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"Honestly I can't think of any improvements you could make to the interview day. It took slightly longer to hear back than what we were told but that's how things go sometimes so it wasn't a big deal. Also make sure you tell people that there is a key chain and a piece of paper inside the water bottles; several other applicants and I put water in them without looking and ended up with a paper and metal slushie."
"Give a longer time for tours, felt like I only saw a small portion of the school. Tour guide was great though."
"Shorter interview day please. PLEASE. Some of us traveled a long way and really need to hit the road home."
"Give interviewee more information about what to expect on interview day. For example, before the interview, I had no idea that different groups interview at different time on the same day or that my interview was in the afternoon."
"I would have liked to be able to talk to more current students. I don't want to judge the entire student body based just on talking to the tour guide."
"I absolutely hated the MMI. I do much better with traditional interviews, not "put you on the spot" scenarios."
"None! very organized and helpful"
"Better tour guides. My med student had no idea where he was taking us and had nothing special to say"
"MMI can't disclose"
"Why did you choose to go into medicine?"
"MMI; can't disclose"
"MMI with 8 stations. They will explain as many details as possible shortly prior to the interview."
"MMI, can't say. A bunch of ethical, nonmedical questions."
"MMI, can't say"
"Provide recommendations to the media regarding how much information should be broadcasted about a pedophile being re-introduced to society."
"It was an MMI, so there were some scenario questions, some question about myself and a role play station."
"my clinical volunteering experience"
"Various ethical scenarios"
"Think about the most stressful situation you have ever experienced. Think about it, and describe how you dealt with the stress."
"Alternative medicine ethical scenario"
"How do you deal with stress?"
"its scenarios. you prolly wont get the same thing but you can prepare by knowing what they are interested in thru the questions from previous yrs. It helped me."
"Can't divulge, and even if I could, you absolutely will not see the same prompt in any of your 8 scenarios, guaranteed. "
"Why do you want to be a physician?"
"It was the MMI format, so it was random ethical dilemmas and situations, as well as a standard interview question and a teamwork exercise."
"Shhhh they're secrets!"
"Where do you see yourself in 15 years? "
"Explain the discrepancy between MCAT scores?"
"Where else have you interviewed?"
"Describe extracurricular activity."
"tell me about your research"
"''I see you were involved with ___(stuent org)______, what was that like?''"
"if you saw someone cheating, what would you do"
"40 minutes on ''why do you want to be a doctor,'', challenging every reason I came up with. "
"Your undergraduate course work spans from Shakespeare to Biophysics, how has this range of classes helped you obtain your educational goals?"
"Why my grades were so bad, and then how I had done better."
"You really like Graeter's Ice Cream? Do you know why it's so rich?"
"describe your clinical experience at the hosptial"
"What do you do besides go to school"
"Explain bad grades, research experiences, etc."
"Tell me about yourself, activities, research experience, etc."
"You're appointed by the President to fix healthcare. Tell me how you'd do it. After I answered, he changed the scenario, saying that I could completely scrap the current healthcare system and start fresh. What would I do then? He encouraged me to think outside the box."
"describe yourself in three words
why did you choose to study econ?
have you ever considered something outside of medicine? "
"How I had prepared for the MCAT, and why were grades ''less than stellar'' in undergrad?"
"Has there been any traumatic event in your past, what was it, explain, etc."
"Describe an ethical issue and how you would handle it."
"Walk me through all of your summer activities during college"
"Does your family support your choice to enter the field of medicine?"
"If there is one word that you would want me to remember you by, what would it be?"
"What happened on X section of the MCAT?"
"How do you handle frustration in lab?"
"Why did you get a C in this biology class? (It was my only C)."
"What are 4 adjectives to describe you? "
"How did you prepare for the MCAT?"
"What do I think about the effects of HMOs on medical care?"
"what do you do to relax? what do you do when you're stressed? what do you do for fun?"
"Amcas stuff. "
"Why I got a C in calc 2 (only C on transcript)?"
"What do you like about UC?"
"Do you feel that your MCAT scores are accurately reflective of you?"
"What do you think will be the biggest challenge for you in medical school?"
"Questions related to the AMCAS application."
"What would you do if you are not accepted?"
"Are you and your family close?"
"Were you happy with your MCAT scores?"
"What would your best friend say are your 3 greatest strengths and 3 greatest weaknesses?"
