"How would you handle not excelling in medical school?"
"What’s my biggest accomplishment"
"What are your interests outside of medicine?"
"What is one of your weaknesses"
"First interview was solely "I see you did x, tell me more about that." 5-6 times then okay any questions?"
"Very conversational. Mostly just talked about my research with my PhD interviewer"
"Which discovery do you think has had the greatest impact on medicine?"
"What would you like me to tell the admissions committee?"
"Tell me about your research experience."
"What do you think of the ethics involved with Michael Jackson's doctor?"
"Why did you withdraw from this course?"
"What (job, career, etc) would you do if you couldn't do medicine?"
"How do you foresee being able to improve care amongst the underserved population?"
"Tell me about (experience x) on your file."
"How do you think your family will handle moving to Texas?"
"Asked me about my involvement with acupuncture and alternative forms of medicine."
"How was having a parent in X profession?"
"What do you see will be your greatest challenge in Medical school? "
"Tell me about your different clinical experiences."
"How do you deal with difficult people?"
"First question out of the gate: Do you think death panels are real? Followed by 'How do you feel about our current situation in medicine?' ect ect.
**They told us we wouldn't be asked about health care reform and I was so have a neutral opinion ready just in case.** "
"Do you have any other interviews? Where?"
"No specific questions really--we sort of just chatted about some of my activities, about my interests in medicine, and about what I am doing now."
"Do you think healthcare is a right?"
"Tell me about yourself. Why UT Houston? What was it like being bilingual and learning another language? Tell me about this research you did."
"Questions about my research."
"What specific things did you see today while touring the school?"
"Tell me about your job"
"What is your view on nationalizing healthcare?"
"Tell me about (hobbies listed on TMDSAS application)."
"What do you think needs to be improved in today's healthcare system?"
"Do you plan to stay in Texas?"
"where do you see yourself in ten years?"
"How did growing up in West Virginia influence your life?"
"Give me five adjectives your friends would describe you with."
"Tell me a little bit about yourself."
"One interviewer went by that ''worksheet'' with the standard ''how do you deal with stress'' and ''what are your strengths and weaknesses'' kind of thing. Advice: turn it into a convo."
"Tell me about your research (and other jobs)."
"Tell me about your family"
"Tell me about your siblings. What do your parents do?"
"What do you like to do for fun?"
"So why do you want to work in medicine?"
"Tell me about your interest in medicine"
"Why do you want to be a doctor"
"What kind of medicine are you interested in practicing?"
"Tell me something about yourself that is not in your application."
"What are your strength and weakness?"
"What kind of doctor do you want to be?"
"Tell me about yourself, starting from the beginning. (The internet was down in my interviewer's office so he didn't have my file)"
"Why UT Houston?"
"Why do you want to go to medical school?"
"What opportunities have you had that display leadership? Following up, what do you think is important in being a leader?"
"Do you belong to any organizations?"
"What do you do for fun?"
"What is your greatest asset?"
"Tell me where and with what molecules emboli can form from?"
"Where do you see yourself 5 years after you finish your practice?"
"What books have you read recently?"
"Describe your volunteer experiences. "
"Tell me what you know about healthcare and its relation to insurance. "
"What do you expect in return from being a doctor?"
"What would you do if you did not get into medical school?"
"What do your parents do?"
"Should and can America nationalize healthcare? "
"Trace the path of bile from the liver to its point of action."
"Why did you get a "c" in calculus?"
"Why not just MD or PhD (instead of MD/PhD)?"
"Why are you an English major/Psych minor?"
"What can I answer for you about UT-Houston? (This led into a lot, believe me)"
"What is your family like?"
"tell me about your research."
"What do you think of the ethnic and religious fighting going on in Nigeria?"
"Why did you choose Northwestern for college?"
"Tell me about the papers you wrote. "
"What do your parents do? Is anyone in your family in the medical profession?"
"Tell me about your medical experiences in India."
"What is/are your favorite course(s)?"
"What made you choose this? (this=medicine)"
"there are 46 million americans without healthcare, what are you going ot do about it?"
"Where do you want to practice? (say Texas if you are serious about this school)."
"What has been your hardest challenge?"
"Most of the questions were about my application such as "Tell me about experience X""
"#1 do you have any brothers or sisters? tell me about them. #2 tell me about yourself (duh, read my application)."
"What are your strengths?"
"How did you make it to the seat you are in today? My seat in the interview."
"What specialty are you interested in? (asked by both)"
"What is your ultimate goal?"
