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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?"
"Discuss about your volunteer experience."
"A scenario question about how you would deal with group conflicts"
"Thinking ahead forty years, when you look back on your medical career Ã¢â‚¬â€œ what do you want to see, or be known for?"
"Discuss some of the negative aspects associated with being a doctor."
"Which specialties was I interested in?"
"What do you think of the curriculum?"
"'from you experiences, would you say there is anything that you would change about the health care system?'"
"what kind of doctor do you want to be"
"Toughest experience at a recent job."
"Questions about my research work. "
"What are some problems in the Canadian health care system? How would you fix some of these problems if you were the health minister?"
"Explain an event in your life when you were heavily critized. How did you deal with it and what was the outcome?"
"Where do you see yourself in 15 years?"
"what would you like to do in medicine (i.e. specialty)"
"What personal quality do you think you will have to work the hardest to improve during your med school experience?"
"describe a group experience where one memeber was not pulling their weight, and how did you deal with it."
"How would you address the increasing cost of the healthcare system?"
"How could you solve the problem of lack of physicians in rural communities?"
"Why switch from (my current profession) to the study of medicine?"
"What is one problem that we face with the health care system in Nova Scotia and what would suggest to fix it?"
"Why Dalhousie? (I'm an out of province applicant)"
"What is your prescription for Canada's health care problems?"
"Lots of questions about my personal experiences."
"A recent survey of senior doctors suggests that they believe the younger generation of physicians is not as hard working (i.e. wanting to leave right at 5pm, not giving 60-70 hour weeks) - how do you feel about that?"
"How do you feel about privatization?"
"Have you given any thought to what type of medicine you are interested in practicing?"
"Do you feel there is too much emphasis on prevention in medicine?"
"How do you think being a good communicator comes into play in medicine? Are you a good listener (elaborate)? "
"Tell me more about your experience doing _______"
"Why do you think you will do well at Dal?"
"What are some current health care issues and how do you propose a solution to them?"
"Treating patients is only a part of a physicianÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s workÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ what else do they have to do?"
"What would you say is the role of research in the field of medicine?"
"Situational question related to working in a group environment."
"'what would you say there is to being a physician, besides treating patients'"
"what is your biggest strength/what would you do if you were in a group and one person wasn't pulling their weight"
"Situational question about how I would handle confidential information which would effect the treatment outcome of another patient."
"Where do you see yourself in 10 years?"
"What is the biggest problem facing health care in Canada today? How can we solve it?"
"If you don't get in this year how will you change your application to increase your chances of getting in next time? "
"talk about health care problems in Canada"
"Why did you choose your undergraduate program, did you like it, and how will it help you in med school? (I had done Math, which I don't think they see a lot of.)"
"you are a doctor who has a teenage girl as your patient who is pregnant. what do you tell her to do. "
"Describe the most difficult situation you had to deal with? What were some ethical situations you had to face?"
"Considering the high # of deserving candidates, what will you do if you do not get accepted?"
"What do you do to de-stress?"
"Tell us more about ---- extracurricular activity."
"An ethical question about a woman refusing to undergo a c-section in order to save her baby"
"How do you organize your time? What do you do for fun? How do you plan on managing a career and a family one day when you have children? What type of medicine are you interested in? Tell us about your experience doing ________ and what it taught you that could be useful in medicine. Do you have any questions for us?"
"Would you recommend a naturopathic healer to a patient"
"Any questions for us?"
"How was your experience at (work at paediactric oncology camp) over an entire summer, different from (other weekly, volunteer experience) over the school year?"
"Are you interested in a particular specialty within medicine?"
"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.!"
"How can Canada play a role in developing and aiding medical care in third world countries?"
"What do you think your biggest challenge will be during your time in medical school?"
"what other things do physicians do other than treat patients? (which is a good, easy question and should have been a gift however, the way the interviewer worded the question I had no idea what she was actually asking)"
"How will you manage your professional life, the needs of your patients, and the needs of your family?"
