"Do you think great leaders are born or made?"
"Why did you apply to this school specifically?"
"Lots of ethical scenarios"
"Why don't you have more clinical experience / shadowing?"
"What do you think about the role of technology in medicine?"
"Specific questions regarding my ECs. I see that you did ___, could you elaborate?"
"About my research."
"Very typical questions. Seemed like they more wanted to see how I held up a conversation than wanting to grill me, which was nice."
"First interviewer had obviously read my file, questions about my disadvantaged status."
"Why do you want to be a doctor? Do you know where and what the Grand Canyon is? Do you know red wood trees? What animal carries the ebola virus?"
"Tell me about [extracurricular activity]. We went through my file."
"Asked to elaborate on research"
"Student interviewer had questions prepared about my community service work and involvement in global health."
"They asked about research experience and community service experience."
"What do you do when not studying?"
"Where do you see yourself in five years"
"Why did you choose Stony Brook University School of Medicine?"
"Why didn't you do more clinical work?"
"what motivates you?"
"Is healthcare a right or a privilege?"
"Why do you want to come to SB as opposed to some of the other schools you've interviewed at?"
"What led you to medicine?"
"What music do you listen to?"
"What kind of leadership experience do you have?"
"Why did you choose Stony Brook?"
"How do you think you will react to a patient's death?"
"Tell me about your family."
"What do you think about the dirty tactics being used in the political race for president?"
"Tell me more about your clinical volunteer experience, it sounds really interesting."
"all pretty much specific questions about my file, and discussion about what i have done"
"what brings you to medicine."
"I see you're from out-of-state. Why Stony Brook? "
"Tell me about yourself."
"So what's a weakness of yours? "
"Why did you decide to do an MPH?"
"What did you do during your research project?"
"What is it you most want to learn about Stonybrook while you are here today?"
"LOTS of ethical questions"
"Specific questions about classes I took (what did you read, why did you take this), etc. Why I took such a wide variety of classes (my undergraduate school had an extremely diverse core curriculum)."
"Asked about High School, College course I took in sophomore year, why medicine, mostly questions about extra curricular stuff. Where did medicine advance over the past 10 years? He asked about specific experiences that I have had while volunteering in hospitals, specific experiences that I have had while being in leadership positions in various societies, specific experiences about work, etc... Basically, very specific questions about the experiences that I had written about in my primary application. Possibly secondary as well. Know thyself! He was semi-conversational, but leant more toward the q&a type interviewer. Very nice man, overall."
"Where do you see yourself in 25 years?"
"How did you pick your undergraduate school?"
"I took a roman lit class (also 5 yr ago, my soph yr) and he asked me to speak about it."
"What is your motivation for going to med school?
"Have you seen Borat?"
"where do you see yourself in 15 years"
"The one about being Catholic."
"Do you feel that you have the ability to create a patient-physician trust very rapidly with people who will differ from you in race, age, religion, ethics, etc?"
"At what point did you choose to become a doctor?"
"What made you decide to take time off between college and medical school?"
"What are you looking for in a medical school? (i didnt really get a chance to answer before we went to something else)"
"Have you done any research?"
"Tell me about an experience that you had with a patient.
(So if you don't have any clinical experience, think about what you might say to this.)"
"Where did you apply? How many schools did you apply to? How many interviews? etc... "
"What's an issue in medicine that worries you right now?"
"what is your lineage?"
"Do you have a driver's license? (I don't). Do you have a learner's permit? Do you plan on getting one?"
"Choose a medical ethics topic and discuss. (This question was really kind of open ended so I wasn't quite sure what she wanted me to say)"
"Where else do you have interviews?"
"Tell me about your family - occupations, ages, etc. "
"Explain you current research?"
"talk about some ethical issues: any you can think of is fair game"
"What are some things about Stony Brook that you like?"
"Explain your research to me."
"What are your positive features and negative ones? "
"Why medicine? What lead you to choose this field?"
"Describe 1 strength and 1 weakness"
"So, you loved your job at Baskin Robbins?"
"What was your major?"
"How would you deal with a student who had sex with a patient?"
"What are two attributes of a great doctor?"
"If the family of your terminally ill patient wanted you to lie about the patient's diagnosis what would you do?"
"Tell me about your parents? What do they do? Do you have a room at their house? Where do you live? Can you afford an apartment there?"
"One of your friends is cheating on test, what do you do?"
"How did you study for your MCAT?"
"So.. tell me about yourself. Why do you want to be a doctor?"
