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"Throw away the stress tests. Stop playing the games via email with your "show me your interest". The reality is that students need to play the admissions game if they want the best chance at admissions. If you want a great yield for your institution, I suggest changing the system rather than using these tactics.
Also never forget the fiasco where they accepted everyone who interviewed and then rejected everyone without explanation, and then proceeded to blame the admissions portal software company (which isn't reasonable because thing like this has never happened in the past and the portal literally does not have any control over sending out acceptance letters). The response was not only delayed but also unprofessional. Applicants never received an explanation. When when they called us to apologize, they still played this "you are on the waitlist" vs "you are HIGH RANKING on the waitlist" game."
"Keep doing what they're doing!"
"Not sure what good those highly ranked emails do..."
"Keep rocking it!"
"Keep doing what you're doing."
"Don't change a thing. Your school and office is wonderful and friendly. You really put me at ease."
"I enjoyed all of it. There is really nothing I would change."
"More info on the pre-interview time line would be helpful."
"Nothing. Perfect day."
"There will be one stress-test interviewer who will try to make things tough on you. This is usually the administrator MD (a dean, senior chair). They might grill you, claim you lied on your app, tell you that your views are wrong, or etc. For me, they attacked my personal identity by saying they have a hard time believing people from my background experienced what I experienced."
"What about starting medical school concerns you most?"
"A presented ethical dilemma and asked how I would respond"
"How would you explain your research if I were a six-year old?"
"Tell me about a time when you dealt with a difficult person."
"Why medicine? Tell me about yourself"
"Tell me about yourself."
"How would your mother describe you?"
"How do you deal with death?"
"What do you think are the qualities of a good leader?"
"What are you strengths/weaknesses? What would your friends and family say about you!"
"Tell me about yourself"
"Tell me about _____ activity."
"Explain your research to someone with no scientific background. "
"For the record: I had two interviews that were each one on one. "
"What is your greatest weakness?
I would counsel every applicant to have an answer prepared for this question at any school."
"So, tell me about (insert specific experiences)."
"How would you explain your research to a 12 year old?"
"Most of my questions were inspired from the experiences and activities I discussed in my AMCAS and secondary applications."
"Tell me about a leadership experience"
"How to fix current healthcare system."
"Summarize your contribution to one of the research projects you listed."
"Are you comfortable with your own mortality?"
"Have you ever been a patient? How was your experience as a patient?"
"What would your dad say is the most impressive thing about you?"
"What was the focus of your Master's thesis?"
"Explain the research you did in your NIH-funded program."
"Do you like to spend time alone? What do you think about when you're alone?"
"How would you go about resolving health care issues in developing countries?"
"What does ELISA stand for and describe the process/reason for its use. (related to my research)"
"Tell me more about (blank) experience."
"Have you ever helped a company start, increase in sales or prosper? Would you spend more time with a patient who obeyed your orders, or with one who followed them? Would you ever give up hope on a patient?"
"asked about my job "
"Talk to me about your job and what you've been doing since you graduated."
"Tell me about your research. One whole interview was on nothing but the small amount of research I have done."
"Tell me what you've been doing since high school."
"What would your friends say about you if I asked them about you?"
"Asked about my research and volunteer work. Asked about my recommendation letters. "
"What would I do if a patient refused to be treated? What would I do if a patient did not like me? Would I ever give up on a patient?"
"What is one thing you want me to make sure that I tell the Admissions Committee?"
"Describe your research."
"They were all posted on this site. Go have a look!"
"How will you deal with your mistakes as a doctor?
Have you ever started your own business or organization?
Are you a perfectionist?
"Describe a positive learning experience. "
"See previous postings."
"just app stuff."
"What is your favorite book "
"Same as posts above, just different order so don't rely on reading."
"Descirbe myself in one word"
"Tell me about your clinical experiences. "
"What are some ways that the current health care system can be reformed?"
"Is it important for a physician to be humble? Why? On a scale of 1-10, how humble are you?"
"Describe some of your leadership experiences and tell me what they taught you."
"How would one of your friends describe you?"
"Tell me about your research."
