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"What's your opinion on diversity in the world today?"
"MMI (Can't say specifics)"
"I can't tell specific questions but it was an MMI style interview."
"What motivated you to study medicine?"
"What sets you apart from other candidates?"
"Describe a time when I was faced with an ethical dilemma..."
"A woman is pregnant, estimated gestation of 24 weeks, you discuss with her what wishes she has if she was to go into labor today, she requests no life saving efforts for her unborn child, do you facilitate her wishes? "
"What are your strengths? and weaknesses?"
"Are you a leader or a follower? (this one caught me off guard a bit, I actuallly asked him which organization he was talking about....but then I answered it fine)"
"Does school come easy to you?"
"Tell me about the leadership seminars/conferences you went to and mentioned in your personal statement. (I totally recommend going over ever detail of your application before you go in, hopefully you remembered photocopying it!)"
""What type of books do you read?""
"Tell me about yourself?"
"What is your biggest accomplishment?"
"How do you expand your intelligence outside of school?"
"What obstacle did you have that affected your education and how did you overcome it?"
"What would you do to solve the healthcare crisis (lack of insured Americans) in America?"
"How do you feel about the the value of the high school education you have recieved?"
"What books have you read? Tell me about them."
"Where do you see yourself in medicine 10 years from now?"
"What is your biggest strength? Weakness?"
"Describe a time when you failed and how did you overcome it?"
"How will you adjust to/deal with having mostly 20 yr old classmates (MD-Only Program)?"
"Describe one volunteer effort you were involved with and how it influenced you and your life."
"Why did you choose UMKC?"
"Two strengths and weaknesses. I gave 2 strengths and one weakness but remember to turn it into something good out that weakness."
"Who interested you in medicine?"
"Why are you good for the school? "
"Why do you choose the 6 year medical program? What interested you most in coming here? How did you find out about this program?"
""Why do you want to be a doctor?""
"Who do you admire the most? Why?"
"Of all the other careers, what makes you want to become a doctor?"
"How does your opinion about yourself differ from others' opinions about you?"
"What are your strongest and weakest points?"
"How would you solve the problem of limited/no health-care insurance for a majority of America's population?"
"What do you do in your free time?"
"What volunteer/work experiences were helpful?"
"Why a DO? "
"Aside from your application what other factors do you think will help you be successful in dental school?"
"Tell me about a book you've read recently."
"What accomplishment are you most proud of?"
"Should the United States have a universal health care plan like every other developed nation in the world? Why?"
"How will you deal with going to medical school and your friends want to go out to the bar?"
"Tell me your understanding of medicine. I'm like shit, out of all the other great questions why this one. I didn't like my answer to this question."
"Why did you pursue the BA/MD program and why do you want to be a physician/doctor?"
"What are your strengths and weaknesses? Why?"
""What do you do when you are not studying or in class?" "
"why do i want to study medicine"
"Why do you want to be a doctor?"
"Describe your leadership style."
"If a classmate cheated on an exam what would you do? What is a social problem you think exists, and how would you fix it? What would ou change about your past?"
"What are the qualities you look for in a good physician? Do you possess those same qualities?"
"What is one person you most admire and why?"
"What are the other schools you applied to?"
"What inspired you to study medicine?"
"What will be the biggest challenge in medicine in the next 5 years?"
"What does social justice mean to you"
"Tell me about your most valuable life experience."
"What type of books do you read?"
"What kind(s) of books are you reading these days?"
"What do you like most about yourself?"
"None. But the 1st interviewer told me that he will try to push to get me in. I'm like gee thanks; I really need that."
"Describe why you chose to wear a _____ colored tie and what that says about you."
"If you were working in group of students and one was slacking off, how would you approach the student?"
"How much (or What) TV do you watch? How do you like your stay so far?"
"The student interview was with a 6 year medical student, who forgot about the interview, and came in late. He wore shorts and a large baggy shirt. He ran thru. a list of preprinted questions. None were interesting. Topics like what books I had read, what my hobbies were etc... He seened disinterested."
"Suppose i were to give you admission into this program, and 2 years down the road, i were to tell you that you would "drop out". what would you think would be the main reason why you would drop out?"
"what was something that you learned all by yourself?"
"Have you ever learned something on your own?"
"What tv do you watch?"
"If you should want a family in the future after becoming a doctor, how are going to balance your job and your family?"
"What do you think will me most difficult thing for you as a doctor?"
"What would you do about the healthcare situation in this country?"
"What books I've read!!!"
"Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Describe the atmosphere in which you will be working and why?"
