"What issues exist in today's healthcare system?"
"The first interviewer asked me specifically about an international clinical experience that I mentioned in my secondary application, which is the only thing they have access to as the interview is a closed-file type.
The second interviewer asked me about where I went to school and it kind of went from there."
"How will your experiences with underserved populations affect the way you practice medicine?"
"What field of medicine are you most interested in"
"How are you most like/unlike your father/mother?"
"Tell me about yourself?"
"Why the University of Rochester?"
"What sparked your interest in medicine?"
"What would you do if you saw a fellow student fabricate a patient lab result?"
"It was mostly conversational, but Why medicine?"
"How did you become interested in medicine?"
"What is your biggest strength?"
"Mostly conversational without specific questions."
"Do you feel doctors have to much power for them to handle?"
"Mostly just discussing your activities and essays answered as part of the interview scheduling online."
"There really weren't any questions other than those that arose from discussing my background."
"questions about my experiences, family, etc. Very conversational."
"Biggest Problem facing the U.S. healthcare system? How would you fix it?"
"Conversations about the 4 activities I listed"
"asked about my interests in the sub-specialties i listed as being interested in"
"Why would you be a good fit for U of Rochester?"
"facutly interview was very conversational...tell me about your family, activities, etc. Name a strength and a weakness. "
"They asked the standard basic questions in a conversational way."
"If you could continue your current research for another year, what additional studies would you add? "
"What is your biggest strength and biggest weakness?"
"Student interviewer: How did you chose your college?"
"How I'm planning to adapt to Rochester, being from LA."
"What interests you in Rochester?"
"why do all this research and then not go for an MD/PhD?"
"During your clinical experience, have you ever had to deal with any ethical dilemmas?"
"Why do you have to be the one in charge? (Asked in reference to being a PA or a nurse instead of an MD)."
"what went into your decision to go to (your undergraduate school)?"
"What ethical problems did you face with X experience?"
"Why did you apply to Rochester?"
"Research based. Do you look for specific antibodies in the patients that you study?"
"Describe the techniques you used in your research. "
"Why Rochester? Why medicine? Why MD/PhD?"
"What other schools have you applied to? Have you gotten in yet?"
"The question about the car."
"What are your hobbies?"
"What reservations do you have about entering the medical field?"
"Why both the Md and PhD degrees?"
"Tell me how you got here today (wanted me to talk about myself, explain what led me to be applying to med school; first he told me his story)."
"Cheating in medical school?"
"Tell me about a challenge you faced and how you overcame it."
"tell me about yourself (after the interviewer introduced himself)."
"What do you think are some big issues in the medical field today/in the future?"
"Tell me about yourself"
"What are the three most important qualities you think a physician should have?"
"What 5 qualities describe you?"
"Why here? Seriously, why here?"
"How have your parents influenced your interests? (in the context of the conversation, she was asking about shared personality traits)"
"tell me about yourself..."
"You are at a party with some people, and someone says to you, 'I really just don't think animal research is ethical.' How do you respond?"
"How would your friends describe you in five adjectives?"
"What prompted the (career) switch? [I am an attorney.]"
"How would your friends describe you"
"Tell me where you're from, school you went to, and about yourself."
"What's the significance of X activity or experience?"
"what are you looking for in a medical school"
"Say a patient has carbon monoxide poisoning. You look up the half life of carbon monoxide in the body and find that it's 4 hours. But if you put the patient under pure oxygen, that can be reduced to 40 min. What do you think is happening?"
"What are three traits necessary for a good physician?"
"What speciality do you want to do? Why?"
"What do you like to do for fun"
"Usual shiznit, with a sprinkle or two of health policy questions."
"Where are you from, what was your high school like..."
"What do you read? Why?"
"So tell me about your route to medicine?"
"What was your undergraduate environment like?"
"What was the most difficult obstacle for you as an undergraduate?"
"Tell me about your family"
"How would your friends describe you?"
"Tell me about yourself (got this question in both interviews)"
"Tell me about your background/family/interests."
"What has motivated you to pursue a career in medicine at this point in your life? "
"What are the most important characteristics of a good physician?"
"How will you relate to your peers? (I'm much older than the average applicant)
"What are your strengths?"
"Do you want to go back to Canada? (I'm Canadian)."
"Why do you want to be a doctor? Why Rochester?"
"Why did you choose your undergrad school?"
"Why/how did you choose your undergraduate degree and college?"
"What are the qualities of a good doctor?"
"What are you looking for in a medical school?"
