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"Please don't change. Everyone was awesome."
"None, they were an absolute pleasure to meet and spend the day with."
"Admissions staff were exceptionally friendly! They went to great lengths to ensure that we were comfortable."
"N/A, the nicest i've come across!"
"Stay as friendly as you are now!"
"A better electronic application and a status page would be nice."
"Having a more extensive tour of the hospital would have been great...UVA has such an impressive medi"
"The people who toured us, weren't really that prepared. I feel like we were just led around based on"
"The admissions office was great, I can't ask for any better. Although it was a little nerve wrackin"
"Tell us about yourself"
"What was your journey to medicine?"
"Which of your volunteering experiences do you value the most?"
"Specific questions on my Extra curriculars, they read everything"
"Tell me more about your research."
"What do you like about UVASOM?"
"A patient in your clinical trial feels like they are being used as a guinea pig. What do you do?"
"talk about X experience"
"Tell me about your clinical experience"
"Tell me about (specific activity)."
"What do you think about being a doctor and having a family?"
"What brought us to your attention? (i.e., why would someone from the other side of the country apply to Virginia?)"
"What are you all about?"
"What questions do you have for me?"
"Why did volunteering motivate you to go into medicine?"
"Explain your research award."
"How did you decide on medicine?"
"Tell me about how you decided to pursue medicine."
"Tell me about your experience"
"What would you do if you had a patient that refused to quit smoking? Would you stop seeing them?"
"Tell me about your clinical experiences."
"What field of medicine?"
"Tell me about ... on your application."
"What is the one thing that needs to be done in health care reform to best improve health in the population? "
"Why medicine? What made you decide to become a doctor?"
"How do you deal with stress?"
"Where do you see yourself in 10 years?"
""Why are you sitting here at a medical school interview? Why have you chosen medicine?""
"What have [these experiences] taught you?"
"Tell me your 3 biggest strengths that will prepare you to be a physician"
"Where do you see yourself in ten years?"
"I'm completely paraphrasing these questions, because I don't quite remember them.
Do you have anything else you would like me to know about you? "
"tell me about yourself"
"What are you passionate about?"
"What's your support system? What's gonna get you through med school when you hate your basic sciences, get jealous of your friends going out on the weekends and you're home studying, etc etc. ??"
"''Do you know the origins of Midlothian, your town name?''"
"general stuff about my application. nothing special"
"What do you want to know about Charlottesville?"
"The question about the clinic."
"give me a specific example of a clinical case you have observed"
"How did your parents' occupations influence your decision to go into medicine?"
"What do you feel will be your biggest challenge as a woman in medicine?"
"Immigration issue (see above)"
"Tell me about your story you used in your personal statement?"
"questions were specific to your file"
"Talked about stuff on my application"
"Tell me about your research"
"Is my family member (who I mentioned was ill in my essay) doing OK now?"
"why a doctor?"
"What are your feelings on accepting pens/samples/gifts/etc. from drug reps?"
"What have you learned from working in the ER?"
"What do you want the admission committee to tell me about you ? (ie, best qualities about yourself) "
"Why would I want you as one of my classmates? (the 4th-year asked this one)."
"What current medical technology do you feel will have the largest impact on medicine."
"With all the research you've done, why do you think you should be an md not a phd?"
"If you had a medical award named after you, what would you want it to be for? (ex. most capable doctor, most compassionate doctor, most groundbreaking doctor, etc.)"
"What has you exposure to medicine been?"
"What is your most valuable community service/medical expereince?"
"What do you know about ethics?"
"What are your positive qualities? Negative?"
"I don't understand what bioengineers do. Can you explain it to me?"
"Tell me about the learning community that you were involved in."
"What has been your favorite non-science class?"
"Why do you want to be a doctor?"
"Why are you interested in medicine?/When did you decide to be a doctor?"
"From your 3rd MCAT, I see that these are very solid numbers. Can you explain to me what happened during the first two tests?"
"Once in medical school, what do you feel will be your biggest challenge."
"Why the doctors let me give HIV results back to patients and how I have been trained for that?"
"How do you think that healthcare for individuals from rural areas differs from care for those in more urban areas?"
"Tell me aboout your research."
"Tell me about (AMCAS Post-Secondary experience)"
"Tell me about your time in Germany."
"Questions relating to my personal statement (over half of the discussion sprung from my essay)."
"What would you do if you did not become a doc?"
"What is your opinion on the designated hitter rule in baseball? (I'm from St. Louis and currently live in Boston, so since the Cards and the Sox were both doing well, we started talking about baseball)"
"General questions about my application and course work as an undergrad. Along with these questions went the question about what I want/expect out of a medical school."
"Name one problem in health care and tell me how you would fix it. "
"What are you looking for in a medical school?"
"Describe your passion for medicine."
"Tell me about the clinical experience you had."
"When did you receive your medical school epiphany? "
"So you shadowed a surgeon in Scotland...what do you think about socialized health care?"
"Is healthcare a privlege or a right?"
"why uva "
"Name a few strengths and weaknesses you believe you have."
