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What was the stress level of the interview?
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"Change the interview style back to conversational interviews, a few students complained of the new model of interviewing, including myself."
"The dean of admissions is, perhaps, the most jovial person I have ever met. He had something personal and nice to say about each and every one of the applicants present at the interview. He was also incredibly receptive to questions and wanted applicants to be as low-stress as possible. Keep him around, he's a gem."
"Keep doing what they are doing because they are great!"
"the admissions office was very friendly and enthusiastic. Having someone walk us to and from our interviews was certainly appreciated"
"Follow-up Clinical Preference Survey was confusing. Also, I would prefer if the interview reminder email had the specific date and time on it just to confirm that the appointment was correct."
"Put up signs telling the applicants where to go in the morning, I almost got lost. Plan to arrive a little bit early to find your way around"
"More exciting tour guides!"
"Have an MD/PhD status check website"
"It's a very long interview day! Maybe make it shorter?"
"don't change a thing! except maybe a little more variety for the lunch buffet. i hate wraps =( so i was stuck with salad"
"Only STUDENTS should lead the campus tour. To me, this raised questions about what the school may have been trying to hide and, honestly, I felt kind of insulted."
"Our tour guide was a volunteer, a very nice person but I would have liked a student more to answer s"
"Admissions needs to do a better soliciting feedback from students with their interviewers. Many peop"
"Provide more info about where to go on the morning of the interview ahead of time."
"Unsure of where to go to start the day. Didn't know interviewers' names beforehand."
"None really, except for maybe making the decisions faster. We were told to wait AT LEAST 6-8 weeks"
"Get a student to give the tour/show us more of the med school and less of the hospital"
"Nicest admissions office EVER"
"Tours should be given by current students, not an elderly volunteer, as nice as he was."
"Take us to more places on the tour!"
"Have a student host program. Amber was the nicest person ever!"
"None. Amber, Marc, and Janice were all friendly and hospitable people."
"They have been the most genuinely friendly admissions office I have met so far...truly a pleasure."
"Great people, very helpful and friendly!"
"The lady at the admissions office was super nice and cute."
"Nothing! They were great all around."
"What was your most engaging research activity?"
"What is one of your favorite books that you've read (it was relevant to our conversation, not out of the blue)"
"What do you think you would like most about being a physician?"
"What could you change about yourself?"
"Tell me about X extracurricular."
"Are you really ready for medical school?"
"Explain an extracurricular activity."
"Tell me about experience X."
"What do your parents do? (No one in my family is a doctor). Why did you choose medicine?"
"What do you think you will contribute to our class?"
"Am I interested in a specialty?"
"What adversity have you faced?"
"What will you do if you are not accepted?"
"Think of a 4 letter word to describe yourself"
"If you could go back in time and speak any language, who would you want to spend the day with and why?"
"What do you think about the direction of healthcare in the near future?"
"Tell me about yourself?"
"Tell me about your research, ECs, etc."
"Why do you want to be an MD/PhD?"
"Why did you choose your major?"
""Tell me about yourself""
""What was your most meaningful experience while volunteering at your local hospital?"
"What is the biggest problem with health care in the US and in the world?"
"At what point do all the trees lose their leaves in PA?
(He was from Jamaica and just moved to Penn State)"
"No specific questions - both interviewers were incredibly conversational. One asked me about things in my file which stood out, then asked me what questions I had about the school. Everything else flowed from those questions. The second interview was entirely based on the questions I had about the school."
"how do you think your involvement in ECs will help you as a doctor?"
"How would you handle 80 hour work weeks and waking up at 4 am?"
"The usual... why medicine? why Penn State? how do you feel about research?"
"So, what can I tell you about Penn State?"
"I noticed your freshman year was a transition period for you (very low GPA)"
"Tell me about yourself. Have you interviewed anywhere else? What is the worst part about you as a med school applicant? Were you influenced more by your mother or father? What do your parents do? Whats the most enjoyable part of undergrad? How did you prepare for this interview?"
