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"Please communicate better with applicants. I should receive an email when I am placed in the hold pool and also receive another email when I am accepted/placed on the waitlist/rejected. I should not have to be checking the secondary portal every single day just to see whether the tiny little status dot on the secondary portal has changed. I have been checking almost every day for months now and it's been a very frustrating process."
"Keep doing what you're doing!"
"Answer email and voicemail messages in a timely manner."
"Formally address cost of medical education"
"Do not schedule interview times during the morning orientation and lunch with the current students."
"Faster turn-around time on secondary applications and file reviews. I was 80% through the process with all the other schools I applied to before I even received a secondary from OHSU."
"Respond to emails."
"more things to do during down time of interview day."
"They need to figure out how to fix their emails...too many of them automatically end up in your spam"
"Get your act together. Answer peoples questions when they call you up and ask (rather than just lett"
"Give more accurate deadlines for decision dates, but otherwise, I liked how the admissions office ra"
"Give the option to go all electronic!"
"Scrap the snail mail."
"Be open to responding to applicants even before they recieve an interview invitation. It seems to b"
"Go electronic (Portland is as green as can be, why is OHSU Admissions not?) and SPEED IT UP!"
"More structure, pick better interviewers"
"People knock the OHSU admissions office but I actually think they do a good job. All my phone messag"
"Snail mail? Really? Get with the program ya'll...especially from Oregon! You love trees! Stop ki"
"It's 2008 and it's time to use email to communicate. It's much faster and more guaranteed to get to"
"The delayed admissions system (they don't accept the whole class until May 15th and it's not really"
"Pretty please use email and the internet. It is quite stressful waiting for postcards and letters."
"Although snail mail is somewhat chivalrous- I appreciate the speed of email."
"please stop using snail mail! it's slow and a waste of paper..."
"Faster decision-making process"
"What is a strength of yours?"
"Just regular questions about my interest in medicine and application details."
"What will you contribute to the school/What do you bring to the table?"
"What's the last book you read?"
""Tell me about yourself""
"In my long interview my interviewer had made a great deal of effort to know my application inside and out and asked more qeustions to further her understanding of my application, very relaxing."
"What is the most challenging thing you have had to overcome so far?"
"Talk about your research experience."
"What questions do you have for me?"
"specific questions related to my primary and secondary applications. The interviewer KNEW my file well."
"During my one-on-one interview (one of the 8 stations in the MMI), all of my questions were based on my application. The interviewer had highlighted certain parts of my personal statement and activities that she wanted to discuss with me."
"Tell me more about this experience in your life."
"List three qualities a physician should have, and explain how you reflect those qualities?"
"What will be the hardest thing about being a doctor?"
"What experience in your life has taught you emotional maturity?"
"Questions about being a non-traditional."
"Describe your leadership experience"
"Why medicine, not research?"
"As a non-traditional applicant, why didn't you consider medicine before?"
"Why do you want to go to medical school?"
"The standard stuff... why medicine?"
"What is an example of adversity you have faced and how did you overcome it?"
"What field of medicine are you interested in?"
"With your research experience, why not MD/PhD?"
"What kind of an impact do you think for-profit hospitals have had on the health care economy?"
""Do you want to have children in the future?""
"Have you been accepted anywhere else"
"What about OHSU as a medical school makes it a top choice for you?"
"What would you do if a patient was requesting treatment that you were not comfortble giving?"
"What's led you to want to be a doctor?"
"Tell me about yourself"
"How can you improve yourself academically and socially?"
"What is your philosophy on teamwork? What makes for working well in a team?"
"How would you fix the US health care system? "
"Tell about family. How will you pay for med school. What do you know about the process. What will a day in the life be like for you as a doctor"
"What do you have to offer our school?"
"Tell me about your activity 1, 2, 3..."
"What will you do if you don't get in. What if you don't get in the year after or the year after that and so on?
(Asked this by all 3 interviewers - do they want to hear: ''I will keep applying until I'm blue in the face because this is really what I want to do?'' or do they actually want to know that you have a back-up plan? I think that's open to interpretation.)"
"Tell me about ____ activity."
"What are your strengths?"
"You seem to be so passionate about engineering, do you think you could ever feel that way about medicine?"
"Tell me about x activity."
"Tell me about yourself."
"Book that most influenced you and why?"
"Tell me about your research."
"What is your weakenss?"
"Where do you see yourself in 10 years?"
