"I noticed [this] in your application, can you tell me more about that?"
"Why would you prefer service that has more long-term results (such as medicine) as compared to short term results."
"Given 8 competencies of a successful physician and then asked to respond why each is important and a time where you displayed these competencies?"
"What challenges do you foresee yourself facing as a physician?"
"Tell me about your research projects. What conclusions were you able to make?"
"What kind of traits should a doctor have? How would you break bad news to a patient?"
"What does it mean to be mature?"
"What qualities make a good physician?"
"What would you do if a group member wasn't participating in your group project (not doing their fair share)?"
"Tell me about a time you helped someone."
"Give me an example of when you have exhibited professionalism and how would you define it?"
"What is an ethical dilemma do you expect to face?"
"When did you decide to pursue medicine?"
"Discuss an ethical quandary you have experienced in your life."
"Common questions like: Why medicine? Why MCW? What volunteer activities medicine and non-medicine have you done? Tell me about your research. What would you do if you didn't get into medical school this application cycle? Tell me about yourself."
"Do you have any family near WI?"
"why do you think you should practice medicine"
"let's say you are a 3rd year medical student and your attending/resident wants you to pick up there laundry because they are really busy... what do you do?"
"What do you think about financing a medical school application? It's a lot of debt, yeah?"
"What are three strengths? What are three weaknesses? "
"Who is someone you admire?"
"The pre-health advisory committee did not feel that you had enough patient contact. Talk about your patient contact experience."
"Why MCW? Why do you want to be a doctor?"
"Why do you want to become a doctor?"
"Tell me about your research."
"Tell me about yourself. How's your hometown like?"
"Tell me why you want to change careers."
"What is your hometown like?"
"The usuals: Why medicine? Why MCW? What do you know about Milwaukee? "
"Why low GPA (or MCAT)"
"Why medicine? WHy this school?"
"I see you got a ___ in organic chemistry. Why do you think you got that grade and do you think this will affect your performance in medical school?"
"Who are you?"
"Tell me about yourself and why you are here."
"What kind of doctor do you want to be?"
"Tell me about your research.
"Why my MCAT score was so much better the second time I had taken it"
"Tell me about yourself. (The interviewers only receive a brief paragraph about you so you'll do a bit of repeating yourself.)"
"Do you have any questions for me? (both interviews started this way so be prepared with 2 or 3 questions that demonstrate interest and understanding of MCW)"
"If you caught someone cheating on a test, what would you do? You shadowed a physician in ____, tell me about your experience. You taught children at ____ tell me about your experience. (It was open file and a lot of q's were from AMACAS)"
"Why do you feel you, as an engineer, would make a good physician"
"Tell me about your interests?"
"Why medicine? Why MCW?"
"What do you like most about volunteering?"
"Why not be a nurse?
"Why the medical college of Wisconsin"
"Tell me about yourself. My interviewer at least provided some guidelines, start with where I was from, family, then on to school and such."
"All were related to my application."
"Do you have any questions for me? (Be prepared for this one! Both of my interviewers asked this right off the bat. You will have both student and faculty interviewers.)"
"Tell me about... (an experience on my application)? What was your favorite part about it? Most challenging part?"
"you have a patient who you can't ween off of a ventilator (fully conscious and aware), he wants you to turn off the ventilator and let him die, his daughter has made it clear that if you do this she will sue you...what do you do?"
"Why MCW?, How would you like living in Wisconsin?, What is the best thing about being a physician, what is the worst?"
"What does professionalism mean to you?"
"What are your hobbies? Do you think you can handle the balance btwn coursework and outside activities during medical school?"
"Why do you want to be a physician? Why MCW? "
"Why MCW? When medicine? Why did you wait a year? "
"Tell me about this honors paper you wrote (I was impressed/surprised that he noticed this detail in my AMCAS)."
"Why MCW? Why do you want to be a doctor?"
"Why did you fail to get into medical school?"
"Of what are you most proud?"
"What is one important human rights issue that comes to mind, just off the top of your head?"
