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"I think we should be told exactly when we are hearing back from our interview."
"A little more continuity in interviewers would be nice. My interviewer was critically analyzing my application and made several negative comments. I heard from others that their interviewer didn't really ask them any questions just sat and talked with them. I really enjoyed that such an effort was made to match interviewers with candidates that had something in common. That was a welcome and nice touch."
"None! Very well organized, very clear on where we were going or what we were doing. Staff was extremely helpful and nice, and the day passed by very quickly."
"none, they're great"
"They are great."
"Update your website with relevant information. It is hard to find information on the current website about programs."
"Have Sharon Gates speak more! She is absolutely fantastic, I loved hearing her discuss all the incredible things Rush students are doing!"
"None, they were awesome!"
"Shorten the interview day - by the last few hours it was like...Okay the school is great, I appreciate your philosophy, but I get it already. Otherwise, it was very good."
"Fantastic admissions office. Answered a ton of my questions, great interview process, and good food."
"Keep Jill Volk! She's amazing!"
"Make someone available for phone calls."
"None, Jill Volk, the director of recruitment was so friendly and helpful. She was smiling and was very interested in us."
"None, well done overall"
"I really really loved the staff at Rush! Super friendly, Jill from admissions was amazing and made e"
"Update application website"
"There is no number to call them, only an e-mail. Kind of difficult to deal with."
"Some interviewers are harder than others. Try to standardize the process."
"Allow students to call the office with questions. It's very annoying to not be able to directly cont"
"allow applicants to call with questions. Or, actually respond to emails in a timely manner. The curr"
"great enthusiasm and attentive staff. made us all feel special. very informative."
"None, they have been great."
"they asked me to explain a bad grade on my application"
"Tell me about a time when you messed up? How did you handle it?"
"asked me to describe a specific interaction with more detailing from my secondary."
"Tell of a time you made a mistake."
"Tell me about a time you took a shortcut/cut corners?"
"Tell us about a time you had to take a shortcut and were comfortable with it."
"If you could do your education over again what would you change?"
"Tell me about a time you were challenged?"
"I see here [this] is why you got into medicine. Could you talk a little more about that?"
"What was your most important experience and why?"
"Talk about your research"
"Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?"
"What first led you to medicine?"
"Name a time you had to interact with with people very different from yourself/ generic diversity question"
"Explain your Research"
"What is the hardest challenge you've ever overcome?"
"Ethics Question: Smoking Cessation"
"What should I tell the admissions committee about you?"
"What ethics topic do you want to talk about"
"Was asked to discuss certain personal aspects of my secondary application. Know your secondary well, they really do read it before they come in to interview you."
"Tell me a little about yourself"
"Tell me about yourself..."
"What do I need to know about you that's not in your application?"
"How have you experienced diversity?"
"First interview was much more intense, asked me everything in my primary, secondary applications, and ethical questions (open file). The second interviewer had a blank sheet of paper and asked me how I wanted him to fill it up and how I wanted him to remember me (closed file). We talked a lot about my job and goals in medicine."
"What do you do for fun?"
"Explain your research."
"What would you say your friends would say is your greatest weakness?"
"What made you choose medicine? Why Rush?"
"a lot about activities, my life story, research experience (one was a PhD)"
"As an older/nontrad applicant, how will you feel when you're still not making money at 30+ and your friends are?"
"What are you looking for in a medical school? "
"Why Should we pick you?"
"What is it that you would haven't been able to say that you would like to tell the admissions committee?"
"Why do you want to attend Rush?"
"Why do you want to become a doctor?"
"Why Rush? Why Medicine?"
"What would you do if you found out another student was cheating?"
"Where are you from?"
"Tell me about yourself. (got to love this one)"
"tell me about your family?"
"If you had to help a patient either quit smoking or lose weight which would you choose and why?"
"Why medicine? Why study medicine at Rush?"
"Why Rush? What will keep you interested in medicine 20 years from now? How do you deal with stress?"
"Many specifics about my secondary"
"why I did poorly on a section of MCAT"
"If you could change something on your application what would it be?"
"Why medicine and not some other arena of healthcare?"
"Describe your experiences as an undergrad."
"(One of my interviewers was REALLY tough and asked me non-stop questions directly off of my primary/secondary applications. As I was answering, the interviewer was looking at my application for the next question. And I seemed to be interrupted at the end of each of my answers by the next question being asked. Just beware that you might get lots of very specific questions directly off the apps.)"
