"What causes burnout, and how will you avoid it in your career?"
"Tell me about a bias you observed while shadowing a physician?"
"Tell us about why you want to be a doctor."
"What got you interested in the field of medicine and why are you pursuing it?"
"Where do you see yourself in 12 years? (follow-up) What challenges do you foresee in your plan?"
"Who is someone that embodies professionalism in your eyes, and why?"
"Tell me about yourself - why medicine?"
"If a friend was sitting in the room what would be 2 positives and 2 negatives"
"What makes you unique?"
"What makes are the qualities of a good physician?"
"How should we modify the SGR going forward?"
"What is your motivation to pursue medicine?"
"Why did you choose to be a doctor?"
"Tell me why you're interested in a career in medicine."
"What brought you to this table today? (I was tempted to say "A car", but refrained. I suggest answering this as a combined "Why medicine and why this school"?)"
"Give me your analysis and opinion on the democratic and republican viewpoints on healthcare reform."
"How would you spend $1 million to improve healthcare in the US"
"Tell us about a patient you remember from _______ experience?
- What was her name?
- How old was she?
- What was her diagnosis?
- Did you follow up on her after she left your care?
- What did you learn from her?"
"What is wrong with the health care industry today and what would you do to fix it?"
"Why do you want to be a doctor and why this state? Follow up questions. Have you had rural medical experience in this state (I said I was interested in rural health care because of time I spent in Argentina). What specialty are you interested in?"
"Why do you want to change from your current career field into medicine?"
"What are the biggest problems facing health care"
"what brings you here today? (I answered as if I was answering "why medicine")"
"What is not working with the health care system of the United States? (then follow up question) What do you think is not working with Canada's (or other countries') Single Payer system, or what negatives have you heard?"
"tell me what you think is one of the problems in health care?"
"What brings you here today?"
"Why is health care so expensive in the United States and how would you fix it?"
"You recommend chemo for your teenage cancer patient, but his mother refuses treatment because she's afraid chemo will make him sick. What do you do?"
"Do you see a universal, single-payer healthcare system working in the US? Many questions about healthcare reform..."
"What would you do if a woman with two children came to you and asked for a tubal ligation?"
"Tell us about a patient you remember from one of your shadowing experiences."
"Is there any physician you admire?"
"Questions about my medical mission trips and shadowing experiences. Ex: What are the three most important things you observed at the rural family practice clinic?"
"Why are you applying to medical school?"
"What is the healthcare system like in your hometown?"
"What have you done to improve your application since the last time we met with you? (I interviewed last year)"
"What did you learn/what most impacted you about your experience volunteering at the women's homeless shelter?"
"1. You are on president Obama's health advisory team. What two things would you urge him to do/consider"
"1. Tell us about your reasons for wanting to become a doctor.
2. What are your thoughts on the current healthcare system?
3. You said that as a former attorney, one of the drawbacks was the paperwork, yet physicians must deal with enormous paperwork. What makes you think medicine would be different?"
1. What motivates you to pursue a career in medicine?
2. What physician do you admire and what qualities does he/she embody
that you would like to emulate?
3. What do you see as the major problems with the US health care
system and what should be included in the health care plan to address
"What led you here? Why did you choose to go to Arkansas for undergrad? Did you apply to many schools? "
"What have you been doing since you applied?"
"How do you know you want to be a doctor?"
"Why an M.D. and not a PhD?"
"How would your friends describe you? 2 positives and 2 negatives"
"What have you done to improve your application since you last applied?"
"How have your experiences prepared you for medicine? Tell us about a specific patient you have encountered, what did you learn from that experience?"
"Tell us your story of deciding on medicine."
"What are you doing right now (in life)?"
"What is your opinion of the recent octuplet birth in California? How would you have approached the situation if you were the doctor? Do you think the doctor should be reprimanded in a non-litigating manner?
(unethical, would have suggested more focused/quality care of the 6 children she had already, reprimand...he implanted 8, protocol is 3 for her age group)"
"What frustrations have you experienced with healthcare restrictions when providing patient care? Do you anticipate having the same frustrations as a physician?"
"Why medicine? Explain your grades in organic chemistry (I didn't do very well). How did you prepare for the MCAT?"
"1. Did the doctors you shadowed think you were crazy for wanting to go into primary care? Why do you think I am asking you this?.......
2.What are your weaknesses? .....
3. When might a physician refuse to care for a patient? What if they are the only doctor for miles and miles in rural Alaska?"
"Role play: An obese man, chronic respiratory condition and smoker requests for oxygen, but you as the physician refuse. What are the options? Why? What else? What if X occurs... Y occurs..."
"Do you want to specialize?"
"What would you do to solve the current healthcare crisis?"
"Tell me why you want to be a physician."
"Ethics: Suppose you have two teenage daughters and one of their 15-year-old friends comes to you as a physician asking for birth control without parental consent. What would you do?
What would you do if her mom finds the pill pack with your name on it and angrily confronts you about it in the supermarket? (I said I'd prescribe birth control)"
"Why do I want to become a physician?"
"Is it ever okay to lie to a patient?"
"all relating to my Peace Corps experience "
"In a role play: get a person to stop smoking."
"How would you grade US healthcare policy?"
"What medical experience have you had?"
"Describe one failure in your life so far."
"What are some of the difficulties facing pediatricians today? (related to my experiences)"
"what are some of the challenges in primary care medicine that you've seen/experienced?"
"why does the US spend so much money and get such poor results compared to other countries?"
