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"More organized day. Some interviewees finished before lunch and could leave after tour. Some had afternoon interviews and had 45 minutes to kill beforehand. Either get everyone on the same schedule or provide more specific time fillers."
"It was overall a great experience and I am very glad I had the chance to interview here."
"They are so great and helpful! Dean Strother is so warm and made jokes all morning to loosen us up before our interviews. Sweet man!!"
"While Dr. Strother is very helpful and a great listener, Ms. Harris is much the opposite. She gave us warnings not to "tell on her," suggesting that someone had done so in the past. She did not listen to questions and throughout the day had an irritated tone. Several of my friends who interviewed agree with me...she needs to go."
"Give everyone a raise!"
"Absolutely nothing. Dean Strothers and Ms. Harris are amazing. Diane even gave us her cell phone number on interview day in case we got lost."
"Offer information online - we don't need that huge folder of information. However, very friendly and"
"None come to mind. Extremely warm and kind."
"Nothing. Diane Harris is incredibly warm and accommodating. Impeccably done!"
"Everyone's interview should be around the same time, to make it a bit more organized"
"None. Mr. Strother and Ms. Harris are awesome. I truly enjoyed my interview day at UT."
"They did a great job."
"They are unbelievably wonderful!"
"not necessary...well coordinated, friendly, informative, and other good adjectives i can't think of."
"Definitely the most friendly admissions office by far!!!"
"This is by far the friendliest admissions staff you will ever encounter."
"Diane Harris and Mr. Strother are probably the two nicest people you will ever meet."
"Nothing, they're amazing!!!"
"None... If you apply to UT you will see why. All email, and the admissions coordinator(s) are great!"
"What I would do if I caught a friend cheating in school"
"How will you handle the finances? (I have a family)"
"Why do you want a career in medicine instead of pursuing research (with extensive research background in my app)?"
"Describe your clinical experiences."
"What do you think some of the biggest problems facing healthcare going forward are?"
"Tell us about yourself."
"What are your study habits?"
"Expand more upon your personal statement."
"What is your biggest regret?"
"Had a WHOLE lot of questions about why I transferred from UT during undergrad. I expected at least one question about it, but not as many as I received."
"Why are you applying to UTHSC (as an out-of-stater)?"
"Considering your five years of work experience, how will your approach your transition back into academics?"
"Asked about an ethical scenario based on doctor's having to perform the lethal injection and if you were ordered by the courts...would you do it?"
"Tell me about yourself."
"Tell me about your family life and childhood."
"What do you think your friends would say they like best about the way you express yourself?"
"Ethical questions - abortion, elderly care"
"What makes you a better applicant this year than last year (I was waitlisted here the year before)?"
"What accomplishment are you most proud of?"
"Asked about universal health care."
"What are your strengths and weaknesses?"
"Personal Interview: You can't possibly really want to be a physician, right? I mean you have to tell people they're dying..."
"He asked about my research activities."
"What are your thoughts about this statement, "Nationalism is an infantile complex.""
"Name three attributes a good doctor has."
"Do you know Scott Morris?"
"lots of ethics-jehovah's witness doesn't want blood in an operation, what do you do?"
"What leadership experience do you have?"
"ethics ? about Jehovah's witness pt who refused blood for their infant child...very odd question!!"
"Would you report your best friend for cheating?"
"Why medicine? Why UT?"
"Have you had any leadership experience?"
"What is the future of medicine in the USA?"
"(Scenario) You are a surgeon and have a patient who is a Jehovah's Witness. He needs you to remove an abdominal tumor to save his life, but he tells you that he tells you not to give him a blood transfusion because it will prevent him from going to Heaven. You know that, even if you are the best surgeon in the world, you may very well need to give him blood during the operation or he will die. How do you approach this situation? What if you are doing the surgery and he is bleeding to death on your operation table?"
"How do you handle stress?"
"how do you feel about stem cell research?"
"Why did you choose your college?"
"Why did you make this grade in...."
"What are your study habits? Do you cram for tests?"
"What do you feel is your greatest accomplishment and failure?"
"What was your greatest achievement?"
"What has been your greatest failure?"
"Who was your mentor?"
"What are you reading these days?"
"Tell me about your research."
"What is your college's code of ethis?"
"What will you bring to the class of 2010?"
"How do you study best?"
"Tell me about your epiphany to choose medicine."
"Why did you pick your undergrad?"
"Why do you want to be a doctor?"
"If a fifteen year old girl comes to you and asks for an abortion without parental consent, what would you do."
