"What brought you to Wake?"
"About the essays I had written for my secondary"
"What type of medicine do you want to go into?"
"What is the biggest problem with medicine today?"
"What got you interested in medicine?"
"The interviewers only had access to my AMCAS essay and my secondary essay(s). They asked me questions about the experiences I had listed there."
"Strengths and Weaknesses, and what are you doing to work on your weaknesses?"
"What was the biggest mistake you've ever made"
"What do you like to do on the weekends"
"Where do you see medicine in 10 years?"
"Very conversational interviews with mostly just questions about expanding on things I had written on my secondary."
"Who are your personal and professional role models?"
"A lot of the questions were very specific to my situation. It was clear to me each interviewer had read my file very thoroughly."
"Why did you choose to apply to Wake Forest?"
"Do you listen to country music? (Apparently there is a country song with my full name in it)"
"Why medicine instead of research?"
"Where will medicine be in 10 years?"
"What type of doctor do you want to be?"
"Where do you see yourself in 15 years?"
"Who or what inspires you? "
"Tell me about your family. What do your parents do. Are your parents physicians?"
"How is your wrist? (In AMCAS essay I had mentioned having carpal tunnel)"
"Interviews were very informal and flowed naturally off of the activities and background info you provided the school (note, the interviewers only had access to your essays and not your grades) "
"Who or what inspired you to medicine? "
"How do you think medical school will be different from being an undergrad?"
"What do you mother and father do?
It was really weird because each interviewer pressed this question."
"What do you expect to get out of medicine?"
"Tell me about your family."
"They asked me about specific things off of my application mostly."
"Could you imagine living in the south?"
"Tell me about yourself"
"Why your UG?"
" what is the biggest problem in healthcare and how would you fix it?"
"Explain this particular answer in your secondary further."
"Why are you switching form Public Health to Medicine? Won't you help more people in Public Health?"
"Go through your entire academic and non-academic career and tell me what has prepared you for medicine. What are the strengths and weaknesses of your application? Do you have any questions for me?"
"What do you like to do for fun?"
"Why did you choose the UG you did?"
"Do you have any questions for me as a female doctor?"
"What are your hobbies and interests outside of medicine?"
"What do you do outside of studying?"
"Describe clinical experiences you have had."
"Have any questions for me?"
"Why medicine? Why Wake?"
"What would you do if you did not get accepted to a med school this year?"
"Explain your experiences at _______ hospital."
"Why Wake? (Asked by all)"
"What did you do during your gap year?"
"Why Wake? (Asked by all three interviewers)"
"Why did you choose your undergraduate institution?"
"Where are you from"
"Tell me about your research. What did you do specifically?"
"How would you change the medical school application process?"
"What do you do to relieve stress?"
"What is the role of PAs and Nurse Practioners in your hospitals?"
"What do you want to know about the school?"
"Tell me about yourself?"
"So enlist your strenghts?
"What is the biggest issue in healthcare?"
"What happened in your sophomore year of college that made your grades fall?"
"Tell me about your research (one interviewer was really interested in what I did)."
"Tell me about your research."
"Why Wake Forest? (asked by all 3 interviewers)"
"Tell me your life story and how you made the decision to pursue medicine."
"Does mental health (ie optimistic or cynical thinking) contribute to patient recovery?"
"What was the biggest challenge you came up against when applying to medical school and going through college?"
"What are reading? What good movies have you seen lately?"
"What did you do as a research assistant?"
"Why did you want to become an EMT? And why are you taking the EMT-I class now, when you're not going to use the certification?"
"What do you do when you're not working/in school?"
"Biggest problem in Healthcare today"
"What would you do if you saw a colleague/student doing something unethical?"
"Why Wake Forest? Why did I decide to go to med school abroad."
"Same as already posted, I don't really feel like restating."
"How did you hear about Wake?"
"How would you balance a work obligation and a family obligation?"
"Tell me about X experience."
"Various ethical questions."
"what does altruism mean to you?"
"Interviewer 1: Why Wake? Why medicine? What books have you read lately?"
"What would you do if you had an acutely ill patient and a family crisis at home at the same time? How would you handle this?"
