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"Emailing the admissions office my thank-you letter is awkward. Why can't I just email the interviewer?"
"Let applicants know of decisions sooner."
"Make the tour of the medical campus a bit more extensive."
"What kind of a hospital did you work at? How many beds?"
"What were some of the qualities of physicians you worked with?"
""Where are you in life?""
"What steered you towards medicine?"
"As a reapplicant, how have you improved your application?"
"What is a major reason patients have trouble with healthcare?"
"What characteristic do you think successful physicians share?"
"Tell me about X experience. (from my primary application)"
"Why UAB? (I'm from Tennessee)"
"Tell me about yourself. Tell me about: Volunteer work, how it affected me, what I learned from it, what kind of doctor I wanted to be, what specific event made me interested in medicine."
"Tell me about your research."
"What made you decide to choose medicine instead of the family agriculture business?"
"Tell me about you involvement with (enter volunteer activity)"
"Can you tell me about your three best friends?"
"Tell me more about.....(specific element of my application)"
"If you were trapped on a desert island, what 5 items would you bring?"
"Tell me about your decision to become a doctor."
"Tell me about yourself."
"Why Med School?"
"I had a lot of veterinary experience:
What are the differences in veterinary medicine and human medicine?"
"Why medicine? (By all 4 interviewers)"
"See ''most difficult question''"
"Explain your research, papers, and presentations."
"Tell me about your family."
"What are a few words your mother would use to describe you?"
"Tell me about yourself. Why do you want to do medicine.
Fill in the Blank:
You are most like you mother in that you are ________.
You are most like your father in that you are ________."
"Tell me about your volunteer experience."
"What are 3 of your strengths and 1 weakness?"
"I don't actually remember specific questions, all the interviews were more like conversations, and the interviewers asked me questions about the activities i wrote about (one interviewer had all my info, and the 2 others only had titles of activities, so i explained them)."
"What career would you seek out if all the medical schools were to close?"
"What would your best friend say about you?"
"Tell me about yourself and your decision to become a doctor."
"Talk me through your past history. (all 3 interviews)"
"Give me a sense of the timeline of your life."
"Name three of your strengths and one weakness."
"Name 3 strengths and 1 weakness of yours."
"tell me about yourself; is there anything that we havent talked about that you want to discuss?"
"3 qualities that will make you a good doctor"
"What is your motivation for pursuing a career in medicine?"
"What are some pressing problems in US health care?"
"What areas of academic medicine are you interested in?"
"Would you want to legalize marijuana?"
"Describe your greatest failure."
"How would you compare yourself with an apple?"
"What is your medical experience? "
"Would you be comfortable being assisted/tutored by a younger student?
I am a 31 year old practicing attorney."
"What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?"
"What should I know about you?"
"What was the last book you read?"
"What do you do to get away from the stresses of your job?
Tell me something about yourself that I wouldn't know from reading your application.
Give me 2 strengths and a weakness about yourself."
"What books have you read?"
"Why do you want to attend UAB's medical school?"
"what do you like to do for fun."
"If you could sit down with one person in history, who and why?"
"What activities demonstrate your commitment to service?"
"If I could erase anything on my transcript what would it be and why?"
"All the normal stuff...why medicine, why UAB, what do you do for fun, what clinical experiences have you had"
"Tell me about yourself. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?"
"Tell me about your clinical experiences (everyone asked this and the other 2 questions below)."
"What are your strenghts/weaknesses"
"Where do I see myself in 10 years? Most (95%) of the questions related to what I put on my application; this interview was more like a conversation than an interview- extremely enjoyable! "
"Tell me about yourself"
"What was the research project in which you participated."
"Did you read any books this summer?"
"What is something you regret?"
"What challenges do you think medicine will be facing in the next ten years?"
"Why did you lie on your essay by saying that you went to a "top ranked" undergraduate school? (School was ranked #1 by US News and World Report while I was attending. Interviewer disagreed.)"
"Discuss some of the current problems in healthcare."
"Why do you want to be a doctor?"
Tell me what you have been doing since you graduated. "
"Why should we accept you?"
"What do you do outside of studying? Have you been involved with your community? Tell me more about your clinical experiences."
"Why UAB? Why Alabama? (These questions are important to them)"
"Why do you want to be a physician?"
"tell me about yourself (b/c hadn't read application yet)"
"3 worst traits"
"If you had to commit to a specialty today, what would it be?"
"What would you do if medical school admissions were suspended for the next three years?"
"What would you do if there was no health fields at all?"
"What is your experience working with underserved groups?"
"Asked specifics about my activities."
"Have you ever harmed anyone?"
"What medical specialties have you considered going to?"
"How do you manage to do so many different things?"
"If you were a kitchen utensil, which kitchen utensil would you be?"
"What would you have me tell the admissions committee on your behalf?"
"About my research work and traveling experience."
"Why did you choose to volunteer with hospice?"
"Would I rather work as a doctor with adults or children and why?"
"What do you think will be the most difficult part of being a doctor?"
"Refer to question #1. Asked by two of the interviewers."
"If I were to stand before the admissions committee and try to convince them to accept you what would I say?"