"What do you think is the most challenging aspect of being a doctor in the 21st century?"
"What was your favorite class?"
"Do you think being the child of a doctor has put you under pressure to go into medicine as well? (Basically do I really want to be a doctor or is just because my dad wants me to)"
"Why did you choose you major?"
"What reading do you do in your free time?"
"What will you do if you don't get in?"
"Explain a time when you overcame adversity."
"Desribe a difficult time in your life? Do you have any ethical/moral issues that would hinder your role as a physician when treating homosexuals or minorities? (strange question and very open?) How do you handle stress? Discussed his wife and their experience in France. What church do you attend? Why did you major in (non-pre-med major)? How much debt do you have? Do you have kids? Would you perform an abortion? Have you ever had a moral/ethical dilema with classmates or co-workers? Have you ever had a situation where you couldn't tell the truth?"
"Academic: Why did you double major?
Personal: What do your parents do? Your brother do? And lots of other general family/background type questions"
"Lot of personal questions about my family, what they did, education, where they live, and things like that."
"Tell me about your support system. What does you sister/brother do? What do you do for fun?"
"How do you address a 15 year-old girl who wants to have an abortion?"
"Tell me why you want to be a doctor, in no more than one sentence."
"name a situation when you struggled to be honest"
"How would you tell an adolescent patient that they had HIV? What factors do you consider when offering treatment options?"
"What are the top three ethical issues faced by physicians?
"How did you get to your school? What was the biggest accomplishment you did there? The worst thing?"
"What was your most difficult class? Why? Were there any grades that you recieved that you didn't feel reflected your effort in the class?"
"Where is your family from? What do they do? Describe your family dynamic."
"Tell me about your highschool? Do you think your high school prepared you well for college?"
"Tell me about your volunteer experiences in nepal and Brazil"
"What was the most impressive thing you have seen in your volunteer experiences?"
"Academic- So how did you feel that you did on the MCAT
Personal- Explain your childhood to me"
"Suppose you have just told a patient that they are HIV positive...describe your next 15 minutes together."
"What qualities make a good physician?"
"What do you think about HMOs? (e.g. TennCare) How can we get the legistlature to support them more (reimbursements, etc.)?"
"What is one of your most meaningful clinical experiences? (paid medical employment)"
"Tell me about your undergrad grades, why do you think they started to improve so dramatically after a slow start?"
"How did you go about learning your second language?"
"How would your friends describe you?"
"What do you and your fiance think of the city of Memphis?"
"How do you prepare for exams?"
"Is your low MCAT writing score (N) a result of you not having taken a college-level English course?"
"What value does your knowledge of foreign languages bring to your application?"
"What do you do to relax?"
"(Case Study) An elderly lady arrives in the ICU unconscious, without any living will, and needing surgery. You ask her eldest daughter for consent to perform the surgery. She hesitates, but eventually consents after you try to convice her the surgery would help her mother. During the surgery, something goes wrong causing the elderly lady to lose any brain signals and is now her body is on complete artificial life support. She is taking up one of the six ICU beds available, life support is draining her family's finances, and you recommend to the patient's daughter that life support be removed. However, the daughter refuses to listen to anything you or the hospital has to say after loses her mother despite her hesitations. The bioethics committee, the hospital management, and other physicians have tried to convice her to allow them to remove life support. What would you do?"
"What is unique about you?"
"Do you think your vision for healthcare reform could be achieved?"
"Tell me about your family, how did they get where they are today?"
"I also got the question that built on itself. What would you say if a teenage boy came into the ER stumbling, etc? You found out he was drunk? You found out he was gay and drank to make himself feel better about his parents' reaction? "
"One of my interviewers (a psychiatrist) asked a multi-part question regarding an underage child coming into an ER. Each time I would answer he would add further detail - ie, he is drunk, underage, and was trying to kill himself because his parents kicked him out after he told them he was gay."
"The quotes - I like quotations so this was fun for me."
"Academic Interview: If you received a 10 million dollar grant from your undergraduate institution, what would you do with it to give back to your school?"
"what kind of ethical issues have you dealt with before? have you dealt with any in the medical field?"
"Where do you see yourself in "x" years?"
"You enter a room to find your hepatitis patient very distraught because he's been told by a lay chaplain that he's going to hell and that his sickness is punishment for his lifestyle. What do you tell the patient, and how do you handle the lay chaplain"
"How do you make a pie crust? "
"What is with your low MCAT essay score?"
"What is the future of healthcare in the US?"
"Would you give your patients your cell phone number?"
