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"How to balance many activities"
"What challenges do you forsee for yourself in medicine."
"What do you think about the proposal to increase tuition fees in Quebec? (I'm from Montreal)"
"Tell us a problem you might have with the medical program at this school"
"what do you do in your spare time to relax?"
"Why medicine...obviously, what kind of doctor do you wanna be? what would you do about the physician shortage? Tell us about a creative project you have done. what kind of books do you like to read/what are you reading right now?"
"What would you consider to be your greatest accomplishment?"
"What specialties are you interested in?"
"What contribution have you made to the community that you are most proud of?"
"Describe a conflict that has arisen in a job, volunteer experience etc. and how you dealt with it."
"What characteristics are important in a doctor? Which of your characteristics are best and worst for this career?"
"What event in the world's history do you think has had the greatest impact on today's society."
"Why medicine? 3 strengths/3 weaknesses? How do you deal with stress? Have you ever failed? (describe What appeals and doesn't appeal to you about Queen's?"
"Why do you want to be a doctor?"
"You've taken history of medicine courses...tell me something that happened in the history of medicine that has affected the profession to this day."
"Tell me about your family."
"Compare and contrast US / Canadian health care systems."
"What books have you read lately?"
"What was my favourite book?"
"What aspects of medicine makes you want to pursue it?"
"can't remember but asked a lot of draw on your own past experience type questions."
"What do you think are the 2 most important issues facing the world today?"
"Tell us about yourself."
"What three people would you invite to dinner? "
"Why med? Why Queen's? Tell me about your research. Tell me about your experience doing ___? (Many questions like this.) How do you manage your time? What do you do for fun? Do you have any siblings? Where are you from?"
"what book are you reading right now?"
" This was my first interview, so I have very little to compare it too. The interviewers were quite receptive and offered encouragement. The questions were the ones you would expect: why do you want to be a physician, why are you applying to meds after 3 years, ways you deal with stress, important qualities in a physician, what you want us to remember about you, what do you do for fun, what are two major health issues SASK needs to deal with, interspersed between these were a bunch of questions from my sketch (what you learned from it), your greatest failure, do you have any questions for us. Queen's was my first choice school going in, and my experience out here has solidified my choice. For those of you interviewing the next weekend: introspect a lot about the things I listed above and what they mean for you don't rehearse your answers too much, I think it will sound contrived if you do although it is real hard to not be nervous at all, this interview is just a friendly conversation"
"Why do you want to be a doctor? Tell me about yourself. Where do you see yourself in 10 years? What is the most important issue in Canada right now?"
"A question about my program of study"
"Several 'what you did' and 'what you learned' type questions."
"If you could read 3 books that you haven't read yet, what would they be, and one has to be by a Canadian author. (!!!)"
"What motivated you towards the study of medicine?"
"Questions about my EC's"
"Tell us about a stressful time in your life."
"What would you do if you are in a clinical practice with some partners and one of them isn't working as hard as the others?"
"Why do you want to be a doctor?"
"What courses have you taken that you've found interesting and why."
"tell us about an issue facing medicine today (I said two-teir, they got into the whole thing with me...thank GOD i knew my shit!!!) what are your plans for next year? what are your backup plans?"
"Talk about a failure in your life, i.e. a time when you were disappointed with how you did/how things worked out."
"How do you deal with stress?"
"Would you consider working in a small/rural community?"
"If you could have a dinner party and invite any three people, living or dead, who would they be and why?"
"What is a goal you have failed in?"
"How do you plan to balance your personal life with being a doctor?"
"3 world events of significance in your lifetime? 2 challenges health care will face in this century? Ways in which delivery of health care will change? Role model in health care?"
"What can you contribute to groups?"
"What did you learn from (insert past job)?"
"What are the challenges that I have faced during my degree and how did I address them?"
"What do you think are two major issues canada is dealing with?"
"Describe my research"
"What do you like to do on a friday or saturday night?"
"If you had 10 million dollars to spend on health care, how would you allocate the funds?"
"Describe your research experiences. "
"What are your 3 favorite movies?"
