"How would you describe yourself / how would your friend describe you?"
"Specific questions about gap year activities"
"Why medicine and not other healthcare profession?"
"Talk to me about your research"
"Why USF? (2x)"
"What were you like in high school"
""What does your family think of your career goals?""
"What brought you to medicine?"
"They asked if I could see any potential ethical problems with medical missions trips (I went on one)"
"Why medicine? What brings you to USF?"
"How is your research funded? Who owns the data? Are you involved with the IRB approval process? Do you know how to consent a patient? What were the inclusion and exclusion criteria of the precursor study (done 10 years ago) and how do those differ from the current inclusion and exclusion criteria.
Very odd questions"
"Tell me about your research experience."
"What would your friends say is one of your strengths/weaknesses?"
"Tell me about your leadership experiences."
"What do you like to do in your free time?"
"Why did you choose to pursue medicine?"
"Why did this particular period of college have bad grades? (I had issues in the beginning of freshmen year)"
"What is something I wouldn't know about you by looking at your file?"
"3 parts: Why did you pick medicine? Why should they pick you? Why did/would you pick USF?"
"Tell me about your research with (insert project name)."
"Take me back to highschool...."
"Tell me why you want to do medicine?"
"Tell me about a major challenge you had to overcome in your life."
"What is the toughest thing you will face as a physician/ what are the challenges to studying medicine?"
"Why do you belong here and deserve to be a DR?"
"Tell me about a major life-event and how it has affected the way you think and live today."
"What are the greatest advantages in medicine in the last 10 years?"
"Tell me about yourself: research, volunteer, leadership, grades, mcat, family."
"Name an ethical situation you may find as a doctor and how you would deal with it."
"The clasic: Why medicine?"
"Why did you choose to attend ---- college?"
"Why USF? Why medicine?"
"tell me about yourself"
"Why Tampa? Why USF?"
"Is it ever appropriate to lie or be dishonest?"
"What is the accomplishment of which you are most proud?"
"Tell me about an importand decision you made and how you made it."
"All very typical, and every single one was listed on previous posts. What motivation for medicine?"
"Why are you applying to this school?"
"See question above. "
"Tell me about your best friend."
"see previous posts - they are exactly the same"
"Desribe a stressful situation and how you solved it."
"What is the most interesting thing you have ever done?"
"why did you choose to attend [school]?"
"Of what accomplishment are you most proud?"
"If a doctor prescribes a homeopathic treatment that he does not believe in just to get a patient out of the office, what is the ethical problem? "
"When is honesty not the best policy?"
"Do you think it's ok to prescribe herbal/alternative treatments to patients?"
"Doctor/Nurse realationship. Most interesting about yourself/what you wish you could have done that you haven't."
"What is the relationship between a doctor and nurse?"
"At what point in your life did you know that you wanted to be a doctor?"
"How would your best friend describe you?"
"Why medicine? What is the biggest problem facing health care today?"
"What do you think about the AIDS crisis in Africa (b/c I founded a medical organization in Kenya and spent part of a summer in South Africa)? How is it being resolved, and what do you think can be done?"
"Tell me about yourself....(as usual)"
"Why do you want to become a doctor?"
"What are your favorite movies?"
"why do yuo wnat to be adoctor"
"Tell me about yourself. (I'm a non-trad, so this took up the bulk of both interviews!)"
"Difficult thing to deal with growing up"
"What qualities are essential for a leader to possess? Do you feel that you have these qualities? What are you strengths and weaknesses?"
"What do you consider to be your greatest accomplishment?"
"Tell me about yourself. Why medicine? Any doctors in your family?"
"Both interviewers opened their interviews with, "So, tell me about yourself." And then wanted to know GPA, MCAT, etc. So even though it's closed-file, these interviewers are still interested in your numbers."
"Paint me a picture in words of: who you are, where you've come from, where are you going, where do you hope to be in 5 years?"
"What do you consider are your strengths and weakness?"
"How did you know you wanted to be a doctor?"
"Why USF? Do you like Tampa?"
"What is Ox Phos (Oxidative Phosphorilation)?"
"Tell me what you want to become a doctor? When did you make this decision?"
"What do you do in your free time?"
"tell me what is on your application."
"Your GPA, MCAT scores, volunteer experience, leadership experience, research experience"
"What is your opinion on euthanasia?"
