How did the interview impress you?
What was the stress level of the interview?
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How you think you did?
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Select Questions & Recent Responses
"Hand out name tags"
"Keep being amazing individuals!!"
"Make sure to accommodate peoples dietary restrictions, especially if you ask about it. Otherwise just specify that accommodations won't be made and people can make their own adjustments."
"Directions to the conference room were not good. Directions to the interviews were very specific, but let applicants know they will be outside."
"The application status page looks archaic"
"Using anything more immediate than physical mail for decisions would do wonders to relieve anxieties of all applicants."
"Change the system for signing up for an interview date... it's very inconvenient to have to check online for dates that are open and then call in the office to schedule. The website in general is very awkward and hard to figure out. Also, the Chicago spots fill up quickly and they won't give more dates until the other campus interviews fill up. Makes it kind of awkward for OOS who need to interview in Chicago."
"Nothing, great experience, really laidback, got to meet a lot of people."
"Send final decisions through email (and regular mail if accepted)"
"I found the website to be very difficult to navigate. It seems like there is a lot of very good information on the site, but I had to go through multiple pages to find what I was looking for."
"There needs to be an explanation of status changes on the status website. If it wasn't for SDN, I wouldn't have known to call in to schedule an interview when the grid shows up. Also, please make the Dean come on time to his presentation!"
"Without SDN, I would have had no idea how the whole status update thing works..."
"Allow students to know who is interviewing them before hand."
"Status check website is quite mysterious and steps should be taken to make it less cryptic."
"When offered an interview at the school you need to call in to set up the interview date. The person on the phone was really rude, and I was very unsure where online I could find the dates for the interviews that were being offered. I had to call in twice to get all the date written down and the locations the interviews would be. The person on the phone was quite rude, and very unhelpful.
Also, they did not send me a confirmation email till almost a week after my scheduling of the date (4 days before the interview!). The email was very vague about what the day would be like, and what time the day would end, which makes it very challenging for those coming out of town. Basically, since my interview was in the afternoon (11:30 am slot), the day was:
11:30-12:15 Dean of school describes school
!2:30-1:30 Lunch with med students
1:30-2 tour of campus
2-4:30 3 separate interviews"
"Allow applicants to set up interviews online and inform applicants of their status electronically"
"Email applicants in regards to completion status and interview invites. I would have not known about"
"Allow students to reschedule! The lady I talked to was sooo rude."
"Find better interviewers! One of my interviewers suggested that I should not come to the school beca"
"Make sure that your interviewers are prepared for interview day. I am definitely understanding thoug"
"Update the website. Go paperless in applications."
"Send mail to preferred address on the AMCAS application instead of the permanent address."
"UIC has, by far, one of the friendliest admissions staff I have dealt with."
"Revamp status page so that it is more user friendly and informative."
"I was never contacted by anyone to tell me that I had an interview. This actually happened two years"
"The staff in admissions was very nice and helpful, no complaints."
"One of my interviewers seemed indifferent on getting to know me. I was happy that he would allow me"
"Very friendly overall."
"Do a ''welcome'' at the beginning - it just promotes a higher level of feeling comfortable."
"Staff more people."
"Abandon the panel interview in favor of two individual interviews."
"What is the difference between empathy and compassion?"
"What are some qualities of a good physician?"
"Why medicine/What led you here?"
"How would you want others to describe you?"
"How would you be an advocate for a patient?"
"What do you think would happen to the Affordable Care Act now? ( talked a lot about Obamacare)"
"Tell me something interesting about yourself that can't be found in your essays (all 3 asked me this)"
"have you done any clinical research"
"Why don't you want to be an engineer? (My dad's an engineer)"
"Why do you want to be a doctor? Why Illinois? Why Chicago?"
"Why should I save a spot for you at UIC? Are you going to come here?"
"So I see you're a musician, what do you love about music?"
"Same ethic questions that other people have mentioned"
"What are your thoughts on defensive medicine?"
"Why the low GPA? Tell me about your most significant research experience (very detailed here, talked for half the time about it). Why medicine and not just PhD (I have a lot of research)? Tell me more about your clinical experience."
"Interview 1: If you sent a patient to multiple specialists but they could not reach a consensus, what would you do? What is your opinion about government mandated HPV vaccinations for elementray school children? How would you demonstrate cultural competence as a physician? (Jokingly) If you were a kitchen appliance, what would you be and why? Most questions came from a script."