"Describe a time when you used critical thinking in the past."
""How did I know medicine was what I wanted to do?" I think I was asked this since I had worked in a non-medical field for the past 10 yrs..."
"How do you plan on managing a career and a family one day? "
"they asked me, 'if we talked to people who both likes and disliked you, what do you think they would say about you'."
"after being asked what specialty I wanted to go into...I was asked "as a female, how do you feel about going into a specialty that is so male dominated" ..Part of me felt I shouldn't be asked that when there are so many females in medicine, but it is still a thoughtful question because there are definitely issues associated with going into an area dominated by the opposite sex that I think are worth thinking about "
"If there is anything you would like us to say to the admissions committee concerning your application, what would it be?"
"What Canada's role should be in International Health Care. - mainly because I wasnt expecting a question about int'l health from Dal. "
"You say in your essay that you can be impatient. Can you elaborate? (Really, I just shouldn't have said that in my essay.)"
"If i could bring any 3, dead or alive, to dinner who would it be and why?"
"What advice would you give to someone trying to overcome the same obstacle?"
"I was talking about volunteering overseas, and that lead into a question about what we should do to help 3rd countries in terms of health care"
"Imagine you are working as a resident in a hospital. What role do you see yourself fulfilling as a part of this kind of team?"
"the same as my most interesting question."
"It was a standard, "Discuss a situation when you were disappointed and how did you handle it?" "
"Given unlimited funding, how would you go about improving Nova Scotia's health care problems?"
"How would you approach a young girl seeking abortion?"
"why do you want to be a doctor?"
"fairly standard questions really"
"Tell me about a problem that you wish you had handled differently."
"Think of a situation in your past were you had to use ethics to reach a decision, and looking back would you still make the same decision?"
"What are the further developments that could be made in the future of medicine?"
"I wrote as one of my weaknesses that I can be judgemental: they asked "In what situations would you be judgmental? If a patient smoked? What if their child had cystic fibrosis? Etc.""
"Re: how you react to frustrations/challenges...I needed to come up with specific scenarios on the spot. "
"I didn't find myself up against any really difficult questions (I was dreading the old standard, "If your sister/mother/cousin was sitting here, what would they say would be some of your weaknesses/strengths", but they didn't ask that). They asked about what I thought of the Canadian/Nova Scotian health care system, and what I would do if I didn't get in, but nothing difficult at all. "
"read the newspaper, read ''Doing Right'' (an ethics book), read about health care, and specifically Nova Scotian health care, practiced questions"
"reflection on motives, reading newspaper and journal articles, reviewing personal essays"
"LOTS of honest self-reflection, read the newspaper everyday for the past fifteen years, little bit of ethics review, read over my application"
"I read some of the things written by the Canadian Institute for Health Information and a synopsis on healthcare in Canada done by the CBC."
"Answered questions from this site, read about the health care system, brainstormed different topics with my friends and family"
"Read sample questions; read recent articles on health care from national/local newspapers"
"Used this site, talked to friends who'd had interviews, thought about why I wanted to do meds."
"I read the quesions that were on this website. They were a terrific help. I did a lot of introspection, it's not a very comfortable thing to do all the time, but it helps alot, because the truer your answers are, the more sincere they will sound"
"came to this site, thought carefully about why I really wanted to be a dr. (and how I could convey that in a thoughtful and slightly original way), but also made a point to not prepare too much--so that my answers would not be too scripted"
"CMAJ ethics journal, newspaper, practiced questions."
"Read up on Canadian Health Care, issues surrounding privatization; formulating my opinions on ethical issues; discussed potential questions with a friend; read the school website. "
"Came up with answers to common med school interview questions, read up on bioethics, mock interview with friends"
"read news, made sure i was up on current events, learned more about program, went over my essays, thought a lot about my experiences and reasons for wanting to go to med"
"Kept up w/ the news, read the posts on this site, discussed sample questions w/ a friend"
"Read up on health care issues, read my essays, relaxed :)"
"i read up on the canadian health care system. the book Health of Nations is really good. i read recent articles online about criticisms of the health care system, and recent trends in the health care world. (ie. pharmaceuticals reimportation to the US). asked friends for past interview questions, and used this site."
