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"Keep up the good work!"
"Rotating delegation of email coverage during holidays in order to prevent delays of up to two weeks for rescheduling interviews would probably benefit both OUMED and interviewees."
"Quicker response time after interview would be nice."
"There was a lot of "we don't know what's going on" from the med students showing us around. It lessened my anxiety in general but made the school seem unprofessional."
"None, they were really friendly and prompt!"
"Pretty good on my part. I only gave the score based on my own experience dealing with the admissions"
"AAMC Core Competencies"
"Tell me about a time you had to own up to a mistake."
"Tell us about a time you failed. How did you learn from it?"
"Tell me about a time where you did the right thing over the easy thing."
"Tell me about yourself."
"Tell us about a time that you were in a leadership position and had to use your skills to solve a problem."
""So tell me about yourself and why medicine?""
"Describe a difficult situation in your past, what was the objective, and how you were able to persuade others that your way was the correct way."
"On your trip overseas, tell us about one of the most memorable experiences you had."
"Why OU? Why do you want to be a doctor? (came mid-way through the interview)"
"Problems in medicine today - They wanted a detailed answer."
"How did you prepare for this interview?"
"What one person do you look up to, or are inspired by?"
"How would you change the state of the American Health Care system?"
"Tell us a little bit about yourself."
"What is the most frustrating thing about medicine? I said noncompliant patients and they all laughed in agreement."
"Tell me about the shadowing experience you had this past summer (listed on my activities in the amcas application)."
"Tell us about yourself"
"What concerns you most about being a physician?"
"Tell me about [this activity from your personal statement]."
"Tell me about your personal statement."
"Tell me about an ethical dilemma a physician might face."
"Why are you here?"
"What initiated your interest in pursuing a career in the medical field?"
"Tell me about your story of how you came to be where you are now. (I am a non-traditional applicant who left a successful career to pursue medicine.)"
"What were your favorite and least favorite classes and why?"
"You said you wanted to have a family. How do you plan on balancing your career and family life?"
"When event caused you to decide to become a doctor?"
"We're supposed to be your advocates to the election board. Is there anything not covered on your application that we should tell them? (I replied with a joke, "Make sure they know how good looking I am"...no one laughed)"
"Tell us about X activity."
"What are your thoughts on Mediation and how could it improve listening skills?"
"What do you think will be the most challenging part of medical school?"
"If you were to attend here, what can you bring that makes you unique from everyone else?"
"What is the biggest problem in healthcare today? How would you fix it?"
"Describe your journey into medicine"
"What do you think are the major issues facing medicine today?"
"what is your best quality?"
"Why didn't you choose to be a nurse?"
"What would you do if you didn't get accepted this year?"
"See description of interview."
"What are some of your hobbies?"
"Tell me about yourself"
"What do you do with your free time?"
"Who would you treat first- a child or a homeless person...?
"Who would you treat first- a child or a homeless person...?"
"What is wrong with Healthcare in the US? How would you fix it?"
"Tell us about yourself and why you want to be a doctor. What is something specific you saw in your shadowing experiences that struck you?"
"Tell us about your home life? Who were you in High School? Why did you not retake the MCAT? "
"Opening question: Why do you want to be a doctor?"
"Have you been academically challenged? If so, give an example of an instance in which you were academically challenged but the outcome was not positive."
"Why do you want to go to med school at OU?"
"Tell us about yourself (leadership experiences, volunteer experiences, etc)"
"When did you know you wanted to be a doctor."
"Current issue in medicine?"
"Do you think that there is room for improvement in your MCAT score?"
"If not medicine, what else would you do?"
"If you were in a position to change health policy what would it be?"
"Why should we choose you?"
"What was your favorite class as an undergrad?"
"What would you do if a patient refused blood transfusion for religous reasons?"
"Tell us why you are living abroad."
"Why do you want to go into medicine?"
"Parents of an unresponsive child enter the ER and ask you to stop all treatment so they can pray over the child. How do you deal with this situation?"
