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"The interview invitation says you have to "confirm" your interview five business days beforehand. This is confusing. Do you have to email, or call? Exactly five business days, or at least (or at most)? Will the office reach out and remind you? This has caused numerous applicants stress, and it doesn't seem to be an actual requirement."
"Stanford does a superb job of executing a very thorough, informative orientation."
"This was the friendliest, most helpful, most organized admissions staff in my experience!"
"Thank you for the wonderful day!!"
"Can't say! Signed an NDA."
"Tell me about yourself?"
"Tell me about your research in X.
Have you thought about what your academic concentration be?
Detailed research questions.
"Tell me about X activity"
"Tell me about ____ in your file, etc."
"Tell me about your research (asked very specific questions in response to my answer)."
"Faculty Interviewer #1: When did you get into Stanford? What do your parents and siblings do? What is your family history like? What are you doing currently? Why did you decide to take a year off? How do you feel about your undergraduate education? Can you tell me about an interesting clinical experience that you had? What kind of specialty would you like to go into? What are your career goals and how will you get there? How do your goals relate to your interest in Stanford? Can you tell me about (specific volunteer experience) and how it relates to your decision to go into medicine? Have I covered everything that you wanted to get across during this interview?"
"Student interview: Tell me about XXX in your file. Faculty: How to fix US healthcare system?"
"Specifics about Stanford's curriculum, P/F system, extra research years. Do you think doctors should be paid more than other professions? Some thought-provoking questions specific to my activities and research. "
"Why medicine/why Stanford?"
"How did you accomplish (leadership experience)?"
"What do you want to specialize in?"
"Tell me about your research?"
"What does your father/mother/sibling do? Where do they work? What education do they have? "
"Why PUBLIC HEALTH?"
"What do you know about Prop71 in California? What are some of the ethical concerns raised by people about human embryonic stem cell research and are they valid points in science? (I work with hES cells, so I assume that's why he asked such a direct question)"
"Tell me about your research experiences."
"nothing really stands out, standard stuff"
"Where do you see yourself in 10 or 15 years / What kind of medicine will you practice?"
"For the most part, I was asked to elaborate upon stuff in my AMCAS... that's pretty much it. Except for the "nature of the universe" question."
"Do you read the NY Times?"
"Elaborate on your research. Do you want to stay in a similar lab in med school?"
"What do you see as the weakness of your application?"
"Tell me about your research (one guy only asked me about research). At the end i asked him if he wanted to ask me about activities or other things, and he said he had read my app."
"tell me about yourself."
"Why are you so passionate about social justice, education, and health care?"
"What area of medicine do you see yourself in (asked over and over until I said something specific)?"
"Tell me about yourself..."
"Describe your research/independent study"
"Describe you research and work experiences and your level of contribution/commitment."
"Tell me about your research in words I can understand."
"What do you like and dislike about your undergrad school?"
"Why medicine? Why Stanford?"
"Why medical school and not graduate school in the computational sciences?"
"Why medicine? Why medicine at Stanford?"
"Tell me about your family."
"What are your hobbies/interests?"
"How did you decide to return to school?"
"do you want to do academic medicine?"
"How would you deal with a patient who disagreed with what you said?"
"Student interviewer asked the generic questions + questions specific to my application"
"What do you anticipate as the greatest challenges in your career in medicine? What would be a nightmare experience with a doctor for you?"
"Tell me about your volunteer work?"
"How did you arrive at the decision to pursue medicine"
"I got asked to discuss a problem in an interviewer's lab."
"why medicine and not law?"
"If a patient was brain dead and on life support, how would you make the decision on whether or not to discontinue life support?"
"What makes Stanford different?"
"How do you think the curriculum design suits you learning style?"
"Faculty Interviewer #2: How do you think your parents feel about your accomplishments? Are your siblings as self motivated as you?"
"What will be your biggest challenge in coming to medical school?"
"Tell me about your hometown"
"Nothing too unique, just talk about my activities."
"Why did you choose the school you chose? Why Stanford? What is your take on the current health care debate?"
"How would you overhaul the US medical system? How do you think our system compares to those in other nations around the world? "
"What is your favorite style of art? (oil painting is one of my hobbies)"
"Which medical schools do you think have unimpressive programs?"
"Why am i doing this research? What is your long term goal? How it relates to it?"
"How did your mother's kidneys fail? (asked by a Urologist)"
"Nothing super-exciting...just the standard questions."
"Asking me to explore my family background and how it has affected me."
"if you could change something about your time in school, what would it be?"
"nothing really atypical..."
"What do you think is the basis of the universe? (No, seriously, I got asked this.)"
"Do you read the NY Times? Any other papers?"
"Nothing particularly interesting. The questions were very open ended. "
"What do you see as something you might have a problem with in the future as a physcian?"
"Stanford looks for leaders, so tell me about your leadership roles."
"One of my interviewers seemed to really know my file inside and out. He picked out a "theme" in my activities and life that I didn't even think I stressed in the app and then asked me to elaborate on it. It was more like a mentoring session really!"
"Because it was match day and first and second years were having exams, I had two faculty interviewers as opposed to one student and one faculty. Both of my researchers mainly wanted to talk about my research. My guess is they are trying to get a feel for how you'd fit in their program. "
"I have an ankle injury, do you think I should run in the upcoming marathon? (note: talked briefly about my running)"
"what can you offer in terms of diversity as a student at stanford?"
"Why do you want to become a leader in the field of academic medicine, and how would Stanford ensure you that you will achieve this goal? "
"Nothing too interesting..."
"Questions about my research. The long length led to some of the more interesting questions I've ever been asked along the way, asking about different ways to approach my research/how I would expand upon it."
"Tell me more specifics about statistics you used in your research a very long time ago"
"What kind of research or scholarly pursuit would you like to engage in at Stanford?"
"How would you apply the principles of music to medicine?
Explain why you think the vocabulary of science is precise.
Why do you think the patient asked you, a student who is not a medical doctor, to write down a medical term for her? *related to a shadowing experience."
"Nothing really, the questions are rather generic"
"tell me about yourself (the first question asked). no further explanation given. i started blabbering about my politcal views, and had no clue if that's what he wanted to hear."
"What were you like as a child? Did you rebel as a teenager?"
"A question specific to my research (what do you think are the pitfalls associated with such a theoretical/computational approach to protein folding?)"
"Most of the questions related specifically to my file."
"Out of all the people you've met in your travel abroad, pick one person and tell me about him/her."
"As a female, do you foresee any difficulties in going into medicine?"
"How hard did you study for the MCAT? (The interviewer asked because I did all of my prerequisites at a community college, did fairly well on the MCAT, and he was wondering if I actually learned the material there or if I studied 100/wk-it was the former)"
"Where do you see yourself in ten years?"
"none that really stood out..."
"Can't remember. Know your application inside and out; I had to explain my personal statement almost line by line. Be prepared for some unexpected questions. I was not asked "Why Stanford" or "Why medicine" or "Tell me about yourself"."
"Tell me about your family: father, sisters, grandparents (interesting b/c no other interviewer had asked me that before)"
"What do you look for in a medical school? Tell me about your research. "
"Explain your research to me as if i were in seventh grade."
"No real questions... most questions kinda just started with "tell me about your experience with _____ " and then everything just flowed from there. I heard however, that some others that day were asked ethical questions."
"no interesting questions, just questions related to my research/ other activites"
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