"Alot of it was expanding of stuff found in my amcas...such as tell me more about x extracurricular activity?"
"Why do you want to be a doctor? (3 minutes later) But Why do YOU want to be a doctor? (1 minute later) What makes you think you can be a doctor?"
"A series of questions pertaining to city of residence."
"basically all questions asking me to elaborate on my activities and academics listed on amcas"
"Tell me about your experiences in high school and college (health related and non-health related)"
"What do your parents do for a living?"
"How has the difference between living in NY and coming from KY affected your views of medicine?"
"What has been your most rewarding extracurricular activity?"
"Did you know the health sciences center is shown on the sailing charts for the area? (We're both big-boat sailors.)"
"Ethics, ethics, ethics!!!"
"Why did you choose to go to your undergraduate college?"
"What was your most meaningful experience?"
"Why Stony Brook?"
"The ethics question above"
"How did you select your undergraduate school?"
"Tell me about the most difficult experience you faced while volunteering."
"Tell me more about yourself. What if not accepted?"
"what other schools did you apply to? where have you gotten in?"
"where do you see yourself in 10 years?"
"What have you been doing?"
"He asked my grades from the previous semester."
"Tell me about yourself"
"Why medicine? What kind of medicine? "
"What was your favorite class and why?
"Why do you want to be a doctor?"
"Essentially they were mostly in the format "I see you wrote that you did _______ for _______ time, tell me a little more about it.""
"what about pas?"
"Did your father persuade or disuade you from entering any field of medicine?"
"Do you think there are any "bad" drugs out on the market? Please explain. (Note: I have a pharmacy background and was asked a loat of medication management questions)"
"Where have you interviewed so far?"
"Where else have you applied? Where else have you interviewed/are schedualed to interview? Have you been accepted anywhere (strange because almost nobody hears until the 15th of october). "
"Why did you pick your major?"
"Tell me about yourself. Why do you want to be a doctor?"
"What do you want me to tell admissions committee about you?
Where else have you applied? WHere did you get interviewed?"
"Tell me about your research."
"Who are my role models?"
"If you're not accepted to medical school, what will you do next year?"
"MD: Tell me a little about your background. Why medicine? Why MSTP? Do you have a particular field you want to go into? Why? What do you do for fun? What if you did not get accepted to MSTP, would you consider MD w/Recognition in research? Why SB? What do you do for fun? What characteristics do you offer to our school? Where do you you see yourself in the furture? I will be defending you infront of the committee, is there anything you want me to tell them about you?"
"Why a career in medicine?"
"What career choice would you pursue if medicine doesnt work out?"
"What research are you doing? What would you prefer and why - bench or clinical?"
"If the president called you up right now and told you that you are being given a blank check to solve the most important problem in healthcare, what would that problem be and how would you solve it?"
"If you had a child patient whose parents' religion was against blood transfusions but that was the only life -saving treatment, what would you do?"
"What will you do if you don't get into med school this cycle(even though you have)?"
"Which of your experiences prepared you best for med school, in your opinion?"
"Where else did you apply? (The interviewer picked me up from the conference room to the interview location, and this question came up on our way there)"
"Interesting ethical situational questions regarding in vitro fertilization, the high cost, and the inability for doctors to dispense medicine in the state of NY (only pharmacists are allowed to do this)."
"I'm a teacher. Would I recommend my students get abortions."
"He told me about the difficult parts of being a doctor and why despite all that I would want to become one instead of becoming a professor."
"Why did you choose your undergraduate institution?"
"Some interesting ethics questions questions. They were fun. The interviewer played devils advocate."
"What do you think a doctor does daily?"
"Nothing out of the ordinary"
"If you were in charge of handing out punishments, what would you do to Penn St. regarding the Sandusky/Paterno situation?"
"A question relating to how my religion may affect my time in school and beyond."
"What was the dumbest thing you did in college?"
"If all of the medical schools in the world suddenly stopped accepting any more applicants, what would you do?"
"Rank all your schools"
"what top three books would you recommend?"
"None. The whole conversation was interesting with the student interviewer. We went to the same undergrad so we just rambled on and on."
"The interviewer was very crafty with wording his questions. The whole interview turned out to be one of the most interesting ones I've had so far."
"Why Stony Brook?"
"Where have you traveled?"
"If there was one thing that happened to you last five years, what would it be? And why?"
"If you were forming a medical school, describe how it would be. "
"What made you choose medicine? Why not a lawyer or a businessman?"
