"Why do you want to join Drexel?"
"why drexel? what do you think will be a challenge for you going to medical school? What kind of doctor do you want to be?"
"What do you see as a challenge for your career in medicine?"
"Why did you choose to apply to Drexel?"
"Tell me about yourself. then after answering, why do you want to be a doctor?"
"Traditional - Why medicine, why this specific activity"
"Do you have any doctors in your family?"
"Why are you interested in Drexel?"
"Why Drexel? Then proceeded to shoot down everything I stated. Repeated stated "that is not only found at Drexel, what else" or "yeah that might seem like a good program at Drexel but it's not nearly as good in reality as on paper"."
"Tell me about your work experience"
"Why are you here?"
"What undergraduate school did you go to?"
"So you mentioned many doctors have jokingly said turn around now, why do you still want to be a physician?"
"What do you think of the Affordable Care Act?"
"Assuming multiple acceptances what factors would influence your school choice?"
"What is your opinion about humor in medicine?"
"tell me about your best friend"
"What are the types of problems you think you will face as a future physician?"
"He asked about a specific course I took first year "First Year Preceptorial" as it was in a letter of rec, or "Conversations in a World of Strangers" as on the transcript. Probably because of the discrepancy. File specific, but transcript is fair game."
"Tell me more about your background and your family"
"How do you think (my school)'s basketball team is going to do this year?"
"What did you write about (in the essay prompt)?"
"What is the hardest thing you've had to deal with academically?"
"What does your sisters do?...Kinda random"
"What are your interests in medicine?"
"Student: Why Drexel? What do you do for fun? What's your favorite movie and book? What questions do you have for me?"
"Do you have any questions for me?"
"I know this, this and that about you. What else should I know about you?"
"In your opinion, what are the top 3 most important advances in medical technology?"
"What have you done since graduating and now"
"Tell me about (resume experience)."
"Why a doctor and not a nurse?"
"What do you think about the current health care system in the US?"
"Which curricula would you prefer once enrolled? PIL (small group based) or IFM (lecture based)?"
"Explain what you learned from your clinical volunteer experience..."
"So, what do you want to talk about?"
"WHy do you want to go to Drexel?"
"Here are the three possible ethical question essay prompts I'm aware of. I may have paraphrased them or gotten the details wrong but if they're close enough that that won't matter.
1) You're a doctor, it's 4:00 pm and time for you to go home. You have long-standing evening plans. Your patient patient is just going in for a diagnostic test for a serious medical condition that will take an hour to complete. Do you cancel your plans in order to be there when your patient's results come back or leave your patient in the care of the on call team? Explain your reasoning
2) You're riding in your friend's car when she runs a stop sign/red light and gets into an accident (no fatalities/injuries/damage of that magnitude). She asks you to be involved in lying about the cause of the accident for insurance purposes. What do you do?
3) Rules exist for a reason but aren't applicable to all situations. Explain a time you've broken the rules and some of the ethical consequences (I forget exactly which they ask for, but if you think about an example and what you learned, why you broke the rules, and other ethical ramifications of such a scenario, you'll be prepared)
You have about half of the space on one side of a unlined sheet of standard printer paper to answer the prompt."
"why did you choose to go to (my undergrad school)?"
"What is your motivation for becoming a doc."
"What extracurriculars did you do?"
"Tell me about what they do at your school for fun"
"How do you relieve stress?"
"Explain these weaknesses in your application."
"Who is a role model for your medical goals?"
"Why are you interested in medicine?"
"What do HMO and PPO stand for?"
"Did I like my undergrad school"
"The student and I had a pretty easy flow of conversation and really wasn't an interview at all. The professor/doctor had me shadow him a bit and then we did the interview in his clinic's break room. He asked me if I was satisfied with my MCAT score."
"What made you decide to pursue a college education? (I'm a non-trad.)"
"What impressed you positively about Drexel?"
"Drexel had two interviews: student and faculty. The questions that were asked by faculty were very simple and it was very conversational. The student interview for me lasted almost hour and a half, but normally its only half an hour. "
"Why were your undergraduate grades so low as compared to your post-bacc grades?"
"If you had to teach [skill from application], how would you go about it? Tell me how it all works."
"Without political opinion, how do you think the potential changes, or potential lack there of, in the healthcare system will impact your future practice?"
"What kind of clinical experiences have you had?"
Tell me about your family.
Tell me about your research.
What was your most/least favorite class and why?
Why Drexel? How can Drexel help you achieve your goals?
What do you do for fun?
What is your favorite book/song?
"What led you to pursue medicine?"
"why medicine/medical school"
"Why medicine ?."
"Without repeating anything in your file, tell me about yourself?"
"Tell me about X activity."
"What do you think are negative aspects of going to medical school? being a doctor?"
"Do you think you can handle the stress?"
"What was the most difficult medical decision you ever made in your life?
"Who inspired you to study medicine?"
"Why Drexel? Why medicine? General questions about GPA and extracurriculars. Questions regarding my graduate program. "
"what do your parents think about you going into medicine"
"What specific areas of medicine interest you?"
"Why New York? (for undergrad)"
"Abortion, which I thought was inappropriate."
"What did you do before you decided to apply to the medical schools?"