"When did you decide to become a physician?"
"What else do you do besides study?"
"What was your favorite class in college? Why?"
"Explain why you don't have many non-scienc e courses. "
"what would you do with a patient that continuted habits like smoking and not excercising against your advice?"
"Explain grades/year of lower grades?"
"Medical school is many years and long hours without significant pay. How are you prepared for that?
"What were your favorite and least favorite college classes?"
"How did you become interested in medicine?"
"How do you deal with stress and do you believe that will work in medical school"
"What is your weakness?"
"What do you do for fun, to relax? "
"see interesting question."
"A young girl comes to see you and wants an abortion Ã¢â‚¬â€œ you are against abortion Ã¢â‚¬â€œ what do you do? (the interviewer told me that I was against abortion)"
"Tell me about your experiences when you went to this country? "
"Tell me about your life (vague as hell)"
"Is there anything you want to tell me?"
"What do your parents think about your decision to go to medical school?"
"Why do you want to be a physician?"
"Tell me about your research"
"Have you ever been discriminated against? (I'm a minority applicant)
"What qualities do you think a doctor should have? (both interviewers asked me that)."
"If your friends could say three things about you, what would they say?"
"What qualities are important for a physician to possess?"
"Tell me about yourself"
"If you could bring 3 people to dinner dead or alive who would it be? (so obscure)"
"One of the interviewers asked me to tell him something interesting about myself."
"what three qualities do you think a good physician should have?"
"What field of medicine are you interested in?"
"Tell me about an experience where you feel that you impacted someone and that they in turn impacted your life."
"Why medicine? (which is common, but they still ask it.)"
"Talk about your research."
"What if you were in the hospital and saw a colleague stealing drugs? Would you report it? (Heck, yeah!)"
"Why MCW being from out-of-state."
"Name three characteristics a physician should have. (You better prepare ahead for this one, cause they are expecting a well thought answer.)"
"Why MCW? Why Wisconsin? How do you think you will like living in Wisconsin?"
"Why a doctor? Why MCW?"
"What 3 traits do you think a doctor needs?"
"What do you see yourself doing in ten years. (got that one twice)"
"How would you describe yourself to someone that didn't know you?"
"Why do you want to be a doctor over say a RN or Physician's assistant?"
"If you didn't get in this year, what would you do? Kept asking well what if not next year either? FInally what if not medicine?"
"What types of cases have you seen working as an EMT?"
"Tell me about your experience with physicians (clinical experience?)"
"mostly about my amcas"
"What is your position on abortion? Why?"
"What makes you happy? When is a time you have been misjudged in your life? What is an obstacle you have had to overcome in your life? What are your strengths and weaknesses when you are the leader in a small group?"
"How would you fix American healthcare? (I said I didn't have a good answer, and he said "That's as good an answer as anything else you could have said, because no one else has come up with anything." WHEW!)"
"Are you flexible?"
"Why do you want to be a doctor?"
"Why medicine? What do you see yourself in 10 years?"
"Why medicine? What have you done to prepare yourself to be a physician."
"Why did you choose a Seven Sisters School? (I went to Smith as an undergrad)"
"What are you doing now since you took a year off? "
"What three attributes are most important for doctors to possess?"
"Describe your research, what are your other interests?"
"Tell me about your research experiences"
"Who do you look up to? "
"Tell me about yourself?"
"What do you think is the biggest problem facing the healthcare system today?"
"Where do you see yourself in 10 yrs?"
"Who is the most influential person in your life?"
"What are your strengths/weaknesses?"
"Why do you want to go into medicine? (I got asked this twice)"
"What do you do when you are getting overloaded with classwork?"
"You had a grade in a course that wasn't up to par with the rest of your record, but you did very well on the mcat in that section, why the disparity?"
"Why do you want to enter that area of medicine?"
"What do you do for fun?"
"Tell me about your family.
"Why medicine? "
"Why doc? Why here? Where else apply? "
"tell about research."
"Tell me about yourself."