"What service activities did you do in high school?"
"All the questions were from my personal statement and any additional secondary essays. So the questions were repeated by each of the interviewers, because they all had the same info. That was a bit tiresome. "
"Why medicine? How did you get to the point of wanting to go into medicine? Are you married and do you have kids? (I was completely comfortable answering this last one - being single & childless has to have some kind of advantage despite what my mom thinks) "
"What's your favorite movie?
"Why Wake Forest? Would you be happy living in Winston-Salem?"
"What are your opinions on the following topics: stem cell research, animal testing, malpractice insurance, and some other controversial issues."
"why doctor/why wake"
"why wake instead of UNC or Duke?"
"when did you first become interested in medicine?"
"Tell me about clinic experience"
"Why your undergrad institution? "
"How do you cope with stress?"
"Tell about your research"
"Biggest problem in health care and how do you fix it?"
"I came to study in the United States from different country, so all of the interviwers wanted to know how I adjusted to new life style."
"Typical questions: what do you do for fun, family, etc."
"When you retire, what do you think your contribution to medicine will have been?"
"Why Wake forest"
"Scenario where a 16 year old girl wants an abortion, but does not want to tell her parents. (The griller)"
"Why Wake? Know the town and some of its highlights"
"last good book you read, movie you saw"
"Why Wake Forest?"
"What do you know about Wake Forest medical school?"
"What specialty do you want to go into. This was asked several times. I don't know what their angle is, but I just answered as honestly as possible. They can tell when you're full of it."
"tell me about your research?"
"Questions were basically about myself, my personal statement, etc."
"Tell me about yourself."
"What will you do if you do not get into medical school this year?"
"How was working in a factory?"
"Is there anything you want to ask me? "
"What do you do in your spare time?"
"If I told you that you're admitted to Wake, but you have to choose your specialty right now, what would you say and why?"
Why did you pick your major and what types of classes have you taken in this major?
What will you do if you don't get into medical school?"
"Why do you want to be a doctor?"
"What do you want me to report to the Admissions Committee? "
"How have you explored cultural diversity?"
"What do you think about diversity?"
"What's the origin of your last name?"
"(Nothing really interesting so I"ll just give another question) Will being away from your family have a negative impact on your time in med school?"
"What sets you apart from everyone else? Why should we pick YOU?"
"How do you cope with stress?"
"If we asked your best friend about you, what would she say?"
"Why would people not like you?"
"What has been your greatest lifetime accomplishment?"
"I was asked how two different volunteer clinical experiences had influenced my decision on what type of medicine I wanted to pursue"
"Why didn't you go into politics?"
"What is one nice thing you have done for someone in the past week?"
"Related to my personal statement so keeping this confidential until later."
"If you had to choose a single aspect of medicine that motivates you to enter the field, what would it be?"
"If you could fix healthcare, how would you and why would you do it that way?"
"Mostly conversational, only 2 direct questions from 1 of the 3 interviewers"
"Explain how you are well-rounded."
"Honestly got asked a ton of different and short questions being that there were 3 interviewers, so not too in depth. But, most likely, a case-based one about a patient that did not do what I prescribed."
"If you're certain that a patient of yours had cancer but now no longer has cancer, yet she still wants chemo, what would you do?"
"If you don't end up getting into any medical school what would you do?"
"What makes you cool?"
"What's your philosophy on life? "
"Are your parents physicians?
All three asked and one asked this twice. WTF?"
"Why don't you go to Business school?"
"What are the pros and cons of being a traditional vs. a non-traditional applicant?"
"If I had two patients with the same orthopedic injury and treatment, one having family support and the other totally alone, would their outcomes be the same? I don't remember exactly how it was worded, but you get the point. "
"What do you think of the Status Quo?"
"Nothing out of the ordinary"
"I don't know, most were very vague."
"Nothing overly interesting. "
"What my favorite type of BBQ was."
"Why did you choose your undergrad?"
"Which ACC team do you pull for?"
"How do you feel about women becoming doctors? ( I am a female)"
"A very specific ethical question related to something that had just happened in the news. But it was more about my opinion on it than getting a correct answer."
