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"Keep up the great work. The staff replied to my emails within minutes. Mr. Rosso's enthusiasm on interview day was contagious. :) Thank you."
"The only suggestion that I have for the admissions committee is to possibly have the length of the tour cut down. While I found the tour to be insightful, the tour took over two hours and we didn't even get to see the entire school. The tour guide was extremely friendly and provided a great history about the school, but it was too much information before the interview itself."
"A little bit more of a "multimedia" presentation would be nice. At times the tour discussed interesting history, but I would have loved to have a student tag along and give some student specific info."
"Shorter tour .. financial aid workshop"
"PLEASE! Make the tour shorter...it is way to long!"
"Give us more food!"
"Keep up the good work!"
"You're amazing people, keep it up!"
"Breakfast and coffee maybe? It's a long day :D Otherwise, the admission office was stupendous with a"
"Shorter tour--it was nice to see everything but some of the discussion could have been done elsewher"
"The only suggestion I would make is to prepare a specific schedule for interviews."
"Super-friendly and genuine people!"
"The lunch was a little lacking..."
"Include a Map of grad school campus (North I believe) in the interview packet."
"Give James Rosso a raise because he is amazing. His enthusiam made me incredibly excited"
"Very Very Enthusiastic! Keep it up!"
"Be friendly :=)"
"Coffee! Some of us are addicted :)"
"None - it was a truly positive experience!"
"How would you respond to a student or faculty member who said something racist or homophobic?"
"How do you deal with stress ?"
"What would you do if a friend came to you saying that she came out to her family and they wouldn't accept her?"
"Ethical question about a parent refusing to vaccinate their child."
"what I would do if a mother refused having their child vaccinated?"
"The questions other people left here don't matter. Just be yourself, and have a conversation."
"Why did you choose your major?"
"Tell me about your family."
"What is an ethical issue in medicine today?"
"Why you and not the other students who are here interviewing you today?"
"Describe a time when you felt passionately about something and you disagreed with someone else. What did you do about it?"
"If you could invite anyone over for dinner, who would it be and why?"
"What was the reason for the sharp turn around in your academic performance?"
"Tell me about "x" activity."
"Do you know what happened to Michael Jackson (referring to his propofol overdose)?"
"Tell me about yourself."
"Why SUNY Buffalo?"
"One interviewer asked a lot about ECs, stuff from my application."
"Tell me about the progression of careers you've wanted to do throughout your life. (Then he gave me his example-cowboy b/c he though was cool, etc...)"
"Talk about a great, non-scientific book you've read in the past year."
"Tell me a little bit about yourself"
"Why should I choose you for an MD/PhD program?"
"Why medicine? (both times) If you were accepted, what would make you stand out? What was your college experience like?"
"Explain your research."
"What do you think about the current health care reform?"
"Tell me about X activity. A lot of questions were based on the AMCAS application."
"How would you deliver bad news to someone?"
"Tell me about x experience from your AMCAS file."
"When did you first begin interested in medicine and why?"
"All very general questions mostly asked just to get to know you. SDN questions is helpful but DO NOT memorize your response. Be natural, be yourself and you'll do great!"
"Basically look through the questions on this site."
"What makes you want to be on the front lines in medicine?"
"The first interviewer basically asked me how I would fair against Ivy League Students. He questioned my GPA (3.96overall 3.92sci) because I go to a small, private and relatively obscure OOS university."
"Discuss x AMCAS activity, discuss x course."
"Just go through ALL the questions down the feedback list. All is asked (IF you get my interviewer)"
"Are you sure that you want to be a doctor, even though they put so many hours into what they do and only getting very little money for it?"
"Tell me a good book you've read."
"Tell me more about your current job..."
"General questions about resume"
"Who would you interview from the news and why?"
"What volunteer experience solidified your desire to enter medicine? What would you do if you didn't get into medical school? "
"Tell me about a time you disappointed someone."