"Think of a 4-letter word to describe yourself."
"Why medicine? Why PSU?"
"What are your personal strengths and weaknesses?"
"why psu? tell me about siblings/ family, when did you decide you wanted to be a dr? why did you choose your undergrad college? tell me about your research"
"Tell me about your international experiences and your research.. (All straight from AMCAS app)"
"Who was your main role model in deciding on a career in medicine?"
"Why will you be a good doctor?"
"Tell me about X,Y,Z activity (from AMCAS application).
The interviewer asked several follow up questions regarding activity."
"Just to start off, do you have any questions for me about the school?"
"Tell me about yourself..."
"Out of 100 pre-med students, what rank are you?"
"What questions can I answer for you about the school or Hershey?"
"Could you clarify this on your AMCAS application?"
"-when did you know you wanted to do medicine?
-how will you pay for medical school?
-do your parents know how much med school costs?
-what do your parents do?
"What brought you on your path to medicine and Hershey?"
"What questions do you have for me?"
"Questions about my undergraduate school and volunteer experiences. "
"So, what interests you about Penn State?"
"Why did you chose your major?"
"Ask me a question. (One interviewer asked this about four different times)"
"What do you like best about Penn State?"
"What was the most serious thing you saw during your time volunteering in the ER?"
"ask me questions. "
"Tell me about your clinical experience."
"Tell me about this..."
"Why you want to go to Penn State College of Medicine? "
"What is your specific role in your research group?"
"In your essay, you mentioned a rough time during your undergrad years, can you talk about how you got through that? (Most of the questions asked revolved around my AMCAS)"
"What do you like to do?"
"role models in medicine?"
"how can you contribute to the diversity at penn state. the rest of the interview was very conversational. the interviewer talked about how he went to medical school at stanford (im from california) and why he decided to come back to hershey."
"Do you think living in Hershey will be a problem? (I'm from Tampa, FL)."
"What is the biggest problem in healthcare?"
"how did your interest in medicine develop?"
"First interviewer just went through my list of experiences and asked about them. It was very casual and low stress. He just wanted to learn about me through my experiences. "
"What is your top school?"
"Tell me about your experience abroad."
"see most difficult"
"Why medicine? <insert my answer here> Eventhough you will have to spend another 7-10 years in training? <insert my answer here> Eventhough you will likely have six figures of debt? <insert my answer here> Why not a PA? <insert my answer here> Why not a nurse? <insert my answer here> Why not a teacher? <insert my answer here> Don't you think medicine will interfere with your family life? <insert my answer here>"
"What is the biggest problem in healthcare today? How do you propose we fix it?"
"Why do you want to be a doctor? (in the context that you can help people in many other professions)"
"What about Penn State interests you?"
"did i mention the clinical scenarios?"
"What is the biggest problems concerning our Health Care Policy, and how would you fix it?"
"What do you want to study as a specialty in med school?"
"Both interviewers (primarily Interviewer #1): At what point, or during what period, did you finally decide for sure that this was the path you wanted? (I had changed my mind about medicine at least twice, and it wasn't until 9/11, when I worked close to Ground Zero, that I resolved to become a doctor.)"
"Why do you think what your research is important?"
"Tell me about X volunteer work?"
"- Tell me a little about yourself.
- Greatest strengths/weaknesses.
- Why Medicine?"
"Why do you want to go into medicine?"
"Tell me about your experience in Spain"
"Basically, the interviews consisted of a brief synopsis of the application, followed by a line by line discussion of each activity."
"Why aren't you pursuing an MD/PHD?"
"What kind of procedures did you do as an EMT? (The interviewer was trying ot get a sense of how much of actual clinical experience I have)"
"Why Penn State? (I rambled on and on for a while after this one and he kinda giggled and stopped me but seemed to like it, so have an answer prepared)"
"How do you feel about living in rural Pennsylvania?"