"Why medicine rather than another health care career?"
"Tell me about your research in Italy?"
"Why did you change from engineering to medicine?"
"tell me about yourself, why do u want to be a doc? y Rush? (by both)"
"Why Medicine? And what specialty if you had to choose now?"
"Why a doctor?"
"What is the most significant problem facing doctors in medicine today? (as stated above)"
"Explain why you chose to participate in some of the extra-curricular activities."
"Open file: Tell me about your research.
Closed file: What was your favorite class (non-science)? Favorite overall (including science)?"
"Tell me about yourself. Name an obstacle you have encountered on your journey to medical school."
"What specialty you want to go in? what difficulty you faced when coming here, did you face problems after Sept 11th closed file interview"
"tell me about yourself?"
"Why medicine? Also: Why would you be a good doctor?"
"Interview #1: 1) What is your biggest fear? 2) If you were stuck between a train and a wall, and you were going to die as soon as they moved the train, AND you could only have one person brought to you before you died, who would you choose? 3) What is the biggest problem in healthcare today? 4) What is the most dangerous/reckless thing you have ever done? 5) Asked a lot of questions about my family."
"What would you do if you were treating an elderly patient who did not want to take a flue shot? After my answer, the interviewer pulled out a graph and asked me consider the data and respond."
"Tell me about this activitiy.... "
"Can you think of a situation in which you felt you were unfairly judged?"
"Done any community service?"
"A bunch of hypothetical questions regarding how I would handle situations as a doctor. For example: If you were a doctor and a child had diabetes and the parents were not changing the child's diet to accomodate the diabetes how would get the parents to change the diet? "
"Why the career change (I'm a non-traditional student)?"
"Tell me about yourself"
"tell me about your college experience?"
"Tell me about yourself. Why Rush, why medicine, What do your parents think about your endeavors?, Research experience? "
"What are your alternative plans if you dont' get in to med school."
"besides feeling disappointed, humbled, reflective, and motivated, how else did you feel when you did not get accepted to any med school two years ago? (see what i mean?)"
"What makes a good physician?"
"List 3 important issues in health care"
"What would someone who doesn't like you say their reason for disliking you was?"
"Name some problems you will face being a physician (besides health care)."
"Why do I think that I didn't get in last year? Why else ((after I answered)? What do I think that I have done since then that has been positive? "
"Why do you want to be a physician?"
"If you like your research so much, why don't you just do that? Why do you want to be a doctor?
"Why should we take you over the other candidates?"
"Describe my travels, experiences. Basically conversational."
"you have fifty hearts and one hundred patients: decide who gets the hearts"
"Starting from 11th grade, tell me all of your volunteer work?"
"What are the major issues facing medicine ?"
"Tell me about your ECs?"
"Open File: Why do you want to be a doctor? "
"Questions about my application weaknesses"
"What do you think about national healthcare?"
"What do you do in your spare time?"
"How do you know you can handle the stress of being a physician?"
"Your file does not show much "maturation" how do you explain that? (I did not do many shadowing or community activities in college)"
"What is your definition of honesty? Do you think physicians should always be honest with their patients?"
"I applied early decision so he asked me Why Rush?"
"What was the most difficult class that you took? why?"
"You discussed having several interests outside of medicine -How do you think this will affect you while you are in medical school? What strategies do you have in dealing with this?"
"Tell me about your research."
"Tell me about yourself."
"What was your favorite class? least favorite?"
"Why do u wanna become a doctor?"
"My open file interview was interesting in that I was asked about everything I did relating to medicine, work experience, and extracurricular even thought she had everything right there and looked through the file as we spoke"
"Why did you pick your undergrad school?"
"Talk about 9/11 and how you dealt with it."
"How would your friends describe you?"
"Why do you want to be a doctor?"
"What do your parents do?"
"Why do you want to become a physician? What area do you think you will pursue? Do you want to be more clinical or research oriented?(open interview) "
"what will be your support system if you move to Chicago (OOS applicant)"
"About a specific hobby"
"All questions were relatively normal or were conversationally contextual."
"Hobbies, what makes you different from other applicants?"
"What do you do for fun?"
"Pretty standard questions. Nothing "out there"."
