"Describe a time when you taught someone something, and what did you gain from that experience?"
"What are some activities that you do in your free time?"
"Why do you want a career in medicine"
"Why are you pursuing medicine?"
"Based on your expressed passions, where do you envision your career in 5-10 years?"
"If a person needed a blood transfusion for a life-saving procedure but doesn't want a blood transfusion due to personal beliefs, what would you do?"
"Question about solving organ shortages"
"How do you believe the rising cost of healthcare is going to affect the delivery of healthcare in the future?"
"How would you deal with healthcare costs?"
"What would you do if a patient refused a blood transfusion due to their beliefs?"
"Please introduce yourself. Why do you want to be a physician?"
"1. Why Iowa"
"3 structured questions: why medicine, how would you treat a patient who refuses a blood transfusion based on religious beliefs, name a time you went above and beyond and what did you learn from the experience"
"tell me about yourself. why medicine?"
"Tell us why you chose a career in medicine."
"How would you lower the high costs of health care?"
"Why did you choose to become a doctor?"
"What would you do if someone refused blood transfusion for religious reasons?"
"Tell me a little something about you?"
"There are 3 structured questions. The three they asked me were: 1. Why do you want to be a doctor?
2. You are considering performing a life-saving surgery on a patient that requires a blood transfusion, but their religious beliefs do not allow this. What do you do?
3. Describe a time when you went above and beyond the call and how it impacted you.
The structured portion is awkward because the interviewers are not allowed to clarify the question--they will only re-read it. They are also not supposed to show emotion or interact with you in any way (to make sure your response is not affected by them at all). It was a little weird and felt unnatural to me."
"Why medicine? How would you solve the problem of high health care costs? If you find out that one of your classmates is addicted to drugs/alcohol, what would you do?"
"Describe a time when you needed to ask for help."
"How would you increase the number of organ donors?"
"How would you address the shortage of organ donations?"
"Why do you want to be a physician?"
"Ethical question about Jehovah Witness blood transfusion "
"Why Iowa? Why medicine?"
"Something about the cost of healthcare. "
"Very poorly worded question about telling people difficult news, I think?? "
"How do you deal with stress?"
"Tell us something about yourself."
"Why Medicine? Why do you want to be a doctor?"
"If a patient came in that needed surgery and a blood transfusion but refused what would you do?"
"How would you address the shortage of organ donors?"
"When did I show compasion to someone else?"
" Why Medicine?"
"Why do you want to be a doctor."
"What do you do for fun?"
"Describe a situation where you went above and beyond. "
"What characteristics would you want in a physician who was taking care of you or a family member of yours?"
"What makes you want to pursue medicine as a career?"
"Why did you choose a career in Medicine?"
"Tell me about yourself."
"What would you do about the current organ shortage?"
"Why do you want to pursue a career in medicine?"
"Why have you chosen a career in Medicine?"
"Tell me about your research."
"All of the questions are here on SDN
Why medicine, Drunk classmate question, what do you see being your toughest challenge, etc. "
"Why do you want a career in medicine?"
"Describe a situation in which your interpersonal skills helped accomplish a goal."
"Why medicine? What can we teach you here?"
"Where do you see yourself in 10 years?"
What do you do for fun?
What qualities do you look for in a physician?
What challenges do you think you'll face in medical school?
What has been your greatest achievement so far?
"If a patient needed a blood transfusion and didn't want one for religious reasons, what would you do?"
"What problems do you see in the current health care system and what would you do to solve them?"
"What is the most challenging experience you've had over the last 4 years?"
"Why do you want to be in medicine?"
"How will you deal with frustrations of being a doctor?"
"What makes you want to go into medicine?"
"What would you do if you knew one of your classmates were abusing drugs/alcohol?"
"The good old why medicine question."
"Experience that pushed you into becoming a physician?"
"All the questions I was asked are already up...structured portion = 4 of those questions...unstructured is just time to talk...I think I spent a little to much time on the structured...try and pace yourself oh and the knock on the door sort of through me off once we passed the 30 minute mark...grrr"
"Name a problem with the US healthcare system and discuss possible solutions."
"Why Iowa? Why Medicine? What do you do to relieve stress? "
"What qualities do you have that you feel will make you a good physician?"
"Why Medicine? The most interesting question. The most difficult question. And What would you do if a patient or a colleague had different beliefs than you?"
"What was the most influential experience of your life?"
"How do you handle working in a difficult situation with many different people?"
"Why medicine? What is one problem with the health care system and what can physicians do to change it? What qualities would make you a good physician? "
"Why do you want to go into medicine?"
""Well, you probably are expecting this one: Why do you want to be a doctor""
"These are in addition to the two I mentioned above:
"How would you help a friend that is an alcoholic?"
"Why do you want to become a physician?"