"a question regarding my stance on physician assisted suicide. I answered I would not perform PAS. What if the patient insist on dying and if you don't do anything, he will commit suicide himself."
"If you were to become an influencial doctor what would you do?"
"When were you in Spain?"
"Tell me about your academic accomplishments."
"Why did you not do so well in undergrad?"
"Why is medicine interesting for you?"
"How do you decide who gets a liver?"
"Why MD/PhD and not MD or PhD?"
"WHY MEDICINE? WHEN DID MEDICINE BECOME OF INTEREST TO YOU?"
"Just basic stuff. Wanted to know more about your app. Like how did you go up 8 on your MCAT, etc."
"All about AMCAS app"
"mine was literally all conversational. they have a list of questions they have to answer for the admissions committee, and so she basically asked a couple questions to fill in some of that info, and the rest of time was literally just chitchatting and me asking questions"
"Why do you want to be a doctor?"
"Tell me about your family."
"What do you envision yourself doing in 10 - 12 year?"
"Explain any grade below a B."
"Did you have an experince in high school that really made you want to consider medicine? "
"if a patient came up to you and wanted 1)an abortion 2)euthanasia would you do it and why?"
"explain your research"
"How did you become interested in bioethics?"
"Specifics about ECs listed on AMCAS."
"Are there any restrictions in your belief system that would prevent you from seeing a patient on a holy day?"
"Besides questions above, also why UC?"
"Tell me about your choice to attend a private high school."
"Describe growing up."
"Future ethical problems in medicine?"
"why be a doctor?"
"Tell me about yourself, and your desire to be a physician. "
"What do you think will be the hardest year for you in medical school?"
"Have you had any interviews at other medical schools?"
"how did you pick your undergrad college?"
"An old man is in the hospital with a terminal illness. One of his sons would like to withold further treatment and let him die a peaceful death. The other son would like to take all measures possible to prolong his life. How would you reconcile this situation?"
"If a terminally ill patient came up to you and asked you to help end his life (assuming i'm in Oregon where this is legal), what would I do?"
"Motivations (see above)"
"Describe Four attributes about yourself"
"How are you relieved of stress?"
"How would you handle people coming into the hospital drunk or high on drugs?"
"Moral dilemas: abortion/euthanasia, universal healthcare"
"What was your hardest class?
"Explain any red flags in your app (any grades below B)"
"Why did you choose your undergraduate institution?"
"how did your personal experiences, as a patient, influence you?"
"What do you think about cloning? Euthanasia? Health insurance issues?"
"What do you feel are the most important ethical issues facing medicine today?"
"What is your family life like."
"How would you handle a situation where you needed to treat a patient who had in some way hurt or killed a loved one."
"How do you feel about abortion?"
"What is one of the recent technological breakthroughs in medicine that fascinated you the most?"
"If you had to pick between becoming a researcher or doctor which would you choose. ( I told him I really enjoyed research)"
"Where do you see yourself in 10 years?"
"Here's a picture of a gel, what does these differences mean?"
"Why do you want an M.D? (Versus being an RN, PA, medical assistant, etc)"
"Why did you go to MIT instead of Case?"
"Why this bad grade?"
"What were your influences for wanting to become a physician?"
"Why did you choose your undergrad. school?"
"What would you do with the frozen embryos (see above)"
"Describe a major time in your life when you have helped someone."
"MMI can't disclose"
"The teamwork station"
"If everyone died but you could pick three people (from a list), who and why?"
"I had a situation where I needed to convince my cousin Pat (played by an actor) that he should stop doing drugs, drinking, and eating fatty foods."
"Having to team up and draw pictures based on your partner's descriptions"
"The ethical questions."
"the drama station. and the team work station. Very fun but you know your future depends on it so gotta act well. Be yourself."
"The interviewer explained a problem that he is working on (very different from my own research), and asked me how I would approach the question."
"If you knew that your fellow classmates had a copy of an upcoming exam (but you didn't), what would you do?"
"Where do you see yourself in 10 years?"
"At the end of the day, what is the most difficult thing a doctor has to deal with, personally vs. professionally?"
"how would you change the current health insurance problem in the US?"
"did that intimidate you (when I talked about seeing a particular procedure)"
"how do you relieve stress"
"see ''difficult question.''"
"I see you have a plethora of research. What is the single most important thing you have learned from it all?"
"Asked me flat out why my first few years of undergrad grades were so, ''terrible.'' (they were)"
"What makes Graeter's ice cream so rich?"