"As an engineer, what do you think will help you and what will hinder you from your background when you become a med student? From your experience in a primary care facility, what did you learn about Ontario's health care system? How would you improve the system? How do you feel about the Liberal party ousting Sheila Copps? (This question came because I am from her riding.) With examples, explain how you handle conflict with a fellow team member? What about conflict with a supervisor? Is there anything about the program at Queen's that impresses you? Anything that concerns you?"
"lots of questions about my activities - what did you do with this group, tell us about this club, etc. "
"Why Queens? Why do you want to become a doctor? (these one's are basically givens)"
"A question about my high school activities (which I did not expect to be asked)"
"You mention the good points about medicine, but what about government capping salaries?"
"Tell me how you deal with stress."
"Strengths and weaknesses."
"Who is your hero? Why?"
"Have you ever failed at someting? How did you deal with it?"
"Tell us about 3 books you've read, and 3 more you're waiting to read (after I told them how much I liked to read)"
"What did you learn, what was your motivation for...(ec experience)."
"do you have any questions for us?"
"Describe how you have acted in a leadership role in the past and how you have resolved a conflict."
"If admitted, what would you bring to Queens? (i.e. what are your strengths?)"
"What type of doctor would you like to be?"
"Talk about an accomplishment that you are particularly proud of."
"What is your learning style?"
"How do you alleviate stress?"
"What type of reading do you do? Most creative project? Most significant award won? Lots and lots about personal experiences listed on application."
"Give example of conflict with co-worker and how you handled it."
"From the med student: In third and fourth years, as well as residency, you will be very busy. What sacrifices do you epect to make and what sacrifices are you willing to make?"
"How do you work in a group? Give an example of a time you dealt with conflict."
"If my schedule was totally cleared for one day, what would I do to pass the time?"
"What was 4H?"
"What is your favourite organ? (disguised question attempted at asking you what specialty you want to get in)"
"Why medicine, and why Queen's specifically?"
"What would you say is your strength and weakness"
"What do think the biggest challenges for doctors will be in 10 years?"
"Do you have any questions for us? Beyond this list (the 'autobiographic sketch' list of activities) we don't know anything about you - is there anything additional you would like us to know?"
"tell me about a challenge currently facing Canada's health system."
"Did you ever have a significant failure in your life? If so, how did you cope with this?"
"Give an example of when you had to work together with someone that you didn't get along with."
"It was a behavioral question: ''Tell me a time when you....'' type of question"
"Cannot disclose due to confidentiality agreement. "
"Dinner with any 3 people, whom and why?"
"If you could be any kitchen appliance, what would you be (I'm serious!)"
"Have you ever inspired anyone?"
"How did you spend your rebate cheque (I'm from Alberta)"
"There were no out of the ordinary questions at all. Most interesting may be the latest movies I'd seen. "
"If I could change one thing about the current health care system, what would it be?"
"Can you talk about primary care reform?"
"Who do you think will win the Oscars?"
"I had to briefly explain, in simple terms, how I would teach them how to play the violin!"
"Will you reapply next year if you get into Program X (not MD) this year?"
"Which animal did you like working with the most (I grew up on a farm and have had a number of agricultural jobs)?"
"If you could be any kitchen appliance, what would you be and why?"
"Explain your thesis project, but pretend we are a group of grade 4 children"
"What aspect of your participation in music will help you in your career as a physician?"
"If you could be any kitchen appliance, what would you be?"
"How do my attributes as a basic science researcher (I'm currently doing my MSc) fit in with my desire to begin clinical practice?"
"How 3 world events had influenced me personally."
"If you good reccommend one book for the whole world to read what would it be?"
"Should Canada offer free tuition for medical school? If yes, where should the money come from?"
" If you could be any object in this room what would you be?"
"If you could invite a number of people, living or dead, to dinner, who would they be?"
"Name 3 things that are most important to you"
"What are 3 books you could recommend which would change my life?(I had already described reading as an interest)"
"how i see the difference in medicine between the US and Canada (i grew up in the US)"
""invite to dinner - who?""
"How to properly say my name (at the beginning)"
"stuck on an island... what 3 things would you bring?"
"How do you cope with stress"
"Have you ever been forced to do something that has conflicted with your personal values?"
"What kind of impression of yourself do you think you've given us so far?"
"Hard to say...most of the questions were general ones you would expect."
"Do you think socioeconomic status is a factor in acceptance to medical school?"