"Read any books recently?"
"See website for questions"
"(MD only): Why do you want to be a doctor?"
"Why Medicine? Why Iowa? "
"How did you decide you wanted to become a doctor? How do you handle conflict?"
"a time you showed compassion"
"Why medical school?"
"Why medicine? What skills will you bring to your entering class? What would you do if you thought a friend was abusing alcohol? Describe a time you had to use your skills to complete a task with others."
"Why did you decide to pursue medicine as a career?"
"Why do I want to enter medicine?"
"For the med half, you can look up the exact 5 questions to the med school portion online. They don't change much year to year."
"1. Why U of Iowa
2. Why Medicine
3. How would you help a friend who is addicted to alcohol?
4. Discuss a time you showed compassion
5. Discuss a time you needed help"
"Why did you choose medicine for a career?"
"Why medicine? Qualities of a good doctor. "
"Why do you want to go into medicine and why Iowa?"
"See above, plus biggest medical issue and what qualities would make you a good doctor?"
"What do you think is the biggest healthcare issue facing americans today and what should physicians do about this?"
"Why have you chosen to pursue medicine as a career? What would you do if you knew one of your classmates had a drug/alcohol problem?"
"Why do you want to be a doctor? What personal characteristics would make you a good doctor?"
"What characteristics do you possess that would make you a good physician?"
"Why do you want to practice medicine?"
"How do you handle stress?
How would you help a friend with a drug/alchohol problem?
When have you shown compassion?"
How do you handle stress?"
"What made you interested in becomming a physician?"
"Why do you want to be a doctor?"
"Why did you decide to pursue medicine?"
"Med-school is stressful, how do you plan to handle it?"
"What personal qualities do I have that prepare me for medicine?"
"Why Medicine? Why Iowa medicine? What is a big health care issue today adn how can we solve it."
"Why are you interested in medicine?"
"How do you handle stress"
"How do you handle stress?"
"What characteristic do you possess that will make you a good physician?"
"So, you mentioned earlier that you participated in cellular biology research. Tell me a little more about what you did in that experience."
"What are signs for you that you are too stressed and need to take time for yourself? (note: I was interviewed by a psychiatrist who really enjoyed talking about self care and mental health)."
"What are you most proud of accomplishing in the last 4 years?"
"Name one moment in college that either impacted you very positively or negatively. And what did you learn?
"What do you like to do for fun"
"N/A - they were all pretty straightforward, basic questions."
"The structured question about the rising cost of healthcare"
"How should the medical field battle cost issues?"
"What are your hobbies?"
"During the second half of the interview we had a more informal discussion about my aspirations to do humanitarian work as a physician and that was an interesting conversation."
"Follow up to my answer: Why do you think physician burnout is such an important issue?"
"We talked about music and why I chose my school."
"What's your favorite place to rock climb? (after talking about gap year)"
"What was the most exciting experience during your undergrad?"
"Describe one positive experience and one negative experience from you undergraduate years."
"Talked about my rabbit and why I would recommend getting a pet rabbit!"
"What qualities would I want in a physician for myself or my family members."
"What do you do to manage stress?"
"what do you do with a patient who opposes life-saving treatment due to religious reasons?"
"Thoughts on alternative medicine?"
"How would you deal with a patient who was non-compliant?"
"If you had to choose today, what specialty would you go into?"
"Follow-up questions... What would you do if you couldn't be a physician? What are your interests? Tell me about a volunteer activity you have done? What's your biggest accomplishment?"
"What would you like us to know that isn't on your application?"
"How to help combat the cost of medicine?"
"Tell me a negative aspect of your undergraduate career"
"Why do you play tennis. ( I said that I play tennis as a repose to what do you do for fun)"
"Do you think healthcare is a basic human right?"
"Can you deal with the shades of grey involved in medical decision-making (I have an engineering background)?"
"What is something you're most proud of?"
"After the three structured questions they asked me several additional questions: What do you do during your free time outside of school/medicine? What is your greatest accomplishment in the last 4 years? Tell us about yourself? Tell us about your research? How would you go about working with someone who had a very narrow opinions that contradict your beliefs? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?"
"Name a specific example of how (insert volunteer experience) changed you?"
"tell me about your research"
"1. How would you integrate your artistic background into practice?/What value does it bring?
2. You've talked a lot about your research. How will you use it in your future practice?
3. You mentioned growing up on a farm. How will that impact how you serve the community?
4. This rural doctor you shadowed - how did it affect you? How did he work in and with the community and the patient population?
5. What specific challenges might be faced in a rural setting?"
"The blood transfusion question - everything else I was asked was pretty standard."
"How did you like "X" college class and do you think the teaching methods were effective?"
"Ethical question: Someone needs a blood transfusion but it's against their religion. What do you do?"
"Conversation part of interview."
