"Tell me about your volunteering/community outreach"
"What do you think about healthcare as a right vs a privilege?"
"What would you do if you had a friend who was struggling with serious emotional problems or drug abuse?"
"Tell me what led you to medicine"
"How would you cope with having to give bad news to kids/parents/anyone?"
"Would you lie to a patient? Is it ever okay to not be 100% honest?"
"Would you ever lie to a paitent?"
"Why not MD/PhD?"
"He asked me to explain certain statements in my application, for example: I think a degree in public health will make me a more-well rounded physician....he asked how?"
"how does being late make you feel?"
"What are your strengths/weaknesses?"
"Tell be about yourself. Tell me about reseach..."
"Describe such and such shadowing experience."
"Why UM over UF or USF?"
"How do you define a leader?"
"Why medicine? Why UMMSM?"
"So, tell me about the research you did? Tell me about the volunteering? etc with multiple things on my application."
"What do you think about HMO medicine? How would you practice if under HMO contract?"
"Should Eastern/Holistic/ . . . medicine be incorporated into regular medicine?"
"If you were a first assistant in an OR and the surgeon walked in showing clear signs of inebriation, what would you do?"
"You've studied and worked in fields totally unrelated to medicine. Where did the idea of medicine come from?"
"Did you ever have a friend who was a substance abuser? If so, how did you handle the situation?"
"Is it ever ok to lie to a patient?"
"Tell me what makes you so special?"
"Why medicine question"
""Is it ever ethical to lie to a patient?""
"Why U of Miami? Just for the weather?"
"Tell me you story "
"What do you do for fun and relaxation?"
"When was a time you made a sacrifice for someone that was not in your own family?"
"What is your worst quality?/ What is your best quality?"
"Tell me what you'd do if you caught your friend cheating (the question was also framed around the idea of the school's "honor code")."
"Is it ever ok to not be 100% honest with a patient."
"So...tell me about yourself, how did you end up here at Miller?"
"What are your strengths and weaknesses?"
"What do your parents do?"
"What medical issues do you think will become issues in the upcoming election?"
"What kind of clinical experience have you had?"
"What kind of leader are you and how have you demonstrated it?"
"Do you think women are taking over medicine? Do you think that women will benefit medicine?"
"Specific questions about my AMCAS info"
"Tell me about yourself."
"Teach something non-medical in 5 minutes."
"all questions were specific to my application or standard questions you'd expect"
"Tell me about your family."
"What is a leader?"
"Did your parents pressure you to go into medicine? Because mine did. No, are you sure they didn't?"
"Do you think leadership is important as a Dr.?"
"What is your strongest point?"
"Review other feedback"
"Define: HMO? PPO? Medicare & Medicaid?"
"So you graduated early? What did you do during that time?"
"What is your most memorable patient/volunteer experience?"
"Why do you want to be a doctor?"
"Tell me about yourself starting with when you were born."
"Please define leadership, how you think it is an important quality as a doctor, and your experiences with it. "
"What made you decide on medicine?"
"What do you think are the 2 biggest problems in healthcare?"
"When did you decide you wanted to be a doctor?"
"Why not MD PhD?"
"When did you know you wanted to be a doctor?"
"How did your parents' health care occupations influence your desire to become a physician?"
"What did you like about your undergrad?"
"Tell me about your research. Did you like it? (Ironically, the interviewer specialized in a similar topic of my research, so know your research well)"
"What events have shaped who you are?"
"How did you feel about growing up in South Florida?"
"How did your experience at the 911 dispatch office affect your understanding of medicine?"
"Give me a basic design of the kind of thesis you envision yourself doing..."
"What is the main problem in healthcare? How would you fix it?"
"Asked me to explain the people/activities/events that have "shaped" who I am today. Pretty much the standard "so tell me about yourself" question."
"What qualities make a great leader?"
"Tell me more about your research."
"What college professor has influenced you most?"
"Give an example of when you fulfilled a leadership role."
"Why be a doctor?"
"Why do you think there is a cycle of poverty?"
"What leadership roles have you taken?"
"What do you think about our healthcare system?"
"How has your mother's career influenced your life?"
"Describe the qualities that make a physician a good leader."
"Experiences and how do these relate to your career as a doctor."