"Why medicine? How did you get from Cornell to Drexel (I've been out of college for 5 years)? Why medicine and not public health? Have you been discouraged by anyone in persuing medicine? If you were President Obama, how would you handle the healthcare crisis? "
"Tell me about yourself ...
... what else
... what else
... what else"
"What are the most important qualities of doctors today."
"where r u from? very conversational"
"If you do not get into medical school this round, what would you do?"
"Quoting from previous poster.. pretty much word for word same question (aka: Same interviewer) Are you ready to pay the price? Your kids are not going to see you, you will miss great part of their life, are you really sure you want to go through with this? And he went on and on saying how his kids still judge him for been missing in their life."
"Why did you get these 3 C's? What makes you think you are ready for medical school? (my GPA is a 3.7 but i got 3 C's) Do you even know your limits?"
"Why did you choose your undergrad? "
"Why medicine? What type of doctor? What kind of environment would you want to practice?"
"What do you think is the biggest challenge your generation of physicians will have to overcome?"
""You've taken a rather circuitous route to medical school...explain""
"Tell me about your research experience."
"Student Interview: Why do you like Drexel?
Faculty Interview: Tell me about your research involvement as an undergraduate?"
"What are so great about you?"
"Why did you change careers?"
"why should i help you get into drexel med?"
"Tell me a little bit about X (this was something on my app)."
"Why did you transfer schools?"
"Tell me about this activity?"
"Tell me about your childhood, family, siblings."
"Tell me about (such and such activity from my amcas)"
"what are your academic strengths and weaknesses?"
"Why do you want to go into medicine?
"Tell me a little about yourself."
"Why didn't you get accepted to medical school the first time?"
"What is your greatest strenght? weakness?"
"Did you do any research?"
"what aren't you looking forward to as a doctor?"
"What have you done since graduating from college?"
"Say that being a doctor never existed, what else would you do?"
"What do you do for fun? How do you relax?"
"What are some issues facing medicine?"
"Why did you apply to Drexel? Why did you choose to pursue medicine?"
"Why didn't you retake the MCAT? What are some academic challenges you have faced? Why medicine?"
"Why Medicine? Why Drexel? "
"Is there anything you'd like to explain?"
"How did you get involved in cancer research?"
"Other than medicine, what could you see yourself doing?"
"What isn't in your application that you want us to know about?"
"How did you pick your undergrad"
"Tell me about your experiences and how you were lead to pursue a career in medicine."
"What is the one thing people need to prevent disease?"
"What medical specialties particularly interest you?"
"What does HMO stand for?"
Why medicine, why Drexel, etc"
"Why medicine? Is it because your father is a doctor?"
"positive/negative qualities about you."
"Favorite type of wine? The faculty interviewer asked about the origin of my name and we started talking about French wines."
"are you qualified to study medicine? (assuming b/c of my poor start to my undergrad)"
"What kinds of ethical problems do you think you will face as a doctor? How will you handle them?"
"Tell me about yourself... including childhood, undergrad, postbacc, jobs, life."
"Tell me about your family, background, why you chose your undergrad school, and how did you got to medicine."
"What's wrong with our health care system?"
"The first things she said were: Ok I want to know about you, I want to know about your family, what do your parents do, any siblings, where you're from, where you went to college, how you chose this college and your major, and what made you decide to pursue medicine.
This was really intimidating at first but it allowed for a great flexible conversation with a lot of tangent/joke room. If you get Lisa Cifeli, you are in luck. I heard the other interviewers were great too."
"Tell me about your extracurricular activities."
"How did you know medicine was right for you?"
"See "immigrant" question above."
"What do you think the biggest challenge will be coming into medical school?"
"What else would you do, if it were not medicine?"
"Which one of the undergraduate class did you not like the most?"
"Asked me about an ethical issue I had faced."
"Why do you want to be a doctor? (The only question asked by the student interviewer)"
"Why would you want to move from California to Pennsylvania."
"When did you realize you wanted to go into medicine?"
"do you know healthcare issues exist"
"do you feel deprived?"
"So, I see you've lived in the UK most of your life. Which healthcare system is better? (I answered the US, but I guess my interviewer disagreed, and then proceeded to grill me on my choice)"
"the cannibalism thing"
"What kind of medicine do you want to go into?"
"What was it like being a latchkey kid? (i can't believe he asked this, what a dlckhead)"
"Tell me about your MCATs, grades, personal experiences ect..."
"What are you most passionate."
"Tell me about XX activity."
"Why I picked biomedical engineering as my major"
"Do you know if you would rather do PIL or IFM? They have 2 tracks of curricula. You have to pick one. "
"Tell me about yourself (where you were born, what schools you attended and why). "
"Tell me about your research."
"Why do you want to be a doctor?"
"What is your wish list?"
"Why did I chose my undergraduate college?"
"what do you see yourself doing in 15 years?"
"Tell me about your family and friends"
"what do you do for fun"
"Why did you study abroad in England?"
"why did you choose your undergrad school?"
"All questions were specific to my file"
"Why did you get a C- in [insert class here]? "
"Why don't you just tell me a little bit about yourself?"
"how did you choose your undergrad?"