"List two of the most important things on your application that you would like me to bring up at the admissions committee meeting."
"What's the biggest issue facing medicine today?"
"Did they ask questions? I guess the only one I can think of that was a direct question was asking me to clarify something in my academic record."
"Are you interested in primary care?"
"Why, based on your research experience, did you chose not to pursue a MD/PhD degree?"
"Why do you want to become a military physician?"
"tell me more about your current job"
"What does your brother do?"
"What do you do for your research?"
"Why did you want to do medicine?"
"So fine arts?? ..and it went on from there"
"What was your favorite class in college?"
"You obviously have a strong background in research. Would you rather spend your time doing clinical or bench research?"
"Which speciality do you want to go into? I answered primary care. He then asked "From scale of 1 to 5, 5 being the highest, how would you rank your potential to be a primary care physician?" "
"Why Penn State? Since this school is in the middle of nowhere, the admissions staff really cares about your answer because it's certainly not for the surroundings."
"Why did you quit the marching band?"
"What do your parents do?"
"How's your mom?"
"how did you learn about the school? where have you traveled to? what was that like?"
"How do you handle stress?"
"Where do you see yourself in 20 years?"
how would your friends describe you?
are your parents doctors?
why did you take a year off?"
"When I decided to be a physician."
"Tell me about your research?"
"Did you consider any other professions besides medicine?"
"Tell me about your leadership and teaching experiences."
"why do you want to go to medical school?"
"If you could spend a day with anyone in the past, who would it be and why?"
""What are you most passionate about?""
"How would your friends describe you?"
"From the first interview: Why did you apply to Penn State? What do you think you still need to learn to be a good physician?"
"why do you want to be a doctor? (both interviews)"
"What are your strengths and weaknesses?"
"From my first interview: Why did you take two years off? What led you to medicine? Why did you choose to go to your undergraduate institution, and why did you choose your major? Explain your study-abroad experience. Why Penn State? Do you have any questions for me? "
"Tell me about yourself, your college activities, and your research (my second interviewer, a PhD, was particularly interested in my research; this has been true at other schools where my interviewer was a PhD.)"
"Tell me about yourself, brothers and sisters, etc..."
"What's wrong with health care? Why are there so many uninsured people in the U.S.? Time machine question"
"See most interesting question?"
"What is squash? Why do you like Penn State? How many medical schools did you apply to?"
"Tell me about how you've come to be interested in a medical career. Why would you not pursue a degree in clinical psychology with your background? Why did you take the MCAT so late (non-traditional applicant) and what did you do between graduation and the test? "
"What would you do about the uninsured?"
"What will you bring to the class of 2009 that is unique?"
"Why do you want to come to Hershey? Do you know much aboout PBL? What specialty are you considering? "
"tell me about your research"
"Tell me about yourself? Tell me more. Tell me more. "
"why penn state? (i think they want people who like pennsylvania. just say you think it's beautiful and want to live there, it may be true)"
"If you could go back in time to any point, who would you want to meet and spend a day with(provided you could also speak their language)?"
"What have you done with your time off?"
"Who is your role model or your favorite author?"
"Why Hershey Medical Center?"
"bunch of questions having me elaborate on some of the activites/aspects of my application"
"What made you decide to do medicine? Have you considered doing something besides medicine?"
"Wonder when I'll hear back from PSU? They didn't really give us any dates to be expecting correspondence."
"tell me about your medical volunteering"
"what do you think should be done about the healthcare crisis in this country?"
"What do you do in your free time?"
"How are your parents responding to such an expensive career path?"
"So...how did you get involved with medicine and why do you want to practice it?"
"No specific questions were asked; one interviewer just went over my file with me - very easy."
"Which 2 student organizations do you think you would want to be a part of here at Penn St?"
"Both interviewers mostly just asked me to elaborate on things I talked about in my personal statement."
"coming from a city environment, are you sure you can adjust to hershey?"
"If you had $10,000,000 to spend on healthcare, how would you use it?"