"What's your take on abortion? Euthanasia? Stem cell research?"
"Standard: Why Medicine? Why Mayo?"
"What is your opinion on ethical issues that don't have a definate wrong or right answer? (Ex - euthanasia)"
"Have you ever helped a business to expand or recruit new members?"
"Should the standards and ethics by which professionals must adhere to at work extend into their private life?"
"Why do you want to be a Mayo graduate?"
"When was the last time you cried?"
"What do you do with the rest of you? (on other identities besides my major cultural group)"
"If you could sum yourself and application up in a short pitch what would you say?"
"Tell me about a time when you disagreed with someone or something. How did you work that out?"
"What kind of singing will you do once you're in medical school?"
"Explain your research to ... "
"The research one. I loved it. "
"Rate your humbleness on a scale of 1-10.
...talk about a catch-22. :)
On the upside, I had a funny answer prepared since this question was asked in previous years."
"What career would you pursue if there was a pill that cured every illness and there was no need anymore for medicine?"
"What does diversity mean to you?"
"How would you explain your research to a 12 year old?"
"Mostly conversational about Mayo, Rochester, other places I've lived and travel experiences"
"How did I fit with Mayo's 3-shield tradition (the shields represent education, research, and clincical practice)."
"I applied to a lot of top schools, so they wanted to know why Mayo instead of some other good school...which was easy to answer once I was there, being there I could see how different it was and it was easy to explain/talk through in the interview."
"Where do you think you obtained your understanding of the doctor-patient relationship? What pieces have you sung?"
"if i was surgeon general, how would i fix the healthcare system?"
"How do you view the day of a typical practicing MD/PhD?"
"why r u here?"
"Who is your hero?"
"What would your dad say is your most impressive quality?"
"Do you see yourself being a part of reforming medical care?"
"Was your father wrong or right in his decision not to teach his children to speak Spanish?"
"What would you do if you had unlimited resources (after discussing my time abroad in 3rd world countries)."
"Do you think about your own mortality?"
"Nothing too out of the ordinary, how would I reform health care in developing countries (based of my extracurriculars)"
"Have you ever been in a situation in which you feel you were not fully recognized or awarded? (Answered yes, which lead to a second question) How do you deal with those situations and continue to work hard?"
"How do you feel about diversity?"
"How do you think your sibling would describe you?
"What do you see as the biggest problem in health care and how would you fix it?"
"The interview was not as difficult as I expected. "
"Questions about my profession and experiences I've had there."
"Tell me about someone you met volunteering at the soup kitchen."
"Do you miss your old major? (I wasn't a science major.)"
"Nothing too interesting or hard"
"Do I feel McDonald's should be held responsible for our overweight society? If I was a car what color would I be?"
"AM I a perfectionist? Do I expect perfection of others?"
"There weren't any surprise or unusual questions."
"What's Mayo Clinic's weakness?"
"How do you feel about your mortality? "
"How I felt about national health care."
"What are some solutions for the healthcare crisis we are currently facing?"
"If you worked in a group with a colleague who was an irresponsible, bad doctor, what would you do, if anything?"
"Do yout think about your death?"
"What do you think about your own mortality?"
"What is one moment in your life you are most proud of?"
"Nothing. The questions were mostly specific to my AMCAS application and things I said on the phone interview."
"Discrepency in my two MCAT scores"
"I'm going to be your advocate on the admissions committee. What would you like me to say about you?"
"Describe yourself but only use 2 words."
"What do you think about when you are alone?"
"Have you come to terms with your own mortality?"
"If there was one moment in my life that I could relive (good or bad) what would it be? Why?"
"How can you prove to me that you can relate to people of different backgrounds from yourself?"
"What do you do for fun?"
"Say you are Bill Gates...Come up with a way to fix health care as it currently stands."
"If you had one word you wanted me to tell the committee to describe yourself, what would it be?"
"Have you thought about your own mortality?"
"Do you ever spend time alone? What do you think about when you're alone?"
"What does it mean to be a professional?"
"Describe an educational experience in which you turned a negative situation into a positive situation."
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