"Describe some of your past failures."
"Nothing in particular. The first interview was conversational and relaxed. The second interviewer was abrasive and blunt."
"Are you a mutant? -> 1st/only in family to attend college and the interviewer joked with me about it. :-)"
"What do you think is the first step in achieving universal healthcare?"
"Why did you choose your major?"
"Tell me about an ethical problem you may face as a doctor. "
"what are your concerns about healthcare?"
"What's the wildest thing you've ever done? No REALLY...what is it? "
"What do you think of politics?"
"Where do you see yourself in 15 years?"
"What do you think is the key to being a great physician?"
"What would you do if you had 90 seconds to obtain parental consent for a blood transfusion for a child who would die without it, and the parents refused based on their religion?"
"Stony Brook has very open exams - they are given online and you have three days to take them. If you catch another student cheating, what would you do?"
"How did working with the hemiplegic-cerebral palsy child change your view of yourself?"
"What is astrobiology?"
"What do you think are the significant advances that medicine has made in the past 10 years?"
"If you could design your own medical school name two integral features."
"None in particular; both of my interviews were more or less conversations, with a leading question thrown in now and then (Why pick your undergraduate school? How difficult was it to get a summer job at X?)"
"I am a soccer coach, and he asked how I have dealt with problem parents."
"what is your greatest failure?"
"An ethics question relating to insurance fraud."
"health care reform"
"If being Catholic would affect my ability to perform abortions or to engage in certain types of stem cell research?"
"A patient has a genetic condition that when treated with stem cells from the mother's umbilical cord during a subsequent conception, the condition can be cured. What are the ethical issues behind this decision?"
"Are there any difficulties that you can perceive about being a doctor which give you pause (in your decision to be a doctor)?"
"How I would respond to a patient who wants to accept a kidney from an internet ad."
"Why did you write about X in your essay?"
"If I'm a sick patient and you're a student, why should you be allowed in my room? What do you have to offer me?"
"none really...pretty straightforward"
"Where are your best friends going to college, and what are they studying?"
"Talk to me about an experience you had with a patient.
"What problems do you think you will face when you begin practicing medicine?"
"What would you do if a parent refused a life-saving surgery for their child based on their religious beliefs?"
"Why do you want to be a doctor. No really, why do YOU want to be a doctor. Okay, so why do you want to do surgery. Why not endocrinology? Why not this? Why not that?"
"If I asked you to write a paper on why George W. Bush is a bad president would you be comfortable?"
"What would you consider a difficult patient?"
"Why will you not be sanctioned for unethical practices when you are practicing medicine? (It was actually much more eloquently presented, I'm just paraphrasing)"
"nothing really - the interview was kind of bland"
"If you were the new surgeon general what would you like to accomplish?"
"What would you do if you do not suceed at getting into medical school. Answer as if Applying again was not an option"
"Give me your opinion on a few ethical questions - abortion, physician assisted suicide and managed care."
"My perception of other cities I have lived in compared to NYC (where I was born and raised)."
"What do you think about the US healthcare system"
"The entire interview was conversational. It was actually pretty damn amazing."
"If it was discovered that a med student is having sexual relations with a psych patient, what would you do if you are on the disciplinary committee?"
"What are some of the problems with the healthcare system today?"
"What do you want me to tell the committee?"
"Why were your freshman year grades so bad? (interesting because he was so blunt about it)"
"What health policy problem is most serious in the country and what should be done to alleviate it?"
"What should the consequences be of a medical student who has sex with a psychiatric patienet?
"Sooo, you were a biology major?"
"Various ethical dilemmas and how you would handle them."
"All the questions were horrible and very inappropriate."
"A question regarding a hypothetical patient and a long history of breast cancer in her family. You want her to undergo testing but insurance won't conver it unless you feel a lump. You don't feel a lump. What do you do?"
"What are two attributes a great doctor must possess?"
"Which Broadway musical would you recommend for me to see?"
"Nothing the interviewer focused on completely inappropriate questions that had nothing to do with my being a physcian."
"Ethical questions. "
"What good movies do you recommend (stemming from when I mentioned its one of the things I do for fun)"
"What do you think of a new website in which individuals apeal for organ donation by describing their own circumstance (ie telling their sob story)?"
"no "interesting" questions came up. They were all standard questions"
"What does you last name mean?...I had no clue"
"Nothing-- actually, I was the one asking most of the questions. it was very laid-back, more of a conversation."
"If a patient was 30 minutes late to an appointment, how would you handle it?"
