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"Make interview times flush better with the various presentation times. Add interview day signage for navigation."
"Serve coffee with lunch."
"Don't schedule interviews during presentations and other activities. Make sure everyone can attend them in their entirety and not have to leave 5 minutes in to the financial aid presentation."
"Don't charge $100 for a secondary that only required 5 checkbox answers and a photo submission."
"everything went pretty smoothly!"
"They are very friendly. Haven't interacted with them too much."
"Nothing. Everything ran smoothly."
"The financial aid presentation overlapped with my interview. It would be nice if presentations and interviews were kept separate time-wise."
"Make the location of the interview known to students ahead of time, rather than at the check-in point (some of the interview places were very far from campus and required taxi/car)"
"The presentations on the school and curriculum were rather brief. Brevity is appreciated of course, but a bit more information would be nice."
"Inform the applicants prior to the interview date that after checking in at the admissions office, the applicant will need to walk and find the interviewer's office some where else on campus."
"Scripted interviews are a bummer-why not just ask me to write answers to the questions and save a flight?"
"offer specific feedback to rejected applicants"
"For regional interviews send someone who knows more about the MD program (Preferably a doctor of medicine)"
"- Provide morning and afternoon options when applicants select interview dates
- Parking info"
"They were great!"
"More signs to the admissions office--it was hard to find, but apparently moving sometime soon."
"It feels isolating to sit in the waiting room designated for interviewees."
"Not as friendly as the ones I've encountered, but were helpful."
"I would have liked to talk with some M4 students."
"How was transitioning from undergrad your Masters program?"
"Tell me about a time when you had to overcome a challenge?"
"They asked some weird questions about school history and Jesuit tradition. Didn't really see that coming"
"Tell me about a case you remember from scribing in the ED."
"Almost totally straightforward questions about my app and experiences."
"They just asked things from my application and then it became very conversational after that."
"Just asked about ECs"
"Tell me about a teamwork experience."
"What does your family do for work?"
"What are important characteristics of a good doctor? Do you feel you have these?"
"What questions do you have for me?"
"She basically went through my application and asked me to talk about each activity."
"What speciality are you interested in?"
"Greatest challenge/ obstacle?"
"How did you choose medicine?"
"Tell me about x experience (repeated about 6 times, going down a selected list of my activities/experiences my interviewer had previously read)"
"About my decision to enter the medical profession."
"What do you think are your strengths?"
"What was your most interesting clinical experience?"
"Tell me about where you grew up."
"How did your parents being doctors affect your path to medical school?"
"Do you have any siblings?"
"What philanthropy did you raise money for? (reference to one of my activities)"
"Why did you apply to SLU?"
"What about St. Louis appeals to you?"
"Explain ______ involvement. (Literally 80% of the questions I received were of this form)"
"What type of leadership skills do you possess?"
"Where do you see yourself in 10 years?"
"So you're from ____. Have you lived there your whole life?"
"Name your strengths and weaknesses"
"What made you apply to SLU?"
"Why St. Louis? (be prepared for this if you are not a Missouri resident and have no connection to the state/city)"
"Specific questions about a journal paper I wrote a few years ago."
"Tell me in detail about... (he listed just about everything on my AMCAS and proceeded to type notes on his laptop the whole time)."
"What's the offside rule in soccer"
"What will I do if I dont get into medical school?"
"Tell me more about your research"
"it was a mostly conversational interview."
"How would your friends describe you"
"How has your experience as an EMT affected your decision to go into medicine?"
"What areas of medicine are you considering?"
"So, why St. Louis?"
"I see you have done a lot of cancer work..."
"What did you do over the summer?"
"About my research, volunteering, etc. How do you treat X condition (I think he wanted me to admit I didn't know, which I had no problem doing)?"
"Tell me about X grade and Y grade (2 poor grades from my transcript)"
"Tell me about a situation in which you disappointed yourself or someone else?"
"Tell me about (x) EC (from AMCAS)?"
"Most interesting experience shadowing?"
