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"Advertise the free clinic tour better. I only knew about it because of SDN."
"Free breakfast would be nice.
Also, more clear instructions for parking would be great - somehow, I followed the instructions to a T and ended up getting a parking ticket. But hey, it's all good :)"
"Some bagels and coffee in the morning would have been good, but otherwise no complaints."
"Provide breakfast in the morning for applicants. Keep up the good work"
"None. The UCSD admissions office is the best of all the schools I have interviewed at. They are very friendly, helpful and quick to respond."
"I really appreciated the transparency and kindness of the admissions office."
"Nothing really. The tour could have been better organized -- we almost didn't get one"
"Admissions office is extremely organized and responsive, more than any other school I've hd experien"
"Don't wait till Nov. 14 to have your frist decision meeting. . . lol please."
"It would be great to have some coffee/juice available in the morning."
"Breakfast or at least coffee"
"Refreshments/food in the morning!"
"You may want to consider having coffee and bagels/muffins available for applicants. Otherwise the da"
"speed up the process from post-secondary to interview invitation."
"Formulate an online application and payment system to avoid snail mail delays."
"Can't disclose --> MMI confidentiality."
"MMI - Not Allowed to Disclose!"
"MMI style questions. We sign a non-disclosure agreement so I cannot go into any further detail."
"What type of qualities are you looking for in a medical school?"
"Ethical situation about liver transplant"
"Why California? (Out of state resident)"
"What makes UCSD a good fit for you?"
"Why UCSD? Tell me more about X activity."
"Where do you see yourself practicing 10-15 years from now?"
"Tell me about your background."
"What is something that your friend would like to change about you? (creative weakness question)"
"What do you think of the recent health care bill?"
"Where else did you interview at and where does UCSD sit priority-wise in that list?"
"Talk about a challenging situation you faced in your leadership position."
"First interviewer just asked me about random activities from my application, nothing too specific. I think she actually might have talked more than I did."
"Many questions about my life and personal history"
"Specific questions about my research."
"My first interviewer was an M.D. at a campus hospital. He knew my file like the back of his hand, this included very specific details. He did not grill me on this, he was very laid back and seemed genuinely impressed with what we were talking about. He gave a lot of great insight to why i should attend UCSD.
Questions: Tell me how traveling to (specific country) affected your view of health, especially in today's context. Tell me about your parent's work. How did you come to decide to become a physician? "
"What are the 3 most important traits to be a good doctor?"
"Why medicine, Why UCSD, about yourself"
"The first interviewer was very laid back and seemed to like a lot of things about read in my file. He asked me a few standard questions (low grades early on in college to kicking butt in classes, etc). Afterwards he did A LOT of talking about the school from his perspective and all the great things about it. It really impressed me. I interjected into the conversation but he did most of the talking which I'm not sure is a good or bad thing, but again he seemed to really like me."
"General comments about interviews. UCSD interviews are very thorough. The 2 interviewers who met me didn't carry my files in their hands/take notes/anything. Yet they knew my file inside out, upside down, back to front. They brought up every activity of importance I listed on the secondary, and talked in depth about them. You really gotta know your own file to prepare for this!"
"First Interviewer: Tell me more about yourself. Tell me about your research. How do you feel about researching later on? Tell me about your clinical experience. Can you tell me more about your volunteer activities? What are you doing this year? How did you decide to pursue medicine? What do you envision doing with a career in medicine? Do you have questions for me?"
"asked about my work with Asian American activism, how to address minority issues"
"Tell me about your research."
"Tell me about where you grew up? How was it going to high school there?"
"1) even though I've read your app, I like to ask people to tell me the story of their lives. 2) The people I see in medicine who are unhappy tend to be unhappy because they have been turned off by a negative experience. What negative experiences have you had in your clinical work? 3) There's tons of chaos in medicine and you basically get no time off. How will you deal with that? 4) What problems do you think there are in the healthcare system? 5) what do you look for in a medical school?"
"What schools did you apply to? Why? What schools did you not apply to? Why?"
"1st interviewer: Why medicine? Doctors often have patients that are difficult to deal with. How well do you think can handle such patients? What do you think is the most difficult part of being a doctor? What do you think of the current health care reform?"
"tell me about your family."
"Questions about my research"
"Explain virtually everything on my application, including 4 different research projects I had in detail, some of which were 4 years ago! "
"What is a regret you have in your life thus far"
"What would you change about our society if you could only change one thing?"
"Why didn't you have a lot of clinical experience? (even though I had quite a bit of experience, so I corrected this misconception)"
"what do you want to do in medicine"
"What characteristics do you think make a good physician? (followed later with what characteristics do you have that will make you a good physician? which is essentially the same question...."
"What did you gain from being a varsity athlete?"
"What led you to medicine?"