"Read the CMA webpage ethics section, newspapers, MacLean's .... "
"Read about: Canada's healthcare system, NS healthcare system, my research thesis. Talked to: Doctor's, Friends, Family, Advisors Studied: Myself!"
"Consulted this site, researched local health care issues of pertinence, brainstormed bioethical situations"
"made note-form answers to common questions, practiced telling personal stories/anecdotes that would illustrate my answers, went through my essays, tried to relax and visualize"
"came to this site, did practice interviews with friends and thought long and hard"
"Read up on NS health care (I'm from Ontario), read a medical ethics books, mock interview, practice questions, introspection"
"Mock interview, this site, read newspaper, looked at Dal's website, talked to Nova Scotia health care professionals (I am from Ont.)"
"read this website, read newspapers, read over bioethics"
"Reviewed Dal's website Reviewed personal application to Dalhousie Th web was a big help - StudentDoctor.net and Ian Wong's site"
"By doing internet research, practice interviews, reading the prospectus. "
"Practice interviews including one video-taped, read parts of Romanow report, rehearsed typical questions particularly "why medicine?""
"Spoke with Dal med students."
"I went to the CMA website and reviewed their wonderful section on Bioethics for Clinicians - complete with case examples, it was a great first step in learning how to deal with ethical issues! Read over your essays and supplemental sheet of your application, because that's all they have in front of them to go by. Read up on the Nova Scotia Department of Health website, esp. the Media Releases section. Go to the Dal Med site and review the curriculum, vis a vis the COPS program."
"everyone affiliated with the school did a great job of relaxing the candidates"
"--very friendly atmosphere"
"Friendly med students & fantasically nice interviewers"
"Everything - absolutely everything."
"The presence of first year students the waiting room made for a more relaxed atmosphere "
"The interviewers were so laid-back, friendly and genuine. They put me at ease pretty quickly."
"Friendly atmosphere - people were working hard to make everyone feel comfortable. Interview process was well organized and efficient. The interviewers themselves appeared interested in what I had to say and often asked small followup questions to my answers, making it seem more like a conversation."
"My interviewers seem to have really read my application, and had lots of questions to ask about it. "
"I knew the city and the school..so nothing in particular"
"The great atmosphere, the people, including faculty, staff, and students, and the way the interviewers kept me at ease during the interview."
"The waiting area was very relaxed. The med students made a real effort to help you feel at ease. "
"The program, how close the students were (not only to each other, but also to the professors)."
"interview was very relaxed"
"Both interviewers were extremely nice. Med students were in the waiting room helping to start converstations. "
"My interview was actually fun!! Very lively and personable. It was more like a conversation."
"The interview was really low-stress. The dean of students was there in the waiting room, getting all of the interviewees to talk to each other and relax."
"the enthusiasm the students had for the school."
"The welcoming nature and sincere interest of the interviewers."
"Friendliness and Dedication of all people I met (Student or Staff)."
"extremely friendly students and interviewers, warm and welcoming atmosphere, everyone seemed very genuine. also the school's proximity to the hospitals was a big plus"
"relaxed and friendly atmosphere from the upper-year students and from admin people who were hanging about the interview waiting room"
"Laid-back students, very friendly interviewers seemed truly interested in what I had to say. It really felt like the school as a whole put a lot of effort into the weekend."
"Halifax in general is a gorgeous city! The attitude of the administration seems very student-centred and friendly. The interviewers were also very friendly and open towards me."
"Very laid back and relaxed"
"The interviewers made me feel very comfortable. They were kind and considerate. They challenged me but made me feel as though my thoughts, experiences and ideas were impressive and important. "
"The size of the campus and its facilities."