"There is a shortage of organs for transplants. What do you suggest as a solution?"
"Probably the organ donation question."
"Nothing really. I mostly expected them, but somehow forgot to practice Q3. They did ask what type of medicine I was interested in, since I want to do global medicine."
"How do you feel about alternative medicine?"
"They were all pretty standard."
"What will you do as a physician to address the problems in healthcare?"
"What was your biggest failure?"
"How do you handle stress?"
"Don't remember. "
"None were interesting. "
"How do you deal with stress?"
"none, but one of the interviewers fell asleep during the interview. The other interviewer wrote on a business card telling me he has parkinson's disease...kind of an awkward situation. "
"The healthcare system one."
"The organ donor question."
"How will you use your public health background in this job?"
"How do you plan to integrate your environmental interests into your future medical career?"
"What would you do if a patient just wouldn't listen to your advice? (prompted by discussion of smoking)"
"Specific to me (Why change in career)"
"Specific to my file."
"Describe a time when you needed help and asked for it."
"When was an example of when I've shown compashion for someone?"
"Discuss a current topic in medicine and your opinion on the physician's role in it. "
"What type of medicine would you like to practice?"
"What was my proudest moment?"
"What characteristics do you look for in a physician for yourself or your family?"
" Would you give a life saving blood transfusion to someone who didn't want it because it was against their beliefs?"
"If a colleague was abusing drugs or alcohol, what would you do? "
"What do you do for fun?"
"Propose a solution to the organ deficit problem."
"Have you ever had a family member abuse drugs or alcohol."
"What qualities would your ideal physician possess? (Pretty standard, all of the Q's were like this)"
"If you needed to give a life-saving blood transfusion, but the patient had cultural beliefs against it, what would you do?"
"How do you see technology advances changing the field of medicine? (Besides imaging...)"
"How would you solve to problem of rising health care costs in America?"
"What is your most meaningful experience?"
"Propose a solution to the deficit of organ donors."
"What accomplishment(s) are you most proud of from the last four years?"
"Nothing. It seemed like they didn't want to know anything personal about me and couldn't seem to come up with any specific or interesting things to ask me."
"How would you deal with the organ shortage ?"
"What would you look for in a physician who would be treating your family member?"
"If you had a patient that refused to follow your advice, how would you handle the situation?"
"Elaborate on your performing arts experience and how it relates to your desire for a career in medicine."
"Have you met any scientist who's amazingly bright and you genuinely admire?"
"What do you think it is going to take to close the gap between socioeconomic groups so far as healthcare is concerned? (Asked during unstructured portion)"
"If we had to sell you to the admissions committee, what else would you want them to know?"
"What about healthcare in Africa surprised you most?"
"What were the best and worst experiences of your college career?"
"What does the name Proteus mean? (I worked for a mobile health clinic, Proteus, Inc.)"
"What would you do if you found out a doctor friend of yours was a boozehound?"
"What's one way you would improve healthcare"
"There is a continuing shortage of organ donations, do you have any ideas to help the situation?"
"Health care costs are high. Suggest ways in which this could be improved."
"What made you choose a career in medicine?"
"If there were a shortage of organs, what would you suggest to increase the number of organ donors?"
"What is your great achievement so far?"
"How do you feel about the Iowa-Iowa State rivalry?"
"The structured questions were interesting in that the interviewers made no comments or real reactions other than polite smiles. I just kept talking until I was done, and then it was on to the next question."
"Describe a situation in which your interpersonal skills helped accomplish a goal. "
"What is one non-medical experience in your undergraduate career that led you to consider a career in medicine?"
"How will you prepare for the frustations of being a doctor (i.e. patients not following your advice, continuing smoking, not taking meds, etc.)?"
"If a patient needed a life-saving blood transfusion but it was against his.her religious beliefs, would you give it to him?"
"Where do you see yourself in ten years?"
"Would you give a blood transfusion to someone against thier religious beliefs?"
"What other challenges besides the past year have you experienced?"
"If you had to work with someone whose personal beliefs were vastly different than yours and it caused problems at work, what would you do?"
"They asked me to describe a situation where I showed compassion."
"How do you think you can make it through medical school while being a father/husband?"
"What would you do if you had 24 hours and could go and do anything in the world?"
"What was an example of when I went beyond the call of duty? How did this impact me?"
"What would you do if you knew a friend in medical school had a drug or alcohol problem?"
"Name medically and non-medically related books that you've read recently."
"How would you be able to interact with a person who has extremely different beliefs than you?"
"I didn't find any of the questions particularly interesting or difficult because I had seen them all before on this site."
"How would you handle a patient with different social/cultural/religious beleifs than you? "
"How will you work with a colleague/patient who has different beliefs than you do?"
"Identify a problem in Medicine and tell us what doctors can do about it?"
