"Traditional interview question"
""Did anyone discourage you from pursuing medicine?""
"Tell me about a time you were challenged"
"Why do you want to go to school here?"
"Tell me about a time that you had difficulty working with someone on a team."
"Tell me about a situation where you had difficulty working with a group and how you handled it?"
"Discuss a time when you had to work with someone you disliked."
"How would you react if you were in a group and someone wasn't pulling their weight?"
"talk about a time when you helped someone in a crisis"
"Tell me about yourself. (This was asked very conversationally.)"
"What type of models do you use to study cancer (I'm a Research Technician at MGH)."
"How have you resolved group conflict in the past?"
"Tell me about a time when you worked with a teammate that you intensely disliked."
"Tell me about yourself (first question...)"
"How will you choose which school you accept admissions to?"
"What is the biggest problem with US healthcare?"
"They asked me to tell them about the pathology of a specific disease that I had seen once in a patient while I was shadowing a doctor, which I mentioned in my personal statement anecdotally. It was stressful, because I hadn't thought too much about the pathology, just the symptoms I had observed."
"What was a big mistake you made?"
"How do you deal with a cancer patient who wants to refuse treatment?"
"Describe a situation involving interacting with a culture different from your own."
"There are over 100 medical schools in the country. Describe to me how you narrowed down to VCU as one of your choices."
"When did you develop and interest in medicine?"
"Did you even consult your undergraduate medical advising office to see if you were a reasonable candidate?"
"If I hypothetically held a gun to your head, what specialty would you choose?"
"What do you think of healthcare reform?"
"So you went to (Undergraduate College). Why?"
"What's your opinion on what is being done with Health Care now?"
"Have you had any teaching experience?"
"What changes do you think need to be made in health care? Do you know which states have implemented individual mandates? What are the problems with these mandates? "
"So you've told me the problems in healthcare, and what you should do to fix it, but HOW would you go about doing so?"
"How do you see yourself in a career as a physician?"
"What was your favorite/least favorite class?"
"How would you deal with cultural differences between you and your patient?"
"How would you define leadership?"
"What do you think about the current healthcare system in America? "
"Why do you want to be a doctor?"
"Detailed overview of extra-curricular timeline."
"What type of medicine would you like to go into?"
"What made you choose medicine as a career?"
"Read any good books lately?"
"What was the most difficult situation you were put in during a patient interaction?"
"What are some of your strengths?"
"What area of medicine are you interested in?"
"Tell me about x,y,z experience - this was the vast majority of the interview, in relaxed, conversational tone"
"Went through my personal statement paragraph by paragraph. Holy moly, that man had it dissected!"
"Do you read? What are you reading right now? Have you read Harry Potter (which is weird because he isn't a fan and he hasn't read it himself."
"Tell me about yourself."
"What is your opinion on underage drinking at college, have you seen that it affects education?Marijuana usage? How about medical marijuana? Supreme court cases dealing with this? Terri Shavo? Dr. Kevorkian? Uninsured citizens? Illegal aliens using government resources? Politics involved with medicine. Aka every ethical question imaginable"
"Tell me about your research experience."
"Tell me about your ___ experience working in hospitals. "
"How did you become interested in medicine?"
"What was the lastest fiction you read?"
"How would you deal with a patient who refuses treatment (refer back up the page for details)?"
"tell me about special patient contact incidents. "
"How do you relate with other cultures?"
"Tell me about your mcat experiences."
"Describe a stressful situation, how you dealt with it, and what you learned from it."
"why do u want to be a doctor"
"What were your volunteer activities?"
"How did your childhood influence your decision to go into medicine?"
"What type of research do you think you want to do?"
"Questions about my background.. Family, why I chose undergrad, why I chose medicine, why "
"everything was about my application...."
"Tell me about a challenging situation in your life and how you handled it."
"Read over application activities. "
"Why don't you want to stay in NY and attend medical school there?"
"Tell me about yourself and why you would like to attend VCU."
"Tell me about yourself. What was your high school like? How did you choose your college? How did you choose your major? Last book read. What do you do for fun?"