"The friendliness of the medical students and staff; Halifax is also just a very chilled out town. I liked that the interview was held in a children's clinic: it tickled me to sit on these tiny chairs and drink juice with all of us in suits."
"The totally casual attitude of the students...no cut-throat fierce competitive atmosphere here."
"My interview was held in the IWK Chest Clinic, which was a wonderful, warm place with lots of good energy. Dr. Hughes was on hand to greet people and chat with people as they waited for their interview. The interviewers were wonderfully caring and interested in what you have to say. All these things made for a really comfortable interview, and made me want to be a part of Dalhousie Medicine even more!"
"knowing i had to wait another couple months still to find out the outcome..."
"Interview took place in a small medical examination room that barely fit three people comfortably "
"The tour was kind of weak - it was during the weekend so we couldn't see some of the labs. Also, we had a big group so it was hard to hear what was being said at times."
"same as above"
"The building in which admissions and student affairs is located seemed old. The administration seemed a little disorganized."
"Halifax is a REALLY SMALL town. (I'm from Toronto.)"
"nothing I love Dal!"
"The other interviewees & current medical school students I met seemed like a bunch of overachieving clones."
"the facilities...they are from they 1970s it seems."
"the actual med school building was a bit run down, but I think they will be doing renovations soon."
"the first year student made a 'movie' about med school at dal-nearly most of it was about partying and drinking-very unfortunate"
"Nothing - I really did like it!"
"The building with all the med facilities is quite old"
"There was a lot of info from current students about drinking and parties - this was good and bad ... I would have liked to learn more about the school and maybe less about what kinds of parties they throw and how much everyone likes to get drunk together. It did, however, make me feel as though the environment was supportive and not brutally competitive. "
"All the people seem to drink and party and all of them were on a hangover"
"Perhaps a little too casual...not exactly disinterest on the part of the students, but I did not really feel that they were trying to impart an excitement about doing med at Dal...or maybe the students are already blase about medicine? I have a name that's not your typical Maritime name, and I was disappointed that they not only misspelled it, but substituted another more common name (of the opposite gender!)for my given name! I knew right away that they had messed up my name (because my surname was correct...and I doubt there was another interviewee with my surname), but when I corrected them, they seemed to not believe me for a few minutes...and kept looking for this non-existent interviewee at my appointment time. *sigh*"
"Nothing comes to mind, actually. I'm from Halifax, so I'm very familiar with the medical school and the facilities. Everything about the interview met or exceeded my expectations. "
"this interview is not that stressful"
"I wish I had known it was goign to be so laid back and such a different experience from my interview last year. "
"I wish I hadn't stressed out as much as I did before hand. The whole day was laid back, and I didn't have a single feeling of stress or nervousness the whole time."
"not much, it was actually in a hospital exam room, that threw me for a loop a little"
"That my interview had been rescheduled to a different day."
"The entrance closest to the interview area was locked - ended up having to go all the way around the buidling. "
"It really is relaxed and the interviewers do their best to make you feel comfortable"
"That it wasn't going to be a gruelling interview-- I would've stressed less."
"i wish i had known it wasnt going to be that stressful."
"Just remember to know your application well and what you wrote about in your essays (eg. Strengths/Weaknesses). Also be ready for a friendly conversation (you won't be grilled hard)."
"That they were going to serve delicious looking cookies in the interview waiting room - maybe I could have mentally prepared myself so I wasn't too nervous to eat one."
"Nothing took me off guard. I know some people get anxious about what to wear for the interview. FYI, the appropriate dress would be a suit for men, and a suit or skirt/blouse for women. The IWK, like many institutions in Nova Scotia, is a Scent Free environment, so it would be wise to keep the perfumes to a minimum."