"Was there anything special about your childhood?"
"Specific question to my personal statement (What happened here?)"
"What did you not like about the faculty at your undergrad institution?"
"Tell me about what you are doing now."
"About my childhood/general life"
"Tell me about yourself."
"Why SLU? (Be ready.)"
"What is your biggest disappointment in life?"
"What do you want me to present to the Admissions Committee?"
"Why did you choose xxx University for undergrad? Any regrets?"
"Name three things you would change about yourself.
"Tell me about where you're from"
"what has been your greatest accomplishment?"
"Tell me about your research?"
"What are your weaknesses, strengths?"
"What is one of the biggest challenges you've faced?"
"What kind of city is your hometown? "
"Please tell me about yourself. What should i know about you as a person?"
"SO why do you want to be a doctor?"
"Have you been accepted to any other schools yet?"
"Tell me about yourself/family"
"What's your most challenging experience?"
"Why did you apply to Saint Louis?"
"asked about my volunteer experience"
"How do you handle stress."
"What is most important to you in life?"
"(very conversational) What do your parents do for a living?"
"What is the name of the metal cage used in LTP studies? (related to my research)"
"Why are you a psychology major?"
"why did I take time off before med school?"
"The France one above."
"What do think about the healthcare crisis?"
"Why do you want to become a physician?"
"Questions based on AMCAS application."
"Tell me about...(your name)"
"What makes medicine different from any other profession?"
"my interview was very conversational and afterwards my interviewer told me that he sees no reason why i shouldn't be accepted here. this isn't an interview to stress about at all"
"only specific questions about my applications, nothing difficult. also, my interviewer had the coolest beard/mustache ever."
"Tell me about _______ (insert research)"
"Tell me about experience X."
"Have you ever seen any questionable actions by Dr. X while working with/shadowing him? "
"Tell me about your parents."
"What would you like me to tell the Admissions Committee about you?"
"why the big difference in your 2 mcat scores?"
"Why Medicine? Why do people go to the doctor?"
"What do you do when you are not studying?"
"What do you do to relax?"
"Tell me about your shadowing experience"
"Why did I pick my undergraduate university?"
"Tell me about your medical experience."
"What do your parents do?"
"Where are you in the interviewing process?"
"No real questions but, my interviewer said that I interviewed fine but my MCAT was a little low for them (I had a 30), and looking at their past statistics I didn't really follow this comment. My interviewer was very interesting and cordial and had a lot of experience in medicine but was still up to date. "
"Tell me what you like to do in your free time."
"Have you ever seen a doctor being unethical?"
"just know the things you left out of your AMCAS, for example, if you haven't mentioned any challenges or obstacles, then brush up on those. "
"How old are your siblings?"
"Tell me about yourself..."
"What will you do if you don't get into medical school? "
"Where else have you interviewed/gotten accepted?
"Where is this city you live in?"
"what do you do in your spare time?"
"How do you handle stress?"
"Tell me about your family, childhood, and interest in medicine."
"Just talked about my experiences and involvement."
"tell me about your childhood"
"How did you come to know you want to be a doctor?"
"Why St. Louis University?"
"Why medicine? Have you considered any other careers?"
"Tell me about your family-- what they do etc"
"Tell me about your volunteering/shadowing experiences"
"What was the best part about traveling abroad?"
"Tell me about experience X?"
"Do you think we need more troops in Iraq?"
"The questions were mostly standard, except for those mentioned above."
"Why St. Louis? Why medicine?"
"What is the role of the physician in society?"
"What classes have you taken recently (I've been out of school for 2 years and wanted to make sure I could handle the coursework which I found funny!)"
"KNOW YOUR PERSONAL STATEMENT! Tons of my questions drew explicitly from this!
"Why did you get a ___ in this class."
"Where did you grow up? "
"Asked about my personal statement."
"All of the questions related almost solely to my personal statement."
"Why SLU? Why doctor? If you don't get in this year what will you do next year? "
"What does your dad do? What does your mom do? How many brothers and sisters do you have?"
