"If you have been successful in your career so far, why not stay on that field instead of going to medical school?"
"Plenty about my research."
"What are some of your weaknesses?"
"What was your favorite history course? (I was a history major)."
"My first interviewer was very nice. The conversation flowed naturally and he asked typical questions (e.g. what are you looking for in a medical school)."
"What do you do for fun?"
"Do you want to go to Harvard?"
"Fill in any gaps in your application..."
"Why Weill Cornell?"
"Do you play a musical instrument?"
"Why did you do nursing assistant training?"
"Where are your parents from?"
"Tell me about your experience abroad."
"Why Cornell? Tell me about (activity). Very conversational, talked about my application."
"first interviewer was really conversational. It made me more relaxed about being there, which was nice. the questions are really specific to your application so they vary. but the obvious ones were "when did you decide to go into medicine?" "do you have any physicians in your family" What will you do between graduation and medical school? etc"
"If your friends could describe you in three bullet points, what would they say?"
"Both started with: so tell me about yourself. Why Weill? What do you do on your free time."
"Interviewer A: So tell me about yourself, followed by why medicine, and do you have any questions for me?"
"Interviewer A: Tell me about your life, starting from the beginning. Why did you go to your undergraduate institution? Why are you so different from other students in HS? Can you tell me about some of your volunteering experiences? Did any of these affect your decision to go into medicine? What do you do for fun? What do you know about PBL? Do you have any questions for me?"
"What is your favorite non-science class?"
"What is the difference between Medicine and Music? Music and Art? Art and Medicine? (I have a very strong art and music background)"
"Why did you choose to go to the University of South Florida for an exchange program"
"What is your biggest failure? What did you learn from it?"
"Why didn't you go straight to medical school after college?"
"Was there a defining moment when you realized medicine was right for you?"
"Why I majored in a humanity."
"tell me about your research?"
"Tell me about your research."
"How did you choose medicine?"
"Tell us about yourself? "
"tell me what you think about PBL"
"tell me about your research"
"How did you arrive at your decision to pursue a career in medicine?"
"What would your family and friends say about you?"
"Describe your research"
"Why did you choose your undergrad?"
"How would you rate yourself as a singer?"
"What book are you reading now?"
"What made you want to go into medicine?"
"Describe your perfect day in which you could go anywhere, with anyone, and do anything."
"So what else did you do (to prepare for med school I guess)? Yeah, and what else? What else?"
"Tell me about how your teaching experiences related to your aspirations for medicine"
"Why do you want to do research?"
"Tell me about discovering and solidifying why you want to be a doctor (just the story of my personal statement)"
"Question about being a doctor"
"Healthcare problem (but I was an economics major)."
"who do you most admire"
"Tell me about yourself?"
"Tell me about your travels in ..."
"So tell me a little about yourself. "
"Why did you do this"
"Tell me your story."
"Why do you want to come to Cornell?"
""What is your greatest challenge?""
"So you spent some time at [undergraduate institution]?"
"when did you realize you wanted to be a doctor?"
"What is the most interesting thing that has happened to you in the National Guard?"
"why do you enjoy mentoring/ teaching"
"Why Medicine? When did you start thinking of a career in medicine? Tell me about how you are where you are now."
"Tell me about your reseach? "
"What do you propose we do about the 40 million people that do not have health insurance? "
"How do you manage stress?"
"all of the questions were specific to my application"
"What do you think Cornell should look for in deciding who to accept and why do you think you have what it takes?"
"What led you on the path toward medicine?"
"Explain your research."
"What is most important to you?"
"Why do you want to be a doctor?"
"You sound like you were quite involved in music. Tell me about them. "
"tell me about yourself"
"Tell me about yourself."
"why are you interested in medicine?"
"What would your friends say about you if they were gossiping behind your back?"
"?'s related to my EC's"
"I was pretty much doing all the questioning?"
"What are you doing during your year off? (and lots of follow-up questions about the job)"
"I was asked to explain each of my bad grades from college"
"How do you learn?"
"how can one use signal processing theory to remove noise from an epileptics EEG (wasn't quite related to me research, but a common statistical technique is used)"
"One interviewer concentrated on my family background a lot."
"Are you a PBL or traditional lecture type of learner?"
"How would you adjust to life in NYC?"
"Do you think the Higgs Boson exists? (I was a physics tutor and mentioned I liked the subject)"
"Not a question, but one of my interviewers stated that he believed most medical research was useless."
"What doctor that you've shadowed, met, or know of do you see yourself as being most similar to, or most wish to emulate?"
"How has having 2 doctor parents influenced your decision to go into medicine?"
"Why weren't you a postdoc? (Absolutely stupid question since I don't have a PhD. I'm really shocked I was asked this since the interviewer, a MD, should know better.)"
"Where is the HIV epidemic going in the next 10 years and will we see a vaccine?"
"Tell me about your family"
"It looks like you only did public health research, did you even get published? Why didn’t you join a lab?"
"My parents...described in detail about their upbringing and immigration"
"What efforts do you take to be unbiased?"
"Nothing was interesting - it seemed like they were just reading off a sheet. The second interviewer did not seem to know my application well and asked redundant questions."
"What do you think of that pillow? What do you think of that plaque? (I'm so dead serious.)"
"Talk to me about an interesting research paper you have read recently (we were talking about a seminar I'm taking where we only read cool neuro research papers)"
"When the interviewer quoted my essay and asked for what I had been feeling when I wrote that."