"Nothing really interesting was asked
infact it flew by with not many questions, it was mostly just explantions of my amcas application"
"What do you see as a major technological development in medicine in the next 25 years and is it a good thing or a bad thing?"
"If members of your class had a copy of a test you were going to be given, what would you do?"
"What would be said about you at your funeral after a long career in medicine?"
"If you were not permitted to perform a vital procedure for a patient because he/she was uninsured, what would you do?"
"Imagine you have died after a long career in medicine. Your body is laid out at a ceremony at Cincinnati - what will be said of you?"
"60 years from now, you are being honored with an award for being a great doctor, and your critic runs up and pulls the chords out during your speech. what would he yell about you?"
"If I could advise the next president on how to fix the healthcare system, what would I say?"
"Has there been any traumatic event in your past?"
"Name an ethical issue and how you would handle it."
"None really. The interview was pretty conversational."
"Would you give growth hormones to a short high school basketball player? What if you had previously referred his sister to a plastic surgeon for a boob job? So it's okay to grow wider but not taller?"
"If someone had a genetic disorder, and it was possibly fatal and inhereited so that other family members could also have it but the diagnosed family member did not want you to tell anyone, what would you do?"
"If there is one word that you would want me to remember you by, what would it be?"
"Why are you concerning foreign medical aid when there are people 30 minutes south of here in the same situations?"
"The questions themselves were normal, the circumstances were less so- the PSTP interviews are several days long- while you are only asked questions "officially" for a couple of hour-long interviews- I was asked the best questions and had the most substantive discussions with faculty and students alike at meals and social events. That was the interesting part- less the questions."
"A woman just gave birth to a child, but needs a blood transfusion to stay alive. However, she is against that because of her religious beliefs. What would you do?"
"What are you listening to now? (As far as, what kind of music?)"
"Tell me about Ghana? (I did an internship there last summer)"
"Ethical scenarios that doctors deal eith. Ex what if pt refused treatment based on moral grounds."
"It was pretty much straightforward, there wasn't a question that really stood out."
"How do you handle patients from different backgrounds with different outlooks and priorities?"
"Describe the bearing ethics has on medicine (it was purposely left to be an open-ended question)."
"Tell me about your family."
"How did you prepare for your mcats?"
"It was a mostly conversational interview, nothing particularly new or intriguing."
"A fourteen year old girl who comes into your office four months pregnant. What do you do? She is a foster child and the foster father is the father of the baby. She has no parents."
"What am I looking for in an medical school?"
"What do you think of Nancy Zimpher?"
"What do you think are three challenging medical ethics issues for doctors today? "
"What are the different roles you have observed physicians in while observing them?"
"Since my father is a Chiropractor, why medicine and how does he feel about it?"
"Why an MD instead of a PHD?"
"If a patient came to you with 20+ pages of information regarding their disease from an internet site, how would you react?"
"I was asked a few hypothetical questions that dealt with ethics...a pregnant 14 year old who wants to have an abortion but doesn't want to tell her parents, a grandpa who has a DNR order and comes in needing cpr and the family says they will sue if you don't save his life. "
"What do you think of euthanasia?"
"Do you think you're a good leader? If so, can you tell me why?"
"I have an older female arthritis patient who was taking care of her elderly mother at home and finally decided to put the mother in a nursing home. Later she came to me and said the pain she was experiencing was God punishing her for putting her mother in the nursing home?
It relates to Christianity, which is something I emphasized in my application, and therefore seemed designed especially for me, so I don't think this question would be asked to everyone. It was a very hard and unexpected question that I wish I could have thought about ahead of time instead of off the top of my head on the spot like that."
"Nothing interesting...mostly standard questions"
"Since I am older, the interviewer had my resume. She noticed that I had changed jobs every three years. She wanted to know why I thought medicine would hold my attention more than the other positions."
"There is one liver and two people who need it. What goes in to deciding who receives the organ?"
"I wasn't really asked any interesting questions. Pretty standard questions, no cool ethical questions."
"NOTHING OUT OF ORDINARY, JUST TYPICAL WHY MEDICINE? WHY CINCINNATI?"
"Not much interesting. It was a very straight forward interview; VERY straight forward."
"What clinical rotation are you least looking forward to?"
"I guess something along the lines about, "Why do you think students with engineering backgrounds tend to struggle early in medical school?" Well, not interesting, just amazing."
"What I think about the problem of doctors and narcotic abuse."
