"Tell me about this specific activity that you did."
"Asked me what I thought the biggest problem in healthcare today is"
"Question about a specific activity"
"What is your greatest failure?"
"Asked about a particular EC"
"Three most meaningful experiences"
"Tell me about experience X"
"Clarification of an EC"
"How did you come to medicine as a career choice? (why medicine)"
"very conversational, tell me about..."
"Tell me about yourself (asked in a conversational way)."
"How are these three activities connected?"
"Tell me who you are outside of class"
"why did you choose your undergrad?"
"what do you like to do for fun"
"Why BU? What do you want to get out of your education at BU? Name 5 words that describe you."
"Flowed like a casual conversation. Very few direct questions."
"How did you handle your immense responsibilities as an undergrad?"
"Tell me about volunteer experience."
"State an ethical dilemma you were in and how you overcame this."
"How did you decide you wanted to go into medicine?"
"Tell me about your undergraduate experience (very nontraditional)"
"From where does your interest in medicine stem?"
"What is your proudest moment?"
"Let's say you are an emergency psychiatrist. A patient, who may be HIV positive, may not be using safe sex (he was raped while in prison). His wife is sitting in the waiting. What do you do?"
"What kind of medicine are you interested in?"
"Tell me about yourself; conversational questions"
"This is the only interview where I actually got an ethical question. Basically, the question was if you had limited resources, how would you decide which people will have to die? How do you decide one life has more value than another? "
"Tell me about your upbringing..."
"The interviewer reviewed my file before the interview and basically asked me to talk about specific parts of my application."
"what does a typical day in you rlife 10 years from now look like?"
"What were some bioethical issues that came up in your research?"
"What was it like to grow up in Alabama?"
"What do you think will be your greatest challenge as a physician?"
"Who is (my name)?"
"Why do you want to be a doctor"
"Tell me about this experience... a few questions were like that. "
"I have read your application essays, but please tell me about your experiences in your own words."
"Tell me about your family."
"What was your most significant healthcare volunteer experience? "
"My interviewer was way more intense than most. He was a psychiatrist and I had no idea what he was thinking.
Do you have any regrets about undergrad?"
"Describe your current research (what MD/PhD program doesn't ask this?)."
"Tell me about yourself..."
"Why did you take a year off?"
"Please describe your most important volunteer and research experience. How did you choose them, why were they important, and what did you learn from them?"
"Why BU? Why medicine? "
"Why should we accept you?"
"tell me about X experience"
"Tell me your story... (thankfully I didn't get far before the interviewer started asking more specific questions)."
"Explain the discrepancies between your undergraduate and graduate GPAs."
"Tell me about yourself."
"Where do you live? What's the cultural life like?"
"what was the best/worst class you ever took and why?"
"Do you think you'd be ok living in Boston?"
"I wasn't really asked any. Toward the end of my interview I jokingly asked my interviewer whether she was supposed to ask me an ''ethics question''. She had me come up with one and answer it."
"How do you plan to juggle being a good wife and mother while being in medical school?"
"Specific questions about my volunteer and research experience."
"What do your parents do?"
"Discuss the U.S. health care system."
"What do you do for fun?"
"can't remember any out of the ordinary questions"
"Tell me about activity X."
"Please talk about the ethical decisions in prescribing drugs."
"Where do you see your life seven or eight years from now (family, career, etc.)?"
"Tell me about an ethical dilemma you faced."
"Tell me about an ethical situation you have encountered."
"Tell me about yourself (not what is in your application)."
"How do you like [undergrad college]? How did you pick it?"
"what have you done during your summers during undergrad?"
"Tell me about your family life growing up. "
"How has X contributed to your interest in medicine?"
"Tell me your story. Why MD?
Has anyone ever convinced you NOT to go into medicine?"
"tell me about activity x"
"Tell me about this Forensics class you took."
"Tell me about yourself?"
"What do you feel is different about the US health care system versus the health care system in India? (I had been doing some clinical shadowing there)"
"Many questions about file concerning grades, MCAT scores and experiences (volunteering, research ect...)"
"Why medicine? Why BU? Why come back to Boston?...The usual."
"The dreaded Tell me about yourself"
"Biggest struggle in life, as a psychiatrist, why would I ask you this question? Why is important for a physician to know this about a patient? Why is it important for you to know it about yourself?"
"Research specific questions."
"the immigrant one"
"Why do you want to go to BU?"
"Tell me about the ___________ program you're in."
"Why do you want to go into medicine?"
"Why did I choose my major."
"What are you looking for in a medical school?
"Do you feel healthcare is a right or privelege?"