"Ethics question above"
"Some ethics questions: What do you think about abortion, doing things that go against your beliefs, etc., and how would you handle these situations?"
"Tell me about your military leadership experiences."
"How was your trip to Europe?"
"What would you do or say to a patient that has AIDS and who won't tell their spouse / significant other?"
"What is plan B for if you don't get into medical school this year?"
"Tell me about your leadership qualities, and the leadership qualities of a doctor"
"Tell me what you know about our medical school."
"Tell me about yourself. Something that is NOT on the applications."
"Explain your research to a layperson."
"So I see you volunteered with Dr. So and So. How did you meet him? Do you think you would be a pediatrician?"
"three good and bad things abot the US healthcare system"
"Which of your clinical experiences most solidified your desire to become a physician?"
"What are your strengths and weakness?"
"What activities do you participate in that are not related to medicine?"
"What kind of research are you interested in?"
"Tell me about your research"
"Tell me how you got here (in terms of your life and why you are interviewing for medical school)?"
"What would you do if your best friend's daughter came to you for an abortion?"
"Specific questions from my personal statement and Miami secondary."
"Tell me about yourself and how you decided to go into medicine."
"What sparked your interest in science and medicine? Name a couple of stand-out memories from your volunteering experiences."
"What is the best place you have traveled? "
"How would your best friend describe you?"
"Examples of when I have been a leader"
"tell me about research"
"Why do you want to go into the MD/PhD program? Do you think it is worth the extra years?"
"Tell me about your abroad experience."
"How did you get here today? This was in the context of life story."
"(from MD interview)- 1) When did you first decide that you wanted to become a physician? 2) If you had to choose between pursuing the MD or the PhD only, which would you choose and why? 3) How did (specific portion of application essay) influence your decision to pursue biomedical research? 4) What are three adjectives you would use to describe yourself? "
"Only clarifying questions about my autobiography."
"What is the most important health care issue to you"
"I am an older applicant so several questions about how I plan on handling going back to school with a family, etc."
"Tell me about your research project and what is your goal?"
"Tell me about yourself. Tell me about your research."
"Why did you get this score on the MCAT, what happened? I scored average, but nothing great and he wanted to know why I thought I did how I did."
"What about yourself, will make u a good doc?"
"Tell me about yourself. Who has been most influential in yoru decisin to become a doctor."
"Did you have any other leadership positions except what's in your file?"
"Tell me about your childhood?
Who is your rolemodel?
What kind of medicine you want to practice?
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
What kind of research have you done?"
"What would you do if you do not get into medical school?"
"What will you do if you don't get into medical school?"
"Tell me about your research."
"What influences lead you to Medicine?"
"What qualities do you think a physician should have? Out of the physicians you followed what did you like versus not liking about their qualities as a physician?"
"How did you come to be sitting in this chair across from me today?
"Asked about how my various medical experiences made me want to pursue medicine."
"Why medicine? Why Miami?"
"See above but also: What are your strengths, weaknesses?"
"Why do you want to become a doctor?"
"About travel experiences."
"See most difficult question above."
"Tell me about your family/expereinces in medicine/leadership experiences?"
"Explain to me "who you are" from a non-cognitive point of view; considering all you have written in your personal statement and your healthcare experiences to this point."
"Why did you repeat organic chemistry? "
"standard questions, nothing difficult"
"Why University of Miami?"
"how was your time at your undergrad?"
"Describe what a leader is."
"Tell me about leardership experiences"
"Tell me about your clinical experiences."
"Leadership roles, etc...."
"Most of the questions basically asked for clarifications to my personal statement, and activities described in the AMCAS application."
"give an instance of leadership"
"Why do you want to come to Miami? (This was probably what we talked about for the longest)"
"When and Why did you decide to be a doctor."
"Any pets? Tell me about your siblings"
"What area of medicine are you interested in?"
"Tell me about yourself (ugh)"
"Why do you want to go into medicine rather than some other field?"
"Don't worry about the questions, just be relaxed and enjoy the day. My interviewer was extremely friendly and personable. My impression is that Miami is genuinely interested in getting to know the candidates that they have invited to interview, both as individuals and as future physicians."
"Tell me about riding therapy."
"Why did you choose your undergraduate institution."
"What are your strength/weaknesses?"
"Tell me your life story. What qualities do you have that would make you a good physician?"