"Was your decision to be a doctor gradual, or all at once?"
"What experience have you had as far as volunteer work and exposure to medicine?"
"tell me about your hobbies"
"When did you decide to pursue medicine?"
"Why medicine? Tell me about your self/leadership/hobbies/research etc."
"Why do you want to be a doctor?"
"What do you think are good qualities found in a physician? "
"What are your hobbies etc."
"Why your undergraduate university? Why did you pick medicine? What type of research have you done? Why did you do it? What is your weakness? what do you offer to a medical school? Do you have any leadership experience? What do you like about USF? Where do you see yourself in 10/20 years and what would you want to have? Basic stuff. No ethics questions."
"Usual questions, nothing tricky. Background, motivation, scholastic ability, team skills, family, future plans re specialty (if any), and others."
"Why do you want to go to medical school? Were there any experiences that influenced this decision the most?"
"why medicine? what do you like to do for fun? what work/volunteer experiences do you have? what do you think are current issues in medicine? how would you resolve these issues?"
"So, what do you want to tell me about yourself?"
"Why do you want to be a doctor...and don't say to help people because that is not an answer."
"Do you have any questions for me before we begin?"
"What volunteering have i done"
"What lead you to medicine? What leadership experiences have you had? Tell me about your community service activities (non-medical)? "
"What is your favorite bacteria?"
"Is anyone in your family in the medical field?"
"What kind of work do your parents do?"
"Do you want to tell me anything about your file that may come up in the committee meeting?"
"What will you do WHEN you don't get accepted?"
"Tell me about your research."
"What are some of your leadership experiences?"
"Why do you volunteer where you do?"
"What are your weaknesses?"
"Tell me about yourself?"
"Tell me about yourself and why medicine?"
"Other than the ones above, "Tell me about yourself.""
"other than the two mentioned above...
"What do you regret?""
"Tell me about yourself."
"If you could time travel (past or future), how would you use that to improve health outcomes?"
"What would your friends say they do NOT like about you? How about your parents?"
"What is something about you that isn't on your application?"
"Extremely specific questions about my research method, going as far as to ask specific procedures and protocol in-depth."
"What was the most impactful shadowing experience you had?"
"The interviewer had a family member undergoing treatment and wanted to know what I would advise them on for next steps"
"What specialty and why?"
"What are you looking for in a medical school"
"Questions related to a unique extracurricular I have."
"What is your best and worst experiences while counseling? (I was a sexual assault hotline counselor)"
"Asking about my research."
"Tell me about your family and culture. Interviewer was very interested in learning about different cultures (which was written on his bio given to us at the beginning of the interview day)"
"What did Alzheimer die of?"
"Have you ever been treated differently because of your race/ethnicity? (I'm Middle Eastern)"
"Why did you choose to apply for SELECT? How will SELECT help you achieve your career goals?"
"Tell me about yourself."
"One of my interviewers literally read my entire file cover to cover. They had highlighted phrases and wanted to know why I wrote certain things in particular."
"What is the single most important event in the history of humankind?"
"All of them were interesting!"
"It was about Indian culture because I'm Indian and the interviewer had knowledge in that area"
"If could wish for anything, but just one thing (no wishing for more wishes), what would it be and why?"
"Do you know how your sister is doing? (I addressed a lot of relevant family issues in my secondary and AMCAS)"
"How do you see the patients' right to choose how and when they die?"
"Tell me how you would address health disparities."
"What will you personally find the most challenging about being a physician?"
"How do you believe you will deal with a situation where a patient refuses to comply with your advice/orders? What would you do?"
"I see that you did a lot of community work, what plans do you have to increase the number of minorities going to college?"
"Youre in the ER, and a patient is unconscious and the physician wants to perform a procedure but the patient's surrogate cannot be found. What do you do?"
"A lot of ethics questions. What is an ethical situation you may run into as a doctor and how would you deal with it?"
"As a doctor, what would you be more interested in: ambulatory or hospitalized care?"
"The interviewers were given a sheet with standard questions they were expected to ask. Regardless, the conversations tended to be more open to other topics; typically, ''why medicine, and why USF''?"
"How do you feel about end-of-life policies? Why?"
"Nothing particularly interesting, just standard interview questions about my background and interest in medicine."