"With your understanding of the health care industry, why do you still want to be a doctor? (we were talking about the managed care aspect of medicine)"
"Sooo, you took chemistry?"
"It was a question regarding a controversial incident in Montreal (where I live)."
"What are some things that may pose as means of stress for a physician?"
"Despite all the challenges facing doctors today, why do you still want to do medicine?"
"Why do you think medicine is for you?"
"In terms of your decision to practice medicine, how has the diversity of opinions on tobacco in the state of Kentucky affected you?"
"What do you know about the Jazz program at () Music School?
(don't worry, this wasn't completely random we were talking about music at the time)"
"Has there ever been a time when a patient's culture or beliefs led them to not want to be treated by a woman? What did you/could you do?"
"Bush is proposing a cap on the amount of money any one person can be recompensed for a malpractice suit. How do you feel about this?"
"The interviewer presented a series of real life expamples leading upto questions on medical ethics - embryo research, teen abortion, gene screening, etc"
"Much more of a conversation than bullet points, but 1 question I remember/liked: "Talk about an emergency room experience that was truly memorable""
"Do you think that allowing stem cell research would create a market for women to sell their eggs?"
"There has been a recent movement for doctors to learn "laymans" language to enhance patient interactions and make sure the patients understand their conditions. What do you think about this?
"All run of the mill."
"None. All were standard questions"
"Nothing really, my interviewer talked most of the time"
"Why would you choose Stony Brook over a medical school in NYC?"
"When do you find time to sleep!?!?"
"What do you feel is a big problem facing children today?"
"Do you think you will remain interested in practicing medicine alone after 10 years, or will you need the additional intellectual experience of research?"
"have you always been committed to medicine?"
"What do you do for fun?"
"not sure, it was really mostly conversation"
"If you were the doctor of a young child whose family was Jahova's Witness (who don't believe in blood transfusions), and the child was brought in with a severe accident requiring a blood transfusion, what would you do?
My Answer: I would talk to the family and explain the situation. Since my patient is the child, I would have to take it upon myself to fight for the child's well-being. While I would try to respect the wishes of the family, I would not be adverse to getting a court order for the blood transfusion."
"If I child needed a blood transfusion to save his life, but this conflicted with the parents religious beliefs, would you lie to the parents that there is a blood substitute in order to save the childs life?"
"How do you feel about a patient's religious beliefs if it gets in the way of their care?"
"Nothing out of the ordinary was asked."
"Nothing out of the ordinary...skimmed my essays at the interview, was pleasant and had a sense of humor. "
"I was asked a number of thought provoking ethics questions:
They were on varied topics such as student cheating, having sex with patients, domestic violence"
"What kind of activities would you participate in during your medical school education?"
"some ethical ?'s/"
"Almost all the questions were exclusively derived from my AMCAS application or supplemental application essays. It was very laid back and conversational (Although one student in my group did have a bunch of ethics questions)"
"Why do you think so many female medical school applicants are dancers? Is there a connection?"
"did you ever play basketball? (natural question since i'm 6'7")"
"Who would you like to see in the World Series?"
"Do you have a stance about healthcare for the uninsured? How do you think the issue could be addressed?"
"First thing my interviewer said: "I got goose bumps reading your application!" Specific questions about my research."
"Tell me about an experience with a patient that was memorable. "
"What would you like me to tell the admissions committee about you?"
"If euthanasia were practiced in the United States, and a doctor's religious beliefs conflicted with the practice of euthanasia, how should he handle a terminally ill patient who's family wants euthansia?"
"What was the most difficult question you've gotten in your other interviews?"
"What do you want me to tell the admissions comittee about you? I've heard from friends that they ask this question quite commonly."
"Are any of my classmates from high school and college in professional areas."
"Same as the most difficult question I was asked (see below)"
"I was asked many standard interview questions. I felt prepared for all of them."
"If you caught your fellow student cheating, would you report her? ( Stony Brook has a honor code system. So my answer was suppose to be yes. But I said I am not sure. He seemed to be satisfied with the answer and said he appreciated my honesty)"
"What do you think Dr. Kavorkian's legacy will be?"
"I dont remember. It was very informal. My interviewer had read my entire file and was well prepared. It was more conversational than stressful. "
"Where do you see yourself in ten years?"
"How does being immigrant child affect your desire to become a physician? "
"What is a negative aspect in working in a hospital? (i'm working in a hospital right now for the year). "
"What can we do to increase the amount of black male applicants?"