"What would you do if you had a free weekend in medical school?"
"Tell me about experience X"
"What in your file are you most proud of?"
"Why be a doctor when you could be a psychologist?"
"Where do you see yourself in 20 years?"
"Why did you apply to Jefferson?"
"Tell me about X research experience."
"Why apply to the Physician Shortage Are Program?"
"Why do you wanna study medicine?"
"Tell me about your AMCAS experience."
"I want to get to know you so I can tell the admissions committee about you, so tell me about yourself."
"Had my AMCAS on his computer and asked me about each activity"
"Why medicine? x2"
"Tell me more about the activities you're involved in."
"What is different about Jefferson?"
"Why did you go to [city]?"
"Where is your favorite place at your undergrad school?"
"What should I tell the board about you when I meet with them to discuss your file?"
"What are you looking for in a medical school?"
"What are you looking for in a school?"
"Tell me about yourself/where you have lived."
"Tell me about your research."
"Why do you want to leave Oregon to come all the way out to Philadelphia?"
"Who are your friends? What would they say about you?"
"Tell me anything and everything about yourself."
"Tell me all about yourself?"
"What was your study abroad experience like?"
"How do you feel about increasing costs and the effect of managed care on the outlook of healthcare in the future"
"Have you had any international experience?"
"Why do you want to go to medical school?"
"What is your personal take on the war in Irag?"
"When did you decide to be a doctor?"
"What do you consider to be important advances in medicine over the last 50 / 100 years?"
"So tell me about yourself."
"There weren't any real questions it was more of a conversation about who I am why I want to go to medical schoo, why I applied to the physician shortage area program and whatnot"
"Why a doctor?"
"Tell me about your research"
"What have you heard about Jeff?"
"What questions do you have for me about Jeff?"
"Tell me a joke."
"What questions do you have for me?"
"I elaborated on EVERYTHING in my application."
"Tell me about the conferences you attended"
"Why medicine? Why Jefferson?"
"What do your parents and siblings do?"
"How do you feel about a proposed law requiring every patient at a certain hopsital to recieve an AIDS test?"
"I felt like my student interviewer was attacking me by pointing out all the reasons why I waould not be a good match for the school."
"How was your undergraduate school?"
"Tell me about yourself..."
"Nothing really, we just talked about my life and experiences."
"What do you do in your spare time?"
"he didnt want to ask me any questions. he just told me that i had the floor to speak about whatever I wanted, keeping in mind this was a medical school interview. he also chose not to look at my file beforehand nor during my interview. i basically just had to talk about myself for 30 minutes while he took notes and made a few comments here and there."
"When did you first become interested in medicine?"
"Why do you want to be a doctor? (both student and faculty interviewers)"
"Why do you think Jeff is a good fit?"
"what do you think [this character] learned from [that experence]?"
"Who's your best freind? If she were here right now what would she tell me about you? "
"My interviewer was very challenging, but he made the interview interesting. He had my AMCAS and asked me about absolutely everything on it. I mean EVERYTHING."
"It was more a conversation: we talked mostly about religion."
"so what do you want me to know about yourself??"
"Do you know anything about the Jewish culture? "
"Why do you want to go to Jeff? "
"Why do you want to go into medicine?"
"Why do your friends like you?"
"How did you decide that you wanted to go into medicine? Any one specific event?"
"Tell me about living in...."
"All pretty standard conversational questions derived from my statement."
"The interview was mostly conversational, with questions directed at items on my application."
"I see you're from Erie. How do you like it? How do you like Philadelphia?"
"tell me about your job? elaborated a lot on this b/c we held similar positions in college"
"What inspires you?"
"What is your favorite book?"
"Why do you want to be a doctor?"
"How did you get interested in medicine?"
"Any questions about Jefferson?"
"Tell me about _____ (insert essay-related experience or ec)"
"For what reasons have you applied to Jefferson?"
"What did you do differently between your first degree and your second that explains the difference in your grades?"
"If you dont' get into med school, what would you do?"
"What did you learn as a volunteer firefighter?"
"Tell me about yourself (I hate this, I never know where to start)."
"How did you come to decide on medicine?"
"How many siblings do you have?"
"What kind of books do you like to read?"
"Do you have girlfriend? What does your family think about your decision to pursue medicine? Faculty interviewer had some questions very specific to my personal statement (he knew it quite well) and to some of my ECs, however he said he purposefully didn't look at my grades/MCATs."
"Tell me about yourself"
"Would you go into practice alone or in a group?"
"How do you like Philly?"
"Tell me something you're good at. Tell me something you wish you had done better."
"Tell me about yourself."
"Why medicine? What area of medicine? Questions about my family."
"What skills/talents are you going to bring to Jefferson?"
"Tell me about your family."
"What do you think of the high tuition costs?"
"Tell me about your clinical experiences."
"Explain your bad grades."
