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"Only one would be, if possible, to provide us with a parking pass. Most students tend to be from California and drive there. But 12 bucks isn't the end of the world."
"Be more honest with yourselves about the turn-around time for interviews. We were told with good confidence we would hear back within 2-4 weeks when in reality it was 6-8."
"Staff were accommodating and made sure we didn't have to spend too much time outside in the 100+ degree heat."
"None, great job so far. Very impressed."
"Nothing really. They were, by far, the most transparent and prompt throughout the entire process."
"More organized schedule and directions on the day of."
"Perhaps a slightly shorter interview day. The financial aid presentation was helpful, but could have been summed up in a few handouts. I had my interviews in the afternoon so I was already a little tired from lunch, the campus tour and the tour of County hospital. If the interviews were an hour earlier that might've help the day not feel so long."
"More info at the info sessions. The financial aid session was longer than the introduction to the school"
"Earlier notification of interview day schedule"
"Faster decision notification :)"
"It might be worthwhile to get all interviewing students together at the beginning of the day and have someone present briefly on curriculum, opportunities at USC, and maybe combine it with the financial aid presentation. It's a nice way to start out and meet other interviewing students."
"Very professional, yet friendly and invitiing. The admin office staff totally helped calmed my nerves after I initially showed up and felt a little nervous. After realizing how easy-going they were, it was all good. Keep it up!"
"keep doing what you're doing"
"the admissions office is amazing they are really friendly on the phone. you should however, tell us"
"Call us, and not snail mail us for decisions."
"It would be nice to have a little more time alloted for interviews. My morning interview ran a littl"
"The Admissions Office staff were very friendly and approachable, both over the phone and in person."
"It would have been nice to have a presentation from Dean Quinn."
"No suggestions, just a comment about how great Stephanie was for taking me on the tour herself when"
"Stephanie is fabulous. I missed the beginning of the tour due to my interview going a bit over and s"
"Make the Financial Aid Workshop longer, but other than that they were great."
"Rushed 13-minute financial aid session for an overpriced school = Bad."
"The woman at the admissions office is a total sweetheart. She made my day very pleasant!"
"GET ORGANIZED! My interviews were changed around three times and then they ended up giving me the w"
"What do you think is the biggest issue in healthcare? (student and faculty)"
"What is one current issue you see in healthcare?"
"Tell us about an ethical issue you faced and what you did in that situation."
"What is one major challenge you faced on your journey to med school?"
"Why do you want to attend Keck School of Medicine of USC?"
"What is your opinion on healthcare in the US?"
"What are some of the problems you anticipate as a practicing physician?"
"Tell me about a time when you made a mistake and what you did to fix it."
"Tell me a little bit about yourself?"
"How would your friends describe you?"
"Tell me about youself"
"What are some ethical dilemmas you have experienced in your life?"
"What are the biggest problems in healthcare today?"
"What is one of the problems with our health care system you are concerned about?"
"Tell me about yourself..."
"Where do you see yourself in 10 years"
"Tell me about an ethical dilemma in your life"
"How well do you work in groups? (student)"
"If you could allow for-profit kidney transplants, would you do it? Why or why not?"
"Tell me about yourself (both asked this)"
"What single accomplishment are you most proud of?"
"How have you demonstrated the ability to resolve conflict in the past?"
"This is by far the chillest interview I have ever had. Both the faculty and student interviewers were the two sweetest people I've encountered during the 2011 cycle. I've talked to other applicants about their interview experience and everyone on our interview day had a positive experience, so those of you preparing for this interview, DO NOT stress out. I know it's easier to say than do, as I was in your position two weeks ago stressing about the interview. But trust me, this interview is really relaxed. They ask you very generic closed interview questions: Tell me about yourself, why do you want to be a doctor, questions pertaining to your family. All other questions stemmed from my responses to those three questions. Good luck to you all and my only advice to you is to be urself."
"Tell me about yourself (expect this, as the interview is completely closed file. They know nothing about you yet)."