"What are the major problems of healthcare in the US today?"
"Tell me about XYZ experience."
"how i would fix the health care system? what is better canadian system or US?"
"Tell me about your undergrad. school..."
"talk about two diff research projects in specific"
"tell me about yourself-- your heritage, where you're from, college, etc. "
"just questions about my application, who i am, etc...."
"tell me about growing up in your family."
"my background/childhood, mcat score, etc"
"What do you think of how healthcare is delivered today? Do you think that the system works, needs a litle fixing, or should be thrown out in favor of systems like the ones in Canada and England?"
"Tell me about your domestic partnership."
"He went through my undergraduate history with me."
"Do you know the effects of oral contraceptives on the risk of developing breast cancer? (In relation to my research, and he wasn't grilling me, just curious)."
"Tell me about your research (and I was totally grilled on it. Down to the nuance.)"
"Tell me about your family"
"What do you do in your spare time?"
"Tell me about your research."
"why are you interested in BUSM?"
"After I described a time as a paramedic when I had to report errors of my supervisors, we talked for a while about preventing mistakes in medicine and taking pride in reporting errors."
"All were very specific to my personal experiences. "
"What have you done with you time after graduation?"
"I was asked a whole freakin lot of questions!"
"Tell me about your research"
"Why do you want to be a physician?"
"Would you like to be a medical school teacher?"
"Tell me about yourself, why you want to be a doctor, and why you want to come to BU. (Yes, they were ALL asked in one breath, 7 seconds after I sat down.)"
"Would you really come here if accepted?"
"Why do you want to give back to your community using medicine?"
"What kind of leadership have you exhibited?"
"what would you do if after treating a drug abuser for renal failure he returns 3 months later with irreversible kidney failure. Your only option is dialysis to which the patient later acts disrespectfully towards the nursing staff. The nurses approach you voicing their anger and want to leave. What is your responsibility to them, to the patient, and what would be your steps of action to address the situation?"
"Why medicine? "
"Describe the research you are currently doing."
"What is the worst thing about BU? (This one was easy, COST!) "
" Tell me about your family"
"Tell me about so and so on your application."
"Talk about yourself. "
"Tell me about yourself. Tell me about some of your volunteer experiences. "
"Describe your research."
"Where do you see yourself personally/profesionally in the future?"
"Why did I choose my undergrad college?"
"What is your favorite thing to draw?"
"What else would you like us to know about you?"
"Tell me about xyz activity."
"What are you looking for in a medical school?"
"Why medical school?"
"What do you want to tell me about?"
"why did u pick ur major"
"Tell me about some of your non-medical extracurriculars during high school and college."
"Why do you want to be a doctor?"
"So, what's so special about you?"
"Your services don't quite demonstrate your passion for medicine, why don't you get more involved?"
"What do you want to talk about?"
"Describe your clinical experiences."
"How well do you get along with people younger than you (I'm 27)?"
"Do you have any questions for me?"
"Tell me about yourself"
"Where would BU rank academically compared to other schools you're applying to?"
"address uneven academic performance."
"Why medicine now? I'm significantly non-traditional"
"hypothetical situation involving indonesia family"
"Why you gotta be such a punkhead?"
"is there anything in your application you wish you could change"
"what do you like to do in your spare time?"
"Why do you want to quit research and pursue dentistry."
"Where do you see yourself in 10 years?"
"Have you been to Boston before?"
"Why do you like BUSM?"
"What did you do during your year abroad? What have you been doing since graduating? (clarifying confusion he had about my application)"
"Describe your research experience."
"If the hospital CEO wants to switch to a lower cost but possibly less efficacious hip prosthetic replacement because these people are older and not worth spending the money on, what do you do?"
"What do you think of the bilingual education immersion debate? (a current MA question for elections)"
"Tell me about yourself (to start things off)."
"How might a background in math/engineering enhance a career in medicine?"
"How did (specific EC activity) affect your way of thinking?"
"Everything was standard"
"No interesting questions, just standard interview questions"
"Ethical dilemma I may have faced"
"What drives you?"
"No questions stood out as being particularly interesting."
"How do you deal with people who see 47% of the population as victims?"
"Questions about my experiences"
"all of them are pretty blend"
"Talked about bribery in medicine"
"tell me about someone important in your life"
"What are some of the risks of going into private practice versus working in a collaborative setting?"
"Does your goal-oriented attitude make you competitive in nature?"
"talked about personal items in my application, biggest growing experience in my life"
"the whole interview was very engaging and interesting"
"Talked a lot about multicultural things"
"What would you do if a child's parents refuse to vaccinate him?"