"What problems do you anticipate facing in medical school?"
"Looking at trends in your academic record, you have a lot more B+ in your last year of school, why is that? "
"How did you improve on your MCAT? (I took it three times, and did the best the third.)"
"what are your strengths/weaknesses"
"How are you going to handle the sad parts of medicine, i.e. - a patient's death?"
"What change would you like to see in medicine and how are you going to contribute to that change?"
"What would your family think if you didn't enter medicine?"
"Tell me about an experience during your shadowing that made you uncomfortable?"
"Nothing really, it was just them asking about my experiences and I spoke freely without feeling pressured to come up with a right answer."
"Describe what qualities a physician needs to be successful"
"Where do you see yourself in 5-10 yrs"
"If you were the dean of the medical school would you rather have you applicants only have shadowing experiences or only have volunteering experiences? And why?"
"What is a healthcare issue that you think physicians will have to face in the coming years?"
"What's the most fun thing you've ever done?"
"What is an ethical situation you encountered while shadowing?"
"What career would you pursue if not medicine?"
"What is your favorite book?"
"Name two things that you like about the research you are doing (meaning something about the job in general) and two things that you don't like."
"why did you apply to mcw"
"How do you feel about the public option?"
"A 34 year old man with a congenital disease has an extremely low quality of life. However, the surgical team believes they can help him by performing an extremely expensive operation that would use up resources. What would Obama say about this? What would you do?"
"Why would you want to get involved with medicine right now considering all of the political problems?"
"If you had a 13 month of the year and money was not an option, what would you do?"
"What type of physician do you want to be? (not asking about speciality)"
"Whats your favorite course as an undergrad and why?"
"How would you deal with frustrating, non-compliant patients that you really would rather just pass off to another doctor?"
"How do you show empathy to a patient you are doing art projects with?"
"are you ready for med school"
"What characteristics would you consider essential to the ideal physician?"
"What do you want to do after med school?"
"What do you like to do for fun? "
"Do you want to practice in a private clinic or in an academic setting when you become a doctor?"
"Who is your hero?"
"What are your strengths? What are your weaknesses? (Nothing too interesting was asked, pretty standard questions within the realm of preparation)"
"how do you deal with emotional problems? who would you turn to? "
"Something about a Gitmo prisoner and whether or not you'd allow him to starve to death on a hunger strike."
"How would my knowledge and experience of foreign healthcare will affect me as a future US physician "
"where do u see yourself in 10 yrs?"
"Why I wanted to leave CA to go to WI"
"''If you came up to an accident with two people, equally hurt, and one was a dad with kids and another an elder lady, who would you treat?''"
"You're an officer at Guantanamo Bay. Your cheif medical officer comes to you and reports that a prisoner is refusing to eat and will die in a few days. What do you do?"
"We just discussed a lot of research from different perspectives. It was really interesting just to have conversations about various projects without being interrogated. "
"Tel me, how did you get that scar on your chin?"
"Questions about whether to give a terminally ill patient enough pain meds to kill him, what I would do if a cancer patient in remission asked for more information on physician-assisted suicide, etc"
"If you caught someone cheating on a test, what would you do?"
"Nothing that interesting..."
"Describe a time when you taught someone and were successful/unsuccessful"
"Tell Me a Joke"
"How will not having family members and friends living in Wisconsin affect your ability to succeed at our school?"
"Pretty standard questions... nothing too interesting."
"What do you think is going to be the easiest part of medical school? "
"What makes you think you will fit in at MCW?"
"what field would you go into if the medical profession did not exist?"
"How does your father being a doctor affect your decision to enter medical school?"
"If medical school doesn't work out for you, what do you plan to do as a career?"
"So you said that your mom is a quilter...tell me about that..."
"I was asked my thoughts on a current news story about a girl with severe developmental retardation whose parents and doctors wanted to stunt her growth and remove tissues which would cause her to mature."
"Caring is a very important trait please list a situation where someone told you that you were very caring?"
