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"Interview us before showing the 3-4 hours of presentations about financial aid, curriculum, or branch campuses. Especially over Zoom, I was pretty tired after sitting in my chair from 9am to 2pm."
"Website is not up to date as of 2014-2015 application cycle"
"Let us meet more of the administration/faculty."
"Don't scare the crap out of the OOS applicants in the last 5 minutes of the day. Try to end on a positive note."
"It was very distracting to hear other interviews through the thin walls!"
"Longer interviews, and better preparation of student panel/lunch - hard to hear students because of loud environmental noise."
"I wish there were a way to keep everyone hydrated without all the bottled water."
"Keep doing an excellent job!"
"Great interview day. Different locations would be better because you can hear the other interviewers"
"cut down on the talking at the beginning of the day"
"Searching for my interviewers in the beginning was a little chaotic."
"Everything about the day was awesome."
"Hire a good web designer. . . the SOM web page is a little sparse IMO"
"Not very on top of things with the secondary app this year, subsequently scrambling for interviews."
"Don't close at 3."
"Don't let Sean do Q&A. Have someone who cares more about what the applicants value in a school answe"
"Let me in. :)"
"Give an update about status two weeks or so after the interview. Some schools promise to inform us o"
"Should you always follow the law?"
"How do you handle stress?"
"What do you think about restricting hours in residency ?"
"What are your opinions on Obama-care?"
"What do you know about the changes to health care that are occurring?"
"What type of medicine do you want to go into?"
"What is the most important part of the doctor-patient relationship. . . ."
"Why do you want to attend UC-Denver?"
"Choose an ethical dilemma affecting medicine today or in the future. Discuss the pros and cons"
"With all your research experience, why do you NOT want to do an MD/PhD?"
"What do you think will be the most difficult/frustrating part of being a doctor?"
"Why did you choose to discuss your particular topics in your personal statement?"
"How do you feel about U.S. healthcare, and where do you think it will be in 8 years when you start practicing?"
"Tell me about your medical experiences?"
"Hypothetical question about a patient who was terminal but whose mother wanted doctors to do everything possible because she believed in a spiritual healing by way of medical interventions."
"Why do you want to become a doctor?"
"Do you think it is ok to use mice for research purposes? What about dogs? What about monkeys? What about humans? Why don't we just experiment on the prison population? (I work in a lab that uses animals)."
"Questions specific to my Colorado secondary essay."
"If you don't get in this year, what will you do next year?"
"tell me what you consider you biggest strength; what do u consider your biggest weakness"
"What is your greatest strength and your greatest weakness?"
"Explain a situation where you felt out of your comfort zone, and how did you deal with it."
"Why do you want to be a physician?"
"Obviously you've prepared to be asked about an ethics situation - tell me about an ethical situation you might encounter in medicine."
"Pick an ethical dilemma you have faced at work and explain both sides of the argument to me."
"How do you feel about the current health care climate? Then, What solutions do you propose?"
"Tell me about your course of studies/activities since high school?"
"How did you like [undergraduate institution]?"
"Describe yourself starting from high school"
"What would you like me to tell the adcom on your behalf?"
"Specific questions about my experiences/volunteering"
"What do you think about stem cell research and stem cell therapy?"
"What would you do to solve the healthcare problem?"
"tell me about a medical ethics question, excluding (examples given of most common 4-5 medical ethics questions). followup to this - now if you were in this situation as a physician (related to my example) how would you approach it?"
"If I brought my father in and he was basically non-verbal and dying and I asked you to do something to make the process quicker and painless, what would you do? (the interviewer was a lawyer)"
"Tell me an ethical situation in medicine"
"About my internship and other health-related experiences."
"Talk about the ethical dilemma of stem cells."
"Name an ethical issue in medicine and describe how you would handle it."
"Besides that experience which you did for like 2 months, what else did you do? what else? She repeated this making my accomplishments seem insignificant."
"What will you do if you don't get in?"
"Tell me about your research? (shocker)"
"How would you handle a patient who came in to your practice with research they'd found on the internet?"
"Last book read. "
"What other schools did you apply to/have interviews at?"
"what was the last book you read?"
"Tell me how you got here. "
"What specific things would you do to develop a relationship with patients and efficiently maximize your time with them?"