"You have an interest in ''X'', as evidenced by your experiences earlier this year and last year. Have you done anything since involving those interests?"
"Who would negatively benefit from socialized medicine?"
"Say you're a practicing pediatrician and a mom brings in her little boy who's about six and is very sick. Just after you get them situated in an exam room, an administrator comes to you and says that they are illegal immigrants, have no insurance, your clinic has met its quota of medicaid and medicare patients for the month and you can't afford to treat the boy. What do you do?"
"Specific patient experience"
"if a mother brings in her 12 year old son and says he is very ill and needs a note to excuse him from school for the next few days, but when you examine him there is nothing wrong, what would you do? "
"Why Medicine? (duh)"
"How did you end up where you are?"
"What's the last book you read?"
"Describe your research experience."
"Tell me the problems with health care, both nationally and locally?"
"Question about volunteering."
"what would you do if you don't get into medical school no matter how hard you tried?"
"A patient with a common serious but relatively time-tested successful treatment plan wants to be disconnected from her ventilator before treatment is initiated. She is a nurse, and thus understands the implications of her request. Do you grant her wish or refuse, knowing that she will probably be fine with treatment but die without it?"
"ethics of treatment resources used on patients not following doctors orders/making lifestyle changes"
"Why do you think HIV/AIDS is so prevalent in Africa?"
"Will you be going into primary care?"
"National Health Care"
"What is the biggest problem in health care delivery in the US?
"Why did you take so long to come to medicine?"
"You're clearly interested in working with kids, do you see yourself as a practicing pediatrician in 10 years?"
"What are the major problems in healthcare today?
"What have you done differently since applying last year?
Outside of your music and volunteering, what do you like to do for fun? Say today was a sunny May 15th, how would you spend your day?"
"Okay, your in charge of the country. How would you fix health care? (I floated the idea of national health insurance) Wait, some people are worried that National Health Insurance will result in rationing of care. What about specialist fees? I'm an oncologist and new cancer treatments are extremely beneficial but expensive, what about them? Did you know that over half of healthcare spending occurs in the last 2 months of peoples' lives? What do we do about that? Should we ration their care? !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
"What volunteering experience has stood out in your mind?"
"Tell us about your research."
"Tell us about what has led you to want to become a physician. "
"A series of questions about health coverage for the elderly, especially when resources are limited. "
"why do you want to be a doctor and why UWSOM?"
"What have you done since graduating?"
"What would you do if a patient didn't want to modify his diet from one of high fat to one more nutritious? (Paraphrased: the question was actually stated with cultural overtones)"
"Why not research?"
"Why are you pursuing a **** minor? (It's not a typical minor)"
"What kind of relationship should exist between pharmaceutical companies and physicians?"
"why are you switching from (previous background) to medicine"
"In what setting do I envision myself practicing medicine?"
"What is medicare?"
"Where do you see yourself in 10 years?"
"What is the problem with healthcare in the country and what would you do to fix it."
"Why do you want to be a Doctor (first question)"
"Why do you want to be a doctor? Why UW?"
"Ethics: a woman has expressed the past that she never wants to be on a breathing machine. Three monthes later, she must go on a breathing machine or die. You get her to try it for a week. After six days on the machine, she is progressing positively and she wants the breathing machine removed. You are not certain that she is ready, but she wants it done now. What do you do?"
"Why Medicine? Why UW?"
"Ethics question about PAS with several follow-ups."
"What are you doing currently?"
"During your experience as a volunteer, what was something that impacted you in a negative aspect? How would you remedy that??"
"What are you doing right now?"
"What do you think about I-330 and 336?"
"What do you think are the challenges to healthcare and what do you think we can do to fix them?"
"Motivations for medicine"
"Why do you want to pursue a career in medicine?"
"Stem cell research has generated heated debate. What are the pros and cons of this issue?"
"Question about the headlines of that dayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s paper. Ethics question. Question about my research. Question about the state of healthcare today."
"If you were the president's health czar, what recommendations would you make to fix health care in America?"
"What are you currently doing? ( I applied after I recieved my undergrad degree)"
"Would you like a cookie?"
"Say you had a patient who was a chronic alcoholic and wanted a liver transplant...would you add that person to the national list for liver rationing?"
"You've traveled a lot, what do you think about the US's health care system vs. some of the countries you have visited?"
"how do you feel about stem cell research?"
"Where do you see yourself in 15 years?
What was the most important event of 2004? "
"What would you say to someone who wanted ab for a viral illness?"
"How would I fix the US healthcare system if I was given the opportunity?"
"What's the biggest healthcare problem facing AK? F/u questions about how to solve this problem."
"What was your favorite class in college? What was your least favorite class in college?"
"So you're from out of the region. Why UW?"
"How would you fix the health care problems in the US?"
"What are your impressions of the US Health Care system?"
"pretend you did not believe in abortion (which I do). a 14 year old girl comes to you requesting the procedure. what do you do?"
"Why do you want to be a doctor. "
"Tell us about your decision to become a doctor."
"What do you do in your spare time?"
"How did you pick all the schools you applied to?"
"ethical (see above)"
"What have you done to improve your application?"
"heatlh care issues"
"name 3 significant problems with healthcare in developing countries. "
"What made you think medicne?"
"What challenges will you face working in a rural area?"
"ethical question involving medical malpractice: a patient is suing another doctor and comes to see you, would you treat that patient and how would you deal... etc."
"Why do you want to study medicine, and why at the UW? Where do you see yourself in 10 years? The typical questions."
"What is the most significant experience you have had that made you want to become a physician?"
