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"1) Include a thorough tour of the medical school and facilities 2) Have well-prepared and enthusiastic interviewers 3) Give more information about financial aid, curriculum, research, diversity, and student life"
"1) Give students a schedule with times and locations in their packets at the beginning of the day
2) Include a short Q&A with the financial aid office on the schedule, or perhaps include more materials on the financial aid process in the interview folder
3) Include an optional student tour of the hospital and various medical school buildings"
"Mini interview sections should be slightly longer. I feel like my interviewer and I were cut off during each rotation."
"Show off the facilities/campus more, or at least give interviewees the option to walk around campus with a student before/after the interview. The new MMI format felt like it was a lower stress way to show my genuine self. Not sure if it was on purpose, but the instructions were pretty vague so I think we all were doing our best despite being stressed from the uncertainty."
"Tell students more than 6 hours in advance if you plan on cancelling interviews due to snow."
"The interview day is an opportunity to sell your interviewees on the school. Bring in people to talk about its strong points and some of the details not readily available on the website. One positive: best interview day food that I've had so far!"
"Use a separate online system for admissions where updates could be uploaded or at least the application submitted could be reviewed."
"Improve the daily interview schedule to make it more structured. Allot a specific time for the tour, facilities to be toured, relevant departments to speak to students, a formal briefing on the school/stats/facilities/benefits/etc. Continue making med students available as they were a great resource."
"Wish the interview day had less down time and was more structured. Would have preferred some more formal talks by administrators/financial aid. I don't understand why UNC's state residency form is so much more complicated than ECU's. But the admissions staff were awesome, as were the cookies!"
"Speed it up, please."
"the interview day was disorganized and could have been much more informative. I would have liked to hear more about the curriculum - a booklet/pamphlet would have been nice. I got the feeling that unc didn't feel like they had to impress the interviewees because they know that they are already everyone's top choice."
"Keep applicants posted about the progression of spots left (like what ECU Brody does)."
"I would not change anything."
"Make the interview day more informative! I don't feel like I learned anything about the UNC School of Medicine."
"Nothing. they are just great."
"Interviews were a little uncoordinated, but everyone was really friendly"
"make sure all the interviewers are actually making the interviews stress-free..."
"I had a great time! UNC is definitely my first choice"
"No real suggestions. I think maybe they need to hire one more person to make it more efficient. The"
"It was a little disorganized, but I found that it made it less stressful, so I didn't really mind!"
"I know faculty are extremely busy, but it seems like there should be a little more stability in the"
"Provide students with a more detailed schedule for the day."
"A little bit more reading material in the waiting room...Some of us had a long time to wait."
"Tell me about extracurricular?"
"What was your most important volunteering experience?"
"What is one of your weaknesses?"
"What was your least favorite part about your leadership role in X and what was your favorite/most rewarding?"
"What is one trait you wish you could change about yourself?"
"Describe your upbringing and family life growing up"
"Have you read [specific book related to my interests]?"
"What three adjectives would your friends use to describe you?"
"Tell me about your family life growing up."
"Describe a Personal Challenge."
"What would you do if you were not admitted?"
"What will be your biggest challenge in medical school?"
"Why do you want to attend UNC?"
"Do you miss the South? (I go to school out of state)."
"Compare health care in India with US? I am an Indian"
"Dinner with 3 people? One at a time Who u choose?"
"what clinicals have you had"
"Do you wish your mcat/grades were higher?"
"How did studying abroad shape your decision to become a doctor?"
"What draws you to UNC?
Umm good and cheap...lol no brainer"
"#1 How in the world did you decide to become a physician?
#2 I have read your application, and my job is to convince the committee that they should give one of their medical school slots to you, with that in mind tell me about you."
"How do you know you want to be a doctor?"
"Tell me your story."
"How's the application process?"
"What one figure from history would you invite to dinner?"
"How are you qualified to become a physician, i.e. what feedback and/or epiphany have you had that leads you to believe you should become a doctor and would make a good one? "
"What would you do if you weren't accepted into the school?"