"What do I like about Hershey?"
"Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Tell me about your family"
"a question specific to my MCAT performance"
"Tell me about your research."
"Tell me about yourself"
"What were you doing in Russia?"
"Why do you want to be a doctor? (First interviewer, the nice doctor)"
"What do you perceive as your weaknesses?"
"Why do we have and what are we to do about the obesity problem facing the United States? What was the worst thing that has ever happened to you and what did you learn from that experience? "
"Tell me what you want me to know about yourself... How long were you in the Marines? What kind of research have you been involved with? What else do you do other than work and go to school (clinically and extra curricular activities)?"
"What are you passionate about?"
"What books do I read?"
"Anything unique about you that's not stated in your application?"
"Tell me about your motivations for entering medicine."
"How has your family situation influenced the doctor you hope to become? (My sister has had a chronic illness throughout my life)"
"The mammogram question."
"If you get accepted at the U of MN (my home state), you aren't going to go to Penn, are you? "
"Where do you see yourself in 10 years?"
"What do you do for fun?
"What would you do if you did not get in to medical school?"
"If you could travel back in time and meet one person, who would it be and why?"
""Standard" interview questions"
"Anything else I should know about you? (several times)"
"Tell me about yourself."
"What would you like me to know about you?"
"Why Penn State?"
"Tell me about yourself...
"What first motivated you to want to become a doctor?"
"You are from a big city, can you picture yourself living in Hershey?"
"What kind of medicine do you think you'll practice?"
"what do you know about PBL?"
"some questions about why woman and folic acid."
"So tell me about yourself"
"Asked questions about organizations I was involved in during college."
"Do you like to read? What type of books do you like?"
"Why do you want to attend Penn State."
""Why would you want to come to Hershey?""
"We have time so you can say anything you'd like to tell me that I haven't asked you"
"My interviewer set up a long situation that was essentially asking about how I would deal with stress,, but phrased in a very open-ended way."
"Where do you see yourself in 12 years?"
"One bad thing about Penn State Hershey (blanked on this but laughed through it and so did he)"
"Describe where you grew up."
"How can healthcare providers help rural communities like the surrounding Hershey area?"
"If a doctor was the coach of a sport, what sport do you think best fits and why?"
"What is something that you want me to take away from your admissions file that isn't immediately apparent and sets you apart from the other applicants?"
"Tell me what you do for fun."
"What type of exercise do you most enjoy?"
""What my hardest class was""
"Do you have any idea on what field you want to go into?"
"What did you get out of each of your shadowing experiences?"
"How will you deal with your medical condition and it's limitations?"
"First interview was more of a conversation than anything, mostly about what I wanted to know about Penn State. It was a good thing I had a slew of questions lined up, and I used all of them. The second interview was much more standard and less conversational, and I get the feeling it was that way because I didn't seem to have much in common with her. She asked the standard questions and the most interesting one was probably about the "biggest issue facing medicine today.""
"So basically, there were two interviewers (individually). Both were very conversational, and they had my printed AMCAS app in front of them. They both had read it before I was escorted in by the admissions staff (very nice!) so we built off there. Discussed a lot of other things too, such as local activities/dining to do in the area, traded book recommendations"
"Explain about this activity (tennis), how will this help you as a physician?"
"Do you have a philosophy for dealing with hardship/stress/tragedy?"
"How do you think your personality will allow you to fit in well with our community?"
"Are your parents surprised that you want to become a physician?"
"What is your favorite Shakespeare play? (I'm an English major)"
"That they never actually asked questions. They just asked what questions I had, and then used that as a conversational springboard."
"The interviewer asked what type of music I listen to, then pulled up his music library on his computer and asked if I knew some of the bands as he scrolled through the list."
"How do you feel about so-and-so hospital suing their patients, most of whom don't have much money, for not paying their medical bills? (It was interesting because I got to learn about the siuation)"
"What do you like to read?"
"What would you have changed about your research?"