"Why do you want to go to vet school instead of med school now?"
"What have you done in the last 2 years that will help you do well in classes even with so much time off?"
"Tell me about....some experience or other on my application."
"Why did you choose your undergrad school?"
"What makes a Doctor special?"
"what do you do for fun?"
"What kind of field would you like to go into?"
"What does your mother do?"
"Tell me about yourself and family"
"What do you know about us (SLU)?"
"Describe my school's alcoholic policy and if I've ever had a roommate conflict? (i'm an RA)"
"So, your grandfather was a doctor and your mother is a nurse, did they help you make the decision to pursue medicine?"
"I'd like to ask about this C in Transport and Rate Processes...etc."
"Why SLU? Why do you want to be a doctor? "
"Do you have siblings?"
"In general he asked me in depth questions about my activities, work and etc. So for instance, he saw I'd gone to the Philippines on a mission trip. So he asked me what I thought was the general state of the country, and what I viewed as the main cause of the deterioration. So we got into a big discussion on history, which ended with us both saying we didn't really know the recent history of the Philippines very well. Stuff like that. "
"Do you know any alcoholics? What have you done for them?"
"Just a nice conversation, to be honest I dont remember many questions except the one stated above. He asked me about my application and my motivation for entering medicine."
"Why St. Louis?"
"Your research seems interesting, tell me a little about it."
"Why medicine? Why SLU?"
"why st. louis? why do you want to become a doctor?"
"Why do you want to be a doctor?"
"Tell me more about such and such experience, that was on your AMCAS application"
"Tell me about your research and extracurricular experiences"
"What are your greatest strengths/weaknesses?"
"Write your own Letter of Rec (describe qualities about yourself)"
"What are your hobbies?"
"Tell me about yourself"
"Tell me what you're doing this year."
"Tell me about yourself and your family. Why SLU? Why medicine?"
"Why do you have certain grades?"
"strengths, weaknesses, what you would change about yourself"
"how do you destress?"
"Tell me about your family."
"What are your strengths/weaknesses?"
"What has been the most difficult experience you have had to deal with?
What are your strengths and weaknesses?
What would you like to change about yourself?"
"Why St. Louis U?"
"Why SLU Med?"
"Why MD, how do you know, what have you done"
"Tell me about yourself?"
"Why SLU? Most rewarding experience? Who influenced your decision to pursue medicine the most?"
"What does your mom do? What does your dad do? Do those jobs require degrees?"
"What kind of volunteer work have you done?"
"Why SLU? Strengths/Weaknesses Clarifications on my AMCAS."
"Several questions about my family, it got close to being over the top I thought."
"Tell me about your family. How do they feel about you going into medicine? Is anyone forcing you?"
"Tell me about your volunteer experiences. Tell me about your family. Tell me about your undergrad school."
"Tell me about your family? "
"Why SLU? How do you think you will make the transition from college to medical school?"
"Why do patients visit the doctor?"
"Tell me about your research."
"why don't you just go to school in wisconsin...the tuition is a lot cheaper"
"If you could change one thing about yourself right now, what would you change?
If you're comfortable doing so, tell me about your family. (this had to do with my PS)
What is your strongest characteristic?
What are you doing now? (i.e. if not going to school)
Describe your research.
What languages do you speak?
What do you think are important qualities (or the most important, i can't remember which) a physician should possess?"
"Tell me about your medical experiences."
"They asked about my research.( I am a graduate student)"
"Tell me about your family/about yourself."
"Asking me why medicine in the US (as international)"
"Somehow we got on the subject of my work within the interviewer's profession and we had an in-depth conversation about patient health education and some website content I'd helped create in that area. She even wanted me to show her the website, which I did."
"she asked really in-depth questions about my research since she was actually doing similar research haha"
"None. She just had me explain every activity (research, extracurricular, etc.) on my primary application."
"From my medical career prior to application and because my interviewer was a psychiatrist: describe an interaction with a mental health patient."
