"Talk about an experience in which you failed."
"What do you think will be the hardest thing about being a physician?"
"Tell me about a time that you dealt with someone either angry/depressed/emotional. How did you deal with it?"
"I was told to close my eyes while he set the seen of me walking in to a crowded bank. A bank robber came in and fired a shot that hit me in the arm. Luck or Unlucky? Quickly, first thing that comes to your head!"
"A lot of questions based on application activities."
"What is an example of a time where you had to be compassionate and use your listening skills?"
"How would your experiences add to the diversity of the class?"
"How did you arrive at the decision to go into medicine?"
"Tell us about your shadowing experiences"
"What did I want to do with my life other then medical school?"
"Why would you want to come here for medical school?"
"What led to your decision to go into medicine?"
"Why should we offer you an acceptance amongst the hundreds of other qualified candidates?"
"What do you think of our current healthcare system?"
"How many representatives are there in the House?"
"What do you think about the current health care bills in the House and Senate? What "public options" are currently available."
"How will your religion affect your view of ethical problems such as abortion?"
"Tell me about what you took away from experience/job/service work x, y, or z listed on your application."
"Tell me about your family."
"don't worry, they will be very easy, bland questions"
"Why do you think Korean people restrict themselves within their community and refuse to integrate with the main-stream culture? "
"How would you fix the national healthcare crisis?"
"What do you think are the issues surrounding the healthcare crisis?"
"Tell me about what your parents do."
"How did you study for the MCAT?"
"tell me about yourself. what is the relgious background of your family? One guy asked me all the relgious questions,"
"what would you do if you didn't get in?"
"Tell me about your family? What do your parents do? What do your sisters want to do?"
"Tell me about your experience so and so..."
"How would you treat a patient if his insurance would not cover the recommended treatment but would cover the less effective, cheaper treatment?"
"why did you choose your major?"
"how do you feel about your mcat score"
"What do you think is the major healthcare crisis in America today?"
"In what ways has your application improved from last year?"
"Why do you think you will be a good doctor and why do you want to be a doctor.
"Talk about your international experiece"
"Tell me of a time... you did something analytical, sacrificial, ethical."
"What accomplishment are you most proud of?"
"What took you to Northwestern (my undergrad)"
"What are some of the issues in health care? "
"What is a major issue affecting healthcare in the US? In the world?"
"What is an issue facing medicine?"
"Tell me what you learned from your clinical position at this hospital?"
"What would you do if you didn't get into medical school? If you couldn't ever get into med school? What career would you want that isn't medically related?"
"All questions related to my file. (Other than the obvious "why medicine?" questions.) It was less like an interview and more like they were just trying to get to know me. VERY low stress."
"What have you learned from your clinical experience?"
"What is the biggest problem in healthcare?"
"What is a HMO? PPO?"
"Best advacement in public health."
"What do you think about the problems with the healthcare system? "
"Tell us about _______ on your file."
"Why would you make a good doctor?"
"Tell me a little bit about yourself. (I hate that one)"
"what do you do for fun?"
"what's the best piece of financial advice anyone could give you? answer: keep your first wife!"
"If I could only tell the selection committee one thing about you, what would it be?"
"Some family practice doctors in the area have decided to operate without health insurance providers. Why do you think they would do that?"
"Tell me about yourself."
"First interviewer: "You scored a 25 on your MCAT. This is bad. Explain this." "What do you think about that woman in Florida whose husband wants to pull the plug on her but the family doesn't? What would you do if you were her Dr?"
"What are some current medical issues? How do you feel about healthcare/HMO's...how would you fix the healthcare crisis?"
"Do you think a nationalized health care system would work here in the US"
"What shows have you done? (I'm in theatre, so basically they ask specifics about who you are / what you like.)"
"What is your opinion of the quality medicine as its practiced today?"
"What is euthanasia?"
"No one in your family is in medicine, so how did you get to this point?"
"How much time do doctors spend with patients each day? What is a typical work day like?"
"What is euthanasia? What are your feelings about it?"
"Do you support either population cloning or parts cloning?"
"What is Cancer?"
"Name a time when you sacrificed something in order to help someone else."
"What's the biggest problem facing health care in America?
"Do you feel that taking a year off of school was a good idea?"
"Tell me about a rule that you didn't agree with, but had to follow anyway"
"What do you think the biggest problem facing US healthcare is today? how would you realistically address it?"
"What is the biggest downside to being physician (not a medical student)?"
"Which do you think is more important: honesty or loyalty? Why?"
"What do you think is the relationship between primary care and the specialist?"
"Hypothetical question: what would you do if you were working with a team and someone wasn't doing their fair share of the work?"
"Nothing was too interesting, very text book."
"If a system or business was failing, how would you go about fixing it? I was asked to answer in general, hypothetical terms."
"What would you have done [in response to actual, complex patient-care situation]?"
"Explain the Frank-Starling mechanism."
"If you had a million dollars to spend on YOURSELF, what would you buy/do?"
"Not interesting: but why do you want to go to Mizzou?"
"a wierd question related to my research"
"I didn't have much interesting questions. Almost all of the questions were asked to better understand my experiences and who I am. "
"Nothing too interesting, they asked about my experiences, my motivation, and about me as a person."
"It seems like everyone has a course that they would have loved to take, but it didn't fit in their schedule. What course do you wish would you could have taken and why? "
"How have you incorporated diversity into your life?"
