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"Not much. Everything is very impressive."
"Have one standardized one for update letters, LOI, etc. There is an upload option in the portal, but on my interview day, one of the committee chairs also said to send it to the admissions email. Then people on this forum have also said email to the dean is the most effective way. What is truth lol"
"The information in the packet we were given is very useful, but would be less cumbersome if given digitally."
"Snail-mailed informational brochures aren't necessary."
"Nothing really. Everything was awesome."
"They were a little disorganized in the morning when we were checking in."
"Just keep being as welcoming as you were when I was there!"
"retake photo ID if it looks horrible!
(single interview did not impress me because the entire s"
"I actually don't remember the admissions office people, just the interviewers. Be more memorable."
"None. Overall a very pleasant day. I was able to see a mix of everything."
"Have a vegetarian lunch!!"
"They do not have pre-planned questions for interviewers. Some interviewers like to ask ethical questions: If you saw an attending mistreating a patient with a disability, will you, a lowly medical student, do anything?"
"Tell me about your self. What do you like me to know?"
""The more you tell me about yourself, the less questions I have to ask you. So, tell me about your life and how and why you're here now.""
"What are you up to these days?"
"So, tell me about yourself."
"Where did you hear about WashU?"
"What is a scape goat (part of a story the interviewer was telling me) He tended to ramble about things and I felt like I didn't get to talk as much as I would have liked."
"What books have you read recently?"
"How did you become interested in medicine?"
"Tell me about X activity on your AMCAS application."
"What do you think about the current health care reform? (The question was pretty broad. I was just asked about my opinion and we didn't go in to too much detail)"
"Have you always wanted to be a doctor?"
What haven't you done?
How is your (basic science) research relevant to medicine?
Why did you apply to WUSTL?
"Where do you see yourself in ten years?"
"what do u see yourself in medicine"
"I couldn't imagine how an interview could be less stressful. Both interviewers were genuinely interested in what I had to say and made me feel completely relaxed as soon as I stepped into their offices. I wasn't even asked why medicine or why washu (a question I was dreading to answer since washu is pretty traditional). We really just talked about interesting things that would pop up in the conversation, or things they found interesting from my file (they really read it carefully beforehand). However they did ask me in depth questions about my research. Overall the best interview experience I have had so far."
"What have you been doing since graduation? We then went into a very in depth conversation about my current work."
"Tell me about your research at each lab you've worked in (had to go down to extreme detail, so know your stuff!)"
"Lot's of questions about academic background and activities."
"Mostly conversational. Things on my AMCAS application"
"Can you explain how you got your last name to me? It doesn't sound very African and I'll have to explain it to the admissions committee."
"Why St. Louis? What are your hobbies? Research?"
"Have you traveled abroad? Did this experience teach you any lessons about cultural diversity?"
"What are your thoughts on McCain/Obama health care policies?"
"About me, my research, my interests. Didn't ask me at all about medicine. Really relaxed."
"What do you think of St. Louis?"
"Tell me about what you did after high school. "
"Tell me about x experience"
"Tell us more about (your app experince)..."
"Tell me your life story. "
"Tell me about growing up in [the country where I grew up] and how you ended up in [my undergraduate school]"
"The very first question I was asked was, ''What brings you to WashU?''"
"i thought i wrote about this alread..."
"I saw you read such-and-such book that you talk about in your essay, tell me more about it."
"Tell me about [insert AMCAS experience]."
"Case study referenced earlier."
"See questions above..."
"What do you like to do in your spare time?"
"Why did you take a Buddhism class?"
"(1) Tell me about your research"
"''What about your clinical volunteer experiences negatively surprised you about medicine?''"
"What has been a very hard decision for you?"
"Tell me about X from AMCAS (literally almost the entire interview was me talking about each and every one of my AMCAS experiences!)"
"Tell me about x, y & z experience (from AMCAS)."
"Why do you want to become a doctor?"
"Tell me about your parents."
"Why did you choose your undergrad school >? (Some no name public school)"
"why wash u (even the students that go there told me to be prepared for this), why medicine"
"Tell me about this activity/award/research/experience."
