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"Name tags for interviewees?"
"Other than an on-line application, none!"
"I think it would be helpful to have interviewees wear Name Tags on the day of the interview."
"We were told only 1-2 people would have morning interviews, but it turned out all except 1 had morning interviews. More clarity in terms of what to expect would have been much appreciated."
"Budget for more staff. The quality of the admissions office seems predicated on the absolute commitment of a few overworked people. Lose one of these people and your ability to replicate that level of quality will be difficult."
"be early! i turned in my amcas 7/31 and my secondary 9/18. i was invited for interview 10/13."
"If they could hire more people that would help, but obviously they can not"
"Make the application secondary submission infrastructure online, students can track easier"
"My suggestions are similar to those others have expressed: Use an online application. Also, having t"
"I think it would be a good idea to invest in an online application, and a more interactive website t"
"Start an online secondary application. Also, more options for the application fee payment."
"move towards internet applications"
"Invest in an electronic application!! Also , please accept credit card payments. At present, howard"
"what is altruism? give an example of a time you were altruistic"
"How do you define integrity?"
"How does your city compare to the D.C. Metropolitan area?"
"Tell me about yourself. (ugh!)"
"Why do you want to come here?"
"Tell me about your experience prior to college"
"What qualities should a good doctor have?"
"What makes you think you'll be able to handle an all-science curriculum?"
"Why do you want to go to Howard?"
"Why do you want to be a physician?"
"Tell me about yourself, your educational and social background as a child growing up in xxxx"
"Where do you see yourself in ten years?"
"So... since I haven't really had the chance to look through your file and while I'm looking through it, why don't you tell me a little about yourself?"
"How does Howard rank among the other schools you applied to?"
"Do you have an family members that attended/worked at Howard? Do you have any family who are in medicine? (he asked me this like 2 or 3 times)"
""Besides your one grade of a C, how did you manage to get all A's?" (I'd suggest talking about your strong work ethic and commitment to success - if this describes you)"
"What other schools did you apply to ? "
"What is freshman orientation?"
"Tell me about your family."
"What would you recommend to someone as steps to take to becoming successful?"
"Tell me about your research?"
"What would you like to know about my profession?"
"What was your favorite course"
"Explain your grades in college (I'm nontraditional)"
"what is your life's motto?"
"What are your strength"
"Tell me about yourself and family pre-college"
"Very conversational...but a few questions were: What do you have to offer HUCM?"
"What are your strengths and weaknesses"
"What was the best movie you saw in the past year? "
"Volunteering in underserved area?"
"Why didn't you enroll in a Postbac program?"
"Tell me about your experiences with the greatest fraternity in the World, Alpha Phi Alpha that is? (Yes, everyone is an Alpha so you better wear your pin) And if you pledged something else, you better denounce you membership and become and Alpha LOL In summary, THE CAMPUS IS PHROZEN!"
"Where do you see yourself in 10 years?"
"Who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine this year?"
"Tell me about yourself?"
"Why did you decide to get your MPH?"
"What are the three synoptic Gospels?"
"At what have you failed?"
"Why do you want to be a doctor?"
"So you teach school?"
"What are your strenghts and weaknesses?"
"Do you play any sports or have any hobbies that require hand-eye coordination?"
"What specialty would you practice?"
"Yeah....I was asked so many questions specific to my application it would be pointless to post it here as they wouldn't be asked of you."
"Tell me about yourself, why howard, what do you have to offer howard"
"Why did you get a 'C' in __ class? Why did you withdraw from __ class?"
"Tell me about your research"
"Why the C's and low mcat score?"
"Why should we accept you?"
"Which one of your extracurricular activities means the most to you, and why?"
"Why don't your grades correlate with your grade point average?"
"Do you have any questions for me?"
"Explain why you got this grade in Organic Chemistry. "
"Why didn't you apply to Howard the first time you applied to medical school?"
"Tell me about yourself"
"what's unique about......my name here"
"What happened with a few grades and the MCAT?"
"Describe your experience climbing Mt McKinley."
"What are your strengths and weaknesses?"
"What are some of your hobbies?"
"What are your strengths/weaknesses?"
"Why dont your MCAT scores reflect your grades?
"Explain your grades after your junior year."
"What do you like to do in your spare time?"
"Why do you want to be a doctor?
"Specific questions related to grades and post-undergraduate work."
"Explain this grade..."