"How do your majors and interests relate to medicine?"
"What did u do that was out of the ordinary in elementary school (i.e. music, sports)"
"If you were politically, morally, or religiously opposed to abortion and one of your patients, a single, young woman, asked you to perform an abortion, what would you do?"
"if i were to go onto your campus and talk to your friends what would they say about you? your enemies?"
"not really anything interesting. probably my views on stem cell research."
"How have you handled a crisis you have been in?"
"What do you enjoy most about Cincinnati?"
"So how hot does a kiln get? (in reference to my ceramics experience)"
"Several questions about political medical ethics (Vioxx, prescription drugs from Canada, etc)."
"If you had to choose a career between being a scientist or a nurse, which would you choose (I'm and engineering major)?"
"Tell me a bit about the history of your school. (that was actually a pretty fun one to answer)"
"last book i read and what i thought about it"
"What what you do if a patient did not want to be treated by you because of the way you look or your ethnic background? "
"Could you live in Italy?"
"Why did I take the MCAT so many times?"
"If you were faced with two patients who were waiting for a liver transplant and would die the next day, one a former mayor of cincinnati whose liver was degraded by his alcoholism, the other a young HIV+ gay man whose treatments caused an allergic reaction that destroyed his liver, and you had a liver that fit both of their medical backgrounds, who would you give it to?"
"What roles, both positively & negatively, will genetics play in the future of medicine?"
"Nothing...pretty much the standard stuff."
"How have I matured as a student?"
"A child needs a blood transfusion in order to live, but the parents of the child are opposed to it for religious reasons. What do you do?"
"Why do you think the number of MD applicants have declined over the years? (more specifically, why did the MD applicant pool not increase following 911 recession?)"
"4-5 questions about motivation for medicine- when realize, what reinforced decision, elaborate on clinical exp"
"If you have two patients in need of a heart transplant one patient was the vice-president of Proctor&Gamble and the other was a 19-year old single mother and they were both going to die tommorrow. What are some factors that you would consider in deciding who would get the heart?"
"Many medical students become stressed as a result of the demands of medical school. Who, or what do you turn to in such times of high stress?"
"Why do you like music so much?"
"How would you handle a patient that was homosexual?"
"What are some of the problems involved with universal healthcare in the United States?"
"Why did you choose to get involved with the extra-curricular activities that you did?"
"I was not specifically asked a question about it, but I had a pretty cool discussion about gene therapy."
"Went straight down my application from AMCAS."
"It was a very normal conversation... It was not really a question and answer type interview.. he jsut wanted to know who i was and how the activities i have done have affected my decision to pursue a career in med."
"What was the hardest question that another school has asked you and what did you say to them?"
"were you happy with your mcat scores?"
"Wasn't so much a question, but I did have to struggle to keep a straight face as my interviewer described problems in studying human sexuality (I hope this is the only interview I ever have where the issue of bondage comes up...)"
"What kind of hard question did your other interviews ask you and how did you answer them?"
"What will people say about you at your retirement party?"
"We talked about rural medicine. I'm not sure how it came up, but I've always thought it was an interesting topic."
"What is the most difficult decision you have ever made?"
"What is your favorite book you read in school, and the favorite book you read outside of school"
"He didn't really ask any specific questions. It was more of just working through how I would handle difficult scenarios."
"To be honest, I was lucky enough to receive every possible ethical/political question there is. It was a little uncomfortable and unnerving."
"There were really no questions asked that sparked my interests and allowed for creative expression."
"If there was a test for certain diseases such as Alzheimer's, how would you deal with a patient that tested positive for such a disease and how would you yourself want to be treated in that situation?"
"Why did I choose my undergraduate school?"
"Tell me about how make difficult decisions."
"What happens when only that proline residue is mutated on this particular gene?"
"What is your opinion on the stem-cell research debate?"
"Who is the person you are most close to?"
"What do you think about the new information coming out about autism?"
"How will you finance medical school?"
"What do you think are some problems with health care today?"
"None. I was asked the typical run-of-the-mill med school interview questions. "
"none too interesting. Asked about strange courses I had taken, research, and my work-experiences."
"How would your best friend describe you if she were here, naming strengths and weaknesses?"
"What do you think will be negative about a career in medicine?"
"Parents have IVF and multiple embryo's. They are killed in a car accident and you are in charge of the still frozen embryo's, what do you do with them."
"Why did you minor in Spanish?"
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