"Tell me about your journey in life up to this point?"
"What initially interested you about medicine?"
"What have you been doing since graduation?"
"The purpose of this interview is for us to get to know you better. So go ahead and tell me about yourself."
"What do you feel the qualities of a good medical student are--give me three qualities in three words or less each. (I answered three and he said, "I would also add maturity to that list, but your three are good too")"
"Recommend a book to me."
"How do you feel about Problem Based Learning?"
"What is your greatest weakness?"
"Asked about stem cell research and the four extra-curriculars I put down."
"Tell me about a stressful situation you went through and how you handled it."
"What good books have you read lately? "
"Challenges you forsee in med school?"
"If a colleague came to work drunk with the intent of operating on a patient while intoxicated, what would you do?"
"Why did you choose ___________ for your undergraduate college?"
"What has been a turning point in your life?"
"Why medicine? Why Rochester? Tell me about (the four extracurriculars/activities I've listed). Tell me about a difficult experience and how you coped with it. What do you do for fun? "
"Describe your role with organization X. (You give them a list of your top 4 activities at the start of the interview)."
"Where do you see yourself in 30 years?"
"What would you do if you were not performing well in a particular class?"
"questions about the heathcare system - and more questions to challenge my answers"
"How does your major relate to medicine?"
"Why medicine? Why not education? (I have done research in education and I have a campus job as a supplemental instructor)"
"Does the power that physicians have over their patients scare you?"
"When you are accepted everywhere, how will you choose where to go? "
"If a doctor makes a mistake, it can be irreversible and incapacitating. How would you deal with that responsibility?"
"What fun things do you do?"
"Describe your research."
"have you always been interested in medicine?"
"What are some books you have read recently?"
"(regarding my research) What were your hypotheses and how did you test them?"
"tell me about yourself."
"How do you feel about diversity?"
"How did you decide you wanted to be an MD?"
"What is the role of a physician?"
"How do you deal with stress?"
"What is your passion?"
"tell me about your family."
"Tell me about your research."
"Tell me about your research.
"What do you do for fun?"
"Do you think you can do research as an MD? When I said yes, we went into a long discussion of NIH funding procedures that I knew nothing about!"
"Our curriculum requires attendance and participation in class. How do you feel about this? Give me an example of when you fulfilled these requirements."
"name the three things you like best about rochester"
"what books have you read lately?"
"How did you end up at MIT as a Brain and Cognitive Sciences, and how has that led you to medicine?"
"Tell me about how you got from *** to medicine."
"Why have you chose Rochester?"
"What do you think needs to be changed int he current health care policy"
"Why do you want to be a doctor?"
""Why medicine?" (yeah, they went there...lol)"
"Tell me about a time you've had to overcome something"
"How did you spend your time at your undergrad institution?"
"If I recognized a picture from my UG."
"Define "resilience" and rate yourself on a scale of 1-10."
"What don't you like about Rochester?"
"If I met your friends on the street, how would they describe you?"
"Why a physician and not a PA, nurse, etc?"
"How do you handle criticism?"
"Describe an ethical dilemma and how you would confront it."
"What books do you read in your spare time?"
"What do you think about vaccinations in pediatrics? (I had indicated an interest in pediatrics)"
"They were all pretty basic"
"What's one quality you think a physician should possess?"
"Should I be concerned, since you don't read for pleasure, that you don't have a liberal arts background?"
"Why do you think some people don't believe in evolution? ( evolution is my field of study)"
"What would you do if you were no longer able to perform your primary specialty choice? If you would continue practicing medicine, what specialty would you go into?"
"(i took an ethics class): what makes someone a master of ethics?"
"both interviews were very conversational, no tricky or difficult questions."
"20 yrs....led to very interesting discussion and I got some grat advice."
"asked what I thought the 2-3 most difficult things relating to dealing with the families of patients would be as a doctor"
"Why do you want to come to the East Coast and Rochester specifically? (I lived on the west coast my whole life, so they were curious about my desire to try out the east.)"
"If a friend had a drug addiction, what would you do? What if he didn't want help? What if another person (e.g. patient) was negatively affected by the habit?"
"What would your best friend say about you?"
"Tell me about two of your mentors."
"Questions about kayaking and the best areas to kayak in upstate NY (I brought this up, it wasn't out of the blue)."
"If you could do research in any living scientist's lab, whose would it be?"
"None I can remember, pretty generic questions."
"Do you have any weakness in your application? Can you explain? "
"Whether I know how to ski."