"What are your concerns if the U.S. invades Iraq - part of a long, interesting discussion about the potential war and the U.S.'s foreign policy - the faculty member seemed really interested in talking politics and my responses."
"-tell me about your family and where you grew up? -why do want to be a doctor? -of the following 3 people which one would be your hero: Mandella, Ossler, Bono? (I have no idea who Ossler is, I said Mandella) -what will you do if you don't get in/do you have a backup plan? -how do you deal with stress -how do you balance your life (varsity football, school, volunteering) -Stuff from PIF: they asked me about two volunteering positions, one summer job, and specifically what was the most signifigant thing that had happened in my volunteering position. -name a goal that you did not fulfil -who do you consider to be your role model(s) -how do you deal with stress? -What are the two biggest problems in health care in Canada? -how do you feel about incentive programs for rural medicine? -how else might you promote rural medicine? -what kind of doctor would you like to be? -how do you feel about privatization of health care? -if you could change one aspect of your character what would it be? -why are you drinking so much water/do you want any more? -what do you do in your spare time?"
"Various introspective questions."
"What do you do in your spare time? This question bad difficult imo because I answered it with all big-city examples that wouldn't be possible if I were to attend their school."
"If a 14-year old girl comes to ask you for bith-control pills but doens't want you to tell her parents, what do you do?"
"Why would you want to come on Ontario when Alberta is ''the place to be''"
"How I would deal with the stress of medical school (doesn't sound difficult but i think my answer sounded hollow)."
"What would you do about the physician shortage? How the *&^# do I know?"
"What is my opinion on two-tier health care?"
"Talk about a time when you had to follow a policy that you disagreed with...not an inherently difficult question, but I didn't have a great answer ready for it."
"Describe a time in your life when you had to stand up for something you believed in against your peers..."
"Name the three most powerful people in the world today."
"The one above. It was asked in a point-blank manner...I felt like I had to answer "yes" or "no"."
"What has been your greatest accomplishment? (I had thought about this, but hadn't really come up with an answer... which meant that it came out more naturally anyway!)"
"How would you tell the parents of a young child that their child was terminally ill with cancer?"
"The easy ones I hadn't fully prepared for - why medicine; what would your friends/family say are your strengths, weaknesses..."
"Compare Canadian and US health care. (very open-ended question, not really sure where they wanted me to go with it...)"
"What would I do about Canada's physician shortage / poor distribution of physicians?"
"If your friend broke the law, what would you do?"
"Once accepted / graduated / in practice, how will I--in the role I anticipate--work to improve the Canadian Health Care System? Specifically, how will I deal with issues like bed / staff shortages?"
"What is something you have failed in. I had thought about this question before and really had nothing to say (not that I'm perfect or anything but I just haven't had the experience of a worthwhile failure to bring up). So I told them that and it was fine. "
"Can you think of a time that you made a mistake but it ended up working out better because of it?"
"same as above"
"Using your knowledge of etymology (I told them I was taking a course in it), what one word would you choose to describe you?"
"tell me about your perspectives? i was caught off guard because the question was vague, and i didn't know what they were really asking."
"How would you deal with the death of a patient?"
"If you had a conflict with a fellow classmate on a group project, how would you resolve it if the project was due the next day and you were not nearly finished. "
"What would you do if you were accepted to medical school but had to wait one year before entry - what would you do with a free year?"
""why are you applying after only 3 years" - i was thinking "why not??'"
"A question on teamwork and how to make it work"
"tell me about a conflict you've been involved in and how you resolved it."
"Have you ever been in a situation where you had to speak up for your beliefs?"
"Several questions were unexpected...like severe modifications from the 'expected questions list'."
"Describe your research in laymen's terms."
"Tell me about 2 important events in Canadian History."
"Same as above."
"How would you change Bush's mind on stem cell research? What would you incorporate from the american health care system to improve the canadian health care system? If your father was ill, and on a waitlist, would you drive to buffalo for diagnostic treatment? How would you deal with the problem of a type 2 diabetes epidemic and the cost of dialysis? How would you tell a patient that they had a lump in their throat but you couldn't treat them for three months?"
"What do you hope for Canada for the future? - how much more vague a question can you get? Also I was grilled on healthcare, which I wasn't expecting having read the accounts on this site. "
"the above questions are all of the ones I can remember right now."