"What would you do to fix the US medical system?"
"an uninsured patient needs life-saving procedures. can you think of any creative ways or resources to help the patient pay?"
"What do you think about Stem Cell Research? What do you think about Euthanasia?"
"What is an interesting ethical dilema?"
"Explain how you got to this point"
"What country's health care system is most functional/moving toward the correct path?"
"How did you end up here at UCHSC, interviewing for medical school?"
"tell me about your research"
"I was asked to expand upon several statements in my AMCAS essay."
"what do you think about euthanasia"
"What will be a major area that will affect the practice of medicine in the 21st century?"
"What specialty of medicine are you drawn to?"
"Tell me about yourself and how you became interested in medicine."
"Explain your research as if I (the interviewer) didn't know anything about medicine."
"What is the best thing that has happened to you (and how has this helped you)?"
"If a patient wanted you to prescribe a medication that you didn't think was indicated, what would you do?"
"As a physician would you consider assisted suicide for your patients? (The question was a lot more case specific than this)"
"What athletics are you involoved in? (this one was asked three or four times by one of my interviewers and the answer didn't change:NONE!)"
"Have you ever failed?"
"How would you fix our medical system?"
"What would you do if you saw someone rustling through papers while taking a test (they have an honor code system, so you can take your tests anywhere)?"
"My background as a fine arts major"
"What do you want me to tell the committee I am about to meet? "
"Why do you want to go into medicine?"
"Define critical thinking and how do you know when it is happening?"
"Take me through your experiences leading you to pursue a career in medicine."
"Why do you want to be a doctor?"
"What will you contribute to your class?"
"Why are you interested in medicine?
"Explain ethical issues that you are aware of."
"Discuss an ethical issue- your choice"
"Have you ever had to teach yourself anything?"
"Tell me about your research."
"What are your top three schools that you applied to and why did you choose them?"
"Tell me about your family."
"What do you think is the most important issue facing health care in the US?"
"How would you improve the American medical system? What do you think will happen with health insurance?"
"interesting questions that provoked some organization and thought"
"Last book I read"
"Do you know anything about bioethics? Pick an issue and discuss it."
"What do you do in your free time?"
"Nothing unusual, except a detailed explanation of the type of rural town that I would like to live and practice in."
"What is one ethical situation that you might encounter in your career that you would like to talk about?"
"What do you know about socialized medicine? What are some possible ways in solving the current financial crisis in healthcare?"
"You are a pediatrician with a patient who is 24 weeks pregnant and beginning labor that you will most likely not be able to curtail. The child has a high likelihood of being born with cognitive and developmental problems. How do you counsel your patient?"
"Do you know anything about embryonic stem cells? Good, then you should be able to tell me both sides of the debate."
"Tell me about Monument (my home town in Colorado)?"
"Tell me about yourself and your family in 3 minutes"
"Why do you want to be a physician."
"What are two things you would change about our health care system?"
"What is C++ programming? Tell me what it is... (this had been briefly mentioned in my AMCAS application....I wasn't expecting this question)"
"Why do you want to practice rural medicine?"
"Tell us about your strengths and weaknesses. I skipped strength and went straight to weakness. I figure the best strength a person can have is to understand his or her own shortcomings and to be able to communicate them. So maybe I faked a move toward weakness and demonstrated strength."
"Tell me about yourself."
"What are the worst and best things that have ever happened to you?"
"What have you read recently?"
"What is the latest book you read?"
"Choose an ethical situation and discuss it."
"Why MD instead of DO?"
"What do you think is the most pressing issue in medicine today? How would you solve this?"
"Have you done much reading lately? What kind?"
"Tell me about why you want to be a doctor."
"Describe a difficult moment in your life and how you overcame it. "
"What are your strengths/weaknesses?
What is the best/worst thing that's ever happened to you?
These are harder than you think -- definitely put some thought into them, esp. your weaknesses -- try to put a positive spin on them"
"Tell me about your past experiences."
"euthanasia vs. physician-assisted suicide; legality of both in Colorado, how I would respond in specific situations"
"What do you like about art? What kind of music do you like? Why did OU get spanked by LSU in the National Championship?"
"What are the last few books you have read?"
"What are your strengths and weaknesses?"