"It was totally a conversation. Be ready to tell your story and then follow up with interesting details."
"What would someone else say your weaknesses are?"
"Tell me about yourself: literally the only direct question my faculty interviewer asked me. After that one question, all the questions from my faculty interviewer just naturally presented themselves (such as, tell me more about that). It was a great conversation, and basically the opposite of my student interviewer, who grilled me with many, many direct questions and hypothetical situations. My faculty interviewer closed up with: Anything else you want the admissions committee to know?"
"Tell me about yourself, very open."
"Faculty: What is a socio-ethical problem that concerns you?"
"interview one: I had to be there super early for this one, i am surprised i was able to make it. tell me about yourself? have you done any research? how have you been involved in your community? what do you feel about the healthcare bill? If you could give four suggestions to Obama what would you say? where do you see yourself in ten years, please be specific? what are you looking for in a medical school? how many schools have you applied to? how many schools have you interviewed in? how many have you got a response? which ones? "
"Both of my interviews were very conversational. I was lucky that neither tried to grill me.
Student: Where are you from? Tell me about yourself? Why do you want to be a doctor? What experiences have shown you that you want to be a physician? What did you do for fun in college? Is there anything else you want me to know? A campus tour.
"What are your strengths?"
"Tell me about yourself / why do you want to practice medicine?"
"What do you think is your greatest achievement during your lifetime?"
"Student Interview: Tell me about yourself. Why medicine? What do you do for fun? What books have you read recently? Why do you want to come to USC? Do you have any questions for me? Overall, the interview was very relaxed, conversational, and put me at ease for the rest of the day."
"Since it was closed file, both interviewers asked me my mcat, gpa, major, etc. Then the classic, "tell me about yourself" question."
"Discuss an ethical situation that you've given thought to. "
"What are your greatest strengths and weknesses?"
"Give me a topic, any topic, within the health care system and tell me what you think of it?"
"Tell me about yourself (The interviews are completely blind, so it makes sense to start out with this)"
"What did you have for lunch?"
"How did you come to choose medicine."
"How will you and your partner deal with the demands of medical school in terms of time it will take away from your relationship?"
"Tell me about yourself.........."
"What should I know about you that isn't in your application?"
"What are your motivations for becoming a physician?"
"what's an ethical issue doctors are faced with today?"
"What area of medicine do you see yourself in?"
"So why medicine?"
"What was the last thing you read?"
"tell me about yourself?"
"What are your strengths and weaknesses regarding medical school or your future career?"
"What are your strengths and weaknesses?"
"What motivated you to pursue medicine?"
"How has your major influenced how you view medicine?"
"What qualities should a medical school look for in an applicant?"
"What qualities would you look for in an applicant if you were on the admissions committee?"
"Why did your family come to the united States"
"tell me about yourself (closed file)"
"All the general stuff: Tell me about yourself. Why medicine? Why USC?"
"What is your biggest strength/weakness?"
"What do you think about our healthcare system? Are you concerned about it?"
"I think you'll probably be bored during your first year here. (Not a question, but still one of the most confounding statements that's ever been put before me.)"
"What will you do if you dont get accepted to medical school? "
"tell me about any research experience you've had as an undergraduate."
"my faculty interviewer said she was going to have some harder questions, but she either didn't ask them or they weren't harder than engaging in normal conversation."
"Name one of your strengths and weaknesses. "
"Why would USC pick you over another, analogous student?"
"what do you do for fun"
"Why medicine? Why not other health care professions?"
"Who has most inspired you (two people)?"
"Why do you want to be a doctor?"
"if you were one ingredient of a big mac, what would you be?"
"how do you study?"
"What was your biggest leadership position?"
"What do you feel is a physician's responsibility in dealing with AIDS patients?"
"tell me about your work experience?"
"Why medicine? Why USC and not UCLA? What can you bring to USC? What can USC offer you?"
"Tell me about yourself"
"How would your friends describe you? How would your enemies describe you?"
"What has been your greatest accomplishment?"
"Tell me about any research that you have done."
