"Why did you do this activity?"
"Very conversational but classic why medicine was a common theme"
"My faculty interviewer barely asked me any questions. I basically explained my motivations for medicine to him, and then he told me about his life lmao. My student interviewer was super cool though! Asked me the typical qs (why medicine, why tulane, idk)"
"Is there anything you want me to know about you or your application?"
"Asked about my family and some extracurricular activities on my application"
"Do you like it in New Orleans?"
"Tell me about your university and why you decided to pick that school. (I attended a very small private school that most people haven't heard of.)"
"Something about the research I was doing"
"Tell me what part of India are you from. (I never said I was Indian). Followed by questions about how Hindu I was and if I preached Hinduism (I'm not Hindu)."
"If you're friend was cheating off you in a test, what would you do"
"What is your impression of New Orleans?"
"Tell me about your community service experiences."
"What was the genesis of your interest in medicine?"
"Tell about one experience you have had as a member of a team and one experience you have had as a leader - what did you learn from each?"
"Why Tulane? Why New Orleans?"
"What do you think the US should do about health insurance?"
"What do you like to do for fun?"
"Tell me about this experience--how did that influence your decision to become a doctor?"
"What is most interesting service activity that you have engaged in?"
"I know nothing about you. Tell me about yourself."
"Since they don't know anything about you, they pretty much just start off with the basics. I've been out of school, so they wanted to know what I've done since then and that pretty much covered the 30 minutes. It was basically the same interview three times."
I was asked this in every interview. Make sure you spend time researching this question so you can hit it out of the park when they ask you."
"Why Tulane? Have you been to New Orleans before? What have you done while here? <---You will definitely be asked all three questions. If possible, I recommend coming early the day before your interview and visiting sites in the area (or looking up things you'd like to do if this isn't possible). Be able to vocalize why you want to be at Tulane - it is a very unique school in a unique city, and as such, I feel that the school is looking for a particular type of unique student to fit into both."
"Have you ever been to New Orleans? Why Tulane? (everyone asked me this--they very much want to know that you want to go to Tulane)"
"You seem to be quite the world traveller. Tell me about the places you've been..."
"When did you get to New Orleans/What did you do before the interview? "
"How did your parents meet?"
"What brings you here today?"
"What do you know about Tulane?"
"Why are you interested in Medicine?
"What are your extracurriculars? "
"very conversational.... lots of open ended questions. The interview started with the typical, "So tell me about yourself.""
"What was your thought process in deciding to pursue medicine?"
"Just the generals."
"Why Tulane? This one is very important according to my interviewer. "
"Why are you here?"
"What community service are you involved in?"
"Some of the Deans want to require a research thesis to graduate. What do you think of that?"
"What was your favorite volunteer experience?"
"Tell me about yourself (asked by both faculty interviewers). "
"What volunteer experiences do you have?"
"What kind of research have you done?"
"Why Tulane/New Orleans?"
"Why did you apply to Tulane? What is your MCAT/GPA?"
"Why do you think we chose to interview you?"
"Conversation...just asked why tulane, about my life, etc."
"Why do you think we selected you out of all our applicants from California?"
"What community service have you done?"
"What interests you about Tulane?"
"What are your hobbies?"
"What's your GPA? MCAT score (interviews are closed file)"
"Why do you want to be a physician"
"What's your GPA? MCAT?"
"What service activities do you/have you participated in?"
"What was your undergrad GPA? MCAT score?"
"What do your parents do?"
"List some of your community service involvement."
"Tell me about your volunteering experiences? "
"Tell me about your college experience"
"do you play a musical instrument?"
"Tell me about your clinical experience."
"Do you play an instrument?"
"What is your GPA, MCAT score?"
"I have been out of school for four years, so I was asked why did I want to go back to school now."
"Why did you move to New Orleans?"
"What is the last book you have read?
"Do you really know what you're getting into?"
"Will your significant other be coming with you to medical school?"
"What do you look for when you apply to medical schools & how does that affect your decision to attend Tulane?"
"What is your GPA and MCAT?"
"Have you ever been to New Orleans?"
"Are you really willing to come back to New Orleans after everything that has happened?"
"Tell me about your undergraduate experience."
"how did you learn about tulane?"
"Tell me about yourself, why do you want to be a doctor?"
"Tell me about yourself."
"What do you like to do in your spare time?"
"Nothing other than typical stuff from the essay and AMCAS."
"Tell me about yourself. This prompt led to "what kind of books do you read?"."
"What are you doing your year off?"
"Where else have you interviewed?
"Favorite president? Why?"
"GPA? MCAT? (This despite assurances that our interviews were assessments of personality, not numbers.)"
"Where is your name from? Tell me about yourself? whats your mcat/gpa?"
"Tell me about your familty"
"What was your MCAT score?"
"Any doctors in your family?"
