5 out of 10
At the school
"How I could so strongly claim that health care extended beyond treating disease without having treated any patients? "
"How will my strong views on the need for equal access to healthcare hold up when confronted with the 'simple realities' of medicine? As a follow up to the previous question - 'you don't seem like you can compromise on these issues, how will this effect your interaction with other medical professionals?'"
"What role I thought gender biases played in medical education (from my - a woman's perspective). He seemed exasperated by the end of the interview. I sincerely wished him good luck before I left. He needed it."
"The students at this school usually come from very well known schools; how will you compete with their previous education?"
"If I was so smart (this was his opening move - his barometer for intelligence was apparently my MCAT score), why did I attend the college I did for my undergraduate work (apparently the reasonably well known liberal arts college I attended had not appeared on his radar). It was difficult because it took a moment to avoid answering in an overly curt manner."
"I spent the past couple years writing a series of articles on the history of social medicine in the context of medical education. My life experiences prepared me for the interview."
"I met a couple students who spoke honestly about the school (both pros and cons) by accident. "
"How much self-validation the students seemed to have simply by attending this institution."
"That the tour guides and students that hover around the admissions aparatus easily lied/ignored major problems they had with columbia [I overheard a group of them lambasting the lack of response by P&S moments after they emphasized to us how feedback oriented they were]"
"I was initially attracted to the School of Public Health. After visiting the medical school, however, I will not sacrifice my education/happiness in order to have access to it. "