"Read over my application. Mock interviews. Reviewed in my head what I wanted to highlight about myself. "
"Reviewed sketch and essays. Premed101 forum. SDN interview feedback. Read about healthcare system and ethics."
"With previous interviews. After the first one I stopped preparing and just went off of experience."
"Read about Canadian HC, read the news, thought about my experiences, mock interviews"
"I did a little bit of reading about the school/city."
"two mock interviews, school website, read about canadian health care system"
"Learned about the school"
"read my sketch, looked at school's website, read sdn, mock interview"
"Did mocks, read over this site, kept on top of current events. The usual"
"- Went through the feedback posted on this site by other people who interviewed at Queen's over the years to get ideas of potential questions. Kept a list of the most popular questions and what my answer to them would probably be (this was great preparation as I was actually asked very similar questions to the ones posted on this feedback site!). - Stayed well-informed over the previous several months on the current health care system in Canada, Canada Health Act, evolution of the health care system over the years, Romanow report, problems in the system and some of the debated solutions/changes. - Read through my essays and biographical list that I'd submitted as part of the application package."
"Kept up with current events, read CMA bioethics for clinicians (didn't get any ethics questions however), read my sketch, and did mock interviews"
"read over my essays"
"practice questions, reviewed my sketch"
"Just looked over my activities sketch because I think this is all the interviewers have. Didn't have time to do much else."
"mock interviews, websites, introspection and read my application"
"Looked over questions, mock interviews, friends asked me questions."
"application review; stayed on top of current events"
"Interview feedback, Canadian pre-med forum on EZBoard, ream my OMSAS sketch and PIF, introspection."
"Read sample questions, mock interview with family, read the paper, talked to a current medical student."
"Did an undergrad / MSc ... Essentiall nothing I wasn't already doing: watched the news, read some classics, reflected on my own goals / motivations."
"Read this site and thought about my qualities, goals in life and interest in medicine. "
"Researched the health care system, read a medical ethics books, mock interview, practice questions, introspection"
"kept up on current events, read an ethics book (didn't get any ethical questions), read over my sketch"
"CMAJ, lots of websites, pre-med forum, med students, mock interviews, went through many questions"
"read over application"
"Self reflection, keeping up to date with current issues"
"Read websites and current events. Go over personal assessment form."
"this site, Ian Wong, some current issues in medicine."
"Read the newspaper, read my application, studied Queen's med website, mock interview, read romanow report, viewed Health Canada website"
"read up on the school a little"
"Top 5 things not to say for an interview (humor) Prepare answers to: Why medicine? Why Queen's?"
"read this site and Ian Wong's"
"This website, studying my autobiographical sketch and essay answers, Internet to keep up to date with current events in both Canada and the world"
"Read the paper, the Canadian Premed Forum, the school's website."
"Read over my essay and practiced how to present my prior experiences, visited this website, visited the Queen's website, read a clinical ethics book and kept up on current news and health care issues"
"Read newspaper, browsed web forums, did a mock interview."
"Read up on current events, ethics, health care system, my essay & sketch, got to know myself better, mock interviews"
"read about health care, talked to friends, went over practice questions"
"This site, Ian Wong's premed site, Queen's website, reviewed my autobio sketch and my essay, did practice questions with friends."
"practiced questions from this site with my girlfriend and reviewed my PIF/prepared anecdotes"
"The 1st yr students were awesome. Very enthusiastic and very informative."
"Interviewers were very nice and friendly - seemed genuinely interested in my extracurricular involvements. Students were enthusiastic about the school. Nice facilities.There was no reason for me to screw up this interview but I managed to do it. "
"The students are ridiculously kind and energetic. I think this school must have the greatest student unity. There is something between them that is not seen elsewhere. I think its because the city is small and the people are forced to really bond."
"The students were really nice and very proud to be at queens! The interviews were relaxed and conversational."
"The students were just so enthusiastic - they seemed really happy to be studying here. The interviewers were very nice and seemed genuinely interested in getting to know me better as a person."
"the compact campus makes getting around easy"
"The students, the program, the city"
"The interviewers were very polite/pleasant as were the first year med students. The city was beautiful, very quiet and low-key, VERY different from toronto where I'm from. Really loved the bus tour...i recommend it."