"Describe your best friend. How would your best friend describe you? If you could interview anyone in the news, who would it be and what you would you ask?"
"What is a problem of humanity in the world"
"Describe a time you had to deliver bad news to someone. and what did I do to prepare for it?"
"1. Clarify some things in your
2. Tell me of a time when you experienced poor communication and tell me how you overcame it.
"a lot of discussion on my brain research"
"what do you do at your research job?"
"How would your friends describe you?"
"my research experiences"
"What other schools did you interview at already?"
"Name something you are passionate about."
"Name characteristics of a good doctor."
"Design a study to estimate the # of physicians who quit smoking in the past year (have unlimited funding). Why Buffalo? Any questions for me?"
"What have you given up to be here? "
"interview somebody from the news"
"Tell me about your volunteer experience."
"What happened the first time (I'm a re-app)"
"What person from today's news would you like to have dinner with? (I hate these questions for some reason - it's everyone or no one)"
"Tell me about your volunteer experience? Was it ever depressing being around sick people all the time?"
"if you could interview anyone on the news who would it be?"
"If you could interview anyone, who would it be, why, and what would you ask that person?"
"when's a time you were in a group and someone did something morally wrong, what did you do"
"Have you ever had problems with your roommates? "
"Explain a time when someone was very angry at you."
"Describe a specific situation when you went out of your way to help someone."
"Who would you interview and why?"
"Seriously there's a whole big list of questions if you just read through the other feedbacks. They're all on a list (including the infamous "how many gas stations" question, which I didn't get even though I prepared for it!)"
"Tell me about a time when you delivered bad news."
"specific questions about my research"
"Tell me about a time when you had to go against something you believed it, although you knew there would be negative consequences."
"Describe a time when you stood up for something you believed in, even though you knew there were negative consequences."
"Lots of questions about my background, very conversational."
"Describe negative and positive aspects of your volunteer experiences. "
"How would your best friend describe you?"
"From the student: he asked questions related to my file (volunteer experiences etc)."
"Tell me about a time when you had to compromise..."
"How many gas stations are there in the U.S.? Be prepared to give a very detailed explanation."
"Tell me about your current job."
"What was the last book I read. "
"Discuss a social issue."
"Tell me about a time you changed your opinion about something."
"what are 2 of your qualities that will make you a good physician? [the essay]"
"Tell about a time in which you witnessed someone doing something or saying something inappropriate, what did you do about it."
"Tell me about your parents?"
"Tell me about a time you had to deliver bad news"
"Name some of your strengths and some of your weaknesses."
"Name a social problem and propose a solution."
"Tell me about your research."
"How would you estimate the number of gas stations in the US?"
"Have you ever had to deliever bad news?"
"Why Buffalo? Why Med school and not research?"
"Tell me about a time someone got very angry with you. How did you respond and how did the situation pan out?"
"What is the best part about volunteering? What is the worst part about volunteering?"
"Tell about a funny childhood story"
"How would you estimate the number of: gas stations/mammograms performed/deaths due to lung cancer in the U.S."
"What two characteristics do you possess that will make you a good physician? (essay)"
"Tell me a funny story about your childhood."
"describe a situation in which your views were in opposition to the views of the majority"
"what is your favorite and least favorite food (random)"
"Characteristics of a good/poor physician. What unethical conducts have you witnessed and what did you do about it. "
"POP Essay question (before lunch): what are your favorite cd, book, and tv show and why"
"What qualities do you think a physician should posess?"
"Should prisoners on death row get air conditioning?"
"What are the 3 most important qualities of a good doctor."
"what 3 qualities make a good doctor?"
"Just like what others posted. Its standardized - you will get 7 -8 standard questions. Rest is about your application and small talk."
"Have you considered any other careers besides an MD?"
"Most of the questions had to do with my background and AMCAS application."
"What do you think is a negative aspect of being a doctor? How do you think you will deal with that?"
"how would you find out how many people die from lung cancer each year?"
"What was a time when your friends were doing something wrong? What did you do?"