"What is the worst thing that happened to you? Why?"
"What are some problems facing healthcare today?"
"What are the problems that concern you most in the field of medicine? What are your biggest ethical concerns?"
"tell me about the research you did this summer"
"What is a major problem in the US healthcare system? Why?"
"What is the biggest prob in healthcare and how would you fix it?
"How does smallpox and plague cause disease? (I am a biodefense researcher)"
"What did I get out of specific experiences I had written about in my essays."
"If a 16 year old girl came into your office and asked you for birth control pills would you give them to her and would you tell her parents."
"You're dead and witnessing your own funeral. What are people saying about you?"
"80 year-old patient asks you to put him on the heart transplant list, he is on medicair, as well. What do you do?"
"Tell me your story"
"What books have you read recently? "
"Tell me about your travels."
"What is the best thing that has ever happened to you?"
"Have you read any interesting books or seen any interesting movies in the last year?"
"A woman with a family history of breast cancer wants her employer to pay for genetic testing to determine if she has the defective gene. What do you think should be done?"
"What do you think is the number one problem with health care in the US?"
"How would you explain how environmental and public health policy are related?"
"Specific questions relating to my research. "
"Tell me what a triplet codon does and how proteins are formed."
"How do you find balance in your life?"
"Describe signigicant medical experiences that may not have been detailed in the AMCAS application (interviewers only have access to the essay and secondary experiences from the AMCAS)."
"When you die in 70-80 years, what will your friends say about you at your eulogy?"
"What do you do in your spare time?"
"Why do you want to attend the University of Colorado?"
"What is the best patient-care experience you've had? "
"What is the best thing that has happened to you?"
"Do you think that people who believe people with AIDS are being punished by God are fanatics and are crazy?"
"How do you define perseverance?"
"How do you feel about healthcare reform? (cue ethics discussion)"
"What characteristic/experience do you posses that would be an asset to the incoming class"
"Why are some people against first world doctors providing temporary aid in third world countries? (ethics question)"
"If I were King of America what would I do. . ."
"What challenge do you foresee in medical school?"
"If you could say something to last year's admissions committee, what would you tell them? (reapplicant)"
"What books are you reading?"
"Most were pretty standard, but the interviewers were SO laid back it was hard to judge their thoughts... Seemed to care a lot about what I do outside of school/work."
"How do you feel about medical marijuana?"
"Do you consider yourself a philosopher?"
"What was one project you worked on that you are particularly proud of?"
"How do you reconcile the fact that some doctors are being paid huge sums of money while the hippocratic oath states that treatment should be free?"
"How has my time as a coach translated into my desire to be a doctor?"
"How do you deal with criticism/questioning of your professional judgement?"
"I was asked to talk about specific issues in the research I'd done."
"open ended what do u think about health care reform, what ideas do you have."
"Are you going to have any more kids?"
"If you had an extra year to pursue you own endevors, what would you do?"
"So you have seen the great medical capabilities of the CU campus and also have some experience in rural medicine. How would you bridge the gap between the urban and rural medical environments?"
"Say you have a couple walk in, and the woman is pregnant. They are not married, and tell you that they do not want an abortion. The mother is addicted to crack/cocaine and refuses to give it up. What would you do? Would you recommend abortion at all?"
"If you knew your best friend in medical school cheated on a test, and they would get kicked out if caught, what would you do?"
"Tell me about your family?"
"What do you plan to do with public health?"
"A patient comes in with calf pain, you do a work-up on them which is negative a send them home. The next day the die. It turns out they had a DVT and then a PE. How would you deal with the patient's family and how would you proceed?"
"A discussion we had on the best way to execute global health projects"
"Tell me about your view on global warming"
"What are some limits to quality health care in underrepresented patient populations on an international level? "
"Medicine is both a a science and an art - explain what that statement means to you."
"What is the difference between someone with a PhD and an MD? I thought kind of obvious...but wasn't sure if interviewer was looking for something in particular?"
"what about going into medicine scares you?"
"Tell me in Spanish how you came to the decision to pursue medicine."
"Is there anything you wished I would have asked? (knowing that you would have to answer it of course)"
"Why don't they include growth factors in injectable stem cell therapies? One other question specific to my research."