"Biggest problem facing medical field today"
"What is a pressing issue in healthcare?"
"What was your previous career?"
"What do you want me to know about you? What else? What else?"
"If you were treating a patient who disagreed with your course of action, what would you do?"
"tell me how you became interested in medicine and why you switched from your original intended career (i definitely like this question better than straight up "why medicine?")"
"How do you feel about leaving your family and moving here for medical school? (Im from CA)"
"what do you think is the most challenging issue facing health care today?"
"what do you do for fun? (it seems like fun is a big deal at drexel, another thing i liked)"
"see most interesting question"
"How I felt about certain Supreme Court cases concerning euthanasia."
"What was you favorite undergraduate course?"
"Tell me about your transition of coming from Hong Kong when you were a kid. (asked by both faculty and student)"
"What was your most challenging course in college? (faculty interview)"
"tell me about yourself and your parents."
"What is the worst part about being a doctor?"
"You seemed to have a rough start in college, can you tell me about that?"
"What brings you to medicine?"
"Questions about my work experience"
"If your friend was stressed and questioned his or her decision to continue residency, what would you say?"
"Why I applied to Drexel."
"Why medicine and not a translator? (referring to my experience as a medical translator)"
"Why do I want to be a doctor?"
"Was Jane Austen a feminist? (I'd just taken a Jane Austen class.)"
"how do you handle stress?"
"Your strengths and weaknesses. "
"What are some of your hobbies?"
"Most questions were about my work experiences: Why did you pursue service work abroad?"
"Tell me about your undergraduate research project?"
"Explain two classes (took when I went abroad) and describe how they relate to medicine."
"favorite/least favorite class"
"When did you decide you wanted to become a doctor?"
"She asked me specific questions about classes i had taken in college, like economics and philosophy -- she then linked them to healthcare issues"
"How do you know you even like to be around sick people?"
"See difficult question."
"How come I did so poor in college, especially my undgrad science, while my postbac grades have been so good."
"Describe your research. Why don't you try an experiment that makes no sense?"
"Tell me about your volunteer experience (she referenced my essay)."
"Why do you want to be a doctor"
"Why did you take the MCAT twice"
"tell me about your background"
"Why did you decide to pursue medicine as opposed to something else."
"Tell me about yourself (again, because he did not have my file)"
"Most were specific to my application"
"Tell me about yourself.
"The doctor only asked one question: Ask me anything you want to know about Drexel."
"Explain your verbal score. What's a big problem in medicine today? "
"do you think your Christianity will negatively influence your practice of medicine?"
"She said upfront that she wasn't going to ask me anything about academics and that she just wanted to know if I was a normal, TV watching kind of person. She wanted to know that I had a life outside of books."
"Motivations for going into medicine"
"why didnt i go to medical school immediately following college?"
"What healthcare issues do you think you will be facing as a future physician? (Faculty Interviewer)"
"Tell me about yourself, Your family"
"Why do I want to become a doctor (Faculty Interviewer)."
"why do you want to come to drexel?"
"Tell me about your clinical/laboratory research experiences."
"Why did you attend a community college?"
"tell me about yourself?"
"Why med school?"
"Have any of the physicians you've worked with in the past tried to discourage you from going into medicine given the state of healthcare?"
"Tell me more about your _________. (research, jobs, volunteer work, blah blah blah)."
discuss research exp"
"Tell me about yourself."
"Why have you been in school for so long?"
"What is the most problematic issues in the field of healthcare today?"
"What was your fav/least fav. class?"
"tell me about yourself"
"Have you shadowed a physician?"
"What other professions have you considered? What led you to your decision to pursue a career in medicine?"
"Tell me about your decision to pursue medicine. "
"See above; also, how does your family feel about you entering medicine?"
"What specialties interest you?"
"What do you think of the big rat?"
"Have you ever been to another country?"
"Which country did I think had the highest life expectancy rate?"
"what would you do if not med?"
"Tell me about your leadership experiences.
"Tell me about yourself. Where do you see yourself in 10 years? What would you like me to tell the admissions committee. (faculty)"
""Why do you want to be a physician""
"MCAT Verbal Prompt (Physician Interview)"
"Tell me about yourself. (Gotta love that one)"
"None were very specific, mostly my faculty interview wanted to verify my activities. "
"What are the problems with medicine today? (Followed by) Any other problems with medicine today?"
"The interviewer went through my file and asked about the activities, etc. that I was doing. Most of the interview was based on this."
"tell me about a memorable patient experience"
"What problems do you expect to face in health care?"
"How would your best friend describe you?"
"Tell me about your research?"
"Why your major?"
"Why Drexel? What will you bring to the medical community?"
"How are you doing in your current courses?"
"strength and weakness of our healthcare system. how would you improve weakness"
"Why do you want to go into medicine?"
"Tell me about this experience...what did you learn from it?
This went on and on..until it was time for the interview to be over!"
"What is the most difficult obstacle you've had to overcome?"
"Why did you wait to apply? Why go directly to med school after college? "
"Basic questions about research, volunteer, working, etc. "
"what did you get out of these specific classes? (mine were "the art of war" and "british and irish drama 1956-1965""
"Tell me what you are most passionate about?"
"Tell me about the experiences that led you to decide on a career in medicine."