"You have a patient that is a severe alcoholic and wants a new liver; do you give it to them?"
"Many questions related to my research."
"What is your stance on stem cell research?"
"Discuss the current state of medicine in this country and how you would fix the problems."
"With all your interest in international health, why not pursue a career in public health?"
"What do you know about the presedential candidates' health plans?"
"Where do you see yourself in 15 years?"
"State of healthcare in US"
"Problems facing physicians"
"What are the problems with our health care system? How do we fix them?"
"What challenges did you observe working in a (somewhat) rural clinic? "
"How has my major prepared me for a career in medicine?
"assisted suicide (with lots of follow-up)"
"Why did you move to South Africa for a year? What was it like to work in an AIDS orphanage?"
"describe yourself, your hubby, your academic record."
"Assisted suicide...what would I do?"
"Which of the candidate's health policy do you support? "
"Why did you pick Spanish as a major?"
"Describe each of your clinical experiences and tell us what you learned about medicine from them."
"I see that you graduated a year ago, what have you been doing with yourself?"
"What is the main problem with healthcare today?"
"Why do you want to work in rural community if you have no experience in any rural area?"
"ethical question- end of life issues/ drug overdose"
"Tell me about yourself."
"Where do you see yourself in 20 years? Where will your ambition have taken you?"
"What do you do for fun?"
"how is the canadian system different from the US? what are the main problems of the US system? what would you do to change it? why is that a solution? is cost the only factor? (as you can see, we went on this topic for a good amount of time)"
"Dissected my essays and asked about my experiences."
"What are three major healthcare problems a physician has to deal with?"
"Ã¢â‚¬Å“Tell us why you want to get into this.Ã¢â‚¬Â"
"Basically what everyone already said. I might as well just tell you all of them. Why med? Where do you see yourself years from now? What are some current problems in med in US? What is the deal with the aging population? What should we do about it? Is the Canadian system a possible solution? Why do HMOs cut off services? Why do people specialize when there is primary care shortage? What books do I read? Tell us about a personal failure. Tell us about a person in your volunteer program. If patient wants prescription to buy drugs in Canada, do you do it? "
"Already covered in previous posts"
"Why did I choose my major?"
"Tell us about your experiences and how you got here."
"Tell us about your graduate school experince in Boston? What did you learn from it?"
"How have experiences with patients shaped your desire to practice medicine? "
"What do you do for fun? Do you read?"
"With your background, why medicine?"
"Time's Person of the Year"
"Let's say the US is switched to a Universal Health Care system like Oregon state, where everyone got basi health care, but certain procedures were not covered. For example, a 40 year old man, regardless of situation/health, will be refused a kidney transplant. Is this fair?"
"How does the Japanese healthcare system differ from the US healthcare system?"
"What do you think about premium medicical services available to those who can pay for the added service?"
"questions about current problems with our health care system. "
"Would you like a cookie, or something to drink?"
"what sets you apart from other candidates"
"Asked me stuff about my volunteer experiences, shadowing doctors."
"What have you done with yourself in the last year?"
"What did you learn from your past traveling experiences?"
"Would you prescribe a lethal dose of morphine to a patient who was terminal if requested?"
"What are the top 3 health care problems in the U.S.?"
"Tell us about the healthcare system in Japan"
"Why should we choose you out of all these applicant?"
"Views on state of health care in US."
"Where do you see yourself in ten years?"
"Why UW? (that's a good question- why in the hell did I apply here?)"
"Who would you choose at Time's Man of the Year?
(got a negative response to my choice)"
"What do you see as the three most important issues in medicine today?"
"Tell us what you learned from your clinical experiences."
"Who would you pick as Time's Person of the Year?"
"Why medicine? Where do you see yourself in 15 yrs?"
"So...tell us a bit about yourself."
"What have you been doing lately?"
"How do we fix the problem of 43 million people being uninsured?"
"Man on ventillator wants to have ventillator out even though he won't live without it. What do you do?"
"Views of physician assited suicide"
"the pill question"
"Ethics on Jahovah wittness refuses blood transplant, old patient/young, concious/unconcious, "
"What would you tell a patient who calls you up to say goodbye because he's been storing up pills and is going to take them as soon as he gets off the phone with you?"
"What has been your favorite research project ? (if you are asked this, I would definitely talk about the project you know best whether it is your favorite project or not)."
"Where do you see yourself in 10-15 years."
"So you spoke to Dr. Samson..what did he tell you and what did you do to improve your application?"
"What are problems with health care today and what would you do to fix them?"
"How did you hear about UVM and why did you apply here?"
"Why should we choose you?"
"Where do you see yourself in 10 years from now?"
"You give a medicare patient a much-needed Rx, she immediately tosses it in the trash saying she can't afford it...What do you do?"
"Describe 2 or 3 of the most pressing healthcare issues."
"Why do you want to be a doctor? Why UWSOM?"
"You have a patient who just lost his wife and found that he has prostate cancer but refuse treatment. His family are begging you to force him to have treatment done. What do you do?"
"Why do you want to be a doctor?"
"How have you improved your application since you were here last year?"
"what do you feel is the biggest problem in today's healthcare system?"
"Time Person of the Year"
"What are your views on cloning humans?"
"What have you been doing for the last two years?"
"What's the biggest problem facing health care today?"
"Why do you want to be a doctor, and why should we support you in that?"
"What clinical experience makes you want to be a doctor. What kind of doctor."
"Do you know how many Americans are have no health care coverage?"
"Is this the only school you applied to?"
"What did you learn from traveling?"
"What area of medicine are you interested in?"