"What are you ECs"
"name? school? hometown? "
"Who are you, (tell me about yourself)?"
"What is your favorite book?"
"What do your parents and siblings do? "
"Why should Tulane take you?"
"Why do you want to be a doctor?"
"About my activities in college"
"Why do you want to become a physician?"
"Tell me about your family. Asked for biographical information."
"What other languages can you speak?"
"Why go out of CA?"
"If I reccommend that you get into Tulane and you are accepted, can you guarantee me that you will attend 100%"
"Why do you want to move to New Orleans?"
"very, very typical interview questions. I really wish I could be more specific, but honestly nothing was surprising. My student interviewer really seemed to want to answer all of my questions."
"What would you bring to Tulane?"
"What was your GPA?"
"Why do you like Tulane?"
"What do you do for fun?"
"Have you had any "hands-on" clinical experience as an EMT or nurse?"
"It's Friday night, what are you doing?....It's Saturday night, what are you doing?"
"Tell me about yourself, this is for you to share whatever you want."
"What was your favorite class and why?"
"why tulane? why medicine? explain your research"
"Tell me about your self?"
"tell me about who you are"
"Why medicine and why Tulane?"
"Tell me about yourself (family, school, etc.)"
"Tell me about yourself. How do you propose to deal with the onslaught of information presented to you in medical school?"
"Why do you want to come to Tulane?"
"Why did you get involved in research?"
"What are your community service activities?"
"Why do you want to go to Tulane?"
"So why didn't you apply right out of college?"
"Asked why I married my wife, i.e., what I liked about her. I could think of a million reasons, but somehow they didn't come to me in the middle of an interview."
"You want to give yourself to medicine, what do you expect to get in return?"
"Tell me about your family."
"What medical related experiences have you had?"
"tell me about yourself"
"see above for difficult questions. my cognitive psych guy did much more talking than me, analyzing my hand motions and my body positioning. "
"what did you get on mcat verbal? (i had forgotten)"
"who is your favorite author?"
"What are your medical experiences?"
"Tell me about yourself (major, hobbies, etc.)"
"Name the top 3 reasons you want to go into medicine."
"so why tulane? why new orleans?"
" Tell me about yourself."
"Why did you start college so early?"
"How I felt about some psychosocial realities faced by people to day that were the result of X and Y history of treatment. It was just a really cool discussion on something that came up during the interview that the interviewer (faculty) talked with me about"
"The interviewer asking me when I got to Tulane (I spent the weekend there); the interviewer telling me how I clearly didn't value the school because I didn't spend more than a few days there (I was a full time student) and that I was just wasting everyone's time by even being there."
"How will you change the world"
"One of the interviewers spoke about the situation concerning the crime in New Orleans and what could be done about it in the midst of Katrina, return of businesses, etc."
"None too interesting. Mostly a conversation."
"If you interview with Dr. Owens, heads up that he might throw out some random questions (i.e, Wanna bet that I know where you got your shoes?)"
"Questions about travel, languages"
"Nothing interesting, really"
"Name something that you have created."
"Tell me about the worst day you've had and how you handled it."
"In all my interviews, we went on really interesting, seemingly random tangents. But I do that in normal conversation all the time, and since it really was a conversational interview, it doesn't surprise me this happened. Gee, I hope it doesn't hurt me :/"
"Medical school can be time-consuming, and you seem to have a lot of energy. How do you think you will maintain that energy level in medical school?"
"How did your parents meet?"
"What do your parents do for a living?"
"The city of New Orleans is recovering from Katrina very nicely, but some people see it as a work in progress. How do you feel about working in this type of environment and what examples can you give from your experiences that show "being involved in building something great" suits you?"
"What do you know about Tulane's history?"
""What classes other than science courses did you take?" I majored in non-science, so when you eliminate my major and all my science classes, there aren't many left.... I mumbled something about economics!"
"nothing. My interviewer winked at me after the interview lol...and I got in! AMEN!"
"What would you do after a test block to relax?"
"Do you want to come see this patient with me?"
"Why Tulane? (Of course they'd ask this one, but I thought it was the most important one so I had to throw it in somewhere!)"
"Are you Jewish?"
"How would you react if we required that students spend at least two years after college before matriculating? And what would you do during that time?"
"Very straightforward... very much just a conversation - little actual questioning."
"What do you know about Tulane's involvement in the community? "
"Why New Orleans?"
"What books do you like to read?"
"What TV shows do you have to watch every week? What kind of music do you listen to?"
"What good books or movies have you seen lately?"
"Why do you think we chose to interview you?"
"How do you think New Orleans compares to other places you've been? How do your parents feel about you applying here?"
"Why did you choose to apply to Tulane being out-of-state?"
"Why do you think we chose to interview you out of all the California applicants?"
"If you had 90 seconds to tell the president of the United States what he could do to improve the lives of America's children, what would you say?"