"What do you feel is one of the toughest challenges you will face as a medical student?"
"What does professionalism mean to you?
"What three people (from any point in history) would you want to sit down and have dinner with?"
"What is the most difficult thing you have done? "
"Do you feel like you have the obligation to help the medical situation of your country? (I came from a third world country)"
"My second interviewer asked some interesting ethics questions. "
"Imagine you are a physician and you came upon an accident. There were two cars, each with a person in critical condition. Whatever person you help will live, the other will die. It is clear that one person was intoxicated. Which person do you help and what are some of your thoughts about the situation? Then repeated the questions involving one 30 year old father and one 90 year old. "
"I'm in the admissions committe. If I were to push your file, but someone else opposes me, what do you want me to tell them?"
"So...a black belt, huh?
Outline the process to becoming a doctor for me."
"What are your thoughts on affirmative action?"
"None really. The interviews were very laid back."
"What would you do if a 16 year old girl approaches you to write her a prescription for birth control, and given her cultural background you know that her parents would be against it? .... (you should know that for a girl at this age she actually has the right to privacy on this)"
"What do you think being professional means?"
"We internists usually get the sickest of the sick and we often have to make life or death dicisions...what would you do if you made the wrong decision and your patient died?"
"If you had a pregnant patient, would you recommend that she have a test done to determine whether or not her baby would have Down's Syndrome? Would your decision change if you belonged to a group of physicians that strongly recommended that you perform this test on every one of your patients?"
"nothing too interesting...I was asked how I would had an emergency situation at a hospital."
"What do you do for fun?"
"What would it say in your obituary?"
"What does sensitivity mean to you? Is this a good quality for a doctor to have? How so?"
"If you suspected your brother of stealing your ipod, how would you resolve the issue? "
"your courses are eclectic...."
"What's your view of U.S. foreign policy? (What?!)"
"If you were a cybernetic doctor, what traits would you have?"
"Tell me a story about when you had to exercise compassion, or when the limits of your compassion were stretched."
"How are you prepared to relate to patients who are ethnic minorities?"
"a series of "what would you do" in mock situtuations involving medical ethical delimmas"
"What qualities should an ideal doctor possess? followed by, How have you shown those qualities?"
"Where else have you applied and where have you been accepted?"
"You're an ER physician and you are treating a 16 year old sitting with her mother. Her pregnancy test comes back positive. What do you say/do?"
"How does the preperation for medical school compare to that of running a 5K? "
"Do you participate in any rituals or cultural celebrations even though you have always lived in the US? (I am a Hispanic applicant)"
"- It is the night before your tests in December, so you are going home tomorrow after your tests. Your dad calls you that evening and tells you that your mother is in ICU Ã¢â‚¬â€œ and you canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t retake or reschedule the tests. Do you go home that night & re-do the entire year or do you stay take the tests and fly home the next day?"
"If a patient came to you wanting a procedure that you did want not do, would you still do it?"
"The three qualities that your friends would describe you as."
"Which of the 4 words do u feel is worst and why? selfish, arogant, insensitive, (i dun remember the last one) "
"What would you do if you caught someone cheating? What if it was your best friend or boyfriend?"
"Why is it that you aren't married yet? Most students here are married or at least engaged. How many patients have you treated? (he forgot I was interviewing to get into med school and not for a residency!!)"
"WHAT were you doing in this picture? (My application picture looked like I put my face through a card board cut-out picture...it was BAD!)"
"Have you ever experienced a patient dieing? I said no, but I have experienced family members dieing. She asked how I would handle a patient dieing. "
"If you had an 18 yr old female patient that came in with her parents and you discovered she had an STD, would you tell her parents? why or why not? (forget the legal issue)"
"some ethical questions."
"I was not really asked anything out of the ordinary"
"If you saw someone cheating, what would you do?"
"Tell me about yourself"
"Well I had some ethical questions that were sort of interesting."
"One of them asked me if a family came to the ER with an injured person would you let the family come with the patient."
"what three qualities do you think a physician should have?"