"Sorry i know this is no help. But i really don't think i was asked many direct questions. I talked, he talked, we kind of just chatted -- I of course tried to get in their why i want to be a doc, why jefferson, etc. "
"What was the last movie you saw?
"What is something you are good at? What is something you are bad at?"
"What geographic location do you want to go to for medical school?
What are you upcoming summer plans?"
"So I see that you worked on [research topic, non-medical]. Why would you do that?"
"What will you do if you don't get into medical school?"
"Why aren't there more opportunities to mentor underserved youth in Philadelphia? Obviously the need is there."
"What was the size of the compound that you spent time researching in undergrad?"
"What are your hobbies?"
""Was your undergraduate school cutthroat during your time there? I worked there a long time ago and the administration had to talk to the student body about reducing that." LOL I don't think this was a make or break question, they were just interested. Again, very conversational interview."
"My interviewer really didn't ask many questions; he was far more interested in the questions I had about the school."
"[You said you like to read], What book are you reading right now? What is it about?"
"What do your parents think of your decision to try for med school?"
"If you could meet anyone, who would you meet?"
"In conversation I had mentioned staying with family friends in an affluent area outside of Philadelphia so he tried to test my inclination to live in a suburban, affluent area vs rural area by asking me if I saw myself living in a place like that or not."
"How would your best friend describe you?"
"How do you feel about the mind-body connection?"
"What is your favorite thing about your home town?"
"Um...it was just a conversation mainly...only the questions stated above were directly asked."
"Asked me about the Superbowl."
"What volunteer activities have you been involved in?"
"What do you do for fun?"
"How would you solve the problem of so many uninsured people in the United States? We talked about this for sooo long. I loved it. "
"Name a few Nobel Prize laureates at your research institution."
"Are you a Phillies fan?"
"Are you more interested in family practice or internal medicine?"
"The research question - it turned into a pretty interesting conversation."
"More of a conversation than question and answer format. Also some faculty interviewers do a closed file interview (mine) while others do open file."
"''Here is a scenario. Say its 20 years from now, year 2028, what woould you be doing, where would you be geographically, what would you be doing for fun, who would your friends be?''"
"The student interview was mostly just getting to know each other and them seeing if they'd like you to be a classmate. The faculty interview was really low-key and conversational. We basically just talked about my undergrad school, sports, and philly."
"It was pretty much like a long conversation- no one question stands out."
"Tell me all about yourself"
"Nothing too interesting, just conversational"
"Nothing unusual was asked."
"Is there anything that we haven't touched on yet that you think I should know about you? (A great question!)"
"How do you feel about the large class size?"
"How do you feel about increasing costs and the effect of managed care on the outlook of healthcare in the future?"
"My interviewer basically started off the interview with ''Tell me about yourself'' (she sida that although interviews were open file, she prefers to just glance at the app and have the student talk) so there weren't many direct questions, just a true conversation. "
"We had a fantastic dicussion about the Iraqi War..he saw from my AMCAS that my brother went to West Poing and inquired whether or not he had been deployed. "
"How do you think the Penguins will do in the playoffs?"
"Nothing particularly interesting or difficult. It was mostly just a discussion of my background, experiences, etc."
"If I were coming over for dinner, what would be on the menu? (after seeing i was a pro cook)"
"What do you think being a doctor entails, apart from treating patients?"
"There was nothing too out of the ordinary. I would say ''what do you think is different about practicing in a rural area''"
"Who's your best friend? And what would they tell me about you if I called them right now?"
"Questions about my current research which showed that he had taken the time to study my file beforehand"
"Tell me about your dog."
"Wasn't really interesting but it caught me slightly off guard. ''So, what would you like to tell me.''"
"Tell me about your parents. "
"What do you think are the problems in health care?"
"It was a convo, she didn't ask any questions"
"I wasn't asked any questions. The interview started with ''Tell me about yourself'' and continued from there. "
"Bioethics questions regarding my interest in speciality. "
"Do you dance (Indian dances)?"
"It was really more of a conversation, no real point-blank questions. "
"So, you're an interesting case...(pretty much just ran from there for the whole time)"
"about my background"
"What's your claim to fame?"
"Nothing. all standard questions."
"Tell me about yourself... that was the only question."
"Tell me about the current state of the art in orthopaedics"
"None, really. It was more of a conversation than anything, without any real "questions"."
"Describe your college life"
"Describe a time when you demonstrated caring/compassion."
"Ethical question about AIDS, see below."
"Nothing that interesting, the interview was more like a conversation"
"Faculty interviewer picked a course out of my transcript and asked about it."
"What do you like to do in your spare time. (do premeds have spare time??)"
"Strangely enough, I wasn't really asked any direct questions. We just started talking about a photography award of mine and went from there."
"Why were you an English major?"
"Didn't really ask me any questions"
"What is one quality that you have, that I can share with the adcoms and tell them that they should let you in? "
"Tell me about an experience you';ve had in which ethics was a consideration."