"Do you have a best friend? Name one good quality and one bad quality."
"Tell me about your father. ...about mother.
"Describe your best friend ?"
"Have I ever had to break bad news to someone and how did I deal with it?"
"Tell me about an ethical dilemma you had."
"Tell me about your research"
"Tell me about a time when you had to break bad news."
"Tell me about a time you were in a group and someone did something unethical. What did you do?"
"How would you measure someone's percent body fat?"
"Why are you here?"
"Why medicine? "
"What would you do if a mother refuses to vaccinate her child?"
"Describe a social problem in the US today and how it should be dealt with."
"asked me a specific question about my extra curriculars"
"I picked out some interesting courses from your transcript. What can you tell me about these classes?"
"The ethical questions were interesting and pretty laid back (I think)."
"What if a student tried to give you a list of the questions on an upcoming test. What would you do?"
"Are you an avid reader?"
"Who has been the biggest influence in your life?"
"Give me a detailed explanation about "x" activity, and I will let you know when I think it's detailed enough."
"Tell me as many one word descriptions you can that describe a good doctor."
"What is the most important social issue today (not health care), and how would you begin to solve it?"
"What do you think is a positive and negative experience you've had with other physicians? Why? What'd you learn from it?"
"Imagine your patient is talking about you to his or her friend. What would your patient say about you, as his or her doctor?"
"List a few qualities of your ideal doctor, afterwhich I had to rank them."
"What was activity X like? We then trailed off into travel experiences and personal exp."
"How did your MCAT score improve so dramatically? (I took the test twice, and he asked me about my score improvement and what exactly I did)"
"Describe a time when you went out of your way for someone."
"We talked about the Buffalo Bills for about 10 minutes..."
"Tell about a time you had to stand up for something you believed in."
"Tell me about x research experience"
"Have you dealt with a patient that was violent?"
"Why is a manhole cover round?"
"If you could interview someone in the news right now, who would it be?"
"Does absolute power corrupt absolutely?"
"Describe a time when one of your beliefs changed."
"Nothing out of the blue.. no off-the-wall questions."
"Well, nothing interesting, but basically got ALL questions asked down a whole list of questions (which is basically a compilation of ALL questions collected from interview feedback questions listed from SDN) Questions I thought were not relevant in determining candidacy as a med student or fit for school."
"I don't really think there were any "interesting questions". Buffalo asks questions from a sheet of standardized questions that the committee expects the interviewer to ask during the interview. The standardized quesions are behavioral type questions. The purpose of the questions are to guage how you react to specific situations. Some quesions were: What was the most stressful event in your life and how did you handle it?, What did you like to do as a child for fun?, Have you ever had to do something that you knew was wrong, but was necessary?, Who is someone from the past or present that you would like to interview/meet?, What are your best qualities; your worst?, etc... I was not asked any ethical questions during my interview, but that is not the norm at Buffalo. Every person who was interviewed the day that I interviewed was bombarded with ethical questions (one person was asked what would you do if an old person came to the emergency room and you knew there was no hope for them, but the family insisted on prolonging the life of this person.). So, I would definitely brush up on current events and how to deal with questions where you will be given a scenario where you have to make life or death type decisions. Don't stress out to much, they are not asking for the right answer; they are looking to see how you reason through stressful situations. Know yourself, your personal statement, be up to date with current events- if you adhere to these, you should be fine. SUNY Buffalo asks you to write a short essay in 10 minutes on a selected topic. They change the topic often. Don't stress out, they don't expect you to write an award winning essay. "
"What is the longest and the shortest muscle in the human body?"
"what would you do if your friend, who worked alongside you as a doctor too, had written a questionable number of prescriptions for patients?"
"So what do you think about sampling by pharmaceutical companies?"
"If helping people is the #1 thing about being a doctor, what's #2?"
"''Name a social problem, and how to fix it.''
"If you hit a deer on the road, what would you do?"
"What was your worst roommate experience?"
