught me off guard, but I guess I did ok, cuz I got in!"
"the one about the noncompliant patient"
"How I would balance family life with medical school.
What I thought the biggest problem facing healthcare in America was (you shouldn't ask someone like me that question because I can't talk much science but I can talk recent social and policy issues! took me about twenty minutes to cover that question alone)"
"Tell me about ballet?"
"What do you get out of your community service activities?"
"How would you handle non-compliant patients?"
"How would you tell a hypertensive elderly man who refused to take his medicine to take his medicine? (Not quite in those words, but basically)"
"What's wrong with US healthcare today?"
"Explain your research to me as if I'm a layman, and explain why it should be important to fund....not really that interesting because I saw it on SDN before. Actually, both my interviewers only asked me easy questions for about 10 minutes, and the rest was just me asking them stuff....my student basically told me I would get in."
"all expected or easy"
"Nothing interesting--both of my interviews (I had faculty for both) were very conversational and unremarkable."
"Do you feel culturally isolated? (I'm South Asian and live on the Tex-Mex border.)"
"Tell me something about yourself that you don't want me to know."
"What is the one thing about you that makes you better than other candidates?"
"Can physicians return to governing their own practices with insurance companies, government, pharmaceuticals, and attorneys trying to dictate medical practice?"
"What do you think your life will be like after you are working as a physician?"
"I spent a summer in Dallas, so my interviewers asked about it."
"Somehow ended up talking about Charles Dickens."
"situational ethics on genetic engineering of crops, people, ect..... Man my second interview sucked"
"What are you most scared about in planning to attend med school? "
"A series of what the interviewer called "my rapid-fire questions" at the end of the interview. He basically asked me a string of questions that he wanted two-second answers to: what's more important-your values or the patient's, what's the most recent book you read for fun, what would your ideal date be like (what?)"
"Do you know what the income tax rate is in England? We were talking about nationalized health care and I was asked this question to see if this program would be suitable for the United States. The answer is 60% while ours is 33%."
"Which three classes that you took undergrad will help you most in medical school (mostly because everything i guessed he said was wrong - he ended up telling me that my english classes were most important)"
"Do you take more after your father or your mother?"
"If President Bush made me czar of medicine, what would I do?"
"If you were at high risk for a genetic disease, would you be tested to see if you had the gene?"
"pretty standard questions, I asked most of the questions actually"
"Pretend I am a non-scientist who needs to be convinced on why your research should be funded and is important."
"How can the US strike a balance between funding for academic research versus funding for socialized healthcare programs such as medicare?"
"How do you think your degree will help you in a career in medicine?"
"Why do you like problem based learning?"
"What is medicine? (looking for a very abstract answer)"
"What patients have made the biggest impression on you in your clinical experience."
"Parle vous frances? (I don't)"
"Tell me about a time when you were grossly misunderstood, how did you handle it?"
"What was your favorite undergraduate class?"
"I am a returning student, so most of my questions usually revolve around that aspect."
"An ethical delimma I encountered during college"
"Several Ethical Questions about Genetic Research..."
"It was just the usual..."
"Explain your research to me in a way that a none science person could understand it. "
"What do you not see yourself doing in 10-20 years?"
"So I heard that your school has a drinking problem? =)"
"What are your thoughts on some controversial medical topic?"
"How do you think the health care system in the United States compares to that in Sweden?"
"What kind of doctor do you think you'll be? (not specialty but philosophy)"
"Tell me something interesting about yourself?"
"How did New Orleans prepare for hurricanes and what was my part of the job."
"tell me about kenya (related to file)"
"Tell me about your experience as a missionary in Bulgaria."
"One interviewer asked a bunch of ethical questions about cloning, gene therapy, vaccinations, etc."
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