"Make up a story about a picture I was shown."
"Tell me more about your meningitis story (from my personal statement)."
"Just specific things about my research and motivations :)"
"how are you most like your father? how are you most different."
"What is the most recent book you've read?"
"Tell me about your family?"
"How did being the baby of the family affect you? Interesting just because it was unexpected and something I didn't think I would be asked."
"What are some of the major public health issues in China today?"
"What is your second choice occupation?"
"How many schools did you apply to?"
"I spoke with a faculty member who worked on a very similar research topic to my research but his approach is totally different--en sum a research-based question was the most interesting."
"Tell me something about Yale that I would only know if I had attended school there. (Yale is my undergraduate school)"
"My interviewer asked me how I learned Spanish (in Spanish), and we then proceeded to have a 10-15 minute conversation in Spanish, which went fine because I'm fluent. Don't exaggerate!"
"what books have your recently read"
"What is the biggest cultural difference between the U.S. and ____ (the country I was born in)''"
"What's the best way to set the timing on a 69 chevelle? (I wrote in one of my essays about cars)"
"If you were a fruit, what would you be and why? (Apparently her daughter told her to ask that one!)"
"What are your failures?"
"What is something unique about your school that only someone who went there would know?"
"What do you think about autism? (In the context of discussing my research)."
"How did a theater major choose medicine?"
"If you were president of the U.S. what 3 policy issues would you pursue?"
"How does [a particular activity] relate to your decision to apply here?"
"none -- first interview was just a long conversation (tell me about yourself?). Second interview was more stressful."
"Are you a Packers fan?"
"What personal biases will you have to overcome to be a good physician to your patients?"
"I was amazed at how conversational the interviews were. They really didn't press me with any interesting questions, we mostly talked about the school and its opportunities."
"The interviewer told me to close my eyes and imagine myself in paradise and she wanted me to describe what paradise was for me"
"A question related to my research. "
"How many schools did you apply to? Just wasn't expecting it, but it was asked in the friendliest way possible."
"My first interviewer asked me what breed of dog I would be"
"Since you are creative artistically, how would you apply this to your practice or your research?"
"I want to show you and X-ray and have you diagnose what is going on (this was actually fun)."
"What do you look for in a medical school?/What are the qualities of a good medical school?"
"(In so many words...) Name three things this administration could be doing better in regards to anything foreign or domestic (health care related or not)."
"all questions pertained to my background (music, law, research) - i was not caught off-guard by any questions. i didn't find any questions particularly interesting per se"
"have you ever used drugs? be truthful."
"There was no stand out question. Most were typical fare, though often follow up questions probed deeper than normal. I did like the Theoretical questions they asked (if you were a practicing doctor and a 13 year old asked you for an abortion what would you do?)"
"I am your patient. You are my doctor. Diagnose me. "
"how would your friends describe you"
"How would you explain zeroth-order and first-order decay to a family?"
"What is your pet peeve?"
"Why did you choose to go to your undergrad?"
"Nothing really... very standard questions."
"I weas given a film and asked to explain it and givea story about what I think I happened (I like this!)"
"How do you see medicine changing in the future?"
"I was asked to analyze an x-ray and tell them my diagnosis of what it was and how/why it happened."
"Could you discuss the differences between contemplation and mindfulness, and how a physician can use these as tools with patients."
"Can't think of anything really."
"What do you think are some issues that you may face 10 years from now"
"What i do to keep in shape"
"What do you think about ethics in medicine?"
"How are you most like and most different from each parent?"
"What does "empathy" mean to you? can empathy be learned?"
"Basic questions, conversational"
"What is empathy? Can it be acquired?"
"none of the questions were original or unexpected"
"It was extremely conversational in both interviews. Mostly the questions weren't particularly interesting because they weren't trying to catch you in anything, they all stemmed from the converation and they were really trying to get to know you."
"Nothing too interesting"
"What do you do for fun?"
"Give me an example of a stressful time in your life and how you handeled it."
"If I was given 30% of the money I needed to institute an intervention aimed at reducing HIV in South Africa, what would I do and why? "
"Mostly we talked about the little bit of information the interviewers did have about me."
"Did you have a hard time deciding where to attend undergraduate school?"
"What does it mean to you to have a biopsychosocial mentality?"
"How would I pay for the underserved uninsured who need medical care?"
"Nothing extremely interesting."
"A paraphrase of the question: "You're a very creative person. How do you expect to do in medicine, which doesn't always require creativity?""
