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"I would have liked an opportunity to have an exit interview after I was rejected. It's important for reapplicants to know what they need to improve on."
"It would be cool if you gave everyone a tour as part of the interview process..."
"Less paper usage. Interview invite was through snail mail, and the confirmation came through snail mail also. When we arrived we all got folders with papers and some brochure. Interesting things, but still too much paper."
"Don't schedule interviews too far from the orientation location. I got lost and even current students had no idea where that place was."
"No suggestions. They made the whole process very smooth and comfortable."
"Changes to interview times shouldn't be made the day of the interview."
"Using e-mail rather than snail mail would be nice and more "green". Provide some light snacks or som"
"I don't really have any. The interviews were both relatively laid back and conversational. I suppose"
"I forgot my info packet at home, so it would have helped me to have an email or something online wit"
"Describe an ethical dilemma you've faced."
"What are your core values that you live by?"
"Why didn't you do very well on your first MCAT? and Why do you think you had trouble in [XYZ] classes?"
"What kinds of parrots do you have?"
"If you can agree with me that a transaction takes place when you go to a doctor (your insurance or your cash pays the doc for his service), then what is the product that a doctor provides in one word?"
"What do you know about the SDA denomination? It was in a conversational manner, not testing on my knowledge."
"what was your favorite course"
"How will the new healthcare legislation affect your ability to be a doctor?"
"Where do you see yourself in 10 years?"
"What was the hardest science
on-science course you have taken and why?"
"What books have you read recently?"
"What are your influences for wanting to be a doctor?"
"If your mother was sitting in here, what three positive things will she say about you and what three negative things will she say about you"
"question about stem cells and ethics"
"What volunteering have you done?"
"My first interviewer asked me about my wife. We are newlyweds, and he said that many times newlyweds end up divorced because of the rigors of med school. He asked me how I would deal with that. I thought it was a little forward for him to ask that, but answered frankly because I figured Loma Linda was just trying to push me to see how I'd react to stress."
"How will you stay committed to the contract of not drinking, smoking, etc. while at LLU?"
"What values did your parents emphasize in your upbringing?"
"What's the most interesting thing about you?"
"If you don't get in this year, what will you do next year? (apply again!)"
"You applied three years ago. You didn't get in, not even an interview, Why?"
"What do you do in a really stressfull situation? Are you an introvert or extrovert?"
"What do you know about the SDA church/lifestyle?"
"Why be a doctor"
"What do you want me to present you as to the acceptance committee?"
"Describe a time where you had to make a difficult ethical decision."
"Tell me about your missions experience. (I recently came back from a missions trip)"
"What personality type do you consider yourself?"
"what makes you certain that medicine is the path you want to pursue?"
"Just tell me about yourself."
"What is your biggest weakness in your application?"
"Tell me about an ethical situation where you had to deal with other people.
"What do you do in your free-time?"
"why loma linda?"
"When did you know you wanted to become a doctor?"
"Tell me about yourself."
"Tell me about your clinical volunteer work. And were you ever afraid to be in the area that you were volunteering in. "
"What kind of doctor do you want to be?"
"Would I perform an abortion even though I was morally opposed?"
"Why do you want to attend Loma linda Universty?"
"Describe your involvement with your church."
"Why do you want to be a doctor?"
"Why do you want to be a doctor? What experiences led you to this decision? Who influenced you to go into the field of medicine?"
"What family experiences other than clinical motivated you to be a doctor?"
"What do you plan to do with your MPH?"
"What are three words someone close to you would use to describe you?"
"What did you like about your undergraduate institution? "
"Why do you want to become a dentist?"
"What would make you be a good doctor?"
"How do you feel about the state of healthcare in the U.S. today?"
"What have you prepared for that you wish I would ask you?"
"What makes you think that you won't change your mind about wanting to be a physician?"
"Specific questions and conversation about one my most meaningful activities"
"Why did you choose this instead of PA, nursing, etc.? There are many other service oriented careers, so why become a physician?"
