"Very app-specific questions"
"What are the three most important things to you in selecting a medical school?"
"Why a physician specifically (instead of NP, PA, Nurse, etc.)"
"What are the non-academic activities you like to do outside of school?"
"Have you been to Chicago before?"
"Tell me about activities XYZ on your application"
"How did you decide to study [insert major]?"
"Describe your favorite patient interaction."
"What is one thing you would have me tell the admissions committee about you? (faculty interview)"
"How is the pre-med life at UChicago? (I go to undergrad here)"
"How did your parents being doctors affect your path to medical school?"
"Can you give me a book recommendation?"
"As a Californian, do you think you would actually go here?"
"When did you decide that you wanted to pursue medicine as a career?"
"Tell me about yourself (very conversational)"
"What are you most proud of?"
"Why did you get ____ on your verbal section? What happened in your junior year to lower your GPA?"
"Why do you want to come here?"
"How have you prepared for the emotional and mental stresses of medical school?"
"They asked me particulars about my activities, particularly community service and research."
"What makes a good doctor?"
"Why are you interested in University of Chicago? How do the goals of the school match your own goals?"
"Tell me about X (activity from AMCAS) (talked about this for a little while).
With my administrative interview we talked about my homecity for a while"
"How did your time at ___ program change you?"
"How is my fall semester going? What am I looking for in a medical school?"
"Whats the hardest thing you've gone through in the last 3 years?"
"Why Medicine? Tell me about your research?"
"I highly recommend that you marry a psychiatrist or a teacher's daughter. Why do you think that is?"
"How will you attain work/life balance?"
"Tell me about X activity...."
"why not go for an MD/PhD with all your research experience?"
"If I were to ask one of your closest friends to describe you with one character trait, what would they say?"
"Why pritzker ... all interviews"
"You seem like someone who would find the initiative to pursue something you're interested in. Give me an example."
"explain your grade in such and such class?
"all 3 asked ''why pritzker?''
"a lot of questions about volunteering i did abroad"
"What is your favorite novel?"
"What have you learned from your interactions with people from other cultures?"
"Why medicine and not nursing?"
"Tell me about your Personal statment. Why medicine?"
"Why do you want to come to Pritzker? (all 3 asked me this)"
I was asked this by every single one of my professors."
"describe your research"
"What have you been doing since graduation?"
"What have I done to improve my academic record so drastically?"
"Tell me about your experiences in Mexico (I volunteered there while in high school with my church to build bathrooms with plumbing and other needed facilities)"
"Student Interviewer> So what is your favorite movie?"
"tell me about yourself. Why U of C?"
"About how my research changed how I see medicine (admissions staff)"
"Can you be religious without being ethical?"
"Lots of stuff about AMCAS, know your research and if you have any updates about your profile bring it!"
"Lots of questions about my AMCAS and secondary essays. (All interviewers.)"
"What is the biggest challenge facing healthcare?"
"Why Pritzker? Why do you want to come back to Illinois (I grew up outside of Chicago)?"
"What do you do to relieve stress?"
"What has inspired me to pursue a career in medicine?"
"the dr. asked about where else i was looking and if i was geographicaly restricted and if I thought i would stay in my homestate (WI) if I get in"
"Tell me more about experience X?"
"What is the most spontaneous thing you've ever done?"
"Tell me about _____ (study abroad experience, research, etc.)"
"With what positive and negative expectations of Pritzker did you come here today?
"Why are you interested in Pritzker?"
"What are the things that make you questions your decision to pursue medicine?"
"I cant remember all the questions. Most were just to get to know who you are and how you have dealt with specific situations (e.g. how did you cope with a given situation?)"
"How did so and so impact your life?(based on AMCAS essay)"
"Have you overcome any major obstacles?"
"Tell me about you college experience"
"The questions were all very specific to my application."
"What was your favorite class as an undergrad?"
"Will it be necessary for you to maintain long-term relationships with patients? (this related to my stated interest in ER)? How flexible will you be about the other specialties (you might hate ER rotation)."
"Describe your research to me as if I were a four year-old. "
"Describe a time when you have displayed leadership skill."
"Tell me about your research.
"Asked a lot of questions about my research"
"Pick a moment in your life that you feel was a turning point for you. Describe the event and how it affected you. "
"same as above."
"Tell me about yourself"
"what makes uchicago different from other schools you applied to? what do you like about the other schools you applied to?"
