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"Should interviews continue to be virtual, offering students a small gift card for lunch would be a great way to ease some of the stress of the day."
"Shorten the interview day! 9 hours was the longest out of my 5 interview days and my whole interview group agreed that it was unnecessary and exhausting."
"None come to mind at this time."
"I had a negative experience with my student hosts, who were not interested in talking to me & were only minimally hospitable. I think the school should make sure that student hosts are actually interested in hosting."
"none really, day was pretty straight forward, although having to take the bus was a LITTLE stressful"
"It'd be nice to meet more students through the process"
"The whole process was fantastic! My only wish is that I could have seen more of the school itself."
"Everything is on paper which makes things slow! Also, an online status page would be nice!!"
"Why the hold-out on going electronic?"
"Let us meet more students! ;)"
"Tell me a story. It can be about anything, but it should reveal something about yourself."
"What's something you believed to be true for a long time then realized it wasn't?"
"Respond to this statement...(insert statement about current state of healthcare in America here)."
"How would your best friend describe you?"
"Why didn't you stay in the military?"
"Tell me about the timeline and motivations behind the activities that you haven taken part in. (basically, asking me to give context to the choices that I made in terms of which experiences I sought)"
"what do you do for fun"
"Generally just a conversation about my experiences and interest in the school"
"Is it ever ok to lie to patients?"
"What are the drawbacks of going into medicine?"
"Explain your erratic MCAT scores? (High BS & VErbal, BAD P.S...each TIME!"
"Tell me about your progression to medical school"
"Why did you do this job? What did you get out of it? What were your frustrations?"
"Casual conversation. Clarification specific to app."
"Nothing really, just the generals..."
"Describe this activity?"
"Why not go for a PhD-- why the MD? (Ugg- I'm sick of that question)"
"Tell me about your family."
"What accomplishment are you most proud of?"
"Tell me about yourself."
"What attracts you to Dartmouth?"
"How will the strengths you've developed as a gymnastics coach help you in your medical career?"
"Why did you select this major? "
"What two elements are liquid at STP? (the interviewer stressed how noone ever gets it right, but I came pretty damn close...Answer: Bromine and Mercury)"
"How did you get to medicine (after I asked about how the researcher got to research)"
"Did you go straight into the Peace Corps after college? (Segue...) What did you do during your year off?"
"Interview started with an awkward silence! (I then made a suggestion as to the direction of the interview)"
"Do you like college life?"
"What do you do outside school?"
"where do you see yourself in 10 years?"
"Tell me about your research."
"Tell me about this experience (an overseas medical experience.)"
"Tell me about a paper that was important to you. (I was a history major in undergrad.)"
"What do you like to do for fun?"
"All my questions were background specific. Lots of how did you feel, did you like this, what did you take away from the experience type of things."
"Do you have any questions for me?"
"tell me about your family?"
"Why do you want to become a doctor?"
"Which of your accomplishments are you most proud of?"
"Tell me about your family"
"So you have a publication? Describe your research as if you were speaking to an 8 year old. If you currently are or was a research fellow, be prepared to explain - piece of cake really. "
"Tell me about yourself? (one of my interviewers chose not to read my application prior to the interview)"
"why medicine (sigh), revisited the topic for elaboration too"
"none of my questions were really anything out of the ordinary. several questions about my amcas app, several more about background and family, and one about where i'd want to be in 10/20 years. "
"How do you make your decisions?"
"Tell me about research, clinical, etc..."
"Why do you want to stay at Dartmouth?"
"What is the last book you have read?"
"WHat do you think about living in NH?"
"The big 3: Why medicine? Why Dartmouth? Anything else?"
"How did you decide on medicine?"
""Tell me about.....""
"Why did your family come to the United States?"
"Tell me about yourself and why you are here today."
What are your activities?
"Why did you fight wildland fires?"
"What is the healthcare system like in the community you grew up in?"
"Tell me about your teaching experience?"
"describe final project."
Tell me about your pathway to becoming a doctor"
"how did you find out about dartmouth?"
"What books do you read?"
"tell me about your brother and sisters"
"Why Dartmouth? (they all ask this one)"
"What do you do during your free time?"
"Describe your family."
"So, what do you think of the snow?"
"Are your clinical experiences indicative of the sort of medical career you wish to pursue?"
"Why Dartmouth? My student host advised me that if you can't survive in a rural environment, this is probably not the school for you. Most of the students here are married/in serious relationships and their mean age is pretty high for med schools. If you are a non-trad, married, love the outdoors, interesting in having kids/raising kids during medical school, this is probably a good fit for you."