"What motivated you to work with Alzheimer's Dimentia patients?"
"Why did you do so poorly your first year of school if you always knew that you wanted to be a doctor"
"what do you see are your strengths?"
"What was the biggest challenge you have faced?"
"why score low on verbaL???"
"Have you interviewed elsewhere? What schools? What did you think of them?"
"Why medicine? Tell me about your parents. How do they feel about you going into medicine? What was your most interesting class in college? What was your most difficult class? Why did you choose your major?"
"Why Drexel? Why Philadelphia?"
"What hospital experience do you have?"
"When did you decide about medicine?"
"Tell me something interesting you've done at work."
"What kind of books do you like to read?"
"Explain your research."
"What do you think will be the most challenging aspect of medical school?"
"You have a lot of research background, but only a few experiences in clinical medicine. Do you think you should be looking at an M.D. or a Ph.D.?"
"By student interviewer: Describe a difficult situation that you have had to overcome. What do you like to do for fun?"
"What is the most difficult challenge you have faced (bnoth interviewers asked me this)?"
"What would you write on your epitaph?"
"Challenge you overcame? "
"Would you be interested in joining clubs here?
"Tell me a little about your family background. "
"What challenges have you faced?"
"Tell me about yourself type of interview.
"What do you see as the biggest problem facing medicine today? How woudl you solve it? Who do you think is to blame?"
"Why do you want to become a doctor and what kind?"
"Tell me about a challenge you overcame?"
"student interviewer asked if there were any challenges I overcame, what I do in my spare time"
"What difficulties have you overcome?"
"my medical experience"
"what is your biggest accomplishment so far? "
"What challenges have you faced and what did you gain from overcoming them?"
"My interviewer, although he never asked, mentioned that he was 'supposed' to ask me about the current and future state of health care as it related to managed care, malpractice etc"
"If patient wanted you to perform a task that was against your religious beliefs, how would you handle it?"
"Asked me a question about my hobby"
"what will be your greatest challenge at Drexel"
"Who is your best friend and what would they tell me are your strengths and weaknesses?"
"How would your best friend describe you?"
"Is there anything on your app that I haven’t mentioned that you want me to ask you about"
"Would you zone out during a lecture on business within medicine? (my interviewer taught that module)"
"How do you characterize success?"
"Out of all your experiences, which taught you the most about yourself?"
"what brought you here today"
"Would you attend a business and healthcare course if it was optional? (he revealed that he taught the class after I responded)."
"How do non-science (humanities) classes relate to being a good physician"
"Why are you here?"
"What are the most important qualities of a good physician?"
"How would friend describe you"
"How do you feel about the current healthcare situation?"
"Scenario: You are on your way to visit one of your best friends, who is on their deathbed in the hospital. On the way, you hear the best joke you've ever heard in your lifetime. When you get to the hospital your friend is lying in a bed surrounded by other friends and family and nearing death. Do you tell your friend the joke?"
"What do you think of the Affordable Care Act? (interestingly enough, didn't ask "why Drexel?")"
"The questions were all designed to be open ended to spur on further conversation. Consequently, all of the questions led to interesting tangential topics of discussion which were very interesting. The conversation was very enjoyable and very low stress."
"If you were given a certain amount of money, what would you do with it?"
"What does your sisters do?"
"Do you have any questions for me (the third time he asked)."
"So, what kind of food do you and your family like to eat? (In reference to my mixed racial upbringing.)"
"What do you think about health care economics?"
"How did you feel about seeing the anatomy lab?"
"Tell me more about your experience that you mentioned in your personal statement."
"What is your mother doing?"
"Which aspect of your application do you believe will help you to be a good physician?"
"discuss transitioning from high school into undergraduate..."
"What is your best friend like?"
"WHat books are you reading now?"
"Why do you think the school system here doesn't encourage learning a second language?"
"What do you like to cook (I said I love cooking and that is what I do for fun)"
"Have you heard of the Graf Spee?"
"Have you heard of Yellow? (an techno group- i mentioned that i liked electronic music)"
"Who is a role model for your medical goals?"
"What did you write about in your essay?"
"How can I fit so much into my schedule"
"healthcare reform... since he teaches business and policies at the med school."
"Not really anything, it was very conversational."
"The questions were pretty standard, but it was literally a conversation the entire time."
"I see you've been involved extensively in community service. What makes you like it so much?"
"The first of these. The interviewer said outright that it was meant to demonstrate my response to pressure."
"If you had a looking glass, what do you see yourself doing 10 years after you graduate from medical school?"
"Do you have any question to me? What do you like to know about the school?"
"the student asked me 3 words to describe me"
"Why MD, not phd ?."
"Are you a follower or leader? Explain. Why are both of those characteristics necessary in a good physician?"
"How would you define a "medical professional"?"
"What do you think is the weakest part of your application?"
"Current state of health care."
"none in particular"
"Are you sure this is what you want to do?"
"Do you know what is involve in this process?"
"What would you do if you don't get into medical schools?"
"What would you do if your patient needs a blood transfusion and refuses?"
"tell me something about yourself i cant get from your amcas"
"It was a very conversational interview...for the most part, I was allowed to drive the conversation and talk about what I wanted to talk about."