"Tell me about your passion to become a Physician
Do you have any interests outside of medicine?"
"Describe research experiments."
"What is the last book you've read?"
"tell me about X
"Was your dad being a dr a positive, negative, or neutral influence on your entering medicine?"
"Problems in health care and how to address them?"
"What is your crowning achievement so far?"
"Why are you vegetarian?"
"About my family"
"What do you do for fun?"
"Tell me about _______ experience (for all my research and extracurriculars)"
"Where do you see yourself in 10-15 years?"
"tell me about your family"
"What do you think about universal healthcare?"
"How do you feel about all the vulgarity on television?"
"Describe the process of how you decided to become a doctor."
"(My interviewer had thoroughly looked over my application--he had four pages of handwritten notes/questions to ask me.)
"When did you come to the United States?" (Apparently, WashU is big on diversity and not afraid to show it. My interviewer said that many of the applicants/students were born in another country and immigrated to the US.)"
"tell me about your parents"
"What do you do in your downtime? (I read.)...So what are the last three books you read and enjoyed?"
"tell me about yourself. about your typical day."
"What do you do outside of school?"
"how did you decide to pursue medicine as a career?"
"tell me about yourself (life history basically)"
"Why Wash U?"
"Why did you come to Washington University as an undergraduate?"
"Describe __________ experience."
"Tell me about your undergraduate classes"
"What do you do in your spare time?"
"Describe the experience that first sparked your interest in medicine."
"Tell me about experience A."
"Why did you look at ________ in your project...what do you hope to accomplish (from my research)?"
"What do you plan on doing with your musicianship while in medicine?"
"Defend both sides of the stem cell research argument."
"From your application, and the way that you present yourself, it seems that you are pretty competitive. Would you agree with such a comment?"
"tell me about how you decided to become a doctor"
"What other schools did you apply to?"
"tell me about how you got interested in medicine"
"tell me about your research, x/c's, etc. nothing that's not been asked before - and most were drawn from my file. that was a plus, that my interviewer had obviously read my file."
"Tell me about your high school? College?(why did you go there)"
"Tell me more about your research."
"So, do you have any questions about Wash U?"
"What are you looking for in a med school?"
"Tell me about your research."
"So, what have you been up to?"
"the rest of the questions were typical. why do you want to go into medicine?"
"What got you interested in community service?"
"What questions do you have for me?"
"What are you views on when life beings?"
"What do you know about healthcare trends?"
"What do you want to talk about?"
"see above -
also, are you from a huggy kissy family?"
"Tell me about your research experience?"
"what is the role of the doctor in the community?"
"Tell about your research"
"What was your research experience?"
"Which community related activities would you be interested in (Med)?"
"Why medicine? What specialties interest you?"
"have you had any long-term relationships with a physician?"
"What are some of your concerns about healthcare issues?"
"The above and,
Trace your past experiences and let me know how they led to medicine (standard question)."
"Most about specific experiences during my undergrad"
"Normal questions. Don't worry... just look over your AMCAS app and supp. "
"is anyone in your family in medicine?"
"Biographical questions like, Do you have any siblings and what are they doing? What do your parents do?"
"name your biggest strength and weakness."
"You are 60 and looking back at your career. What have you accomplished?"
"Tell me about xyz extracurriculars."
"How did you choose your undergraduate institution/major?
"Which extracurricular activities do you think you would be interested in participating in if you come here? (Really look at their website)"
"How did you write your AMCAS personal statement?"
"What do you think about the Medicare bill?"
"why do you want to be a doctor"
"Related to my medical school app."
"nothing... very conversational, all based on my AMCAS app."
"All the questions were based on information from my file."
"if only I had been asked specific questions!"
"How do you relax?"
"Who is your favorite greek philosopher?"
"Have you been to St. Louis before? Why Wash U?"
"Tell me about yourself."
"Tell me about your research"
"Tell me about this project you did in your humanities class."
"Tell me about yourself"
"see above for my 2 big questions; everything else was really just minor"
"What leadership roles have you had, and what have you learned from them?"