"Tell me about yourself..."
"How will you add to diversity at VCU?"
"Why is your verbal score low?"
"Describe your volunteer experience"
"Describe your family (this was the very first question)."
"If you had a patient born at 24 months with hemorraghing, spinal damage, brain damage, etc, how would you approach the parents?"
"Tell me about this medical experience."
"What are your strengths and weaknesses?"
"I noticed that you got a B- in cell bio, which is inconsistent with the rest of your record. Would you like to explain that?"
"Why dont you believe in socialized medicine?"
"What are your hobbies? "
"So why do you want to be a doctor?"
"What are your hobbies? What are your strengths/weaknesses? How would a friend describe you?"
"Why your undergraduate inst."
"Tell me about your experiences in Pakistan and Africa."
"Tell me about a book you've read? And before that?"
"Tell me about your Family?"
"What field of medicine would I pursue? Primary care? (be open to discover other areas of interest in school)"
"How do you pronounce your last name? What books would you suggest that I read? Tell me about your current internship. Your MCAT scores improved a lot, how did you do that? Why VCU? What do you do for fun? What is your favorite movie? Any idea of the field of medicine you want to enter? If you were the surgeon general, the top doctor in the US, what medical issue would you want to tackle? What are your thoughts on PAS? If a patient came to you with terminal cancer and was tired of all the trials and drugs, what would you say to the patient? How do you feel about malpractice insurance? We also talked about health policy, but that stemmed from the malpractice insurance question. Do you have any questions for me? (These are the questions that I can rememberÃ¢â‚¬Â¦Good luck!) "
"Thoughts on PAS?"
"Tell me about your childhood?"
"Why do you want to be a doctor"
"What do you think about Dr. Kavorkian and euthanasia?"
"Went through the my life: pre-birth to the present."
"Tell me a little bit more about X experience."
"end of life issues"
"Other than the experience described in your AMCAS essay, what has been the most important volunteer experience in your life? "
"Have you ever read Harry Potter?"
"What would have made you comply with your doctor's orders better?"
"What would you tell a parent of one of your students if you suspected they had an eatind disorder. (I've done a lot of work in eating disorders and I coach gymnastics)"
"Describe your family"
"Why did you choose your undergraduate school in the east coast? (I'm from the west coast)"
"The New Orleans question (above)"
"Describe when/how/why you became interested in medicine. This led to other questions related to those experiences. (Describe differences in healthcare in Trinidad and in the US. Describe good attributes of physicians. Describe a negative trait of a physician. Compare the hospitals in Trinidad with those in the US.) "
"Tell me about your paramedic experience."
"Do you like reading fiction?"
"Tell me about you international experience?"
"What do you like to do outside of school and research?"
"something to the effect of how have your work, clinical and volunteer activities effected you or something liek that- I believe this was the first interview question asked"
"Tell me about yourself?"
"Explain your clinical/research experience. "
"What was the last book you have read?"
"Have you heard of Dr. Kevorkian?"
"What is the greatest ethical challenge facing medicine and how do you propose to overcome it?"
"why medicine? why VCU?"
"Tell me about your current job, current extra-curricular activities, hobbies etc."
"Talked about prominent health care issues."
"Have you read Harry Potter or the DaVinci Code?"
"Heard of Kevorkian?"
"What would your friends say are your 3 greatest strengths and your 3 greatest weaknesses?"
"Are you into Harry Potter?"
"How do your parents feel about you applying to med school?"
"Describe a challenge you encountered."
"How did you end up at XYZ University"
"What do you enjoy reading for fun?"
"What is your religious background?"
"Will your family /have they support you in your pursuit to become a doctor"
"whats your favorite part of the cell? followed by what do you think about mitichondria and their DNA?"
"Do you think pro-football players get paid to much?"
"what i do to destress?"
"Tell us about your research."
"Tell amout [blank] experience."
"What is the physician's responsibility to indigents or illegal immigrants who do not have access to health care?"
"What are you currently doing?"
"What is your greatest weakness?"
"what do you know about stem cells?"
"Do you read fiction?"