"Why medicine because it sparked a whole conversation about medicine as serving the community and advocacy which Boston University feels very strongly about."
"Where do you see yourself in 10 years?"
"Ethical question about a patient's right to know"
"The first question asked."
"The ethical dilemma. I love those things though."
"none really, the interview was really conversational."
"What do you like to read?"
"Discuss an ethical dilemma. "
"how is the healthcare system like an ecosystem"
"What are the the most controversial issues in medicine today?"
"If you were leading a team of surgeons, and treated HIV patients, how would you respond if one of the doctors on your team refused to perform surgery on the patients."
"Tell me about the baby you nanny for."
"A man is HIV positive, he wants surgery so he can ride his Harley, you are the orthopedic surgeon, what do you do?"
"They are all standard questions"
"What are some ethical problems you haved faced in your research?"
"What do you think about candidates' health care plan w/o telling me who you're going to vote for?"
"Do you think the HPV vaccine should be required for all girls? Talk me through your answer."
"What was a difficult time in your life?"
"Why do you want to come to BU?"
"Who was the actress who played the orignal Becky on Roseanne? (I'm serious)"
"How did your parents meet? "
"So you say you want to work with the underserved. Have you ever done it? What did you learn?"
"Research Specific: How I would compare my research to the research done by a PI in a similar field."
"If you could change anything in your file, what would it be?"
"What do you think about setting caps on medical malpractice lawsuits?"
"Why did you take a year off?"
"Hypothetical situation in which I am a orthopedic surgeon and have a HIV+ patient who wants surgery to get medical clearance to ride a Harley motorcycle."
"Very conversational interview, questions were about my life in general."
"How do you feel about using animals for research?"
"What makes you special? Why should we choose you?"
"ethical question about handling a difficult patient."
"What do you think about pharmaceutical representatives and their relationships with physicians?"
"What do you think are the main risk factors for suicide?"
"What book have you read recently?"
"Do you watch American Idol?
This was due to the fact that I sang in high school."
"there wasn't one specific question that stood out. the interview was more of a conversation about my past experiences and my background."
"what are your views on PAS?"
"How do you think your multicultural background will help you in medicine."
"Tell me about your work..."
"My interviewer read through my file VERY thoroughly and made connections tying together different aspects of my application, leading to a good conversation"
"I wasn't really asked any questions. My interviewer and I just talked."
"What brand of training shoes do you prefer? (Very conversational interview- we talked about my upcoming marathon)"
"Questions about my upbringing."
"Do you like going to art museums?"
"Ethics question about performance-enhancing drugs"
"Tell me about your family. Tell me about something you had to overcome. Why not be a pub. health person. Why not be a social worker. What are you currently doing. Tell me about your research. Explain the changes in your grades. "
"None, the interview was a laid back conversation about my activities/experiences"
"Your an orthopedist, you like a particular company's joint replacements the best but they are twice the cost, you use them exclusively but the hospital calls you and says you are losing them money and need to start using a cheaper joint that doesn't last as long in all patients 80 years old and above, what do you do?"
"What's another indication for the use of Wellbutrin?"
"He asked specifically about a social aspect of my undergrad school"
"What does your religion mean to you (info from application and conversation)?"
"Some question about what was a challenging ethical situation I had been in."
"What do you think can be done about the California health problem?"
"What can I do to convince you to come here?"
"what is an ethical issue you feel strongly about? what is your solution?"
"nothing out of the ordinary."
"Why did you become interested in service?"
"Tell me about an ethical dilemma you have experienced."
"Describe an ethical situation you've faced."
"Talk about an ethical dilemma you have faced either personally or in your work environment."
"How did the notion of medicine as a career start for me?"
"What do you think is the best attribute of RNA?"
"Do you have any questions?"
"Where outside of the US have you travelled?"
"What do you think about the New Hampshire supreme court case?"
"Ethical question regarding organ transplants and the factors that determine who receives them."
"As a psychiatrist, why would I ask you this question? (About biggest struggle)."
"Ethical decisions regarding the separation of conjoined twins. Basically, when would the risk outweigh the benefit."
"How would you make healthcare available to everyone?"
"How do you feel about removing all state funding for treatment of illegal immigrants?"
"Nothing really- he just asked about my AMCAS application. "
"What are your thoughts about stem cell research?"
"(In response to explaining my clinical experiences) Have you ever faced an ethical dilemma in your clinical work?"
"What about your psychology major will be beneficial in the field of medicine?"
"What was the one thing during your college career that has inspired you the most and the one thing that has frustrated you the most?"
"What is an ethical dilema you have faced?"