"What in your life are you most proud of?"
"Coming from the south, how do you think you will be able to cope with Wisconsin winters?"
"Tell me about a time when you failed at something and how you dealt with the situation."
"Tell me about the social problems in Africa."
"What if you were taking an exam and saw a colleague cheating?"
"What person quality makes a physician great in his position?"
"Why wouldn't you rather be a P.A. than a doctor"
"Nothing really. Just standard questions."
"What are your weaknesses?"
"What is your opinion on the deciphering of the human genome and how will this impact our future?"
"Do people come to you for help/mentoring?"
"One negative aspect about becoming a doctor."
"Nothing that interesting by either the doctor or the student.......although the student did ask me my favorite bars in Milwaukee so that was a fun/relaxed conversation"
"If you had a magic transporter that could take you anywhere in the world for one day, where would you go? Also, tell me what you would see and eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner and why?"
"Have you done any travel? That question sorta came out of nowhere, but it was fun to talk about. "
"Most joyous moment of your life"
"nothing too interesting"
"If you caught another medical student cheating on the anatomy exam, what would you do?"
"What did you like about the different specialties that you shadowed."
"What is the biggest problem facing health care in this country?"
"What are traits that a good physician should have?"
"When makes you happy?"
"Who are you voting for in November?"
"What is your least favorite subject in school?"
"If you could have dinner with any 3 people, who would it be?"
"What are your personal feelings on the topic of death?"
"What are the three advantages and two disadvantages of medicine?"
"Who do you like in politics?"
"I wasn't asked anything particulaly striking. Writing this two months later, nothing but the typical "Why do you want to be a doctor?" and "What is the biggest challenge facing the health care system?" has stuck in my mind. "
"Since you are from California, what do you think of its current political situation?"
"what are your strengths and weaknesses"
"Why do you want to move to Wisconsin?"
"what's your favorite class?"
"What are your feelings on/how do you deal with death?"
"no interesting questions whatsoever"
"What are my most and least favorite classes?"
"What type of patient do you most fear treating?"
"How do you deal with people who are close-minded?"
"What is the biggest problem with Health Care Delivery?"
"What was the last book you read for fun?"
"Tell me about healthcare issues facing us in the present and in the future. "
"What do you think about a socialist healthcare policy....ie. compare US, Canada, UK."
"What would you do if your best friend became an alcoholic?"
"How did your parents react to your decision to pursue medicine?"
"Challenges facing health care and physicians in near and distant future"
"What was your most significant undergraduate experience?"
"What do you think your biggest fear will be as a physician?"
"What are you the most proud of in your life?"
"Who was the most interesting patient you've ever seen in the emergency department? "
"Have you thought about taking a year off before medical school?"
"What is one thing you are improving in yourself"
"Have you ever been faced with a situation where you have had to make an ethical decision?"
"Nothing terribly interesting--a couple of "Greatest problem facing health care questions" though."
"If you were stranded in the most isolated part of Mexico (where I studied abroad the summer before), what three things would you bring with you?"
"How would you handle a situation that you were a leader at but people were arguing?"
"The questions were typical."
"What negative things about the medical profession would most impact you against entering the field?"
"Why didn't you apply to MCW last year?
How did you pick the schools you applied to?"
"the faculty interviewer asked me 3x if i REALLY wanted to be a doctor??? so that was kind of annoying...he kept asking over and over again. "
"None. They were all basic questions like where do you see yourself in 10 yrs or what will you do if you dont get in?"
"None really. My student interviewer asked if I'd ever had any fun jobs (not research/medical related)."
"There were really no interesting questions. The questions asked were the general tell me about yourself, what are your hobbies..etc."
"What are your feelings on euthanasia/ physician assisted suicide?"
"Nothing too interesting."
"Why didnt you go to medical school right out of college?"
"Some situational questions - not ethics per se, more "How would you react to..." (Sorry, I was specifically asked not to repeat the question.)"
"If you could make the perfect doctor, what qualities would you include in the person?"