"The med students seemed really cool. Surpising for med students. Queens campus is beautiful, and it seems like an awesome atmosphere to be in university at. The class sizes are pretty small compared to other schools, so thats sick. "
"The 3 members of the interview team put me at ease from the beginning, and seemed to nod encouragingly at my responses."
"Enthusiasm of the students, welcoming atmosphere of interview weekend, structure of the curriculum and opportunities for observerships/other clinical opportunities (i.e. week in the country) "
"A community member was included in the interview group... I was impressed that the school took the communities impression of it's students seriously"
"I liked speaking with the first year students who were in the waiting room. They were very friendly, and made me more relaxed."
"Nothing...I'm doing my undergrad here. Med students seemed very "peppy", which might be a negative depending on your personality."
"students were friendly and accessible; campus is gorgeous (even in the rain!); CEC and clinical skills program really sound great"
"The campus is absolutely gorgeous."
"Atmosphere - but I knew it was going to be relaxed and friendly already. Circular arrangement of chairs in interview."
"Students seemed really enthused with program"
"The students and the Clinical Skills Centre."
"Friendliness of interviewers."
"The med students are everywhere, and go out of their way to organize social events with interviewees and upper years."
"The interviewers were genuinely interested in knowing about me. They didn't have a preplanned list of questions they wanted to jam in during the 45 min - I felt I had control over the interview. "
"the students!!! They were everwhere and very supportive. You could tell they really loved their school. The interview was laid-back and they did their best to put me at ease."
"the enthusiasm and friendliness of everyone. They love their school and it showed. Queen's went from being last on my list to one of the first!"
"They were sooooo nice. Everyone made me feel welcome and they really put in a lot of effort to show you what queen's is like. Queen's is by a lake so it's beautiful. They had a hilarious video and the program seems really good. It definitely won me over."
"Diversity of student population"
"The friendly environment and comfortable interview setting"
"Everything. The students and interviewers were both extremely friendly and welcoming. The genuinely seem to want to get to know me, and made me feel comfortable and at home."
"Very laidback, the interviewers were genuine and kind and the med students were lots of fun."
"everyone was so nice! they had lots of first year students around to chat while you were waiting to be called for interviews... they were well informed and friendly."
"everything. the students are gold, i would be blessed to come here"
"relaxed and laid back... member of the community was fun (something I used to my advantage)"
"How laid back and happy the students were. How much fun they have and the activites they continue to be involved with outside of class."
"The med students were really nice and friendly. A group stayed in the waiting room to see if we had last minute questions and to keep us calm."
"The students were all extremely friendly, and seemed like a good group of people, with whom I would enjoy socializing."
"Kingston is a very charming city."
"It seems like the faculty care a lot about the students, and want them to be successful."
"Everyone was REALLY, REALLY Nice!!"
"the med students were so nice! the school and city are amazing. the events and interview day were really well organised."
"The new Clinical Education Centre where the interview was, along with the Clinical Skills Program as described to me by the med students - basically it's early exposure to patients in a beautiful new building that looks like a hospital but is completely dedicated to teaching. Also Kingston as a city was a lot nicer than I remembered, ie, a lot more urban (at least in the teeny tiny downtown area around campus)"
"I go to Queen's so..... nothing."
"The city. Kingston is not really a city for me. I love the outdoors, but I need to balance it. The bus tour, although a great idea for the interviewees, was long and boring. "
"One interviewer had a heavy accent and was hard to understand! I'm not sure how I feel about Kingston; it'd have to grow on me."
"the main teaching building isn't too modern"
"Nothing really...I however didn't see myself fitting into the kingston atmosphere."
"kingston. But I guess its not THAT bad...its only like an hour away from montreal AND toronto!"
"Nothing. It went fine."
"Nothing really. I liked Queen's alot...the only complaints I heard from current students is that PhaseI is either boring/insane (depending on your background and that clerkships don't start until January of 3rd year."
"Some of the students seemed a little arogant (fakely humble). Plus Queens seemed to really push family practice, I'm not sure how much opportunity there would be to specialize."
"Nothing. I'm an undergrad at Queen's so I'm no stranger to the school or to Kingston."