"How would your friends describe you"
"Why medicine? Why not pharmacy? (my father is a pharmacist)"
Why should I pick you over any other candidate?"
"Explain this withdrawl."
"Explain your previous MCAT score"
"Nothing of value!!"
"Is Howard your first choice? I blatantly refused to answer this question. The a** pressed on further and I still refused. He did not need that information. I doubt I'll get in but hey, I have been accepted to the #9 school in the US so I really don't give a .."
"What makes you stand out from other applicants?"
"Why do you think you have what it takes to be a doctor?"
"Tell me about yourself. Your family."
"Tell me about yourself. Why Medicine? Why Howard?"
"Strengths and weaknesses"
"What made you want to attend the undergraduate school that you did.? Are any of your family members in medicine?"
"How did I prepare for the MCAT?
"tell me about yourself, your weakness, strengths"
"What attributes do I have that would make me a good physician? What do I consider to be my greatest strengths/weaknesses?"
"If I visited your school what would people tell me about you?"
"What three qualities do you feel a physician must have to be effective? "
"Where are you in the application process (i.e. have you been accepted elsewhere)?"
"How did you hear about Howard?"
"Do you plan to serve minorities?"
"Tell me about yourself. What brings someone like you to Howard? What do you have to offer us? You know this is a Black school, don't you? How do you feel about helping save the lives of Black people?"
"What does your father do?"
"Why do you want to become a dentist? "
"Tell me about yourself."
"Why do you want to be doc?"
"Which one of the apostles was a physician?"
"Why Howard Medical School?"
"What do you do for fun/on your spare time?"
"How do you feel about your SAT scores?"
"what do you want me to tell the admission committee about you?"
"Hmm...none really. Was a pretty interesting interview session overall though!"
"How do you stay close to your family? (I am an international student, so I have family outside of the US.)"
"What are you looking for in a medical school?"
"A lot of ethical questions."
"Ethical question regarding other students having a copy of an exam... what would you do?"
"Do you have any ticket?"
"What skills do you think you have?"
"What would stop you from coming to Howard? "
"What should I judge you on? Your gpa or you mcat?"
"Why do you feel Howard is the best place for you?"
"Where do you see yourself in 10 years?"
"I'm not sure. Where do you see yourself in 10 years, maybe. "
"How does Howard rank among the other schools you applied to?"
"Where does HUCM rank in your prospective schools?"
"What are the qualities you see a good physician must have and how do you fit into that?"
"Were you discriminated against? (This was asked after I said I attended a racially homogenous high-school on a merit-based scholarship)"
"What traits do successful physicians have but you do not have? "
"What in the world is Freshman Orientation? (I took that class my freshman year)"
"What can Howard offer you?"
"Since you know a lot about healthcare (based on my educational background), what do you think is the biggest problem facing the US healthcare system today? "
"All the questions were standard. Most interesting part of the interview was when the interviewer described a mural on his wall that was a memorial to folks at Howard who had dedicated their lives to service."
"None really. Everything was pretty standard."
"What kind of physician do you see yourself as in 15 years?"
"What do you think of managed care? Would you change it?"
"Why are you in your current academic program?"
"Nothing out of the ordinary, I guess. The one I least expected was ''How supportive are your parents about you wanting to go into medicine''"
"Why Howard instead of Meharry or Morehouse?"
"None of the questions were really interesting they were pretty basic."
"did you have an 'ah-ha' moment (regarding wanting to be a physician)?"
"There are three types of leadership roles that doctors play (1) The type where the doctor tells everybody what they should do and everybody follows, (2) The type that feels that he is a part of a team and everybody has equal say-so and (3) the type that offers opinions on what he thinks his patient should do. What type are you?"
"What would your friends tell me about you?"
"Given what you have heard about medical school, do you think you can do it?"
"If you had the power to change one thing in healthcare what would it be and how?"
"most questions related specifically to my file"
"Would you do academic medicine?"
"If you could take anyone out to dinner to talk to (God, Ghandi, your Mom, anyone), who would it be and why? "
"What type of medicine do you see yourself practicing?"
"It was not even a question - more of a statement. Something about knowing someone else from the same country I'm from (Ghana) who illegally married two women -- what I ask did this have to do with me? And what was the point of bringing it up? "
"Which of the three would best reflect your academic potential - your undergrad work, graduate studies or the MCAT?"
