"What do you think are the strengths and weaknesses of our healthcare system?"
"What questions do you have for me?"
"Multiple mini interview"
"MMI MORAL DILEMMA"
"What is the biggest challenge facing the US healthcare system in the next decade?"
"What do you regret most in life?"
"What will your legacy be?"
"What would your friends say is your greatest weakness?"
"Pretend I am an 80 year old woman with CHF and kidney failure who is refusing dialysis. What would you do?"
"very application specific"
"Very detailed questions about my secondary essays."
"Would you rather ABC or XYZ. Why?"
"If you could change one thing about America to make it a better place, what would it be?"
"What do you plan to do during your third year? "
"How would your friends describe you?"
"What do you do for fun?"
"If you were Obama's Health Advisor, what would you suggest to fix our health care system?"
"Standards: Why do you want to be a physician? Where do you see yourself in 10 years after your residency? What unique qualities will you contribute to our med school?"
"Tell me about yourself. Why duke? Do you have any concerns about Duke? Do you have any concerns about pursuing medicine/surgery? What do you do for fun? Describe your perfect classmate. Any questions for me?"
"Have you read any good Books lately?"
"How do you want me to represent you to the admissions committee? What will make them say "we need to accept this applicant"?"
"Student Interviewer: Tell me about yourself. Why do you want to go into medicine? Why Duke? What do you do for fun? Do you have any questions for me?"
"Tell me about yourself?"
"talk about my research"
"given the current problems with the health care system, what would you do in your community?"
"Why Duke? (Both interviews)"
"What would you do if you had an hour to do anything?"
"What do you think about med students being tested for drugs?"
"There are many questions asked about your essays from the secondary. Be prepared to discuss each in detail."
"What was an ethical dilemma someone you know had? "
"We started to talk about food sometime during the interview, so he asked, do you cook? "
"Discuss the ethical dilemma I wrote about in my secondary application"
"Faculty interviewer - The standards: Tell me about yourself, What research (and community service) have you done? Why Duke? What initially drew you to medicine? Where do you see yourself in 15 years? "
"What do you think will be the hardest thing about becoming a physician?"
"What would you like to research during your third year? "
"Tell me about this research project listed (my least involved :-/), and why it interested you. Then, why I didn't stay too long (8 months), if I had genuine interest."
"why do you want to become a doctor?"
"What should I go back and tell the admissions committee is so unique about you that we just have to accept you?"
"Explain your ugrad research."
"See most difficult..."
"Tell me about your research."
"How do you feel about the war in Iraq?"
"just putting this out there: duke says they don't give interviewers your scores, but they do. my faculty interviewer specifically commented on my mcat score. i got the feeling that they have just recently instated the no-scores interviewing policy and haven't gotten around to telling the interviewers about it, lol."
"I loved your essay on ____ (moral/ethical dilemma). Can you describe in more detail how you dealt with the situation?"
"Where do you see yourself in ten years?"
"Why did you apply to Duke?"
"why hasn't your research been published yet? (after talking about what my research was about)"
"What have you learned from doing research? (not specifically, but about research in general)"
"Tell me about your international hospital experiences you listed here."
"Why graduate school and then medical school? (I am finishing a masters before medical school)"
"what was your most memorable service experience and what did you learn about yourself? what are you looking foward to in medical school?"
"Abuse of narcotics and alcohol is a big problem in medicine, why do you think doctors abuse these things?"
"If you could talk to anyone living or dead, who would it be and what would you talk about?"
"Why Duke? What do you do in your free time? "
"How did you like your college"
"Where are you from?"
"what interests you about duke?"
"Where is your school?"
"How do you reconcile poverty and healthcare?"
"Tell me about your work at the soup kitchen."
"dinner with anyone in history"
"Are you a leader or a follower?"
"Tell me about (insert AMCAS activity).
(This was repeated frequently)"
"Why dyou want to be a doctor, etc."
"just the normal questions about my application"
"How would you choose whether or not to give a drug to a patient that asked for it by name, but where there wasn't a solid evidence base for its use?"
"What will you be doing in 15yrs? Why MD and not public health, nurse, etc."
"Tell me about your work in <specific to my background>."
"What would you do third year?"
"Tell me about yourself..."
"Do you think you can handle the curriculum?"
"Tell me about your experience tutoring?"
"What can I tell the admissions committee about you that I may not have discovered during this interview?"