"Do you know any Indian people? If you had a day off from school or work what would you do? Will you continue to do the extracurriculars or things you did in college at UIC? Will you continue to do research at UIC?"
"What would you do if parents of a patient refused treatment for their child's club foot because the club foot was a blessing in their culture and treatment would bring shame to the family"
"What does patient advocacy mean to you?"
"why medicine & not grad school? (i have a lot of research experience)"
"What do you think about health care reform?"
"Why UIC? Why do you want to be a doctor? (Actually, all three asked me this.)"
"What was the best and worst part of (one of my particular clinical experiences)?"
"How would you like your patients to describe you?"
"What do you think professionalism means?"
"Describe a hardship of yours."
"tell me about yourself"
"Discuss a time when you were faced with an ethical dilemma."
"Why UIC/Chicago? (I am OOS)"
"What is one attribute that you find most important in a physician?"
"What do you think are some issues in health care? What are your weaknesses? What would you do if a female patient only wanted a female physician, but you were an administrator at a clinic (I'm female) with no clinical privileges & the clinic was full of all male physicians? "
"Interviewer 1 (MD) : Why Medicine. Why UIC. What do you think of Pres. Obama's healthcare plan. From here on it became a rather one-sided lecture on the benefits of the public option. (I felt like I blew the interview because of the lecture-like nature of the "interview" - it didn't help that this was my very first med school interview)."
"Faculty: Tell me about yourself. Why UIC? Name some of your strengths and weakness. How would your best friend/parents describe you? What are the top 3 problems facing physicians? Ethical question about an uninsured patient who requests that you pretend he is his brother who has insurance who needs emergency procedure. What would you do if you couldn't be a physician? How do you handle stress?"
"Why UIC? (I'm OOS)"
"What interests you about medicine?
Do you have any questions for me?"
"Why medicine? where do you see yourself in 5/10/15 years?"
"Why medicine? Tell me about x,y,z activity."
"Had a medical student interview me. Very relaxed. What is your favorite movie and book?"
"Tell me about yourself. Hypothetical situation about abortion/parental notification. Hypothetical situation about giving a patient the wrong medication but there is no adverse effect - what would you do?"
"Where do you see yourself in 5/10/15 years?"
"How has your view of the medical profession changed since you were a child?"
"Why do you want to be a doctor? What is the most important scientific innovation made in the last 10 years? If a patient was going to die in two months no matter the treatment given what would you do? Why UIC?"
"Interviewer 1: Why do you do research? What makes you want to volunteer? What do you think the biggest issue is in healthcare right now? What specialty do you want to pursue? As a doctor how would you help the uninsured population? (just you) What made you want to become a doctor? Tell me about some medical innovations that have been significant recently."
"Interview 1: (Basic questions) Why Medicine? Why UIC? Where would you travel and why?"
"How would you deal with a stressful situation?"
"Why UIC? Do you know what Socialized Medicine is? Tell me about your volunteer experiences. Can you speak Gujurati?( this question, and other questions were asked about my secondary application)"
"Describe a typical day in your life 15 or 20 years from now."
"tell me about yourself, your family and your life in general up to this point. "
"Tell me about yourself. What are your strengths and weaknesses?"
"Why UIC? Why medicine?"
"MD, faculty: Have you considered other professions? Tell me about your life. Are there other MDs in your family? Why medicine? Tell me about a time when your integrity was questioned."
"What specialty are you interested in?"
"What are your strengths/weaknesses? How would your friends describe you? If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? What problems do you think physicians (as a group) encounter? What are the most important issues in this election for you personally?"
"How did you prepare for the rigors of med school/what do you do for stress?"
"If you were a medical student and you made a mistake no one would find out about, would you tell someone the next day?"
"Who is your hero?
Why do you want to be doctor?"
"See two above"
"Why medicine? Why UIC? "
"What do you think about socialized medicine? "
"How do you cope with stress?"
"How would you solve the healthcare crisis?"
"Tell me about yourself (which progressed into health policy)."
"What's wrong with healthcare, what are some issues facing healthcare"
"Would you come to UIC if the Urban Health Program wasn't here? (I told my interviewer that it was a big draw for me.)"