"''Would you say that our healthcare system is relatively on task with the complications of such a complicated issue or does the thought of US healthcare make you sick?''"
"what did i learn from being a patient? (i had back surgery when i was 20)"
"How do you think the increasing cultural diversity is affecting medicine in America?"
"Do you understand how much work this is?"
"What do you think about alternative medicine?"
"what was the last book I read that was not science related"
"What is the difference between morals, beliefs, and attitudes, and which is more malleable?"
"What did you have for breakfast?"
"15 yr old girl is pregnant, doesn't want parents to know, what do you do?"
"It's all a blur, but the questions mostly followed from my resume and statements. Nothing surprising."
"some very specific and personal questions about my essays."
"If you were walking down the street, doing your thing, what song would be playing that would represent you?"
"What is an interesting ethical dilema you encountered in your internship?"
"What had I done to evaluate the negatives of a career in medicine"
"The number of male applicants to medical school is declining while the number of female applicants is increasing. In 10-15 years, what will be the implications of this?"
"Are you comfortable?"
"what is the best/worst thing your closest friend would say about you?"
"I was given three different terms (diligence, empathy, and honesty) and asked to choose the one I thought was most important to the practice of medicine and explain why it was. "
"Describe the interaction between spirituality and healing."
"As an older student I was basically solicited to tell the story of my convoluted path to medicine, with occasional very specific questions where apropo to my research, and concerning medical ethics (euthanasia) and health care systems (uninsured) "
"How living overseas will affect my practice of medicine."
"What does the Colorado motorcycle community feel about mandatory helmet laws and Colorado's lack thereof? (I put on my AMCAS that I ride a motorcycle.)"
"Pick a health care ethics topic and explain your point of view. "
"What kind of role should the government play in ethical issues? (specifically in the context of really expensive palliative or Terri Schiavo-type care)"
"What are your views on alternative medicine?"
"Who was the weirdest patient you've treated?"
"What has the volunteer work that you have done taught you about medicine?"
"Describe a time you had to be really flexible"
"If you had a patient that wanted to use herbs or alternative medicine, would you support him/her?"
"In what stage of grief are you over your grandmother's death?"
"just personal questions, i seemed to have a lot in common with one of the interviewers"
"What do you find will be the most pressing issue in health care (your standard policy/ethics question depending on how you want to play it)"
"Define integrity and tell me of a time when yours was challenged and what you did in return."
"What do I think about stem cell research?"
"Who is your role model?"
"What types of patients do you think you may have problems dealing with?"
"What should I look for in a medical student?"
"Do you where sunscreen?"
"Tell me about the most challenging event/situation in your life."
"Are you more like your mom or your dad and why"
"Is there any question you were specifically worried about coming into the interview?"
"Questions about resource allocation, medical insurance, and the US healthcare system. "
"Who are you most like in your family?"
"Describe an ethical issue in medicine that you might be faced with as a physician."
"I was asked if I knew a particular symphony by a composer who I had taken a class about."
"Support and then defend universal health care in the U.S."
"Talk about some ethical issues facing medicine."
"Questions were all VERY general"
"How would you handle a patient who has termnial cancer and wants to die?"
"i was asked some pretty obscure questions relating to my non-science degree that aimed (I'm thinking) to see how well i thought on my feet and could articulate on short notice"
"None. Straight forward questions about myself and experiences"
"Tell me about the situation between China and Taiwan (my parents are from Taiwan, and I mentioned that I had recently visited the country). "
"What's your biggest intellectual challenge?"
"What would your friends say about you?
Would you participate in Doctor Assisted Suicide? "
"What size of town do you envision yourself practicing in?"
"If I had your husband here, what would he tell me about you?"
"As a woman, how will you handle the pressures of family life and being a physician if you were to get married? This was somewhat difficult since I am not planning to get married any time soon."
"How did my experience working in an orthopaedic oncology clinic influence the way I would treat my patients/the role I would take on as a doctor?"
"How do I deal with stress and what kind of support system do I have?"
"What are qualities that would be bad for a doctor to have? Do you have any of them?"
"Have you ever made a decision that appeared correct at the time, but now you realize was the wrong decision? "
"A question about the ethical issues surrounding physician-assisted suicide."
"Had I ever experienced reverse culture shock after any of my travels?"