"Why do you want to attend Keck?"
"why medicine? what would your friends say about you?"
"What do you do to relax, what do you value, superpower would you want, look for in friends"
"Where do I see myself in 10-15 years?"
"Why medicine/why USC/why should we choose you?"
"What element on the periodic table describes the way you are today? What element on the periodic table describes the way you want to be in the future?"
"What do you thing is the most controversial issue in medicine today? (i answered the huge uninsured population, but he was looking for smthing like stem cell, abortion..) So I talked about Abortions. "
"Pick a topic in health care that you are concerned with and talk about it for a couple of minutes."
"What do you think I should write for the admissions committee about you?"
"Tell me about yourself, anything you want."
"What is a major problem in health care (asked during faculty interview)?"
"What adjectives would friends use to describe you?"
"What do you want to tell me?"
"Tell me about your grandparents."
"How do you think the Admissions Committee evaluates applicants? What do you think they base their decisions on?"
"How was your trip here?"
"Have you had any leadership experiences?
"name your strengths"
"How did you get to where you are today?"
"Describe a problem in your life and how you solved it"
"Talk about one of your experiences in which you took on a leadership role and how things went. "
"What else can I write about you that is distinctive? (or something similar to that)"
"Tell my about yourself.
"Tell me about yourself. When did you decide that you wanted to be a doctor?"
"What do you have for me to tell the admissions committee?"
"Tell me about yourself."
"Ethical question (see above)"
"What was an ethical or moral situation or decision that you have been faced with recently?"
"Tell me about some of the places you've been."
"If a patient started coding in front of you and there was no one else in the room, what would you do?"
"If you could meet anyone past or present, who would you meet?"
"pretty much the basics...i didn't even get the difficult ethics questions a lot of people have been talking about. i think they just want to get to know you and see if you are a normal person and how well you'd fit in at usc."
"Managed care problems. Alternative career choice if medical school doesn't come through.
"What would you put on your epitaph?"
"I actually went through three ethical questions. One from the faculty interviewer and one from the medical student. I posed a third ethical question to the medical student. "
"How did I like my undergrad institution? <br>
Do I know what area I want to work in? "
"Straight forward questions in a conversational style, so the questions had a lot to do with the responses I gave!"
"What lasting changes have occurred in medicine due to COVID?"
"Asked about my favorite fast food place. I was living in the state (not Cali) that my student interviewer went to undergrad at and he was happy that someone could relate to the fast food out here."
"What do you think has been the most difficult part of the application cycle for you?"
"It was mostly a conversation. I can't remember a specific interesting question."
"In your experience working with doctors, nurses, etc., what characteristics did you see that you liked the most and liked the least?"
"How would your best friend describe you?"
"Questions were quite conversational so they might not apply to everyone. I got asked to describe my undergraduate education in detail"
"What's the biggest animal you think you can beat in a fight?"
"What ethical dilemmas have you encountered?"
"What are some of the challenges you forsee in your career?"
"If an alien were to land here on Earth and ask you to describe how our healthcare system currently works, what would you say?"
"What did your grandfather say about WWII?"
"What is your favorite movie of all time?"
"Describe your best friend"
"None - It was all straightforward, just getting to know me"
"Medicine is changing and it's inevitable can you handle that?"
"Where is health care going?"
"Tell me about yourself"
"What is the one thing that your parents would say that you will struggle with in medical school?"
"Don't worry about the ethical aspect, but how would you handle having to tell a pregnant woman that her baby could have down syndrome?"
"What do you do for fun?"
"what is a problem you see with medicine"
"Can you think of a time when you were struggling with something (e.g., research project, teaching a student, etc.), and how you dealt with that situation?"
"If you were a fruit, what would you be?"
"Tell me what you know about anemia. (the student has just been studying hematology)"
"Why not just go to UCLA? It's much cheaper, and they have better research, right?"
"The most interesting questions were in response to the topics we had been talking about, topics that either me or the faculty member brought up. (these questions made up most of the interview by the way)"
"How would you deal with telling the family of a child bad news?"