"Explain your research to me?"
"personal questions unique to my application"
"What do you think about Plan B being available without prescription?"
"Tell me about yourself. "
"Name two values you want to work towards with your life, and explain how medicine will enable you to do."
"What makes you think you can handle medicine?"
"Tell me something about yourself that is not in your application"
"How do you handle stress?"
"How many women do you know in medicine?"
"questions specific to my application"
"What was your favorite class in college?"
"What was your favorite science class and nonscience class?"
"About my research. Why not just pure research. Why medicine too?"
"tell me about your mcat physical sciences score?"
"Tell me where you developed your motivation to study medicine..."
"What are the two most important charecteristics for a physician."
"Tell me more about your volunteer experiences"
"Why do you want to be a doctor?"
"why med? strengths/weaknesses? Tell me about your clnical experience? "
"What are your opinions about inter-racial marriage?"
"Tell me about your research?"
"Tell me about yourself"
"What do you for fun?"
"What's up with your verbal score?"
"I can't remember. I would make sure that you have some intelligent questions to ask the interviewers about SD, though. One of them told me "This is not just about you selling yourself, I want to make sure to sell our school to you.""
"Can you do well in this school given your academic past?"
"much focused on my amcas"
"How would your friends describe you?"
"usual clarifications on my ECs, work experience"
"Tell me your motivations to be a doctor, why medicine, when did it "hit" you?"
"Tell me about your high school and the best teacher you had."
"What do you do for fun?"
"Tell me about X activity/publication"
"Why medicine? Personal strengths and weaknesses? Where do you see yourself in 10 years? What do you do for fun?"
"Having lived in the US and Europe, would you consider living and working in Europe again?"
"Go back as early as you can and explain how you decided that you wanted to be a doctor."
"What is your family like? How would you describe yourself?"
"Tell me something about yourself that are unique from other applicants."
"Why do you want to be a doctor (influences, motivations, etc)?"
"What are the three things that you like about medicine?"
"why MD? what do you see yourself doing in 15 years?"
"Who were your mentors?"
"What is familial obstructive hypertrophic cardiomyopathy? "
"Nothing extremely innovative; the general why MD/PhD, why UCSD, tell me about your research questions."
"So why are you interested in our residency program in internal medicine (my interviewer screwed up, thinking I was there for the residency program and not the MD)?"
"Tell me about your research and state the hypotheses you are testing."
"What about medical school do you think will be most difficult? What about medical school do you think you will take to easiest? "
"As an older student, how are you sure that you want to spend so many more years in school?"
"If you have so many outside interest, why are you pursuing medicine?"
"Second medical ethic scenario (vague detail):
A child has cancer. In those cases where the child was treated for this specific cancer, there is a 95% success rate. His/her mother, however, refuses this line of treatment and wants to try herbal remedies instead. The mother believes that any chemotherapy treatment will cause her son/daughter to lose their hair and he/she would be made fun of in school, etc. So, the mom wants to protect her child from any emotional trauma.
If you are the doctor, what would you do in this specific situation?"
"What do you think about alternative medicine? What would you do if you didn't get accepted to medical school"
"how'd you're family affect decision to go md"
"In what ways will our school meet your career goals?"
"Of course, why medicine?"
"Everything was straight grom my application."
"What sort of ethical situation do you think would be particularly difficult for you to deal with?"
"MMI - Not Allowed to Disclose!"
"questions about improving healthcare delivery"
"How would your friends describe you?"
"What would you do if you couldn't be a doctor?"
"How does Penicillin work? Where is this quote from? (both references to specific things I had written about in my personal statement)"
"Discussion about music"
"You seem to have a favorable opinion of the private clinic practice. Why?"
"How do I plan to finance my medical school education?"
"What challenges do you see in your future in medicine (as a med student and physician) and how do you plan to manage them?"
"What is something you do not like about our society?"
"Did you take an MCAT prep course?"
"So, how did you come to be? (referencing how my parents raised me)"
"Sum yourself up in one word"
"Tell me about a non-science class that you took that interested you. "
"A question about my employment. The interviewer was very knowledgable in the field and was still able to learn something from me."
"Asked how I'll pay for medical school education."
"I'm standing in front of the admissions council and I am presenting you as an applicant...what do i tell them to convince them to accept you as a student? (tooootally caught me off guard!)"
"A few questions that aimed at getting me to think critically and answer on the spot about future directions of one of my research projects. I never encountered this situation before in my previous interviews."
"With so many interests and things that you want to do, how will you be able to accomplish them all?"
"What do your parents think about your becoming a physician?"
"one of the interviewers wanted me to explain a class project i worked on that was mentioned in one of my LORs"
"What was the most interesting question I had been asked at previous interviews."