"What have you done since you last applied? "
"Tell me about where you were born. "
"What is a current issue in medicine? Follow up about issue."
"Tell us about yourself?"
"basic policy stuff and stuff about my background."
"What is the biggest mistake you have ever made, and how did it change you? "
"Name the top 5 medical advancements in the past 150 years that have affected the world. "
"Say you gave a patient a hystorectomy, and the husband came in without his wife and wanted a vasectomy. How would you handle the situation? "
"What is the difference between a concentric and eccentric muscle contraction?"
"Tell us about yourself. Why do you want to be a doctor? I think you can count on one of these two questions to start the interview"
"Tell us about yourself -- something we wouldn't know from your application."
"Tell us of two or three inventions/advancements in technology/science that you are impressed with."
"Where do you see yourself in X years?"
"Why do you want to do into medicine? (This was the first question I was asked.)"
"If you had a personality trait of someone you knew what would it be?"
"How do you spend your time?"
"Why do you want to return to Oklahoma?"
"Why are you interested in medicine? What other schools have you applied to?"
"A question from my personal statement."
"How do you handle stress?"
""So your from [out of state]...."(and it just snowballed from there: what type of industry, climate, culture, etc. in that particular area of the country)"
"If you were in a leadership role, what qualities would you bring?"
"why you choose medicine? "
"Tell me about yourself. What's bring you to OU, why OU? "
"Tell us about yourself? Why medicine? Why your specific major? "
"Why do you want to be a doctor?
"What brings you here?"
"What has been your favorite class so far? Why?"
"Why do you want to be a doctor?"
"If you only got a B+ in several science courses at your school, what makes you think you can do better here?"
"Tell us about yourself."
"If you got a million dollars two weeks before you were to start medical school what would you do?
You work in a fertility clinic and a women has ten fertilized eggs that she no longer wants. What do you do with them?
Is health care a privelege or a right?
If you had unlimited amount of money what would you do to fix America's healthcare system? (I hated this question. What could I do with my own money, pay for all the uninsured's medical costs?)
Where else have you applied?
What will you do if you're not accepted?
What do you like to do in your free time?
Do you think insurance or the physician should make decisions for patients?
If you were on the admissions comittee, tell me why you would pick yourself for admission."
"Like I said, they asked mainly stuff about my experiences. They also asked what do you do for fun? If not medicine, what else? What will stress you out the most about med school? Also, asked me indirectly why I want to be a doctor, or more specifically in my case, if behavioral medicine was likely to be my choice and why. By the way I have heard a lot that OU doesn't like to hear that you are hell bent on one track in medicine, so I added a little bit about how I like other stuff too and blah blah, which they responded by positively nodding. Just don't be black and white, you know? "
"How would you handle not achieving the same academic success that you have had in undergrad?"
"Describe a certain patient/experience that stands out in your mind."
"How do we know that this (medicine) is you last stop?"
"What do you feel you could bring to next years class?"
"How do you relate to the specialty you have described in your personal statement?"
"Describe a personal crisis?"
"Right off the bat - Why do you want to be a doctor?"
"Prove to me that you have integrity?"
"if you saw your best friend cheating on a test, what would you do?"
"how would react if you totally bombed a test?"
"Tell me about yourself, why medicine..."
"Tell us what you were expecting to see in here... as in, did you know there would be three interviewers, usually 2 MDs and 1 med student - however I had 3 MDs - and how well do you know your premed advisor?"
"What is the latest movie you have seen?"
"If you are examining a young patient and you discover that the patient has cancer, but the mother will not let you operate, what do you do?
"Would you like to see the US under a system of socialized medicine?"
"Tell us about yourself and why you want to be a physician"
"How have you developed your ethics and morals?"
"Tell us about yourself. What path have you taken to bring you here?"
"What are a some books that you have read recently that you really enjoyed? "
"What do you see yourself doing in 10 years? What is your biggest weakness? Tell me about a specific patient interaction that you've had."