"Suppose medical care and prescriptions are free, and there is a doctor for every square mile -- so access and affordability are not barriers -- would that solve the healthcare problems in this state? Why or why not?"
"What did you learn from working in the hospital?"
"If you could change one thing about medicine what would it be?"
"Do you have relgious convictions."
"What was a challenge you faced in your life successfully?"
"have I done any traveling"
"What is the number one personal trait that a phyisican should not possess?"
"If we had socialized medicine in the US, would you deny payment as a government official for any procedures?"
"How do your parents feel about you becoming a doctor?"
"Real life patient scenario, have to come up with a solution. Great creative thinking exercise."
"You have a 15 year old patient and after running tests you realize she's pregnant. What do you do"
"What about child development intrigues me?"
"thoughts about euthanasia"
"How much do you think docters make? What will you do with all that money?"
"What is your position on right to die."
"At one point in time, the interviewer and I were talking about how the human diet has changed over time."
"What is the weakest part of your application?"
"Why will I make a good doctor?"
"What do you want me to tell the admissions commitee so they will accept you?"
"nothing too interesting"
"Have you gotten any interviews at other schools yet? Which schools?
I realize that I didn't have to answer this question, but it was a little awkward and I wish I would have prepared more on how to respond to something like this. It caught me off guard."
"What do you think about the rationing of medicine? "
""I see you have a lot of paid experience, why don't you have a lot of volunteer experience?" Was a strange question because I do have a lot of volunteer experience."
"I am interested in fertility so one of my interviewers focused on ethical situations surrounding that area. For instance, he asked me what I thought about cloning? What about parents who want two clones of the same person? What about 10 clones of the same person?"
"I want to work in an underserved area. My interviewer asked my how, being a good student, I will deal with being (relatively) underpaid to some people with less altruistic motivations."
"Medical malpractice, see below."
"What qualities would make a bad physician?"
"What was the last book you read?"
"What is the problem or reason for health care disparities with the underprivileged? I have done research"
"What do you think about the mind-body connection."
"There was a question based off of a Florida man who wanted to remove the feeding tube from his wife, but his wife's parents wanted her to stay on it. I was asked what I would do as the family physician."
"All were basic just tell us about this or that on your file."
"How would you describe the word "service?""
"If we have a drug that controls a disease and costs $1, and one that controls the disease better for $5, are we obligated to give the $5 one to everyone regardless of ability to pay. This question was set up to test economic medical thinking and to see if you have researched health care costs and trends. I think he asked me it because I have a business minor. "
"compare the health care plans of kerry and bush (it was right before the election)"
"how do we go about achieving peace in the middle east?(this was pretty much prompted by me, so don't worry!"
"If you won the lottery today, what would you do with the money?"
"What personal characteristics do you have that you would like to improve on?"
"Who is Jessica Lynch?"
"I too was given the match-stick problem mentioned in one of the previous posts. Although it was great fun for the entire 15 or so seconds it lasted, the time afterward was a bit awkward. I'm still unaware of what purpose it served -- maybe to put me at ease somehow, which I already was. I think the interviewer intended it to last a bit longer, and maybe have me ask him for clues, but it was all very straight-forward. "
"Describe your what you think your work day will be like when you begin practicing."
"Who is Quintin Tarantino? (Also, who is Jessica Lynch, what country was she held in, and who is the governor of Missouri... I think he was employing some tactic to through me off) :o)"
"Tell me about a specific patient that has frustrated you in your clinical experience. Tell me about a specific patient that has touched you."
"None, really. All of the questions were about my application, my background, my family, etc."
"How would you like to be remembered"
"What are some of the challenges surrounding health care for the non-English speaking of this country? What kinds of solutions are there to help this situation?"
"What activity are you most proud of and why?"
"What is the best idea you've ever had or the best decision you ever made?"
"If you love the Missouri environment so much, why did you elect to attend Harvard as an undergrad? Oddly enough, both of my interviewers wanted to know the answer to this question, despite the fact that I never said that I "loved" the Missouri environment. I had simply stated that I was originally from Missouri. Based on their line of questioning, it seemed as if they were annoyed at the fact that I picked Harvard over Mizzou as an undergrad. "
"Would you consider healthcare in general to be efficient or unefficient?"
"The questions were exactly as I expected and had prepped for. Absolutely no surprises in either of my interviews. I'm from the city, so if I had to pick an "interesting question" it would be "The rural population in America has been known to generally visit the doctor as an absolute last resort rather than as a preventative measure. What do you perceive to be the cause behind this trend and how would you formulate a solution?""
"What would you say to a colleague that didn't want to treat Muslim patients after 9/11?"
"What do you think about the prescription drug benefit?"
"One of the interviewers presented me with the scenario that a 39-year old expectant mother had an amniocentesis (sp?) done and discovered her fetus had Down's syndrome. He asked me what advice I would give her if she came to me seeking help. "
"Nothing too interesting."
"Everything was very conversational. Nothing very interesting."
"Don't you think your lifestyle choice (I indicated that I had done work for Lesbian Community Project on my AMCAS application)will negatively impact your relationship with your patients?"
"Do you think we can ever have any real tort reform when all of the politicians are lawyers? (I'm a lawyer, so it may not be a common question)"
"Have you seen the museum in Bilbao? (we were talking about studying abroad in Spain)"
"If you were President Bush's "right hand" woman and he asked you how to deal with the problem of child abuse in the U.S., what ideas would you have?"
"do you think your research experience will help you in the admissions process?"
"The interviews were conversational. I would not say that any were interesting."