"The interviews were more of a conversation in which the topics all lead into each other which was not at all what I was expecting."
"What type of medicine do you see your self practicing? Where will you be in 10 years?"
"Standard questions: What do your parents do, why tulane, any siblings, medical experience. Very disinteresting"
"Tell me about your family"
"What do you think medicine is?
(This was after the interviewer said that he thought that medicine worked because of love)"
"What DIDN'T you like about your undergrad institution?"
"One interviewer actually had me list off my volunteering experiences. "
"Nothing really out of the ordinary"
"Where are you going drinking tonight?"
"No real zingers. Just started off with my background and story and followed the tangents where they went. "
"Have you ever been to Latin America?"
"Nothing really that interesting."
"Why not sugarcane farming?"
"My first interview lasted about 30 minutes. My second interviewer was called into a last minute meeting with the dean of Tulane University. I was able to sit down with him later that afternoon after the tour(about 230pm). We ended up talking until about 4pm. Felt like both interviewers got to know the "
"Both of my interviews were very laid back. It really felt like I was just talking to someone at a park, not for a medical school interview. I was asked by one of my interviewers how bad the deliquency of Asian youth was in my hometown."
"How has Katrina affected your decision to attend Tualne?"
"So, what should I tell the adcom about you?"
"What does your fiance think about you going to med school?"
"Do you play an instrument?"
"What was your favorite book from last year?"
"Nothing stands out ... your typical interview questions."
"Tell me about your previous trips to New Orleans."
"How do you feel about attending Tulane in light of Hurricane Katrina?"
"Do you play a musical instrument?"
"whats the most challenging situation youve experienced"
"do you play any musical instruments"
"New York is really different than the South. How do you think you can adjust to the Southern atmosphere?"
"Do you know Kathy Wilson? (She works at Mayo Clinc with me), though I didn't know her, Dr. Beckman was very excited that I had ways of contacting all the physicians at Mayo and gave me an assignment of "finding Dr. Wilson.""
"Do you play a musical instrument? They are big on music!"
"How would you go about improving health care in India? (I had volunteered in India last summer)"
"There were no real questions, mostly it was just conversational with questions thrown in the mix."
"What do you do for fun?"
"Where else have you applied that you would like to attend? Why?"
"nothing really, it was pretty basic."
"Explain how the hurricane effected you and your family"
"I don't remember any questions standing out as really interesting or peculiar."
"Nothing unusual. "
"What is your best asset?
What is your worst asset?
Do you like mysteries?"
"Where did you rank in your high school class?"
"Will you apply to medical school again if not accepted?"
"I notice you are clenching your hands. Are you nervous?"
"So you're pretty set at other schools (accepted to), so why do you want to come here?"
"If you had absolutely nothing to do today, what would you be doing?"
"Have you thought about applying to McGill?"
"Questins about my volunteering experience"
"Have you ever been to an arena football game?"
"We mostly talked about travelling."
"tell me about yourself"
"Who is your favorite president? Why? "
"Nothing out of the ordinary, no ethical questions"
"How will you respond to potentially racist patients?"
"How do you deal with stress?"
"Everything was pretty normal and basic."
"they were all pretty average -- tell me about yourself, what are your interests, etc. the student interviewer asked me, if i had a 5 gallon jug and a 3 gallon jug...how would i get 4 gallons. but it was kind of a joke :)"
"How will you react at 3 in the morning when you have to go attend to a patient?"
"Why do you think can be done to keep out-of-state students trained at Tulane from returning to their home states?"
"Do you think you and Ayn Rand share a similar philosophy?"
"What kind of music do you like? What is your favorite movie?"
"Do you smoke? (I don't, but I found the question odd)"
"Are you married? Are you wearing earrings? Are your heels very high? (By the navy dude.)"
"Honestly, nothing terribly out of the ordinary."
"Are you married? (Inappropriate, but I answered anyway)"
"I discussed the various open alcohol containter laws in New Orleans w/ my first interviewer. Interesting question from my second interviewer was regarding my school (which she graduated as well)."
"what book are you reading right now?"
"Have you noticed an increase in smoking among student populations? Do you smoke? Apparently the interviewer i had asks everyone this. Older conservative doc, not mean or anything just a little odd in his interview"
"Tell me about your friends."
"Do you smoke?"
"What are you reading right now?"
"Nothin' much. The usual stuff comes up since you only have a half hour per interviewer."
"Are you bringing your boyfriend with you to medical school??"
"I really don't think there were many pointed questions. All of the interviews were very conversational and engaging."
"How do you think you would cope with living in New Orleans?"
"If I had ever had a drug or alcohol problem. Just a quick question but still weird. "
"all the questions are really typical. everything that everyone else has said about tulane interview is true. they dont grill you AT ALL. just be prepared to talk about yourself. "
"Do you have a man chasing after you!?"