"Excellent, very laid back and welcoming environment. Seriously everybody, chillax! Normally just the sound of the word 'interview' is enough to cause me to have heart palpitations. So if I found this a stress-free event, you'll be judt fine. "
"This being my first interview I really didn't know what to expect. It was just like people say however; very relaxed waiting room with a lot of friendly first year students and interviewees willing to chat. Questions were generally interesting and before you know it they say ''we are running out of time''. It's hard to get a complete impression of someone's personality with just 10 questions in 30 minutes."
"Felt very natural and that the interviewers were really listening, not just asking standard questions and noting the answers. The time flew by and I felt much better after the interview than I did waiting for it to start ;-)"
"Everything was aimed at making the interview process as smooth and comfortable as possible. First year med students talked to us before and after, helping people to calm down and relax. Dal's reputation for being friendly and welcoming is well deserved."
"it was very, very relaxed. "
"It was fine. I got in and am writing this a year after the fact, because I appreciated the information I found on the site last year.but forgot about it until I started hearing about them this year : ) I did come out feeling like it was almost a bit boring, no ethical questions and a lot related to the very typical interview questions..see below"
"The interviews were relaxed and put me at ease, without giving too much information about how well I was doing. The interviewers paid attention, taking turns writing notes."
"I overestimated how relaxing this interview was going to be (from looking at the responses on this site), so I ended feeling probably more nervous than I would have normally been. "
"The first year med students were extremely welcoming and outgoing. They really made the otherwise stressful weekend fun."
"It went really well"
"Positive. I was nervous, but they tried to put me at ease. It was quite relaxed. They expanded their line of questions depending on my responses, so it seemed more like a conversation. "
"Very relax and allowed you to really just be yourself."
"The questions were diverse (future ambitions, opinions on medical issues, hobbies, volunteer & work experience). The interviewers were extrememly pleasant & positive about everything-- which was kind of frustrating, because if they're that nice to everyone, it's hard to judge your own performance."
"overall my interview experience was great. laid back and compfortable. it got me excited about medical school. my parents live in halifax so i had no problem traveling/finding the place etc. "
"Got there 20min ahead of time, sipped on some water/coffee with the other interviewers, called into the interview on time, and had a nice conversation with the interviewers. Overall very good."
"Overall a pleasant experience; interview did not feel like inquisition, but more like a flowing conversation (albeit one-sided) with the intended upshot of them seeing you as a competent, practicing physician"
"Much less frightening than I expected, interviewers that seemed really interested in getting to know me, an all around very positive day."
"what could have been a VERY stressful experience was an interesting and almost enjoyable experience-the interviewers was kind and acted really interested in what I had to say."
"First off the interviewers made a few jokes and said "We know it's an interview but we don't want you to be nervous." They seemed to have a good grasp of my ECs and essays. Definitely a give-and-take type interview - I didn't feel like I was just talking at them."
"Definitely a good and fair interview. The interviewers were not as receptive as I had experienced at other schools. However, I think this had a lot to do with me, as I just felt 'off' that day and wasn't being very eloquent!"
"Very positive- a great experience"
"It was positive - I was pretty nervous but set at ease by the interviewers. There were a few med students in the waiting room. The Dean of Admissions was also in the waiting room chatting with people. It was a good opp to ask questions - talk with students, dean and other interviewees."
"The interviewers were extremely pleasant and made me feel comfortable. Some of the questions threw me off: a few of the them were drawn from the "describe your strengths and weaknesses" part of the essay, and I felt like I was being encouraged to incriminate myself! Nothing on Nova Scotia health policies per se, although privatization came up."
"Very casual, questions alternated between faculty member and student."
"This was an incredibly positive experience. The interview was a good conversation more than anything else. In my opinion, the interview process at Dal is geared for those who are fundamentally passionate about medicine. My advice for anyone is to do a lot of soul-searching before you apply and interview. If you really don't FEEL why you want to pursue medicine, then get in touch with yourself and find out. Medical students at Dal are a vivacious, driven crowd, and for the most part, they're not in medicine for the prestige or money. Dal looks for mature, well-rounded individuals, and the interview process is set up to find out who those people are. "
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