"What quality about you do you think will make you the best doctor?"
"Tell me about your involvement with the cycling team."
"How would you console someone whose relative was involved in an unethical medical experiment? "
"Tell me about yourself from scratch (family, friends, educational history,interests, etc)"
"How did you decide to major in history?"
"What are you doing now?"
"Why do you want to come all the way out to Dartmouth? Wouldn't it make more sense for you to go to a U.C. school? "
"Tell me about your research....Also, If you had a million dollars to spend on research, how would you use it?"
"Do you know what type of medicine you'd like to go into and why?"
"What do your parents do?"
"How did you become interested in medicine?"
"Tell me about [this] on your application."
"How was your travel?"
"How would you console a patient whose father had died as a result of an unethical experiment and was beside himself w/ grief and anger?"
"What did you do the summer after your first year of college?"
"Hmm, _____ in your application sounds very interesting, tell me about it."
"What kind of medicine do you want to go into?"
"do you have any questions for me? (this was a big part of both my interviews, so have some questions ready - mostly i asked general stuff like what does dartmouth have that makes it special etc.)"
"Why do you want to be a doctor?"
"What specifically makes being a physician different than other service or science careers? "
"Why Dartmouth? Do you like the cold?"
"You seem to be passionate about politics, how has this shaped your view on medicine?"
"Tell me a story. It can be about anything, but it must tell me something about yourself."
"Talking about wellness"
"If you could invite anyone alive or dead to supper, who would it be?"
"What do you think causes autism? (has to do with my research)"
"how are you different today than in 2001 (iam a non traditional student)"
"Tell me a story about yourself."
"Given your interest in working with a diverse population, would Dartmouth's relatively homogenous patient population factor into your final decision of which school to attend?"
"a lot of questions about transplants"
"How would you deal with a difficult patient?"
"Nothing sadly, just a conversation. I wanted more."
"nothing particularly interesting or difficult; neither of my interviewers had read my file, preferring to get to know me in person first"
"Has anyone dissuaded you from this career"
"The interviews are very casual....really was like a general conversation (see my comments under general info). They asked clarification questions about certain expereinces and we just talked about whatever the convo rolled in to....at one point we were talking about moose. "
"How well do you think you will fit in here?"
"Just the normal questions"
"A detail about my experience"
"Tell me about yourself. (One interviewer chose not to read his interviewees' files ahead of time so he wouldn't come into the interview with biases)."
"One of the interviewers asked me about my research."
"Give me a couple of examples of how to improve native american healthcare."
"How would you adjust to living in Northern New England?"
"What is your favorite venue in which to perform? (I'm a musician)"
"None really. I interviewed with a PhD and a second year medical student on the admissions committee. Some of my interviewers had two doctors however. My PhD interviewer seemed to lack the social prowess as most people in lab research do, and it was really up to me to take direction of the interview and ask questions. We ended up talking about her research, her children, my community work. The only question she asked was why I wanted to go into medicine (which followed up my question to why she wanted to do research. My MSII interview was very chill and it was more or less a conversation on common experiences (non-medicine and medicine related). We didn't really talk about anything on my applications in either interview, but my interviewer did compliment me on my personal essay."
"What was the airport like in Ouagadougou? (I was a Peace Corps volunteer in Burkina Faso; my interviewer runs a plane to Ghana yearly to do cataract surgeries.) The question kind of took me by surprise and broke the ice."
"Do you think that your int'l experiences have helped you with the work you did after college? (I taught highschool)"
"How would you conduct a study on the treatment of bedsores in an elderly population in the NH?"
"What kidn of architecture do you prefer (I studied something related in undergrad)"
"I wasn't asked any difficult or interesting question. They were all straight-forward, pretty much off of my application (so I'm not sure how much more they actually learned about me other than that I can repeat what I've written)."
"some studies related to alcholism and neurology were done in the past (interviewer gave more details), do you think they were ethical? how would you change it?"
"Why should we admit you over all the other equally qualified applicants?"
"Which of the many jobs I had on my application that I would choose to do full time if I didn't do medicine"
"Can't remember. There weren't any surprises."
"Have you thought about our MD/MPH program?"
"Why didn't you choose an Ivy League school for undergrad?
a question related to cultural competency"
"If you could be cloned and your clone were to go into a career other than medicine, what would it be?"
"Say you were to set up a free clinic in San Diego as a medical student along with a few of your med student friends and some medical interns, after sometime the clinic becomes exceedingly busy and eventually you exceed capacity. What about the San Diego healthcare system would cause this?"
"What was your favorite course in college?"