"The basics: Why be a doctor, why Miami, describe a major issue that will be affecting you as a physician in the future."
"Tell me about yourself"
"How would you respond if one of your colleagues was in disagreement with you, but you knew you were "right"?"
"Why do you want to be a doctor?"
"Who are the people who influenced your decision to pursue medicine?"
"Compare the healthcare system in the US versus in Canada."
"Do you have any role models (who are they)?"
"Tell me about your childhood/teenage years."
"Why did you choose your undergraduate school?"
"Expound upon a specific life-altering event described in my AMCAS essay."
"Why do you want to be a doctor? Why do you want to come to Miami?"
"Why did I choose my undergraduate institution?"
"Describe the events in your life that has led to you at this point wanting to be a physician."
"Asked about some high school experiences."
"Asked about shadowing/volunteer experiences."
"Why I want to pursue a career in medicine instead of doing a similar program which take me less time?"
"What were your high school extracurricular activities."
"Discussions concerning my past research."
"Asked about my patient contact experience."
"Assuming you are accepted to all schools at which you've interviewed, what's the most important factor in choosing a school."
"Who was your role model in dancing? (I used to dance professionally)"
"Tell me about your research with Dr. X"
"How would I resolve India Pakistan tension, as they are both nuclear capable? My views and take on the whole issue."
"tell me about (specific volunteer activity) "
"Tell me about (insert activity here)..."
"How would you like me to describe you to the committee?"
"Why did you decide medicine after doing your major?(not science)"
"I was asked about my patient contacts and which one was the most important to me in my decision to study medicine."
"What do you think of the state of healthcare?"
"What are some qualities a leader should possess, and do you have any of these qualities?"
"What type of multicultural experiences have you had?"
"Qualities of a leader and how they can be applied to medicine."
"Do you have any role models? Tell me about them."
"What do you do if you notice your attending physician is acting under the influence of drugs/alcohol"
"If you were on clerkship and your resident/attending came in intoxicated, how would you handle it?"
"Suppose you were rotating in the emergency department. How would you handle a difficult patient?"
"How would you respond to a lovelorn patient?"
"Most unique thing about your life"
"How do you see yourself in 10 years?"
"How would you handle a patient who refused to accept their diagnosis?"
"If you were running late for your surgery rotation upstairs, and you ran into an incoherent patient who seemed to be lost in the hallways, what would you do?"
"Do you think doctors should always be 100% honest with their patients?"
"You said you saw teaching as applying to a career in medicine...how? ...i responded about how senior residents learn from junior residents, etc. and how we teach patients"
"Tell me about X experience"
"Why did you apply for md/mph?"
"How did you make a difference as a mentor?"
"How much time will you devote to research, clinic, and academic medicine? Give percentages. (I want to go into academics)"
"When have you acted as a leader when you weren't expecting to play this role?"
"The multiple scenario questions I received. I loved them though. My answers came very natural."
"Nothing particularly intersting."
"Tell me something that demonstrated your compassion."
"How do you think your having a Down's Syndrome brother will affect your practice of medicine?"
"How would you handle a friend with a drug problem?"
"Have you ever been overwhelmed, how did you handle this?"
""How has playing [sport] influenced you as a person?""
"Could you switch from cheering for the Gators to cheering for the Canes?"
"Have you ever been disappointed before?If so, how did you respond?"
"Are you interested in women's health issues? (based on a course I had taken)"
"What do the Greek letters in your honor society stand for?"
"Given the 80 hour resident work week, what would you do if your patient coded and you had just reached 80 hours?"
"Think of a time when you were late to something important, how did you deal with it?"
"Assume you hospital has regulations about the nuber of hours you can work per day, and that you have already worked the mximum umber of hours allowed. What would you do if one of your patients coded at the end of your shift?"
"I understand how you came to your decision to be a doctor based on your personal statement and AMCAS, but now describe it to me in a different manner, incorporating new elements not included on my papers."
"Who won the nobel peace prize today? last year?"
"Do you think it is ever appropriate to not be 100% honest with a patient?"
"What is the most significant medical event that you have witness, that you will even tell your grandchildren?"
"What was the biggest mistake you made during your experience at ______?"
"Is there anything you would change if you could go back and do college all over again?"
"What do you see as the biggest problem with health care today?"