"I mentioned that my current job was incredibly challenging and she asked me why and how and we had a really interesting discussion about the nature of medicine today. "
"A question about medical practice and ethics."
"what would you do if you don't get into any program in U.S.A.
Would you accept a program out of the country to become a doctor?"
"If you were President Obama, how would you handle the healthcare crisis? "
"what do you do to relax? both interviewer asked"
"Are you ready for what you have to give up for a career in medicine?"
"How many students in your school are premed?"
"Question 1... he just wouldn't let up. I started by mentioning I would talk with my kids about the work "daddy has to do" and that is why he can't be around all the time.. but that wasn't enough for him. He said, "They still don't appreciate it, even though they understand..." I was stuck, and then he told me this is his life."
"Are you ready to pay the price? Your kids are not going to see you, you will miss great part of their life, are you really sure you want to go through with this? And he went on and on saying how his kids still judge him for been missing in their life."
"None really. My interviewer actually told me a lot about the school, especially the curriculum. Otherwise conversational."
"Nothing really. Just your standard stuff."
"none, i was only asked 2!!! grrr"
"Asked by the student interviewer: ''If you had to pick a theme song to represent you, what would it be and why?''"
"Have you ever cheeted"
"All of the questions were directed towards my application except a)Why do you want to be a doctor? b)Why Drexel? c) If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?"
"Given unlimited time and money what would you do to better the world?"
"tell me something about yourself that's not on your application"
"If there is a fairy god mother who will give you a list of wishes, what would be your list?"
"Have you ever been in a situation where you observed cheating and how did you handle it? ( asked by the student interviewer)"
"Tell me something you'd change about your personality?"
"why should i help you get into drexel med?"
"No real interesting questions...there just wasn't enough time! With only 30 minutes it was a real no-nonsense interview."
"Describe an example of how you work well in groups."
"What are your hopes and dreams?"
"what skills do you have that you can bring to medicine?"
"Describe a problem I had overcome."
"Tell me about your best friend"
"What are some of the weaknesses of Drexel?"
"nothing terribly interesting was asked"
"pretty standard questions"
"Do you need to become a physician?"
"why Drexel and not Temple?"
"Tell me why you would fit in with the students here, and what was one important thing you've learned that will help you when you're a doctor. "
"What makes you unique?"
"How do you think living in LA affected your studies or career goals? What problems do you think you would have adjusting to living on the east coast?"
"Nothing exciting. He flipped through my file and asked me to talk about a few things."
"If we were able to cure all disease, would this have a positive or negative impact on the human race (and why)?"
"What are you not looking forward to as a doctor?"
"What made you change your mind about going into medicine?"
"Nothing really interesting.. a lot about alternative career paths if medicine doesn't work out... think that's a standard question though"
"Nothing interesting. It was about a 10 minute interview. He asked me to tell him about myself and then interrupted me to ask if I thought I could handle medical school."
"By Dean of Admissions after learning about my baby-signing experience, 'Have you ever seen Meet the Fockers?' She's a really cool down to earth woman, easy to relate to, but is also highly qualified and accels at her job."
"What are some issues facing medicine? (It was interesting because it was asked a few times consecutively, so I really had to reflect on the answers I gave)"
"None of the questions were particularly difficult or interesting. I'm pretty sure that applicants always hear that a school's interviews are conversational but the Drexel interviews were just that. Seriously."
"Are you sure you want to go into medicine? no really, are you sure? you really want to be a doctor?"
"If you had all the money and time in the world, what would you do?"
"What do you do to center yourself?"
"With your limited clinical exposure, how do you know medicine is right for you?"
"Mostly just the standard questions."
"You gave me a whole bunch of reasons, but what is single most important reason why you want to go into medicine?"
"If I had a fairy-godmother to grant me my perfect life in the future I would ask for..."
"What other schools have you applied to?"
"it was basically a get to know you conversation. can't remember any specific questions"
"Anything you would like to explain in this file?"
"Why did you chose 7 year vs. 8 year? (I applied to the Villanova/Drexel combined program)"
"What ethical questions do you think doctors face? How would you deal with that?"
"I heard that someone was asked ''how many uninsured patients are there in the US and how would you go about addressing this problem?''"
"What is the most important thing people need to prevent disease? (I said nutrition, the answer is clean water.)"
"Would you treat an illegal alien? Would you if it was unlawful to do so?"
"If you had ten million dollars, how would you change healthcare?"
"They were all pretty basic get to know you and why you want to go here questions. i actually enjoyed the interviews."
"Is research important to medicine?"
"nothing much. i don't remember."
"What is simple (after a discussion about my complex background)?"
"What is your favorite type of wine?"
"Do you like Sheryl Crow's music?"
"How did my sister's cerebral palsy affect my family's life and my decision to become a doctor? "
"How would you react if you were the physician who had to treat the victims of the amish school shooting?"
"What do you think of the US Healthcare system"
"My interviewer did not ask specific questions. She just told me to talk about my family, background, ECs, why I picked my undergrad school, and why choose medicine."
"Why did you stop pursuing a career in music for medicine?"
"None really. "
"So what brings you here (in reference to choosing medicine and Drexel)?"