"If you for some reason absolutely couldn't go into the medical profession, what would you do?"
"Teach me something that I might not know about?"
"What is wakeboarding?"
"Something about whether I thought the brain was a marine adaptation ? (I've take a few neurobio/brain courses)"
"Do think you have ''bitten off more than you can chew'' by changing careers and attending medical school?"
"1. If you could not be a physician, what else would you do (not asking about backup plan)"
"Could you really leave a large city to come to Winston-Salem?"
"What kind of career would you like to get into? (It led to some interesting discussion!)"
"What do you see as the biggest problem with America's health system, and if you could wave a magic wand, how would you fix it?"
"What was your favorite class?"
"Have you read any good books lately?"
"How is this God thing going to affect your practice of medicine?"
"About something in my personal statement."
"If there is one thing you want me to remember about you from today, what is it?"
"I liked questions pertaining to my PS."
"Coming from the north, do you think you will be able to fit in at Southern school?"
"What do you see as the main difference in the roles of a surgeon vs. an internist"
"What are your thoughts on the drinking age in the US?"
"Teach me something. What would you think if America required two years of military service from its citizens/what would you think if we reinstated the draft? What are your thoughts on global warming? (Because I mentioned a book about global warming)"
"There were 2, one asked me to teach him something, another asked why they should take me instead of the other interviewees"
"If you were not to go into medicine or research, would would you do?"
"What advice would you tell your brother (who is going to start college next year) about succeeding in college?"
"Nothing very interesting."
"What is the future of China?"
"Why I didn't apply to Duke."
"Would you accept a cake from a drug rep?"
"How would you deal with someone who criticized your work? (This was from a psychiatrist)"
"Have you ever watched the Dog Whisperer?"
"So, in the hypothetical event that medicine doesn't work out, what will you do?"
"What makes you tick?"
"nothing too different than any other place. be prepared to explain your medically-related experiences"
"What is it about Winston-Salem that makes you want to spend at least 4 more years here? (I went to WFU as an undergraduate)"
"Tell me about your family"
"Pretty normal questions."
"What's your Myers-Briggs Personality Type? Did you know that you have a tendency to set unrealistic expectations for people and to criticize them when they do not meet your expectations?"
"so what to you think about the sam alito hearings? "
"Describe the healtcare system where you are from (different country other than the U.S.)"
"If you were given a chance to talk to the admissions committee, what is the one thing you would want them to know?"
"How do you feel the mistakes that you have made in the past will help you as a physician?"
"You have classic symptoms of Bell's Palsy. Have you ever been diagnosed?"
"What do you think about the 80-hour work week for residents?"
"What are the three most important qualities for a patient to have?"
"None were particularly interesting"
"Name 2 people other than family members who you look up to."
"Why do you think students, as you and I did, go to college out of secondary school and do not perform up to their abilities?"
"Ethical scenerio question."
"Do you think that community service is required to be a doctor?"
"I was asked to explain a specific line in my personal statement. The first interviewer really enjoyed my personaly statement and she had it underlined/highlighted. "
"Have you ever had a bad medical experience? How did that affect your choice to be a doctor?"
"Questions about what I had written in my AMCAS essay."
"Who won the Nobel Prize in medicine this year?"
"Why did you decide to become an EMT?"
"Coming from another country what was the one thing about America that surprised you the most?"
"None. Almost all questions were ethics-related."
"If President Bush were to come up to you today, what would you tell him to change about the healthcase system?"
"What is it like to be a woman doctor?"
"Are you emotional??
I wonder why he asked me that. How do I plan to combine family and career? (isn't that an illegal question)? "
"same questions as the other interviewees already posted."
"If you had a day off to spend time with your family and a patient called, what would you do?"
"What do you think about 80hr weeks for residents?"
"What will you do if you have a family emergency and a patient emergency at the same time?"
"What is the difference between medical competence and medical professionalism?
I just think that this is an interesting topic."
"How I would handle a fellow doctor cheating in a medical setting."