"What was your biggest failure?"
"Discuss (very thoroughly) your research projects"
"Explain an emotional situation you have been in."
"A patient who believes in holistic medicine argues that vaccination is bad for you. How do you convince them otherwise?"
"When did you first know you wanted to be a doctor"
"How do you feel about an employer requiring genetic testing?"
"My interviewer was a pediatrician, we discussed childhood obesity"
"What was your favorite class in undergrad and why?"
"If you were the interviewer, what would you look for in the applicant?"
"How does the fact that you did music make you a better doctor?"
"asked my thoughts about pass/fail grading"
"Ethical questions about genetic testing"
"None were particularly interesting, but the conversation we had prior to the interview was great."
"What is, or is there a difference, between learning, understanding and knowing?"
"What do you think about alternative medicine?"
"I had two ethical questions. One was about a patient and one was about a colleague."
"What does a medical school have to have for you to be happy?"
"Do you think I'm crazy?"
"I visited Israel so my interviewer asked me my opinion of the conflict in the Middle East."
"Nothing out of the ordinary..."
"none stood out"
"One of my interviewers asked me about my family background, and how I was able to pay for college. "
"I was given a scenario and had to say how I would counsel my patient."
"You get one open-file and one closed-file interview. The open-file interviewer, however, didn't seem to have read my materials very closely as I was asked questions that I had directly answered in my AMCAS application. The best question solicited my thoughts about pharmaceutical companies marketing strategies (my uncle was a pharm rep when he was younger so this was interesting to consider)."
"Given your prior experience in the pharmaceutical company, what is your opinion of pharma companies' development, marketing, and distribution of drugs?"
"''What is your opinion on the increasing percentage of female medical students and the effects this will have on residency programs?''"
"What do you think about genetic screening? (are you against or in favor of it and why?)"
"Have you ever been to St. Petersberg, Russia?"
"Ethically, if you were pricked with a needle during a surgical procedure, do you feel you're obligated to tell the patient before you run blood tests on them, or can you just do the test since you have access to their blood right there on the surgery table?"
"Nothing out of the blue."
"Why do you like to cook?"
"If a perfectly healthy elderly person came to you asking about a flu shot, but did not think them having one was necessary, what would you do?"
"Do you think that a doctor can still be selfless in a field that has become increasingly commercialized?"
"They are thinking about changing the rules for getting organ transplants from first-come first-served to an age cap, what do you think about this? "
"What video games do you like to play?"
"Why would you put yourself through 4 years of relentless gruelling work when you could just as well stay in your current career path and earn just as much? (I'm a non-trad applicant)."
"He asked my about my girlfriend and what she wants to do."
"What was you favorite class in undergrad and why?"
"What would you do if you were faced with this situation: You have great plans for the night with family...(something great)...and you get a call from ''little tommy's'' mother. She is in hysterics and says he has a fever, you know that ''little jonny'' is fine, what do you do?"
"I was asked a single question by my interviewers: ''What should I tell the admissions committee so that I can make a strong argument for you to come to this school?''"
"What qualities do you think make a good professor or educator? "
"A person comes to see you who is suffering from coughing, nausea, stomach pains, diahhrea, and is overweight. What would you do? "
"How to manage AIDS in todays world"
"What is the weakest part of your application? What would you change about your application if you could?"
"What are the biggest ethical deliemmas facing medicine today?"
"Who were you in high school?"
"what would i change about the healthcare system? (not really interesting, but in my opinion, none of the questions were too interesting to me)
who do you think is going to win the big 10 basketball title? (seriously)"
"What is the most difficult ethical dilemma that you see facing physicians in the US today?"
"How do you think you would handle 80 hour work weeks and night on-call shifts when you are 40 years old?"
"Do you think doctors know how to talk to/communicate patients?"
"Who is the best guitarist you have ever seen live?"
"there were no interesting question...just typical interview questions."
"Describe a situation when someone misjudged you."
"What were you like in high school?"
"What would you do if you caught a fellow student cheating?"
"The question was about my volunteer experience and how it influenced my decision to pursue medicine."