"Describe the progression of your interest in medicine?"
"Tell me about yourself."
"Tell me about your life growing up?"
"What was your favorite undergrad class? Ridiculous........"
"Tell me about your clinical experiences."
"Tell me about your healthcare experience."
"How did you become interested in medicine?"
"Basic questions: why medicine? why UNC? surprisingly nothing too in-depth given that it was open-file."
"Why didn't you go straight from undergrad to med school?"
"Why North Carolina (Out of state)?"
"What do your parents do?"
"Tell me about yourself
Tell me about your research"
"What the hell happened to you sophmore year?"
"What 3 famous deceased people would you like to have dinner with?"
"Tell me about yourself"
"What haven't I asked about that you would like to elaborate on?"
"Give three adjectives for you, your mother, and your father."
"What are your plans if you don't get in?"
"Why healthcare? whats wrong with the current system? How do you got about fixing it? (this last for about 40mins!)"
"How would you fix the healthcare system?"
"In 15 years, what do you think will be the greatest challenge to you as a physician?"
"If it was possible,would you change medical policy in America, and if so, how?"
"List three adjectives about yourself, yourself in high school, your mother, and your father."
"Tell me about what your high school was like, what your family is like and why you choose your college."
"How did you fall into medicine? Tell me about your research etc."
"How would your best friend describe you/How would your worst enemy describe you?"
"Explain how you choose your undergrad school/major and how you came to choose medicine."
"Go through your life with me from start to finish."
"Why Medicine? How can you be sure?"
"Tell me about yourself, your parents, your high school, and your college"
"Tell me about yourself?"
"How are you going to pay for this? Have you thought about military medicine?"
"Tell me about a problem in health care today."
"Nothing particularly unusual, mostly standard questions straight off SDN."
"When was the last time you cried?"
"What is wrong with health care?
"Why change from being a PA"
"Talk about your research."
"How much patient contact have you had besides shadowing a doctor?"
"Give three adjectives that describe your mother, father, yourself in high school, and yourself now."
"Why did you come to Charlotte? (I migrated to the US in 2001 and have been in Charlotte ever since)"
"Tell me about your current research projects."
"What I regret most about highschool"
"Why return to school?"
"Tell me about these bad grades so I can explain them to the committee."
"Talk to me about your summer experiences."
"What is a problem with health care today and how would you fix it?"
Why now (I am non-traditional)"
""Where do you see yourself in ten years?" as in do you see yourself in a big city at a busy hospital or clinic, in a rural setting, or maybe at a teaching hospital near a university campus, immersed in the atmosphere of academic medicine. "
"What advantages to you see in UNC program compared to other schools you applied to?"
"Asked about my time off b/w school and why?"
"Where do you see yourself in ten years?"
"Why medicine / what medical field are you interested in?"
"why medicine; why UNC; do you really have clinical exposure or valuable extracurriculars? (can't just say yes and list them; had to prove it)"
"How would your best friend/enemy describe you?"
"What interested you in medicine?"
"What is the greatest problem area in medicine and how would you fix it? "
"Why did you want to become a doctor?"
"What do you think about the healthcare problem in this nation?"
"where do you see yourself in 10 years? "
"What is the most recent book that you've read? What types of books in general do you like to read?"
"What are your strengths and weaknesses?"
"What do you think about being older? (Half of UNC's students are older)"
"Explain the history of Shaolin Kung Fu and how it is different from tae kwon do..."
"Why do you want to be a doctor and Why Carolina?"
"why do you want to be a doctor?"
"Why did you choose your major?"
"Tell me what you want to know?"
"So, are you going to make me ask, or just tell me? (Implying- "Why do you want to be a doctor?")"
"Tell me about your (fill in the blank with bad class) grade."
"What are your strengths/weaknesses."
"explain MCAT score"
"One interviewer gave the the categories that they score us on and told me to describe how I fill each category."
"What was the last book you read? The last movie you saw?"
"Where are good places to eat around here?"
"what do you do in your free time?"
"Just the basics. Know em..."
"Tell me about your interests."