"What was your biggest failure?"
"Your patient wants a total body scan, but you know it doesn't do much good
and could be potentially harmful because of irradiation. Do you let the patient
do the procedure?"
"What would you do to improve the health care system?"
"Why do you want to be a doc? What specialty and why?"
"What do you think are the biggest challenges you will face as a practicing doctor in ten years?"
"tell us about yourself."
"Why do you want to become a doctor?"
"What do you do in your free time?"
"Describe a time you had an interpersonal conflict with a friend, coworker, colleague, etc. What did you do?"
"Imagine I am about to commission the creation of a small, nineteen bed hospital. Explain what the hospital mission should be and how you will ensure it is followed. (As a follow-up) Choose a board of directors."
"Do you see medical scribes continuing to have a role in the industry in the future?"
"Is there anything you wished the committee would have asked you but didn't?"
"If you had $100 million, what healthcare problem in Washington state would you fix"
"How would you spend $5 million dollars on a rural clinic?"
"What are some of the things that you would expect to hear a physician say they enjoy about their job and that they don't enjoy about their job?"
"If given $15 million dollars to promote healthcare in your community, how would you go about constructing a plan to use that money, and what would you do?"
"Patient role play scenario"
"A role playing scenario."
"If I won the powerball what would I use the money for?"
"In response to one answer, one of the interviewers politely disagreed with me and challenged me answer with a follow up. It was related to communication as a physician and how to integrate all perspectives. It caught me off guard but we had a good academic discussion."
"If i was editor of Time Magazine and i told you that i will put any organization you wish on the cover and write a story about them, which organization would you choose?"
"What do you do in you free time?"
"What is the state of healthcare right now?"
"If President Obama approached you to help solve a local obesity problem, how would you go about making a difference in the community?"
"If Governor Inslee had extra money to spend in his budget for your use and asked you to report to him the health needs of a county in NE Washington State, how would you go about finding this information out?"
"Tell me about a patient that left an impression on you. (Not really an interesting question but really one of the only ones where I felt I could really shine and they finally wanted to know about ME, not just standard boring healthcare questions or "If you had a million dollars for healthcare...""
"How do you like Bill Greer as a Basketball coach?"
"What do you do to relax?"
"Ethical role-play. You are in a private practice with several other doctors, including me (your best friend). When you come into work one morning, your nurse tells you she smells alcohol on my breath."
"They asked a lot of interesting ethical questions. Most were straight off of the bioethics website."
"Role play: 14 year old obese girl with no other health issues wants a note to get out of PE. (It wasn't a "what would you do", rather a "let's act this out, right now.")"
"I did a role play scenario and had to convince one of the interviewers to take a treatment that they were hesitant to do."
"A new patient of yours who has lung cancer walks into your office and tells you he wants to end his life..."
"if you were tasked to find out why there were high levels of alcoholism in a rural town, how would you go about doing so?"
"Why not social work? It is said that with medicine you help individuals, but with social work, you help populations, so why not social work?"
"A role play question with the excom: One of your terminally ill cancer patients asks for prescription pain killers. What do you do? ... Patient calls you on a busy afternoon and says that instead of taking the medications as prescribed, he is planning to take them all at once to end his life. He has discussed his decision with family and friends and says you cannot change his mind; he is simply calling to say goodbye and to thank you for your help. What do you do?"
"Because you are a theology major, how does that influence your opinions about Washington's death with dignity act?"
"Say you are an internal medicine doc in small town, Montana. You have a patient that comes to you asking you to help take care of a problem that he has. You also see and know well his wife and family. This man is a salesman and is on the road quite a bit. He tells you that a few weeks ago, he was lonely. He went to the bar, had a few drinks, met a woman, and now thinks he has contracted some sort of STD. You check him out and diagnose and treat him for syphilis. You then tell him that it is a communicable disease and must be reported, as well as his contacts. He tells you, "No. There is no way my wife can know." What do you do? ........ Then, what if he says, "I know she has an appointment for a check-up next week. Can't you just tell her that she's due for an immunization and give her a shot of penicillin?" ...... I said absolutely not... What would you then say to him if he said, "I came to you, in trust, that you would help me take care of this and not say a word.""
"What are the top three most pressing healthcare issues in this state?"
"Role play: One of your long time patients with terminal cancer calls you at a busy Friday afternoon. He (in a nutshell):"The pain is getting too much, no chance of cure, talked it through with my family and gonna take a bunch of sleeping pills tonight. Just wanted to say goodbye and thanks for everything." Me:"ehmmm...""
"This is more like the question I didn't expect (but in a good way): You are a physician on call, and it it’s your anniversary. Your spouse has cooked dinner and there are roses on the table. As you enter the door, your pager goes off with an emergency. You have to go back to the hospital to see a patient. You come home 2 hours later and the roses are in the garbage can, and your spouse is upset. Why?"
"Out of a 9 year old girl with down syndrome, a 31 year old single man with a former drug addiction, and a 54 year old man with a wife and 2 children, who would you give a heart to if you only had one?"
"What is the most important feedback you've ever received, and what did you do with it?"
"What do you think about the recent guidelines for mammograms?"
"How can we recruit medical students interested in primary care?"
"We set up lots of theoretical constraints regarding health care reform that were not hard, but sort of tricky to keep track of. As advised on the UWSOM website, think out loud."
"Compare and contrast your experience working with the patients in the geriatric exercise clinic versus the varsity athletes in the training room. (both volunteer experiences in my file)"
"You mention 'lack of self-awareness was an issue that caused my parents divorce.' What do you mean by lack of self awareness?"