"Describe a time where you were critiqued and you thought it was unfair. How did you respond?"
"After asking about a book I've read recently (The Namesake), I explained that the character's lives closely paralleled my parent's life as immigrants. The interviewer told me that immigrant parents often push their children into certain careers and asked if that was my case. I said no. So he asked, if my parents didn't motivate me, what did motivate me to study medicine?"
"Is there anything else about you that you would like us to know?"
"What is the biggest problem with health care delivery?"
"When was one time you went against authority?"
"Tell me your understanding about medicine. I didn't sort of prepare for this question, so I blew it, I think."
"What is one of the greatest medical concerns for your generation? "
"If you go over this website, you will be pretty prepared"
"How would you deal with living here and going to school here because Missouri and California are so far away?"
"The second interview was with an older medical doctor. She was nice, but did not ask too many questions. She did review my file, and asked me questions about my classes. The "why did I want to attent medical school." Nothing too difficult."
"Suppose you got into the program, and on your first test you really studied hard and were confident that you would do good. However, the teacher grades the test and you fail. what would you do differently next time. "
"what is the biggest challenge/obstacle that you've had to face so far?"
"the questions were pretty straight foward"
"i wasn't really shocked by any of the questions (probably because i practiced answering so many). "
"What's the most difficult situation you have ever been in?"
"(on volunteering at a hospital) Had you not had this experience, what would you have not learned about yourself?"
"How would you handle a dispute among your friends if you were the leader?"
"This program is a combined degree program, it is a BA/MD program, so the incoming students are all 17 to 18 years old. Thus, my interviewer told me that one of the criticisms of such a program is that the students are less mature and ready to tackle medical school, and may not be adequately prepared for it. She asked me how I would try to overcome this, and what I would do so that I wouldn't be inadequately prepared for the rigorous 6 year curriculum."
"Scenario:You are working in ER, a young patient comes in, he was in car accident -- needs to be put on a ventilator, the power goes off in the entire hospital, the only working ventilator is hooked up to an old terminal patient(whose family specifically intstructed to never take hime off of it). What do you do with the young trauma patient?"
"-reviewed the website for the qualities the school emphasizes -looked over sample MMI questions and answers"
"Read through ethics MMI questions."
"Printed out materials from the school's website. Mock interviews with a doctor completing fellowship, and a faculty member."
"SDN, Reading on current healthcare topics, reviewed healthcare reform."
"Monitored CNN, NY Times, reviewed Obama administration health care reform proposal and speeches, reviewed my application and past research projects, researched UMKC's curriculum and student organizations, researched Kansas City sites and culture, etc."
"This website, practiced a lot."
"Re-read my anwers from questions I copied from this website basically and re-watched the tapes I recorded for practice interviews I did with 2 friends of mine."
"I've spoken at tournaments for years, so I didn't need much preparation. I honestly just thought about why I wanted to be a doctor and read some articles on medicine. I also browsed the forums for some sample questions."
"Go through this website, asked people who have already interviewed questions"
"I researched all the possibility of questions they can ask me from websites like this one. I also did my "homework" and researched on the school. I wrote down all my answers and practiced in front of a miror without my paper. I also did a mock interview with my counselor and my principal. I basically set it as my number one priority."
"Read the material on the internet, and from the schools material they sent me with the letter informing me about the interview."
"internet, students in the program"
"SDN, web-sites. "
"Reading forums, going over school info, reviewing application"
"looked on this site, read How To Get Into Medical School, practiced answering questions A LOT <<really helped me feel more relaxed and calm"
"Internet sites such as this one."
"Read the interview feedback on this site, talked to medical students both past and present, had prepared answers for questions that could be asked."
"I read interviews on this site; had my 12 year old brother ask me questions; and found sample questions in the book "How to get into Medical School.""
"Practiced questions with family members, read up on current events (which were not addressed during my interview), mostly used Internet."
"Talked to med students, internet, books"
"Cost, exposure, team oriented"
"MMI wasn't was terrible as I had anticipated."
"Interview system was organized, interviewers were easy to talk to."
"There was a thorough information session about the school's curriculum, schedule, and structure."
"The people are incredibly friendly-the students, faculty and interviewers."
"Well, I am from KC so nothing really impressed me. However, there're lots of constructions going on, so I think it will be much better place after finished."
"Before I begin, let me explain that this interview was for the 6 year BA/MD program. The students seem very happy. More importantly, this is a very unique program. I say that because it isn't perhaps better, but different from any other program I've seen regarding medicine. You start off doing clinical rotations from year 1. If you want straight hands-on training, this is the place for you."