"If you could interview someone in the news, who would it be and why."
"How does the medical establishment affect the doctor-patient relationship?"
"A lot of questions about my overseas experience."
"If you could interview someone in the news, who would it be and what would you ask?"
"Name a social problem"
"Was asked a lot of questions about my faith since I had that I was Catholic in my application: Can people be good without believing in God, How can you believe in evolution if you believe in God, etc..."
"None particularly interesting, basic questions about my academic stuff and a few things in my application."
"what did you think about the super bowl?"
"how do you think a student could prepare for being a doctor without having been a performer (I have, and throughout my application emphasize how much it helped me)"
"If I would do the whole process again!!!"
"Can you name a time you failed at doing something?"
"What do you think the best part of being a physician is?
Also, if you were a med student and it was the first day how would you feel?"
"How would you prepare a study to determine how many doctors have quit smoking in the past 10 years?"
"Name the characteristics of a good doctor."
"How many gas stations in the U.S?"
"nothing interesting. interview #1 was more conversational, interview #2 was almost nothing more than going through the ENTIRE laundry list of Buffalo's questions (see prior feedbacks)"
"The lady asked me about my MCAT score and she asked me what religion I am."
"He asked how I felt about certain issues taken directly from newspaper clips he pulled from his pocket"
"What would you do if you made a mistake as a doctor?"
"How do you think scientist came up with dates for things such as fossils before carbon 14 dating was discovered?"
"It was mostly a discussion with few specific questions about my experiences."
"Tell me a funny story from when you were a child. "
"If I were running a medical practice with John and Jane and I heard a rumor that John was giving out too many scripts for drug X and also female patients were uncomfortable with him behind closed doors, what would i do?
"Have you ever doubted your decision to enter medicine?"
"Tell me a time when someone was angry at you and how did you react?"
"I did not like any of the questions. "
"how would you go about estimating the number of pizzarias in the US... it wasn't bad they didn't want an exact number"
"I told him I worked in developmental biology and he asked if we did experiments with fetuses and moved cells around....WHAT? I explained that we didn't do experiments with humans....."
"What will your greatest accomplishment be as a physician?"
"The questions I was asked were similar to the ones posted on this site. Nothing unusual or too difficult."
"If you could interview anyone at all, who would it be and why?"
"how many gas stations in the country?"
"One of my interviewers had several articles from the newspaper describing current events with moral/ethical implications (most were not medically related). He described the situations and then asked me to discuss my thoughts on them. "
"If you were to interview anyone in the news, who would it be and why?"
"how would you go about figuring out how many doctors quit smoking in the past year, or something to that effect"
"Do you get easily distracted?"
"What social issue is of most interest to you?"
"What is the thing, looking back 4 years, that you would tell yourself to do differently?"
"I am arabic, and was asked about my background."
"Describe your best friend. Hint, they are really asking you to describe your own qualities, it's just disguised in this format. So don't say something silly like, "Well, my best friend is great but she like, is ALWAYS late and really lazy." I think they might give you a rejection if you answer like that. Think of qualities they might like YOU to have. "
"What is a funny story that your best friend would tell about you (I didn't answer the question...)"
"(Many interesting questions about my background)."
"I had no interesting questions. You get interviewed by a student then another interview with a Professor. The student came off arrogant (like he had some other place to be) and had a case of the "short-man" complex. The questions the student asked came from the standardized list. I did not have any of those crazy questions like "how many Mcdonalds are there in the US". It wasn't a conversational interview at all, just question, my answer, then another question etc... My Professor interview was eh. He didnt bring my file or the list of questions (probably the reason for not having the crazy questions). He was one of those "brillant" unorganized people with no social skills. So it was a big waste of time and I knew it wouldnt be good when they came to present me to the committee. I did get in off the wait-list but with my experience decided not to attend."
"Why did you take your SAT's twice? This question seemed very random, and the interviewer actually really dug into my answer. "
"Level of appropriate treatment and luxuries provided to U.S. inmates?"