"What other schools are you applying to? "
"Why did you go to your undergraduate school"
"All of the questions were specific to my application... "
"Why Pritzker? Why medicine?"
"What were your greatest influences."
"What sparked your interest in medicine?"
"Was there ever a time when you let someone down?"
"What are you looking for in a medical school?"
"If you could meet anyone from the past whom would it be and why?"
"what kind of support system will you have when you are here?"
"What was the last book you read? (Then I had to talk about it, what I thought about it, how it affected me, etc.) "
"Tell me about yourself and your childhood background, neighborhood, etc. "
"If you could go anywhere right now, regardless of costs, where would you go and who would you take?"
"Describe your research."
"Why a doctor and not a nurse or some other profession more needed in the health care sector?"
"They asked pretty standard questions about my background, interest in medicine, what interests I have. "
"see above. mostly they asked stuff about my own application. The interviews were very conversational and relaxed. :)"
"Tell me about your research."
"Assume all the stuff in your AMCAS are nonexistent (Grades, activities, etc.) Tell me about yourself"
"tell me about your family"
"Tell me about yourself."
"The typical: why md/phd? why not just md? "
"A physician interviewer asked me what he should write in my evaluation."
"How do u cope with stress?"
"What book are you reading right now?"
"Administrative interview (about 15 min)--so how's your research going? "
"What should we know about you that is not in your application?"
"-Why did you choose to graduate from college in three years?
-A few ethical scenario were set up involving dealing with an authority figure that is in error and another question about a friend who cheated to get into medical school."
"Tell me your biggest obstacle you overcame"
"Describe the biggest obstacle in your life."
"What do you do for fun? What was your most challenging class and why? How do you deal with problems? Who do you admire and why? How would you describe yourself?"
"Why would you want to come to Chicago? (I'm from San Diego)"
"What has been your greatest challenge? Who do you go for emotional support? "
"When was the last time you cried?"
"Why U of C?"
"What made you apply here?"
"what's your biggest strength?
what's your biggest weakness?"
"Specific to one of my most meaningful experiences"
"What qualities do you think separate a good coach from a bad coach?"
"What books have you read recently?"
"Question about a very specific sentence I wrote in my amcas. My interviewer found it interesting and asked me to clarify what I meant to say."
"What do you do for fun?"
"How have you changed since freshman year of college?"
"What is a book you recommend?"
"What would you say to an intern who was having trouble effectively communicating with patients?"
"What was it like learning to communicate with the patients you saw in one of your activities?"
"Can you recommend a book for me?"
"All pretty standard easy questions about yourself. Nothing really out of the ordinary."
"Do you have a book recommendation?"
"Student interviewer asked generally interesting questions that weren't difficult and more just to get to know who I was beyond my application."
"Was your decision to go into medicine an "ah-ha" moment, or more of a process?"
"Why did you use your AP credits the way you did?"
"How did your study abroad experience affect you and your studies?"
"How did your desire to help others develop?"
"What books I've read lately"
"1. What is maturity?
2. What doctor would you want to have lunch with?"
"Did UChicago do the right thing with the Urban Health Initiative? (Policy question)"
"Asked me if I was interested in the new 'scholarship/discovery' program in their curriculum and which field i think i would pick to do my project in. also asked if i spoke other languages."
"If you could go anywhere, at any time, where would you go and why?"
"What is a quality you have picked up, or would like to, from a doctor you have worked with?"
"What do you want to know about me or Pritzker? "
"What makes a good teacher?"
"nothing too interesting--mostly conversational"
"You've been out of school for a while. How will you manage a work/life balance?"
"What would you do if you didn't get in to any medical school?"
"It seems you have not really failed before. Everyone fails at some point in medical school. How will you handle failure?"
"in your travels to canada and europe, what did you learn about the various cultures you came into contact with"
"Do you see yourself in academic medicine or primary care medicine?"
"What do you think you took away from your experience in Sri Lanka?"
"What was your least favorite class?"
"What do you think are the biggest problems facing healthcare and why do you think they are problems?"
"What is emotional maturity?
kind of caught me off guard b/c it came out of nowhere, but I handled it very well"
"nothing out of the ordinary.
"pretty much everything was straightforward and off my file"
"Do you have any hesitations before entering a career in medicine?"
"What have you learned from your interactions with people from other cultures?"