"Don't remember exact wording, but it had to do with ideas for ''fixing'' or providing indigent care."
"What my relationship with my brothers is like"
"What do you want to do with your MD?"
"What medical issues do you think might become an issue in the upcoming election?"
"I was asked to describe my experience in playing table tennis in High School."
"We just chatted about my application, Miami, and so on."
"Tell me about the TV show you worked on."
"Do you think that women will benefit medicine?"
"In our discussion about baseball he asked if the reason I had chosen my favorite player as a kid was because he was cute haha"
"I was asked about an old job."
"Every question was based on my application - there wasn't a single question that made me stop and think."
"My interviewer asked me about fantasy football (I mentioned it earler)."
"Why didn't you apply to Johns Hopkins, Harvard, etc?"
"I was asked to teach something nonscientific in five minutes. Hard to explain, but it was actually kinda fun."
"Situational Questions and about family history."
"What are the important events in your life that made you who you are?"
"None. It seemed as though the fact that the interviewer could relate to me in my experiences made it unnecessary for me to finish my sentences (I am not kidding, I am not sure if she was impressed by my accomplishments or the fact that my accomplisments resembled hers)."
"Nothing really out of the ordinary"
"What is the current problem with US health?"
"Question's about research"
"What was your favorite/least favorite course in college?"
"Describe your college roommate.
Where do you want to live in 30 years?"
"Where you given any special training to handle these children with special needs or thrown right into it?"
"What is your most memorable volunteering experience?"
"why would you want to be a doctor and not a nurse?"
"How did you go from B to a D? What was your strategy?"
"what do you see yourself doing in 15 years"
"You've got a colleague at the lab who is doing short cuts with his experiments. This affecting the quality of his product. Would you tell your supervisor?"
"The questions were pretty standard, not that they weren't interesting, but none especially standout. There were questions on leadership, personality, the healthcare situation, etc."
"What do you think about Japanese Art?"
"What do you think will be the problems you will encounter as a physician?"
"This was an interesting interview. I led things, talking about what I was interested in, and my interviewer followed up with facts and advice. No real questions in the traditional sense. Very conversational."
"What sort of travel have you done?"
"Do you think salsa or merengue is harder?"
"What led you to be interested in computer science? Interviews typically start with my background as a given and ask "why medicine"."
"Would I like to study abroad."
"How do you feel about the war in Iraq?"
"What do you think of your MCAT score?"
"Which parent are you like? Why?"
"Why/would you come to UM if you got into every other medical school you applied to?"
"A very detailed ethical question."
"What rewards do you expect to receive from your profession as a physician?"
"Tell me more about your stamp collection."
"Have you partaken in NYC's culinary offerings?"
"what do you think are the characteristics that make a good leader, and how can you reflect that on the medical practice?"
"Can you tell us about the more compelling moments in all of your shadowing experiences - in other words, moments that tended to solidify your desire to work toward medicine as a career?"
"How did your experience at the 911 dispatch office affect your understanding of medicine?"
"What will you do if, after all of this, doing research is just not in the cards - what will you do if you get an MD-only acceptance? "
"How would you get medical students to volunteer more in the community? (Kind of a difficult question too, but interesting nonetheless.)"
"Where did you get that tie?"
"None of the questions were too surprising. "
"About what I do for fun"
"What are your plans for this summer?"
"How is your relationship with your brother?"
"How do you envision yourself acting as a leader among your future peer medical community?"
"What has been the best and worst day of my life?"
"Would you be willing to work in an underserved area if you could make a lot of money elsewhere?"
"What was your roommate your freshman year like?"
"Did you see RENT? Are the patients you work with like the people in RENT? "
"What do you think about our healthcare system?"
"If you could repeat one volunteer experience, and it doesn't necessarily have to be related to medical school--just because you truly enjoyed it, what would it be and why?"
"What qualities help a physician be a good leader?"
"Why would you not succeed/fit in at our institution?"
"What qualities make a good leader?"
"If you had to treat someone with a procedure that went against your moral grain, what would you do?"
"Since I'm a re-applicant: You said that you had a bad interview the last time you applied here. What happened?"
"You have 3 minutes to convince me to choose you over other applicants. Go."
"How do I think my family would feel if I didn't get accepted and I had to go away for medical school?"
