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"The interview was great!"
"I would love to have had an online applicant portal to confirm receipt, check status, and upload updates throughout the application cycle."
"Nothing! It was great as is!"
"Have an online site for students to check their application status. Also, give that site the ability to accept secondaries online. I was so nervous that they didn't receive my secondary for some reason because it took a while to respond."
"Nothing. The admissions office is very friendly and responds quickly. Keep doing what you are doing!"
"I actually like how we send in the secondary application in the mail & schedule interviews over the phone. Makes it more personal. However, I think the packet handed out to applicants at the interview could be nicer and more in line with what other schools give out."
"Tell me about yourself."
"How do you deal with stressful situations?"
"What is the bravest decision you've had to make?"
"Tell me about X experience on your application."
"What will you do to handle the stresses of being a doctor?"
"Question about the difference in score between first and second MCAT"
"Why UConn? How would you adapt to the change in location? (I'm from california)"
"What are your motivations for pursuing medicine?"
"Strengths and Weaknesses?"
"Tell me something about yourself that is telling about who you are."
"What do you hope to get out of medicine?"
"Things about how/where I grew up."
"First "interview" with assistant dean was a group interview. It was casual introductions/stories about each applicant. Then we went into a sample PBL activity. It was very relaxed and quite interesting."
"What do you do for fun?"
"Tell me about yourself"
"There were no point blank questions everything was conversational"
"Why medicine/ UConn?"
"Tell me about your clinical experience"
"What have you liked about your stay here so far?"
"How did you balance your time in college?"
"why not MD/PhD?"
"Tell me about your research in layman's terms."
"Tell me about your interest in medicine over time"
"Tell me about your research."
"If you have a difficult/out of control patient, how will you handle him/her?"
"What were your favourite subjects?"
"what are your motivations to go into medicine"
"Tell me about yourself?"
"tell me about yourself from the beginning."
"If you could be an animal, what would you be?"
"Talked to one of the interviewers at length about my current research. I think he basically wanted to make sure that I understand it from a methodological and scientific point of view."
"How did you improve your MCAT score?"
"What schools did you apply to and which is your top choice?"
"Who won the world series in 1972?"
"What inspired you to seek a career in medicine?"
"Do you believe in chiropractors?"
"Tell me about your MCAT."
"Tell me about when you decided to be a doctor."
"What are your best and worst qualities?"
"Most of the questions were standard clarifications of my application."
"an example of your creativity?"
"Where do you see yourself in ten years?"
"What is your apps greatest strength/weakness?"
"Why did you change careers?"
"Did you use the Kaplan or Princeton Review prep Courses? "
"Considering your experiences in Africa (I studied abroad in Kenya), how will you apply what you learned there to your patient care in the US?"
"You volunteered in a geriatric ward....you mean you actually enjoyed that?"
"Tell me the most interesting non-science class that you took and why did you think it was interesting"
"What do you do to relieve stress? How are your time management skills?"
"How will you decide what medical school to go to?"
"What are you volunteer experiences?"
"What do you know about UCONN?"
"background is medicine"
"How would you reform the health care system?"
"What is the most difficult part of being in charge of _________ ? (a student group)"
"Why do 70% of patients who are prescribed medications fail to see improvements in their health?"
"Almost nothing was directly asked. I basically engaged in two separate, long conversations. To be honest, I don't even know if the interviews were supposed to be open or closed file! (Not sure whether this is a good or bad thing in retrospect)."
"asked about a specific part of my personal statement concerning my reasons for going into medicine."
"Tell me about...your life!"
"Tell me about your volunteer experiences."
"Why did you major in Sociology?"
"What is my best and worst features (as a person, not an applicant)"
"Tell me about your experience in Africa."
"Why do you want to be a doctor? (both asked me this)"
"What is your most rewarding experience?"
"the faculty interviewer hadn't read my file..so we started from scratch...he asked me a lot of detailed questions on what I had experienced in my various internships..."
"Uhm...I don't really remember...he asked about my Phil major..the student asked a lot about my application..."
"seemed like all conversation. do you feel you work well with diversity?"
"Why do you want to be a doctor?"
"So tell me about yourself...."
"What book did you recently read?"
"If you were a cookie, what kind would you be?"
"Do you have any regrets?"
"Something similar to "what type of cookie would you like to be?""
"How would you handle a situation where a parent refused the MMR vaccine because of a fear of causing autism?"
"Why do you want the responsibility of being a doctor?"
"Why did you get a B in this class?"
"What do you do in your spare time? What will you contribute to the school?"
"more like a discussion... but we talked about burn out in med students and doctors."
"The entire Connecticut history fact quiz (optional)."