"Are you married?! (asked by OLD navy guy, he knew he wasn't supposed to)"
"Why do want to go to medical school after getting a masters degree"
"What is your GPA, MCATs? Where did you interview, were you accepted?"
"How is your dating life?"
"None really...I wasnt really asked any questions (read belo)"
"Nihongo dekimasuka? (Do you speak Japanese?)"
"Did you like the movie Castaway?"
"none-just basic interview stuff... why medicine? why tulane? etc."
"who are you?"
"What do your parent's do? Tell me about your siblings."
"Do you think northerners have a prejudice against the south?"
"Nothing particularly interesting, just normal getting-to-know-you stuff."
"Why have you spent so much time volunteering in the community? (trying to understand my motivations) Pretty easy question."
"You have stated that you are interested in research. What exactly do you plan to study?"
"Have you heard about a disease called "susto"? "
"If by interesting you mean not interesting:
Recent medical journals have shown a trend on college campuses of an increase in smoking over the last five years where smoking had decreased on college campuses for the previous 10 years. What are you thoughts?"
"One of my interviewers asked me what my specific stats were (MCAT, GPA, etc) which I thought was odd because the interviews are intentionally closed file for a reason. Oh well I got in anyways."
"How is the weather in Salt Lake? ( I Don't live in Salt Lake)"
"None, really conversational interviews and nothing off the wall."
""You're an only child, are you spoiled?""
"All that I was asked was "Tell me about yourself" or some paraphrased version of that"
"What will it take for you to come here?"
"No particular question comes to mind. In both interviews and the "working lunch," we just talked about family and interests. "
"talk about recent books/movies you have read/seen"
"If got into a UC school (I'm from CA) and Tulane where would I go."
"What books are you currently reading?"
"pretty standard questions, mostly conversational. Not at all like the Spanish Inquisition."
"Have you ever met any doctors who are frustrated with their career choice? Why do you think that is?"
"Nothing really - just tell me about yourself."
"So you did well on your MCATs and took very few science courses...how did you do that?"
"Nothing too difficult. Mainly tell me about yourself questions."
"I was asked some pretty interesting questions about my hometown in PA. Of course, I wasn't able to answer them because I don't know all that much about my town's history."
"All the interivews were pretty much, "So tell me about yourself". I had prepared for some of the more difficult/ annoying questions but none of them came up."
"What would you add to the class that no one else can? They really like having a diverse class of students."
"What do think the future of medicine will be like?"
"Do you or have you ever smoked? Smoked what i asked"
"How do you feel about the impact of the casino industry on your hometown? (dockside gambling was legalized a bit over 10 years ago where i grew up)"
"Does your sister have a boyfriend?"
"They didn't really go out of their way to ask "interesting" questions. It was pretty relaxed, get-to-know-you kind of stuff. I guess the only exception I can think of was "what prejudices do you carry with you about the south?""
"What absolutely mekes you unique and different from a cookie-cutter applicant?
(they really look for diversity in their class)"
"What do you like best and least about X, Y, and Z cities? (three places where both my interviewer and I had lived)"
"All of the questions were geared toward getting to know me."
"How do you feel about being in classes where the students are much younger than you? "
"Well the second interview was quite sureal: What's up with your hair? How much do you weigh? (after telling me that I could never be a wrestler since I'm kinda small to be one) Not stressful...just sureal. "
"ok, i got interviewed by a cognitive psychiatrist and a psyco immunologist. none of the questions were "interesting." and many of them were confrontational."
"Do you have a girlfriend?"
"Why do you think you didn't get into medical school the first time?"
"Nothing really--it was very conversational. All my interviews were closed file, so everything was along the lines of "Tell me about yourself, your family, etc.""
"All Tulane wants to know is if you fit their profile of a student at their school. They are looking for a unique and diverse student body. The interview was laid back and it was more of "what kind of person is this applicant.""
"what is your favorite movie?"
"Nothing really. Everything was conversational. Typical what do you have to offer, why medicine, why tulane tell me about yourself."
"I was told that Tulane looks for students with good character. I was asked what examples from my life demonstrate my character."
"None really - very conversational. "
"Tell me about yourself."
"Was English your first language?"
"Whether or not I believed one of the methods mentioned in the novel Rising Tide (a book about the Mississippi River)was actually used to protect the city from flooding."
"What are your talents outside of school? Are you an artistic person?"
"So did you take any history or humanities courses?? Tell me about it- what books did you read in that class?"
"I was asked, "Why do you want to be a doctor?" Followed immediately by, "Don't answer that question. I am tired of hearing rehearsed answers and both you and I know why you want to become a physician.""
"Why did you choose to play the _________ ? <musical instrument. I was in band...>"
"None - it was mostly, tell me about yourself, why medicine, that sort of thing."
"what is your favorite book?"