"What did you have to give up to get to this point in your career path? Do NOT say "partying". My interviewer said that is a common answer that kills an interview."
"How would I intergate my Masters degree into a future practice"
"Tell me about your best friend. Now, tell me about the traits in your best friend you would most like to emulate. Oh, and there was this one, too: Tell me about a time you've accidentally insulted someone. What did you do/say? How did you react when you realized you had offended the person? "
"What do you want me to tell the admissions committee about you? Why didn't you apply last year? [tie]"
"How would you determine the body fat percentage of an individual (without calipers)?"
"Describe a time in which you were tempted to do something unethical."
"Tell me something interesting that I may not know."
"You are very different from any of the other applicants i've encountered. You're sweet and gentle while they tend to be aggressive. Do you think that you will have trouble keeping up with them in med school?"
"Have you ever not given someone help when you had the opportunity to do so?"
"Do you have a boyfriend? (The question was soon thereafter retracted.)"
"Has there ever been a time where your patience was tested? How did you react?"
"How would you go about estimating the actual number (not percentage) of doctors who have quit smoking over the past 20 years."
"Question about my personal statement.."
"If for some reason you could not be a doctor, what would you be happy and satisfied doing with your life?"
"Discuss a social problem and how would you attempt to correct it. "
"What would I do if I turned on the hot water faucet in a house & no water came out? Where would I look for the problem?"
"Have you have witnessed someone doing something immoral and what did you do about it."
"How I would allocate the health care budget."
"What is one good and one bad characteristic you have witnessed in physicians through your experiences?"
"Lots of situation questions "Can you tell me about a time when" you were under stress, you had to share bad news, reacted to someone who was nervous or anxious, compromised, dealt with an unethical situation...and on and on"
"How many people die of lung cancer each year? (I understand the 'though process' goal behind these questions, but seriously..."
"how many mamograms are given a year in the U.S?"
"tell me a funny story from your childhood"
"Any bad roommate experiences? "
"Why do you think that there are more female than male medical students today?"
"Tell me about a situation where you had to defend your morals/opinion/ethics."
"How would you estimate the deaths from lung cancer in a year?"
"It was a standard list"
"all sorts of ethical ?'s. look out"
"How would you go about vaccinating a small and large population in response to a smallpox attack?"
"how did you get through a dissappointing time in your life (it was the essay)"
"What did you have to sacrifice to be where you are today?"
"Describe a funny incident from your childhood."
"What do you think is a negative aspect of being a doctor? How do you think you will deal with that?"
"What did not like about teaching that made you choose to enter medicine?"
"recall a funny story from your past"
"Why are sewer manhole covers round? (It sounds entirely irrelevant but I assure you, I was asked this question)"
"Questions that were most interesting to me had to do with my background. For example, one interviewer asked me to clarify some of the chronological events that happened in my life."
"Have you ever changed your opinion on something? What is it and why?"
"So I see you were an actor growing up , please tell me about that? ( I used to act in movies and films when growing up )"
"How would I go about finding the amount of deaths due to lung cancer per year without using the internet or a similar source."
"Tell me about your best friend"
"If you could meet anyone in history, dead or alive, who wouuld it be? "
"All the questions are pretty much posted here, they even stated in the interview they are posted on the internet."
"If you could change one system besides health care, what would it be?"
"Tell me about your best friend."
"They were all pretty interestin and broke up some of the monotony of the interview circuit."
"What was your favorate family vacation? Meeting Mickey Mouse?"
"Tell me about your research; Have you ever had to give someone bad news, what did you do and how did you handle it?"
"If you could interview any living person outside of Bin Laden and Bush, who would it be?"
"1) How would I vaccinate the US population in the event of a smallpox attack? 2) Do you think McDonald's is responsible for much of the country's obesity problem?"
"How would you discover if the post-9/11 anthrax attacks were instigated by Americans or by terrorists from other countries?"
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