"How will your previous degree and experience contribute to medicine?"
"I see that you worked in the health care environment for 3 years. What has been your favorite job?"
"Which of the three synoptic Gospel's was a doctor?"
"At what have you failed and how did you deal with it?"
"What is my life's philosophy?"
"What are some caveats you live by?"
"I did a lot of listening."
"What is your personal life quote/motto?"
"How was my high school education?"
"If I ever watched ER? "
"So how about those Steelers?"
"If all of the schools you applied to accepted you, how would you choose the school you would attend?"
"You don't seemed disadvantaged, so why do you consider yourself diadvantaged?"
"Do you know these people? *She listed five names* What do these people have in common?"
"Do you have a philosophical quote which you live by? If so, what is it?"
"What is unique about you that would motivate the adcomm to pick you over everyone else with your creditionals..."
"You got A's in ... and a C in..., why do you think that is?"
"Why didn't your MCAT correlate with your GPA?"
"Which one of the gospels was written by a physician, and where in the Bible does it state he is a physician?"
"What do you bring to Howard?
"Estimate the number of people in this country without health insurance?"
"Well I thought it was interesting when after telling me my MCAT scores were above their average, he asked me whether or not I was happy with my score."
"If a patient came to you very sick but very poor, what would you do? Would you turn them away because they couldn't afford the medical attention?"
"Do you agree with Kanye West's declaration during the Katrina Relief effort that President Bush doesn't care about black people?"
"Most were "getting to know you" questions"
"What are your strengths and weaknesses and what can you offer to Howard University?"
"[Related to my research experience]"
"What should I say to the Board so that they accept you?"
"It was all so text book. Really they give you a green sheet to fill out right before the interview and they go right off that. Silly system? "
"Do you know how Dr. Vivien Thomas and Mos Def (rap artist) are linked?"
"What should Howard offer to make YOU want to spend the next 4 years here?"
"About my study abroad experience"
"What do you like to do when you go home from work?"
"Why would I choose Howard over another top school?"
"Who did you rehearse with?.....that was the only non-standard question he asked"
"They were typical interview questions. Emphasis was put on my course work and grades"
"Question about my some of my research"
"Tell me an experience that shows your leadership skills?"
"What would you do to solve the problem of health in the underserved community?"
"When you go to India to visit your family, what bothers you most about your experience there?"
"Nothing really...questions were pretty standard"
"Why should HUCM select me?"
"None, all the questions were right out the book"
"If there is only one spot left for the class, why should we choose you above everybody else?"
"What did you focus on in Biochemistry? This question was before the actual interview began. She was a Biochemistry professor. And she was very nice (Dr. Abraims)"
"I was asked what made me think that I was medical school material by my interviewer."
"What preparatory courses did you take for the MCAT and why?"
"He asked me to explain the social relationships of people from different ethnic backgrounds in my country of origin."
"My interview was too busy being an asshole to ask me an interesting question. When he opened my file, he made a noise and sort of shook his head. What was that all about?"
"What can I tell to the Admissions committee that would convince them to accept you?"
"Why Howard? Why do you not like being labeled as a premed? What problems do you think you'll have in medical school?"
"How would you see yourself functioning as a physician?"
"When you look at your role models that are doctors what do you think you lack in comparison to them"
"what makes a good physician?"
"Why should I be picked over the other candidates?"
"How do you feel about standardized testing."
"If I thought I had the three most important qualities I think a physician should have."
"What do you think your relationship with your patients will be like?"
"Questions pertaining to my job and my interviewer's research."
"What is your best characteistic?"
"Tell me about the "C" you made in Organic Chem and why you made it? (he would not accept my first answer so made me revise my answer for his records)"
"I:How have you liked your "experience" here?
Me:"Experience" I asked?
I:You know, how do you feel about Black people?"
"Why I wanted to be a pediatrician? "
"Name four adjectives that describe yourself"
"If you had access to a time machine and you could go forward and see yourself in 10 years, what would you see?"
"If you were the interviewer, what questions would you ask that I (the faculty) did not ask?"
"Standard, tell me about yourself question led to interesting conversation"
"Why do you want to go to Howard?"
"Who am I?"
"Why do you want to become a physician???"
"What does it take to become a doctor? I thought he meant things like dedication, hard-work blah blah. But he was thinking more in the line of the academic path....going to class, studying, boards, residency...etc."
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