"some facilities are a bit old/small; weather was rotten while I was there"
"The interviewers were a bit closed off. It was hard to get them to engage in the questions."
"Kingston - it's small and cold."
"One of the interviewers was a little big sleepy and kept yawning. "
"I wish the info session was scheduled differently - I ended up only seeing half of it in order to make it to my interview on time."
"I can't think of anything; I really loved the school."
"How small kingston is. there's really only one main street and the queen's campus is really small. "
"kingston is REALLY small"
"Kingston seems a little boring. As did the associate dean."
"the town. it is absolutely in the middle of nowhere!"
"dear god, nothing"
"member of "Human rights" overseeing all interviews at Queen's... As a result, couldn't really talk about religion"
"Kingston is a bit small but it is beautiful. I'm a big city person."
"The cold vibe I got from the interviewers"
"The city...the tour was of the Royal Military College, and the various penetentiaries."
"Nothing really...I actually enjoyed my interview."
"One of the interviewers was really interested in health care policy, and current events, and seemed to really be antagonistic for the latter half of the interview"
"After hearing everyone go on and on about how their interview was like a casual conversation, I was disappointed that mine wasn't at all like that. Half of the time was spent chatting about stuff on my sketch, but then the rest of the time I was being interrogated about healthcare and world politics."
"again, not applicable"
"Tip: Do not go into the interview nervous or expecting crazy obscure questions (e.g. what kind of kitchen appliance would you be?). I went into the interview anticipating this kind of thing and it did NOT serve me well, believe it or not. "
"Interviews are very relaxed!"
"How much I liked this school"
"Do everything by yourself (ie go to the actual interview without friends/family). You will meet people in your shoes and this will calm you down like crazy (it was my first interview, and I wanted my bro to come with me, but he said i was a loser and to go by myself...he couldnt have been more right)"
"That the interviews are conducted in very small rooms. It was a little disconcerning at first."
"That they seemed to be quite familiar with my application already (I was told they usually have a few seconds to look over it). I think it depends."
"That there are several satellite centres (not rural, one is in Oshawa which is bigger than Kingston) that students may (have to?) spend time at. "
"Nothing, I'm in my undergrad at Queen's."
"can't think of anything..."
"lots of one way streets at queen's. beware when you're driving."
"once you have reached the interview stage, no further consideration is given to your grades. if they met the cut-off, thats all they are looking for. this made the interview low stress - i didn't have to defend my record... it seemed they genuinely wanted to get to know me. "
"how chilled the interview would be"
"university is smaller then I initially thought"
"the interviews are stress free... heard all kinds of horror stories going in but it was totally false. no one I talked to had a stressful experience."
"To just relax and be calm."
"that the interview wasn't going to be as laid back and friendly as I thought it was going to be"
"That my interview would be atypical compared to what I'd read of other people's interviews."
"Conversational. Relaxed. The community member was the smiley-est person ever. This was very warming and encouraging. The med student and Dr were super also."
"Could have done better. "
"Went smoothly. A testament to the work of the students. The video was the best BY FAR and had good audio/video and was funny. Overall a good bunch of people that really want to help everyone out. "
"Arrived and there were a few baked goods from the first year meds students. They kept us company while we were waiting. Called in for an interview out of the waiting room. Interviews are in small clinical examination rooms."
"I really enjoyed the whole experience."
"the interview was relaxed, the 50 minutes just flew by. The faculty member was a bit confrontational, asking follow-up questions and trying to find fault in my answers, but the other two interviewers asked straight-forward questions"
"It was my best interview. The interviewers were relaxed, and you could tell that they catered the questions specifically to you rather than ask from a generic list."
"Overall the interview was less stressful than i expected it to be (my first one was mac and this was a pleasant surprise). Try not to be nervous, relax, and just say what comes to mind (ie. not so much about the beauty of your answers as how you present yourself)."
"It was pretty laid back. The med student was cool. I could barely understand the doctor becauase of his accent, it kinda made me feel like a tool. Most of the questions were actually really standard ones that I had seen before. Nothing really on ethics, nothing on current events, nothing even from my sketch...weird. Even weirder was that most/all of my difficult questions were from the community member? who knew? really you cant be prepared for everything they're gonna throw at u. Just be confident, and know what things you wanna highlight "
"The 3 members of the interview team took turns asking me questions. It was a very thorough interview with several questions about: - current health care system - ethical situations - how I demonstrate certain qualities (e.g. leadership, conflict resolution, ability to cope with stress) - failures/disappointment in life - my greatest accomplishment - what I've been reading lately - some items on my personal information form, like travel and volunteer experiences."