"When you have so many other talents, why do you want to be a doctor?"
"Why medicine, why OU, and where do I see myself in ten years?"
"What do you want to have accomplished in 20 years? What is your biggest failure? Tell me about yourself.
"Do your degrees (economics and math) have any relation to medicine?"
"Why do you want to be a doctor? A pretty standard question - this was numero uno, right off the bat, so be ready."
"how do you view success? would you tell someone that is smoking to stop? (i think the question came up bc we were talking about patients sometimes not listening to the doctors so what would you do?) you seem very passionate about medicine, but why medicine? what is a founding mother for your sorority? must have been a lot of hard work huh? have you made any mistakes? tell me about ur research?"
"How do you feel your martial arts experience will serve you in the academic arena?"
"How long have you had the dream of being a doctor? What experience have you had in the medical field? Were there any patients that made a difference in your life?"
"what do you do in your free time?"
"Tell me about your parents."
"Tell me about a time you interacted with someone from and different culture. How did you learn from this?"
"Tell us about a time you made a mistake. What did you do to fix it and how did you prevent it from happening again?"
"Tell me a time you saw/or faced discrimination and what did you about it."
"What excites you most about our med school"
"What was your most impactful patient interaction?"
""Thirty-percent of trainees report symptoms of depression during residency. How do you feel your experiences will aid you if you experience similar symptoms during your residency?""
"I see you play guitar, what style do you like?"
"Would you turn in your best friend if you caught him cheating?"
"Who are you first going to call when you walk out of this interview?"
"Describe a patient interaction that you had that stands out in your mind?"
"Would you rather be a compassionate or a competent physician?"
"the blizzard forced them to do do interview marathon on a Sunday, I was the last one my group saw for the YEAR so they were all exhausted, uninterested, bored, ready to leave, not asking interesting questions at all."
"So, what's your favorite birdsong? (I had listed on my amcas that I did research with birds the past summer)"
"So do students at your campus watch Glee?"
"How would you change individuals attitudes toward living a healthy lifestyle?"
"Tell me a medical advancement you are impressed with."
"How do you think music will tie in with your experience as a physician?"
"They asked me to list all of the hormones that I worked with the past summer when I did research. I tested about 15 and only 1 showed a correlation and I forgot all the rest in my nervousness."
"Tell us about your siblings. What do you think about “middle-child syndrome?” Do you suffer from it?
"Tell me about an experience in your past when you did something that you thought was right, but actually turned out to be a failure. How did you handle it? What was the outcome? How would you apply that to medicine?"
"What is your view on the health care reform?"
"What do you like about fencing? (I'm in the fencing club at my undergrad.)"
"Have you seen Valkyrie yet? This is because I'm a big military history buff and it came out about a month earlier."
"Which candidate's plan do you think will be the most successful in fixing the problems with healthcare in America?
(I interviewed during election season)"
"All their questions were pretty standard."
"What have you done with your son to encourage his social development?"
"Are your parents proud of you?"
""You are a well dressed man, you seem to be very intelligent, but what's with the spiky hair?" .......... :) ????"
"Why did you choice to go to OU for undergrad?"
"What challenges do you think you will face as a physician in 30 years?"
"Are you intimidated about medical school?"
"If military (I used to be in the military) or medicine was not an option, what else would you probably pursue?"
"I'm not sure if there were any ''interesting'' questions."
"I am really into art and ballet, my interviewer asked me to draw some parallels between the two and how would those classes/skills benefit me as a physician"
"The medical profession has lost a lot of respect over the years. How would you reverse this trend?"
"what should we tell the admissions board about you that makes you more qualified than other candidates?"
"Why didn't you go to [local university from my hometown]?"
"Would you like to practice here or abroad?"
"How do you think you are doing in the interview so far?"
"What do you play on the piano to calm you?"
"What do you think needs to be done to improve the health care system?"
"How did you study for your MCAT?"