"What 3 sentences do you want me to write down for your file?"
"What personal qualities do you have that will make you a good physician?"
"2 part question: What do you think makes a good doctor, and in what ways are you unique?"
"If you were to write an autobiography, what would it be titled?"
"What book are you currently read? (We ended up talking about various books related to my particular medical interests)"
"Was your undergraduate institution difficult/did it prepare you well?"
"My interviewer seemed to have memorized my profile before I came in, so he was prepared to ask specific questions."
"Do you use illicit drugs?"
"What kind of physician do you see yourself as in 10 years?"
"Tell me about your family."
"Tell me about your friends."
"Dinner with 3 people? One at a time Who u choose?"
"What do u do to relax?"
"Honestly it wasn't a question and answer format, just a really good conversation about medicine, UNC, and my experiences."
"Fairly standard questions. . . How does a girl from X end up in country Y doing activity Z? (They both read my app carefully and gave me many opportunities to explain/brag."
"I was asked in both interviews to explain my husband's job in more detail. "
"Some guy finds out his wife is ill unless she gets medicine. He breaks into a pharmacy and steals the needed medicine, was he right in his actions?"
"What was the last book you read?"
"How do you like your current job?"
"Tell me about your first car."
"Are the students at your current school happier than the students here?"
"Say "How are you feeling" in Haitian Kreyol."
"If you were advisor to one of the presidential candidates, what would you tell them to do about health care?"
"(looking at my list of current activities...) Do you have free time and if so, what do you do in it? I talked about cooking as being my favorite kind of hobby."
"If you could talk to anyone, dead or alive and not a relative, who would it be and why?"
"What book am I currently reading"
"What do you think might be a possible solution to the problem of health dispairities?
"Surprisingly...nothing. Very standard"
"Have you done anything to cause your friends to view you negatively? If so, how did you deal with it?"
"When are peanuts harvested?"
"Who would you like to eat dinner with, besides a family member?"
"What do you like to read?"
"If you could have dinner with anyone, deceased or living but excluding relatives, who would it be?"
"Why did you do post-bach work somewhere other than UNC-CH? (I don't live in the Chapel Hill area)"
"What was the plot of the Stranger?"
"What aspects of public healthmost interest you?"
"We were talking about holden from salinger's catcher in the rye and the word ''phony'' when he asked me if I thought people at UNC were pretentious and then asked if I was judgemental."
"Tell me about your first car?"
"What do you know about Korean?"
"What do you think will be the biggest problem facing physicians when you finally get into practice?"
"What is the german word for singer?"
"Would I bring religion into a patient visit?"
"Why do autistic people behave the way that they do? <I work with autistic adults so it was relevant>"
"What problems do you foresee affecting your future practice on a grand scale?"
"where do you see Healthcare going? How do you think we should adress the problems?"
"Do you think your humanities major will fit into medicine?"
"When was the last time you cried?"
"If it was possible,would you change medical policy in America, and if so, how?"
"If you were any cell in the body what would you be and why?"
"If I could go back to the beginning of college what would I change (if anything) and why?"
"In your opinion, what are some of the negative aspects about becoming a physician?"
"If you got into Hopkins, do you think you'd come here or go there?"
"Do you think that your hopes of building relationships with patients is realistic considering that primary care physicians these days often shuffle patients in and out in 8 minutes?"
"What should I tell the admissions committee that will convince them to accept you over the other applicants?"
"What was the first car you owned?"
"What was the most recent book you finished reading?"
"Have you thought about military medicine?"
"What was the name of the OB/GYN that delivered you?"
"You are interested in a very narrow specialty (peds neurosurgery). How did you focus on something so specialized this early?"
"As you reach the end of retirement from a successful medical career, God tells you she's throwing a 3 day party for you, with your spouse and all your family. What 3 people would you invite that you'd like to get to know better, dead or alive, real or fictional and why?"
"How do you feel about people riding motorcycles without helmets? Is this a right? Should others have to pay for their medical bills?"