"a role-play. it was kind of weird but fun."
"You are seeing a pt with kidney failure who refuses dialysis. He later loses consciousness, and his family requests that you dialyze immediately. What do you say?
Later he regains consciousness and wishes to start dialysis, how do you think the family will feel towards you?"
"Are there any questions that we haven't asked you that you thought we should have?"
"Tell us what major health care issues you see in America today and what you'd do about it?"
"All modesty aside, why should we pick you?"
"Have you had any other interviews this year? (Just thought this was an odd question to ask at the end of my interview)"
"Before Tom Daschle stepped down from office, what was his plan for health care reform and do you think it would have worked? (I went to school in South Dakota where he is from.)"
"You have treated a man with every possible known treatment for cancer. He will die unless you can halt/remove the cancer and he has just recently slipped into a coma. His wife found a drug online that is not FDA approved but is advertised as possibly having life saving effects. She wants to use it on her patient. What do you do? Pretend I am the wife and role play with me."
"Where do you see yourself in 10 years?"
"Details about my specific experiences and how they relate to my current interests in medicine"
"role play scenario about ethics"
"What's so interesting about radiology?!? (The interviewer was trying to ask me why I was interested in radiology, but then became embarrassed when he realized his tone was downplaying radiology.)"
"What do you like to do?
(compose music, write)"
"A new drug has clinically been proven to extend the life expectancy of a terminally ill patient with lung cancer from 9 months to 10.5 months. The drug costs $80,000 per patient. The Canadian healthcare system has decided they will not cover the cost of this drug for patients, but Medicare here in the US does. Would you use this treatment, knowing it costs as much as it does?"
"(I worked with diabetes patients) Discuss keeping track of numbers with regard to physician performance in controlling diabetes in their patients. What do you do with "non-compliant" patients?"
"(While suggesting options about a case study) That's not going to work. What else?"
"Small role-playing scenario: I was the physician, on of the interviewers was a 55 year old obese diabetic woman living in poverty. She comes to you looking for a way to afford her medication. Where do you send her/what do you tell her?"
"If you had to choose, would you choose a lifesaving treatment for someone or prevention for many?"
"How did X experience make you think differently?"
"Describe a medical error that you've observed during your work, what was done about it?"
"A 14 year old girl comes to your office and tells you she had unprotected sex. She wants you to give her a prescription for plan B. How do you handle the situation?"
"Tell us about some of the experiences you've had that made you want to go in to medicine; give specific examples of how people inspired you to want to become a doctor."
"If I were to consult on a case of acute appendicitis on a child, but the parents did not want an operation (they wanted to use prayer instead) what would I do?"
"If your friends could describe you, what one adjective would they use?"
"How do you feel about Dr. Paul Farmer's personal life?"
"What would I tell a pregnant patient that knew in advance their child would be disabled (I work with autism) and they were seeking advice on whether or not to abort."
"What are some of the challenges facing rural doctors?"
"Compare US health system to Mexican health system"
"How do you decide who gets a liver among three equally ill patients: one child with Down's syndrom, one man in prison and one man with three children?"
"Role playing for ethical question"
"Bioethical question about drugs, can't remember the exact wording."
"How would you reduce health care costs or increase access?"
"Is there anything we didn't ask that you really wanted us to ask you?"
"reapplicant question: aside from your grades/activities, how do you think you've changed as a person?"
"''Are there any questions we didn't ask you that you wished we had?''"
"If mental health care was suddenly cut from health care insurance (if medicine was socialized), what would happen? What would you suggest patients experiencing mental health crises do?"
"If you were the Editor of Time magazine, who would you name as Person of the Year?"
"Tell me about an encouter with a patient that really touched you."
"Question about herbal medicine use to treat a lymphoma"
"What is the hardest thing you've ever done?"
"All ethics questions. You really need to be up on your game with current medical policy, ethical issues, and health related news."
"A lot of role playing. My entire interview group was given role playing. there is only ethics questions. my entire interview group was only asked ethics questions. read an ethics book. recommended. look online for some ethics book. dont waste time, just do ethics"
"Comparing a volunteer experience I had here in the US with one in India."
"A Bioethics question"
"Usual question about what type of medicine I want to practice."
"What are your thought on genetic engineering?"
"I hear there is a brothel in your home town, or at least there used to be. Would you have a problem treating the women there?"
"Ethics question about non-compliant TB patient. "
"What would I do if a mom refused to give her 11 year old daughter HPV vaccines because she didn't want to encourage sexual promiscuity"
"About medical error, if I had ever seen one in my volunteer experience and how did I handle it."
"The biggest benefits for impoverished people living in 3rd World squalor are clean water and solid infrastructure; so why do you feel so strongly about volunteering as a physician for a relief organization?"
"How do we make health care more affordable and available in this country?"
"How will you apply your public health degree to your practice of medicine?"
"Who would I give a liver to, the alcoholic on welfare with 2 young kids or the successful businessman who is active and involved in improving social concerns of the community? Why?"
"Why do you think the US has such a high infant mortality rate?"
"Why do you think doctors are not satisfied with their work these days?"
"Why don't people in underserved communities have equal access to healthcare?"
"What is the most challenging aspect of providing health care in the US?"
"Do you think family practice is dying away in America?"
"If a mistakes occurs in the operating room, who should be liable, the doctor, the nurses, ect. and why"
"Although the ethical questions I was given were incredibly difficult, they were nonetheless ''interesting''. By interesting I mean it must've taken my interviewer quite a while to come up with such a moral enigma..."