"Tell me about studying in New Zealand"
"What is your favorite part of the cell?"
"What do you think of Dr. Kevorkian?"
"I was asked about specific experiences, hobbies, work and research that was listed on my primary application."
"Why do you want to be in this program? How did you find out about it?"
"Tell me about your research."
"Why did you go to UNC when both parents went to UVA and you grew up in Charlottesville? "
"why medicine and what would you do if you couldn't be a doctor?"
"asked about my life, siblings, parents, etc."
"DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME WITH THIS SCHOOL."
"Tell me about yourself (while he read my copy of my AMCAS application I had luckily brought with me...)"
"I see that work "here", how is that experience? What do you do there. "
"Questions about my application"
"What do you think about stem cell research? "
"Nothing out of the ordinary - why medicine? tell about your clinical experiences. specific questions about file"
"what do you see yourself doing 10 years from now"
"What do you think about stem cells and cloning?"
"Do you like football better than soccer?"
"Tell me about your experiences in Ghana"
"What were your SATs? GPA? MCATs?"
"What are you doing now?"
"What do you think of euthanasia/assisted suicide?"
"What brought you to Virginia? Why did you apply to MCV?"
"Why medicine, when you're a liberal arts major?"
"Tell me about yourself"
"What do you think of stem cell research and cloning?"
"What brought you to Virginia?"
"Tell me about cell respiration."
"What is your position on the possible war with Iraq?"
"Tell me about your family."
"what do you do in your lab?"
"What type of doctor do you want to be/why?"
"Why do you want to go into medicine?"
"See example above."
"Describe the path you have taken towards medicine? Was it purposeful?"
"What's your opinion on Stem cells?"
"What do you do now? Why transition to medicine?"
"How does a body obtain energy?"
"would you like to try to explain any of your grades to the admissions committee? (asked in a very friendly way, as if the interviewer was my advocate)"
"What do you do for fun?"
"What do you make of stem cell research?
"How did you decide to become a physician? and why?"
"Mostly conversational but asked about my activites and grades"
"mmi ethical questions"
"If you wanted to plan a vacation with your friends, how would you plan it? and then proceeded to ask every detail about this hypothetical planned vacation."
""What activities and honor societies were you involved in during high school?" (Yes, my interviewer asked me about my high school experience- including class rank and GPA- which surprised me. But I suppose he wanted to know more about my educational background)"
"Are you financially independent"
"How have you changed since you started college?"
"Tell me about your hobbies."
"Discuss a time you misjudged someone."
"how did you work with a teammate that wasnt pulling their weight"
"Tell me about a time when you were judgmental about someone else."
"Tell me something about you that is not in your application."
"Would a single-payer system fix the healthcare system?"
"Tell me about something you have seen in the news recently that was interesting to you and why"
"Talk about a person that was particularly hard to deal with and how you learned from it."
"Name 5 things you can do with a pencil other than use it to write/draw with. (not even kidding)"
"Talk about a patient you have seen who sticks out in your mind."
"They asked me about how I might incorporate research into my career, since I have a pretty extensive background in research."
"Tell me how you got here."
"Have you ever been discriminated against?"
"Who was the most influential person of the 20th century?"
"Describe a situation where you experienced negative feedback, how it affected you, etc."
"More questions: What medical experience impacted you the most? What will you do if you don't get accepted this year? What do you like to do when you have some free time?"
"Do you have problems with diversity?"
"What are you reading? "
"nothing was very interesting"
"Do you know what is going on with the current health care reform? What do you think of it?"
"One thing you have learned about medicine from your shadowing experiences"
"What is the capital of Brazil? Argentina? "
"Tell me about a time you stood up for someone."
"Describe a time when you felt in over your head. How did you deal with that? "
"What do you anticipate being the most difficult part of medical school? Of being a doctor?"
"What are some of the most interesting things that you have seen during your experience as a scribe?"
"How do you take care of you?"
"Tell me about your family."
"All very interesting and challenging, but excellent in making me think about medicine!"
"What is the most influential patient encounter you have had?"
"How would you feel if starting tomorrow morning, government had full control over the healthcare system?"