"Tell me about Victor Jara. (A Chilean musician involved in my senior thesis, who the interviewer happened to admire)"
"Why medical school after practicing as a PA"
"What sandwich would you like for lunch?"
"Ethics question: "Pregnant woman whose baby's bloodtype doesn't match the father...mother doesn't want to tell, boyfriend does - what do you do? I said maintain patient-doctor confidentiality...apparently that was the more "right" answer."
"If you could change something you did in the past, what would it be?"
"Very standard questions"
"How fast can you run? (I'm a XC coach)"
"As a doctor (or med student) you are going to come into contact with patients' bodily fluids. How would you feel if a patient threw up on you?"
"The thing I regret most from highschool"
"Does the rise in managed care and insurance companies' roles in medicine deter you from your desire to become a doctor?"
"The beginning questions were very "interview-like" but the follow-ups to the answers I had to specific questions were unique and well orchestrated."
"What would you suggest be done to deal with the inequity of healthcare (millions of uninsured) in the U.S.? "
"What type of non-dark beer would you recommend for me?"
"None really.....most questions were as it is from this website....I have a unique background so most questions were based on that...."
""You have made it through four long years of med school, and the day you have been waiting for is just around the corner. You are about to graduate with 159 of your classmates/friends, with whom you have shared all the challenges and accomplishments of the past four years. It is the day before commencement, but tragedy strikes-you are killed in a horrible car accident. What do you hope your classmates will say about you at commencement?" "
"In your opinion what is one of the biggest healthcare problems faced today? How would you suggest resolving it."
"Who is your hero?"
"Are you Jewish? Fair question b/c of our conversation about my daughters name which is ancient AKAN/AFRIM and means MOTHER OF ISRAEL."
"What would you do if you had a patient who would not listen to your medical advice. The patient had been smoking and drinking for years and refused to stop. How would you influence that patient to start healthy behaviors."
"What character in the lord of the rings movie was the most interesting when compared with their portrayal in the book?"
"What makes you unique"
"Do you travel much? (not very interesting, but they didnt really ask any interesting questions)"
"Have you considered dentistry? As a Japanese-American, do you feel any guilt for Japan's conduct in World War II? (no joke)"
"What would you do if you had a patient that hated you?"
"standard questions - nothing very interesting. the conversation took on a life of its own."
"Why did you choose your ugrad and why didn't you transfer?"
"I haven't bothered to look at your file. Tell me about yourself"
"Why did you take juggling? "
"None in particular."
"Are you capable of making a major lifestyle change if and when you get into medical school (a reference to the fact I do alot of activities that I would not have time for in med school)"
"Nothing really, all standard crap questions."
"What is a chord?"
"Pretend I'm a cashier at Dixie Mart. Explain your research to me in terms that I can understand and that I might find interesting."
"What's the difference between compassion and empathy? Can I, as a male OB-GYN, have empathy with a patient suffering from menstrual cramps. (The answer was yes. I got it wrong. :)"
"Have you ever had milk straight out of a cow udder?"
"How can we fix health care today?"
"So I see you delivered a dead baby....where was this, in a back alley at an illegal abortion clinic?"
"How do you plan to fund medical school and would you be interested in joining the military in order to fund medical school?"
"describe a typical day in your life"
"female health care with regards to reproductive rights: from an OBGYN"
"Do you like chirality? (in reference to me being a chemistry major)"
"What did you think of the State of the Union address?"
"Is there anything that scares you about medical school?"
"IF you had a patient who wanted to try alternative therapies, what would you do?"
"Give me 3 adjectives to describe your mother and your father, respectively. Then which are you most like. "
"Do you know what problems physicians are facing in the healthcare field?"
"why in the world are you pursuing medicine at this age?"
"I was asked to provide 3 adjectives for my mother, father, me in high school, and me now, all separately, and he jotted down all 12 adjectives that I said."
"What are great places to eat around here?"
"do you think paying patients to participate in clinical trials poisons the doctor-patient relationship?"
"We discussed my essays. It was nice to see that my interviewer took the time to carefully read over my app."
"Why do you wear your watch on the same hand that you write with?"
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