"Vast array of ethical questions."
"The ethics question: A 60 year old man who you have been treating for a while calls you in the middle of the night and thanks you for treating him but now he is ready to die. What do you say to him?"
"Who is your favorite artist?
"Ethics scenario. When I said I wouldn't consent to PAS by giving my 65 y/o patient with end-stage cancer sleeping pills, the lead interviewer followed it up with "
"Patient comes in and wants antiviral drugs for their family to protect them from the Avian Flu although they have little to no risk of getting the disease... then, buisnessman who travels to areas of high risk wants the drug... etc, etc. Do you give them the drug? Then, when they begin threatening you, etc. what do you do?"
"A series of questions involving the Mitchell Rupe case. If you're not familiar with this man, he was on death row, ballooned up to 400 pounds, went to court saying that he could not be hung because the likely decapitation of so heavy a man would be cruel and unusual punishment. He later developed severe liver problems and needed a transplant. The case goes on, but you can imagine the sorts of questions meant to tease out my process of reasoning in ethically thorny situations."
"what i would do if a patient of mine needed an immediate surgery which only i could give him and which he couldn't afford until his insurance kicked in in 72 hours, would i write a false date on the insurance claim?"
"1. What types of activities did you do in high school? 2. How would you fix the health care system? 3. What are the disadvantages in the Canadian and UK systems? 4. What did you learn about medicine from your experiences?"
"What do you think about using a junk-food tax to help out with the obesity problem in America?"
"I was asked about 2 ethical scenarios that were both interesting. The scenarios kept evolving based on my answers, which made the discussion even more interesting."
"Do you think it would have made a difference (in the Terry Shiavo case) if they had been trying to take her off the ventilator rather than a feeding tube?"
"What seperates you from your other pre-med friends?"
"What is an example of an ethical dilemma that you have faced as a student, and how did you overcome it?"
"Would you vote for a right to die initiative in Washington"
"If you had a patient with a tumor who didnt want to recieve treatment because she believed in eastern medicine, what would you do? And what would you do if she tried eastern medicine, it didn't work, and the tumor grew?"
"What is the President going to say about Health Care in the State of the Union address, and what do you think about what he might say?"
"ethics question on genome sequencing"
"A Cambodian woman with HIV and an HIV + child doesn't want her kid to take ARVs-- what would I do as her doc?"
"Given your public health experience, why have you chosen to pursue medicine?"
"What would you do if you had a patient who had severe COPD and the only medication that made him comfortable also had the side effect of killing him. Would you give him the med?"
"What is the problem with healthcare in the country and what would you do to fix it."
"Your long term patient of 85yo has breast cancer and is at the end stage of life. She calls you and requests sleeping pills in a quantity that could end her life. How do you handle this?"
"Is Medicine a service profession?"
"I was given a question where I was asked to role play being a doctor to a family that came in. Basically, the wife (who was not present) was pregnant and wanted and abortion. The rest of the family (the grandparents and the husband, who were present) didn't want and abortion. They came to me to ask what I could do. What was tough is that I actually had to play a doctor instead of just answering a question."
"In all of your clinical experience, what made the biggest impression on you?"
"If a collegue gave a patient the wrong medication, and the patient came back in because the medication didn't work, how would you approach your collegue and what would you do?"
"I wasn't asked anything that I hadn't expected, the only "unknown" was the lone ethical question (see most difficult question.)"
"Most important lesson I can teach a patient."
"What was the most important event of 2005?"
"The question that surprised and allowed me to express my personality was , "What is the one movie you would suggest that all of us see?" This was a follow up question to what I did for fun, in which I said I watched a lot of movies. "
"Who or what would you put in the cover of Time's Magazine?"
"Do you think the Oregon euthanasia law is a country-wide precendent or a fluke? Is it a slippery slope? Discuss."
"ethics question: say 20 years down the line one of your patients wishes to select positive traits and remove negative traits in their next child. would you do it or what would you advise them?"
"What's your favorite book?"
"Who would you put on the Times magazine cover."
"Who would you put on the cover of Time magazine as the person of the year?"
"Have you had any tragedy in your life, and if so, how have you learned from it?"
"Name five essential qualities of a physician, (then, after I had already listed the first), in order of importance. "
"Do you feel that cosmetic surgery should have a tax to benefit community clinics?"
"The famouse, "would you like a cookie?" question. I knew it was coming, but still intrigue."
"So you're interested in public health and you worked in restaurants for years...didn't all the drinking and smoking offend you?"
"What book are you currently reading?"
"If someone came to you and said that they were from some religious sect where they have to get a lot of piercings and asked you if you could do the piercings for them because they trust you more than the person who normally does the piercings, what would you do? (What the heck?!!??)"
"Ethical question about pain medication and an elderly patient"
"A rambling question about named reporting of people who test + for HIV."
"They asked me what I would do in the situation involving Terri Schiavo (the women in FL who is the subject of all the lawsuits about removing her feeding tube)?"
"If you were appointed by the president to lead the US health care system, what would you change?"
"What was the biggest disappointment you've faced in your life thus far?"
"what do you think of the CDC limiting flu vaccines to at risk populations and then ending up with thousands of unused vaccines?"
"A question about my unique route to medine"
"A 15 year old girl comes into your office who is having sex with her boyfriend. Her mother has arranged for you to give her a depo shot, but when she shows up she tells you she doesn't want to have the shot, she wants to get pregnant and have a baby so the government will give her money! What do you do? "
"one of your terminally ill cancer patients calls to let you know he has made the decision to take his life. what do you do?"