"What do you think about mandatory cervical cancer vaccinations?
"What do you think about mandatory cervical cancer vaccinations?"
"What does being an Eagle Scout mean to you?"
"''What can you tell me about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle?''
I'm an English Lit major so this was one of those questions I was hoping for. "
"Rate my relationship with my parents on a scale of 1 to 10."
"Would I cut red tape?"
"Nothing really interesting, a lot of general ''who are you'' questions."
"How would you compare the healthcare system overseas with healthcare in America? (I grew up overseas partly)"
"What were your hobbies?"
"Are you a class-goer?
A patient and her sister enter your clinic; the patient needs a prescription to be cured of her illness. The patient cannot afford the medicine, but the patient's sister has full coverage. Would you write the script for the patient's sister so that the patient could be cured?"
"Why are you wearing a suit today, but a t-shirt in your passport pic?"
"Why do you like ____ book?"
"If you could create an ideal health care system, what would you change first?"
"There weren't really any interesting questions. I have done some interesting research in the past and they asked a lot of questions about that. They also asked a lot of questions about my experiences growing up on a farm."
"What should someone be willing to sacrifice to become a doctor?"
"How do you feel about children who grew up without parents?"
"What do you like LEAST about medical school."
"The MS interviewer basically asked me if I won 1 million dollars, would I still practice medicine? Why? To follow up, what I thought of those who would actually quit their career?"
"What is the biggest problem in healthcare today?"
"Are you a sports fan? (A football player on his favorite NFL team apparently has the same name as me, he wanted to know if I knew who he was. I didn't)"
"How have you learned to prioritize and keep your study habits where they need to be?"
"A man has saved all his life to care for his handicap son. The man has learned he is terminally ill and wants to overdose. He comes to you. What do you do?"
"What is the biggest challenge in medicine today?"
"Parents of an unresponsive child enter the ER and ask you to stop all treatment so they can pray over the child. How do you deal with this situation?"
"What do you think about the role of Lawyers in the health care profession."
"Is Medicine more an art or a science?"
"You have 2 patients; one has pretty straight forward treatment and the other not very straight forward and little chance of outcome. Which one do you choose?"
"What was your favorite course in college?"
"How have your extracurricular activities contributed towards your desire to be a doctor?"
"I got a ton of questions about health care policy stuff. Both interesting and difficult."
"How will you handle being a religious person in the clinical setting?"
"Do you know which section of the MCAT cooresponds most to success in med school? "
"More than a question, one interviewer said: We're concerned that someone who works as hard as you do might not handle stress, there have been students who've been known to commit suicide. This came from my extensive list of activities and involvement on my application."
"Describe some specific experiences that you had with your grandfather."
"How do you see your faith affecting your potential career in medicine?"
"What does the red stripe on the barber pole represent? (I thought this was strange, but I think they just were trying to see how I would react to a random question)"
"How many days a week are you joyful?"
"How do plan to interact with members of your class?"
"Most questions were expected and not that interesting."
"What's your worst quality?"
"Do you think emergency medical care should be a legal right for illegal immigrants in the U.S.?"
"How do you rationalize the fact that Dermatologists make $500,000 while General/Family Practice physicians make $90,000-$150,000? "
"What is one of the current issues in medicine?"
"If you could switch places with someone else, who would you be and why?"
"Tell us what you think about the 65 year old lady having a baby."
"How do you think you will adjust to wearing crimson after being a cowboy?"
"They read me something from one of my letters of rec and asked me to give an example of it."
"I have always been very involved in multiple extra curricular activities, and the interviewers asked how I would handle being in med school and not having the time to participate in anything but school."
"If you were stranded on an island, what three things would you take?"
"You have applied to other medical colleges. Tell us why you applied to OU then tell us why you applied to Creighton."
"If you have a magic wand that can transport you anywhere, where would you go? If you can be any cell in the body which one would you be and why? (right off the bat, I answered that I'll be a stem cell, since I can differentiate into any cell I want! =) heheh.)"