"What are some problems in medicine?"
"Why UIC? Describe yourself"
"How do I manage stress and frustrations"
"Future problem in medicine?"
"Future of medicine."
"What do you feel are some major issues regarding public health in the future?"
"Three most recent advances in medicine."
"Tell us a little bit about yourself."
"2 of the interviews were pretty pointless...no good questions...the 3rd was great...they two students asked the normal questions about stress and dealing with failure"
"What are you looking for in a school?"
"this was a while ago... i don't really remember..."
"tell me about your research"
"What area of practice do you want to enter?"
"The U.S. healthcare and how do you plan to fix it?"
"why and MD/JD?"
"''How and why would you persuade (a) an obese stranger with no scientific knowledge and (b) a fellow classmate in college to take a biochemistry class?''"
"What do you do when you aren't studying, thinking about being a doctor?"
"What's wrong with our healthcare system?"
"Tell me about your research."
"See interesting question"
"What is wrong with the US health care system? What can be done about it?"
"See above for examples"
"Describe a significant experience which led you toward the medical career. "
"What is angina? How do you treat it? Can you tell me the physiology of how the medication works? (Don't worry, they probably asked me that because I work at a cardiology clinic)"
"Describe various health care systems in the world. What is wrong with American health care?"
"Why do you want to be in an MD/PhD program?"
"Be sure to have some questions==you see three people and they all say : do you have any questions for me?"
"how well do you handle stress?"
"Of all the medical schools you've applied to, where does UIC rank?"
"Tell me about how you decided on medicine. "
"Tell me about yourself?"
"Why do you want to become a doctor"
"Why a doctor and not something else in the medical field (RN, public health, etc)?"
"What motivated you to volunteer in so many different places?"
"Discuss the 3 major healthcare systems (was kind of vague in his approach didn't know what he was looking for at first, but in case anyone cares, looking for US, England, and Canada)."
"Why medicine instead of another career that emphasizes contribution to society?
(Asked by student interviewer)"
"Why do you want to become a Dr.?"
"why the university of illinois?"
"What do you like to do in your free time? Hobbies."
"What is your opinion of the state of healthcare in the US?"
"What is your opinion of health care in the US?
"Do you do research? Explain it."
"what is one big problem facing medicine today?"
"Explain your research."
"How would you fix healthcare?"
"What is a weakness you have?"
"Lots of questions specific to what I'd written in my essays- the only thing they have to look at during the interview is your essays."
"Tell me what you do for fun."
"What do you like to do in your free time or to relieve stress?"
"Tell me about yourself and why you want to go into medicine."
"What kind of doctor do you want to be?"
"tell me about research."
"What is something about you that is not in your file that you'd like me to know?"
"Why University of Illinois?"
"What kind of research do you do?"
"What are you passionate about? How has this affected your desire to become a doctor?"
"Tell me about yourself?
"Considering that your parents are both doctors, what do they think about you doing rural health?"
"what qualities should a physician have? (they jumped rigtht into my application, didn't ask "Tell me about yourself" or anything)"
"How did growing up on a farm shape your outlook on life and contribute to your interest in medicine?"
"Describe your research. (may want to bring a blank sheet of paper and a functioning pen--the guy asked me to draw out diagrams)"
"Besides patient care, what other responsibilities should doctors assume?"
"What are your thoughts on the U.S. healthcare system?"
"Describe a situation where your integrity was challenged?"
"would you really consider coming here? (i attend an ivy league school)"
"What kind of medicine do you want to practice?"
"why do you want to be a doctor"
"Do you read a newspaper? What artistic talents do you have? "
"If you caught a student cheating, what would you do?"
"What academic obstacle have you overcome?"
"In your essay, you talk about compassionate medicine. What does it mean to be a compassionate physician? How will you go about doing this?"
"Your (undergraduate) school is very prestigous in medicine, why do you want to come to UIC?"
"Why medicine? The interviewers only had the AMCAS personal statement. They did not have the MCAT scores either. So 2 of the 3 interviewers had some follow up questions on my personal statement."
"Why did you go to your undergradute college?"
"How would your friends describe you?"
"Why Do yo want to go to UIC"
"questions regarding my personal statement, which is all they had."
"how did your interest in birds come about? from personal statement."
