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"Do a better job with the Ultrasound Institute demonstration. The M2s on my tour did their best, but a demonstration from an instructor would be much better and more impressive."
"They put on a great presentation. No negative comments"
"Switch to online secondary."
"Develop an online application. This is the only school to which I applied that I had to fill out and mail a paper application."
"Everyone is really helpful and welcoming."
"They have been really kind and helpful."
"Could be online secondary and payment."
"Online secondary? Had to print it out and hand write responses!"
"Tell me about yourself"
"Know all your activities you listed on AMCAS. Have specific examples if they ask for significant memory from an activity. Know how to respond if they ask how the experience impacted you and what you learned from it or how it influenced your decision to pursue medicine. My interviewers basically ran through my "Work & Activities" section with me and that's what we talked about."
"Describe what you look for in a physician."
"As an OOS student with no ties to USC Greenville, why did you choose this school?"
"Tell me about your research..."
"What do you think is the biggest problem facing the U.S. healthcare system today?"
"Why did you choose the university you did for undergrad?"
"What sets you apart from all of the other applicants?"
"What drives you?"
"What is the strongest/weakest part of your application?"
"What is the one patient experience you have had that made you want to be a doctor?"
"What is something that you'd want me to tell the other committee members about you that is not covered in your application or that I haven't already asked you about?"
"I pretty much got every question that was already posted on this site! I was definitely prepared...
I got the one about who would you save if you had to choose btwn the mother, daughter, and father...my interviewer did put a lil twist on it though and said that you were actually able to save the mom and the daughter...what would you tell the wife if she asks if you'd not saved her would he still be here. "
"Is healthcare a right or a privledge?--I said it was a right--followup: How could you convince someone who says its a privledge that its a right?
"Why Medicine? Why USC?"
"Is healthcare a right or a privilege?"
"Do you think the healthcare systems of many European countries would work in America?"
"Tell me why you want to be a physician."
"Is Medicine a Right or a Privilege?"
"Who was most influential in your decision to enter medicine?"
"Why do you want to come to USC?"
"What is the major crisis in healthcare today and how could you fix it?"
"Say a man with HIV comes in and is on medicaid for his treatment. He also gets a disability check every month. However, you know he is controlling his HIV very well, and goes to work out 45 minutes at the gym everyday, so he is clearly not disabled. What do you do? "
"Why should the admissions commitee choose you?"
"what is your definition of the health care crisis?"
"Why do you want to become a doctor?"
"What do you do for fun?"
"Tell me about your research."
"What is your weakest point?"
"What will you do if you are not accepted to medical school? and Why should we accept you?"
"I see you are the president of Alpha Epsilon Delta, exactly what have you done as president so far? (specific achievements)"
"Discuss your medical experiences and how each either influenced or discouraged your pursuit of medicine."
"tell me about your research"
"What field do you want to go into? -be sure to answer this question that (even though you know what field you want to go into) you are remaining open-minded throughout all rotations (my first interviewer was great and coached me on how to answer questions to impress the next interviewer)"
"Questions are very standard... in fact, they used some that I remember seeing in the Princeton Review Best 162 Medical Schools."
"Why USC/Why should we pick you?"
"What do you think about your MCAT scores?"
"What books have you been reading lately?"
"Explain your research experience."
"questions about life-style, how you handle stress and what you do to prepare"
"What makes you unique?/ Why should we pick you?"
"What book have you read lately? Tell me about it."
"Why should we accept you when we have so many other qualified candidates? "
"What is the biggest problem facing healthcare today?"
"How I decided on medicine"
"Why do you want to be a doctor... Why medicine instead of some other health care profession... Why do you specifically want to be a doctor and not a nurse or some other position?"
"Why did your choose medicine?"
"If a patient came to you for an abortion, would you be able to do it?"
"Why do you want to be a doctor? (I gave an answer relating to service.) Why is service a good thing / why do you want to do it?"
"Why do you want to be a doctor?"
"What kind of volunteer experiences do you have?"
"What was the last book you read?"
"THERE'VE BEEN TIMES WHEN YOU'VE HAD TO GO HOME TO HELP YOUR FAMILY-DO YOU EXPECT THESE ISSUES TO COME UP WHILE IN SCHOOL?; HOW WILL YOU NOT PROJECT YOUR FAITH/VIEWS ON OTHERS? WHAT WAS A HARD DECISION YOU HAD TO MAKE? "
"Why usc school of med?"
