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"Train interviewers better, or choose interviewers that aren't rude and won't interrupt students in the middle of answering questions."
"Students were't necessarily able to take us to/from our interviews, many of the interviews were in rooms that are not accessible without speaking with receptionists, so it's difficult to self-navigate."
"Please send out fewer emails stating that our applications haven't been reviewed yet."
"Wonderful information about the program! It would be lovely to hear from more students during lunch about the MD program."
"Everyone should be on the same page in terms of admissions policies and financial aid. I constantly received different answers from different people for the same question."
"Make the interview dates and scheduling online as opposed to mail"
"I would just suggest making the secondary online to help save paper."
"Make the secondary application online, instead of paper."
"Make everything online!"
"I really wish that we would have gotten a tour of the medical center. That would have been helpful."
"Please move secondary application materials online for electronic submission. Overall, they were gen"
"I think a better presentation about the school would help."
"make the UTCOM website better"
"Would be more convenient if the secondary process were moved online."
"Do more to let students accross the country know what a great school you have."
"What do you think is the number one problem facing doctors today?"
"Specific questions about my application - activities, MCAT scores, etc."
"Are you going into medicine for the money?
"Give a strength and weakness"
"What specialties have you ruled out?"
"What makes you passionate about medicine?"
"Tell me about your research. What do you like and dislike about it?"
"The interviewer pulled a specific experience from my AMCAS essay and asked me to expand on it"
"I was asked about my cultural essay in both interviews"
"Why should I chose you over any other candidate?"
"You are a 3rd year medical student and notice your attending smells like alcohol. What would you do?"
"How would your peers describe you?"
"If you were an attending, and your resident appeared late to many shifts, how would you handle this situation? "
"Jehovah's witnesses don't want to give transfusion to child-what do you do?"
"If a person asked you that their friend had no insurance but had really bad back problems would you perscribe them anything?"
"If my patient has a friend without insurance who needs a certain medication, would I prescribe it to the patient/patient's friend without first seeing him/her? "
"Tell me about yourself. Why do you want to be a doctor?"
"Why medicine, what makes a good doctor, tell me about yourself, etc. "
"if your friend has a copy of your test before and offers to share it with you, what od you do? if a fellow 3rd year is drunk on rounds what do you do? if the head researcher fudges data what do you do? one interviewer asked one ethical, the other asked 3..."
"Tell me about a specific instance where you displayed altruism"
"What other schools did you apply to? Why did you apply to UT?"
"Ethical questions-how I would react if a researcher I was working under wanted to falsify data"
"What type of criticism do you dislike?"
"Why UT? Why did you apply out of state?"
"Tell me about yourself/Why medicine?"
"Lots of ethical questions and questions about my file. Ethical Questions were clearly given to interviewers on a list so they are probably asked to include at least some of them in their interview. "
"What are your weaknesses?"
"What kinds of things do you do when you feel stressed?"
"do you know any current issues in health care administration?"
"Say you are on rounds with a resident who is behaving in a way you consider harmful to patients, how do you respond...what if he brushes you off? What if we are doing rounds together and I pull you aside and tell you that you are a terrible communicator. "
"If a patient asked you to stay with them overnight after an operation, but you were really tired and wanted to spend time with your family, what would you do?"
"Can you tell me about your research?"
"What would you do if a woman asked you to prescribe her antibiotics for her brother who has no insurance?"
"Above question on conflict in a professional scenario."
"detailed questions about GPA/transcript."
"tell me about your extraurricular activities"
"it was too long to remember specific questions. just look through all the questions listed on this site backing up to a year and practice those, that was helpful. know your stance and WHY you believe it for the common ethical questions."
"If a woman had an affair, and got an STD, would you give her medicine to treat her husband so she wouldn't have to tell him?"
"Tell me about yourself"
"basic ethical question. easy."
"The difference btwn human and animal?"
"What was your favorite class in college?"