"Should musicians be allowed to use prescription blood-pressure medication to calm their nerves vs. athletes using performance enhancers?"
"What is the biggest problem facing medicine?"
"A few ethics questions."
"Do you think neuropsychiatric surgery is an unethical way to fix psychiatric problems?"
"All my questions were very background specific. THey were really trying to pull out what I found meaningful in each of my experiences. "
"People today are saying the medical field is going downhill (ie malpractice, less compensation, lower public opinion), what do you think of this and why do you still want to be a physician?"
"Tell me about your religious studies minor."
"A four year old's mother wants her kid to be tested for Huntington's disease, do you test him?"
"Have you ever thought about ophthalmologic surgery?"
"It was pretty basic"
"Laid back, conversational interviews"
"An ethical question about whether musicians should be allowed to take drugs to enhance performance."
"What do you think about cloning? (I've done some cloning research)"
"None really. We just had a conversation."
"Performace enhancing drugs about musicians"
"Tell me what diseases could be impacted in terms of treatment by the research your lab does. (genetics/biochem research)"
"pretty basic questions. about my activities, my plans for medicine, etc. although one of my interviewers did ask me what i thought of the med school app process as a whole and how valid/effective i thought the various components (amcas, secondaries, mcats, gpa's, 15 activities, interviews, etc) were"
"Mostly questions about my childhood in Yugoslavia"
"something about why dartmouth and the location, i dont know i cant remember an interesting question"
"What two elements are liquid at room temperature? (I'm a chemistry major)"
"If a musician is using drugs to help calm them down while they perform is that like an athlete using steroids?"
"What's your opinion on musicians taking performanc-enhancing drugs?"
"What was your best undergraduate experience?"
"How do you feel about attending medical school in New Hampshire?"
"It was awhile ago, nothing seems to stick out."
"Tell me something about yourself that will really impress the rest of the admissions committee."
"What do you view as the biggest problem facing our world today?"
"Not really a question but one interviewer visited NYC on a regular basis. So we talked about driving routes to the school for a while."
"What kind of research has more impact on medicine? Basic or clinical?"
"How had medical school education changed in the past century?"
"So tell you what you think is important about you, what you want me to know."
"What was your favorite undergraduate course?"
"What makes you happy? "
"When you've dealt with patients dying in the past, how did you react?"
"what do you like to do in your free time?"
"About the training of latino engineers in South America"
"you overexteneded yourself in college.... will that be a problem here? (right after he told me that passing the premed courses at my school meant i wouldnt find med school hard)"
"Where do you get your news?"
"what was your senior (english) thesis about and when did you first start to love to read?"
"the question and explanation relating to the non-traditional students at Dartmouth (see below)"
"Which books do you read?"
"Do you know what the first college to be completely networked was? (Apparently Dartmouth!)"
"What will you bring to the medical field?"
"Why do you want to come to Dartmouth when you have all those great schools in CA?"
"If I slept in college or if I really had time to do evyerthing on my application."
"What do you do in your free time?"
"What was your favorite Honors department class you've taken as an undergrad?"
"If Pres. Bush appointed you the head of the task force on AIDS in Africa, how would you allocate the funding?"
"Have you thought about any specialty that you might be interested in?"
"If you were asked by President Bush to spend $20 billion dollars on AIDS in Africa, how would you use the money?"
"What do you think is different about researching in science and researching in the liberal arts? (I was a history major.)"
"What medical related issues to you foresee as the most challenging in the future?"
"Which of your clinical experiences helped you build compassion? Can compassion be taught?"
"Both of my interviews were conducted in a conversation/tell me about yourself like manner. Nothing difficult at all."
"Why is ____ not a good school?"
"political discussion, in context of application"
"You seem like a pretty non-traditional student. What made you take this route?"
"How has coming to the US from another country changed your view of American society?"
"You say you use PCR to to clone you gene. How would you do that if you could not use PCR?"
"Would you like a cup of coffee?"
""There have been a lot of medical discoveries made using very deplorable research techniques (ie. Tuskegee Syphilis Experiments and Dr. Mengelev's Holocaust Studies)...what should we do with the information gained from these experiments?""
"Tell me what you think about the cons of entering the
"There were a couple of interesting question that centered around some of my past experiences."
"What do you think we could do better as an admissions office?"
"Which extracurricular activity has given you skills that will be directly applicable to your career in medicine?"
"Tell me about your research? (Talking about the Tourette Syndrome studies I work on with the interviewer, who happened to be a pediatric neurologist)"
"What do you know about designing helicopters? This guy was an orthopedic surgeon who routinely "
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