"explain how you got to this point. (from elementary school until now)"
"How does your daughter feel about you going to medical school?"
"Have you ever had experience with a terminally ill patient?"
"What is your greatest strength?"
"What research have you done?"
"What is your favorite non-science class?"
"tell me something about yourself"
""I am on your side, what do you want me to tell the addmissions commitee?""
"Why did you choose to study economics?"
"Why do your parent's do?
What do you do for fun?"
"The whole family/friends ordeal."
"Tell me about ______ (several experiences I mentioned in my essay)"
"Do you think you benefited from an all-girls highschool education?"
""Why are you interested in medicine?""
"Where do you see yourself in 15 years?"
"tell me about your best friend. how would your best friend describe you?"
"What are you doing now (research? volunteering)? Do you like to read, and if so what to you read?"
"When do experiences begin to shape children?"
"Are any of your family members a physician?"
"Tell me about your research"
"What are the major issues facing women's health today?"
"Tell me about your family."
"What strengths do you have that make you a good candidate for the study of medicine?"
"What kind of leadership roles did you have at your university?"
"How do you fulfill x, y, and z of the Admissions Criteria for UTHSC-H?"
"What was your hardest undergraduate class?"
"What do you think of stem-cell research?"
"tell me about yourself"
"Tell me about yourself? What have you been doing since you graduated? What has motivated you to pursue a career in medicine? What specialty interests you?"
"Explain some of your grades."
"What will you do if you don't get in this year?"
"Tell me about the research you are doing now."
"all standard questions"
"I see a steady improvement in grades, tell me about why that has occurred and about your early colllege years."
"Tell me about yourself?"
"What was your favorite course in your major? Why? What was your favorite non-science course? Why?"
"If you could change anything about your college career, what would it be?"
"Talk about a patient encounter that was meaningful to you."
"What ethnicity is your name? (Both interviewers asked this, it was rather annoying.)"
"What kind of doctor do you want to be? (Not Specialty)"
"Where do you see yourself in 10 years?"
"Do you have any clinical experience?"
"What was your childhood like?"
"Explain the classes you've withdrawn from?
How do you study?
"What qualities of your family physician do you see in yourself and do you think these are inherent or learned?"
"What books have you read lately?"
"Tell me about yourself. Talk about your most meaningful experiences and explaining why they meant so much to you. "
"Why did you get __ grade in this class? "
"So what can I tell you about our medical school?"
"what are you 2 most prevelant strengths and weakneses?"
"Tell me about yourself..."
"Why did you decide on medicine?"
"Are you really interested in that specialty???"
"What do you do in your free time?"
"What are you strenghts and weaknesses?"
"Explain the pulmonary system to me. (ack)"
"Why your degrees? What do you plan on doing with (non-science degree)?"
"What are your hobbies and which one in particular do you spend the most time with? "
"Why did you choose medicine?"
"What was the last book you read? What type of books do you read for entertainment?"
"Why UT Houston? Why not (XYZ School)? What other schools did you apply to?"
"How do you plan to balance family and medicine in the future?"
"Where do you see yourself in 10-15 years?"
"If you could spend an hour with President Bush, what would you talk about with him?"
"The classic "why do you want to go into medicine?""
"What 5 words would your friends use to describe you? Why?"
"Why do you want to become a doctor?"
"Why do you want to be a physician and when did you make this decision?"
"Why did you go to a special Honors Engineering Medical Program in Chicago? "
"Describe your family"
"Why do you want to be a doctor?"
"The question about health care..."
"What do you think it takes to be a doctor?"
"your strengths and weaknesses?"
"Tell me about yourself."
"why did you choose your particular undergrad school?"
"Expand on this sentence in your personal statement..."
"do you exercise"
"What is your hometown like? "
"Why are you looking at UTH when you left Texas for undergrad and studied abroad?"
"What questions do you have for me?"
"Why did you choose to come to Texas A&M being from Nebraska?"
"How would you handle a patient that doesn't want the care you are suggesting?"
"Asked me about what I would do as a doctor if someone asked for an abortion (since I put that I was religious in my app)"
"Tell me something about yourself not on your application that I need to know"
"Tell me about yourself. (ya know...because I'm interesting ;)"
"What is a disease that we can effectively cure today?"
"Tell me about a time where you failed. How did you respond? What did you learn?"
"Tell me about yourself, your hobbies, family, etc."
"My second interview, we talked a lot about the future of medicine in regards to healthcare expenditure."