"best and worse trait about you"
"where do you see yourself 10-15 years down the road?"
"Why medical school now? (I'm a nontraditional applicant)"
"why do you want to go into medicine"
"Problems in health care
"Why should UIC pick you. "
"What is a problem in medicine that you see?"
"Why are you here, why do you want to be a doctor?"
"Do you support to War in IRAQ? (Pick Yes or no)
"What made you want to become a physician?"
"Tell us a bit about yourself. Then various questions about attending boarding school and majoring in the humanities in college."
"Did you ever consider the field of informatics; it is a burgeoning field in medicine ( I have a background in computers)? "
"How do you plan to finance your medical education?"
"What do you do in your free time?"
"We don't expect you to offer solutions, but what are some current issues in health care that concern you?"
"how has my integrity been tested"
"Talk about a time where you thought you might not succeed, and how you dealt with that."
"Why UIC? What do you do for fun? How many books do you read a year? Would you treat an uninsured child in your clinic if you knew his family could not pay?"
"tell us about yourself"
"Why medicine and not social work or something similar?"
"Why do you want to be involved in the field of medicine?"
"With all the quality medical schools in Chicago, why would you choose UIC?"
"List 3 words that describe you and elaborate on one of them."
"Personal strengths and weaknesses?"
"Why do you want to be a doctor? Why UIC"
"Tell me about yourself."
"Tell me about your volunteer work."
"How will AIDS affect us and why should we do something about it?"
"Who or what have been the greatest influences on your decision to practice medicine?"
"What's your favorite movie?"
"How do you handle stress?"
"What qualities make a good physician?"
"What personal characteristics might hinder your success as a physician"
"How do you de-stress?"
"Why did you choose your college?
"Tell me about something not in your personal statement."
"Lots of Questions about my personal statement."
"Tell us about yourself."
"How do your relieve your stress?"
"Why do you want to be a doctor?"
"What qualities do you have that would make you a good doctor?"
"Where do you see yourself in 10 years?"
"Lots of questions about the personal statement"
"Why UIC? (Be prepared for this one)"
"What are your hobbies?"
"what are your pet peeves?"
"Was your decision to pursue medicine a lightbulb moment?"
"Tell us about yourself? "
"Why do you want to come to this medical school (UIC)? "
"Getting a PhD requires a lot of time in the lab, do you think you can put in the time?"
"How do you relax?"
"An ethical scenario about how to respond to a physician being upset with you."
"What question do you want to be asked?"
"How have you dealt with a stressful situation"
"A lot of a physician's life has to do with mentorship. Teach me how to do something."
"A lot of ethical questions, but they chose from a list"
"What is your favorite fairy tale? And why?"
"what will you do if you get into medical school and you find yourself failing the first year"
"What about the money?"
"Just regular questions. Nothing was really special"
"What do you like about Chicago/what have you seen in the city (b/c I had visited previously)?"
"If you knew a colleague was abusing drugs, what would you do?"
"What does translational research mean to you?"
"If you were a kitchen appliance, what would you be and why?"
"What kind of car do you drive? Did you buy it? Was it new or used when you bought it? How does it drive/ How do you drive on the highway?"
"If medications A and B were available, with A being the most effective and expensive, what would you do if your patient couldnt afford medication A?"
"What is one of your weaknesses?"
"do you want to go into medicine because of your parents? (parents are docs)"
"If a person wanted a physician of a specific gender that was not available in that field at the time, what would you do?"
"What qualities do you want your patients to see in you as a physician?"
"(I'm a double major) How do you feel your academic pursuits outside of science will help you academically in the future?"
"How would you deal with a difficult roomate"
"Do you think healthcare bill would be a success? (Note: My interview was just one day after health care bill was passed)"
"In light of the recent health care legislation, what would you do as a doctor to improve the health of the 400-500 (as opposed to improving the health of millions) patients that you treat?"
"What is your emotional intelligence? (do you have realistic expectations for yourself and others?)"
"What would you do if you saw a classmate make a nonessential mistake"
"So why is HIV such a problem in Africa? (This was asked since we were talking about my NGO work in East Africa.)
What do you think about healthcare? (About which he meant: healthcare reform.)"
"What would you do if there were no need of doctors in the world? "
"Interviewer 3 : Recent Advancements in medicine."
