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"I had three interviews in total; one MS4, one faculty, and Dr. Asano. My hope for the interview is that the interviewers need to be more friendly to potential students because students are also interviewing the school. The relationship between interviewees and students should be mutual and bi-directional. If the interviewers are not friendly to the prospective students, how can students even consider the school for attendance over other schools?"
"The secondary application should be online, instead of mailed."
"An online/electronic secondary application would decrease paper waste, eliminate the need to ship materials to Hawaii, and likely be more easily accessible for multiple interviewers."
"I would suggest using an online secondary application."
"If you're going to use a ranked waitlist, it's kind of shady to keep it confidential"
"change the interview scheduling process. It was stressful trying to coordinate between three interviewers."
"It would be nice to have an internet-based secondary application."
"Ties to Hawai'i?"
"Why do you want to come to JABSOM?"
"Do you have any leadership experience?"
"what do you know about PBL and its pros and cons?"
"Tell me about a clinical experience"
"A big part of medicine is gray, not always black and white. What do you think about that?"
"Tell me about yourself"
"1st: Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Why/How did you choose your undergrad school? What did you do to finish your undergrad in just 3 years? What is something special or unique about Hawaii compared to mainland states (I'm from HI but attending mainland school)? Why do you want to come back here in Hawaii? Do you think you can handle the med sch coursework? How familiar are you with the PBL curriculum? What are your parents' jobs? Is it confusing to know how to speak in three different languages? Do you work? Tell me about your research. What is your favorite subject? Why JABSOM? What did you do in the HPA program?"
"Stem cells-what is the controversy?"
"Why Hawaii? Why MD? Why not something else? Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Do you plan to practice in Hawaii? What are your strengths and weaknesses? What would your friends say about you?"
"Aside from helping people why do you want to be a doctor?"
"where do you see yourself in 8 years?"
"what did you study over the summer at Johns Hopkins?"
"What concerns do you have about attending medical school?"
"What is your support network?"
"What kind of leadership experience do you have? How do you work in a team?"
"how much do you know about PBL? advantages and disadvantages?"
"Why an MD instead of PhD"
"Do you have any questions for me? (Dr. Izutsu)"
"what are the pros and cons of.....(pick an issue)"
"why medicine? "
"Why practice medicine in Hawaii?"
"can you tell me about yourself?"
"Why medicine? Why Hawaii? "
"Describe your clinical experience."
"what would you do if you didn't get in this year?"
"When have you had a personal crisis, and how did you solve it? (next question was academic crisis)"
"What do you do in your spare time?"
"What do you do in your spare time? Any hobbies?"
"Tell me about your parents/family. "
"What is the one quality you posess that you are the most proud of? (Asked as if it was a REALLY deep question!!)"
"What specialty are you interested in?"
"What is the one most profound experience you have had in your life?"
"Choose a specific ethical issue and describe how you would approach it."
"What is your greatest achievement?"
"Why do you want to become a doctor?"
"See above. That's pretty much it, everything else pretty conversational."
"Tell me about yourself."
"Why do you want to be a doctor?"
"Interview 1: What did you do during your summer vacations (during undergrad)? What are your hobbies?"
"What are your weaknesses? List it until you can't do anymore."
"What are some books you've read recently?"
"What's the Vietnamese population in Southern California? (Note: I am Vietnamese, and we were talking about how in Santa Ana there was a Little Saigon)"
"Would your girlfriend move out to Hawaii with you for medical school?"
"what were the "intangibles" of your college experience?"
"Do you watch House?"
"What makes a person "good"?"
"If a 5 year old and 50 year old patient arrived at the ER with similar injuries, will all things being equal, which one would you treat? "
"Wow, blanking. "
"What are your strengths and weaknesses as a learner?"
"If I could be a fruit what would it be?"
"how does a major in medical anthropology affect the way in which you look at issues in biomedicine today?"
"What do you think about the current state of medicare?"
"How would you describe yourself in three words?"
"ethical questions like "if your best friend's 14 yr old daughter came in asking for birth control pills, what would you do?" etc..."
"Outline the fundamental differences between the US and Canadian healthcare systems. Which one works better?"
""I will be personally interviewing more than 120 applicants... How would you want to make yourself stand out amongst those in the applicant pool?""
"If you were going to invite 5 historical figures to dinner, which ones would you invite and why?"
"how would your family feel about you moving so far away"
"considering the ecology of animals, what would you do if you had to choose between saving a patient's life, or having that person pass on a horrible genetic disease?"
"what has brought you to this decision to pursue medicine, no less, in hawaii?"
"Nothing interesting... all standard"
"Asked to demonstrate how I would teach CPR to small children, my volunteer experience"
"Nothing in particular other than how I chose my path to medicine, given that I was a non-traditional applicant (having a MPH and working at the federal government)."
"very straight forward questions - most interesting was probably "if i were to speak for you in front of the adcomm, what would you want me to say?""
"Did Baldwin (my high school) prepare you well to go into medical school? We don't get very many applicants from Baldwin."
"What do you think makes a good doctor?"
"Nothing tricky. "
"What do you think about the ambiguity in medicine?"
"where do you see yourself in terms of practicing in hawaii"
"My second interviewer explained a scenario and asked what I thought about it. She wanted to see if I could point out the bioethical issue and I did. She did not give me any hints."
"What's the biggest personal challenge you think you will face as a physician?"
"I was not asked any interesting questions at all - they were all very generic and unimpressive."
"If I was to go in front of the admissions commitee what would you like for me to tell them about you."
"If you could invite any 5-6 people from any period of time (dead or alive) to a dinner party, who would it be and why?"
"What kinds of experiences have you had with different cultures?"
"If you were an internal medicine doctor, and your patient came to you complaining of chest pain, what steps would you take to diagnose him? (then when I answered that I wanted a certain test to be ordered, the doc would continue with..the test is negative..now what...)"
"None really- discussed my activities etc."
"I was given a scenario in which a hospitalized patient required an extended stay at the hospital. His/her insurance company was refusing to pay for any additional days. What would I do?"
"If I were an HIV+ surgeon, would I continue to practice/tell my patients?"
"Typical questions, nothing interesting."
"Hypothetical situations - If you made a mistake during surgery and the patient died, what would you do? What would you tell the mother of a child with cancer if she wanted to try alternative medicine instead of chemo?"
"If a patient with cancer came to you wishing to commit suicide what would you do?"
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