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"It's a long wait until March to find out if you get in or not."
"Allow time for a longer tour. We only got to see the outside of many of the buildings because we didn't have time to go in and actually see the facilities."
"I would switch to providing decisions solely through email."
"I think it would be helpful to let us know the names of the people conducting our interviews beforehand"
"No suggestions to the admissions office. They were very nice, and responsive to any requests of mine. They also were very good to detail all the information of the interview date (schedule, parking, location, etc). It made it very easy to plan for the day and to know how long to expect to stay."
"None - was a very positive and low key affair."
"Nothing...they were great and very informative!"
"Very nice people, thanks!"
"Keep up the good work."
"put more effort into the tour. we couldn't get into any of the rooms because they were all locked."
"If you could go out to dinner with one person that is still living, who would it be and why?"
"Ethics questions about end of life care"
"Imagine yourself practicing medicine in 15 years. What does a good day at the office look like for you?"
"Why do you want to go into medicine?"
"A lot of hypothetical questions: What would you do if your partner was overprescribing opioids and taking some on the side? What if they showed up to work high? Which patient would you save out of three: heart transplant smoker, breast cancer, AIDS patient?"
"What events and experiences have lead you to medicine?"
"What is the biggest problem in healthcare today? What should we do about it? and even more specific questions asking me to back up my answer."
"Why do you want to become a physician?"
"How would you describe yourself in three words?"
"What is one of the biggest medical problems in the location you are from?"
"What is the most negative aspect of you pursuing medicine?"
"what is a problem in healthcare today and how would you fix it?"
"If you could have dinner with three people, who would it be and why?"
"What are your biggest concerns with medical school?"
"How would you improve healthcare in Kansas?"
"What are your strengths/weaknesses?"
"What is the biggest problem in health care today? How do you think it can be fixed?"
"Why medicine, why KU, why early decision?"
"Why KU? (I was OOS) Why do you want to become a doctor?"
"How do you handle stress?"
"Lots of specific questions about my ECs.. not in a 'grilling' way, just curiosity about them in order to break the ice."
"Tell me about yourself? Why do you want to be a doctor? If you could do one thing to change health care, what would it be? Why did you choose to apply EDP?"
"At what point in your life did you feel that becoming a physician in medicine became necessary? What do you do in your free time? What is the biggest issue facing health care? Which course in your undergraduate career do you feel you 'got the most out of'?"
"Tell me about yourself? What do you do for fun? What book have you read recently?"
"Your standard Jehovah's Witness and blood transfusion question"
"Tell me about yourself?"
"Tell us about yourself.
Explain such and such about your personal statement.
What is the most interesting medically related article or book you have read recently?"
"Health care reform and the election"
"Hypothetical: 1 kidney to give to either a Single working mother, a Prostitute, or an alcoholic...who and why?
Compatibility comes back...Alcoholic is most compatible, then prostitute, then the single mother...now who and why?"
"A random question on diversity. I was asked how I've handled diversity in the past. I gave what I thought was a good answer, but the interviewer didn't agree. Rephrased it to include that I couldn't have seen much diversity in my life due to where I grew up, went to high school, went to college, and the fact that I was in a fraternity. So how could I deal with "ignorant african americans" in the inner city. I wish I was making this up. Needless to say I was shocked, a little offended, and blew the rest of the interview."
"An issue regarding a cheating student, and how I would respond."
"Where do you see yourself in 15 years in terms of your career? Be specific."
"Tell me about yourself."
"who has influenced you the most?
why did you go to NYU?
the whole jehovah's witness scenario
" Describe your life after high school. (I had a span of time after high school which was unclear)"
"What do you see as the biggest health problem? (I got this question in both interviews, one currently and one in the next 10 years)"
"If you had any extra power, medical or non-medical, how would you use it globally?"
"What do you think was the main difference between healthcare here in the US and healthcare in Africa? (I had been to Ethiopia the summer before)"
"The blood transfusion question"
"Who has had the greatest influence in your life? Why? Who else? (This ''who else'' threw me for a second, because I had considered who I would say for my greatest influence, but not really beyond that.)"
"Where do you see yourself in 15 years?"
"What have you done in the past year to make you a better candidate?"
"Tell me about yourself/ goals in life."
"almost all of the questions i was asked were straight from my application or already listed on this site."
"What will be the hardest thing for you to deal with in medical school. "
"One heart, three patients, which one would you give it to? I was actually asked this one twice. "
"What did you learn from working at Best Buy?"
"What is your learning style?"
"What's a major problem with healthcare"
"What would your friends say are your best and worst qualities?"
"Stock Jahovah's witness question. Child in the ER needs transfusion, parents don't want it. What do you do?"
"When did you first become interested in medicine?"