"If you are taking care of an elderly gentleman with multiple organ failure. Only his medication is keeping him alive but he is in lots of pain. What do you do in this situation?"
"What is the main problem in healthcare systeam?"
"what do you do for fun?"
"First question I was asked by my first interviewer: What do you know about the school? I wasn't expected to know much, since my interviewer ended up telling me a lot about the school and the area."
"What do you think is the most important issue impacting health care today?"
"What kind of issues arose while you worked as a TA in undergraduate, and how did you address them?"
"How did you find out about MUO? Why do you want to come here?"
"Tell me about your research."
"what was the greatest moment/event of your life?"
"What do I feel about Stem Cell research?
"What are some problems in healthcare today? "
"What are your opinions on treating people with HIV/AIDS?"
"Suppose a few years from now the surgeon general calls you and asks what the current problems in the American Health Care system are. What do you tell him/her and what are your solutions?"
"Tell me about urself"
"My first interviewer talked with me about sports for 30 minutes. Afterwards he confirmed my gpa and mcat scores, said I should get in, and then asked me if I had any questions."
"If the medical field didn't exist, what would you do for a career?"
"Besides what you wrote about in your essay (on cultural competence), how else have you been involved with different cultures in your life?"
"See difficult question above"
"Surgeon general calls you up wants to know what to do in the US what do you tell him?"
"What would you do if you found out that a patient had AIDS while his wife was sitting in the room?"
"What is your view on abortion and the death penalty?"
"What is the most important thing that you can bring to the medical profession?"
"Would you lie to an insurance company to get an MRI done? (That question sucked)"
"If you were an element on the periodic table, what element would you be, and why?"
"Which of your Extracurricular activities were the most important to you? What are the biggest weakneses in your record as you enter medical school? What is the first thing you would do on your first day of medical school? If you don't get into medical school this year what are your plans? What if you don't get into medical school for the next four years?"
"What ethical/moral dilemma have you personally seen in healthcare?"
"What is your opinion of abortion?"
"Several ethical dilemmas:
1....to abort(fetus) or not?
2....in vitro fertilization instance...tough"
"What do you think about Health Care."
"If you were a physician, and a patient came in with all sorts of pain and wanted you to find out what is wrong with him/her. But they are telling you that if it is cancer, then they do not want to know about it. As a physician, would you respect that patient's request, or do your duty and not conceal any information?"
"Why do you want to attend the Medical College of Ohio?"
"Tell me about your work as a substance abuse counselor."
"tell me about yourself."
"What do you think of alternative medicine?"
"How do you feel about the war in Iraq?"
"What factor contributed to your wanting to become a doctor?"
"How would you fix health care?"
"Problems in healthcare"
"In what ways have you explored the field of medicine? What attributes do you have that will make you a good doctor?"
"What are three of your strengths? Three weaknesses?"
"problems in medicine"
"What is it like working with brain injury patients? What was the most memorable patient/experience you had?"
"What was the last book you read?"
"How do you like Toledo?"
"HMO, insurance, cost issues.."
"Give me another reason, which is not in your file as to why you want to be a doctor?"
"What are the problems with HMOs?"
"What type of learning style do you have?"
"Tell me more about yourself (I get this everywhere so be prepared!)"
"How many people (percentage wise) do not have healthcare in America? So do you think we are paying too much for healthcare, too less or just right? So do you think the distribution of doctors is just right, too much one way or too much the other way (concerning regional distribution)?"
"So what did you think about the MCATs? "
"Specifics on my courses in undergrad. Also, explain bad grades. "
"How would you treat a colleague who had just come back from drug or alcohol rehabilitation?"
"Do the people of america have good health care? Is their a segment of the population that is underserved?"
"What do you think will be most rewarding about being a physician? Most challenging?"
"What % of remission should there be to override a patient's parents on treatment of a cancer?"
"What do you do in your free time?"
"What did you get on your ACT?"