"Tell me everything you know about basketball."
"What do you think about the news story about the woman who just had the octuplets?"
"What do you think is your greatest achievement?"
"From the faculty interview: Explain a personal event that you consider to involve an ethical gray area, and how you processed it."
"Tell me your beliefs about paranormal physics in relation to medicine? Do you think Obama will accomplish all he has promised?"
"A specific clinical question about organ transplant (which I work in) because the interviewer legitimately wanted to know."
"None of them really."
"Student: Why do you think working with underserved groups is important as a physician? Why do you care?
Faculty: What do you think will be your biggest challenge as a physician?
"Why don't you go to UCLA instead?"
"In 20 years, there may be a cure for everything and doctors will not be needed anymore. What will you do?"
"What can you see being challenging in your future career?"
"What movies have you seen/books have you read recently?"
"If you could have lunch with anyone past or present who would it be? (from student interview)"
"Where do you normally sit in class. (what row)"
"How do you spend your free time?"
"How would you fix the problem of the uninsured?"
"Why did you apply to so few schools?"
"All medical students start out with great attitudes and then something happens to htem between third and fourth year -- they start making fun of patients and rushing to get out of the hospital. Why do you think this happens and what will you do to prevent it from happening to you."
"What does this painting make you think of?"
"To be totally honest, it sounds like you're definitely not from an underpriviledged background. What would make you want to work with indigent, underserved patients at a county hospital?"
"What do you think will be the biggest problem us, as physicians, will be facing? (student interview)"
"No interesting questions. This literally was a conversation. I had to lead discussion."
"Open ended discussion.. everything was pretty standard."
"Nothing too interesting, more like I had to walk around LA county hospital (a bit crazy to say in the least) and avoid getting in fights with security guards or family members"
"Tell me about a specific experience from your clinical internship."
"If you could be anyone, in any time, place, who would you be?"
"how do you feel about healthcare in the US today?"
"Would you prescribe a lethal dose of barbituates to a terminal cancer patient and why or why not?"
"You are the dean of the medical school and a student comes to you expressing discomfort having to treat an AIDS patient; student found a collegue to trade patients and wants your approval. "
"What will sustain you during medical school when you're stressed and busy?"
"How does USC suit your future career plans, and what are those career plans?"
"none were really interesting, i didn't feel like they really wanted to get to know me. "
"What would you do differently if you were a primary care doctor in a HMO system?"
"Since the interview was closed file, both interviews went more like conversations than anything else. There were the usual questions, like "why are you interested in medicine?" and "what experiences do you have that have reinforced your interest in medicine?" etc. "
"Which school is your top choice so far?"
"My student interviewer came prepared with a list of 40 questions and he wanted answers to them all!"
"Do you think it is possible for the student interviewer to be having a bad day and to give you a negative impression of the school? (this was asked by my faculty interviewer)"
"tell me a story about how you dealt with a challenge"
"How will you handle cultural barriers as a physician? (I had mentioned that cultural sensitivity in health care is a major issue)"
"Do you think illegal immigrants should be given free healthcare?"
"What do you think about having a family with the busy schedule of becoming a doctor?"
"If you were an interviewer, what would you you look for in a future doctor?"
"What would you do to change healthcare in America? (I was asked this twice)"
"how do you feel your social science background will be to your advantage/disadvantage in medical school?"
"What do you think about the HMO system."
"Are you aware we have very little funding? (from a student)"
"If your best friend were here with us, what would he/she say about you?"
"Asked if I had seen Million Dollar Baby and what I thought about the movie. Unfortunately, I hadn't seen it."
"What issue do you think faces the future of medicine."
"What do you think are the most pressing ethical issues in medicine today?"
"How would you solve the traffic problem in LA?"
"Cross cultural comparisons of emergency medicine between developing and developed countries."
"So, what's the most difficult question you've been asked so far?"