"A teenager is involved in a MVA and is braindead on life support. Half of the family wants to keep him alive, the other half wants to let him go. What is your role as their doctor?"
"Have you ever noticed how people from different countries all smell differently?"
"So, tell me a little about this ''Rock Band'' that you are in..."
"Sigmund Freud once said, ''Nationalism is an infantile complex.'' Analyze this statement. (The interviewer said that there was no right or wrong answer; he just wanted to see what I would say.)"
"Will you get a dog in medical school?"
"Where did you apply for undergrad? What were your SAT and ACT scores?"
"Your younger brother goes to JMU and he's extremely liberal. What was the rational behind that one? (He first asked me to tell me about my family and that somehow came up in conversation. He was curious)"
"If you had a hepatitis patient that was crying and when you asked him what was wrong he said he was visited by a chaplain who told him he was being punished by God for his homosexual activities, what would you say/do?"
"Do you write poetry?"
"If you were not a doctor, and you knew a person who was just diagnosed with HIV, what would you tell them? And then right when I begain to speak, the interviewer started screaming (I'm Kill myself, I'ma kill myself!) At this point I was really thrown. "
"After all the difficulty of getting into Med school and the huge commitment of time and money, etc.,etc.
Why would anyone want to go into medicine?"
"How is a physician different from your organic chemistry professor? (he was going for the fact that they are both educators) Totally missed this one, but I was able to recover (I think..)"
"Describe a time you were there for somebeody."
"How do you study for tests?"
"What would you say your friends like about the way you communicate?"
"What do you NOT like to do?"
"Don't you think you should should focus on getting into the school in your own home state (financially)?"
"Do you plan on getting a dog in medical school?"
"If you were in charge of distributing 1 million dollars to healthcare, what area of need would you send it?"
"What are some of the symptoms of Muscular Dystrophy? "
"What have you done for someone else lately that went above and beyond the call of duty."
"If an elderly man is on life suport and the family is split 50/50 about whether or not to take the life support off, how would you as a doctor approach this problem? "
"You have done a lot of service, did you do it knowing it would help you get into medical school?"
"If I had a patient whose parents refused a blood transfusion for their son because they were Jehovah's Witnesses, how would I handle the situation?"
"What kind of books do you read?"
"How do you feel about your goals being reached and being dissatisfied with the reality of them?"
"Do you do any extra cirricular reading? (this was probably beacuse verbal was my lowest MCAT score) "
"You are a doctor and you have a hepatitis patient who you know is HIV positive. He is doing really well with his illness but he all of sudden starts to deteriorate. You go in to see him and you see that he has just talked to the chaplain. He is really upset and you when you ask why, he explains that the chaplain has told him that he is ill because God is punishing him for being homosexual? What do you say to him at that point? What do you say to the chaplain if anything?"
"Do you have any beliefs that would hinder you from performing your duties as a physician?"
"What is the toughest moral dilemma you have ever experienced?"
"About abortion, kind of a what whould you do question."
"You are the FP physician and you have just prescribed a very expensive drug to a pt. The patient cannot afford to pay for the medication on his health plan. His wife asks you if you could prescribe the drug to her cause her plan will cover it. What do you say?"
"85 yr old man dying, 1/2 family wants to discontinue care, 1/2 family wants to do everything possible to keep him alive, how do you talk to the family?"
"In your opinion, what is the kindest thing someone you know has done for another person."
"What I like to do for fun. Scenerio: You work in the ER. A man comes in after being beat up by his boyfriend. Describe your conversation with him while you are treating him. Then, a woman comes in after being beaten up by her boyfriend. Describe your conversation with her while you are treating her. (FYI: make sure your answer is the same for both)"
"Scenario: you recently notified your patient of his positive HIV test,he is gay, you enter his room and he is crying, you ask him whats wrong and he says that the chaplin just paid him a visit and told him HIV is God's way of punishing him. how do you handle it?"
"What would you do if you had to work with a colleague who was completely incompetent? "
"What are some cultural influences on health, how have you observed this, and how can this be accounted for?"
"Do you think that compassion is learned or are you born with it?"
"Out of the blue question. . .do you know anyone or have you worked with people with HIV?"
"Tell me about the hardest moment/situation you've ever had to deal with."
"What would you say to someone who told you not to go into medicine?"
"Tell me about your family."
"Have you done anything in your childhood that you regret and wish that you could take back?"
"Suppose you are given resources to improve your college. What would try to improve and how would you go about it?"
"How do you handle adversity? "
"Have you ever traveled outside of the country? "
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