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"It would be helpful to provide students with a bit clearer direction on where within the hospital their interviews actually are. It took 3 students and I about 25 minutes to find the location, but on the bright side we got our own mini tour."
"Consider offering printed directions for interviewees or an easier location to find for each interview. I'd also consider ways to speed up the check-in process in the morning -- having someone have to give verbal directions and explain the whole day for EACH applicant took awhile and that led me to only have a few minutes to find my interview. Also provide an interview day feedback survey after the interview."
"Keep doing a great job of making interviewees feel excited and relaxed to interview here!"
"I would suggest they be more careful in selecting interviewers."
"The admissions office needs to do a better job of vetting interviewers."
"I wish that I had known if I had a morning or afternoon interview prior to arriving at the admission"
"I would have liked to know if my interview was am/pm but thats about it, everyone was really nice!"
"Great financial aid information! It would have been nice to know if my interviews were AM or PM bef"
"Admissions was so friendly and helpful!!"
"Let us know if we're scheduled for morning or afternoons in advance."
"Everyone was great."
"I thought it was really fantastic that we had access to so many students during the interview day."
"accept me...im awesome"
"What struggles do you anticipate as a medical student? How will you deal with these struggles?"
"What struggles do you anticipate in medical school?"
"Tell me about yourself. What do you think will be the biggest challenge you will face as a medical student? Tell me about your study abroad and travels. Why medicine?"
"Question about teamwork."
"Do you want to move back to baltimore?"
"What is the biggest problem facing healthcare in the US today?"
"If you're in private practice and someone does not have insurance what are you going to do?"
"tell me about your experiences with clinical medicine"
"Should people who aren't paying have access to all the same health benefits as those who are paying?"
"What are your weaknesses?"
"Mostly just to expand upon things I had written in my application"
"Who has been your greatest mentor in medicine?"
"You have an impressive file, what can we offer you?"
"Why University of Maryland?"
"what do you think distinguishes a good physician from a great physician?"
"Tell me about yourself?"
"Describe your parents involvement in Baltimore. "
"How did you like England?"
"What criteria did you use when deciding what medical schools to apply to?"
"What part of New Jersey are you from; where did you attend high school?"
"[something to the effect of: you are aware of medicine's dark side, yes?]"
"How do you feel your major sets you apart from your fellow applicants?"
"If you could have lunch with anyone, dead or living, who would it be?"
"Do you find pre-med students at your school to be die hard competitive?"
"Tell me about this class (from transcript)"
"Where do you see yourself in 10 years?"
"The basics - why UMD, why medicine, tell me about your extracurricular activities and research, etc."
"Why medicine and why U.Maryland?"
"What didn't you like about your undergrad?"
"name some ethical situations that come up in medicine."
"What area or field of medicine interests you? (asked by MD)"
"What sports did you play in high school?"
"What field are you interested in?"
"Tell me about a leadership exp. you have had."
"What do you see yourself doing in 10 years? "
"Have you had the chance to read any French literary works? "
"Standard tell me about yourself/family/how you got here questions."
"What is an important characteristic to have when dealing with people? "
"What can you contribute to this school? "
"Tell me about yourself."
"What was the last book you read?"
"Tell me about your last 4 years"
"Why not MD PhD?"
"How did you arrive at your undergraduate major?"
"So, you go to school in dc, have you had any government internships?"
"Tell me about your research experiences."
"You played lacrosse in college?"
"If you were health care czar how would you fix problems"
"What is the main role of a physician?"
"What made you decide to do medicine instead of pharmacy?"
"what will be the most difficult part of medical school/being a doctor?"
"What were you involved in during your early years of college?"
"Why I wanted to go to medical school?"
"What is the ONE quality that a physician should have?
"Explain low grades. "
"What did you take xxx class?"
"Why do you want to be a doctor and why do you want to go to U of Maryland? "
"Do you know what field of medicine you want to go in?"
"All the questions asked were pretty basic. I had some awesome interwiers. Really laid back. Lots of laughing. "
"Describe your researches (I have done two research projects)"
"what do your parents do?"
"What do you do to coupe with stress? What do you like to do for fun?"
"how do you take critizism?"
"What is plan B (if you don't get into school this year)?"
"You went to [out-of-state school]. Why U-Md? (I am a state resident)"
"So you are what we call a non-traditional student. Tell me about your path starting from high school graduation?"
"Where do u see yourself in 10 years?
"what are some qualities that make a good doctor?"
"MD interview: tell me about yourself."
"Why medicine vs. clinical research? (I have a strong research background)"
"TEll me about your study abroad?"
"Tell me about yourself- open file but interviewer did not look at it until after the interview."
"What was the most difficult time in your life? How you dealt with it?"
"proteins denature. enzymes, do what?
"If you could change one thing about healthcare what would you change?"
"What 3 qualities do physicians need and how do you exemplify them"
"If you were given one million dollars to use for a health issue in Baltimore, what issue would it be for an why?"
"What do you think will be the biggest challenge you will face as a medical student? (not even very interesting; pretty normal interview)."
"What is a trend in medicine that you think will backfire? <-- I forget exactly how it was worded but it was something like this. I personally said the focus on improving the speed of healthcare delivery, particularly in an acute setting, can lead to worse outcomes. This led to an amazing discussion!"
"What memory from shadowing physicians stuck out most to you?"