"what are your strengths and weaknesses as a leader?"
"What is one of your weaknesses?"
"Tell me about your family/yourself"
"Tell me about your background (I was born in a rural place outside of the US)?"
"What do you see yourself doing in 7-10 years?"
"What do you think about the health care system? How would you organize and pay for it if you were in charge?"
"What sort of clinical experience do you have?"
"how do we fix healthcare?"
"All very standard and pertained to questions about my personal experiences. "
"strengths & weaknesses"
"How did you first get interested in medicine?"
"what do you think is the biggest problem facing healthcare in america?"
"general stuff about my work/school/volunteering"
"Nothing original or interesting."
"How did you go from being an engineer to being here?"
"What do you think your strengths and weaknesses are? Why?"
"How do you measure success?"
"How do you balance family with medical career?
"What concerns you about the future of US healthcare?"
"What have you done to improve your application from last year ( I am a reapplicant and both of my interviewers asked this question.)"
"Tell me about your clinical experiences.
What did you get out of experience X."
"Tell me about your family, what is your support system in Portland, what is something you feel strongly about..."
"Conversational questions about my family."
"Tell me about your life (both interviewers asked this)."
"What did you learn from reading that book? (in reference to a book we had talked about)"
"the questions i got were similar to others' but i didn't get asked what book i read last. no ethical either."
"What did you think of X class?"
"Time when you fell short of expectations and a time when you exceeded them. "
"How was it supervising MD's and PhD's in your work experiences?"
"What can be done to correct the Oregon health Plan"
"How do you feel about the Death with Dignity Act? If patient asked for such a prescription, would you give it?"
"What do you see yourself doing in 10 years?"
"Why medicine? Then the interviewer told me that he normally doesn't ask this question, but I deserved it b/c I had started out in the astrophysics major. Fun stuff."
"What are your positive/negative qualities"
"Tell me about yourself..."
"tell me about your background"
"What is my idea of a good leader?
Which of these traits do I have?"
"If a colleague came to you and told you he was going to fake some numbers/information for a study he was doing in order to move the project along faster... what would you do?"
"What problems do the people in your hometown (very small) face with regards to access to medicine? "
"What is wrong with healthcare today?"
"so you're into med school. how do you pay for it?"
""Why do you need a PhD for your research. Why MD/PhD?""
"Why medicine, and specifically why medicine instead of NP or social work"
"How will you pay for medical school?"
"What do you look for in a medical school?"
"Where were you born? Tell me about you childhood. Explain various parts of my application. "
"why OHSU & why MD/MPH?"
"Why do you want to be a doctor? (the third guy)"
"What do you think is the biggest national health care problem?"
"When did you decide you wanted to be a doctor? Why? What will you do next year if you don't get in? How do you support yourself if you only have a part time job? (pretty much asking, do you parents still give you money?)"
"How will you pay for medical school"
"So why do you want to be a doctor?"
"Why OHSU? What kind of medicine do you want to pursue? What has been your greatest success? Greatest disappointment? "
"why doc? why ohsu? how did you become interested in medicine? etc. and more specifics about my app."
"Tell me about a specific volunteer experience (from my application)"
"What were the happiest/saddest moments in your life?"
"How did you come to choose medicine? (They really pushed for details)"
"Your motivation for medicine?"
"What do you do for fun? (all 3 asked me this question)"
"Tell me about yourself. (grrrr) Describe your research. Describe your experience abroad. Why OHSU? Where else did you apply. What is the greatest problem facing healthcare? "
"What was the happiest moment of your life?"
"What did you learn getting your BA in English Literature?"
"Tell me three strengths and three weaknesses and explain them."
"What are obstacles have you overcome in your life and how did you do that."
"Tell me about the most stressfull experience you have ever had, and how you delt with it
"Why did you volunteer at X homeless shelter? What did you learn from the people you served?"
"What books have you read lately?"
"Do you work well in groups/teams? Are you a leader?"
"What was the hardest time during your undergraduate and post-graduate experience? What would you have changed, and what did you learn from it?"
"Difficulty you faced and how you overcame it?"
"Asked me questions that were directly related to my life story - it felt like they took the time to review all the information in my file and were interested in what I had to say."
"None were specifically interesting"
"She asked very specific questions regarding my application and essays, which made it very easy to talk about details and personal experiences!"
""What is your favorite book and why?""