"What are the ethical considerations of using a fetal pig for dissection purposes?"
"He didn't ask me anything specifically - it was more of a conversation. "
"Cultural challenges of medicine?"
"Tell me an ethical situation that you went through and how you dealt with it. [You'll definitely get a ethics question, so bring your morals with you]"
"Name a current problem in health care and suggest a way to solve it."
"ethical question about nephrologist and giving patient care to younger non-compliant aggressive man vs many elderly compliant individuals"
"Given the current state of the medical system, what will you do to change it? "
"it was more of a conversation than specific questions... very laid back"
"my interviewer asked me about my sister's job and wanted details regarding motivations and purpose."
"In rural areas of Indonesia, subsistence farming is the norm. Families often depend on an ox to provide for their livelihood; if the ox were to die, families usually don't have the resources to replace it since it costs $35, which is equivalent to $1,000,000 for us. Without the ox, at least one member of the family will certainly die. The only way to get this money is to sell your daughter to become a prostitute in the city. You are the father in this family, so what do you do?"
"Discuss my actions as a physician if I witness a doctor treat a patient who verbally informed her family and doctor that she does not want to be treated."
"If you were a farmer that needed $35 to pay for a ox, or one of your family memembers would die, would you sell your youngest daughter?"
"All very personal questions. They were relevant to my specific experiences."
"I was asked several ethical dilema questions."
"What motivates you to get up in the morning?"
"What was a time you had to make an ethical decision and what did you do in that situation?"
"what was the most difficult situation you had to overcome/ how did you handle it/ etc... what were your teaching techniques at this hifgh school etc"
"Why do you want to be in Boston?"
"Has working with AIDS patients changed your view of the disease? Erased preconceived notions?"
"I was asked an ethics question regarding an HIV patient who was promiscuous and didnt care that she was infecting others. I was asked what I would do."
"If I had to chose between using a more expensive, longer lasting hip replacement vs a cheaper, older model, on a limited budget, which would I pick and why?"
"Who is your role model?"
"what kind of teaching style i found most effective."
""I'm supposed to evaluate your ethical platform but I think scenarios seem forced. Describe a time you had to make a difficult ethical decision.""
"The interview was very conversational and all questions were specific to my profile. "
"Can you please discuss some ethical issues from you clinical experiences?"
"Give me an ethical dilemma."
"Proposition 123 was voted on and passed in California denying illegal aliens access to health care. The proposition then went to the supreme court and it was reversed. What is your view on the issue?"
"What will your wife do in Boston?"
"Asked about travels that I have done."
"none were interesting, all were the typical cliched interview questions, however I think I got to make an interesting point contrasting the number of uninsured and the number of people covered by medicaid that don't have access to health care, probably the most interesting comment during the whole interview, and it wasn't even in response to a question, but rather me desparately trying to say something meaningful."
"Why is someone with your credential applying here?(Cause you are my safety! good prac interview too) "
"What are some of the traditions at your undergrad school?"
"How have you acted as a leader informally? "
"What would you say was the most stressful time in your life?"
"In life our goals may sometime represent flames. With some people these flames can be blown out with the gust of a wind while with others they persist in the midst of a tornado. What events have represented the "winds" in your life and how do you feel you have grown from them?"
"If you had a young adult comatose patient and the family unanimous about taking him/her off life support, would you as a doctor pull the plug?"
"What kind of political conflicts exist in [my homeland]?"
"What would you do if, as a primary care physician, you had a 60 year old, HIV positive patient who still had promiscuous sex with unknowing partners?"
"If you had to perform an operation on an AIDS infected individual, which could possibly infect you and/or your staff, would you perform the operation?"
"compare us healthcare system to another"
"I think most of the interviews incorporated a prepared ethics question. By nature of the question, the issues are difficult to grapple with and there is no right answer, but... we are facing a career full of such situations."
"Discuss the religious implications of in vitro fertilization in the context of patient treatment."
"Scenario question: if you had a disruptive patient who was a drug addict and needed regular dialysis, but threatened you and your colleagues, how would you handle the sitation?"
"The interviewer had reviewed the wrong file, so since he did not know what to ask, his one question was "I am giving you open forum to tell me what you think I should know about you." "
"(Briefly) You are an orthopaedic surgeon and have had 100% success with hip replacement X. The hospital administrators would like you to switch to hip replacement Y because it is 60% cheaper. What do you do?"
"What do you see your career being like in the future? (How do you plan to balance your interests medicine, as well as personal life)"
"A young woman has recently given birth and is now is a vegetative state. The family is thinking about stopping life support and seeks your advice. What do you do?"