"What would you do if you had knew a fellow medical student had an alcohol or drug related problem?
"one advantage and one disadvantage of a small school"
"Would you take in a stray animal or child?"
"Describe a time you went above and beyond the call of duty."
"What will the hardest part of medical school be for you?"
"What would you do if someone with different religious or cultural beliefs disagreed with you?"
"Since you like water sports, what would you do in Iowa City where there are no lakes? (I previously mentioned I'm an avid windsurfer)"
"None really, because I anticipated most of the questions."
"What would you do if you knew a colleague of yours had a drinking/drug problem?"
"If a fellow medical student who was also a friend had a problem with drugs or alcohol, what would you do?"
"What would you do if medicine was not an option?"
"Which aspect of being a physician are you least looking forward to?"
"Tell about a time when you asked for help. How did you ask?"
"What would you do if one of your colleagues had a drinking problem?"
"What achievement in the last four years are you most proud of?"
"One of my responses to a question was a story about the injury of a friend and my involvement with the paramedics,etc. and the interviewer asked me how the experience affected my choice to become a physician."
"Can you help me with my research?"
"How would I handle a friend with a drinking problem?"
"I mentioned that I was interested in practicing in an underserved (rural or inner city) environment. The interviewer asked me how I felt my experiences had prepared me for that."
"How would I feel going from being one of the most popular people at your undergrad to being virtually unknown?"
"If you were in a market in Ghana and an HIV positive person collapsed beside you and was bleeding, what would you do? You have no gloves."
"Why not MD/PhD?"
"what do you do when you are wrong?"
"no surprisingly interesting q's"
"What do you like to do for fun?"
"How will you contribute to the class if admitted?"
"The interview was sooo laid back, that it was just general conversation. The hardest questions were the first 4 structured ones, and those weren't even that hard because you knew them in advance. "
"When was an instance that you went above and beyond the call of duty, and what did you learn from the experience?"
"Name a situation in which your interpersonal skills helped towards a resolution to a problem."
"How do you react to a personal conflict situation"
"The University of Iowa interviews are set up such that they ask four standard questions to all applicants. After those questions are answered (during which no feedback is given by the interviewers), a more informal conversation occurs. The most interesting question I was asked related to my experience as a substance abuse counselor, and how I managed to establish rapport with clients."
"The questions weren't surprising, they were the standard Iowa interview questions."
"What is a important health issue and what can physicians do to remedy the problem? What do you forsee as the biggest challenege you will face in medical school?"
"What kind of media do you us for painting/have you ever shown your work?"
"Describe a time when your communication skills helped you achieve a goal."
"What would I do if a friend had an alcohol/drug problem?"
"The breakfast at the director's house yielded a great many interesting conversations. That is a great time to chat up faculty about mutual personal interests."
"If you had 24 hours to do anything, with no financial constraints and the laws of physics don't apply, what would you do?"
"Why did you choose Iowa?"
"So, do you hunt and fish like all good Utah boys?"
"All of the questions are on the website and are pretty generic questions. The intersting part of the interview is after you get asked your standard questions and then you can just have a normal conversation with your interviewers. "
"How do you know when to ask for help and how do you do it?"
"If your friend, who was also in medical school, had an alcoholism problem, what would you do?"
"How do you know when to ask for help?"
"Name one current problem in health care and address various ways that physicians can help remedy it."
"What is a major problem in today's healthcare system, and what can physicians do to remedy it?"
"None were all that interesting. If I had to choose one, it would be what is a health care issue today and how can doctors remedy this issue?"
"What type of art media do you prefer to work in?"
"In your mind, what is a one of the largest health problems in the world and how, as a doctor, would you solve it?"
"What does it signify when an electrical outlet has a horizontal line across one of the outlets?"
"What do you think about alternative medicine?"
"What do you like to do in your free time?"
"Why do you want to go to Iowa?"
"What is a major health problem in America today, and what can physicians do to remedy it?"
"During the unstructured portion of the interview, I was asked what I would do if I am not admitted to medical school this year. "
"strangest question: if a fellow med student had a drug or alcohol problem, how would you help them?"
"What are some of the health care issues facing physicians today?"
"What is the name of the mechanism by which that occurs? (explaining my research)"
"None really struck me as interesting."
"What do you do to get rid of stress?"
"No interesting questions"
"What is the biggest problem facing health care today?"
"Nothing real interesting. There was a structured impersonal section followed by an open more personal conversation."
"If you found out your good friend was an alcoholic, what steps would you take to get him help"
"What have you done in your year off?"
"When was a time that you showed compassion?"
"What are your hobbies"
"If a friend of yours in medical school was displaying signs of alcoholism, how would you try to help him?"
"1.What was an instance when you showed compassion?
2.Describe a time when you had to ask for assistance."