"The scenario with the doctors way of discussing parenting with a new mother."
"Specific question about background showing how close they read your file."
"Question specific to my research project."
"Tell me about a time you felt misjudged by somebody, and how you responded to that situation?"
"What books have you read with meaningful themes? What were the ideas in the book that stuck with you?"
"Tell me about this quote from your essay."
"Not so much a question, as talking more in-depth about the specific and changing health care issues being faced by military veterans and how OHSU/the VA is dealing with them (interviewer is an MD at the VA hospital)."
"Not a specific question, but the general conversation about how to balance life and a career in medicine was interesting and encouraging."
"Tell me about _____ on your application."
"What do you think is the best solution to the health care problem?"
"Why do you think some geographical regions charge more for a medical service versus other regions?"
"How will you resond to a patient that does not agree with your diagnosis?"
"Why do you think you would be a good fit for OHSU?"
"Not a question, but the interviewer started the interview by speaking to me in the foreign language I speak."
"What was it like working with ______ people."
"What are the benefits/disadvantages of social vs. private medicine?"
"Given your broad interests, how will you focus down on a very specific thesis for the MPH part of your combined degree?"
"Were there any cultural differences that shocked you when you moved to the States?"
"Do you think women have a tougher time being taken seriously in medicine than men?"
"What do you know about the pitfalls of being a doctor? Did your father try to push you away from a career in medicine (dad is a physician)"
"Who are three people you'd invite to dinner?"
"What did you learn in your Peace Corps experience that you will apply to the way that you practice medicine? What did ____ experience teach you that will make you a better doctor?"
"How would you compare the US and Canadian health systems?"
"What do you like to do in your free time?"
"What will be the most challenging thing for you as a physician."
"Every question I got was completely standard, no curve balls, ethics questions, healthcare policy questions, behavioral questions; we basically just talked about my application."
"How do you feel about moving to an area with less ethnic diversity?"
"What is your interest in public health?"
"Tell me about an unethical event you've witnessed. (Or something similar)"
"As you probably know, there are a lot of people in the United States who don't have health insurance and are unable to pay for their medical care, what are your thoughts on this?"
"Where do you think the US healthcare system will be in 10 years?"
"Describe one person in your life so that if I met them yesterday I would already know them."
"So classically the strongest correlation for Med School performance is Organic Chemistry, do you have anything you would like to say about your second semester grade? (Gulp?)"
"Choose someone close to you- family member or friend- and describe them so if I were in a crowd of people I could pick them out."
"Which health care system is the best (internationally)?"
"What weaknesses would your family/friends point out about you, and would you agree or disagree with them?"
"every question was pretty straight forward about my file"
"Before my first interviewer started asking me questions, he asked me to interview him for as long or as little as I wanted to so ''we could be on a level playing field.'' Not expected, but an interesting way to get the ball rolling."
"Why are Harry Potter books so appealing?
"What book influenced me the most and why?"
"Most of them were pretty standard and related to my AMCAS essay."
"Tell me about your family."
"Is it ethically alright for doctors to turn down uninsured patients?"
"What types of patients puch your buttons? (I'm and EMT)"
"what is a positive and negative experience you've had with a patient and how did you deal with it?"
"What do think the role of social support and spirituality are in health and medicine?"
"don't remember the specifics my interviews were very conversational and low-key."
"What book, article, poem, etc. influenced your decision to become a physician?"
"Tell me specifically how you see your life 10 years from now, given that you are out of residency and practicing."
"How can a patient ''push your buttons?'' How do you respond?"
"How do you feel about being around students with viewpoints that are different from your own?"
"What will you do if you don't get in? We often take older students and many people have to reapply."
"How would you allocate health care resources according to global need?"
"tell me about how you have combined your hobbies with your desire to pursue medicine."
"Why not complete your Ph.D.? After giving my answer he then followed up by telling me he thought I was wrong. "
"What did X experience teach you about yourself?"
"What do you think about the Bush administration. Guess it's that time of year."
"what role do you think spirituality plays in the work of a physician/healer?"
"I don't remember the specifics. Mainly I was asked personal stuff about what I like to do, why medicine, why OHSU, etc. There were no ethical or policy questions."
"How were your leadership experiences different between working with your peers and leading enlisted troops?"
""In the past 25 years that I have been here, Ive noticed that the students seem to be getting a lot more serious. Do you think this is a good thing?""
