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"Don't send VITA invites to people in MD only. Be consistent with dates- they told me that "if you haven't heard back by Dec assume its a rejection," but i talked to another person and they were told a different timeline"
"Send out a more thorough interview day schedule. The schedule I received via email did not have certain activities listed that were listed on the schedule I received day-of."
"Admissions office was the most positive element of my interview day experience. My suggestion: give the staff a raise, they've earned it."
"Make sure the buildings are unlocked so applicants can see the inside of them!"
"The receptionist was incredibly helpful and friendly. My interviewers were very different, so it was"
"They really should let you pay the application fee with a credit card."
"None, the staff was helpful and kind during my interview process"
""what is a health problem that specifically affects New Mexico?""
"What are some of the major health concerns facing New Mexico?"
"What are the biggest public health issues facing New Mexico and how would you change them?"
"Why do you want to practice medicine in New Mexico?"
"What are some current healthcare problems that New Mexico faces and what can we do to fix them?"
"What have been some of your life experiences with diversity?"
"Why are you choosing medicine?"
"Do you know about the major health problems in the state of New Mexico?"
"If you could change three things about our current healthcare system, what would they be?"
"Why do you want to come to UNM?"
"Why do you want to do pediatrics and not family practice?"
"Do you have any special talents?"
"Interest in becoming a doctor."
"What led you to choose medicine?"
"What are three major health issues in New Mexico and how would you address them?"
"Problems of health-care on a national level?"
"How would you treat the current diabetic problems in New Mexico?"
"Give me the top 3 reasons you want to be a doctor?"
"What are some of your strengths and weaknesses? "
"''If you were a bird on my shoulder in the committee meeting, what you whisper in my ear for me to tell them about you''"
"Tell me about your positive and negative qualities."
"If you didn't get into any medical school this year, what would you do during the coming year to strengthen your application? "
"What are some of the best advancements/discoveries in medicine in the last 100 years?"
"What are your strengths and weaknesses?"
"What are the major medical issues facing New Mexico?"
"Why New Mexico (asked at every interview)"
"You say you're stubborn, what happens if you and a patient disagree? Say your patient has a viral infection and requests antibiotics, what would you do?"
"What are some of the important healthcare issues today?"
"What kind of practice are you interested? "
"Why study medicine?"
"How many schools have you applied to, and what is your top choice? (not exactly questions I believe should be asked during an interview)"
"If you had a patient who received a concussion during football, what would you say to his parents? What are your personal opinions about concussions and football?"
"Do you see yourself working in a community or academic setting?"
"How do you think you would do in a rural setting?"
"Man with Diabetes comes into your office and you know he is not taking his medication. What are all of the reasons this could be?"
"How will personalized, genomic medicine fit into efforts to curb costs?"
"Tell me about Valley Fever. (I guess one of my prof. said in his LOR that I did a presentation on it in his class)"
"What do you think are the most difficult parts of being a doctor?"
"I was given two different ethical scenarios. One involved an obese man with sleep apnea, the other a child with a severe case of lupus that had severely damaged her organs."
"How would you get children to wear helmets (I am interested in public health and community education as well as clinical medicine)."
"What attributes would you look for in an applicant if you were on the admissions committee at UNM?"
"How would you address the health care issues of New Mexico? (really open ended, leads to a discussion rather than a simple answer)"
"Some good tailored questions. They read your file and ask some good background questions."
"So you are thinking of becoming an ER doc, huh, you would just like to treat and street?"
"What are some of the healthcare issues in New Mexico, and if you were in a position of power, what would you do about them?"
"''If you were a bird on my shoulder, what wyould you whisper into my ear fo rme to tell the comittee to convince them to accept you''"
"If you could change one thing about health care in this country, what would you do?"
"If you were to teach a class tomorrow, on any academic or non-academic subject, what would it be and what important ideas would you try to get across?"
"What is the most important thing you have learned in life so far?"
"If you could whisper in the Health Care God's ear, what would you tell him?"
"How did you score so high on your MCAT? "
"Why do you want to waste so much time with getting an MD?"
"if I could wisper into the medical god's ear, what would I change about medicine?"
"If you were on the admissions committee, how would you evaluate your application?"
"More like brainstorming the furture , than a question"
"What did diversity mean to me?"
"Would a prisoner deserve a heart transplant over a civilian, and how do you feel about the fact that it would be paid for by the state, when a civilian would have to pay a large deductable...?"
"If I were a Dictator of the world, what would I do? They also asked questions pertaining to healthcare in our state of New Mexico, Obesity, diet, access to care, etc... "
"Nothing really interesting. Both interviewers simply asked me questions about myself and why I want to go to UNM."
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