"Why Duke? Why medicine? "
"what can the duke curriculum do for you?"
"Med school is a challenging time personally....What is your support system like at school right now?"
"Why Duke? Why med?"
"Basically all stuff stemming from my application."
"Student: How do you think your interest in philosophy is relevant to medicine?"
"Tell me about the research you've done."
"Know about their 3rd year structure and what aspects of this design will facilitate your success. You will have to discuss this at some point."
"Do you think you can handle the first year of an intensive science curriculum as a non-science student?"
"Oh I see X on your application--tell me about that."
"Beta Interviewer asked: why medicine.... what is the biggest challenge facing healthcare....what do you suggest as solution .. tell me about family, siblings etc .. any questions for me"
""If you've been given a magic wand to fix any problem in the world, what would you do?""
"The always dreaded "So, tell me about yourself" - how do you answer this?!"
"describe the role of the catalytic triad in serine proteases... just kidding... why medicine?"
"questions specific to my research "
"What are you looking forward to most in medical school"
"Just specifics about my app."
"[question specific to my file]"
"The two questions mentioned above under the difficult and interesting prompts."
"What has been your least fulfilling class?"
""What would you do to redo your college experience?""
"Medicine/Duke Specific: Why Duke? Why medicine? What do you plan to do in the third year? What do you think is the most difficult thing about being a doctor?
"Are you ready for the curriculum we have?"
"Tell me about yourself. "
"What fields of medicine are you interested in? (2x)"
"How do you plan on telling young kids that they have a terminal illness?"
"What do you think about the current Iraqi situation?
"What's your biggest regret about college?"
"Tell me about Dr. X and your research with him?"
"What motivates you to become a doctor?"
"how would you deal with a bleeding HIV + person whom you were trying to help in a car wreck once you realize you cut your hand also"
"Tell me about your research"
"How did you prepare yourself for a career as a physician?"
"What is the one thing I would change if I could go back and do it all over again?"
"all questions were straight from my app -- so i don' think they will be helpful to others who are preparing."
"How does your friend describe you?"
"Just the usual about me, my application, and my research."
"read any good books lately? "
"The token "Why Duke?" and "What would you do at Duke during your third year?""
"What do you want to do with the third year at Duke? MAKE SURE YOU HAVE SOME IDEA - everyone in my group was asked this"
"How do you spend your free time?"
"I was asked pretty much about everyting in my supplemental application."
"Are you taking biochem?"
"Who are some of your role models, and how have they influenced your decision to go into medicine?"
"What do you think are the strengths and weaknesses of our healthcare system?"
"Multiple mini interview"
"MAKE THAT OUT OF THIS"
"Describe your friends for me"
"The situational questions about hypothetical patients"
"have you ever been a patient yourself"
"What character in a book would you like to spend the weekend with?"
"If you had your ethical dilemma to do over again, what would you do differently?"
"Which character in a book most represents you? "
"Very conversational interview"
"Describe a time when you have stood up for yourself, and faced consequences for doing so."
"Tell me about yourself...led to a lot of interesting sub-questions."
"What about you would make your patients want to see you and no one else?"
"Are you an ethical person? How, why?"
"Looking ahead at your retirement dinner party, what would others say on your behalf?"
"How do you feel you will integrate being a woman and being a physician? "
"Did you like "Complications" or "Better" better, and why? (after the book question)"
"What have you done that you are most proud of, and why are you so proud of that?"
"How did you know you were a compassionate human being? Who fostered those traits in you? What experiences have you had that show your humanism?"
"Another interviewee was asked this: Imagine that you have not seen a close friend for a while, and when you actually did, the person told you that he/she is HIV Positive. What would you say?"
"If you had all of the time and money required to solve one global issue, only one, which would it be, why did you choose that one, and how would you do it?"
"with all the insurance company controlling you, why you still want to go into medical schools?"
"what do you keep on your bedside table?"
"Ethical question about how I would react to another student who refused to plug an artery without gloves for an HIV+ patient."
"When was a time you really could not be of help to a person? Desribe that experience."
"Tell me about your friends. If you could be more like any one of them, which would you choose?"
"If your sick grandfather (no else can be done medically) wants to help him die, what would you do?"
"If you could have dinner with any three people in history, whom would you pick and where would you go to eat?"
