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"How to balance many activities"
"What challenges do you forsee for yourself in medicine."
"What do you think about the proposal to increase tuition fees in Quebec? (I'm from Montreal)"
"Tell us a problem you might have with the medical program at this school"
"what do you do in your spare time to relax?"
"Why medicine...obviously, what kind of doctor do you wanna be? what would you do about the physician shortage? Tell us about a creative project you have done. what kind of books do you like to read/what are you reading right now?"
"What would you consider to be your greatest accomplishment?"
"What specialties are you interested in?"
"What contribution have you made to the community that you are most proud of?"
"Describe a conflict that has arisen in a job, volunteer experience etc. and how you dealt with it."
"What characteristics are important in a doctor? Which of your characteristics are best and worst for this career?"
"What event in the world's history do you think has had the greatest impact on today's society."
"Why medicine? 3 strengths/3 weaknesses? How do you deal with stress? Have you ever failed? (describe What appeals and doesn't appeal to you about Queen's?"
"Why do you want to be a doctor?"
"You've taken history of medicine courses...tell me something that happened in the history of medicine that has affected the profession to this day."
"Tell me about your family."
"Compare and contrast US / Canadian health care systems."
"What books have you read lately?"
"What was my favourite book?"
"What aspects of medicine makes you want to pursue it?"
"can't remember but asked a lot of draw on your own past experience type questions."
"What do you think are the 2 most important issues facing the world today?"
"Tell us about yourself."
"What three people would you invite to dinner? "
"Why med? Why Queen's? Tell me about your research. Tell me about your experience doing ___? (Many questions like this.) How do you manage your time? What do you do for fun? Do you have any siblings? Where are you from?"
"what book are you reading right now?"
" This was my first interview, so I have very little to compare it too. The interviewers were quite receptive and offered encouragement. The questions were the ones you would expect: why do you want to be a physician, why are you applying to meds after 3 years, ways you deal with stress, important qualities in a physician, what you want us to remember about you, what do you do for fun, what are two major health issues SASK needs to deal with, interspersed between these were a bunch of questions from my sketch (what you learned from it), your greatest failure, do you have any questions for us.
Queen's was my first choice school going in, and my experience out here has solidified my choice.
For those of you interviewing the next weekend:
introspect a lot about the things I listed above and what they mean for you
don't rehearse your answers too much, I think it will sound contrived if you do
although it is real hard to not be nervous at all, this interview is just a friendly conversation"
"Why do you want to be a doctor? Tell me about yourself. Where do you see yourself in 10 years? What is the most important issue in Canada right now?"
"A question about my program of study"
"Several 'what you did' and 'what you learned' type questions."
"If you could read 3 books that you haven't read yet, what would they be, and one has to be by a Canadian author. (!!!)"
"What motivated you towards the study of medicine?"
"It was a behavioral question:
''Tell me a time when you....'' type of question"
"Cannot disclose due to confidentiality agreement. "
"Dinner with any 3 people, whom and why?"
"If you could be any kitchen appliance, what would you be (I'm serious!)"
"Have you ever inspired anyone?"
"How did you spend your rebate cheque (I'm from Alberta)"
"There were no out of the ordinary questions at all. Most interesting may be the latest movies I'd seen. "
"If I could change one thing about the current health care system, what would it be?"
"Can you talk about primary care reform?"
"Who do you think will win the Oscars?"
"I had to briefly explain, in simple terms, how I would teach them how to play the violin!"
"Will you reapply next year if you get into Program X (not MD) this year?"
"Which animal did you like working with the most (I grew up on a farm and have had a number of agricultural jobs)?"
"If you could be any kitchen appliance, what would you be and why?"
"Explain your thesis project, but pretend we are a group of grade 4 children"
"What aspect of your participation in music will help you in your career as a physician?"
"If you could be any kitchen appliance, what would you be?"
"How do my attributes as a basic science researcher (I'm currently doing my MSc) fit in with my desire to begin clinical practice?"
"How 3 world events had influenced me personally."
"If you good reccommend one book for the whole world to read what would it be?"
"Should Canada offer free tuition for medical school? If yes, where should the money come from?"
" If you could be any object in this room what would you be?"
"If you could invite a number of people, living or dead, to dinner, who would they be?"
"Name 3 things that are most important to you"
"What are 3 books you could recommend which would change my life?(I had already described reading as an interest)"
"how i see the difference in medicine between the US and Canada (i grew up in the US)"
""invite to dinner - who?""
"How to properly say my name (at the beginning)"
"stuck on an island... what 3 things would you bring?"
"How do you cope with stress"
"Have you ever been forced to do something that has conflicted with your personal values?"
"What kind of impression of yourself do you think you've given us so far?"
"Hard to say...most of the questions were general ones you would expect."
"Do you think socioeconomic status is a factor in acceptance to medical school?"
"What are your concerns if the U.S. invades Iraq - part of a long, interesting discussion about the potential war and the U.S.'s foreign policy - the faculty member seemed really interested in talking politics and my responses."
"-tell me about your family and where you grew up?
-why do want to be a doctor?
-of the following 3 people which one would be your hero: Mandella, Ossler,
Bono? (I have no idea who Ossler is, I said Mandella)
-what will you do if you don't get in/do you have a backup plan?
-how do you deal with stress
-how do you balance your life (varsity football, school, volunteering)
-Stuff from PIF: they asked me about two volunteering positions, one summer
job, and specifically what was the most signifigant thing that had happened in my
-name a goal that you did not fulfil
-who do you consider to be your role model(s)
-how do you deal with stress?
-What are the two biggest problems in health care in Canada?
-how do you feel about incentive programs for rural medicine?
-how else might you promote rural medicine?
-what kind of doctor would you like to be?
-how do you feel about privatization of health care?
-if you could change one aspect of your character what would it be?
-why are you drinking so much water/do you want any more?
-what do you do in your spare time?"
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