"Is this your first interview?"
"What do you want to know about the school?"
"A question about how I feel about Obamacare"
"Who was Chester Arthur?"
"What is the hardest part about being a leader? (in response to my leadership activities)"
"Asked to tell about each activity on AMCAS."
"How can you protect from lethal doses of radiation? (Related to my research)"
"We discussed my work at the free clinic."
"They were all very straightforward"
"I didn't think there were any strange or unusual questions."
"Name a famous person from [city I came from]."
"Tell me about your clinical apprenticeship."
"All standard interview questions"
"What do you think makes you a strong candidate?"
"Asked to elaborate on different experiences listed on application."
"What makes a good physician?"
"What do you know about peds?"
"What is the book about? (I mentioned a book I recently read.)"
"Nothing too memorable"
"one behavioral question: describe a situation where you had to use interpersonal skills to resolve a dilemma or problem"
"In a surgery room, there's the surgeon, anesthesiologist, nurses, technicians, etc. Who is the most important person in that room?"
"My interviewers (Dean of Admissions) seemed to be interested in my interests in medical devices, which I enjoyed talking about."
"They were all really generic, nothing too interesting."
"What would your friends say are your weaknesses?"
"If you had a magic wand and could change one thing about health care what would it be?"
"There was not a single interesting question"
"Name one thing I would change about my past."
"The question about Jesuit education; it led to an interesting conversation about the overall feel of the institution and campus and the impact of a religious affiliation."
"Where is your hometown?"
"What was your favorite race (running)?"
"Tell me about (a specific humanities class I had taken)."
"What qualities are important for a doctor"
"Tell me about a situation in which you disappointed yourself or someone else?"
"How do you find balance in your life? "
"Now, ask me your questions about SLU!"
"none, basically you can recite your primary application to the interviewer"
"How would your friends describe you?"
"Nothing interesting...all "fluffy" questions."
"Deep questions about my childhood!"
"Different aspects about my experiences during college."
"Tell me a unique experience you have had."
"What's the most challenging obstacle in your life?"
"What is something that was different or surprised you in the clinical setting?"
"Nothing special, it was more conversational."
"What is it that doctors don't understand about economics? (I'm working on two degrees in molecular biology and economics.)"
"What do you get frustrated with?"
"What do you like to do for fun?"
"What is the thing you are most proud of?"
"what are 3 things about yourself you would change?"
"How are you going to manage your new marriage and medical school?"
"Explain to me how to hang drywall."
"The whole interview was very conversational. The most interesting question was probably when I was asked to describe the crazy people I would come in contact with while working one of my many entry level positions."
"Basic interview questions. A few about how I handle stress and my motivations for becoming a doctor."
"Based on your experience, what is the meaning of ''Physician''?"
"If I were to visit California, where would you recommend going?"
"What I thought a ''billiken'' was."
"What subjects interested you the most in high school? "
"What was the most important personal challenge you feel you have faced in your life?"
"Not really an intersting questions"
"Describe a situation when you used good interpersonal skills"
"Define the role of the physician in society today"
"What kind of music do you like?"
"Who's your role model?"
"What do you do for fun?"
"While discussing a trip I had taken to India, I was asked what I thought of the restrooms there."
"all of the questions were very standard, nothing difficult or tricky."
"None of the questions were too different than most I've experienced before."
"Did you ever have to take on a managerial-type role in your family?"
"A VERY specific and insightful question about my essay. "
"How does the French system of Medicine differ from that of America? (I had broken my ankle while in France)"
"What is the biggest challenge you have overcome?"
"What do you think is most needed by the homeless population."
"Nothing really interesting, just standard questions slightly twisted"
"What makes medicine different from any other profession?"
"specific questions about my application"
"What is the biggest challenge you have faced?"
"Most of the questions were elaborations based on my application. He seemed pretty interested in my insight into medicine through shadowing and as a medical assistant."
"Have you experienced any hardships in your life?"