"A situational question about breaking cultural barriers in health to allow males or females (who would otherwise be forbidden to treat them) to give healthcare."
"Are you a risk taker? If so, describe a time you took a risk and what was the outcome?"
"If you had one hour to do anything you wanted to do, what would you choose to do?"
"How do you plan to spend your third year?"
"If I were to eliminate one negative aspect of American society (e.g. any -isms) what would it be and why. "
"The most difficult question was also the most interesting."
"Do I read nonfiction novels and how many I have read?"
"If you could eliminate one thing in this country, what would it be? Put yourself in the shoes of the admissions committee... how would you construct a med school class?"
"Nothing out of the ordinary. I liked the fact that my student interviewer had actually read my secondary essays and asked me to talk about the experiences that I discussed."
"Imagine that you're a board certified physician and you've been asked to make a presentation about medicine to a kindergarten class. What do you teach/present to them?"
"Do you want to do research during your career or work in academia (as opposed to practicing clinically)?"
"What do you think will be your biggest challenge in med school and in your medical career?"
"The debates on stem cell research and euthanasia have been going on for some time, which do you think is more relevant to medicine? Why? What is your stance, and why?"
"questions related to my life experience, asked by the faculty member"
"What would you change about yourself if you could?"
"As a non-traditional student with a family, what mechanisms would you use to help make the adjustment go smoothly?"
"What fictional character has inspired you most?"
"suppose you are a 3rd/4th year med student and the resident on call or attending is WAY stressed out. a patient's just died and the resident/attending is just too uptight and stressed to handle delivering the news to the family and begs you to do it for him/her. (Recall that it's technically unethical for you to deliver the news to the family.) What do you tell your resident/attending?"
"What do you think about the war in Iraq?"
"some scary stuff with the faculty interview: pretend we're best friends and you just really hurt me. what would you do to apologize?"
"Do you think the British or American medical system is better?"
"Describe the ''good'' premed. Describe the ''bad'' premed."
"Your patient has extremely high blood pressure, but he refuses to take his medication because of its side effects (sexual dysfunction). What do you do?"
"Who are you?"
"How would you respond if you were a residency director and one of the applicants to your program stated that she was planning to become pregnant and start a family soon?"
"Not really a question, a "role-playing". My interviewer was the vice dean of admin. He pretended to be my uncle who thinks women should stay home and pop out babies, and asked me what I would do in that situation."
"If you could sit down and have a conversation with anyone in the world, who would you choose and why?"
"What is the most important trait in a doctor?"
"What is the one characteristic that you is most important for a physician to have?"
"what is a nice thing you've done for someone recently?"
"Nothing extremely interesting. "
"What was my most significant relationship, both non-academic and academically."
"You're in a group project and you hadn't lived up to your responsibilities (be it because of personal problems or the like), and the group has decided to let you go. They have announced to you their decision to let go. What do you say to them? "
"How has your family influenced you in a way that will make you a good doctor?"
"friend says they have aids, what do you say back"
"A man comes in with a sprained ankle, but you find a life-threatening blood clot. He doesnt believe you, and won't accept your suggested treatment. What do you do?"
"Where are you from?"
"suppose as an attending physician, you get a call from a resident late at night about a difficult case where the patient is uncooperative and combative? what course of action would you take and why?"
"Who is the most influencial person in you decision to get into medicine?"
"How would you handle working for an incompetent boss?"
"Since Duke has a very unique curriculum, do you think you can handle the first year?"
"Pretend like you are a doctor and you go into your patient's room and see that they are morbidly obese. What would you do?"
"Have any stories been written about you in the school newspaper?"
"dinner with anyone in history...who?"
"Do you tend to play a leadership role or a follower role?"
"What do you know about stem cell research?"
"Not very many questions, more conversational "
"Nothing in particular. She just wanted to know about my activities and why I was interested in medicine."
"just the normal questions about my app"
"What qualities does a physician need that can't be taught?"
"If I were President Bush for a day, what law would I pass?"
"If you were the Dean of the med school, what one thing would you ensure the students knew when they graduated from DukeMed? "
"If you were interviewing me (the interviewer), what would you ask?"
"Nothing too interesting"
"Do you know what it is like to be sick?"
"If you were made the dean of the school, what would you change/have the students know?"
"Two questions stand out: what was the latest book that you've read and if you can't become a physician what would you choose as an alternative career?"
