"signed non-disclosure agreement for MMI."
"This is a multiple mini-interview. We signed a non-disclosure agreement. Just prepare as per a normal interview."
"no real questions, more of a conversation. what made you want to get into medicine?"
"why medicine and why upstate"
"Have you been following the news on changes in health care policy? What do you think about health care policy?"
"how will you deal with the extreme stress of medical school"
"Why do you want to study at Upstate?"
"Tell me something not in your essays (pre-interview essays)"
"Do you think there is anything wrong with trying to build the "Ground Zero mosque" (the interviewer clearly thought there was)"
"Which activity do you want me to talk about?"
"What do you think about the health care reform?"
"What aspects of being a medical student are you looking forward to?"
"Questions about my research"
"Standard get-to-know-you questions."
"What is an attribute that you have that you think will most contribute to medicine?"
"What has been your greatest accomplishment?"
"What was the focus of your undergraduate research?"
"Since I know nothing about you tell me about yourself."
"Describe your leadership experiences."
"Tell me about youreself?"
"Why did you decide to pursue medicine?"
"Tell me about your clinical experiences."
"Everyone has good grades and MCAT scores, what makes you different?"
"How did I get here/why medicine?"
"Tell me about your parents?"
"typical... tell me about yourself."
"Tell me about your research/work experience. "
"Tell us about your current research."
"Why do you have these W's on your transcript"
"Tell me more about yourself. It was very conversationals in both cases and we talked for about an hour both times."
"Typical questions. Nothing specific stands out."
"what are your strengths and weaknesses"
"What do your parents do?"
"Tell me about your research (in detail!!!)..."
"Tell me more about yourself?"
"Describe this experience...."
"What do you do at this (volunteer experience)?"
"What do you think of universal healthcare?"
"specific questions about experiences."
"Tell me about yourself, and why you want to be a doctor."
"what are your weaknesses"
"Do you have familiarity/exposure to what it would be like to be a physician?"
"Why do you want to be a doctor."
"Conversation...no specific questions directed at me, other than the usual, ''tell me about yourself'' at the start of the interview."
"Tell me about this experience..."
"Have you encountered much managed care in your home town?"
"Does a patient have the right to die?"
"tell me more about this experience..."
"(Don't remember the order but these are some that stuck out the most)
Have you ever cheated?"
"About my grades and college experience"
"What would you do if you couldn't be a doctor?"
"tell me about yourself..."
"Why not a PhD or nursing?"
"What do your parents do for a living? (both interviewers asked this)"
"What do you expect medical school to be like?"
"Why did you choose Upstate?"
"Do I think the notion of preventative medicine (by itself) can help countires such as Haiti?"
"Please interpret this artwork I have in my office... why do I have it here?"
"How do you prefer to study?"
"What volunteer activity to did you get the most out of?"
"Does the patient have a right to die?"
"What would you like me to say about you to the admissions committee?"
"Why draws you to the medical field?"
"What unique aspect would you contribute to Upstate?"
"read any good books lately?"
"What made you interested in medicine?"
"What do you want to know about Syracuse?"
"Why become doctor rather than nurse or other health professional?"
"If you could have your ideal situation, what do you envision doing in 10 years?"
"Do you have any questions for me? After I asked a question, my student interviewer would answer it and then ask "anything else?", and I would ask another one, and the cycle continued until I was exhausted with questions. It was a strange format, but interesting nonetheless. "
"why do you think i have a picture don quixote on my wall, and what do you think it says about me?"
"Why my major? Elaborate on your extracurriculars. (my faculty interviewer grilled me on this)"
"Why did you get an O in writing on the MCATs?"
"How did you come to the decision to apply for medical school? (I am somewhat of a non-traditional applicant)"
"Well, you seem to have an interesting past (I do), why don't you explain it a bit.
From that point the interview was very conversational..."
"What I do for fun?"
"Tell me about your volunteer experinece at the hospital... "
"How did you choose a major in X? In three words, how would your best friend describe you?"
"Why this school?"
"Why Early Assurance. "
"Why do you want to study in the US?"
"Tell me about your journey toward medicine."
"tell me about yourself"
"Who has been your role model in the medical field?"
"What books are you reading?"
"Talk to me about yourself. "
"How would you change the healthcare system?"
"How do you handle stress?"
"Tell me a bit about your job (I work full-time)."
"How did you arrive at the decision to study medicine?"
"why medicine? how did you get interested in it?"
"Why are you hear?"