"There are 3 steps in deciding to pursue medicine. 1. Considering it, 2. Something triggers the decision and 3. Self-doubt and questioning the decision. How have you gone through the 3 steps?"
"If you were an interviewer for a medical school, what kind of questions would you ask an applicant?"
"Would you give hope to a person who is going to die?"
"You are the president and a researcher has told you he has discovered the cure for aging. What do you do? Do you tell the public, keep it a secret?"
"I was asked to ask myself a question and then answer it."
"Why do you think doctors need to know about social issues? How should it be taught?"
"If your resident had many tattoos and piercings and came to work in jeans, what would you do?"
"what is in your refrigerator?"
"Did you ever feel slighted as a child since your dad was a physician and had to work on the weekends sometimes?"
"Where do you see patient care in 10 years? Which then lead to a discussion about universalization of health care."
"See general comments"
"If you were interviewing yourself, what would you ask and why. "
"Has your family had any economic difficulties?"
"What would you do if a patient you were treating asked you on a date?"
"What do you think is the hardest thing to get across in an interview?"
"What kind of music do you listen to? What is on your ipod?"
"How would you handle a situation in med school if you saw a fellow classmate cheat on an exam?"
"If you couldn't be a doctor, what would you do?"
"What do you think is the most important problem facing medicine today?"
"Why did you choose the university you chose for your undergrad? What factors will play in your decision of where you will go to medical school?"
"Ethics questions. Each interviewer asked one. "
"Ethical questions: what to do if residents show up late, what to do if you only have 1 bad of blood and 3 patients who need it, what if a patient hits on you,"
"None, all basic questions"
"A drug company wanted to pay you to test a new drug on your patients. Would you tell your patients?"
"What would you do if a colleague were doing some shady things?"
"between the two interviewers, i was asked both normal questions (tell me about your research) and ridiculous ones (crazy ethical scenarios, what is the point of shadowing if all you do is just stand there and watch?, etc)"
"interesting ethical sequence"
"Questions about where I have traveled in the world."
"What is my favorite class"
"What would you do if a woman came to you seeking birth control or some procedure, but in her culture, the male is a dominant figure, and refused her receiving this?"
"You're working in the ER, and the attending tells you to give a dose of a drug you know to be wrong. What do you do?"
"asked about other schools I'm considering"
"none they were standard"
"Who is your favorite american idol?"
"Isn't it a bit narcisistic to be involved with cultural organizations?"
"If you had a patient with a sexually transmitted disease, and he/she asked you for an extra prescription for his/her spouse (he had been having an extra-marital affair), would you give it to him/her?"
"case based learning questions"
"If I were to open your refrigerator, what three things would I always find?"
"None. Standard questions. Chatted about outside interests quite a bit. There were some standard ethical questions they had to ask, but they weren't difficult. Just use common sense. "
"What's the difference btwn human and animal? that one bumped me! "
"Nothing really interesting."
"What my hobbies were"
"What kinds of music do you sing? All other questions were very standard, regarding my academic history."
"What are the three most important issues facing the world today?"
"What would you do if a patient came in repeatedly to your office presenting with back pain requesting prescription narcotics?"
"You said your favorite course you took in college was philosophy, why is that? (This led to a fairly lengthy discussion that I think was more to get a feel for my personality, beliefs, and character than anything to do with my direct qualifications for medical school or interest in the medical field)."
"Describe the current state of our nation and also your position on the following ethical topics: abortion, stem cell research."
"How teaching may have helped me prepare for medical school...."
""What do you see yourself doing, professionally, in fifteen years?""
"What is your opinion on the theory of evolution?"
"If I had a patient who was 85yrs old, confused(dementia) bed ridden, and had a heart condition, and needed a pacemaker would I perfom the surgery"
"If you were a doctor and was treating a patient with terminal cancer and that has a signed DNR, and the nurse finds the patient struggling to breathe with an empty bottle of pills lying next to her and a suicide note, what would you do? (ie. do you treat?)"