"Nothing out of the ordinary, typical talkative questions."
"If you were accepted to all these schools you applied to tomorrow, where would you go? (i.e. would you want to go here?)"
"What do you do for fun?"
"Do you like to cook?
What kind of music do you like?
What sort of activities do you enjoy in your free time?
(I thought they were interesting since they were so unrelated to medicine specifically.)"
"So, do you cook a lot of German food?"
"Nothing in particular. One of my interviewers was an ER doctor and the interview was strictly conversational. "
"Does your mother drink? (this was related to another topic and was a segway into a joke)"
"What were your previous life plans?"
"What do you see as the biggest problem in healthcare today?"
"Do you think Health Care a right?"
"How important is it for you to teach?"
"If your 98yr old great grandmother had a abdominal aneurysm would you support surgical intervention? then when I said no and stated why was asked, how do you think she would feel? "
"Have you ever made a molten chocolate cake? (Baking was the response to what I do for "fun")"
"Something about integrity in medicine. "
"Define integrity. Should doctors have integrity?"
"How would you like me to advocate your application to the committee?"
"My 2nd interviewer had a list of questions the admissions office provided him to ask us...He said scratch the questions.. just "Sell Yourself to me...""
"Why is UTH different and better in some ways than Baylor?"
"n/a- they were standard questions (tell me about clinical work, leadership work, etc)"
"How do you feel about illegal immigration? What if an illegal immigrant came to you to be treated medically but resources are scarce, what would you do for them or tell them given the Hippocratic oath that physicians have historically sworn by?"
"Tell me about this special language you program in"
"Do you like food?"
"What is the difference between a neonate and an infant?"
"Who was the first President of Texas? 2nd?"
"none-all were very basic"
"How do you study?
How did you prepare for the MCAT?
How is your mother doing?"
"If you had a patient who needed a treatment, and his insurance would not cover it. What would you do?"
"Who's your role model?"
"Describe the first time you did something independently, and how this affected you."
"most questions were pretty standard...the most interesting might have been what do you think is the most ethical dilemma facing physicians?"
"Two along the same lines...The interviewer first asked me, ''What's the hardest question I could ask you?'' (say that question is). Then he asked me what's the hardest question I could come up with for him. "
"It was all very conversational, so I can't think of one."
"Tell me about private investigations (I used be liscensed) This question is from my personal statement..they really read them closely."
"Why do you think you scored lower on the verbal part of your mcat? Are you a slow reader?"
"What is your second interviewer's name? No, don't look at the packet, I want to test your short term memory. (I got it right)"
"what one unique quality would you be able to bring to our school?"
"Was I affected by Hurricane Katrina? (I'm from New Orleans)"
"Why did you not apply to Texas's D.O. school?"
"Tell Me about your interest in Medicine"
"If you had $5000 to travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?"
"How do you think you'll handle being at the same school with your brother? (My brother and I had the same interviewer by coincidence)"
"Where I had traveled (I lived abroad)."
"I was given a scenario where somehow the top five doctors' knowledge was programmed into a machine that could replace a doctor in practicing medicine. I was the chief counselor to the president who would be making the decision on whether or not to incorporate this miracle wonder into today's healthcare system. I needed to give 5 pro's and 5 con's."
"None really. Just conversational"
"Nothing really that interesting. Mostly conversational."
"What are you most proud of in your life?"
"What was your favorite course in undergrad?"
"What is unique about you that sets you apart from other applicants?"
"How do you like St. Louis? (My interviewer had lived there.)"
"What do you do out side of school and work?"
"Interesting? I started talking with an interviewer about his research and he started asking me questions (testing me I suppose) about how I would go about solving a certain problem. Good thing I remembered some cell bio."
"Questions about my religion as compared to Catholicism or Protestantism."
"What would you do if you didn't get into medical school?"
"If you were a pediatrician, and you had been seeing the same girl for 16 years, and now she wanted birth control pills but wanted you to keep the information from her parents, what would you do?"
"What city is most typical of rural texas life? (I'm interested in rural medicine)."
"If you could have dinner with anyone in history and they paid who would it be?"
"Tell me where and with what molecules emboli can form from?"
"Do managed care programs get in the way of physician's effots to effectively cooperate and communicate?"
"So are you going to employ your language and literature background in your medical studies?"
"What is your biggest fear about becoming an M.D.?"
"You seem more like Baylor material, why are you applying to UT-Houston?"
""What would you change about medicine?"
"Why UTMB Houston?""
