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"What are the advantages/disadvantages of a two tier health care system?"
"Privatization of health care in Canada has become a big issue. What are the advantages and disadvantages of privatized health care?"
"Picture yourself working as the lone physician in a rural community from 8am to 8pm each day and the excess of patients frequently requires you to work a couple of extra hours. How would you react to this situation?"
"What measures might ease the health care situation in NS (particularly ER wait-times)"
"Where do you see yourself in 10 years?"
"they asked me 'you seem to have lots of different kinds of experiences. With so many interests, are you really passionate about anything?'"
"why do you want to be a doctor"
"Question surrounding what I wrote in my essay, which turned into a question about what I saw was wrong with the healthcare system."
"If you came out of med school with a $120,000 debt, would you practice medicine in the public or private sector (assuming there is a private one)?
Followed immediately by "If you were in need of medical care and you had money, would you wait in line in the public system or pay for private health care?""
"Why Dal? Where do you see yourself in 15 years? What will you do if you don't get in?"
"When did you decide that you wanted to be a doctor?"
"Talk about a leadership role, and talk about example where you ran into problems with it"
"What is the biggest challenge facing health care in your province today? What do you think can be done to help solve it?"
"how would you improve the candian health care system"
"Disappointing situation/circumstance and how you handled it?"
"What would your friends say are some of your weaknesses/strengths?"
"What do you dislike most about the research process?"
"Comment on quality of life."
"Describe a situation when you have encountered difficulty working in a group."
"why do you want to study med? Why not continue with nursing?"
"Why NS? Why Dal?"
"Why medicine? Why Dalhousie? What if you get in to another uni and Dal? What if you don't get in anywhere? Do you work well in groups - explain with examples. How do you respond when a group member isn't pulling their weight? Do you consider yourself tolerant of someone not pulling their weight?"
"Why specialty of medicine are you interested in and why?"
"Tell us how you got to this point."
"If a friend who knew you very well came into this room when you were not, how would they describe you? What makes you interested in medicine at Dalhousie?"
"Why do you want to become a doctor?"
"What are you passionate about?"
"Why do applicants frequently tend to say they want to work in rural areas, but we still have a lack of physicians in these areas?"
"If you were a physician, what would you want your patients to say about you?"
"Pretend that youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re a family physicianÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ a sixty year old woman comes to you Ã¢â‚¬â€œ she would like to have a baby, and she would like for you to recommend her to a fertility clinic. How do you handle this situation?"
"If a 60 year old female patient wanted to have a child and requested your help going through a fertility clinic what would you tell her?"
"Asked to describe a book (non-medical) that I had read recently and why I liked/disliked it. Guess it goes to show"
"Why is soccer called ''the beautiful game''? (I played varsity soccer for 5 years)."
"none were really interesting. "
"following one of my comments I was asked "are you thick skinned", I answered it was getting thicker..though still not quite as thick as I'd like, and then I was asked "how have you become thicker skinned""
"Would you consider medicine a science?"
"What Canada's role should be in International Health Care."
""You are working as a physician and your colleague has a substance abuse problem. What do you do?"
Followed by "The same scenario as above, except that now you are a resident and the substance abuser is your supervisor.""
"What was the biggest obstacle you've overcome in your life?"
"Most questions were very experienced-based. They took various activity/etc from my essays and supplementary pages and asked questions based on that."
"What is your favourite book?"
"If you were treating a patient who recently came back from a trip alone to asia and contracted an STD and he did not want to tell his wife, what would you do?"
"The questions were all pretty basic in terms of interest. Most were geared towards expanding on my personal submission. "
"If you could sit down and chat over a coffee with anybody in all human history, who would it be?"
"How would you propose to increase the compliance of a teen with a cystic fibrosis diagnosis?"
"they were fairly standard.."
"i had studied 2 years of nursing and was asked why i wanted to study med and not nursing"
"If you had unlimited funds how would you change the health care system?"
"Religion obviously plays an important role in your life, how would you handle a 15-year-old patient wanting birth control? What about if she was pregnant and wanted an abortion?"
"You are a resident and your supervisor lies to a patient- what do you do."
"Why do you want to be a doctor?"
"One of your colleagues in the hospital isn't doing their share
of work..what do you do?"
"The questions were really quite standard - nothing that I would call "interesting", but because they were open-ended, the onus was on ME to make the answers interesting.!"
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