"Are Physician Assistants relevant?"
"Why not teaching or SW?"
"None they were all basically just to get to know me as an applicant."
"What question do you wish I had asked you?"
"What do your friend call you? What does your name mean?"
"describe a time you truly helped someone"
"Teach me how to do something non-academic or medically related."
"What biases do I have? (referring to other people)"
"What ties do you have to the Hispanic community? (I am applying as a URM but I got none of my Mexican mother's looks and all of my dad's Irish looks - plus, his Irish last name!)"
"About my background and moving to the US"
"Didn't really have one."
"It was an interesting question specific to my research."
"How has your research changed the way that you approach (and talk to) patient's families? "
"Being that you're not from Chicago who will you turn to if something happened to you, for instance you fall sick?"
"Why will i be a good physician??"
"How does your interest in existentialism relating to your interest in medicine? (student interviewer)"
"Can you please show me where you live on the map behind you..."
"What do you look for in a medical school?"
"What are current problems in incarcerated medicine that need to be addressed (from my essay)"
"If you had to get out of your burning apartment in 2 min, what three things would you take with you?"
"If there was one question that you would want someone to ask about your application what would it be and what would be your response?"
"Lots of stuff about my previous career."
"hypothetical situation questions asked by the studet regarding reasoning, conflict, ethics, and such"
"Teach me something that is not medically or scientifically related."
"What is balance to you?"
"What career would you pursue if it wasn't medicine?"
"what is my favorite kind of music and why is it important to me"
"The questions were all interesting, but all directly related to me as a person or to my application. All of my interviewers knew my file inside out."
"What about your personality do you think will make medical school difficult?"
"Tell me a negative trait you dislike in a person and how would you deal with this in a patient."
"Why and in what ways do you think China's society differs from our own... (prompted because I began studying Chinese) this question led to a 15 minute discussion about international politics, which was interesting!"
"what books have you read lately for fun?"
"We discussed a doctor I had shadowed, and she asked if there was something I observed that was negative or unprofessional."
"If you were stranded on an island w/ 10 people (and you had everything you needed to survive) what would you most like to learn from them? What would you most like to teach them?"
"What do you like to do?"
"Why do you think you are drawn to fields of medicine which deal with terminally ill patients?"
"I usually like my interviewees to teach me something. You have 5 minutes to teach me anything you want. [It's hard to come up with something fun and interactive (that you know TONS about) off the top of your head.]"
"Tell me about your experiences with the doctor you shadowed in Maine. From there my interview developed a conversation about how ridiculous it was that doctors complain about decreasing salaries. "
"If I were to talk to your best friend, favorite professor, and a family member, how would they each describe you? My student interviewer asked me to just "talk about something.""
"What would you say to a couple who comes in asking you to genetically alter their next child to have blonde hair, blue eyes, and be male?"
"Everything related to my file and from the conversations I had. The closest would be given your experiences with unethical practitioners in the law (I had remarked about a few cases I encountered but also pointed out that this was not the primary reason for my career switch), how would you react to a situation where you believed a doctor acted unethically or erronously?
Nothing too out of the ordinary- Why Chicago? Why Pritzker? It was clear that they take a lot of time and effort to make sure that the right students are matched up with the school."
"What do you think your greatest challenge will be as a physician? How will you be able to overcome that challenge?"
"about community service i guess"
"You application was very well written; I didn't see any gaps to ask you questions about. Do you have any questions for me?"
"A question asking about specifics of an EMT experience I had."
"Why the rush to enter medical school, is there a reason you aren't taking time off?"
"Nothing, everything was related to my application."
"How do you think the peace process is going to change now that Arafat is dead? He died the morning of my interview so I had no idea that he had until asked that question, needless to say I was surprised at first. "
"A man runs into your house looking panicked. He then runs out and you see him run to the left. Another man walks in with a knife and says, "Where is that guy...I'm going to kill him!" What do you say to the man? (In the end, I was told that the true answer is to tell the truth...) I said that I would like to say, "I DOn't know" but in reality, if I was scared for my life, I would probably tell the truth. (I think they were looking for the idea that you would not lie)"
"who would you bring on a road trip?"
"i am a CA resident, so the faculty interviewer posed a good question: i look at CA applicants every year and they inevitably are drawn to CA, even if they get into one of the lower ranked UC schools. why should we offer you admission when I know that you will still choose a UC, even a lower one, instead?"