"What is your role in research, and what have you discovered?"
"respond to this statement(an ethical/stressful situation written by a med student)"
"What do you parents have to say about the University of Virginia (They're UVa grads)?"
"How did you decide to be a doctor"
"so how was the drive up this morning?"
"How do you handle stress?"
"Tell me about yourself."
"what do you think is the most pressing ethical issue in health care today?"
"What did you learn from your research that applies to medicine?"
"can't remember... nothing even remotely challenging besides the questions i already mentioned."
"How did you like your undergrad school? Why did you choose to go there?"
"What do you think about drug companies giving perks to doctors?"
"Tell me about your drive here."
"Tell me about your major."
"What would you do if you didn't go to medical school?"
"Tell me about your experiences in Ghana"
"Tell me about your research? Are there any possible clinical correlations to your research?"
"Talk about your research"
"Anything you would have done differently in your life?"
"What type of medicine do you hope to practice?"
"Tell me about the evolution of your interest in medicine?"
"From essay - what do you see as the biggest problem in US healthcare today? How, specifically, would you fix it?"
"Why medicine? Why now?"
"What do you want to do with your medical degree (not specialty)?"
"What do you do for fun?"
"How do you think your (untraditional) background will benefit you in medicine?"
"Why U.Va.? Where do you want to practice? "
"Tell me about your research."
"Tell me more about your volunteer experience."
"explain your c's in chemistry"
"Talked about my study abroad experience and potential curriculum future changes"
"When do you lead and when do you follow?"
"asked about an activity I didn't have much hours in"
"What are you most proud of"
"A question discussing the cultural contexts of patient care."
"What do you like to cook? (Mentioned in my secondary that I loved cooking)"
"How would you deal with an ungrateful patient?"
"Do you think encouraging people to have an implantable chip with all their medical record information on it is ethical?"
"describe a memorable patient"
"Probably about how I reconcile my faith and interest in science."
"Most were about my file, nothing too crazy"
"Scenario based question in which administration is upset that you take longer per patient than a colleague. How do you handle this"
"We discussed the differences between diagnosis using advanced radiological instruments vs. physical exams."
"Describe an interesting clinical case you observed."
"What would you want someone to say in your eulogy? "
"Tell about this specific patient in your clinical experience."
"What is music?"
"Do you really want to stay here for 4 more years?"
"Honestly, I didn't find any incredibly interesting, though the conversation with my first interviewer was very friendly."
"How do you see yourself working to study culture's effects on health? What approach will you take? "
"What books would you recommend I read?"
"How would your friends describe you?"
"How do you take care of you?"
""What is the biggest challenge you think you've faced and come out of as a better person?""
"What have you learned from your mother? What about your father?"
"(I mentioned that I had been with a patient who had died while I was there)
What was it like, watching someone die for the first time?
"Can you elaborate on X?"
"The onion one"
"It's been awhile, but all the questions were very specific to my application. I wasn't really asked too many general questions. I guess why my one of my MCAT sections scores was so low in the first place."
"Why did you pick your instrument? (I'm a musician)"
"Do you think science could stand to be more self-reflexive? (specific to my major)"
"what are you most passionate about?"
"Talk about your travels abroad. "
"Volunteering, you must have seen pharmaceutical company representatives come in and give free pens to physicians and take them out to lunch, etc. What do you think of that?"
"What really stands out/something you'll remember about your undergraduate career? "
"''How can you explain the lower rates of gastric cancer in Americans versus Japanese people given your research?''"
"If you could be health care god for a day what would you do?"
"If I were to call your mother up right now and ask her what your biggest weakness was, what would she say?
...yea, my mother."
"What would I do if I was working in a clinic and got yelled at for only seeing 20 patients when my coworker was able to see 30?"
"What are some ethical issues your generation of physicians will face."
"How do you feel about moving to Charlottesville? (i went to college at Chicago)"
"What do you think about Honor?"
"What lesson have you learned from your brother (who has down syndrome)"
"What should we be doing about the illegal immigration issue (overall and in terms of health care specifically)?"
"Both asked about my "
"What do you think should be changed about health care in the U.S.?"
"Will my conservative religious views impede me from providing medical services to anyone of a differing background?"
"Why would I want you as a classmate? (Ask by my 4th Year interviewer)"
"case scenario about an uncomprimising patient"
"Nothing really stood out here."
"Why would I want you as my classmate?"
"What do you invision your greatest challenge in medical school to me?"
"If you were working as a pediatrician in a rural area and a 15 year old girl asked you for birth control but not to tell her parents, what would you do?"
"What do you think "entitlement" means? Follow up question: Do you feel people in your generation feel they are entitled to something?"
"My interviewer is a big runner and I just ran a marathon so just talking about that experience."
"Have you seen a lot of class discrimination in the places you've traveled?"
"There were a few that were asked that were interesting. Most were drawn from my research experience.
1. What factors do you think have contributed to the increase in diagnosis of ADD in the past 30 years?
2. What do you think about a link between mercury and autism?"
"Nothing really mind blowing - the interviewers really just wanted to get to know me."