"Why not psychology? "
"What would you do if you had a 2-year-old patient who needed a life-saving blood transfusion but her parents, Jehovah's Witnesses, refused the treatment?"
"Costa Rica has elected to spend the majority of their health care dollars on the young vs. elderly--what do you think of this policy."
"What one proposal would you suggest to fix healthcare in this country?"
"Ethical situation: How do I react to a patient who wants me to help kill him. "
"how will you handle the suffering taht you will encounter in medicine."
"Do you feel that your favorite author is a tolerant person?"
"Since I like analytucal, methodical processes, how will I deal with patients who rarely fit into that category."
"What are the ethical implications involved in the distribution of antiretrovirals to foreign countries at western prices?"
"Why on earth did you start another fraternity?"
"If the U.S. were to switch to a socialized healthcare system, who would be against the idea? (the answer is insurance companies :) )"
"where do you see yourself in the future?"
"Since you read Newsweek, and since 2005 is about to begin, if you were editor in chief of Time magazine, who or what do you think would be on the cover for Person/Event of the year for 2004?"
"Why the University of Washington?"
"What two issues are the most important facing health care today, and how would you address them?"
"Position on stem cell research"
"How do you explain the reelection of a president that is responsible for so many deaths in the Iraq operation?"
"Should a physician take part in carrying out a death penalty sentence?"
"Question about being a physician and treating two very different forms of illness, chronic disease versus treatable infectious disease, and how a physician must adjust and adapt (mentally, etc.) to the different situations."
"A patient of yours with a very painful terminal cancer calls and tells you that he has 54 sleeping pills and plans to take them. What do you do?"
"If you were working for a U.S. senator, how could you work to alleviate the problem of uninsured people in the United States?"
"End of life issues"
"Is President Bush or Senator Kerry right about the impact of medical malpractice cases on the cost of medicine?"
"Question 3--see below. "
"Why did you take five years to graduate?"
"[Note: I prefer not to answer the "which questions were you asked" questions to safeguard my privacy.]"
"what was your SAT score? (less interesting than just surprising)"
"How would you fix the US health care system?"
"please tell us about your experience with tango"
"What was the last novel you read?"
"Where do you see yourself in ten years?"
"All the questions I was asked were the same as some that have been posted previously and some stuff right off my application."
"What challanges do rural communities face regarding both primary and psyciatric care? I thought it was interesting to address the psychiatric componant."
"scenerio questions aimed at investigating my thoughts on larger issues: quality of life, hot health topics, balance."
"Bioethics situation in which I had to choose which patient I would treat.. and why."
"Pretty crazy weather back there, huh?"
"My greatest weakness?"
"What would I say if a patient of mine, who had an arm injury at work covered by worker's comp, asked me to write his boss a note for his work since next week was fishing season? Just seemed way too obvious to be an ethics question."
"Who would you put on the cover of Time?"
"What are some of the frustrations/complaints you have heard from physicians?"
"How has the view of death in Latin American countries changed the way you view the practice of medicine?"
"A lot of emergency rooms are being forced to shut down, why do you feel that is the case?"
"An ethical scenario in which family members disagreed about end-of-life care for an elderly relative"
"Do you think that the current trend in healthcare where physicians are given less autonomy and more paperwork will continue?"
"Ethics: See below."
"Why do you say want to do primary care in a rural community if you have no experience in any rural area? (they acted like I was lying!)"
"nothing very interesting... pretty standard stuff- ethical question + discussion of my activities"
"ethical question about lethal dosages of pain medication"
"You're the only doctor in a small town and a close family friend comes to your house furious because you prescribed birth control for her 14 year-old daughter. How do you handle the situation?"
"If you design a new chemotherapeutic drug for children, would you test it on children?"
"kid needs a blood transfusion but his parents are jehovah's witnesses-what do you do? what if they still refuse?"
"If healthcare was universalized, what would physicians lose and what would patients lose."
"What is your opinion on programs where American physicians work overseas for a certain period of time? Some say these programs do not account for what happens after the physicians leave the area and there is no longer the expertise/technology/service for the community to continue after the physician is gone. What do you think about that?"
"If a pt requested that you write a prescription to be filled in Canada (where it is presumably cheaper) would you agree to do so?"
"An ethical role play where I was the physician/counselor to a family who could not come to a consensus on their mothers end of life care."
"None. They were all pretty mainstream."
"why consider rural medicine "
""If someone you respect, say your high school principal, was slightly ill and had swollen glands, etc. for a few weeks and you ran a test for HIV, just in case, and the test came back positive, how would you negotiate the situation?""
"Since more western physicians and medical staff are going to developing countries to learn about other cultures and provide treatment some indigenous peoples are becoming skeptical of their own doctors. Is it a good idea for western physicians to continue to visit developing countries if barriers and such skepticism are being created? "
"Why do you think that there is a problem with access to health care in this country?"
"Tell me about one of your patients you have met during your volunteer time."
"How realistic is it to combine research with the practice of medicine and do well at both?"
"If my husband were there during the interview, what would he want them to know about me?"
"How do you address the problem of healthcare in a region that is extremely poor? (in the context of talking about one of my life experiences)"
"Where do you draw the line in obtaining human embryonic stem cells for research?"
"What is the last book that you have read that you felt had significant meaning in your life? "
"How could you possibly mess up the Turkey for your Thanksgiving day dinner?"