"nothing particularly interesting"
"Don't you think that your mission is more political than medical. (I want to help homeless people get quality medical care.)"
"What do you like to draw?"
"pretty standard questions"
"Nothing too interesting. Every question was aimed at clarifying my activities. "
"ethics question..be prepared!"
"None in particular"
"a couple of interesting ethical questions."
"How would you change our healthcare system? "
"Have you been a mentor? (You have the file, does it say I've been a mentor?)"
"What can you tell me about the current situation involving the administration of BU med. (paraphrased)"
"Tell me about your musical experience"
"How does the hypothalamus communicate with the anterior pituitary? (this wasn't a random question, it came up in conversation)"
"If you were a colleague of an attending who intubated a woman whose family said she never would want this, what would you advise the attending to do?"
"What are you looking for in a medical school."
"NONE: all questions asked were rude and disrespectful."
"So, what's so special about you? (I'm not kidding--he said it just like that)"
"Don't you feel you'll come weak when it comes to competing with other applicants for research positions? ( i'm non-science major)"
"So what do you want to talk about? (this was pretty much the only question he asked, and then we proceeded to talk for an hour)"
"What was the unknown aldehyde and ketone in your Orgo II lab experiment? (I had no idea anymore)"
"Should university-based research be eliminated?"
"Are you a RedSox fan or a Yankees Fan?"
"An ethical question about an orthopedic surgeon who wrote during the early years of the AIDS epidemic. Basically what level of risk is too great when operating on a possibly HIV positive patient. "
"Let me start with, I applied for the DENTAL school. I guess they have a hard time filling their classes at BU dental. There were no questions asked -- the "interview" was a sales pitch!"
"nothing really, only because I walked in and basically had
a great 75min conversation about my education, research,
interests in medicine, family, hobbies, etc. "
"What unique qualities makes me stand from other med school applicants?"
"Questions were good, but nothing stands out."
"how are your parents doing?"
"What's your opinoin of health care reform led by Majority Leader Frist? (I did not know the details of this and had to ask why it was controversial)"
"How have your interactions with various cultures and diverse communitites affected your perceptions of the communities."
"he set up a hypothetical situation involving a family in indonesia whose only source of income was farming. the ox used for farming dies and a man offers the cost of another ox ($35) for the farmer's daughter to go into commercial sex. how would i handle the situation (any perspective)"
"Where do you *really* want to go to medical school?"
"What will be some of the problems facing medicine for your generation?"
"Twenty years ago an orhtopedic surgeon wrote an editorial on whether or not physicians should be required to operate on patients with AIDs since at that time, glove punctures were common during orthopedic surgery. Give me both sides of this ongoing ethical debate and tell me which side you would take."
"If you had two patients and one heart, what would enter your decision?"
"As an older applicant do think you would have trouble interacting with your younger classmates?"
"most questions were about my ECs, but posed in a way to see your thought process."
"What i thought about the english immersion program."
"What's the biggest problem in healthcare? This lead to a discussion on the Mass. Healthcare System. "
"Suppose you are the Chief of the Orthopedics Department in a hospital. Would to switch to a cheaper prosthetic hip replacement for the elderly if the management threatens to cut funding is case you do not. "
"Just questions about my background, opinions about certain relevant areas of research, etc."
"What would you do in your free time if you got accepted in BUSM? "
"If you have to perform an operation and there is a 10% chance that you will contract HIV from the patient, will you still operate?"
"How are gays and lesbians discriminated against in our society?"
"If you matriculated to BU next year, how would you spend your free time?"
"I want to know all about the "insert name". The "insert name" of childhood, the "insert name" of high school. The "insert name" of policy work. The "insert name" of graduate school...and the family of the "insert name". I asked him if he was telling me he had a few hours to kill."
"Would you withold treatment from a 28 year old female in a vegetative state?"
"Who do you take after?"
"A medical ethics question: A 28yr. old woman is in a veg. state. The family wants to pull out her feeding tubes. What do you do as an attending?"
"Some ethical questions, but nothing hard -- I had a very nice interviewer. That was the best part of the interview day."
"Nothing very interesting"
"What has been the most difficult period of your life? Why was it difficult and what did you learn about yourself in going through it?"
"my interviewed liked to talk about the history of different ethnic groups in Boston---AFTER he finally showed up an hour late"
"Where did I see the US Healthcare system going over the next 30 years and what would my role be in that change?"
"I was basically just asked questions about my ECs."
"What kind of research did I do in the lab? How will it help me in Dentistry?"
"The interviewer went to my high school. So we talked about that. Not an interesting question, but an interesting conversation!"