"What do you think of Drexel Med?"
"How would I handle a situation where a patient--such as an illegal immigrant-- arrived needing help, but the law forbad providing it..."
"If I knew about a George Harrison song called "wa-wa""
"What do you think Freud got right and what did he get wrong? (In relation to an independent study I did on Freud)."
"If I were not going into medicine, what would I do instead?"
"What do you want to do with medicine"
"I got asked a lot about my non-traditional path to med school."
"What do you think about the immigration controversy? Do you think illegal immigrants should be able to get health care in this country?"
"What was the reaction of people around you when they found out you were applying to medical school?"
"In 20-30 years tell me what you picture your typical day to be like, start with waking up, breakfast etc."
"fairly standard questions"
"What is the biggest problem facing health care today?"
"Do you do bharat natayam dancing?"
"Nothing... the interviewer asked me only 2 basic questions, problems in healthcare, and why I thought I was waitlisted last year."
"So, I see you've lived in the UK for most of your life. Which healthcare system is better?"
"All typical questions"
""There's a lot of diversity here, which should interest you since you've studied cannibalism a lot."
"[rereads my file] Oh. Never mind. I was way off.""
"woud your family support you if you did not want to study medicine? (Both of my parents and two of my grandparents are physicians)"
"What was it like growing up as a latchkey kid?"
"What is so special about you that med school would want you?"
"What would you change about the health care system?"
"What are you passionate about?"
"All the questions were pretty basic, about items on my application and my ideal career. The student interviewer asked me a lot about what I want in a medical school and sold me on Drexel."
"Mostly questions about grades, why medicine, when did you come to that conclusion, what are your strengths, and is there anything else you'd like to add?"
"You took the MCAT three times. That's a lot of times to take an exam. (Not a question but this prompted a response). "
"How do you know the [educational organization I lead] was successful?"
"What do you think one of the most difficult situations doctors face when providing care?"
"Tell me about yourself...."
"what kind of master's program are you in?"
"With all of the new information being discovered in the human genome project, what do you think will be the next big discovery?"
"Whats your wish list?"
"None too off the wall. We talked about our separate experiences visiting Argentina."
"Because you are a x major, why not enter x field?"
"What are you doing right now?"
"Where did you get that watch?"
"not too intersting...but what I did to improve my mcat score"
"Tell me about your family and friends"
"tell me about your friends"
"Where do you see yourself in 10 years?"
"she asked me why I wanted to go into medicine more than once, it was basically the same question, different wording."
"what were the best and worst things to ever happen to you?"
"which track (PIL or IFM) would you be interested in?"
"overall they were the basic questions, but framed in unique ways. instead of "why medicine" it was "why not nursing?" "
"Nothing really unusual"
"Did your parents meet when they were doing their residencies? I know...wtf."
"Describe a friends of yours?"
"Just standard questions about background"
"Tell me about your favorite Science Fiction book."
"What's with your MCAT verbal score? Did you have trouble finishing the passages?"
"Among all your extracurricular activities, which one would you re-do."
"Why the career change?"
"I wasn't really asked anything interesting. She said, "so, I guess psychology is your thing?""
"What was your "a-ha" class?"
"If you were treating a patient who disagreed with your course of action, what would you do?"
"every question was standard, straight out of the book."
"Is there a story behind the C you received your last semester? (I was happy they asked this b/c I had a chance to explain)"
"What is my biggest shortcoming"
"I noticed you listed your marriage as an activity on your application - do you care to explain that?"
"a lot of personal questions about my family"
"hmm nothing too interesting"
"If there was some decree that said you absolutely could not practice medicine anywhere, what would you do instead?"
"I was asked about a recent Supreme Court case concerning euthanasia. "
"What did I see as the shortcomings of my application."
"Tell me about your best friend (asked by student interviewer)"
"What are my thoughts of professionlism in medicine, and how would I exemplify them."
"What was your most challenging course in college? (interesting because that depends on how you define "challenging")"
"Nothing really. It was just a conversation . Tell me about yourself...your family...your activities..."
"The usual healthcare stuff."
"Nothing really stuck out as unusual, it was very conversational she just wanted to get to know me."
"Where do you see the patient physician relationship? Give me an example of a doctor who you think is good at relating to patients and why."
"what lessons did you learn from traveling abroad?"
"Most pressing problem facing medicine."
"If you had a 2-seat car and drove by a dying woman, your best friend, and the love of your life, who would you pick up and why?"
"about my research"
"What is the population of the cities I previously lived in ?"
"All were pretty standard questions. My interviewer was a faculty member who wasn't an MD and didn't ask any questions about med ethics or problems in health care (i.e. PA's med liability crisis)"
"Nothing really interesting, just the standard fare of personal questions."
"Why do you want to become a doctor?"
"What do you think is different between inner-city and rural hospitals?"
"Was Jane Austen a feminist?"
"i'm a beginner skier, why size skiis should i buy?
(i used to ski professionally, so i think they were just getting me to talk)"
"He didn't really ask me any questions."
"he barely asked me any questions"
"What is the most important aspect of a medical school to you."
"How do you like living where you live? (I'm from a very rural area)"
"what are the differences in the US healthcare system and the healthcare system in my country? (a question specific to my application)"
"What is an ethical challenge physicians face today?"