"What is the first thing that pops into your mind when I say hard work?"
"Nothing too interesting...just basic questions."
"In what order do you think/feel/act?"
"Where do you see the future of medicine?"
"What is one word that your mother would use to describe you?"
"One of my interviewers set up this lengthy scenario which basically ended up with me finding a genie and then asked me what my one wish would be."
"See most difficult. Otherwise, they were very general interview questions."
"What would you do if you found out you hated clinical practice? (I assumed he was fishing for mention of research, teaching, etc.)"
"Why did it take you so long to decide to become a physician? [I decided a few months before submitting my application]"
"Nothing terribly exciting."
"Nothing too interesting. General interview questions. "
"Could you talk to your younger sister about birth control?"
"If you could eat dinner with anyone, who would it be?"
"If you could have dinner with anyone alive or dead, who would it be? Also, if you could snap your fingers and be anywhere in the world any time of the year, where would you go?"
"So, I see you did X activity....how do we make our school more diverse?"
"Do you believe in global warming? Do you think man is causing it? Are we out of time to do anything?
Also, I went to a class and the professor asked me a question about the material he was covering. I guessed and got it right and was rewarded with a key chain. "
"If you had a magic wand, what would you fix?"
"What most defines you and the person you have become? It can be an experience, a person, or an idea."
"If you could go to bed tonight and wake up anywhere in the United States tomorrow, where would it be and why?"
"What if you think this is the career for you, and then once you're in med school you realize that it's not what you thought it would be?"
"If you could pick two words for your motto, what would they be?"
"What is a weakness that you think you possess?"
"Tell me about a time you were there for a friend."
"If aliens were to come to earth and provide a cure for all the major human diseases, would you still want to be a doctor?"
"There is a growing disparity between the number of family practice physicians in this country and the number of specialty physicians. The US needs more family practice doctors. How would you fix the problem?"
"If your husband was coming home tonight for a special dinner, what would you cook for him?"
"If you could go anywhere in the U.S. for just one day at any time of the year, where would you go?"
"What do you do in your spare time?
(not an interesting question, but for everyone who's about to have their interviews, I know it helps to know as many of the questions as possible :)"
"Unfortunately my interviewer did not ask any terribly interesting questions. He stated the comment areas on the eval form and asked me to emphasize things that he would be able to comment on."
"Mike Shula is doing a good job down there at Bama isn't he?"
"The interviews were much more conversational and less a series of questions. I can't remember any questions that stand out as interesting."
"What would you tell me if I was a terminally-ill cancer patient in your care?"
"What is your definition of success? Follow up, do you think you have been successful? "
"What are your biggest fears regarding a career in medicine? (This is if you consider the question "How would you compare yourself to an apple?" to be a joke question... it WAS a joke question, right???)"
"Would you be comfortable being assisted/tutored by a younger student?
I am a 31 year old practicing attorney."
"What can we do to improve health care in Alabama?"
"Tell what you would like me to know about you."
"What would you want to do with your life if med school wasn't an option?"
"What was a stressful situation in your life, how did you deal with it, what did you learn from it?"
"What is the most challenging thing that has happened in your life and what did you do to overcome it?"
"There were no surprise questions asked. Mainly, the interviewer wanted to know my motivations for applying and why they should accept me to their school."
"If the mirror were turned around, what negative aspects about you would hurt you as a physician?"
"How did you study for the MCAT?"
"How technology is going to change medicine~ it came up in the conversation"
"What was it like growing up on a farm?"
"If you could only pick one of the following issues to address, which would it be: prescription drugs for senior citizens, HIV drugs for countries that cannot afford them, or the cost of luxury drugs? "
"What is Pierre-Robin sequence?"
"If you were able to meet anyone from the past, who would it be and what would you talk about?"
"How would you interact with patients in a way that reflected compassion?"
"One of the interviewers started suggesting future directions for an extracurricular program I run....it was very conversational."
"Give me your thoughts on how doctors should react to patients that do not follow their orders/take meds, etc."
"What do you think is the biggest problem facing physicians in the next 10 years."
"What will be the hardest thing about being a doctor? Problems in health care, cloning, stem cells"
"Cloning, stem cells"
"Tell me about a time when you had contact with a patient in the ER that positively influenced your decision to become a physician."
"If you were stranded on a desert island, what ten things would you bring?"
"What is your worst characteristic.......How can that sometimes be a good thing?"
"What would your sister say is your worst characteristic? (After I gave my answer, he asked me how my worst characteristic could be a good thing) What would your brother say is your best characteristic? (Again, he asked me to turn my answer around and say how it could be a bad thing)"
"What is something your mother would say about you, and what is something your brother would say about you?"
"What books had I read recently?"
"When you applied to the University of Tennessee what did their secondary look like?"
"Not really that many questions, just had interesting, relaxed conversations with all three interviewers. They make it a point not to stress you out--interviews are just to find out more about you."
"how did you feel after 9-11-01?"
"Nothing really, just general questions about application and then just conversations."
"How did your parents raise you so that you still want to talk to them and value their opinion?"
"If you were stranded on a desert island, who would you want with you?"
"not sure, all were pretty good."
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