"The people seem very nice"
"There's actually life in Missouri! There's an awesome shopping area called the Plaza which was very interesting! There is a lot of land, open space, and the air was a lot cleaner than California. haha The people were also a lot friendlier than Californians. Everyone I met was very helpful, including the students. Besides from studying full time, they have fun, play sports and try to balance out their lives as best as they can. Some even have part time jobs their first 2 year."
"Nothing really. The school is attached to the General Hospital. It is dark, the interviews started late, and were very unorganized."
"it really is a unique program and very relentless."
"Friendliness and humor of students, faculty. They want you to do well and know eveything about the program before you decide. "
"the program, its very unique"
"2nd interviewer laughed at my jokes, responded to my answers, brought me water when i started coughing like crazy"
"The last four years of the program are focused on applying medicine, such as clinical rotations."
"The staff was very nice, the medical students answered all of my questions, everyone was nice and friendly."
"If you become a medical student there, each student will get their own little cubicle office where they can do work or take a nap."
"Staff and interviewers were friendly, very willing to answer questions, Interview was well organized."
"The friendly and sincere attitude of students and staff"
"large class size, interview felt scripted each interviewer asked 10 questions written down before hand it didn't feel natural or conversational."
"There were a lot of interviewees present. The large group made the process seem more intimidating."
"Having to wait between interviews for up to one hour."
"Not certain the questions asked gave a good indication of who I am as a candidate."
"This was a partially open-file interview. I believe the interviewers were only allowed to see the essay and resume. The first interviewer seemed very familiar with those items. However, it was clear that the second interviewer did not review those items at all before the interview and spent a lot of time asking me to reiterate my resume over and over. I was disappointed that I did not get to spend that time showcasing my knowledge and strengths that would not otherwise be seen just from the resume and essay."
"A little unorganized, tuition is A LOT!!!"
"I was on my second interview and a lady came in and asked us to leave; so we had to move another room. I'm like damn, they really need to organize this event and take it seriously. I mean I take it seriously."
"Unfortunately, despite the great ideology (hands-on learning from year 1, there are some general problems with the school. The surrounding area is pretty boring. Weather varies dramatically from what I've heard. Facilities are not the best. The program can be hectic and should be only for people who know they want to be doctors. The biggest concern I had was residency placing. Even though I was told that UMKC graduates go around the country, I saw the graduating class placement and the majority stay in the midwest. Therefore, even though you might save a lot of time, you might end up in a less-than-ideal location for your residency."
"My first interview with the professional seemed kind of short, only about 30 minutes. He was very enthusiastic, but he talked more than asked me questions! The second interview with a MS6 was long - like more than an hour! He, however, didn't seem as enthusiastic as I expected, but he was really helpful in answering all my questions. It was really frigid, but it didn't snow as I expected. :( (we don't get snow in Orange County)"
"The worst part of the day was when we finally started the interview process, right after the group was greeted by the women from admissions we were told we needed to take a test about our medical knowledge. This was stressful. The questions were on actual medical school test questions. The questions were on drugs, specific names for x-rays,and lab test etc... I graduated with a BS in Biology, and I did not know anything about medications and what they asked.I had to guess on most of the questions. Later I was told "We didn't expect you to know the answers, we just use them to compare you to the other medical students." I think I understand, but not too sure if the test was the best way to do it. "
"No Social life in Kansas City!!"
"The weird noises that the elevators made when going up/down."
"nothing really, it's a really great program"
"first interviewer was shooting out questions like a machine, seemed bored or uninterested, responded little, tried to turn what i thought were my strengths into weaknesses--and the med student says he was nice! at least other interviewees said he was like that to them too"
"The numerous chemistry courses that are required."
"The building was kept very hot during our visit, and our tour of the medical school facilities was much shorter (30 minutes) than I expected."
"We were not able to view the undergraduate campus, we only looked at the School of Medicine and part of one of the hospitals; the tour was not thorough enough."
"Bad neighborhood across the street"
"That you cannot withdraw your application to UMKC once you start school. Your AMCAS is automatically withdrawn from all other schools."
"I was not sure if there would be events designed to allow candidates to mingle with current students aside from the student-run tour of the school. I scheduled an extra night in my travel just in case, but this was not necessary."
"OK. There's no test at all that you have to take, so don't sweat it. I don't why some people previously posted that on here. Because I apply for the MD-only program, if I'm in, I will have to deal with whole bunch of high school kids. Oh god, can it get worse than this?"
"Nothing new really. I knew it was a clinical-based program and that the medical school was decent but not the greatest."