"Ethical question about uninsured paient"
"How will you pay for medical school?"
"What is your favorite subject?"
"Nothing really unexpected/interesting..."
"If your best friend was here and you were not, what will he or she say about you?"
"Tell me about your best friend. "
"A lot of questions about my activities, hobbies and life experiences. Everything was conversational and relaxed."
"Would you attend a different campus? (UIC has multiple campuses for 2-4 yrs)"
"When have you felt like you actually helped somebody?"
"What does professionalism mean?"
"What is the most difficult problem you ever had to solve in school?
Note: I am an engineering major, so this question is specific to one of my secondary responses. "
"If a patient was going to die in two months no matter the treatment given what would you do?"
"As a doctor how would you help the uninsured population, singlehandedly?"
"Our medical school class is big, how would you handle that?"
"Tell us about yourself (they said I could say whatever I wanted, so I started with where and how I grew up and ended with hobbies and my college experience)"
"Do you think that Quantum Mechanics and Biochemistry can be combined into a single study?"
"If you were queen of the country and you could do anything you want, how would you improve the health care system without raising taxes?"
"where do you see yourself in 15 years ? give hour by hour details. "
"Nothing. I felt like everything was pretty standard."
"How would you like your patient's to describe you?"
"Tell me about a time when your integrity was challenged."
"Why do you like solving problems?"
"why are there still disparities in healthcare and what can be done to solve them?"
"How would a friend describe you?"
"How would you describe professionalism?"
"What are three recent break-throughs in medicine?"
"How do you teach ethics? (not me personally, just in general)"
"Did you having cancer and your father having cancer pique your interest in medicine?"
"I didn't really get any interesting questions; they were mostly the standard ''why medicine'' type questions."
"If you were a doctor and the 16 year old daughter of your family friend asked you for birth control pills, would you prescribe them to her?"
"If you had a patient who was a Jehovah's Witness and the patriarch of the family told you (the physician) that he did not want his wife (the patient) to know that she was going to die if she didn't receive the treatment that their religion would not allow, what would you do?"
"Have you ever had at time where your integrity was questioned and how did you respond?
"If you could meet any historical figure, which one would it be?"
"Do you watch any medical TV shows? Which ones?"
"What do you think is the biggest problem in healthcare right now?"
"How would you fix our health system?"
"Tell me something about you that I don't know."
"As an uninsured individual going into medicine how has that affected your impression of the US healthcare system?"
"Tell me a story about where you work."
"It layman's terms tell me three major innovations in medicine. "
"What is your favorite cocktail drink?"
"How would your best friends describe you?"
"What do you see in the future for medicine?"
"What do you see is the biggest problem affecting health care?"
"What are three recent important advances in medicine?"
"Where do you think the future of medicine is going?"
"How many bottles of shampoo are consumed in US hotels every year?
(thought process...not a number)"
"Nothing special... Pretty standard questions"
"what do you think the greatest scientific technology out there right now?"
"What would you do if you encountered a poor lecturer?"
"What type of books do you like to read?"
"Why did you apply late? What if you don't get in this year?"
"why an MD/JD?"
"1. ''What do you know about HMO's and PPO's.''
2. ''As a doctor who is a Christian, how would you face a situation that challenged your values or beliefs, such as working in an abortion clinic.''
3. ''How would you deal with a poverty-stricken patient who needed a critical lab test but didn't have insurance or the funds to do so?''"
"How important do you think a school/the institution is in determining the ultimate success of its students?"
"Who is your role model?"
"Can you say something for me in Spanish? (I'm a Spanish major)"
"What would you do if a woman who had no insurance and an adenoma came to you?"
"If i took a course in English before I moved here from India"
"What made you change your mind and pursue medicine? (from teaching)"
"If you didn't get that result in your research, how would you continue."
"How do you think a doctor can play a role in health education?"
"Can you show me right now how to take blood pressure? ( I'm a medical assistant)"
"A patient comes in asking for a prescription for a relative without insurance. What do you/how do you handle the situation?"
"What is the most significant technological advancement from the past decade?"
"What would you specifically do to change health care?"
What you do if you are not accepted?
Tell me about a leadership experience.
What kind of qualities should a pt. be looking for?
What is a book you read recently?
Why is communication really important in medicine?
What would you like to specialize in?