"questions based on my file"
"What are your thoughts on Gov't health care?"
"Hypothetical situation about abortion"
"Can you think of any reason that you may not be a successful medical student at U Miami?"
"In an affluent country like the United States, why is health care still so hard for people to access?"
"The federal government has been throwing money at the educational problem in the United States for countless years now. The fact is that children born in poverty tend to remain poor when they grow up, despite the fact that schooling is required. How do you suggest that we counter that?"
"Tell me something interesting you learned from a course in your major in college?"
"what high school did you go to, and what did you think about it? (it turns out my interviewers children go to the same school)"
"What do you think about abortion/gay marriage/HIV patients?"
"Tell me about some of the initiatives that you wanted to take in running for office (in reference to the fact that I ran for several offices in Student Government as an undergraduate)."
"Do you think hispanic patients prefer hispanic doctors? "
"Why U. Kentucky? (In regard to a graduate program I had attended several years ago.)"
"Why come to Miami?"
"Are you an animal lover?"
"None really but if I had to pick one: Did you like Emory University and what did you like most about it?"
"List the people, events, and places that have shaped you becoming the person you are today."
"What type of advice would you give my daughter before she went off to college?"
"Should physicians in the US care about what happens in health care abroad? (internation health and its implications for us)"
"Where do you see yourself 12 years from now?"
"How did you get your name? (My first name is not very common)"
"What do you think the positives and negatives of this school are?"
"Fastforward 12 yrs. You are a family practice physician and you have a private practice. You are married with no children. Your best friends live across the street from you and they have a 15 yr old daughter. One day you walk into your office and see their daughter who runs to you and starts to cry saying that you need to help her because she needs an abortion. She can't tell her parents because they would think she is promiscuous and she isn't as she has gone out with her boyfriend for 2 years and it was their first time going too far. What would you do, how would yopu handle the sittuation, with all legal issues set aside. "
"If there was no such thing as medicine, what career would you choose?"
"Tell me about Cuzco."
"In your future career as a clinician researcher, would you consider returning to the University of Florida?"
"Have you ever heard of the New World Symphony?"
"Tell me everything about yourself from your birth up to this point. (I then talked for 30 minutes without interruption)."
"Do you think medical care is accessible in the United States? How can you make it more accessible?"
"What would your best friend say about you if she was applying for you to get into medical school?"
"Pretty standard questions."
"The most interesting question he asked me was what my roommates did and if they partied while I studied?"
"What was an embarrassing moment for you in your life? What was a moment in your life when you were filled with content and very happy?"
"If you were accepted at Miami and another school, how would you decide?"
"What books have you read/movies have you seen recently?"
"Who is a role model of yours, not in your family"
"What do you think about the practice of medicine today compared to in the past?"
"None really .... all the questions i was asked were standard questions from this website .... if you go through all the interview feedbacks for Umiami, you will have no surprises."
"What is the smallest town you have been to?"
"Tell me about UF medical school (I had just interviewed there previously to UM)"
"Should research funding used to devlope drugs be better off used for cancer or arthritis (in reference to Vioxx being pulled from the market)"
"What other career would you choose if Medicine did not work out for you?"
"Give an example in your personal life of when you exhibited leadership qualities (meaning with friends etc not ec activities)"
"Your best friend's fifteen-year-old daughter comes to you, in a fit of tears, and wants you to give her an abortion and NOT tell her paretns. Without regard to legal issues... what do you think is the right thing to do? (This is interesting all right <wink>. As if ethical questions are not touchy enough.... the interviewer made it personal!)"
"What would your fraternity brothers have to say about you and any qualities that would make them want to be one of your classmates?"
"What, do you think, is the value of professional athletes in American society today?"
"How do you feel about euthanasia? I know, not that "interesting"...sorry ;)"
"What would you do if a patient refuses medication or treatment? "
"If you were working with a group of people and they all had one point of view but you had a different view that you felt was right, how would you go about convincing the others to accept your point of view?"
"The doctor interviewing me said that he had a patient that was brain dead and the family went out and got a court order that the patient was not to be taken off life support. He asked me what I thought he should do."
"personal questions in regard to how I would react to certain situations "
"When stress levels are high, who do you confide in and what sort of activities do you partake in to alleviate the stress?"