"Why were you in a hedge fund?"
"With the upcoming election, what do you think about the candidates' stances on healthcare reform?"
"Tell me about the best experience of your life."
"How would you fix the healthcare system."
"Why do you want to practice surgery (since I had an interest)?"
"When asked whether they would choose a career in medicine again, 40% of physicians said no. Why do you think that is?"
"I was interviewed by a physician in his office. Most interviews are performed by physicians and then they present you to the admissions committee on Monday afternoons. Therefore the whole point of the interview is to get to know you so that they can present you to the board. We had a friendly conversation in which he went over my AMCAS file and activities. No stress."
"How can you gain the knowledge necessary to work with patients from a different cultural/socioeconomic background as you?"
" Something healthcare related, I cant remember exactly."
"I said I enjoyed googling strange/interesting facts and she asked me what is the most interesting answer/thing you have found on line. I blanked for a second but talked about looking up stuff on Sicko and the other side of the issue..I wish I had remembered some of the cooler/more interesting stuff I have learned."
"Who won the 2010 FIFA Player of the year award? (After I mentioned I liked soccer)"
"She kept asking me about my religion major, and what I studied. However, she became defensive when we discussed my concentration. Plus, she was negative regarding my basic science research background, she preferred a more clinical approach to medicine."
"About my particular experiences"
"Not an interesting question, but my interviewer showed me pictures of his family, and it turned out that I had a literature class with his daughter."
"What was your gpa in high school? SAT's? WHat were you ranked in your high school class? (who remembers that stuff?)"
"How I could tell that I had gained the trust of the autistic child that I was teaching."
"I was asked about the photo I submitted to the admissions committee."
"Who's the governor of your state? Who are the senators? (apparently he asked the interviewee after me the same questions)"
"What would you contribute to your class?"
"Who is your favorite author?"
"Would you participate in physician-assisted suicide?"
"nothing really. No ethical questions. "
"Nothing really. Was only asked ''Why medicine'' and ''Why VCU'', and the rest of the time we chatted."
"What makes you think you're capable of succeeding in medical school?"
"What's your favorite Beethoven symphony?"
"what would your best friend describe you as and what would they say you needed to work on? "
"Describe your life?"
"PHD: You appear to be a great candidate, why are you interviewing so late in the season?
Lab: You have been involved with RNAi, is there any advice you can give on problems you have ran into?"
"Arn't your opinions on Globalization seem too idealistic? (My essay was on globalization)"
"How well do you deal with stress?"
"Tell me about your mcat experience"
"The interviewer asked what area I would most likely choose to relocate to in order to be closer to school."
"How would you, as a physician, deal with cultural sensitivities?"
"What is my favorite book and why?"
"All basic questions...why do u want to be a doctor, what is your def of professionalism etc...mainly just talked about my EC activities....my interviewer seemed to know me better than i knew myself haha! very impressed"
"To be honest, all of the questions were very generic."
"Does your school have an alcohol problem? I wanted to ask: What school doesn't? "
"What non-science class did you like the best?"
"tell me about your family"
"All pretty much standard questions, why medicine, tell me about yourself, etc."
"Where do you see yourself in 20 years?"
"What would you do if you found out your friends in your Anatomy class have the answers to an upcoming exam?"
"Is there an alcohol problem at your undergrad? How bout a drug problem? What would you say is your strongest muscle (my application is all about weight-lifting)?"
"nothing really...the interviewer mostly asked questions about my application. She hadnt read it, so she wanted me to pretty much repeat everything I had written."
"Tell me more about racially-charged atmosphere at your undergraduate univerisity."
"What sacrifices are you willing to make for a career in medicine?"
"If a terminally ill patient asked you to NOT tell his family about his condition, would you keep it private?"
"How do you deal with an emotionally scarring event in your life?"
"Have I ever dealt with the long term care of any critically ill patients?"
" What are your thoughts about physician assisted suicide?"
"Nothing was very difficult. Basic information on my research, experiences, and interests."
"My interviewer asked me a lot of questions about my high school experience...grades, AP/IB scores, clubs/sports I did...I just thought it was odd."