"Tell me about Tom Stoppard (related to my application)."
"Tell me about yourself. "
"Is your husband supportive of your goal to become a doctor? (faculty interviewer)"
"it wasnt a q&a type thing. all conversation about my application and my life. she read through my amcas page by page and we just sort of talked about my experiences and i added in other things where i could. i dont think she ever actually asked me any questions."
"What would you do if I were not accepted to any medical school this year? (kinda intimidating)"
"What can I tell admissions about you? "
"if everything goes perfectly, where do you see yourself in 10 years? if things don't go well, where then?"
"What do you like to do for fun?"
"If a friend of yours was here, what would that person say about you?"
"How would you respond to the Katrina disaster?"
"Near the end of the interview, my interviewer asked me, "Okay, we have about five minutes left. I will soon be telling the Admissions Committee about you. What do you want me to tell them?""
"Nothing very interesting. "
"Where have you traveled?"
"Are you engaged (wearing a ring)?"
"some questions about my research and it became a complete different conversation. the doctor i was talking to was reading my file at the same time so we had some moments when he would read and i would just sit there: it did not feel like an interview at all."
"The faculty member (combined MD, PhD, MBA degrees) started up a conversation before she even sat down in her chair and we went from there for over an hour."
"tell me about your guitar
what books have you read lately"
"Do you know anything about the Jewish culture? "
"What do you think the biggest problem facing medicine is today? "
""What does sheep blood taste like?" (We had an exchange about different ethnic foods we've tried.)"
"i was only asked one question: what inspires me?"
"Why do you think your friends are friends with you?"
"why do you like teaching"
"Not a question and answer format. More of a conversation although we discussed attributes of city life. "
"How does your culture & family regard your decision to enter the medical profession?"
"what do you think about medical malpractice? "
"What was most important to you as an undergraduate? "
"My faculty interview was very conversational, but the conversation was directed by questions about my personal statement. It was mainly a discussion of things that I wrote about and how I felt about them."
"Tell me about your experiences abroad."
"Not really a question, but at one point, my interviewer told me "Your research ends up being more important than your grades. No one will look at your grades when you are 30, but your publications will follow you forever....kind of like Herpes". It was hilarious and put me at ease. Like I said, VERY LOW STRESS!!!"
"What inspires you?"
"What will you do if you don't get in to medical school?"
"What do you consider to be a weak part of your character?"
"What reservations do you have about going into medicine?"
"Do you regret going to your undergraduate institution?"
"do you know how to hang dry wall? we were talking about some volunteer experience"
""What do you think caused the shooting at Columbine High School?" "
"I see you want to be "this specialty" of physician, but what KIND of doctor do you want to be?"
"Nothing really interesting"
"What are you most proud of as a Vietnamese person?"
"Why do you want to be a doctor?
"Why do you want to leave California for medical school?"
"What about medicine will be most difficult for you to manage?"
"All questions were very basic just explaining the info on my application and telling a little more about myself. "
"Tell me about yourself"
"Is there anything I haven't asked you, that you think I should have or anything else you want me to know about you?"
"I was asked about my Russian history class, my hobbies, and if I knew how to be a mason like my dad."
"None were particularly interesting, I got questions about problems in medicine, and my exposure to the feild."
"Why the switch from education to medicine?"
"what do you think of the california recall (because i'm from california and the election was last night)"
"How would your friends describe you?"
"What is the last book you've read?"
"All the questions were fairly standard"
"What was the last movie you saw?"
"More of a conversational interview (Dr. Fred Markham)"
"How do you think I should get my kids interested in piano? (because the interviewer knew that I played piano)"
"My interviewer, juding by the patients in his office, a successful clinician, was extremely professional yet engaging and interesting. More of a conversation than an "interview""
"Questions about my family and my Italian background. My interviewer was an old Italian physician so we talked about Italy, food, family, etc..."
"Do you know what the most interesting thing about JMC is?"
"Tell me something you are good at. and something you are bad at."
"Is Jefferson one of your top choices?"
"If I could describe my perfect/ideal day, what would it be?"
"What kind of malaria were they going to give you? (You had to be there ;)"
"Do you feel you know what you're getting into in the field of medicine?"
"nothing really interesting, we just chatted."
"Tell me about your parents?"
"Tell me about your family"
"basically, my student interviewer answered my questions, and my physician was really nice and we just chatted. "
"What do you like to do to relieve stress?"
"none-my faculty interviewer spent the majority of the time selling the school to me. The few questions that were asked were directly related to what we were discussing at the time and were mostly general questions. "
"The entire interview was interesting. My faculty interviewer was awesome. He really seemed interested in me and my application. We had a wonderful conversation."
"How hard do you want me to fight for you with the admissions committee?"
"What is your first choice of medical schools that you are applying to?"