"Discuss a current ethical question in healthcare today"
"nothing particularly stands out"
"Where was your violin made? (my interview also played)"
"None - all were fairly standard"
"What do you see as today's biggest problem in US Healthcare?"
"If you could have a conversation with anyone, who would it be?"
"your patient is HIV positive. his partner doesn't know. what would you do? "
"What is an ethical health issue you've been following lately in the news? Not too interesting but compared to the rest it was."
"Nothing out of ordinary or particularly interesting"
"Can you explain Calvinist theology to me? (asked because I attend a Calvinist college)"
"Why do you think County would be a beneficial place for you to work while a medical student?"
"If you could have dinner with four people, living or dead, who would you pick? How do you think they would get along with each other?"
"How do you think your religious beliefs will affect your ability to practice medicine?"
"How would you treat AIDS/HIV patients? [To me it just seems like it would make sense that you treat all patients the same.]"
"Ethical issue about treating a patient with AIDs"
"Wat superpower I would have, and what I look for in friends"
""What was the most difficult interview question you were asked?"
(Didn't ask for my response)"
"I was to have a dinner party at a nice restaurant. And I was allowed to invite any three women in the world. They could be dead or alive. Who would I invite?"
"What would you do if two patients came in the ER, one looks homeless and the other looks wealthy and clean? Who would you treat first and why? "
"How did I plan on making money/providing for my family if I wanted to work in a "county facility"?"
"Where do you see the future of medicine in ten years?"
"In a hypothetical situation with three different patients and only one ICU bed available, which patient would you choose for the bed and on what basis did you choose?"
"Who has had the biggest influence in your life?"
"Nothing out of the ordinary. Very conversational."
"A faculty interviewer and I had an interesting talk about the american obesity epidemic, and how fast food compares to the tobacco industry."
"By what adjectives would your closest friends describe you?"
"Have you ever hurt anyone?"
"Which of your parents do you emulate the most and why?"
"What do you think makes a great doctor?"
"What would your friends say about you?"
"What was a difficult time in your life, and how did you deal with it?"
"How did you get to where you are today?"
"What do you think leads to medical cynicism (when you enter med school it's about helping people, but by the time you graduate, most people are disillusioned to some extent, hard to see each patient as a unique human being, etc.) and how would you prevent this from happening to yourself?"
"Why did you major in economics?"
"What would you do if a patient refused treatment based on your gender?"
"Step into the shoes of your best friend and explain to me what is so great about you. "
"Would you feel confortable examining an AIDS patient?"
"What would you do if a patient dying of cancer asked you to help end her life?"
"Are there alot of mosquitos in Vietnam? =P"
"If you had an AIDS patient who would not use any protection or tell his partners about his AIDS, what would you say to his partner that he brings into the clinic? (after i answered) Well arent you worried about lawsuits?"
"What did you think of your pre-med program?"
"Ethical Questions like, "What would you do if it was against a patient's religion to receive a blood transfusion?""
"The faculty interviewer asked me where I had interviewed so far, and when I named a few that I had interviewed at and been accepted to, he asked, "Then why would you want to come here?" He was being serious- actually discouraging me from coming to USC becaue he felt the other schools were better. Way to sell your school!"
"What advice would you give to someone dealing with cancer for the first time? What is the one thing that they absolutely must know?"
"I was asked about some of the places I've traveled."
"What would you say to the admissions committee to convince them to accept you over someone else who has the exact same background and qualifications as you?"
"Nothing really. Both of my interviews were extremeley relaxed and conversational. "
"If you could be any element on the periodic table, what would it be and why."
"none really...it was my student interviewer's first time interviewing someone."
"If you could meet anyone from the past or present, who would it be and why?"
"No interesting questions"
"Are you a Giants Fan?"
"What book are you reading right now?"
"If there were 50 other applicants in this room, why should we choose you?"
"What's my motivation to go into medicine?"
"In your small groups and labs you will be placed in a group of six for an entire year. How do you feel about this? What would you do if tensions developed?"
"what do I think it would be like to work at LA County Hospital (my faculty interview was after the tour)"
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