"What do you like this "
"What is the biggest issue in healthcare in the US? "
"Have you read any books lately? Can you tell me about it?"
"Do you believe in genes? What do you feel about the recent Supreme Court nominations (when Alito was just nominated)"
"If you were to die tomorrow, what would your tombstone say?"
"Wasn't asked any ethical questions. Mostly conversational, asking me about my experiences."
"Do you think that patients of different ethnic backgrounds also have differences in the quality of medical care that they recieve?"
"What do you think about physician assisted suicide?"
"How are you prepared to face the future of medicine (rising health care costs, increasing uninsured, etc.)? "
"What are your views on Euthanasia. This prompted a disscussion about what a physician's role is as a healthcare provider, and also about the leaglity of the Oregon law (which I was fairly familiar with). Just FYI, it was recently upheld by the supreme court."
"How would a friend describe you?"
"Nothing out of the ordinary."
"Tell me about your Family?"
"Have you read Harry Potter? (I think it's a question that only this particular doctor asks b/c he loves the books)"
"the ethical questions because I am a person who values both sides of the issue"
"Have you read any good books recently?"
"Tell me about your childhood? (I have never been asked such a personal question)"
"Nothing too "interesting" per se."
"Describe your value/belief system to me."
"Have you read any of the Harry Potter books?
"What was the most interesting book you've read?"
"How do you feel about the Supreme Court nominations?"
"How do you like your Governor? (IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m from CA) "
"How are you going to get to know a patient, or get an accurate patient history if only given 10 minutes?"
"Do you read Harry Potter? I didn't but I've been muscled by friends, family, and now a renowned cardiothoracic surgeon to read the series, and so now I will likely read it."
"What was it like to transition in between volunteer work in underserved areas and high-end retail shops? "
"Have you read the Harry Potter books?"
"What would have made you cared more about your illness when you were 14. (I was diagnosed with IBD at 14 and didn't comply with doctors orders. I discussed this in my AMCAS essay.)"
"What are your values?"
"Have you ever read the Harry Potter books?"
"What was the last fiction you have read?"
"With what happen in New Orleans I'm sure you wouldnt want to be in the midst of such devastation(Not the exact words but thats what it came down to)
I took it as some sort of trap question."
"What is a negative characteristic of a physician that you have observed? (This was after being asked what are good traits of doctors you've observed, either in a foreign country or as a patient.)"
"What do you think about the legalization of marijuana?"
"How do you plan to incorporate family life into the career of a surgeon? It was all nice and conversational."
"What kind of writing do you do?"
"What do you like to read?"
"If you were the surgeon general, what health issue would you pursue first and why?"
"The questions were specific to my file with one open-ended question about the the state of medicine. I interviewed with a 4th year who was very enthusiastic about the school and about the things I had done. We had a lot in common so the whole inteview was basically a great conversation with occasional questions thrown in."
"What do you do for fun?"
"Asked me about a book I had recently read. Talked about my background, living in another country during a Civil War. What inspired me to become a doctor. "
"What are your values, what makes you tick"
"everything was pretty basic...a lot of personal stuff. "
"Have you read Harry Potter? (No, I'm not joking)"
"What is the greatest challenge facing ER departments? (I've spent a lot of time in the ER and also worked as an EMT)."
"What made your experience in Fraternity and Sorority Life so different than the sterotypical experience?"
"What do you like to read?-I guess"
"about my grades and if i feel i could succeed at VCU/MCV"
"What would you consider as the most important part of a cell? We talked about my answer for a brief time afterward."
"Do you agree with Dr. Kevorkian's practices?"
"Have you read Harry Potter?"
"What is the last book you read?"
"What books have you read recently?"
"Do you think there was a drinking problem at your high school, college?"
"How do you think the government can encourage doctors to practice in rural states?"
"Do you think same gender education should be adopted?"
"Are you into Harry Potter?
"Nothing was too interesting. All of the questions were really basic."
"All standard questions"
"Describe your best friend and why you're friends with them"
"all pretty run of the mill, talked about my education and experiences living in a variety of different places, nothing particularily interesting though"
"How would you describe your value system?"