"i was given a scenario,in which as a physician, I had to balance the business end of health care with quality of patient care"
"Tell me about you major and why you chose history?"
"Who is a mentor/ person you look up to and why? "
"The interview was more conversational than direct questions and answers."
"All pretty standard."
"How will deal with the celebrity of being a doctor?"
"What would you ask a prospective medical student that I haven't asked you already?"
"What do you do when you there is no known way to treat your patient?"
"What would I do if one of my athletes were using steroids? (I want to be team physician)"
"How do you think your religious background will affect your decisions as a physician?"
"What is your favorite Law and Order spin off?"
"My first interviewer was the director of Student Health at the school, so he asked me something about what the school should do to help prevent the abuse of alcohol."
"Nothing out of the blue, a lot of stuff about my fraternity because I talked about it in my personal statement"
"What do you do when you have to tell a patient that they have HIV and they are going to die? (In reference to my job)"
"Why might a patient not comply with a treatment?"
"Do you think that there should be more connection between neuroscience and psychology departments?"
"What is the most difficult job you've ever had?"
"What is a current scientific project that could have a large impact on medicine in 10-15 years?"
"How do you think you may want to integrate your experience in alternative medicine with traditional(western) medicine?"
"What type of non-academic reading do you most like to do?"
"What do I want out of a medical school? (Both interviewers asked this question)"
"I was asked a lot of questions about my minor."
"Tell me about playing the piano, and how you think what you learned will help you be a good doctor."
"Do you think medical research is going in the right direction?"
"How would you solve the problem of bad physicians being a danger to their patients?"
"If robots took over all doctor's jobs, what would you do then?"
"What health-related experience made you most want to be a physician?"
"Tell me about your family."
"How do you think John Kerry is going to fund the health care plan currently received by congressmen for all Americans? I told him I had no clue-he said that was a fine answer because he didn't know either."
"Nothing really out of the ordinary. I guess it would have to be "So where do you go to bass fish?""
"Nothing really out of the ordinairy. Their questions were mostly about my profile."
"questions about my minor and the future of healthcare"
"How I would react to other classmates in medical school, looking up to me with respect to almost all of the first-year classes I have previously taken and currently tutor."
"If medical school didn't exist, what would you do?"
"Given your goals, what would you do if all medical training ceased to exist?"
"Do you like playing video games?"
"what impression of you should i take away from this interview..."
"What is one way in which you're beliefs have been challenged in college and how did you deal with that?"
"I work for a campus Safe-Ride at my undergraduate school and I was asked how we handled very drunk passengers."
"I see you do a lot oral cavity research, why not be a dentist?"
"what do you think is the most pressing ethical issue in health care today?"
"from your file, you're apparently very smart. what's the square root of 483?"
"What would you do if you were being pressured to see more patients?"
"What do you do to relax?"
"What medical advances have you read about in the news in the past year?"
"None really. Very stereotypical interview questions."
"So, I've got an impression of you from reading your file. Now I want you to tell me how I should think of you, so I can see if it matches my premeditated impression? [WTF?!?]"
"No real interesting questions. The interviewers were really laid back and more interested in getting to know me as a person. "
"Extremely open-ended questions about integrity and the pt-physician relationship, why Americans are self-obsessed, and what I could do about all of this."
"Is there any examples you have seen set by doctors that you would not like to emulate?"
"Tell me more about your research - specifically."
"If you were in charge, how would you deal with the influence of HMO's and insurance companies?"
"Questions about my trip to Australia."
"Was my essay really true?"
"The doctor handed me a paragrapth that describes a situation in which a 3 yr toddler died and you pressed by your chief resident to practice intubation on the boy to gain experience while the parents are waiting outside for their son. We talked in some great length about the subject."
"Explain to me what you meant on your AMCAS essay when you wrote XYZ? [many of these]"
"I have a set impression of you from your file. What should I know about you that your file might not illustrate?"
"From reading your app. I have an impression formed about you.. but could you describe yourself and tell me what's unique/important about you? I want to know if it matches to my idea about you?"
"What's the job you've had that you liked best?"
"Nothing, just standard stuff!"
""Tell me about one of the patients you saw while shadowing the orthopaedic surgeon." - and that was 2 years ago!"
"How do you think you can use your major (humanities-related) in your study and practice of medicine?"
"What's the greatest Problem with the American healthcare system and how would you fix it?
Describe your life ten years from now.
"Respond to an ethical vignette I was asked to read."
"I had spent some time volunteering in Morocco, and one of my
interviewers asked me to evaluate the healthcare system
"nothing really tough; very conversational."
"nothing really, all were very friendly and conversational"
"Assuming that all the science and altruism is gone out of your day, the patient's family is griping, complaining and disrespectful . . . . how are you going to behave?"
"What is your passion?"
"What is an ethical situation you think you will face in medicine and how would you solve it?"
"What challenged do you anticipate facing during med school?"
"What was your fovorite pert of college?"
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