"I already knew this, but they admisiter a chemistry test"
"Be sure to bring a pencil and a calculator to the Toledo Chem Test. They would provide it for you, but it's always to use one that you are familiar with. Pack some warm clothes and a suit! Remember, dress to impress. "
"The school has a 6 year program where you can get your BA and MD. I applied for an advanced standing spot, one vacated by a 6 year student. The cost of this school. it is almost 65K per year."
"A suit is a must! Although I did wear one, I had thought it to be optional."
"nothing, i believe i was pretty prepared"
"only 6 people total interviewed on my day toledo chemistry test was not so bad ( i didnt take ap chem) every interviewee except me was accompanied by a parent im glad no current event or questions about abortion/euthanasia/HMO/ Medicare/etc were asked theres a student lounge on the 5th floor thats nice and new, with big tv--watched gilmore girls the hour after my interview :-)"
"Your score Toledo Chemistry Exam, which is administered on site, does not count towards your admission criteria. It is only used to determine whether or not you have to take Chem 211 the summer prior to entering UMKC if you are accepted."
"UMKC is hellas expensive and they barely give you any free money..."
"THE SCHOOL IS EXTREMELY EXPENSIVE IF YOU'RE OUT OF STATE!!"
"I really enjoyed the MMI process, I thought it went very smoothly"
"I felt more comfortable with the MMI than a regular interview."
"MMI isn't nearly as bad as I thought it would be. I stressed out a lot more than was necessary."
"A current student told me to go to another school if I get in somewhere else, because the student has not had the greatest experience with this school."
"Both interviewers seemed concerned with the age gap in the class between the BA/MD students and the MD-Only students (especially in terms of how this would affect the learning environment and overall adjustment of the MD-Only students). The interview day lasted from noon until approximately 4pm and consisted of a welcome/overview of the day, student tour of the school, pictures, information session about the curriculum, information session for financial aid, and then the interviews were last. Each candidate had two, 30-minute interviews. One interview was from an MD and the other was done by a non-MD faculty member/person associated with UMKC."
"Overall it was good. I really liked the people and the interviewers made me feel very comfortable."
"Since I only applied for MD-only program, this was how the day went. A student from MD-only program came and talked to us about the program; they only have 5 slots for this program, so good luck to ya. He informed us that the ana. lab is very small and sucks because they don't have cadavers for students, only pre-dissected parts are available; so if we want real cadavers, then we have to take an elective at somewhere else. They don't have any combined degree program except the BA/MD one for high school kids. After the talk, we each went to our one-on-one interview. I was first cuz I was the only guy there, I think. My first interview went smoothly but I thought I blew it until the doc. told me that he will try to get me in...hmm...but he was really cool though..my second interview was a lady from non-medical field. I thought our interview went really well until I asked her how I did; she said I need to be more specific and detailed. I guess I made her assume too much; but I'm like lady I told you everything I know, what else do you want. After that she said I'm done for the day so I went straight back to my work. At my computer desk, they sent me an email saying that I'm not really done yet cuz there's a tour of the building and my picture needs to be taken. Great, but I wonder if I should go back to do all that frivolous stuff since I already degraded this school so much heheh. That was how my interviewing day went. Pretty bleak heh! I know."
"I'll go through the entire day really. First things first, get there on time! It's pretty hard to get to the right place, so I suggest going the day before to scope out the area. Even more so, the parking is horrible. Thankfully, you can get a parking pass if you go inside the school of medicine. You watch a video (actually informative, not too much inane fluff)and get an information packet. Then you take the Toledo Chemistry Test for an hour. To be honest, the chemistry test was the thing that scared me the most about this interview (even though it has no bearing on your admission. However, if you fail, you must take the course during summer, and if you don't pass this course, you won't join the ba/md program even if you are admitted.) I would say that if you took a chemistry course, you should be fine. It is separated into math (very very very easy math), chemistry and specific chemistry. A lot of it is just on the periodic table, pressure, volume etc. Basically, what you learned in high school chemistry. To be honest, the chemistry part was sort of challenging. I'd say it was a 7 out of 10 in terms of difficulty, but seriously, don't sweat it. Then we have lunch...nothing too eventful. Following lunch was a tour of the school. I was a little underwhelmed by some of the facilities (one of the libraries is hideous, honestly), but it was sufficient. But for a program like this, you have to sacrifice the ornate packaging for the core emphasis on clinical training. Finally...dun dun dun...the interviews. A word of caution: I might be underestimating how intimidating the interviews actually are. I have been to many of these and I have spoken in almost every uncomfortable situation imaginable, so take my comments with a grain of salt. I thought the interviews were easy. The first one is with a doctor who is very enthusiastic (btw, there are more than two doctors doing interviews, so you may get a different person) and just wanted