"The questions about being "apprehensive" a/b HCR or not. I was interviewed by a person who coordinates the free clinic. We had a great conversation about the ethical need for reform, and the real concerns about going to far with reform. A great conversation!"
"What's one thing that bothers you about Doctors..or something you hope you can fix, and how would you fix it?"
"Why do you think [my undergrad institution] was initially reluctant to establish a medical school?"
"What do you think your patients would like most about you?"
"Nothing really too interesting"
"Mostly the standard questions....perhaps, ''tell me about yourself'' which led on to a casual conversation that covered the bulk of the interview."
"I actually didn't get asked anything very unusual. Mostly standard questions like ''why medicine'' and ''why uconn'' but also some more detailed questions about my background and application."
"Why do you not consider math a science?"
"Tell me about your family. What makes you you?"
"how do you think your having to assume adult responsibilities early in life affects your practice of medicine?"
"A question about being given a blank check to to use for fixing communication problems within a hospital"
"tell me about your parents"
"Nothing that I can recall"
"About my family"
"You were the head of a team, and everyone was assigned a job. Your close friend on the team did not complete their part. What do you do as the leader?"
"Do you think that a high level of education ( if become MD) will make you loose your connection with your friends ( who do not have college degree)?"
"tell me what led you to walk through the doors of UCONN?"
"Was it a conscious decision to leave your piercing in?"
"how do you view the importance of research for practicing physicians?"
"Tell me about your grandparents."
"What do you want me to write on your recommendation?"
"1. If I could be any animal what would I be? (just bizarre)
2. Any questions that the other interviewer asked that you wished you had answered differently?"
"Can't think of any."
"Why did you risk dropping out of a BS/MD program?"
"How do you think your parents' divorce negatively impacted you?"
"What do you honestly think about socialized healthcare?"
"Do you believe in chiropractors?"
"What would you like me to tell teh admissons committee about you that is not in your file"
"The dean of the medical school asked me if I wanted to tell him anything that he couldn't find in my file. It seemed almost like a last plea. "Let me in!""
"How could your previous work be used here?"
"What's a movie you would recommend I watch?"
"What compelled you to make X life decision? (This decision was NOT the one pursue medicine.)"
""Tell us a funny story." This was in a large group setting that felt somewhat like an interview, the interviewer was taking notes and had our files out as we spoke. "
"So many of them were very interesting and original. One was " How can you shoe me your creativity?""
"What role do you see technology playing in medicine in the future?"
"What are your feelings on the environment?"
"Why did you change careers? (Went from Media to Medicine)"
"I can't remember..."
"What do you plan to do once you have your MD?"
"Considering your experiences in Africa (I studied abroad in Kenya), how will you apply what you learned there to your future patient care in the US?"
"What would you do if you had to give up _______(extracurricular activity) due to your medical schedule?"
"My views on health care disparities "
"ethical/policy question dealing w/future shortage of physicians."
"What do you think about the issues surrounding medical ethics over the next forty years?"
"How would you motivate a fellow student who seems to have lost his love of medicine? How do you keep from feeling disillusioned in this field?"
"all conversational. Discussed evolution with bio prof."
"tell me about your extensive travels"
"You have dinner plans with your family but you also have an acutely ill patient. How would you handle this situation?"
"I was asked an extremely specific question about a research timepoint"
"Why do you think that when doctors prescribe medicine to patients, about 70% of patients actually improve?"
"Why would I possibly be interested in joining an ethics committee or IRB (an eventual goal of mine)?"
"Questions all seemed to be conversational...nothing out of the ordinary."
"how do you plan on balancing your career and your personal life, like a family? (the reason this did not offend me was because it was from an aweseome female ob/gyn)"
"How are you different now compared to when you first applied to medical school two years ago?"
"Tell me about this class you took that sounds interesting."
"What do you forsee as some of the worst things about being a doctor?"
"Do I have a girlfriend"
"What do you think about living in Farmington?"
"What was one of the weak points of my personality?"
"My faculty interviewer asked me about my age because I will only be 20 when I enter medical school"
"What do you do for fun?"
"What is the most difficult situation you've ever faced?"
"The student interviewer was picky...he asked me lots of questions on the various courses I had taken, the results of my summer research, even questions on why I chose to take certain gym classes..."
"Describe the process by which you ended up in this room (ie; the interviewer's room)...it was a nice change from "Why do you want to be a doctor"?"
"How will you be affected by having to tell someone they may die?"
"How I would feel about coming from a bigger city to a slower pace. I think this is a good question, showing they really want people who will be happy there."
"Questions regarding what areas of medicine I was interested in and why. Interesting conversation with faculty member about how he chose his specialty."
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