"What are your opinions on euthanasia?"
"How did you mother being a nurse affect your decision to go into medicine?
"Do you think more people received better healthcare prior to the introduction of Medicare and Medicaid?"
"What do you need in a career in order for it to be fulfilling for you?"
"Describe the type of legacy you want to leave."
"Do you think your siblings ever feel intimidated by the bar you've set (since I'm the eldest)?"
"What caused the Soviet Union to fall? This was a little off-the-wall, and I know from the look on his face that he was just testing how I think. It was brought on because I had just told them that my favorite undergraduate class was one in the History of Science department called Cold War Science."
"Nothing was very interesting - it was like they were just reading off of a standard questions list or something"
"none were "interesting.""
"How do you think the non-science courses have helped broaden your horizons? "
"Will you be married and have a family in 5-10 years?"
"How do we know that this (medicine) is your last stop? (I am a non-traditional student applying to medical school after working in both Publishing and Information Technology - so a question to be expected )."
"Why Oklahoma (I'm from Florida)?"
"Everything was fairly standard. Most questions were based off of my application...especially the personal statement."
"Have I thought about academic medicine?
"Some difficult patients are angry or hard to communicate with; what is your idea of a difficult patient?"
"What is the one thing you were hoping that we would not talk about in this interview? That was strange, I told them health care issues and they didnt ask anything about those issues."
"I am just posting this for all the students who read the previous post and think it is truthful. The fact is that interviews do not start until the 28th of Nov. for MD/PhD students and the 29th for MD students. I know this because the school has told me and I also will be interviewing on the first day which is still more than a week away. The person who posted prior to this was full of something besides his own experiences at OU."
"you have a 55 year old obese alcoholic smoker and a 79 year old fit person. both need heart transplants. you have one heart.......
wasn't trying to stick me on it, just wanted to see my train of thought and if i could back up answer. one interviewer asked some difficult questions; i think it was more to give me a chance to shine than to make me look bad. it was a good interview."
"how would i explain to a young kid that we were going to have to amputate his arm. "
"What were your grades in high school like? What is your value system? Where do you see yourself in 15 years? What will you do if you do not get in? What do your parents do? Why medicine? How do you deal with stress?"
"What are the three most important things in life?
If you had unlimited money etc. what would you do in 24hrs?
"What would you do to impact the world?"
"Tell me what you know about Pete Rose. What is an apology? Does he deserve to be in the Hall of Fame?"
"Do you have a best friend?"
"What is the most creative thing you have ever done?"
"Is OU your first choice? "
"Just as I thought I was in the clear from the ethics questions, I was asked if I thought healthcare was a right or privilege. I was wrong!"
"Nothing stood out in particular."
"Where do you feel you get your moral values?"
"How do you deal with people who have extremely bad attitudes?"
"After telling the interviewer that I have visited Mexico many times, he spoke a few sentences in Spanish and asked me what he said."
"What are your longterm goals besides medicine?"
"Is it ever okay to break or bend rules?"
"It was in regards to the overprescription of certain drugs, specifically Ritalin, and who is at fault for this situation."
"Would you bend the rules if one of your patients was underinsured?"
"I was given a long, huge, ethical/health care question that was a combination of "How would you deal w patients who don't listen to you?" and "How would you deal w the general problems in health care?" "
"Imagine that there is a man on death row in need of a heart transplant to save his life. Ought doctors perform a heart transplant on this patient despite the fact that he will be executed shortly thereafter?"
"What are the three most urgent issues in healthcare?"
"what question were you thinking that you did not want me ask you today?"
"What makes you stand out from other candidates without your life experiences considered?"
"If you had a patient whou could not pay, what would you do?"
"What advice would you give to your younger brother now that you have finished college? (I have a brother that is 5 years younger than me)."
"guess what our specialties are (light-hearted question at the end of the interview)"
"What is your average golfing score?"
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