"Tell me the dumbest thing you've ever done..."
"Do you know anything about scuba diving?"
"How are you prepared financially to pay for med school?"
"What are you passionate about?"
"What was the last movie you saw?"
"Would you like to work abroad?"
"If you woke up one day to find that nobody ever got sick anymore, and everybody died at age 80, period, what job would you choose? "
"Are the intervals between the strings of a guitar the same as they are on a cello? (I'm a music major)"
"What is your greatest accomplishment?"
"What do you think are some problems with our current healthcare system? and, What are some interesting recent advances in medicine? (I was ready for this and they went well - and I'd be ready, too, if I were you, I hear these come up a lot) "
"tell me about your relationship with your brother. "
"What's your favorite movie? (I guess that's not very interesting but it was fun to answer)"
"Tell me about a difficult experience that you have had."
"Neither of my interviewers really asked me any questions."
"standard questions were asked. Nothing too hard. "
"If you can go back in time, who would you want to meet and why?"
"What does your dad do for a living? I'm not sure what this adds to my application."
"What do you think should be done about the millions of uninsured?"
"If you could go back in time to any era and speak any language, who would you like to meet?"
"None. Pretty standard."
"what have been some recent major technological advances in medicine"
"what 4 letter word best describes you (i got a couple of minutes to think while the interviewer read my letters of recommendation)"
"Have you thought about how you are going to combine your MD and PhD in your career after school?"
"None, really. I was never asked a question directly. I simply chatted with both interviewers with the conversation revolving around my AMCAS/application. "
"What is the biggest problem you see facing your era of physicians?"
"If you could spend one day with any person from any time period, who would it be?"
"how would your friends describe you"
"You have always lived in a city, why do you want to come here?"
"If you didn't want to go into medicine and we could wipe the slate clean, what would you choose as your career?"
"I would not consider any of the question interesting. They were all typical questions."
"If you could spend a day with anyone in any time period, who and why?"
"Out of 100 applicants, where would you rank yourself in terms of who would be the best physician? Why did you rank _#__ others better than yourself? Why did you rank yourself better than _#__ others?"
"can't remember... the first interview was more of a conversation and the other was more like an awkward grilling, but not too many questions stick out..."
"Who (anyone in history) would you spend a day with?"
"How do you know that just because you enjoy working with children you want to enter pediatrics? You've worked with sick children, but how do you know you wouldn't be better suited for working with healthy children?"
"I don't remember, but i got lots of clinical scenerios"
"Have you seen 'Harold and Kumar (Goes to White Castle)'? [I'm Indian, both my father and brother are surgeons, and I attended Princeton University.] I anticipated this question, having read SDN feedback, so I had a semi-scripted answer, but my interviewer cut me off, saying he was just joking around."
"if you could time travel who would you want to meet?"
"If you were a raisin in the sun, where would you want to be?"
"If you were to go anywhere in time and meet anyone in history, who would you meet and why?"
"If you could have a skilled doc with no bedside manner, or a non-skilled one with great bedside manner, which would you choose?"
"So you have taken a round-a-bout path to medical school, tell me about that."
""What type of medicine would you like to go into," followed by "why do you choose them"?"
"Would your parents consider moving down to Penn. if you were accepted?
(I come from a very close knit family, and he asked because I told him that my mother, father, and younger sister made the trip from NY to Penn with me for the interview.)"
"Nothing really, every question was pretty standard."
"Who is your favorite poet?"
"why do you think people will come to you as their doctor?"
"Tell me about your experience in Spain"
"I can't find anything wrong with your application. What do you think about that?"
"Specifics about my research"
"Nothing really. How did I meet my fiance????"
"No particularly interesting questions."
"Have you seen Harold and Kumar go to Whitecastle? "
"If we could go anywhere in time and you could speak any language, Who would you go and see?"
"If you could meet anybody from any time period and speak any language, who would you meet?"
"Nothing out of the ordinary"
"Did they even ask questions?? It was more of a conversation than a question & answer session."