"i asked all of the questions and just talked about myself for an hour"
"Let's go back to your high school and start there....what type of person where you? (my interviewer was a developmental/educational psychologist).
"BASICALLY QUESTIONS REGARDING MY AMCAS APPLICATION..ANY DISCREPANCIES IN DATES, GRADES ETC.
"What are your hobbies/extracirriculars?"
"Tell me a little bit about yourself."
"What happened during your first semester (with my grades)?"
"Why the grade discrepancy? (came in with a 2.5 GPA and last semester had a 4.0)"
"What are the problems faced by our country's health care system and what would you propose to solve the problems?"
"What would you do about the fact that so many people are uninsured?"
"You are very independent minded. Tell me how you come to decide an issue. (It was the day after elections)"
"What kind of medicine? Clincial, research, or surgery? (Say clinical. SUNY's are generally clinically oriented.)"
"What do you do for fun?"
"How did you develop an interest in medicine?"
"Which class did you enjoy the most while in college?"
"Why do you want to be a doctor"
"Why medicine? Why Upstate?"
"Hypothetical ethics questions (informed consent, informed refusal being big)--this was the only interview I had which focused on ethics this much."
"Why early assurance? "
"What makes you tick?"
"How did you study for the MCAT?"
"why the discrepancy in physics grades?"
"why suny? why syracuse?"
"If you were on the ward by yourself, which hopefully wouldn't happen, what sort of doctor would you want to come to your aid? (This was really a question about what kind of doctor did I want to be.)"
""The government wishes to introduce a health care coverage program where patrons provide a $1500 deductable on medical cost (prescriptions and care) and they will cover the next $1500. Thereafter, the patron will be responsible for additional bills. What do you think about this 'doughnut' in financing healthcare?""
"Why the Early Assurance Program? Why Upstate?"
"tell me about yourself. "
"Why I wanted to attend SUNY Upstate?"
"Why medicine? What other careers have you considered?"
"Describe the clinic where you work. "
"Do you have a specialty in mind?"
"why do you want to enter medicine?"
"Tell me a little about yourself."
"questions about my experiences in other countries."
"How would you change the U.S. health care system?"
"What was your motivation to go into medicine?"
"Why do you want to become a doctor?"
"Why/when did you choose medicine?"
"family background(parents, brothers...etc)"
"What would you do if you don't get good grades in med school? What would keep you going?"
"What are your strengths and weaknesses? What do you do for fun?"
"Tell me about your research?"
"There were many questions about activities that I participated in outside of class like "How did you get into this, why did you do that, how did it feel to be part of that, what did you like/ dislike about it?""
"What field of medicine are you looking to pursue?"
"Tell me about yourself?"
"What would you like me to tell the admissions committee about you?"
"Why do you want to be a doctor? Describe yourself for me."
"Were your college classes challenging?"
"Believe it or not, I mostly listened to them! Very very few ques were asked!
Maybe they were testing my listening skills?"
"Do you actually know what a doctor's day is like? Followed by "That's not what I meant"."
"No 'canned' questions. The whole thing was just like a conversation with a friendly doctor."
"Do you see yourself in research, or clinical medicine?"
"How is being religious going to affect your medical education?"
"Why medicine? and other such standard questions."
"Ethical Questions about dying patients, my response to families, healthcare problems, solutions etc..."
"What's your favorite book?"
"My interviewer asked me about activities from high school! What sports I played, etc. "
"When everyone is outstanding candidates at this phase, how do we select those who will be the best physicians, rather than those with the best MCAT score or grade?"
"What do you want me to ask you?"
"Why do you want to be a doctor?"
"the sinus infection question"
"What made you choice medicine?"
"What is one thing that sets you apart from other applicants?"
"Tell me what your highschool ranking was (yeah, I really remember that), what you did in highschool, SAT score (not fun seeing how I did poorly on it), and how you liked it at the school. I was abit nervous as I thought that maybe he somehow had my highschool records and was just asking me to see what my responses were (I was tempted to lie about my SAT score...j/k:@)"
" When did you know you wanted to be a physician?"
"What do you make of Gabrielle Gifford's 2011 recovery and do you think it would have been possible in males? (Neuro-tinged question)"
"no real question and answers, mostly conversational. maybe how i would adjust coming from a large city school to syracuse"
"Asked some questions about the ethics of human research in medicine that were interesting."
"If you had a pregnant girl come to you and ask for advice about what to do, what would you say?"
"Describe a time when you failed"
"What do you think about Obama's healthcare bill not doing anything at all about tort reform?"