"If you were practicing medicine in another country and diagnosed a patient with tuberculosis and that patient refused to take antibiotics and instead wanted to take herbal medicine, what would you do? What if there were children around that were at risk of contracting tuberculosis and they attended school? How would you address the risk to the children and the community? Would you try to force them to accept treatment using the community or by passing a law mandating treatment?"
"What do you think about the new Medicare bill?"
"Do you believe that someone with affirmitive action status, i.e. any minority, should have first grabs at admission?"
"What would you do if a quadraplegic asked you to remove his pacemaker so that he could die?"
"compare and contrast the health care situation in my home land and the US. "
"What motivates you to be a physician?"
"Who inspires me?"
"illegal immigrant needs expensive meds...what do you do as their physician?"
"What was your biggest disappointment in life?"
"What are your strengths/weaknesses?"
"Why I felt the scandals in the service academies were such an issue as compared to other schools"
"The bioethics question"
"How do we face the challenge of an aging population?"
"The ethics question: An older patient comes to see you, is saving pills, and wants to know how many it would take for her to kill herself. Her daughter is with her, supports her choice. Would you tell her?"
"why did you decide to take a couple years off after college?"
"How has growing up in a rural area affected your descision to study medicine?"
"Lots of great ethical questions"
"What would you do if you were a physician and..............? (basically asking you to take a stand on some very tough issues)."
"Who has influenced your decision to study medicine and how?"
"How would you help the uninsured obtain health care?"
"Tell us about a patient you worked with.
Me: Any specific type of patient, or incident?
Them: Just tell us about one."
"What's the difference between a rural practice and an urban practice?"
"What's your take on the British Healthcare System?"
"How would you address the problem of the uninsured?"
"If I had to chose Time's "person of the year" who would it be?"
"Of all the countries you've been to, which had the best/most interesting health care system?"
"How was your flight?"
"whats changed since last year"
"The ethical questions were interesting, but I was ready for them. They asked me about malpractice insurance and how we could fix the current problems."
"If you were czar of the world, how would you fix health care?"
"If you had unlimited research funds, what experiment would you conduct ?"
"If you went to a bank for a loan to pay your malpractice insurance and the bank owner came to you and basically said it would be no problem to give you the loan if you would test his son for drugs without him knowing. What would you say?"
"Tell us about yourself"
"A couple came to my office and requested an abortion because they do not want another girl. What should I do?"
"Cancer patient of yours comes into your office stressed out and is at the end of her rope. She asks you to prescribe her a months worth of pain pills and sleeping pills. You suspect that she wants to committ suicide. What do you do?"
"Where do I get my "spunk" from?"
"Nothing out of the blue....I felt prepared for most of the questions they would ask me because I had done a lot of reading. I suppose the one thing that threw me off was, "where do uninsured people go to receive medical care?" It felt almost like a trick question but the answer was pretty obvious, so I blurted out a few alternatives they would have. That question just felt a bit odd for some reason, mostly because it felt too simple to ask....I thought I was missing something."
"A patient is brought to the ER and has had a massive MI. He dies before anyone has a chance to do anything to him. The attending physician approaches you and asks if you would like to practice your intubation skills on him. What do you do? How about a put in a sub-clavian? What if the family is right outside waiting to view him? Do you ask them if they mind?"
"Do you have any clinical, one on one medical experience? If so do you remember any patients in particular, and what stands out from the others?"
"Do you think it is ethically reasonable for the surgeons in West Virginia to go on strike?"
"To prioritize the medical procedures on which we should spend our health care money. "
"What is the biochemical function of the gene you are studying?"
"How would you feel if the federal govt decided to stop paying for dialysis for patients over the age of 75 and use that money instead to provide medical insurance for all children in the United States?"
"Ethical questions, i suppose. Ethical questions tailored to what kind of doctor you want to be. "
"Mostly about my personal experiences. Read your AMCAS and personal essay. "
"How have sports helped prepare you to be a doctor?"
"Were you ever hospitalized for your asthma? I'm still not sure of the purpose of this question..."
"How will you respond to people who say you don't have enough life experience to be a doctor?"
"How would I feel about my life looking back on it 20 years from now."
"What would you do if a Chinese woman approached you with the desire to abort her female baby because she wanted a male one?"
"What is wrong with a specific federal grant program that serves rural hospitals?
"Who should be Time's Person of the Year this year?"
"Do you know how doctors function in developing countries?"
"How I would treat a terminally ill patient and their family."
"So you have a patient who...(insert 5 minutes of setting up a complicated ethical scenario)...what do you do?"
"Were the people in Ireland happy with their healthcare system? (I had studied there)"
"The ethical question,which was expected, became very interesting at the end when the issue of death certificates arose. Question was what would I, the doctor, write on the death certificate as the reason for death when I might have good reason to believe my patient had downed a bottle of painkillers. "
"All questions were based on my application and so, they were fairly standard. Surprisingly, I was not asked any ethical dilemma questions."
"Describe a problem that you see in healthcare"
"The most interesting questions were specific to my file"
"We talked alot about my current work."
"Specific ethical questions related to my interests."
"Hard to say... Many were very specific to my interest in a particular field of medicine."
"You are a family practice physician and your long-time patient tests positive for HIV. He asks you not to tell his wife, who is also your long-time patient. What would you do?"
"Situation: A longtime patient of yours has terminal cancer and is in a lot of pain. He asks you for a months worth pain medication with the intent of killing himself. Do you give him the perscription?"
"How has your [subject] research background impacted your desire to become a doctor? (I spent last 2 years doing [subject] research)"
"Is knitting a thing Carribean people do as a cultural thing?"