"How does a person with my ethnic background get involved in a non-profit organization that deals with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? What side am I on? (both of my interviewers asked questions about this activity so know your actvities!).
I was also asked about my volunteer work in helping to build a sweatlodge at a state park. My interviewer knew a lot about this tradition."
"How would you be different as a person if you never had to go through experience X?"
"What is it you teach missionaries? (follow up question about my teaching spanish in a missionary training center)"
"Explain the difference between a nurse, a nurse practitioner, and a physician."
"How should we maintain a standard of professionalism amongst medical students?"
"What is one thing about yourself you regret and what would you change about it?"
"What do you think will be your biggest challenge in ten years (assuming you get into medical school and are a practicing physician)?"
"What is something you will bring to the class that no one else will be able to?"
"would i go back and practice in my home town"
"What did you think of the health care in (country where I studied abroad)?"
"Describe a time when you did not meet someones expectations."
"Give me you best bad joke."
"Asked a lot about why I want to be a doc and what qualities I thought made the best MD."
"An immigrant from Southeast Asia is found to have a malignant tumor that will cause him to die in 12-24 months. He refuses to have treatment. What do you do? After I answered the question, the interviewer explained how it was an experience he had."
"After basically chatting with me for an hour, the interviewer said, "I need to ask you one hard question, describe a time when you showed leadership.""
"What is your opinion on the Canadian health care system? "
"Why do you feel you need an MPH?"
"Tell me about your family?"
"What was the time of your life when you were happiest? What was the most difficult time of your life?"
"What qualities does it take to be a good medical student?"
"So there's a lot of construction going on here... if you get hit by a dump truck while crossing the street today, what would you want your epitaph to read? (yeah, I thought it was morbid too)"
"Have you had a personal experience with death in a healthcare setting?"
"What is your favorite book?"
"What book have you read that taught you the most about people"
"Role models, etc."
"If you had to do a breakdown of your time, how much time would you dedicte in your career to research and how much time would you dedicate to patients and why?"
"Nothing too surprising came up--I had an interesting conversation with my last interviewer about Oregon' Death with Dignity Act and abortion (I work in a clinic that provides them, he had experience performing them, so it was a pretty friendly conversation and not a debate)"
"How will you balance your career, family, and other responsibilites when you are a physician?"
"How do you feel about the need to increase medical school enrollment?"
"What do you think is the worst problem with healthcare today. Why do you think this. How would you change this? "
"greatest problem in healthcare, which was followed by an interesting discussion on access to care."
"What is your opion on cutting? (the public health issue - people cutting themselves based on emotional distress)"
"What do you think of Oregon's environmental policies regarding salmon? (shit....uh....)"
"Tell me about your childhood- asked by my second interviewer and without preamble. I had no idea what I "should" say so I just blabbed on. I wondered if something in my app had given the impression that I had a bad childhood, but I talked to someone else who was interviewed by the same person and she, too, was asked this question. IN FACT- she was asked the exact same questions I was. "
"Physicians today have reported less satisfaction in their profession than a decade ago, why do you think this is? What external factors would you guess are responsible for this?"
"List four things you would like to change about yourself."
"What did you learn about yourself by reading book X?"
"Describe a patient you came into contact with in ____ clinical experience"
"Who/what has had the greatest influence in your decision to pursue medicine?"
"questions were all straight off the application, but it had the feel of a closed file interview because all were conversations."
"How do you deal with people in difficult situations? (this question stems from my having worked at a homeless shelter)"
"Who has had the greatest impact on your life?"
"See most difficult question."
"What did getting your BA in English Literature teach you?
Both interviewers avoided the stereotypical interview questions and, from my essays, generated questions that were aimed at assessing my personality, history, conversational style, and interests. Both interviewers were relaxed, gregarious, and informative."
"What makes you laugh?"
"Discuss a time when I was the most happy and also the most sad."
"What experiences do you think helped you become the independant and self-assured person you are today?"
"How do you feel that you deal with violence and verbal agression"
"Do you think physicians should be required to complete service committments in underserved areas?"
"Nothing stands out."
"Have you read any Harry Potter books?"
"They didn't ask anything really all that interesting, really. Most of the questions were clarifications of my history (where/when/why I went to school, what I've done since graduating)."
"What was the most memorable patient you've had and why?"
"Nothing too terribly interesting..."
"Would you parent a non-compliant pt (strict reprimansion)?"
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