"what my criticisms of the medical field are"
"A question about my current research."
"Will you come here?
What can I say to convince you to come here?
Who are we competing with?
"Did someone tell you to take your MCAT again (I had a low score the first time!)?"
"What do you think America should do about our healthcare system. "
"What in the past decade has changed the face of medicine? (besides a technological development)"
"A specific question pertaining to my personal statement."
"Why am I interested in life-long learning (came up out of general conversation with an interviewer)"
"A few well-prepared questions about my PS."
"What will you do to improve today's healthcare system?"
"Straight up, no emotional bs that you'd put on an application, why do you want to be a doctor?"
"[All of my questions listed are paraphrased]
What do you think you ultimately want from a medical school?
(Asked by the physician interviewer)
And a personal one from the admissions counselor was the most poignant/emotional"
"I moved to U.S when i was in H.S., so one of the questions i was asked was: How did you blend in with the crazy American H.S. kids? "
"What do you think of the possibility of disease eradication via genetic manipulation?"
"what type of health-care systems are found in the western world?"
"i was not asked any questions i hadn't heard before, it was routine"
"How would you tell someone who was just diagnosed with a disability, could you identify?"
"Do you plan to instill your ethical standards in your son, and how? (I have a four-month-old.)"
"What do you like to do for fun and how are you going to incorporate this in your life as a doctor"
"What are the advantages and disadvantages of starting medical school at this time in your life?"
"As a physician to a pregnant couple, would you or wouldn't you tell them that their unborn child has a developmental problem? If you would tell them, how would you break the news?"
"How would you fix healthcare?"
"How much was entering medical school my idea? What are my real motivations for becoming a physician?"
"What are you most concerned about in starting medical school? (The M2 asked me this and when I told him, he reassured me that I need not worry about it.)"
"If a good friend asked if she could cheat off of you on an exam, what would you tell her? How would you deal with the situation?"
"How would you handle the difficulties of US's privitized health insurance in general, and underinsurance in particular."
"Tell me about a time when your integrity was challenged and what you did about it."
"What would you do if a long-time smoker, age 65, came to you and refused to quit smoking? "
""Describe a situation when you were unsuccessful as a leader.""
"Do you ever see yourself working with health policy in the government?"
"Who is your favorite author/what do you read?"
"Do you feel that you know 100% what is the life of a physician like?"
"What are you going to do about the 45 million?"
"What is one strength that you feel you possess that will make you a better doctor?"
"What is the most influential book you've ever read? What is the most recent book you've read?"
"Who is the one person who has motivated you the most?"
"Describe your involvement in Amensty International"
"How would you feel if the health care system was changed to something similiar to Canada vs. ours now?"
"If you don't get into medical school, what would you do?"
"How did growing up on a farm shape your outlook on life and contribute to your interest in medicine?"
"what does a school's attitudes on diversity reflect on its character?"
"How are you going to deal with the emotional toll of dealing with sick patients?"
"How did you decide between allopathic and osteopathic schools (a question specific to my personal statement)?"
"Describe a situation where your integrity was challenged?"
"medical student interview was all ethics questions, so be prepared for those, like: if you're are physician and your friend's niece comes to you for birth control, what do you do? "
"what do you think is the meaning of life?"
"Do you think healthcare is a right or a priveledge? I say right, interviewer says, "So you think we should amend the constitution to say that all Americans have the right to all healthcare? "
"Can you think of a situation in which you felt you truly helped somebody?"
"What's your pet peeve?"
"Name one word that describes yourself."
"Do you think you will be satsified with the size of the indian community here? ( I interviewed at rockford and am of Indian descent). "
"How would you manage time for volunteering if you want to do serious research?"
"What would you change about healthcare (everything was quite standard."
"If you had a friend who had a fourteen year old daughter and she came to you for birth control, what would you do?"
"What do you think about stem cell research?"
"No interesting questions."
"Did you have any role models that you have used to pattern yourself after? (based on my desire to do research)"
"What are my feelings about the current health practices in the US. (they weren't looking for a solution, just what i thought)"
"How would you change the healthcare system to address the needs of the uninsured?"
"As far as the questions were concerned, nothing was that difficult. I honestly do not remember them, but if you look at other postings you will get a rough idea. "
"typical med school questions were asked, nothing out of the ordinary"
"How will you balance your personal and professional lives as a physician? Do you think this will be a problem for you?"