"I don't know what else to ask you. What should I ask you?"
"Nothing interesting, just standard questions."
"How is medical school different from undergrad?"
"An ethical question about end of life care involving an ALS patient."
"The regular stuff: tell me about your volunteering"
"From your essays, it looks like you've been through a lot of tough situations. What keeps you going? Why do you keep trying?"
"I see you like music, what kinds?"
"Nothing really stands out."
"Both interviews were basically a laid back conversation"
"What's the most difficult question you've been asked in an medical school interview so far?"
"How do you feel about Obama and his plans to change healthcare?"
"If no one ever got sick & health care didn't exist, what would you be?"
"What do you think of your parents' lives as immigrants?"
"Tell me about a time where you faced a conflict."
"The things they asked about my essay."
"What can you see yourself as apart from a doctor?"
"Student interviewer: If there was a reality tv show about your life what would it be called?"
"How do you feel about implementing universal healthcare in the United States and also how do you feel about charging higher health insurance premiums to people who have risky behaviors?"
"What is your future specialty likely to be, and why are you partial to that area of research/clinical work?"
"What is my favorite subject? I really liked that question"
"Nothing really outstanding..."
"None, they were pretty standard."
"Nothing that I recall."
"Do either of your siblings play a sport?"
"How do you tell a patient he or she is going to die?"
"Nothing really, pretty basic informal questions: tell me about yourself, why medicine, describe other interviews, etc."
"Nothing really. It was typical conversation type interview."
"What do you think of physician assisted suicide?"
"Questions about a volunteer experience I had regarding Hurricane Katrina."
"What do you think might cause some residents to lose interest in medicine?"
"Why don't u want to be a lawyer? lmaoooo sooooooooooo caught off guard"
"If you could be any celebrity, who would you be?"
"Talking about AIDS he asked me point blank: You think the India should mass produce AID/HIV drugs bypassing copyright law?"
"Surprisingly, I was not asked a single question not realted to an activity on my AMCAS application"
"What is the difference between having hope and being realistic? (regarding medical outcomes)"
"Tell me about how you started (EC) as a child."
"What was the hardest decision you had to make in your life?"
"what do you think about health policy in the US?"
"None, they were all pretty normal"
"what do you think of the ethnically-centered residence halls ni your campus (I'm involved with residential life in college)"
"All questions were based on my file. Friendly conversations with interviewers."
"I don't remember. The interview was very based on my file but no specific questions like why do you want to be a doctor? more of conversional information"
"What would you do or how would you feel if you discovered that you were just mediocre and not at the head of the class?"
"How many mechanics are there in New York City?"
"have you ever cheated?"
"Why not a PhD or a nursing degree?"
"What kind of physician was Dr. Kevorkian?"
"fairly basic/typical questions"
"The interesting thing is that I wasn't asked any questions!"
"What does your family think about you going to medical school?"
"If you were one of the lowest-ranked members of the graduating class (bottom %10) of our medical school, what would be your motivation to go into medicine?"
"how do you think you will adjust to living in syracuse? (ha ha ha... yikes)"
"A lot of questions from my personal statement. Sentences and words were "dissected." I don't remember the specific questions."
"What would you like me to say about you to the admissions committee?"
"Honestly, I was asked very few questions... all very general and typical..."
"What would you do in a situation where you have to go against your maoral ethics?"
"If you were appointed Health Care Czar by Bush, what would you do?"
"I had very interesting conversations with my interviewers. If they weren't selected to match my interests, it was a nice coincedence and made it a great experience."
"similar to the ones posted already"
"What makes a good scientist and a good teacher?"
"What will be your biggest challenge in the transition to medical school?"
"how are you going to pay for medical school"
"How would you propose improving health care for the urban poor?"
"Routine questions for the most part. Nothing overt like "where else have you applied/interviewed--although a couple of the other interviewees were asked these questions" but more roundabout ways of asking "Why Upstate", "why medicine", and "do you know what you're getting yourself into"."
"What books have you read recently?"
"why do you think i have a picture don quixote on my wall, and what do you think it says about me?"
"How do you deal with failure or a less than perfect outcome?"
"There were no real questions asked at my faculty interview. He started out by asking me if I had any questions for him, and then I would ask a question, he would answer and say, "anything else?". He never really asked me a question, which was quite the interesting format. He also kept calling me "honey" and talking about how women are better doctors because they are inherently more emotional, and how as a woman I shouldn't feel bad if I only want to work part time so I can be a mother, and how I'll have to have a very understanding husband some day. I was like, I'm sorry, where am I, 1930? My student interview had highlighted my AMCAS application and asked lots of questions straight from there, but the tone was very condescending, all in all, not a very positive interview experience."