"What is the most interesting thing you have done in the past several years?"
"What is the most interesting thing you have done in the past 3 years? What is the Accomplishment that you are most proud of?"
"tell me about yourself"
"What is the most important medical invention in the past 100 years?"
"What was your most difficult class?"
"When is it appropriate to be dishonest?"
"What was the most important discovery in medicine in the last 100 years?"
"When is it appropriate to be dishonest? What do you think was the most important medical discovery in the last 100 years? Typical of all the other posts on this site."
"What's the most interesting thing you've done in the last 3 years"
"What does your last name mean?"
"What has been the most innovative discovery in medical history?"
"When is it appropriate to lie?"
"What are your feelings on homeopathic medicine?"
"What has been the greatest development in medicine in the past 100 years?"
"An ethical question about homeopathic medicine."
"my faculty interview was the most interesting...the whole interview was pretty weird, but i think he liked me. my second interview with a med student was a little more bland."
"If you knew that a homeopathic drug had no known positive affects on a patient, etc would it be ethically responsible for you, as a doctor, to give them to a patient?"
"There were lots - the homeopathic ethical one, when is it ok to lie, acomplishment you were most proud of, greatest difficulty, etc. "
"When is honesty not the best policy?"
"What TV shows do you watch?"
"Homeopathic medicine- wheter its ethical to give or not. "
"What can you contribute to USF?"
"Just the basics"
"From my student intervewer: I had a question about the nurse-doctor relationship
And from the physician that interviewed me: I had a strange ethical situtation about homeopathic medicine "
"Most difficult time of your life?"
"The most difficult question I was asked led into the most interesting questions I was asked. The most interesting question was: based on all of the negative issues facing the medical practice, especially in Florida, what makes you still want to become a doctor? What really made this question interesting was the cenacle manner and the tone in which this question was asked. The PhD who asked this question was very standoffish, unpleasant, and verging on rude, which made for a very uncomfortable interview."
"Have you or anyone you know had a bad experience with a doctor?"
"What was your favorite non-science college course?"
"How would you say that you're empathetic? (This could have been a difficult question, but the person left the question very open and that allowed me to create concrete examples and put in my two cents.)"
"None - there were hardly any direct questions, mostly we just talked about my experiences."
"none-questions were very basic"
"None. Very standard."
"If you had a son that had many horrible thins and now was going on trial to go to prison, and you were asked to testify, what would you do?"
"I really wasn't asked any interesting questions. Just the basic stuff off the sheet: leadership, volunteer, shadowing, blah blah blah."
"What would you want to be if you didn't want to be a doctor?"
"What is oxidative phosphorylation? (he said he likes to end with a "throw-away" question, but it was good to know, and I was prepared b/c it was asked before and listed on SDN)"
"If you were a bacteria what would you be? This question was asked to me by a microbiologist who interviewed me and told me that he ask this question to all students who major in microbiology."
"If you could be any cell in the body, what would it be?"
"What would I do as a doctor to help a drug addict who kept having operations as a result of her addiction."
"Questions were pretty routine; nothing really too interesting to mention."
"Nothing. I was actually prepared to answer anything they would throw at me, but it was a very standard interview... Why medicine, what leadership roles, etc. My interview w/ the medical student though was not really much of an interview, but more of the med student talking and talking and talking. I almost had to fight to get a few words in."
"What does "humanism in medicine" mean to you? I confessed that I had only heard this term at USF, but then gave an answer about treating the "whole patient.""
"What do you think is the role of a doctor with regards to community service?"
"None really. I basically talked the entire time. The interviewer doesn't know anything about you and hasn't read your file, so it's very open-ended."
"No supprise question. Every questions were expectable ones and nothing interesting."
"Nothing interesting or surprising, very standard interview."
"Ethical question about Terry Schaivo"
"Do you feel that you will be able to continue all of your hobbies and community service activities while enduring the rigor of medical school? How do you plan to manage your time so that you can do this?"
"If you were not to be accepted into a medical program, what would you pursue career wise?"
"None were too interesting or difficult... pretty standard.. see questions below. "
"The Interviewer pulled out a picture that he obviously cut out of the comics section (one of those find the differences between two pictures puzzle) and asked me to find the six differences between the two pictures. This one caught me very much off guard and left me a little baffled, but I found most of the differences."