"You are a physician....a 16 year-old girl comes in and is worried that she is pregnant. How do you handle the situation?"
"Do you think doctors make enough money?"
"Have you taught yourself a skill on your own?"
"What makes people come to you for help/leadership?"
"Do you have any experiences with people from other cultures of ethnicities?"
"What are some books or movies over the past year that have significantly affected your life?"
"Do you believe in the legalization of marijuna?"
"How do you think doctors are perceived by society?"
"Would you consider being a teacher for the next 30 years?"
"How I thought the influx of women into this profession was going to change the field."
"If you were the director of WHO and had an unlimited budget what one health issue would you address?"
""Explain how your tutoring experience will assist you when you become a Physician?""
"What do you think about the high cost of medical education and its influence on what type of medicine doctors practice?"
"Tell me your favorite story about your swimming career."
"If you were an interviewer, how would you determine a student's integrity from a short interview?"
"Do you know who invented calculus?"
"What would you change, if anything, in your application?"
"How much money do you think a doctor should make?"
"What's the most interesting case you've witnessed? (I work in an ob/gyn's office)"
"Tell us more about your self. Very little was said about me as a person."
"How will you help patients to improve their long-term health? (based on my AMCAS essay; testing to see whether I had a realistic perspective on how much the physician can do vs. what the patient needs to do)"
"Tell me what you learned while living in Argentina for two years."
"How have your experiences gotten you to this point?"
"If you were a doctor treating somebody in a life- threatening situation and the family members came by and asked you to stop treatment, what would you do?"
"If our positions were changed, what would you want to know about me as a med school applicant?"
"Nothing that was truly interesting or unexpected. Questions about my activities for the past year (how I am different from last year), What other career I may choose if medicine was not an option, and the standrad ethical questions."
"Is there a time in your life you would not like to relive?"
"What will you do to contribute to your community outside of the practice of medicine?"
"What books have you read lately?"
"How would you get a Hispanic male without medical insurance treatment for his failing kidney? "
"Tell me why you like Native American art history as opposed to western? (I'm an art history minor)"
"What do you do to help relieve stress? "
"Nothing that out of the blue...I guess the best and worst/hardest thing I had to go through in my life"
"If two people needed a liver transplant (Mickey Mantle and a homeless person) who should be given the liver and why."
"I quoted from the book "On Doctoring" the interviewer wanted to know where I got the quote and what I knew about the author. "
"Do you think the Suzuki method or a simple method based on music theory is more useful for teaching guitar (I tutor guitar students)?"
"What do you think will limit you as a physician?"
"What is your favorite book?"
"If you had a crystal ball, what would you see in the future for you and medicine?"
"How would you fix the current health care system? I answered, and then we talked about the answer for about thirty minutes. The interviewer was involved in introducing legislation to change health care coverage systems, and was very interesting. "
"Would you perform a physician assisted suicide if the patient was in extreme pain and begged you for mercy to let them die?"
"Tell me about a lecture that motivated you."
"What was the best experience of your life? Worst experience?
"My most interesting questions were about string theory and the characteristics of a 10 or 26 dimension universe."
"Tell me everything that has taken place in your life to get you in this chair at this moment."
"what do you think is the biggest problem facing America's youth? (this was NOT in context to any discussion we were having)"
"NO real difficult questions."
"None, the interviews were mostly a review of my application. "
"As chief of operations for a major hospital, you must decide which of two patients receives a heart for transplant; either a 65 year old philanthropist who is a pillar of the community, or a 15 year old gangbanger with a history of drug abuse."
"If you could tell me one thing about Polynesian herbal medicine, what would it be?"
"Basically: "How do you feel about genetic testing?""
"If the four-year medical students were to put on a skit roasting their fellow students, including you, which of your traits would be mocked?"
"Do you know the history behind St. Crispin's Day? (WHAT?!?) But he didn't care that I didn't know it and proceeded to tell me for TEN minutes!"
"How would you tell a Vietnamese family who speaks little english that their newborn son may have down syndrome?"
"Nothing really out there. Mostly standard questions"
"How do you think health care got where it is today?"
"What do you think of the current Mid-East crisis?"
"Did I know Samuel Johnson's definition of "oats?""
""Do you think AIDS was put here to punish gays?""
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