"Tell me why you think medicine is for you."
"Do you have any close friends?"
"Tell me about your family?"
"elaboration/informal discussion of life experiences in application"
"Very conversational interview, most questions specific to my app."
"Very few typical questions were asked. The only one I remember being a prepared question was "where do you see yourself in 10 years?" It was essentially an hour long informal conversation."
"What makes you think that you would make a good doctor?"
"Tell me about your research-- know it well!!!
"Tell me about your research, why did you choose that lab?"
"What can you contribute to our entering class?"
"This really wouldn't help as every question was directly off of my application. It was just pleasant and conversational."
"are you close with your mother/father/brothers and sisters and what do they do for a living?"
"Tell me about your family."
"Questions about my thesis?"
"Tell me about yourself and how you became interested in medicine."
"Talk about your mentor/tutoring experience."
"what are some problems that arise when biologists and statiticians work together"
"Why did you choose your undergrad school?"
"About 2 courses on my transcript."
"How did you learn about Wash U?"
"Typical questions about my application"
"What is your favorite song?"
"Do you have any reservation about going into medicine?"
"What is an aspect of the world or culture you would like to change?"
"nothing too unusual"
"What are you looking for in a med school?"
"Musicians are like doctors. Why?"
"Questions about my family. He seemed to find a kindred spirit in my mom. It was nice talking about her."
"If you couldn't be a doctor, what would you be?"
"How do you compare the health care system in the country you lived as compared to the US. ( This came up because I spent some time in another country)"
"Isn't frisbee the perfect sport for dogs?"
"So how did you decide that psychology was not your calling? (I mentioned that I tried out a lot of fields before medicine)"
"Which hero/superhero do you like the most?"
"Do you like science fiction? (we were talking about relativity, black holes, and time warps)"
"what do u see yourself in medicine
(cuz i never thot of it)"
"Why are you proud of yourself?
How would you change the washu curriculum (this popped up only because we were talking about the subject)"
"Of all the schools you've gotten in to, which is your top choice? (this one surprised me)"
"What did you learn from your doctor shadowing experience?"
"Got into a discussion about a subject that the interviewer and I are both passionate about."
"How would your friends describe you?"
"Nothing in particular. There weren't many actual questions it is more conversational."
"When you moved away for college did you have an emotional struggle with a relationship break-up? (not without context--his daughter suffered from some sort of depression because of that situation....but it was still a little odd)"
"Why are you interested in coming to WashU for medical school?"
"Tell me more about your research project, and how it relates to medicine?"
"Nothing that stood out, it was just all very conversational."
"How do you think the culture in St. Louis compares to that in other places you've lived?"
"How have your experiences validated your choice of medicine as a career?"
"Nothing was that interesting...."
"Nothing interesting. We mostly just talked."
"What would you do if you couldn't do medicine?"
"My entire interview was kind of random actually. We started off discussing ancient Greek history..."
"Nothing interesting, just run of the mill questions"
"What kind of music do you enjoy?"
"How has your school contributed to its surrounding community?"
"What did you learn from your ER volunteer experience?"
"Where do you see yourself in ten years?"
"What do you recommend we do to change the shortage of doctors in underserved areas?"
"(1) Who would you rather vote for this candidate or this candidate (2) Why do you think youth these days aren't into political protest"
"If you could change anything about your hometown, what would it be?"
"What accomplishment are you most proud of?"
"What do you think about the recent hospital consolidations proposed in NYC (where I live)?"
"Tell me about the political situation in Mexico today (I wrote about being a 1st generation American in my personal statement)."
"Do you have any reservations about coming to St. Louis?"
"what do you mean by cultural competency? why is this important? why should I bother?"
"What is the difference between the health care system in your country and in the US and how would you change both."
"None, they all were killer questions. "
"Something like: do you think your ethics/morals or your patients' wishes are more important?"
"What's your favorite poem and why? (Interviewer's daughter is an English professor and he saw that I'm currently in a poetry class)"
"Tell me about your hometown."
"Why did you choose to go to NYU's Summer Program? "
"Tell me about your research. (I like to talk about my research)"
"Nothing out of the ordinary."