"Tell us about your family? What do your parents do? How has this influenced you? "
"A pretty standard Jehovah witness question: A five year old girl needs a blood transfusion to live, but her parents are Jehovah witnesses and say no blood products, what do you do? "
"You are the head transplant physician in a hospital and two patients arrive in the ER, and both of them need a heart in order to live. You only have one heart to give. The first is a 58 year old man who is very active in the community, and his family will give the hospital 5 million dollars if you give him the heart. The other patient is a 24 year old girl medical student, and she drinks a lot and isn't passing her classes. Who do you give the heart to? "
"You have 1 minute to tell me why you should be accepted to KU over anyone else; GO!"
"What do you do in your free time?"
"Describe an ethical situation you have been involved in (what decisions did you have to make, etc)."
"Which activity has most greatly influenced your choice to pursue medicine as a career?"
"Do you think healthcare is a right or a privilege?"
"13 y/o female presents for bunion excision, directly before procedure, lab results indicate she's pregnant. What do you do? Do you tell her parents, etc...? "
"What do you think about cloning, is the person cloned going to be the same as the original person he/she was cloned from?"
"Tell me about an experience in your volunteer work that made an impression on you?"
"Asked about my extracurriculars. Why Kansas."
"Why do you want to be a doctor?"
"From the leadership positions you've held in your ec's what have you learned about teamwork?"
"What do you feel the biggest challenge facing medicine today is?"
"How would your best friend describe you? What do you do in your free time? Where do you see yourself in 10/15 years?"
"If you could bring 3 people to dinner, dead or alive, who would they be and why?"
"What do you do for fun?"
"Tell me about yourself. How do you feel about stem cell research? Did you experience any ethical dilemmas in college? What is your favorite movie? Who is the one person that you would like to go to dinner with?"
"How can we encourage people to seek preventative care?"
"It was just the routine ethics questions. They asked me quite a bit about my family."
"tell me about flying airplanes."
"Where do you see yourself in 10 years?"
"Tell me about yourself.
"What do you like to do for fun?"
"What is the biggest problem with the healthcare industry today? What is being done about it?"
"What are 3 ways you would benefit KU?"
"Of your clinical experiences, what did you see that troubled you the most?"
"What do you think of the governtment spending my tax dollars for antismoking campagins and to provide condoms in schools."
"Why do you want to become a doctor, and why do you want to attend the University of Kansas School of Medicine? "
"Questions above and What do you think of cloning?"
"What are some pro's and con's with the cloning issue?"
"Whay did you major in biology?"
"What have you learned through one of your EC experiences that will make you a better doctor?"
"Tell me about your family."
"Why kind of medical practice are you interested in and why?"
"From the interviewer that presented me to the selection committee: Tell me whatever else you would like the selection committee to know."
"You are fluent in 3 different languages (English, Spanish and Tagalog (Pilipino). Do you think or dream other than in English?"
"What one decision would you change if you could go back in your life?"
"why you want to be a doctor?"
"If you could invite any three people whom were deceased, who would they be and why."
"What is the social issue that you are most concerned about?"
"What was you most memorable patient you have had and why?"
"What do you hope your colleagues will say about you at your retirement party?"
"If you could have dinner with three people, living or dead, who would they be and why?"
"The "lightning round" questions"
"If you were an MLB player, what would be your up-to-bat song?"
"How do you handle conflict?"
"Who is your hero?"
"What was your favorite class in college?"
"If you could change one thing about your past, what would it be and why?"
"Tell me about the happiest time in your life."
"What type of cows were at the dairy farm you worked at?"
"tell me about your childhood"
"How would I fix healthcare, and how would I pay for it?"
"What would you do if you had a diabetic patient who was non-compliant with their care?"
"How would you use your culture to help your community?"
"What will your patients say about you?"
"If you could invite 3 people (living or dead) to dinner, who would you invite and why?"
"situation: terminal life support patient, 2 sons are fighting over whether or not to take him off. One wants to one does not. Both lied about being power of attorney, real DPOA cannot be contacted. What do you do?"
"From the 4th year interviewer... Say you are sitting in my seat 4 years from now interviewing a student, what are three questions that you would ask them?"
"Ethical question about OBGYN treating a 14 year old pregnant girl... do you tell the parents? What if there is a law that the girl has rights to her own privacy? Would you still tell the mom who's there at your office with her daughter?"
"Do you believe it should be mandatory for all KUMC MD grads to practice for a year in an underserved area of Kansas?"
"The health care started a good discussion, I felt it was one of the strongest portions of the interview for me as well."
"20 years down the line you become the surgeon general. What is the biggest health care facing America and how do you go about fixing it?"
"what have you prepared for and we haven't asked?"
"Scenario question-Who would you rather give money to? either 1. baby with Down's Syndrome for surgery 2. 40 yr old man with 3 sons and who needs liver transplant or 3. 3 Ethiopian ladies with HIV"
"What does professionalism mean to you?"
"While shadowing, what is one thing that you saw a doctor do that made you think "wow, that was a good thing to do" and what was one thing that made you think "i would have done that differently""
"Why Medicine? Why be a doctor?"
"Name three people (dead or alive) you would want to have dinner with and why."
"You're a surgeon and you are closing up and realize you forgot something inside the patient that probably won't have any negative side effects. What do you do? Go back and get it? Do you tell the patient?"