"If you had to invite three people(alive/dead) to dinner, who would they be? "
"Two parts - If there was one thing you could change about the world, what would it be? (excluding world peace - because that's unachievable) If there was one thing you could change about yourself, what would that be?"
"What is the role of the physician in a terminaly ill patient."
"what field of medicine are you planning to pursue and why"
"Why would you want to come to SLU; you're from Vanderbilt country?"
"The interviewer was very personal with me, calling me by name and had reviewed my file to enable him to be familiar with my family life, my history, etc. The most interesting questions came from my background. I was very impressed with this."
"Why did you pick your major? (Animal Sciences)"
"Describe the most rewarding experience you have had."
"How do you relax?"
"what are my favorite restaurants in st. louis and chicago."
"What brings you to St. Louis?"
"Questions pertaining to my research"
"What did you learn from experience X and how will this help you in medical school/career as a doctor?"
"What was a difficult experienve that you have overcome?"
"Why do you believe African Americans are are reluctant to seek medical treatment?"
"Are there any questions that you have for me about SLU?"
"What will you do if you do not get in to any medical schools this year?"
"If you could go back and change the decisions you have made in your life to get to this point what would they be?"
"Is it still as Jesuit school if there are no Jesuits?"
"How does fishing (one of my hobbies) relate to a career in medicine?"
"How do you feel about pharmaceutical companies and their influence on medicine?"
"What is one difficulty you have faced and how did you overcome it?"
"Did you experience any difficulties or issues in your childhood?"
"Tell me about a time you faced a problem and showed determination in overcoming it
"supposing you didn't get in, what would you do to improve your chances next year."
"what do you me to say about you in front of the admissions committee?"
"Why St. Louis?"
"Why do people go to doctors?"
"What other schools have you interviewed/scheduled interviews at?"
"what do you think will be the biggest challenge you will face during medical school? during practice?"
"How do you mentally resolve some of the major medico-ethical issues, such as abortion and euthanasia? That is, what is your thought process?"
"What do you think med school will be like while having a family? (I'm married with children.)"
"Given the two scores here, MCAT and GPA, what do you think best refects how you will do in medical school?"
"Whats a life challenge I've had to deal with"
"What do you like to do"
"Describe, in 25 words or less, how to fix our healthcare system."
"How do you deal with people that are willing to provide care to animals at the expense of people?"
"Describe a problem you had with a roommate or coworker and how you resolved it."
"What do you think needs to be done to improve conditions in youth leagues?"
"Something about why licorice should not be given to heart patients. There was no context for the question either. He just hit me with it while we were talking about my hobbies. I think he was trying to see how I would handle it. I had no idea, and he just told me the answer (some organic compound) and moved on."
"What is the one thing a doctor does that no other profession practices?"
"What was the last movie you saw?"
"What have you learned about yourself during the entire application process?
"What would you change about yourself?"
"What is something that you wish that you could change about yourself?"
"Most unique experience?"
"How much does your state school cost?"
"Nothing really. The interviewer was very relaxed and had read my file earlier and just asked me questions about my personal statement and various experiences."
"What was the hardest thing you ever had to do?`"
"How does your morality fit in with our Jesuit teaching style?"
"Tell me what you know about Jesuit Schools"
"Describe yourself in one that I can repeat to the admissions committee."
"Why did you decide to go to medical school instead of veterinary school?"
"How would you like to be presented to the admissions committe in one sentence?"
"All of the questions were pretty standard, and most related to my application. I didn't have any ethical or hypothetical questions."
"How have you used interpersonal skills to work through a problem with a roommate or co-worker?"
"What are you currently reading?"
"Why here when you could go to a state school for cheaper?"
"Generic questions - don't stress out!"
"What separates the medical profession from all other professions? (my interviewer said the correct answer was that doctors are allowed to physically touch the patient)"
"What's going on with the financial problems at Georgetown?"
"Describe a moment in your life that really defines you as a person. I had trouble with this one."
"none. they were all pretty basic, nothing out of the ordinary at all."