"Why did I go to Russia?"
"Why are you interested in cardiology?"
"What is the most meaningful patient experience you have had?"
"How did you choose your undergraduate school?? why this school, why not another one?? and lots of follow up questions on my undergraduate school!!"
""How do you deal with stressful situations? Give examples""
"Did you know that birth control was discovered in your hometown?"
"How would we solve the problem of obesity in the United States?"
"With your background, are you sure you actually NEED an M.D.? "
"What do you think the defining characteristic of leadership is?"
"What do you think about your governor? (He'd asked me about stem cells and in my answer I mentioned how CA had recently passed the stem cell referendum)"
"How did I end up at my undergraduate school, in that major and why medicine?"
"What is your race? (related to my application essays, but strange regardless)"
"Where would you travel if you could?"
"Nothing too strange. Standard questions like strengths and weaknesses, clarifications on my personal statement."
"What was your favorite class(es) in college and why?"
""Is there anything you feel strongly about or like to argue about?""
"What books have you read recently that you would recommend? "
"Both interviews felt more like conversations. A particular question does not stand out."
"That no questions about why I wanted to be a dr. were asked. Yay! THese were by far the most interesting interviews I've ever had. THe Faculty at U of R impressed me very much by their knowledge of the arts, humanities AND medicine."
"What reservations do you have about being a doctor in this day in age?"
"How would you define emotional maturity?"
"If a man has a medical condition that can best be treated by an incredibly expensive drug that is not covered by his insurance but that IS covered by his wife's insurance what do you say to his wife when she asks that the drug be prescribed to her and not her husband?"
"Break the news to me that I have tested positive for HIV. (I led into this because I have worked as an AIDS educator, so don't necessarily expect this one)"
"How do you think the heath of our nation will change in fifty years?"
"Describe your ideal learning environment."
"Considerations I would take when providing end-of-life care (followed from a part of our conversation)."
"Do you love Biology? This was a great question because it allowed me to express my enthusiasm for science."
"what would be the basis for a choice between several med schools that accept you"
"What are you looking for in a medical school?"
"What type of leader are you?"
"What about medicine would make you wake up screaming with nightmares?"
"What gives you pause about medicine? "
"What do you think of the situation going on in Florida (woman in a coma whose husband wants to remove the feeding tube), and what is your opinion on right to life issues in general?"
"Where do you see health care in fifty years?"
"Fifty years from now what did you do as a physician? How did your career go? What changed in medicine over your career? (what the hell was this all about???)"
"tell me about your semester abroad."
"Tell me about your clinical experience, and why you would fit in U. Rochester?"
"Name the last 3 books you've read."
"How would you apply math to medicine? (I'm a math major)"
"What is so satisfying about music? (I majored in music and we were talking about my research)"
"i wasn't asked any interesting questions but another guy had an interesting question. His interviewer (a very portly man) asked him to tell her what she would say about his appearance without being able to do a checkup or any tests. The kid told his interviewer that "You are fat and need to lose weight."Personally, I would not have picked that answer. "
"How do you feel about diversity?"
"What is your gut feeling about Rochester (I had just said I trust my gut instincts)."
"What in my file would I point to as an indication of something that sets me apart from other qualified candidates"
"Questions about intron homology among cardiac muscle cell's were the most interesting because of current day prevalence. "
"Why did you choose your major ("it's unusual")?"
"How was your experience at your undergraduate college been?"
"Why I was such a failure in high school (the interviewer had a hearing aid and had misheard me)."
"do you think you will be able to make a smoot transition to living on the east coast?"
"What would you do if medicine was out of the question?"
"Nothing very unique--the interviewers both just wanted to go through my experiences and stuff."
"What has been the most difficult challenge that you've encountered in your volunteer work?"
"At one point, I was asked to recommend a book I'd recently read to my interviewer."
"What do you think makes a good doctor? What kind of doctor do you want to be?"
"Do you think living at home during college made you sheltered?"
"What did you learn about yourself in your current job? (I am currently taking a year off.)"
"what is the last good movie you've seen"
"What about medicine could cause you to wake up screaming in the middle of the night?"
"If you were the assistant to the president of MIT, how would you advise him to improve the student life?"
"What do you think are the benefits and drawbacks of alternative medicine."
"what is your favorite book and why?"
"What would you do if a classmate of yours falsified a number on a chart during your clerkship?"
"Describe your childhood."
""What are your ideas concerning giving an fatally-ill overdosed drug addict a liver transplant over those on the waiting list?" "