"It was a really a fantastic experience. Every student I talked to at Queen's seemed very happy, proud of their school, and enthusiastic about their choice of school. What more can you ask for in a school?"
"Very relaxed, more like a conversation than anything. I felt comfortable enough to joke a bit with the interviewers, who always seemed interested and engaged in what I was saying. "
"The questions were fairly standard. Compared to other schools, the interviewers seemed less enthusiastic and responsive (although my interview was late in the afternoon). I don't think I bombed it, but I also don't think I put my best foot forward. We'll see in May, though!"
"It was relaxed and friendly, they found out who I was; I really loved the campus and the people"
"It was pretty good. The campus is great. I was really nervous though."
"Relaxed, like I knew it would be."
"Fairly good, interview was pretty standard and straight forward. "
"Very good. The panel was nice, seemed interested in what I was saying, didn't say anything to throw me off. They only have the OMSAS 48-item sketch, so many questions were based on that, or in response to some of my answers. "
"Much more relaxing than I thouhgt, the interviewers seemed on my side, not out to trick me. The questions were geared towards my interests and previous answers."
"Overall and excellent experience. The questions (even the difficult ones) were tailored to my autobiography, and well intentioned. They really do just want to get to know you, and to know whether you're a right fit for Queen's."
"It was fun. Expect to do most of the talking - it is like a 45-min commercial, NOT a conversation. "
"Great! Queen's has moved to the top of my list."
"It was a great experience, my most positive interview. Everyone was very friendly and welcoming."
"My interview experience was excellent. I really felt the interviewers were trying to get to know me. They usually asked follow-up questions and really tried to ask questions about my CV. They are the nicest out of the 3 schools I've interviewed at and they were very responsive to my answers."
"again, as in the western interview feedback, ethics/current events/political issues are too stressed over by interviewees. as long as u have a general basis of the above you'll be fine. don't worry too much about these because they just want to make sure you're no a psyco. also, i believe that if you've lived in canada your whole life, you don't need to do any extra reseach. these questions are more to screen out ppl who only come into canada to get an MD and then leave (trying to get away with not knowing anything about canada). they give u a bottle of water!"
"Nothing unexpected. It seems as if they simply wanted my responses to their prepared list of questions, which were pretty standard. They asked a few follow-up questions, but not many."
"Overall it was very nice and friendly. The interviewers were encouraging and genuine people who weren't "out to get you". They gave you plenty of time to speak and seemed interested in what you had to say. "
"Interviewers were kind and seemed truly interested to hear about me and my experiences. It was actually an enjoyable hour! :) Note that the interview seemed to flow based on my own comments...they would ask their next question about something I had mentioned - it was nice to sort of lead my own interview."
"very positive. if it were not for the location, i would go there in a heartbeat."
"good times, good times"
"I loved how the students organized everything, and the interview was "
"Great learning environment. Fun people. Great school."
"It was great! Of course, it was my first interview and I have yet to go to my other ones to compare the experiences. The interviewers were very friendly and were very responsive which made the interview alot smoother."
"The interviewers did not seem very friendly. They hardly smiled the whole time. They made a lot of notes, which freaked me out. The questions I got were unexpected...and I got asked absolutely nothing about current events."
"The interview went...o.k. It's hard to say, as the interviewers did not seem very responsive to my answers. One interviewer was plain giving off cold vibes. None of them really followed up on any my answers..."
"I felt that they asked a few strange questions that had nothing to do with medicine. A lot about Canada, it's history and authors. That definitely caught me off guard."
"Overall, a great school & a great experience. Honestly, I know its been said to death but RELAX and be yourself."
"If I'd been less nervous and more relaxed I would have done better - been less rambling and tongue tied. Overall, I know it's easier said than done, but my best advice is to take it easy, don't let yourself get too nervous, and be prepared for the unexpected."
"Friendly people, med students were really great, and the community member was so nice (I think she gave me my highest marks)"
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