"What would be the one thing you would change about yourself and then the world? - couldn't be world peace"
"What was the biggest challenge you have overcome?"
"Do you know why is it illegal to make salt from seawater in India?"
"I was spoken to in Russian and it was very cool, but it startled me."
"We had a fascinating discussion about race and identity in the US and in the Northwest...we had both gone to college in the Northwest and lived in Africa at some point during our college years, but about 20 years apart. It was nice that they went to the effort to match me to someone with similar interests."
"What three things would you change about yourself? What are your THREE weaknesses?
"I was asked about various difficult times that I had in my life and how I made it through them"
"Do you really feel as though it's possible to determine the molecular basis of depression, when depression is so 3-dimensional? (This was the goal at the lab I work at.)"
"Please demonstrate a basket toss (I am a cheerleader)"
"What is a challenge you have faced and how did you overcome it?"
"What are the major medical concerns in your home state?"
"What is the one thing you will change about yourself and the world(and you can't say world peace)?"
"He asked about my marathon training and my writting. It was nice to see that he noticed things in my file that were outside of academics and medicine."
"If not medicine, then what?"
"nothing too interesting. just the usual questions about my family, me... but my interviewer did spend a lot of time talking about one of my letters of rec. so remember who your writers were."
"None of the questions were very interesting - it was pretty much the normal stuff."
"If you do not get in this year, what will you do? Nothing to interesting tell you the truth."
" What do you think is going to happen to healthcare in the future"
"Describe a situation where your interpersonal skills were challenged, and what did you learn from that?"
"There was nothing really out of the ordinary.. all standard interview questions."
"Give an example of perseverance in your life."
"What is the role of the physician in today's society?"
"Write your own LOR"
"What was the greatest challenge that you've had to overcome and how did you overcome it?"
"What is unique about you?"
"What is your mission? What do you hope to accomplish in your lifetime?"
"Describe your experiences living in undergrad dorms."
"Nothing really interesting. Just general questions."
"Why do you want to go to Saint Louis University?"
"Where have you traveled and why?"
"Did you injure yourself while playing college football?"
"Nothing really, all standard questions, why do you want to be a doctor, weakness, strengths, hardest challenge I ever faced"
"What has been your biggest life's challenge?"
"If you didn't get into medical school this year and had to reapply what would you do with your year off?"
"What do you like to do in your free time? (answered like to read) - what books do you like to read?"
"Where do you see yourself in ten years?"
"What would I change about myself?"
"What do you look for when analyzing films? (I'm a film history/criticism minor)"
"None. All were generic."
"how do you see yourself as a physician in the future"
"What would your wife change about you?"
"What is the most important thing about you that you fell I should know?"
"Tell me about your experiences on your AMCAS."
"What are your hobbies. What is the last book you've read. "
"There are generally two sets of numbers that describe each applicant: their GPA and MCAT score. What do you think about the numbers that describe you?"
"Tell me about ultimate frisbee. (I played some intramurals)"
"what is the role of a physician?"
"What books would you recommend?"
"What do you do to relax? "
"Tell me about your family."
"The interview was very conversational about me and about my interviewer. We talked a lot about the city and the atmosphere at the school."
"Why medicine? (or experiences leading up to it) "
"My interviewer talked to me about my family quite a bit, which was nice. He was interested in the events that lead up to my decision to pursue medicine, since I entered college as an EE."
"Provide a picture of your parents and any siblings."
"Nothing really, all of the questions came from my application, and we just had a pleasant conversation."
"What makes the medical profession different from all others? (Hint: it's not just about healing or curing) "
"So tell me what you do to resolve roommate problems?"
"Being Asian Indian, I could pass for a middle eastern person very easily in an airport. He asked me whether I get offended at having to be pulled aside to be checked most of the time."
"What have you learned about yourself from your volunteer experiences?
"Asked about my research."
"What does your mom think of you becoming a doctor?"
"Tell me about your family? This question had to do with my personal statement."
"Tell me 5 adjectives you would use to describe yourself."
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