"My interviewer had carefully read my application and asked a lot of questions about classes i had taken, including an essay-writing course. She asked what my favorite piece of writing had been and why."
"I wasn't asked anything I thought was "interesting""
"Was there a non-science course you had that you enjoyed?"
"About my graduate research."
"Nothing really. The questions were really basic."
"What characteristic of your best friend makes you friends?"
"How would you fix healthcare in the US?"
"If I felt it was harder working with children or adults as patients"
"A question abou9t my volunteer experiences."
"Sometimes a positive quality turns into a negative one, has this effected you ever?"
"what quality is most important to me in selecting a medical school?"
"nothing, all boring stuff"
"the student interviewer asked "if i were to bump into you and your friend and pull him/her aside ask them to name one thing they like about you and one thing they don't, what would they be?""
"What made you decide you wanted to go into medicine?"
"Did your study abroad change your worldview? What criticisms of the US did you develop while living abroad?"
"None in particular. All but one were specific to my experiences listed in my application. "
"What do you think of the ethical challenges to your current work and research? (I work on providing cash incentives to schizophrenics to encourage them to quit smoking cigarettes.)"
"How to you deal with stress?"
"No interesting questions."
"From my student interviewer - "Why are manholes round?". She told me there was no real answer to the question, she was just curious how I would reason the answer."
"Tell me about your best friend."
"none really, all pretty standard"
"no interesting questions"
"Based on your background in political science, who is going to win the Democratic Nomination? I said Kerry and turned out to be right."
"Why do you want to go into medicine and how do you think you will make a positive contribution to medicine?"
"If you could pick one issue in healthcare today and have it solved overnight, which one would you pick."
"why didnt i go to medical school immediately following college?"
"The most interesting question I was asked was about how I would make the transition to medical school. (asked by my student interviewer)"
"Why should Drexel accept you? "
"No question was really interesting. I think that the questions that I asked my faculty interviewer were more interesting than the ones he asked me."
"The interviewer asked, what was the weirdest question you've been asked in other interviews??? (He liked to see if anyone had a horror story)"
"All of the questions are your expected, general ones you'd expect at most interviews."
"No interesting questions, most were very standard questions."
"What are some of the best places to eat in Fort Lauderdale?"
"There were no questions that pertained to my applciation. They were all general questions"
"tell me about yourself?"
"Where do you see yourself fitting into medicine? "
"Assuming that 20 years from now all of the malpractice and managed care/medicare problems are solved, what do you think will be the most pressing issue in healthcare? "
"Have you considered how chosing a career in medicine will affect you financially?"
"None really, very conversational"
"Nothing out of the ordinary. Very canned questions."
"Nothing too interesting. The student gilled me a bit on health care and the price of medications. He jumped from subject to subject. It felt artificial - not like the natural flow of a conversation."
"Are you aware of the recent changes at the university?
All of this info is on their site how it has changed, affiliates...."
"Besides HMOs, malpractice insurance, health care system etc. what do you see has the biggest challenge facing medicine? "
"The faculty interviewers questions were all personal in nature, intended to examine specific aspects of my application. The most interesting being what I would do for my community if I became a physician. The student interview was odd, my interviewer appeared quite shy, and I asked most of the question."
"As a physician, how would your prevent yourself from getting sued?"
"Assuming the insurance issue is cleared up in the upcoming years, what do you see as the most challenging issue in the field of medicine?"
"What do you think of racial diversity in the workplace and educational system?"
"What qualities do you think define a physician? Watch out, my interviewer wrote down everything I said. The follow up question I did no expect.."
"hardly any questions, mostly just discussion"
"If you weren't going to medical school, what career would your pursue."
"nothing really interesting"
"tell me about yourself -- very broad question that allowed me to pretty much tell them anything i want them to know."
"Nothing was interesting or out of the ordinary. Every question was completely run-of-the-mill."
"The interview was just a conversation geared to get to know you better. All questions related to my application and life experiences."
"If, for some reason, you didn't get into medical school, what other profession would you like to pursue?"
"Something about urban public hospitals losing money like crazy. "
"What do you think will be the greatest challenge that your generation of doctors will face?"
"Tell me what recipes you published in your column? (I wrote for a paper... my interviewer *really* read my application!)"
"Why do you suppose the amount of time a patient spends with a doctor is so brief...because of the doctor or the hospital?"
"How do you feel about the big rat? (nurses striking outside, 15 foot inflated rat sitting outside)"
"None were interesting"
"Do you think undocumented immigrants deserve medical treatment while in the United States?"
"Given the following scenario: I am a physician and I have two patients, but only enough time to dedicate to one. The first patient listens to everything I recommend and follows instructions about meds perfectly. The second patient never listens to my recommendations and refuses to take meds. Keeping in mind the time constraint, how do I spend my time treating the patients? "
"How do you like the weather in Pennsylvania? (I'm from California) "
"No question I got was particularly interesting, but the overall experience was really nice. My faculty interviewer was very chill, and it was more like a conversation than an actual interview. He asked me just the standard questions really, such as "Why do you want to be a physician," "Why Drexel," etc. "
"She asked if I could remember the MCAT verbal prompt. I scored well and she said most people cannot remember the question."