"well, they didn't read much of my essays... looking for some who interviews the afternoon of March 23... trying to find out the name of the panel interviewers........ HELP"
"If the teen daughter of your friend came to you asking for stuff on sex, what would you do"
"Do you know what cretinism is?"
"How was your experience in Mexico? (This was based on a very early activity that I wrote about in my personal statement); it was surprising because I had also mentioned many others things following that, which were more recent."
"Tell us about yourself?"
"What draws you to Chicago for medical school?"
"All questions were repeats of what I had seen on this site. Every single one!"
"How do you think the trend towards legislating morality affects the practice of medicine? (long question, this is a paraphrase) "
"Are you familiar with the theory of Evolution? If so, have you ever thought about what medicine is doing to the theory."
"What do you think about the "economic incentives" of going into medicine? (This was taken from my personal statement)"
"Do you think medicine is a right or a priviledge?"
"Tell us about your family."
"Why I think people choose certain specialties (radiology vs. derm vs. ER etc)"
"Use three words to describe yourself."
"Do you see yourself more on the cognitive side of medicine or the procedural side?"
"Did you ever consider the field of informatics; it is a burgeoning field in medicine?"
"Where do you see yourself in 10 years?"
"Considering the growing obesity problem in the U.S., what kind of programs would you implement to address this problem and why?"
"What would you do if a patient's insurance did not cover a test you wanted to run?"
"If you could eat dinner with any 3 people, dead or alive, who would your choose and why?"
"Describe the ideal day."
"If you were working in the ER and had a patient that kept talking to you about their problems/venting for an excessive amount of time, how would you handle it?"
"One of the doctors was French/Canadian so he asked me some questions in French which I thought was pretty cool. (since he read that I spoke french)"
"What's the biggest problem you see with adolescents? (not necessarily just a health related problem)"
"If there was a patient that needed a CAT scan but their insurance company wouldn't pay for it, what would you do?"
"How I would apply the philosophy of the book I was reading to medical school - have had a number of interviews and haven't had anything similar asked."
"They were all pretty straight forward questions. Perhaps the most interesting question was what the last book I read was."
"Imagine you are the President of the U.S.; how do you plan to pay for nationalized healthcare?"
"Tell us about something you've done unrelated to medicine that has helped someone else."
"What undergraduate class do you think will help you most in med school?"
"Tell me about an instance when you impacted someone other than a family member."
"What would someone who doesn't like you say about you?"
"How will AIDS affect us (US & world wide) and what should we do about it?"
"None really, pretty basic stuff"
"What would be the most difficult thing about being a doctor?"
"Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
What will be your biggest challenge in med school and how will you face it?"
"With limited resources, how should we go about rationing healthcare?"
"How many languages do you speak?"
"How would I approach an overachieving med student who was abnoxious and hard to get along with?"
"What personal characteristics might hinder your success as a physician"
"How would you encourage medical students to practice in underserved areas in the future?"
"What makes you mad?"
"Nothing interesting at all really, just standard questions."
"What types of things do you think you will be able to offer the medical community besides excellent patient care?"
"What was a situation in which your integrity was challenged?"
"how do you motivate yourself"
"What are some problems with the public health system today? How can they be solved?"
"what do you do for fun?"
"Have you ever had a negative experience with one of your physicians, and how did that affect your decision to go into medicine?"
"You've mentioned your pets, can you tell us about them?"
"How would you solve the problem of medically underserved geographic locations? (The Rural Medicine program at Rockford is particularly prominent)"
"Do you think we should pay for organ donations?"
"you said you see yourself with a family in 10 years... how do you plan to deal with the stresses of a family and being a doctor."
"Describe your typical afternoon."
"A survey was conducted among current Physicians. What factor do you think contributed the most to their happiness with their careers?"
"Tell me three characteristics of a good doctor."
"what would you improve about yourself to become a better physician?"
"How would your friends describe you? (I said outgoing) Why would they describe you as outgoing?"
"How would you solve the problem of uninsured people?"
"None. All were pretty basic questions."
"What do you plan to do with an MD/PhD?"
"What do you think about the situation in Afghanistan, specifically that the US is dropping bombs while giving aid."
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