"What attracted you most to your wife? (been married for 6 months)"
"Was there a time that science tested your faith?"
"How will you manage living so far away from your home?"
"You have an alcoholic student. He has gone through rehab, and seems to be doing well. He goes on spring break, starts to drink again, and assaults an officer. How would you argue for (or against) him?"
"Describe some of your traveling experiences."
"Suppose you come to work one day and you discover that there is a big blackout in your workplace and they barricaded the doors and you left all your work-related materials inside, what will you do? How will you spend your day?"
"How would I deal with perhaps feeling "left out" or "like an outsider" since many of the students that end up there somehow may know each other from undergrad"
"What is the last book you read?"
"The most interesting question they asked me (and here I reveal a bit of arrogance) was an entreaty to discuss my religious conversion from an atheist evolutionist to a Christian creationist. Both interviewers seemed very excited by this. I am a recent convert to Seventh-day Adventism, and I think part of the excitement was over seeing a fellow believer come to the faith and part was trying to figure out if I was faking it to make my application look good or if I was sincere. We discussed the information that brought me to the faith in detail, especially in my first interview, and that seemed to satisfy both interviewers."
"What advice would you give to a high school student considering going into medicine?"
"What will you bring to LLU medical school?"
"What is the hardest thing you have ever done?"
"If you were the interviewer and I was the student, what would you ask me?"
"If I were the committee member asking the questions, what questions would I ask?"
"Give me a scenario in which you incorporate the spiritual, emotional, and scientific aspect when treating a patient."
"If you were the interviewer and I was the nervous applicant, what would you ask me?"
"Why do you think physicians work such long hours?"
"What do I know about the SDA church?"
"What about your parents do you have in yourself"
"I metioned that I enjoyed reading Harry Potter, my interviwer then asked how would you reconcile some of Harry Potter's themes with Christian values? How would you handle explaining these themes to a Christian child?"
"What did you do this summer?"
"How much do you bench? (I'm a personal trainer)
How long have you been surfing?"
"What do you do to relieve stress?"
"would you lie to provide surgery for a patient dying of heart failure?"
"Tell me who influenced you and why you're here begging to get into our school."
"Film or digital? (on the topic of photography)"
"What's the racial demographics of the kids who get tutored at these places you used to work?
"The first interviewer asked me all the typical questions...why a doctor, why here, why you. But the second interviewer asked me about my denominational affiliation and how it differed from SDA, about my temperament type and how it affected my plans as a doctor, about my family, about ethical issues and how I would deal with them, etc."
"How will your background influence the diversity of the entering class?"
"What makes you unique? What is it that sets you apart from other pre-meds?"
"If you were to be any type of cell in the human body what would you choose and why?"
"What do you think is our health care system? What do you think is a major issue that you will face in the future as a physician?"
"What would you do with a young patient who was pregnant?"
"What is more important, passion or reason?"
"I was asked a battery of ethics questions, from what I thought about stem cell research, abortion, end of life practices, to what I would do if my patient had pancreatic cancer, the prognosis was pretty bad, and the patient wanted to stop treatment because of the pain it would cause to his family?"
"Do you think you have succeded? "
"How will you handle the shift from undergraduate school to medical school? What characteristics do you posess that would allow you to make the tsansition smoothly."
"Descibe a significant moral dilemma you have faced. "
"Have you experienced or seen a "bad doctor". What bothered you about the doctor, what gave you this negative impression? "
"If I wanted to date the interviewer's daughter, how would I convince the interviewer to let me?"
"How are you going to deal with the economic situation doctors are facing?"
"What are the negatives and positives about your culture?"
"If an attending asked you to perform an abortion, but you were ethically oppossed to it, what would you do?"
"What is the most difficult decision I have had to make involving an ethical dilemma."
"What does it take to become a better Christian?"
"I was given a scenario about a patient who was a vitcim of domestic violence and I was asked what I would do. "
"What is a good book you've read lately, besides a text book, and what was it about? "
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