"Even though you scored very well on the MCAT science sections, do you think you could pass Biochemistry?"
"Tell me about _____ class that you took. What was it about?"
"How did you decide on medicine? Why do you think you would like a particular area of medicine over another?"
"What would you do about the 9/11 attacks? (I was asked this by an interviewer and also by a patient at the V.A. hospital who insisted we should just bomb Afghanistan off the face of the planet)"
"They will ask questions about your background, coursework,grades, interests & experiences."
"Very very specific questions from my application!"
"Are you an anxious person/how do you manage stress?"
"Are you interested in medical activism or law?"
"Many 2nd generation physicians tend to have very negative and entitled attitudes about medicine. As the child of a physician, how to you plan to prevent this in yourself?"
"What is your greatest fear?"
"Are you on any medications?"
"Do you believe that healthcare is a right or a privilege?"
"Tell me about a time you disappointed your parents..."
"Let's say each thing you do in life represents a tomato plant and your life is the tomato garden. Time is your fertilizer and water. Would you try to let all survive but wilt a bit or let others die for some to thrive?"
"How did you study for the MCAT?"
"*If you took the time to use these interview feedbacks to help you prepare, take the time to fill one out for the next person. Don't be selfish.*
Nothing too out of the way...What's something you had to overcome in your life?"
"Questions from my personal statement"
"How do you think you'll be able to adjust to all the work in medical school?"
"You are a doctor in an ER. A car is hit by a drunk driver. A family comes in (Father, Mother, 7 yr-old Daughter). You can only save two of the three. Which two do you chose and why?"
"I am a reapplicant and I was asked to comment on why I thought I didn't get in last year and why I think I'm a better candidate this year."
"If you could have dinner with any author, who would it be?"
"Why did you leave a successful career to pursue medicine?"
"If you could invite 3 people to dinner who would you invite?"
"My interviewer asked me how going abroad helped me learn about myself."
"Who is your hero? "
"If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be."
"One of my interviewers started talking about a documentary on Rome when I mentioned my interest in history. Had I seen it, I'm sure the conversation would have been much more interesting. "
"You have some much research experience...why medicine and not research?"
"''It takes more than a thirst for knowledge to be a good doctor'' Please elaborate on this quote from your personal statement."
"What is your definition of ''health care crisis''? What can be done about it/solutions?"
"If you could invite three people (living or dead) to dinner, who would they be?"
"Most questions were fairly straight forward and turned into conversations at times. A lot of questions were asked regarding my current graduate work in public health. "
"How is your mother?"
"What should be done to fix the nation's healthcare crisis?"
"What would you want me to say about you to the admissions committee to persuade them to accept you?"
"..I was out of state with a connection of my father attending med school, residency, and graduate work at USC SOM so it was clear he is a doctor... "What quality do you have that will make you a better doctor than your father?""
"if you could invite three people to dinner, living or dead, who would they be?"
"how do you settle conflict?"
"I was asked to describe my research in laymans terms (as if this can be done). "
"What makes a good/bad doctor?"
"How do you deal with stress? and Do you visit the theatre often?"
"If you could invite any three people to dinner past or present who would they be. What would you talk about with each one?"
"Why should we chose you over the other qualified applicants?"
"If you could be any kitchen appliance what would you be?"
"What can I say to you that will make you want to come to our school?"
"What was your favorite non-science class you've taken?"
"If you were any type of cell, what would you be?"
"If you could be any type of cell, what Type of cell would you be?"
"none really - mostly general questions about myself and the path i've chosen"
"If your best friend told you that she was homosexual, and wanted you to march in a gay pride parade, would you?"
"What do you think about the situation in the middle-east? The new Newsweek's cover features an article on sex selection--how do you feel about this practice?"
"What qualities make for a good physician?"
"Would you be a patient in your own office?"
"What motivates you? "
"TELL ME ABOUT YOURSELF; WHAT DO YOU DO TO RECHARGE YOURSELF?"
"i dont remember many specific q's"
"Compare medicine to romanticism."
"I was asked what I felt an applicant being selected for acceptance should have and what qualities I possessed."
"What two people would you like to invite to dinner, living or dead?"
"One interviewer would give me two choices and ask me to pick one, such as "democrat or republican," "leader or follower," then he would sometimes ask me to explain why."
"I was asked who my heros are."
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