"What is your biggest obstacle?"
"Theoretically, if Drexel were to make you an offer, how enthusiastic would you be?"
"What do you look for in a medical school? What is a problem you'll face in healthcare. What do you do on your free time. What are you currently doing at your job."
"When mentioning to practicing physicians that you are applying to medical school what is their response?"
"What do you think of the East Coast (i'm from the west)? Why Drexel? What experiences made you want to pursue medicine? Basically, getting-to-know-you type questions."
"None were particularly interesting. I was asked by the student what I would be for Haloween."
"Parlez-vous Francais?(I had listed french as a language that I spoke fluently)"
"Have you had any failures or academic disappointments?"
"About my religion"
"how would a friend describe you"
"What's 2 times 2? (My student interviewer needed to assess my "problem-solving skills")"
"If you had one year to do anything you wanted, what would you do?"
"nothing too out of the ordinary"
"Tell me about your research?"
"What will be a hard thing you will have to face as a doctor?"
"Why do you want to go into clinical medicine?"
"How do you feel about needle exchange programs? (and "why are manhole covers circular?")"
"I was asked to give an in depth explanation of a particular extracurricular activity that I had. This interviewer was interested in the event and wanted to know more about it. "
"Nothing specific. Just an honest attempt to get to know me and the decision making process I used in getting to this point."
"If you were to make an "ideal" medical school, what characteristics would it have?"
"Nothing very interesting..."
"What makes you want to come to Philadelphia?"
"What kind of books do you like to read?"
"what would you want on your epitaph?"
"none really...very informal...just wanted to know who I was "
"None really. Very standard questions like, "How was it having a physician as a father" and "what are you most passionate about."
The student interview asks questions off a sheet of paper and the "what are you most passionate about" questions is one of them."
"You are a high school applicant applying for a BA/MD program. How do people respond when they find out you have decided to physician at the age of 17?"
"What was your favorite class"
"Why do you think infant mortality is so high in Phili?"
"very standard questions. interviewer just wanted to get to know me"
"Do you anticipate having difficulty with the coursework in medical school or do you feel prepared? (student interviewer)"
"This is what the typical person would do. Now here is what you did. Please explain this to me."
"nothing interesting...the faculty interviewer was not very nice...she kept asking why i had scored so low on the verbal part of the mcat."
"What was the biggest challege you've faced so far (seems to be a Drexel required question)"
"I wasn't even asked questions by the faculty interviewer really. We just talked about him for most of the interview and I asked the questions. The student interviewer asked the standard questions like why medicine and what do you do as a hobby.
Here's the thing, I thought my faculty interview went bad because we spent the entire time talking about his life and acomplishments. He was super friendly, but I didn't know what he could possibly write on my evaluation because I never really got asked questions. But I got acepted. Contrast this with Albany's interview in which I prepared so much for ethics questions and talked rather well in my opinion for a total of 3hrs over two interviews only to get put on the alternate list. The interview process in general seems a little screwy to me."
"just basic stuff really"
"What was your most interesting class? What was your most challenging class?"
"nothing too interesting, pretty standard stuff."
"What would you do if you found out that your parent had HD? (I would have a 50% chance of getting the disease, and the interviewer wanted to know if I would get genetic testing to find out if I had the disease)."
"Why haven't you considered military service to pay for med school?"
"What would I do if a patient refused a life-saving treatment?"
"By the student: What's your favorite vodka?
By the doctor: Are you sure you don't want to be a lawyer instead? (apparently I was pretty talkative)"
"How do you think research will help you as a doctor?"
"What was your favorite class in college?"
"What does a medical scientist do?"
"Why are malpractice insurance premiums so expensive in PA?"
"nothing unusual, "how would your friends describe you", "what obstacles do you expect as a physician""
"What was your biggest obstacle in life?"
"What is the one thing I should mention to the committee when I present your file?"
"How has Hinduism impaceted your decision to enter medicine? "
"A challenge I have encountered and how I overcame it."
"How will your background in research help you as a physician? "
"What would you write on your tombstone?"
"They were all really straight forward...general questions based on my application."
"The student interviewer asked me to compare the health care system before an after the Soviet Union broke up (I am originally from there). "
"What was the last book you read?"
"What future obstacles do you see for the field of medicine?"
"How I felt about the rising cost of malpractice insurance premiums?"
"Given the current situation with HMOs, why do you still want to go into medicine?"
"All pretty typical."
"all standard questions"
"Why did your recommender say this (something)?"
"What would like written on your epitah?"
"What is the one thing you'd want me to say to the admissions committee on your behalf?"
"i didn't think that any of the questions i was asked were particularly interesting."
"Describe your life growing up."
"pretty standard fare"
"What is your favorite restaurant in Philadelphia?"
"Who is Alice Coltrane?"
"What is the thing that you regret most in your life?"
"Nothing interesting, we just talked about my extra-curriculars. I was asked if this interview was my first and since it wasn't, where else I had interviewed."
"besides HMOs what is the next big thing facing the medical community"
"what am i most proud of?"
"Tell me more about your project?"
"How do you intend to provide quality care in an HMO environment (or something along that line)."