"What would be your threshold for patients who repeatedly came to a free clinic for treatment with no intention of changing their lifestyle at any point?"
"What do you think stands out most in your application?"
"Tell me about ur family"
"A professional baseball player comes to you complaining of sharp pains in back that radiate down to his testicle. What might be wrong with him? (Pinched nerve, kidney stone; she was happy with my answer)"
"I did get a long talk about students that know they will drop out but just keep going. I can't even remember if there was a question in there, but I tried to expain as best I could that I was not that student."
"Most of the questions were standard."
"What is something valuable you have learned through your experience as a competitive swimmer?"
"Tell me about Ghana... (My essay concerned Ghana)"
"How many people in this country are uninsured?"
"The surgeon general calls you up and asks you what he should change in the US...what do you tell him?"
"What would be your perfect medical school?"
"Are you right or left handed? (because I am right handed but wear my watch on my right hand)"
"How would you tell a patient that you didn't know what was wrong with them?"
"What are your feelings on euthinasia?"
"If you won the lottery, how would you spend the money?"
"Nothing that interesting, all pretty much conversational."
"If you were an element on the periodic table, what element would you be, and why?"
"No real directed questions were asked... just random conversation. "
"What if you don't get into medical school this year? What if you don't get into medical school for the next four years?"
"Outside of your parents, who has influenced you the most?"
"have you ever done drugs?"
"Nothing too unusual."
"refer to below"
"What are your opinions on Cloning?"
"Nothing really interesting, they grilled me with every question in the book, the interviews lasted over 2 hours. "
"Do I think that substance abuse treatment works, why or why not? (referring to my experience as an addictions couselor)"
"If you were a train, what part of the train would you be?"
"What is your opinion on the status of health care in California [my home state]?"
"What types of books do you like to read aside from school books?"
"How exactly did cow intestine taste while you were living in Argentina?"
"everything was pretty standard"
"See below (the most difficult question)"
"Tell me about your culture."
"Describe to me your ideal woman."
"what really makes you want to be a doctor beyond your love of people and caregiving?"
"A patient of yours who was previously stable dies unexpectedly. How do you explain to the family that you would like an autopsy performed?"
""I've read through your entire application and I don't want to you to say anything I've already read...tell me about yourself.""
"What is the difference between universal healthcare and universal health insurance??"
"If I were the Surgeon General what would I change in medicine over the next 20 years?"
"What differentiates people that overcome addiction versus those who cannot?"
"Why do you want to come to OHIO? Aren't you happy in CA?"
"If you had a patient who was Hindu and believed in reincarnation, as a Catholic, how would you deal with their beliefs?"
"Do you know what kind of rec. letters you have?"
"Do you know how the lunar calendar came about?"
"Do you think spirituality healing has a place in medicine?"
"What would you rather take.. the elevator or the stairs?"
"None, they focused on just getting to know me."
"Give me 3 reasons why you think some doctors choose to work at medical schools?"
"How many schools did you apply to?"
"I found it interesting that I was asked two of the exact same questions that I had read on this website (1. do you give a man extra doses of STD medicine for his spouse and 2. what do you do if you catch a classmate doing illegal drugs in the parking lot?)"
"What do you think is the most prescribed type of drug? "
"Strangely, It really didn't seem like I was asked any direct questions. This was the only interview I attended where the interviewers had ACTUALLY read and were very familiar with my file. Both of my interviewers just asked for clarification about me. One interviewer talked more about herself and her life than about me! It was extremely laid back and conversation."
"Nothing really hard, they just wanted to get to know me. One of the interviewers asked me a lot about scouting. One Doc asked me something about geometrical objects, but he said he asks that question to everyone to see how they think on their feet, so I won't ruin his fun."
"cant reveal too much info here, as i would be easily identified. the second or third interesting question i was asked was if i was having a bad hair day. "
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