"Beware of the question: "is there anything you prepared for that we didn't ask?" This came right after the diversity question and I wasn't prepared. "
"a specific question regarding my personal statement"
"Why should we pick you? Sell yourself to us!"
"As a doctor, how would you want your patients to describe you?"
"if you saw a fellow resident come in late and then fake his patient reports, what would you do"
"What's the best movie you've seen lately."
"What was my favorite class of undergrad and why? I answered it was a medical ethics class, and so he asked me to elaborate arguments for either side on euthanasia."
"Do you like people?"
"What was the negative experience you had while you were shadowing the doctors?"
"What is one thing that you are working on right now in your life? One area that you're trying to grow in?"
"i don't think any were particularly interesting - just the typical why medicine? why KU? where do you see yourself in 15 years?"
"What's the nicest thing you've ever done for somebody?"
"If you had $20 million, would you give it to lung cancer research, HIV research, or prenatal care? (You cannot split up the money)"
"What does the government need to do to stop the problems of illegal immigration? Seemed like a question to test me as I am Hispanic, but those issues don't bother me and I told him how the problems should be fixed."
"Tell me about your research (only because I love what I do)!"
"Questions about specifics from my background...athletics, medical experience, etc. "
"It was probably something about me attending the in-state rival school (Kansas State)."
"If you could be any type of animal, what would it be and why?"
"How will I prepare myself to be a physician for cultures other than my own?"
"What will your patients say about you?
What did China teach you about yourself?"
"If you could have dinner with one person, living or dead, who would it be?"
"What's the first thing you read when you open the daily newspaper?"
"If I went to a dinner party, and could have three guests, who would they be?"
"A specific question about some non-medical volunteering on my AMCAS."
"If you could be any kind of cell in the body, which one would you be and why?"
"Looking back at my childhood till now, do you think you have grown?"
"The very first question asked during the second interview:
Why are you here?"
"How would I deal with the stress of medical school."
"Mostly personal, pertaining to my activities and research."
"If you were a med student and had a Diabetic patient in a coma, the resident doctor presented the case as being DKA, but the patiend had no ketones in their urine. The resident was wrong, what would you do?"
"Do you think that you hold stereotypes and prejudices? (This was in response to me discussing how I was a minority in my community growing up, and how I wasn't necessarily the victim of blatant racism, but I felt that I people held prejudices against me and stereotyped me because they were ignorant.)"
"What is your favorite movie?"
"What do you believe the appropriate course of action is should you observe academic misconduct?"
"What special healthcare issues (if any) are present in Kansas?"
"What's your favorite movie?"
"What do you think about cloning?"
"Why should we pick you over the others that are applying? Why will you be a better doctor?"
"Give an example of prejudice."
"What communities would you be willing to locate to, if you are accepted and graduate?"
"What is a major ethical dilemma you see in medicine?"
"Think of something that has recently been featured in the news and describe how it's affected health care and what you think about it."
"What was the last movie you saw?"
"I was asked several questions involving Pharmacutical companies and whether or not they should provide free lunches and such for doctors and advertise their medicines on tv."
"If you had one week and no financial limitations, what would you do?"
"What would you do if you had one day off?"
"In the future, how can we determine who needs flu shots the most, and how can we ensure that they receive them?"
"What would you do if you failed an exam due to lack of preparation?"
"What would you do to fix the current health care crisis.?"
"Are you a feminist?"
"If you saw a good friend cheating on a board exam, what would you do?"
"What is wrong with medicine today?"
"They asked me if as a non-trad student, if I would be more likely to study individually or in a group. I answered that in hands on activities, I would take advantage of the group atmosphere to learn from others, however, I would also spend a great deal of time studying on my own."
"A 14-year-old girl is in a relationship with a 22-year-old and asks you for birth control. What do you do?"
"What 5 words describe you"
"Tell us about an interesting book that you are currently reading. "
"What health issues are prevalent among students at your school?"
"People from Spain and Colombia are considered Hispanic, yet they on two different continents, separated by a huge ocean. What is a difference between the Colombian and Spanish cultures? [I am from Colombia, and luckily have been to Spain, so I was able to give my opinion on both differences and similarities]"
"A six year old girl needs blood to survive, and her parents say no. What would you do and why?"
"How would you address the HIV/AIDS crises in Africa? What would you try that hasn't been tried before?"
"Tell me about an experience that was very disappointing to you."
"Tell me about an unusual/difficult situation you had during one of your EC experiences and what did you learn from it?"
"Taxpayer money is used to fund public awareness campaigns against issues such as HIV/AIDS, drug abuse and gang violence. Do you agree with the use of taxpayer money for this?"
"Do you think human cloning is moral."
"If a young girl needed surgery to live but her family objected for religious reasons, what would you do?"
"if you were working with a colleague you suspected of doing drugs what would you do?"
"If George W. Bush called you up and asked you to assemble a group to recommend what his stem cell research policy should be, who would you select."
"If you could invite any three people to dinner, dead or alive, who would you choose?"
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