"How did [experience mentioned in AMCAS essay] affect your ability to do your work and all of your activities? (This was a good q for me b/c it's something I specifically wanted to address to prove it wasn't a weakness.)"
"this is your time to really let them know what you're about, so make sure you can articulate your application well. that can be difficult if you are caught off-guard."
"What to do about health care disparities?"
"Some people wonder if its worth saving premature babies who won't have a very good quality of life--do you have an opinion on this? (or something to that effect)"
"He asked my about politics and vegetarianism."
"What do you do for fun?"
"Most of the questions were tailored to my AMCAS application...I don't think many were generally applicable"
"Whether a well known personality is still alive. Caught me completely off guard."
"How did reading the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe compare now as an adult to when you read it as a child?"
"What do you think about the theory that says the language that uses clicks in central africa was the predecessor of all modern languages?"
"tell me about your family"
"Are you popular/do you have many friends?"
"If you were selected to choose three items for a time capsule to be opened in 500 years, what would you pick?"
"Where do you see yourself in 10 years?"
"Martini? (after I said no thanks to coffee and tea)"
"Do you read Harry Potter?"
"tell me what do you think people's impression of your home as separate island entities vary from your own impression."
"What do you like about Southern Literature?"
"What do you think of the current administration"
"nothing too interesting, just general "tell me about yourself" kind of stuff. "
"What do you think are the major issues surrounding physician-assisted suicide?"
"Tell me more about medical anthropology."
"Discuss the pros and cons of physician assisted suicide."
"Follow-up question to discussion of a class I took: Some say that Locke's writings were based on Plato's, what do you think? Who would you say would most likely agree with Plato-- Hobbes or Locke?"
"How do you think English classes will help you in a career in medicine?"
"Nothing that interesting, just went down my list of ECs and had me explain each."
"Do you think the learning of languages is linked to the learning of music theory? (Question was asked as a follow-up to my response regarding my language studies.)"
"Very general interview"
"Questions about my research"
"Why did you want to stop playing music in a band?"
"Tons of ethics and health policy questions regarding California, my home state."
""I didn't get to read your file, so where are you from?"(I mean do I really want this guy to present me to the admissions committee. He came in 45 minutes late too)."
"Tell me about the economics / politics of the places you've lived in."
"What classes did you seem to have the most trouble in college and why?"
"After your college experience, what would you look back and say you wish you could have done?"
"Would you like to grab some cookies from our holiday party before you leave?"
"It was actually not a question - it was "I wasn't good at physics, either!" How do you respond to that? "
"Can't remember the exact wording, but something about race relations in Mississippi (my home state)."
"I really couldn't understand my interviewers' questions. I thought they were asking questions, but then they seemed to turn into lectures, or self-guided commentary."
"nothing super interesting"
"What makes a good medical student and what qualities do you have that would make you a good student next year."
"Do you know the origin of the word "migraine"? (I have them...)"
"So he started by asking me what questions I had for him and this is why my interview was so short."
"About my views on when life begins (related to thesis research)"
"Questions regarding my research. "
"My interviewer didn't really ask any questions. It was really laid back, and we just chatted about random stuff for over half an hour."
"My interviewer asked me a total of three questions, all listed below. I was the one asking questions. "
"if you were in an interview and the interviewer had something in his or her teeth and you thought you were going to crack up would you tell her/him about it?>"
""Would you write me a sentence in Cherokee?" (I had taken 3 semesters)"
"How would you handle someone else's pain?"
"Is there anything about your application that you'd like to clarify? (likely bc of my below avg GPA)"
"What was your research experience?"
"About my research."
"The interviewer asked me a bunch of physics questions because he was trying to help his son with his homework. (I was an engineering major and have taught physics.)"
"I think he talked about things that had to do with my ethnic background. Not personally, just general stuff. That was interesting."
"why do you think the US is so hated around the world? and then ... so what do you think? (this sortof arose out of a discussion we were having)"
"nothing too out of the ordinary to report"
"Why did you apply to two schools? You should have applied to more! (I know, but I hold a teaching appointment and a research appointment at the university!)"