"Interviewer A: S/he asked me about my HS rank and SAT scores! Seriously? S/he asked me if I had been accepted anywhere, and then specifically in my home state. S/he assured me that my answer to both questions would not affect my final decision from Cornell, but I highly doubt that."
"Tell me about your hometown (and other more specific questions about my childhood)"
"What is the difference between Medicine and Music? Music and Art? Art and Medicine? "
"the basics nothing really interesting"
"Pretty standard questions from my experience. Mostly about extracirricular activities written in my app/essay."
"nothing out of the ordinary"
"Who is your favorite artist? What galleries do you visit in the city? (I was an art major)"
"None really, they were mostly about my extracurricular activities.."
"They had me describe a leadership role that I hold."
"Why do doctors need compassion?"
"What relevant lessons I had learned from my current job (as a non-traditional applicant)."
"what is your mom's (who is sick) responsibility to medicine"
"So far, how do you think Cornell compares to NYU?"
"What will be the most serious challenge to the field of medicine in the coming years?"
"Once a colleague of mine asked me to come volunteer in Haiti. I said ''no, let them die'', what do you think about that?"
"Nothing really. My first interview was very short (< 5 minutes), but the guy was cool though. My second interview was less than 10 minutes but no complaints."
"what would people say about you at your funeral"
"Why are there so many homeless youth? (In regards to my work with the homeless)"
"pretty general questions, same as always"
"Describe the positive and negative aspects of each place you have lived."
"If you could have one day to do anything, what would you do?"
"What is your Learning Style?"
"How were you raised?"
"What books have you read recently?"
"So, you're involved in church and choir...would you consider yourself religious?"
"Each question seemed germane to my particular application, so expect something off-the-wall from your file."
"Doctors aren't a bad people, how did this disparity come to exist?"
"Nothing, specific... just q's about my application."
"If I was at a party with your family and friends, what stories would they tell me about you?"
"What was your most interesting course in school?"
"Tell me about why you choose to send a certain letter of rec?"
"Where do doctors find the inspiration to continue in their professions? (more of a rhetorical question)"
"Talking about unschooling with my faculty interviewer. Apparently he's considering it for his kids!"
"Standard questions, the interviewers sincerely wanted to get to know you rather than to stress and test you."
"Given the current state of the health care system and its impact on physicians, why do you still want to be a doctor?"
"If you died today, what would people say at your funeral?"
"Questions about my family."
"What about a doctor's job will feel most natural to you? What will feel most unnatural?"
"Questions from my student interviewer about my travels & research."
"Do you ever get angry? (My innately bubbly and cheerful personality had apparently deceived them)"
"How did your upbringing prepare you for medicine in terms of ethics?"
"Do you think it was easier teaching older students or younger ones when you were a teacher?"
"What do you think should be done about emerging viral infections? (We were talking about a virology class I had taken, so this wasn't out of the blue)"
"Are you worried about the changes occuring in healthcare. "
"What should your 'sound bite' be? (the succint reason we should want you to come to Cornell)"
"Why NYC for medical school?"
"Tell me about a rewarding experience you had that shows me what kind of person you are."
"How do issues considered in sociology (I am a sociology and biology double major) impact the way that people perceive and receive medicine?"
"Does Chinese music use the 5-tone Chinese scale or does it use the Western scale?"
"Where in [very small home town] do you live? (the interviewer knew the town)."
"are there any questions that you'd like to ask me that you haven't found anywhere else. "
"what do you think about race relations at your current undergraduate institution?"
"What would you do if you were called up for Iraq (I am in the National Guard)?"
"what current issues involving the medical field will most likely effect those in the profession?"
"Standard questions. Why Medicine? Tell me about this experience in your application... "
"Ask about my research (not clinical but very interesting)"
"Nothing specific, just get-to-know-you type questions."
"What do you propose we do about the 40 million people that do not have health insurance? "
"If you had to tell a child that he was terminally ill, how would you do it?"
"some personal questions about my family"
"Since enter medicine is a change of career for me, he wanted to know how he could be sure I would not decide to change careers again once I become a doctor."
"What values does your family have and how has that influenced your decision to pursue medicine?"
"Why do you think Indians place such prestige on becoming doctors?"
"See most difficult"
"How did you become interested in medicine?
(I was a computer science major)"
"What makes you happy? also What's most important to you?"
"You know the question everyone is going to ask you don't you?"
"Tell me how you could think Math is elegant and beautiful when there are so many discrepancies and disagreement among the mathematicians (I'm a math major)."
"do you know what the tuition was when i attended medical school?"
"Nothing very interesting. Just the standard questions. "
"none...standard issue. why cornell, what are u interested in, basic get to know you questions."
"How has medicine changed in terms of how much input a doctor has in deciding the course of action for their patients' health concerns(pretty much a HMO question)?"
"Do you think that volunteer work should be mandatory for high school students? (It was based on something I brought up.)"
"None--very straightforward questions."
"Considering the state of medicine today (with HMO's and malpractice insurance) why would someone of my generation want to enter the field of medicine?"
"I was asked to tell a story of something funny that happened to me."
"Nothing too difficult, but be prepared to convince them why the Cornell system is right for you."
"asked to use the board to explain a complex computational biology concept (not in an intimidating way) "
"Got asked a lot of specific questions about my research"
"How do you know you are right for the PBL curriculum?"