"None were too interesting"
"What was the most difficult situation in your life?"
"How should the U.S. address the issue of AIDS globally?"
"They were pretty standard questions..."
"What is Ox Phos?"
"Do you know what hospice is?"
"Medical insurance liability insurance are rising in Florida, how do you feel about having half of your paycheck taken away?"
"If I gave you twenty dollars and told you to go buy something from the local CD store, what would you get?"
"There was nothing that was too surprising."
"What in your application sets you apart from other candidates?"
"No really interesting questions. All the questions were basic. The interview is closed file... so they just asked me about my experience, if i did research, etc."
"no interesting questions. all were standard questions."
"Do you believe in global warming & why? Give reasons. Is global warming bad, compare it to the ice age?"
"If my supervisor asked me to perform a procedure which I knew would be harmful to the patient, would I do it?"
"Do you have a lot of friends or a close circle of friends?
How do you decide who gets to be in that close circle?"
"Give me an example of how you are a caring and compassionate person."
"all very standard"
"What do you think is the most pressing issue in medicine and how do you think we can try to fix it?"
"I was asked mostly about my resume, experiences, grades, etc. We talked briefly at one of my interviews about ethics and medicine... discussed how personal ethics can sometimes conflict with choices a patient makes. "
"All just normal interviewing questions."
"If you could have a single superpower, what would it be?"
"Just the basic "tell me about yourself", "why are you interested in medicine""
"Are you an introvert or extrovert? Which one is better for a doctor to be and why?"
"Since I am a nontraditional student, who originally majored in music, my interviewer surprised me by asking me whether I regretted not venturing on that path. I thought it was a thoughtful question and one that would catch me off guard so I appreciated her efforts to show her how I 'think on my feet.' "
"What is my opinion on women in medicine?"
"Nothing particularly interesting. Like everyone has said, it was like carrying out a conversation."
"What are your favorite books/ authors?"
"Nothing was especially interesting or difficult. They basically just wanted to get an impression of how you interacted with other people. Don't be scared about this interview -- go over the standard interview questions relax."
"If you could, what would be the one item that you would like to have removed from you application file or past history?"
"A question about presciption drugs and generic drugs, and which one to choose. It was such a long question that I could not figure out what was being asked by the end of it."
"Nothing out of the ordinary. "
"what do you think are current issues in medicine today? "
"nothing, all the questions were very straight forward, normal questions."
"What is the hardest thing you have had to face in your life?"
"I was not really asked any interesting questions."
"What do you think of the Shrevo case?"
"If you had one wish for yourself, what would it be? "
"The interview was conversational, so i really didn't get too many "questions." The most interesting topic was probably terrorism."
"To sell myself, why would i make a good doctor"
"nothing unusual. typical interview questions"
"None were too exciting. I did get asked how I planned to pay for med school and how comfortable I felt with the debt."
"What do you think about the MCAT and GPA as a means of determining who to admit to medical school?"
"Everything was very straightforward"
"None out of the ordinary. All questions are straightforward interview questions."
"How would you try and solve the nursing shortage (relates to my research)?"
"Do I think that I am a kind person?"
"What do you see yourself doing WHEN you don't get accepted? (apparently, they already filled up their class by the time I was invited to interview)"
"How have your experiences helped you become more sensitive towards peoples of other cultures?"
"asked normal questions, but the interview was very conversational so I wasn't grille with questions"
"Nothing very unique at all, just a lot of repeating my resume since it's closed file. Why do I want to be a doctor, volunteer experiences, clinical experiences, etc."
"Are you scared of being bitten by a shark when you are surfing?"
"What would you do if..."
"What is going to be the hardest thing for you as a doctor?"
"Who is your favorite composer? (because I like music)"
"The questions I was asked were not too hard at all, but the most interesting question I was asked was "What are some of the things you would like to emulate from the doctors you have been around?""
"Tell me about yourself. Specifically, what influenced your decision to pursue a career in medicine."
"If you were attending a party, what would you bring that would
be original and interesting?"
"Nothing especially interesting - they have a list of questions they're supposed to ask you, so everything is pretty standard. Since it's closed file you end up repeating stuff on your AMCAS. You'll have one faculty interview and one student interview. "
"how much do you think are your living expenses minus tuition for the school year?"