"Difference b/w medical professionalism and medical competence"
"What was the last book you read? "
"What does altruism in medicine mean to you?"
"How would you balance your responsibilities as a physician and having a family?"
"What is the difference between medical professionalism and medical competence?"
"What is the difference between medical competence and medical professionalism???"
"How would you balance your medical career with your family life?"
"How do you rate your ability at problem-solving and independent thinking?"
"If you had a patient on an eating tube and the family wanted to remove it, what would you do?"
"To give my take on basic research and what impact it will have on medicine 10 years from now"
"To explain my take on these statements from Orwell's "1984":
"War is Peace", "Knowledge is Ignorance", "Freedom Is Slavery""
"Why don't you want to be a surgeon? Obviously if you can play the piano you can handle a scalpel well. (because of course any piano player can become a surgeon and all) "
"What animal would you be and why?"
"If you could be an animal, what would you be?"
"How do you feel about difficult relations between groups, for instance Muslims and other groups?"
"What particularly interests you about our curriculum?"
"what do you look for in a medical school?"
"None really. I have been out of school for a while so I was asked what I had done with my time since graduating from college and why I decided to become a doctor, plus the usual why our scholl kind of question."
"Describe a day in your life ten years from now."
"Nothing too interesting. Tell me about research, clinical experience, leadership experience"
"Nothing...all three interviews were very conversational and I did most of the talking"
"There were none"
"You have a patient that does not agree to blood transfusions due to his religious backgrounds. You need to operate, but will need to use a transfusion. What do you do?"
"Do you plan to do something to combine your major and your interest in medicine?"
"How does English major relate to medicine?"
"Single largest regret of your life?"
"What do I like to do for fun?"
"Name 3 people, a family member, peer, and authority, and a characteristic about them that applies to being a good/bad doctor (ya I know it didn't make all that much sense)"
"If we told you what specialty you were going to do, what would be the one thing you wouldn't want to be told?"
"You're a bright student, tell me what GPA you need to have to get into a good medical school."
"What I would do if an elderly patient with tuberculosis refused to tell his family about his affliction"
"What do you think is the biggest problem in healthcare today?"
"Name 3 people who have influenced you ( 1 family, 1 peer, 1 teacher): how has this helped you to become a better doctor"
"Having grown up in South Africa, what are common misconceptions people here have about life there."
"what's the meaning of the following story: "
"In your personal statement you mentioned something about considering law school at one time. Tell me about that."
"My impressions about an area in which I had done some volunteer work"
"Are you a basketball fan?"
"One interviewere started the interview by asking "So, is there anything I you want to know?" which caught me by surprise because that usually ends up last. Otherwise, the interviews were very conversational and low key."
"what sort of practice do you envision yourself having?"
"Where do you see yourself practicing medicine?"
"What do you think is the most pressing issue in current events? Why?"
"Nothin too intersting as far as questions go. No ethical or moral dilema questions (lucky me). One was interested in whether I thought I'd miss Charlotte (my current location)."
"What are your feelings on going to war with Iraq?"
"None...it was one of those "so tell me about yourself" interviews...where after telling about yourself they sorta keep looking at you like "is that it or is there more?" "
"They were pretty standard."
"Why did you attend your undergraduate institution?"
"none really "
"So, with these barbecue ribs, have you ever considered boiling first, then grilling?"
"What differences did you find between Japanese culture and American culture? (Specific to my experience in Japan)"
"Only straight forward questions."
"If I told you that you're admitted to Wake, but I get to pick your specialty, what would I choose that would make you say "No thanks, I think I'll pass"?"
"One of my interviewers asked me in depth details about my research that I did one summer, and the research was not related to anything he works on. "
"If you could be any animal you want, which animal would you be?"
"Soo... what do you know about Winston-Salem?"
"just stuff on my personal statement"
"One interview was referred to his son, a gynecologist, as a pervert, didn't know what to say."
"Why didn't you pursue a Ph.D. instead of a MD? What career would you pursue if medicine did not exist? "
"EXTREMELY standard questions, so I can't think of any particularly interesting one."
"As the HMO administrator, how would I allocate funds for all heart transplants or all immunizations"