"Do you think you'll use biomedical engineering [my major] as a physician?"
"You are in a windowless room with 3 light switches, labeled A, B, and C, each corresponding to a light bulb in an adjacent room. You may make only one trip to the other room. How can you determine the identity of the light bulbs?"
"Can you tell me what happened to you during your undergraduate career? (Based on what I had written in my essay)"
"All of the questions were pretty much based on my file. None of the questions jump out as being super interesting."
"nothing, pretty standard conversational interview questions"
"An eccentric billionaire grants you ten million dollars and all the equipment you want. What kind of experiment would you design?"
"What's the formula for the volume of a sphere"
"What did you think when the doctor you were shadowing told a mother what her child had told him?"
"The interview was very conversational. There weren't any questions that really stood out. Of course I was asked why I wanted to go to that school and also why I chose medicine."
"What are you reading?"
"Drawing from your experience tutoring, what did you learn that you can apply to your future career/profession?"
"What is your favorite movie?"
"What would be your position if the hospital you worked for had severe budget cuts and had to turn away non-emergency patients without adequate insurance?"
"What do you think of the medicare bill going through the Senate today?"
"How has your father impacted your life (I mentioned somewhere in my application that I was raised by a single mom)"
"What was the greatest and most significant moment of your life and why?"
"You have a lot of clinical research experience, but no lab research experience? why not, and would you be interested in doing lab work? "
"What would you do if you were an ER doctor in a hospital with a policy to refuse non-urgent care to patients due to budget constraints? (this was a no-stress question because the interviewer told me he just wanted to hear what i thought, since there is no right/wrong answer)"
"the questions were pretty standard, straight out of my application."
"What do you think it was like for your parents to immigrate to the US? "
"What would you tell a high school senior about your major and how it would prepare someone for being pre-med?"
"what could our current leaders learn from the ancient greeks and romans (evolved out of another question)?"
"If your AMCAS was blank, no activities, no awards, no scores, how would you describe yourself to me?"
"All were very standard, ie why medicine, problems in the field today."
"Why not vet medicine?"
"What would you change about your undergraduate school?"
"Imagine you're driving on I-55 and you have no one to talk to, and your radio's not working...what would you think at this point?? (I have no clue what this is supposed to mean)"
"asked detailed questions about issues with my father, but that was in my personal statement so it was no big deal, "
"Describe your ideal medical school candidate and where you rank yourself to that ideal."
"Nothing really interesting, just stuff about my file"
"There really weren't any questions, mostly just clarification and explanation of things from my application."
"What kind of things I did in the past 6 month outside of academics? "
"The medical student I interviewd with asked me to tell him what questions he should ask to get to know me better."
"who do u turn to in your time of need?"
"What would your friends say about you?"
"The faculty member asked me to teach her "something" on any subject I chose."
"How does your research apply to everyday life?
My response: Ummmm, not at all really. But it is interesting no? (psychophysics is not exactly a useful subject for short term application)"
"An ethical scenario was set up about a brain dead woman who was pregnant."
"What do you think about euthanasia? What about abortion?"
"Given a scenario of how i would handle a situation."
"How would you improve yourself?"
"What would you get involved in at Pritzker?"
"Why do you want to be a doctor and not just an EMT?"
"What are your plans before you enter medical school?"
"Would you accept money for Nestles (candy company) to assure that children will have meals to eat at school? (We were talking about childhood obesity.) What's the most populous animal that is the same size or slightly larger than the cat? (Seriously.) "
"How do I define 'mature'?"
"The Dean asked me, "What makes you unique?" When I answered the question, he said, "I already knew that but I just wanted to hear you say it.""
"I asked a question about the participation between the medical school and the surrounding area of Hyde park which has a bad reputation and the doctor looked at me and said "are you asking me if Hyde park is a safe area". He pretty much cut to the chase and I sputtered out a clarification of my question."
"What do you do if your patients are apprehensive towards you?"
"What career would I choose if the health fields did not exist?"
"If you could be any organ, which would you be?"
"How can you explain/prove how your experiences have affected you?"
"It was very conversational, talked about books, Sept. 11, etc. I am non-traditional and was asked if I would be willing to take a summer course to get me back up to speed, if the admissions committee required it."
"what would your parents say if you suddenly decided to become a manicurist?"