"Nothing comes to mind"
"You are working as a physician, and a 200lb, 5'1" female patient comes to you complaining of pain in the ankles, lower back & breasts, shortness of breath, difficulty climbing stairs, high blood pressure, etc. She tells you that she used to smoke 3 packs/day, but is now down to 1 pack/day. She then says, "Doctor, I know what youre going to tell me...youre going to say that I need to quit smoking, and lose weight. Well, others have tried to get me to do those things, and I just cant. But if you tell me to do just one of those things, then I'll do it."
Which one do you pick, and why?"
"Asked me questions regarding my extra-cirrular activities and both interviewers were trying to get a sense of who I was.
"Name an instance when you have had difficulty working with a group and how you resolved it."
"what was the biggest problem you faced when you came here?"
"Unlike most of the other applicants, i was NOT asked an ethics question or "how does one get cancer?" Instead, the interviewer wanted to know why becoming a doctor is important to me."
"When I asked my interviewer about his research, he asked me to come over to his computer and browse his pubmed publications"
"If I could be any animal what would I be?"
"What was a recent book you finished. "
"What would you want me to tell the admissions committee about you?"
"nothing out of the ordinary. Topics didn't go beyond my college activities"
"Can you think of a situation in which you felt you were unfairly judged?"
"To analyze a graph showing the percentage of elderly people getting flu vaccinations varying with the number of deaths due to the flu."
"Do you have a photographic memory?"
"What do you think makes a good doctor?"
"When was the last time you were sick?"
"you're treating a patient who won't stop smoking. eventually, the patient dies from lung cancer. what would you have done differently to save this patient's life?"
"How do you think philosophy, music, and medicine relate to one another?"
"List the three most important issues in health care today?
"I was asked some interesting questions about how I was planning to incorporate my interst in medical journalism into my career as a physician."
"How would you solve health care problems?"
"What I think of the current trend in herbal supplements and their lack of regulation by the FDA."
"What do I think of HMO's?"
"Why do you think we push older adults aside in our culture? "
"Has anyone in your family ever needed medical attention?"
"Questions about my travels and experiences, very straight forward things."
"What could you have done differently that would make you a better physician."
"How have you coped with a difficult academic incident and how do you think this has prepared you for the study of medicine?"
"10 hearts on a wall and 100 patients enter your clinic that need a heart transplant. How do you decide who gets a heart?"
"What are the causes of Cancer ?"
"If I knew how to play cricket"
"What is the reason behind my weakness of being somewhat of a procastinator (after I confessed this fact)?"
"What would you do if you had an obese patient with hypertension that didn't think her weight was a problem?"
"What would people who know you, and don't like you, say why they don't?"
"Are there any contraversies in medicine? explain"
"What is string theory? "
"A role play that the interviewer and I had about a cheating student/friend, and would I turn them in."
"If a Jehovah's Witness (sp.) who is religiously opposed to blood transfusions gravely needed one, how would you handle the situation? How would you treat it differently if it were a child?"
"What do you think is the most important issue in world politics today?"
"How do I feel about the current situation in Israel and do I see a possible way to resolve it?"
"Why did you write the type of essay that you did? I had written an essay that was in the form of an interview bewtween myself and an ESPN sports anchor. "
"How do youl ike being in a sorority?"
"Where do you think healthcare will be in 10 years, and how do you see yourself fit into the equation?"
"Do you think it is possible for the U.S. to have nationalized medicine?"
"A difficult situation I had encountered in the past year and how I handled it...and if I was happy with the outcome.(closed file interview)"
"Where do you think you would rank among the students if you came here?"
"You have a lot of service experiences, why do you participate in such activities? What's in it for you?"
"What types of books do you enjoy reading?"
"Who's your favorite Jazz musician? (I told the interviewer I listened to Jazz to relieve stress)"
"Why do you think you will fit well into the Medical profession"
"Who is Sir Fleming? (think penicillian)"
"Your wife or child comes down with a terminal illness. Asa physician, how do you cope and still provide quality care for your patients?"
"What do you do if the family of a fragile, terminal, and comatose patient insists that extreme measures be taken to prolong life?"
"To explain Question One of my secondary--the difficult situation in the past 3-5years. It was interesting, b/c my interviewer was actually interested in my answer and wanted backgroud info on it. "
"Lots of ethical questions."
"There was no particular question that stood out. One of the interviews was open and one was closed. Rush had a faculty member (open interview) and resident(closed interview)meet with me. They were both absolutely wonderful (bright, fun, interesting etc.) The interviewers themselves were very interesting and engaging. "
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