"What are your strengths and weaknesses?"
"None really, very conversational."
"Nothing too unusual."
"What should a doctor's responsibility be towards a person who has a gang-related stab wound? Why are so many kids joining gangs?"
"In one sentence, what would you like me to tell the admissions committee about you?"
"(Student asked this one)
So what happens, you're a month into classes, you have you're first test and you get a 37. What do you do?"
"Give me a philosophical perspective on the art of healing. (I took a philsophy course my freshman year)"
"What do you do for fun?"
"Why are you changing careers?"
"What would your first day of class be like?"
"It felt really conversational. Most of the questions I listed below were within the flow of the conversation, so it felt really natural and comfortable."
"Prepared to handle the winter here?"
"What is your family like and do they support your entry into medical school."
"What would you do about the very costy health care system in the US?"
"What reasons could you give for not wanting to be a doctor?"
"Questions, if any, were standard. Why medicine? Interviewers were also interested in whether or not you think you'll fit into the Syracuse area. This question is also takes into account the colder climate and plethora of snow during the winter."
"The interviews were mainly conversational. There weren't particular questions."
"none, really, the interviews were mostly open dialogue"
"What would you do if you weren't accepted into any medical school?"
"My interview with a third-year student was strictly a conversation, whereas my interview with a doctor had a few more questions (though it too was more like a conversation than anything else). No questions struck me as particularly interesting though."
"what do you think is the direction of medicine?"
"What would you like the Admissions Committee to know about you? "
"What would you personally change about the healthcare system today?"
"Do you think the expense of new technologies like the DaVinci robot are worth the cost?"
"Something to the effect of: "I've gone over your file and so I know a bit about you, but this will be an open dialogue. Tell me about yourself...go!""
"If you was admitted and in a conversation with your family someone asked you, "What is the most difficult thing about your medical school experience" what would you say?"
"if bush appointed you in a position to reform the US health care system, what would you do?"
"What do you think this painting means?"
"Describe a situation that you thought you wouldn't be able to handle and how you handled it?"
"My student interviewer pulled out his homework on electrolyte imbalance and endocrinology - then asked me if I could answer the questions. That was a different way to go. "
"Did your father discourage you from doing medicine? (my father is a doctor)"
"nothing out of the ordinary"
"Specific to my research."
"Pretty standard fare..."
"You have "disadvantaged" on your application. What does this mean to you?"
"Do you think there is a difference with teaching children and adults (referring to my piano teaching experience)?"
"Many physicians tell their kids not to become doctors. why do you think this is and why do YOU think it's for you?"
"Basically, whether I thought too much money is poured into research. "
"so what brings you here?"
"Tell me about how you reconcile evolution and religion. (led from our conversation)"
"If you could tell one thing to the kids that you worked with in inner-city Philadelphia, what would that be? (my interviewer said this was a relevant question because doctors have to consider this when working with their patients.)"
"Why do you think doctors are the last ones to realize how little attention/empathy they give their patients? - our conversation led up to this"
"Do you think that healthcare in this country is a right or a privilege? "
"Most questions were related to my application ... question about my background."
"What are some principles that are common between martial arts and dance? (stemmed from a discussion about dance)"
"Something like... please explain the way in which you learn art."
"Nothing that interesting...maybe some of the ethical questions the med student who interviewed me kept aksing about--but they were pretty standard questions about informed conset, informed refusal, etc."
"Nothing really, pretty standard."
"Do you ever get fed up by the application process?"
"No really interesting questions"
"I was asked to describe what I thought of the education I had received in high school (and college)."
"What do you feel are the essential characteristics of a good physician?"
"Questions about my research from the student interviewer"
"Read this article and tell me what you think (the MD interviewing me just published it)"
"given the current state of the middle east, what do you propose would be a good solution?"
"do you plan to do research while in med. school?"
"Oddly, about my father -- "Describe your father to me.""
"No questions were particularly interesting, just your standard interview questions."
"Lots of ethical questions from my first interviewer. He presented different scenarios and was curious as to my opinion on them. They were not the far-fetched scenarios commonly given (like, patient's religion forbids blood transfusion, patient will die if doesn't get it, what to do?), but more realistic in nature."
"The most interesting question was also the most difficult. See below."