"There wasn't any particular interesting question asked most of it was about my background, having come from out-of-state, and then the rest of it was just conversational questions. "
"Is there something that can be done about the healthcare problem? (was told my answer had no bearing on his evaluation of me.)"
"Where do you see yourself in 10 years? (the questions were not out of the ordinary)"
"Nothing really. Both of my interviewers just went through my application with me."
"Should America's military pull out of Iraq? "
"Anatomy questions. WHOA!"
"Why are you interested in the MD/MPH program?"
"Why not business school? Why not become a salesman? (He later compared both back to being a researcher and a physician, respectively.)"
"Who would you say is your biggest hero?"
"What do your parents do for a living? (I don't know that it's of any importance, maybe he was just trying to learn more about me)"
"What do you know about our school?"
"Do you know what your middle name means? turns out it is a pretty cool arabic word."
"What books are you currently reading?"
"What was the last book you read for fun?"
"What are your personal goals, outside of medical school?"
"Don't remember anything that stuck out - it was all general questions about work, why medicine, etc."
"Name one thing about you that is not in your application that you want me to know about."
"What was your favorite class."
"How do you think that you would handle having an infant that was critically ill or abused?"
"why did you mention religion in your personal statement?"
"Conversational so not a whole lot of outright questions. Talked about the knowledge base being so wide that doctors are now more managers. Also alot about my study abroad exp."
"Do you like to play music? (This lead into a long and interesting conversation about music)"
"Standard stuff, nothing unusual"
"nothing too interesting, standard stuff"
"none too interesting."
"If you could have lunch with anyone from history, who would it be and why?"
"Do you play sports? Where is Medicine going? What are the negative aspects of new technology?"
"Do you know any good elementary schools in the city? (he has a 3 year old)."
"Nothing too out of the ordinary. One interviewier talked a whole bunch and then towards the end asked, "what is the one thing about yourself that you want me to convey to the admissions board?""
"What was the last book you read?"
"How does your daughter feel about you going to medical school?"
"What do you think X country will be like in 15 years?"
"What do you think the Astros chances are next year?"
"Why medicine instead of business?"
"Who do you think was more just in the Peleponnesian Wars? (after asking about my favorite non-science class) "
"nothing really.. all were straightforward"
"I was just asked to tell about myself"
"Who inspired the altruistic part of you?"
"Tell me about a patient you worked with at_________."
"Why did you go to ____ for your undergraduate degree? (when I said that I had some attachments to my family, she proceeded to ask me whether that would play a role in me going to medical school in Texas)"
"What do you think physicians themselves can do to rebuild doctor-patient trust?"
"Questions regarding running."
"Tell me about your best friend. "
"Do you like to read, and if so, what do you read?"
"When do children become "them." When do experiences begin to shape who they are?"
"Do you have a significant other that will be moving with you? (she said I didn't have to answer it since it was personal)"
"My interviewer asked me if i had applied to TCOM and if I didn't why not? I knew it was a D.O. school and I just gave her a truthful answer. I'm not sure if she was a D.O. or not."
""Many years ago, I was reading an article from the literature that criticized the biomedical model and suggested that it should be referred to the biopsychosocial medical model. What do you think biopsychosocialmedical model means?""
"What non-clinical activities should I be sure to tell the admissions committee about that prepared you for medicine?"
"What was the most recent book you have read?"
"What do you think of the current healthcare system/how would you fix it?"
"What do you think of stem-cell research? (out of the blue)"
"What do you like to brag about?"
"Give me an anecdote from your life that will tell me that you are willing to be inconvenienced (ex. personal time) by medicine."
"how do you plan to have a family and practice medicine"
"A list of 1st & 2nd year medical school basic science courses were presented. The interviewer went through each one and asked if I had any experience/background in the subject from undergrad."
"Explain some of your grades. Why UT-H? Do you know what kind of specialty you want to pursue?"
"Do you want to explain your GPA for Fall of your Soph. year?...this wouldn't have been interesting if my GPA hadn't been above a 3.5 for that semester. It was my lowest GPA, but it didn't effect my cumm."
"One interviewer asked detailed questions about what I'd studied in my computer science classes, which is unusual."
"all standard questions"
"Tell me about your research experience working at the CDC working with the HIV virus."
"How have you prepared yourself for a life in medicine outside of academia?"
"Did you write your personal statement yourself?"
"If you can tell me what this is and convince me why it is what you think it is, you will get into medical school. (showed me a case containing a kidney stone)"
"Pretty standard questions. Unfortunately the most interesting questions had to do with hindsight and whether I would change anything about myself or my experiences."