to know basically who you are and why you want to be the doctor. P.S.: They will ask you about your medical-related extracurriculars and probably a question on health issues (read your current events.) The second interview is a bit more intense. My interviewer was much more objective and asked some pretty scathing questions. In fact, the first thing he asked was my ACT score and my class rank. He would then ask questions about my leadership, conflict etc. all the way to the tie question. He basically challenged me to explain myself and how I would deal with problems. (Some person said they got a question about their stance on abortion from another interviewer, but I can't verify this...either way, make your answers clear and don't show weakness. Appear confident and don't waver. That's the only way to approach the questions.) Overall, the interviews were fine. They WILL NOT ask you anything about your curriculum (ie: explain Photosynthesis in its entirety) which is a huge relief. The first interview is very laid-back and is a lot about you. The second is a bit more straightforward and has to deal with how competent you are and how you deal with problems/conflict. But heck, I even got a few chuckles out of the second interviewer, so anything's possible. Best advice: DON'T GO OVER THE QUESTIONS LIKE A MORON. Seriously, if you go over the answers then you're trapped. Your interview becomes wholly synthetic and if you forget a part of your answer, your blank. My best advice is that before the interview, you start thinking to yourself about some things you've learned, why you like medicine etc. JUST THINK to yourself and by the time the questions come, you will have plenty to say. So be confident and think beforehand. Best of luck."
"Both interviews went by pretty smoothly, at this point they want to make sure you are right for the school and the school is right for you."
"My mom and I got there the day before. We checked out the campus and talked to the security guards and he gave us our parking permits for the next day. Be sure to bring ID of some sort with you. I waited there in the lobby and was joined by about 5 other seniors with their parents. We took the Chem test after hearing a brief video about the docent system. Then a one hour break for lunch on our own. Afterwards, we were led by a MS6 for a school tour. We were supposed to go in for a Q&A session with some students, but we didn't have time for it because while we were touring the school, we talked and asked questions to some students that were already in their offices. We came back for our two interviews and that was basically it! Stressful, but well worth it."
"This was the worst interview experience. Since then, I have had 2 others. Both better.After this interview I waited a full year before I sent out applications again. I was accepted at UMKC, but could not afford the cost.I was accepted this year at another MD school closer to home. I felt I should warn students about this school. If I knew about this school, and the poor ratings it gets nationally, I would never have accepted the interview or spent the money for the hotel and for gas, if I knew then what I know now. My advice. Avoid UMKC school of Medicine!"
"awesome program, faculty/student/physician interaction is very close."
"A lot of time is spent learning about the program/school. Since this is ba/md, they want to make sure that you know what you're getting yourself into."
"it was my first interview... ever. it was very stress-free and concentrated on learning who we are as people. everyone was extremely helpful"
"saw a video, took the test, took a tour, asked med student questions, went for interview, finished no later than 3pm this is really a great school"
"Everyone was very helpful and nice. I enjoyed the tour of the student's offices, hospital, etc. The interviews were not really that bad because I prepared ahead of time. The interviewers answered my questions throughly, and one helped me realize that getting a minor in Spanish during med school, and especially this program, is very difficult and I should think it over before making that decision."
"Both interviews were not as bad as other sites, such as the Princeton Review, had made me believe they would be. Unlike most medical schools, there is no "bad guy" interviewer who puts you in an uncomfortable position to see how you react under pressure. The first interview with the Phd is mostly about your experiences and skills in the school and the community. The second interview, which is with an MD, asked me questions more geared towards being a doctor, such as handling controversial issues (abortion, etc.), and health insurance. By far, the second interview (the one with the MD) is much more relaxing and enjoyable."
"The interview was definitely nerve racking, but after i got through it...I felt MUCH better. It really wasn't that bad. I'm just glad i got in."
"Overall, I had a pretty good interview day. I interviewed on the second to last day which I liked because I figured my app would be fresh in their minds. I thought my first interview went really badly because I felt like my answers were very repetitive, but I guess not because I was accepted and told that my interviewers loved me."
"The school is beautiful and very very friendly, students have a voice in this school!"
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"Give people directions about parking, give people more advance notice of interview date, don't send a pointless thank you card to interviewees, AMCAS fee waiver yet still charged for secondary, specifically stated snail mail communication yet used email for final decisions, some of your admission staff is kind of rude."
"We didn't get to meet with many current students or ANY M.D. only students which left a little to be desired as far as understanding what it is actually like to be a student there."