"Why are you applying for MD/PhD? Why field of research are you interested in?"
"Nothing too interesting, which is good as far as I'm concerned. I was applying for the Early Assurance Program, and the MD that interviewed me wasn't familiar with it, so when he asked about it I found that interesting. Other than that is was just pretty typical questions."
"What do you know about my specialty?"
"nothing very unusual"
"Did you ever conflict with another person of different ethnicity?"
"It was basically a gimmit of questions for them to get to know you as a person, and how you might fit into the school. I was asked how I felt about competition (which really does not exist in this school), favortie non-science subject, why medicine, why Syracuse, hobbies, etc."
"Mostly standard, get to know you questions. "
"What are your interests in medicine? (potential medical careers)"
"To be honest, I didnt get asked many questions at all. Very laid back and relaxed conversations. "
"If I were on the admissions committee and could review my application, what I say that needed improvement and then answer my own answer as to why it needed improvement?"
"Why Latin as a major?"
"we mainly just talked about my experiences, places i'd been to (i've done a bit of travelling), college football, etc."
"The Dean stresses non-stress interviews, and if you have one just let him know. The interviews itself was extremely conversational so there is no need to worry."
"outlets for stress"
"Have you met any celebrities? (This was in connection to my work)"
"Tell me about an experience with a patient that was memorable.
"Most interesting discussion was with a faculty member, we discussed the disadvantages of a modern day research career. "
"what do you think of our involvement in iraq?"
"What do you think is going to happen to Taiwan and China?"
"Tell me something funny"
"Everything was pretty straight forward"
"What do you see yourself doing in ten years?"
"nothing out of the ordinary, everything they asked dealt with my application"
"What kind of friends do you choose to have? Most were just basic questions about my application."
"Tell me in 10 words or less what you learned in (enter various classes.)"
"One of the interviewers asked for my advice on how to handle one of his teenagers (what he should say, think, and do). "
"None really. They told me about the school. It was relaxed, they just asked about my history, how I got to this point."
"Do you think EMTs should be given more responsibility for the patients they treat (this question was asked because I worked as an EMT). "
"So I see you are were a history major. Do you know which Cold War president was involved in creating the CIA? "
"Do you think you handle the relative isolation of upstate NY? (I went to undergrad in up-upstate NY, and I am pretty sure I was the only candidate that had to travel almost 3 hours south to get to Syracuse)"
"Is medicine logical?"
"If you had a choice between one liver transplant or a thousand vaccinations which would you choose and why?"
"How much do you pay for medical insurance? How is gamma knife surgery performed? How long does radiation stay in the body-- you should know this? "
"Do you feel your grades acurately reflect your ability? Your MCAT's?"
"nothing really interesting"
"What strengths do you have, and how do they make you more qualified to be a doctor?"
"How does your dad get paid? (He is a physician in private practice)"
"My agreement/disagreement with the actions of a University professor (Texas Tech.?) that refused to give anyone who didn't wholly believe in evoluntionary theory a letter of recommendation, and reasons for my approval/disapproval.."
"No interesting questions
"Nothing really thought provoking. My interviewers were very conversational and friendly."
"What do you think about the way medicare/medicaid put caps on reimbursments for particular procedures? How are to provide coverage for the 15% who are uninsured without detracting from quality of care, and while still being able to attract the top minds into medicine."
"nothing too interesting"
"Specifics about why didn't get in anywhere when I applied the first time."
"Both interviewers asked about my favorite non-science courses, and why I liked them."
"Suppose you're a doctor and you've run a bunch of tests on a patient and still don't know what's wrong. What do you do?"
"Did you know what Syracuse is known for?? (salt city, didn't have a clue:)"
"How do you think holistic/western medicine can be integrated with traditional medicine?"
"A 19 year old AIDS patient has been suffering from a recurrent sinus infection that hasn't been treatable by traditional methods. You are called in to take a specimen from the patient to find an alternative method of treatment. The patient physically pushes you away and is not amenable to being examined. What do you do?"
"I had two interviews, one was conducted by a student and my second one was conducted by a faculty person. I really cannot think of a question that was very interesting, most of the questions were standard like why do you want to be a doctor and why medicine. My second interview with retired faculty family doctor was more interesting. He asked me questions pertaining to high school. He asked me what activities I did and what honors I received. I thought they were interesting seeing how I don't remember everything."
"How would I a configure the admission process, so as to guarantee that medical school will produce excellent people as well as excellent physicians?"
"When did you know you wanted to be a Doctor?"