"So, you have lived outside the U.S. How was that?"
"No particularly interesting questions. The interview was conversational for the most part."
"The questions were basic questions; nothing was out of the ordinary."
"There are a lot of applicants who take a year off before medical school. Do you think this indicates a lack of motivation? Do you think it might even be selfish? (I am taking a year off.)"
"Do you have any regrets about your undergrad experience?"
"What are some drawbacks that you see in a career in medicine?"
"What books have you read recently?"
"How did your hometown get it's name?"
"What do you think of Kofi Anang? (Don't worry, I have relevant UN stuff, and it evolved out of another question)"
"the most difficult one"
"What do you think about the Medicare bill? (i have relevant things on my application; I expected this question)"
"Questions about whether a doctors religous views should override his duties as a doctor. e.g. abortion"
"How do you react to adversity?"
"Interview was purely conversation and based on my background and application. My interviewer had actually gone through my app and taken a page worth of hand-written notes on me, so he knew me particularly well and tailored the interview around me so it was very laid back."
"The interview had read my file and annotated it! I would suggest that you definitely review every piece of info you sent in to them to refresh your own memory. There were mostly questions about my childhood (I wrote about it in my secondary)"
"what were your mcat scores again? and your gpa? (shouldn't this be in my file?)"
"Do you hold a grudge against your dad (he's a doctor) for his long working hours...do you feel he hasn't been there for you?"
"Have bicyle tires improved as much as car tires have in terms of avoiding flats?"
"All pertained to my research."
"Have you seen "Kill Bill?" (We had been talking about my thesis, which was on film)"
"What's your recipe for lamb?"
"What is fencing?"
"Where have you been scuba diving?"
"What would you say if you wanted to sell your undergraduate school to a prospective student? What do you like least about your school?"
"What was the hardest thing about being a resident advisor?"
"Honestly, the 2 hardest questions she asked was: 1.) why are you applying to med school and 2.) what did you do in college? Really straight-forward."
"How do you handle stress as it relates to seeing other people in pain? "
"What is the best movie you've seen lately"
"What haven't we talked about that we need to?"
"Have you ever failed?"
"How do you think the low ratio of females to males (1:8) has affected your social interaction?"
"He literally flipped through my file, and just asked about stuff as he saw it."
"How did you find Japanese people to be? (I lived inJapan for a year)"
"interview was based on life experiences in application, and sharing/comparison of those experiences with that of the interviewer."
"What is the worst thing that has ever happened to you?"
"Have you ever been iceboating? (related to the fact that I'm from Minnesota)"
"Tell me about yourself?"
"Who do you think should be responsible for the regulation of the use of the knowledge gained from stem cell research, genetic engineering . . . (Came out of a conversation we were having)"
"Are you aware of the positive and negative ways in which health care had changed in the past twenty years?"
"Why I thought marine organisms hold the most potential for cancer treatments (part of my research...don't worry)."
"Tell me about Spain (study abroad)."
"Why is medicine more of a business in Asian countries than in the United States? (Don't worry -- This came out of a discussion we were having... I brought up the topic due to background)"
"Why shouldn't North Korea have nuclear weapons?"
"what I thought the patients (at a particular hospital where I had volunteered) wanted from me, what were they looking for"
"Discuss how your time in London affected your perspective on different types of medical systems."
"Lots of questions about my thesis?"
"None really--pretty straightforward questions."
"Why do you think there is a disparity in health care amongst blacks and other minorities?"
"Nothing interesting--the interviewer basically dissected my AMCAS and supplementary, point by point."
"Arcane research questions...can't remember the details. I think I did ok in the group interview."
"can a man call himself a feminist? (md interview - my history deg conentrates in gender and intl human rights). "
"What was your most excellent experience?"
"how have parents affected your decision to pursue medicine"
"How has September 11th affected you and your generation?"
"I was asked about my views on patients with Alzheimer's but this was related to my personal statement"
"General questions about my hobbies, interests, and jobs"
"What in the medical news was interesting"
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