"What qualities do you consider important in leadership/being a leader and how have your previous experiences influenced your response?"
"What do you think about the necessity of a relationship between psychological intervention/treatment and classical medicine? "
"Why Spanish? (I was a Spanish major)"
"none, everything was standard."
"What was the last movie and book that I had read, we also discussed art briefly."
"My interviewer just asked me to summarize my life up to the present and explain what has led to me to choose medicine. I felt as though he really wanted to get to know me and to make the interview as relaxed as possible."
"What is your idea of a leader?"
"if I was to write one last sentence to the admissions board about you, what should it be?"
"no real questions. my interview was very conversational and relaxing. we talked more about running than anything else! um doesn't interview that many people, so if you make it to the interview, they really just want to see if you have a pulse and are personable - stuff they can't figure out from reading your file."
"What is toli?"
"We had a great discussion about the importance of research in medicine..."
"have you worked with REALLY sick people?"
"Do you have a best friend and tell me about him/her. "
"A challenging experience you have had."
"What kinds of students do you NOT like who are in your class? Explain what makes them unlikable."
"We had some interesting conversations, not a result of any questions."
"What is the difference between judo and jujitsu?"
"What has been the most important scientific breakthrough in the last century? (I'm a history of science major)"
"What will keep you from changing your mind about going to medical school?"
"What would prevent you from your goal of becoming a doctor?"
"About my love for Hindi movies and culture"
"Questions concerning my personal statement (volunteer experiences and family)"
"What have you read recently about healthcare? (I read a lot about healthcare issues)"
"None of the questions were all that interesting, though he did ask some good questions about my application that showed he actually read everything."
"How are we end the cycle of poverty in America?"
"Nothing really - tell me about yourself."
"What do you think is the most important class in the first year curriculum?"
"Do you like kimchi?"
"What would you do if you don't get into medical school?"
"Why do you feel people from disadvantaged backgrounds tend to stay in a similar place/ socioeconomic status?"
"How has your education/experience prepared you over our other applicants?"
"Some say that the number of women in medicine will dramatically increase in the future. Do you agree or disagree and why?"
"Discuss the research you conducted in college?"
"What is the worst thing that has ever happened to you?"
"How I could integrate my hobbies and work in the future."
"Qualities of a leader and how a physicians must exemplify those qualities."
"How does your family feel about your accomplishments."
"What is a leader? Describe a situation when you acted as a leader? What is the role of a physician as a leader?"
"All of the questions were ones that I was prepared for (and those listed in the interview section of medical school review books)"
"there were no interesting and/or strange questions, just chatting about my file"
"What I would like to do for the international health?"
"He asked me about what some of my more interesting experiences as an EMT were."
"The interview was an informal discussion as opposed to the typical monotonous questions so often asked on interviews. "
"If you're the lead (not a superior) on a team doing a project, and all others on the team think your idea is wrong and threaten to quit the project, what do you do? "
"What do you picture (the practice of) medicine will be like when you graduate from medical school?"
"About rap as poetry and poetry slams"
"Can you demonstrate what Hanmi is? (It's a position in a martial art I learn, so I actually stood up during the interview to show him what it was)"
"How would I resolve India Pakistan tension, as they are both nuclear capable?"
"Give me an example of a situation where you were a leader but also had to use teamwork to accomplish your goals. "
"Why should I accept you?"
"do you think human cloning should be allowed"
"What kind of car do you drive that gets 50 miles/gallon?"
"There was nothing out of the ordinary or particularly interesting"
"How did I plan to take advantage of the things the unique curriculum and clinical experiences at the University of Miami had to offer me."
"What disease is the most problematic today?"
"What kinds of multicultural experiences have you had?"
"There wasn't a particular question that I was asked that stood out in my mind. The entire interview flowed as a conversation and I was allowed to direct the topic of conversation. The faculty member doing the interview went through my extra curricular activities listed on my AMCAS and asked about a few of them. "
"I was given a scenario where I would have to make an ethical decision about abortion. Some people might be offended by it, but frankly, I thought it was an appropriate question and I was happy to answer it."
"None. The admissions officer had the charisma of a corpse. He really spooked me out. He asked questions that were not pertinent to my file and mostly surrounded my hispanic background which he managed to offend at different times. "
"How would you improve the foster care system in America?"