"If you didn't go into medicine, what would you pursue?"
"If you had to choose your specialty today, what would it be?"
"How did your travel abroad experiences change you?"
"We just chatted about my AMCAS application. Nothing too interesting or difficult."
"if you could use a time machine to travel to any time in recorded history, and assuming you could speak any language, who would you choose to meet and why?"
"Are your parents political?"
"Is there anything that you want me to keep in mind as I further review your file after this interview"
"Critique yourself. What are your weaknesses?"
"What drives you? What makes you passionate about what you do?"
"What is your passion?"
"So do you want to become a citizen?"
"What makes you different from all of our other qualified applicants?"
"Did they even ask questions? It was like a conversation about me and where I am now. Quite relaxed."
"What do your parents do?"
"My interviewer basically went through my AMCAS in front of me and asked me to verify that I did participate in all the activities. With each activity, I tried to explain why it was relevant to where I am today."
""I have a time machine parked out in the back lot that can take you to anytime in history. Given that you could speak their language, who is the one person you would meet and why?""
"What historical event in your lifetime had the most impact on you?"
"All of the questions I was asked were unique to me, so they'd be of no use to anyone"
"Describe a perfect day for you."
"What was favorite place to travel to?"
"What do you think will be the biggest challenge in medicine 25 years from now?"
"have you been to the U.S. before?"
"none out of the ordinary"
"What factors will you use to choose a school?"
"Why do you think poetry is such a difficult form of writing?"
"Do you think of yourself as a deep thinker?"
"What kind of opportunities would you like to see available here?"
"If you could spend a day with anyone in the past, who would it be and why?"
""Teach me about something, anything, as if I have a sixth grade education.""
"tell me about a stressful situation you've been in"
"If you had a time machine, who would you want to meet?"
"What do you think you still need to learn to be a good physician?"
"whats the largest obstacle you have had to overcome? "
"What seperates you from everyone else?"
"Describe everything about yourself, from what motivates you, to what you do for fun, to what your goals are, in one four letter word. "
"Current Politics of Boston?"
"How do you think the elections are going turn out on Nov. 2nd? Did you see Michael Moore's "9/11"?"
"Who are your heroes in life?"
"All the questions were pretty standard."
"If I had a time machine, who would I go meet?"
"what do you want me to tell admissions committee about yourself"
"I have a patient who needs to have their thyroid removed (thyroid cancer). However, the patient has 5 social security numbers (illegal immigrant). What do you do?"
"Explain to me the sport of squash "
"Can I see your scar?"
"Why does Penn State's football team keep losing?"
"What would you do about the problem concerning the uninsured?"
"What will you bring to the class of 2009 that is unique?"
"How would your "alter ego" describe you?"
"Do you still sing? (I mentioned in my AMCAS and during the interview that I am a classically trained singer)"
"if there were no diseases, what would you do as a career?"
"How would you tell a patient they had a terminal illness?"
"If you had 10 million dollars to spend on a healthcare related issue how would you spend it?"
"Why would you ever leave California to attend school here?--the interviewer didn't exactly try to sell the school"
"I was asked very standard interview questions."
"Have you ever been to the middle east?"
"If woke up tomorrow and there was no need for healthcare because everyone lived until they were 80 then died (with no health problems), what would you do instead? "
"What do you do for fun? There were no real questions in the two interviews. Mainly just a conversation that covered main parts of my file."
"A general question about the Middle East (it was about 2 days after Israel killed the leader of Hamas)"
"Have you considered going to USUHS?"
"What would you think is the biggest problem facing US healthcare system?"
"Why did you think so many cases of bird flu originate in Asia?"
"how would you make our current health care system better?"
"How would you adjust to living in Hershey?"
"Can you justify expensive surgical procedures (organ transplants) when there larger uninsured population who could benefit substantially from the funds?"
"What specific mechanisms do you have for dealing with stress?"
"Do you really want to do medicine?"
"IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m not sure what that Ã¢â‚¬Å“raisin in the sunÃ¢â‚¬Â question was all about, but it seems kinda thespian to me."
"What is your take on the current health care system (crisis;))?"
"Why medicine instead of graduate school? (specific for me because I have alot of research experience)"
"What was your least favorite class in college?"
"Both interviews basically just rehashed my application... nothing out of the ordinary (sorry)."
"As a physician what do you see as being your greatest challenges in your personal life as well as your professional life?"
"Why has industry moved over-seas? Do you think it will come back to the US?"
"Who is your favorite American writer?"
"Name an ethical topic and medcine and give your stance on it."
"How many Mennonites are there in the world? (I am a Mennonite)"
"No real tough questions. They really want to know about you so know your application, why you want to be a physician, and why Penn State."
"How are we going to help the millions of uninsured americans?"
"how do you think you will adjust to living in such a small town as hershey?"
"am I still involved in girl scouts? (from my personal statement)"
"Nothing really. The interview was definitely very conversational"
"Do you have a photographic memory?"
"What do you think are the greatest challenges in academic medicine? (I expressed my interest in academic medicine in my personal statement.)"
"Everyone dies at 80 no matter what and until then they are totally without health problems. What profession would you pursue?"
"What aircraft do you fly?"
"If you could travel back in time to meet anyone who would it be and why? (I answered Einstein) What period in his life?"
"What are your plans for having children? ILLEGAL!!!!!"
"Can't you firther your education through Physical Therapy?"
"Questions about my family history, experiences, and other inquiring questions from my app- nothing stressful, he just wanted to genuinely get a feel for what i had done"
"Why do we have and what are we to do about the obesity problem facing the United States?"
"So what's it like driving a Zamboni? (the interviewer played hockey and so do i)"
"What does your family think about your choice of medicine as a career? Are they supportive?"
"Pretty standard interview questions...reviewed application info... Only "odd" question was 'What books do you read?'"
"Not really a question, but my second interviewer talked about drug reps and the benefits and costs of free dinners."
"Nothing really. What would you do if you couldn't do medicine?"
"Name three perspectives you have taken away from your studying abroad."
"Have you heard about the new research in autism, about the hyper-sensitivity to sounds? (I should clarify, I researched autism as an undergrad, so it wasn't totally off the wall)"
"What aspect of medical school do you think will be the most challenging for you?"
"What was the last book you read?"
"What class do you wish you had not taken and what would you replace it with?"
"What do you do for fun?"
"I was not asked anything unusual."
"The questioning was very straightforward and general."
"Whether one of the people I mentioned in my personal statment was real or fictional."
"If you could meet anyone in history, granted you could speak their language, and why?"
"Nothing really interesting, just the basic medical school school interview questions."
"Is there anything else that you want me to know about you? (3x)"
"Because of my background: "Did you ever consider going into the ministry?" "
"All questions were basic and low stress. Why do you want to become a doctor? Why Penn State?"
"What do you do with a public health degree ?"
"If you could travel back in time, who would you want to meet?"
"do you have any experience learning in a small group of 8?"
"If you could meet any historical figure, who would you chose and why"
"So you're sister is loud and opinionated? After explaining that my sister and I were complete opposites growing up)"
"Asked me to relate my experiences as a teacher to my desires to enter medical school. "
"Most medical school applicants feel some degree of anxiety over the difficulty level of the material covered in medical school. Have you ever felt anxiety that you won't be able to handle the work? No? Well, what aspects of medicine are you anxious about?"
"The first interview was very much of a conversation, he did not ask any pre-planned questions, nor did he take any written notes. We discussed my interests, military history being one of them, and then moved onto the effects of September 11th. Very low stress, and dare I say it, kinda fun."
"If you didn't go into medicine, what career would you have chosen?"
""Why did you choose French for a major?" ...and: "do you think that with your background [French Lit.] you'll be prepared for Medical School?""
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