"Nothing out of the ordinary"
"What books have you read recently?"
"What could you do to improve your application?"
"Why don't you want to be an OBgyn?"
"What will you do if you're not accepted to med school?"
"Is there anything you would change about your life so far?"
"What are you doing now? Would you like to come to the hospital with me?"
"Tell me about yourself"
"As a busy physician, how will you balance your time to include your family?"
"What are you reading now?"
"Tell me what you think about preventative medicine?
How do you study?"
"So you have an interest in medicine. Why do you want to be a physician rather than a nurse, PT, etc.?"
"Just the standard get to know you questions."
"Why do you want to subject yourself to becoming a doctor, considering the problems facing the field today?"
"Nothing interesting really....just get-to-know you questions"
"As you know, the medical field has been changing in the last few years. Where do you see it going in the next 10 years? (how do you know?)"
"What are today's greatest ethical challenges as you see them?"
"My 1st interviewer didn't really ask me any standard questions. He just said, "Tell me what you want to know about the school. Ask me anything." We still managed to talk for about 30 minutes, but it was different from what I was expecting."
"None...they were all ordinary get-to-know-you questions."
"I know you just put down primary care to play the admissions game. What specialty are you really after?"
"do you know what the chief role of a hospitalist is?"
"I somehow ended up with 2 very laid-back interviewers. They didn't really ask many questions - we just talked. I also got the quesiton "Do you know what your getting in to?" This was my first interview and it couldn't have a better introduction. Everyone was so very nice. Very minimal stress."
"What's the weirdest class you've taken?"
"Do you plan to provide services to a county?"
"Explain Cultural Anthropology to me. (my undergrad)"
"How do you plan on using your degree in political science? Even consider lobbying?"
"What do you think of the health care system and is its involvement with politics integral? "
"What is something that I would like to tell the admissions commitee."
"Why are you minoring in History? How will this help you with your medical practice?"
"How do you define premedical experience, and how would you rate yourself on your premedical experience?"
"How do you feel about the current health system in the U.S.? What would you do to change it? "
"Nothing really creative...all standard questions."
"Where do you see yourself in 10 years? How do you plan to balance family and medicine in the future?"
"Where do you see yourself in 10-15 years? Seriously, how do you answer that?"
"If you could spend one hour with the president of the United States, what you talk to him about?"
"How do you plan to deal with failure as a doctor (i.e., when you can't help your patients)?"
"If you had 10 minutes to speak with President Bush, what would you tell him?"
"What is the hardest question you've ever had to answer?"
"What do you envision yourself doing in the next 10 years?"
"My 13 year old daughter is about to lose her virginity so she comes to you for birth control pills. Do you give her the pills and what do you tell her?"
"Hmm.. the questions were pretty standard- background, motivation for medicine, comparisons between access to healthcare here and in Nigeria where I grew up. My first interviewer wanted to know why I was applying to the school instead of other well known schools-I'm from Houston but went to school out of state. Hobbies etc...."
"I was given a series of ethical questions. The one I received is a common one but one that I feel was very interesting.
John has a terminally ill wife. There is a new type of private drug out in the market. However, this drug is very expenisive. John is not wealthy and therefore can not afford to pay for the medication. He tries to collect money, attain loans, talk to the company, basically everything in his power to do this legally. He comes to you to discuss a plan to steal the drug. What do you tell him?"
"Do you have any musical abilities?"
"What are your interests other than medicine?"
"Why do we as a country spend more on health care than another nation yet still ranking in the middle as far as life expectancy or infant mortality? How can we fix this?"
"What would you do if a patient did not agree with you on a course of action you want them to follow? "
"What is the biggest problem that you will face in medicine?"
"since I didn't have a whole lot of clinical experience one interviewer asked how I knew for sure that I wouldn't pass out during a surgey. (no idea what the proper response is)"
"Nothing really - both of my interviewers just flipped through my app and asked me questions about my personal statement, volunteer experience, etc."
"many ethical questions--do i agree with animal research, if yes would i volunteer my dog for research...."
"One of my interviewers was a microbiologist (my major) so we talked about the subject for about 10 minutes. "
"All were very standard (motivations for medicine, life story, etc.), except for the question listed below under "Most Difficult Question." "
"What kind of books do you like to read, and why do you like them?"
"What the economy was like in my hometown? I think they asked this to see if I was really interested in staying in Texas or heading back home to Nebraska."