"How do you feel about abortion; follow-up: how do you feel about contraceptives? (It is a controversial topic but led to some good discussion)"
"I'm a father of 4 and you found out I have stage IV cancer how are you going to tell me?"
"what do you think of Baltimore?"
"What was the hardest thing you have gone through?"
"What is the hardest thing you have ever done?"
"Where is Binghamton?"
"I know its early but have you given any thought to what kind of medicine you might want to go into?"
"what kind of qualities do your friends have that you don't have and that you admire?"
"Would you rather have a traditional interview or just a conversation?"
"Why you and your brother both have decided to study medicine (My brother is already in med schl)"
"What are some of the challenges that you think you will face as a physician?"
"How will you manage future decisions about family and career? (I didn't feel uncomfortable having this question asked b/c it was from female doctor)"
"If/when you become a doctor, what are the types of things that will give you gray hairs? Basically what potential stressors/challenges do you foresee but he had a little trouble wording it and that's what came out. It was obvious that he was under a lot of stress."
"You are asian, how do you see yourself standing out in white america and breaking the glass ceiling? (i'm not joking.)"
"how do yo handle disagreements?"
"So you worked at a law firm, huh; describe how that was like..."
"nothing out of the ordinary"
"What do you like to do?"
"I wanted to ask you about your work in [x]. (it was something I really wanted to talk about that no one had asked me before)"
"What do you do in your spare time?"
"nothing really--the interviews were very conversational"
"Do you have muskrats down there? (see negative impressions)"
"What does ''clinical experience'' mean to you?"
"tell me about this class you took."
"Where do you see yourself in 10 years?"
"If you couldn't be a doctor, what would you be?"
"What are your thoughts about when you would start a family?"
"How did you decide medicine? At what point did you know it was for you?"
"Do you think that medicine is community service?"
"Who influenced your decision to be a doctor more, your mother or father?"
"Why an MD and not an MD/PhD?"
"what were your most favorite and least favorite classes as an undergrad?"
"At the end of the interview: What would you like to tell me about you that I have't hit on and you think is important for me to know? (asked by the MD)"
"What activities did you do in high school?"
"What charcteristics have you had the chance to devlop inyour life and how will they aid you in becoming a physician?"
"Whether i had experience working with minorities - both interviewers asked this."
"What would you change about your college?"
"Tell me about your best friend. "
"What was the happiest and saddest moments of your life? "
"Can you expand on youe explanation of the difference between a "profession" and a career?" You gave a unique answer that we hadn't heard yet."
"What is your school doing currently about the Hurrican Katrina situation?"
"Do you think that as we learn more about science and the laws of this world, that the need for believing in God will disappear?"
"What was your favorite (college) class and why?"
"Do you think underaged drinking is a problem in the US and why?"
"What would you as an individual physician do to remedy the malpractice problem in the United States?"
"Have you ever encountered unprofessional behavior where you work?"
"If you were health czar how would you fix health care, or a health problem"
"none really, just straightforward questions about myself"
"Do you think your brother would change his mind from doing pharmacy to wanting to become a doctor like you did?"
"What was the most significant experience you've had concerning medicine?"
"What do you think will be the most challenging part of medical school for you?"
"if you could have dinner with anyone in history, who would it be and why?........now what would you have for dinner? i gave him originality points with the follow-up question."
"What do you think you will do to treat a patient who is clearly not telling the truth and trying to pull the wool over your eyes?"
"What are the drawbacks of medicine or what do you think are the negative aspects of medicine?"
"There were no questions that I did not expect. The interviewers asked some probing questions in my file as a non-traditional student."
"All questions pertained mainly to my personal file- research, experience, etc. "
"What is the biggest problem in healthcare today?"
"Not really a question, but my second interviewer started off by saying "it appears you get around." He meant study abroad experiences of course. "
"No interesting questions."
"how woudl you treat someone who wanted something that went against your moral beliefs?"
"why aren't you applying for md/phd?"
"How do you feel it was like for your grandmother to be a doctor considering she is a minority?"
"So what do you think is going to be the hardest thing about medical school?"
"So, what do you think of Baltimore?"
"Who is your role model and why?"
"How can a school work to change the public's negative image of doctors?"
"Are you going to continue your community service or did you just do it to get into medical school?"
"Would you consider entering politics to advocate for change in our health care system (as a follow-up to my comments about problems of our system)?"
"Why not become a dentist? (my father is a dentist)"
"about my family, tell me about yourself."
"What do you do to cope with stress?"
"Tell me about your experience as a shoes salesman? (I had mentioned in my secondary that I had worked at JCPenney while I was an undergrad)"
"How would your friends describe you?"
"So you canoe?"
"In the MD/PhD interview, the panel seemed very interested in my past. For example, they asked me what I learned from my experience of living in a car during high school."
"What kind of first impression do you think you make?"
"BY reading your application it seems do not feel proud /confident about your grades? Why is that?"
"What kind of social support will you have?"
"The interviewers and I were engaged in layback conversations. A lot of questions were straight from my applications. They just wanted to know more about me. "
"there weren't any questions that weren't from my file. one of my interviewers offered new insight into the different opportunities available to women concerned with balancing a career and a family. It gave me a bit to think about."
"How's your relationship with your grandmother?"
"Can't remember anything interesting. Opened with "why md/phd""
"How could I make an impact on other kids from the inner-city who see no future outside of dealing?"
"what was the happiest moment in your life"
"Are you thinking about working while attending medical school? "
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