"If your best were here, what would he or she say about you?"
"Where does MCV rank on your top 5 list of medical schools."
"many physicians feel that government and insurance policies limit their ability to practice. why is it that you want to enter this field in the midst of such difficulties? what will you do to overcome them?"
"Do you feel that profootball players get paid too much? (This was part of a LONG conversation about my college playing career)"
"my spirituality?? caught me off guard."
"What do you know about the recent Nobel Prize winners?"
"None. All were pretty basic "get to know you" questions."
"How do you deal with failure and set-backs?"
"What is your favorite foreign film? (part of a larger conversation)"
"What is your favorite are period?"
"Nothing unusual. Tell me about X experience type of questions."
"By the way this interview is for the "Prefer Applicants", a sort of Guaranteed Admission to their medical school when you are a sophomore. From what I heard, this is pretty much their real interview tactic also.
How was your childhood? (That was the most interesting question ever)"
"What's your favorite football team?"
"Do you like Harry Potter?"
"What was the most interesting class you've taken outside of medical/bio courses"
"why can't you be some other profession and help peeps out"
"Why do you want to leave california and come here?"
"capitol of the south, history"
"What is your favorite part of the cell?"
"mainly generic, unfocused ethical questions like: "what do you think about stem cell research?""
"HOW U FEEL ABOUT CLONING"
"interview was standard"
"What has your family taught you about giving back to society, and as a physician how do you plan to be involved in your community?"
"What do you do at your place of work?"
"In your religion (Hinduism), is there anything that might propose or oppose issues like cloning or stem cell research?"
"Why are you sitting here in front of me? (In other words, what brought you to apply to Medical School?)"
"Do you think that your high school or college had more of a drug problem?"
"what is the best type of wine that washington state makes? (this was in reference to a wine class that i had taken) "
"Did you notice anything new about the security at the airport?"
"What do you think about Kevorkian?"
"What do you think will motivate the first scientist to produce a human clone?"
"what do you know about kevorkian and what do think about his philosophies?"
"What would you do if a patient came in without insurance and couldn't pay for prescriptions?"
"Do you think a socialized medicine system would work in this country? (in response to a discussion of my volunteer work in England)"
"Is there anything at all on your application that you want me (the interviewer) to make sure is expressed to the admissions committee? "
"what do you think will happen if the government started paying people to donate organs?"
"What do you think of the current financial market? Its was understandable b/c i was in working in banking/investment for a number of years b/f i decided to re-pursue medicine again."
"Basic questions...why medicine?"
"What is the one thing the U.S. has done to turn the Middle East against us?"
"what do u feel about cloning humans"
"Do you think students at your undergrad have a binge drinking problem?"
"Describe the bull fights in Madrid."
"How has working in hospitals abroad changed your outlook on the American medical system?"
"What are your SAT scores? If my interviewer had my file like he was supposed to, he would already know."
"How do you parents feel about you entering medicine?"
"none out of the ordinary"
"What was the most recent book you read?"
"Conversational, asked me about my file"
"The questions were all pretty straightforward, and standard. "
"Tell me about yourself."
"What kind of job can a blind person have?"
"You were a bio major, tell me about cellular respiration and ATP generation."
"Why don't you like the Red Sox?"
"What do you think about the situation in the world today? Should we go to war with Iraq?"
"Did you read Harry Potter?"
"Talk about an experience in your life in which you failed."
"If your best friend was sitting next to you, what would she say about you?"
"What do you think of (insert current medical topic here)?"
"Describe yourself and then tell me about your application?"
"What are you the most worried about for med school?"
"My interview was very conversational, no questions out of the ordinary."
"I was asked a scientific question about mitochondrial DNA."
"if you were stranded on a desert island, what (other than survival items) would you want to bring with you?"
"Tell me how you got there today."
"Nothing really. How would you fix the current healthcare dilemma?"
"What do you make of stem-cell research?"
"In regards to your religion, how would you pray with a patient in the ER who is of another religion and does not believe in your God and may even be against it?"
"Tell me about your artistic endevors"