"How would you handle breaking patient confidentiality?"
"nothing too interesting . . ."
"If I were a genie and gave you one wish, what is the one thing you would change about the world?"
"What do your friends say about you going into medicine?"
"If you speak to anyone, dead or alive, who would it be?"
"what is the role of religion in medicine (religion was all over my appliction)"
"How do you feel about embryonic stem cell research?"
"How do you think your interest in philosophy is relevant to medicine? This totally caught me off gaurd. I got through it ok but nowhere near as well as I would have had I thought about it ahead of time. I have so many ideas its hard to organize them into a concise answer of the top of my head. It made for great conversation though."
"Imagine you and I are writing a play about a doctor who comes to a town. Who is the doctor, what is the plot, and who is the audience?"
"I can't think of anything here that I wouldn't have expected."
"I see you have a background that is non-science. Those we accept at Duke are to be leaders in their field or on the cutting edge of research - have you considered that?"
"Not a single interesting question."
"None ... all standard questions .... "
""If, in fifteen years, you have a car accident with a driver who is HIV-positive, and he is beaten up but you're conscious and able to help him, would you?""
"What does the term "cultural competency" mean to you? (related to info on my amcas app)"
"how to cope with a confidentiality issue if/when i thought i needed to spill the beans to someone"
"If you had to break confidentiality, how would you do it"
"The beta interview: How do your strong interests in music play relate - if at all - to your desire to be a physician?"
"Was never really asked a discrete question... more just asked to talk about myself, etc."
"nothing was interesting"
"Both interviewers asked questions related to my application and my personality. Format was more conversational than other schools."
"i don't like to reveal specific ques. just be prepared to answer some ethical q's. be honest."
"Why are prescription drugs so expensive in the US? Propose a solution."
"You are writing a play called "The Best Physician." The cast includes the patient and the physician. Describe the play and the audience's reaction."
"When you have spare time, what kinds of books do you like to read?"
"What is a wahoo? (my school is UVA)"
"So, estrogen is made in males or not?"
"If you had a chance to interview any one person, living or dead, who would it be? What would you ask them? "
"Tell me about a classmate you admire and why."
"What are some difficulties facing physicians today?
When you read the newspaper, what section do you read first and why?"
"How do you plan on telling young kids that they have a terminal illness?"
"How do doctors deal with malpractice?"
"If you were a health care personnel would you want to be vaccinized against smallpox?"
"What would you have done if you were the surgeon involved in the botched transplant incident that occurred here last week?"
"Can you show me what Hanmi is? (It's a position in a martial art I study, so I stood up and demonstrated it in my suit..hehe)"
"If an 8 year old boy came into the hospital and needed medical attention immediately and the mother of the 8 year boy only spoke Spanish and she was frightened once you came out with a big needle, what would you do? "
"Regarding the current Bush/War on Iraq situation, do you think Med professionals (AMA, AAMC) + Physicians should take a stand on the issue - what kind of stand would that be?"
"not really any. I got zero ethic questions."
"I had to make up a play called "The Perfect Doctor" I had to decide who would be the main character, what the plot would be, and whether the audience would be applaud or boo at the end. "
"If I were faced with a situation where there was a cultural barrier between me and my patient, how would I try to overcome that barrier?"
"What would I do if I came upon a car accident and the bleeding victim told me that he was HIV positive and when I went to my trunk to look for my first aid kit (which wasn't there) I cut my hand and had an open wound."
"he showed me a picture of the past class, and asked me what did i notice about the picture that is different from say a med school class from 1970"
"none of them were particularly interesting. "
"What makes a school good?"
"What is the biggest challenge for physician today?"
"If we made international medicine a requirement, where would you go to study?"
"the whole interview process was very conversational. mostly "tell me about yourself and how you got here." and "why duke?""
"What skills from teaching difficult to reach children will be helpful to you as a physician? "
"Define "diversity" - why is diversity important in medicine?"
"What do you think is the worst part of being a physician?"
"What would you do during your third year of medical school here? "
"what's the best non-science class you've taken?"
"my student interviewer asked me questions about my job teaching that I had for the past couple of years"
"I was mostly asked about my research experience"
"What was the best non-science class you took?"
"Well, I had a string of questions about the geography of Southeast Asia/Africa, but I gather that's not normal. Like, what's the capital of Australia, and who's the President of South Africa?"