"How do you think technology has impacted medicine and what challenges does it pose. "
"How do you think technology has improved medicine? How do you think it has changed it for the worse?
Also, I got some ethical scenarios where I had to decide how to handle patients."
"How would you propose to solve the immigrant issue of health care"
"What do you most reject in the past year?"
"Nothing all that interesting."
"What is a typical day in the life of a primary care physician?"
"Would you ever go back to the country you were born to teach there."
"What do you do for fun?"
"What TV medical series (grey's anatomy, ER, House, Scrubs, etc.) do you enjoy watching the most and why?"
"With the current state of government regulations, what are some of the implications of genomics and individualized medicine? How will information obtained from genetic testing be controlled?"
"What do you think about charging obese people higher health insurance premiums?"
"Pretty standard questions, nothing that really stands out"
"How can you deal with doctor's charging full price to uninsured patients while only a fraction of the price to HMO patients?"
"What problems do you think you will face as a doctor?"
"At what time in your life were you your happiest? Your most frustrated?"
"Why wouldn't you just want to get one degree, the MD or PhD?"
"a really intense discussion on my research- one that went well beyond my knowledge of the field "
"After discussing my clinical and volunteer experiences I was asked, ''How do you compensate for your lack of hands on experience?'' Um..."
"Discussion about recent election and various California propositions. "
"What do you think about pharmaceutical companies?"
"How do you think our ability to enjoy symphonies evolved?"
"Scrubs, ER, House, Grey's Anatomy, Which is your favorite?"
"Tell me about the most stressful situation you ever had and how did you deal with it?"
"What do you think is the biggest problem in healthcare in America?"
"How do you believe medicine is changing/ should change?"
"What one defining quality about yourself would you want people to celebrate about you?"
"a situational question in which I was asked to discuss the different ethical viewpoints"
"If your friends were toasting you, what would they say?"
"What are my needs as a medical student and how do I feel medical school will fill those needs?"
"Long case study about a guy. Basically at the end of the story, your patient refuses surgery that will save his life. My answer was that he was irrational and that I would choose for him. In the end, he just didn't want to be a burden on his family, so his choice was purely rational. Very good story and case that has changed a little about how I think about medicine"
"Something particular to some research I had done."
"Are you a USC fan?"
"How do you feel about statistics?"
"you are at dinner in your honor, and every one you no is there. What do they have to say about you?"
"Why do you thing that most of the physicians in your former country were women? (I am an immigrant)"
"Hard patient question. "
"I cant remember. It was all off my AMCAS resume and secondary application"
"Questions about diversity and experiencing racism."
"Teaching wasn't something you have ever considered?"
"Nothing 'interesting', pretty standard questions"
"In some fields of medicine it is very hard to do a good job no matter how much you work and effort you put into it. What motivates people--what motivates you--to try to do it anyway?"
"nothing really interesting"
"Pretty standard questions. "
"Your GPA is lower than our average GPA score for accepted students, explain some bad grades!"
"I was asked very specific details about my secondary."
"why, given your proven ability to leverage your considerable education & experience to accomplish worthy things that are important to you, would you want to start over in a new field where you won't have time and status to make those kinds of contributions for quite a while?"
"Typical questions about my file"
"In medical school you need alot of support, how do you plan to get that as a minority in this school."
"Tell me about your high school and the best teacher you had."
"standard questions--nothing unexpected."
"just conversational, nothing surprising"
"How do you plan to balance your career with everything else in your life?"
"What do you think about the Asian diaspora in America?"
"Where have you been accepted so far?"
"Nothing really. We talked mostly about my file. "
"What are your plans to finance your medical education? (Interesting just because I didn't expect this question.)"
"So which democratic candidate's health plan would be most beneficial to the average person (I'm pres of the Democrats club at my school)
"If you could listen in on your friends gossiping about you, what would you hear them say?"
"How would a person who dislikes you describe you?"
"Given your experience working as a rape crisis counselor on a hotline, tell me what you think about the current situation involving Kobe Bryant? Do you think it will influence survivors to not report their sexual assaults?"
"What is your opinion of Boy Bands? (I am a musician)"
"I was given a scenario of me being a pediatrician and having to tell a mother that her two year son had brain cancer and would die in four months. The interviewer asked me how would I tell the mom. "
"If you had the power to make changes to reduce the number of uninsured in the US what changed would you make? (during the interview I quoted this number from an article I read)"
"How would you define compassion?"
"What is familial obstructive hypertrophic cardiomyopathy? (I had no background indicating I knew what is was.)"
"Not directly asked, but interviewer implied that she wanted to know my feelings about the interactions of religion and medicine."
"Questions were very general. I was interviewed by the dean himself and he is the nicest man you will ever meet. Very family oriented. Most questions were about my family."
"Pretty standard, (Why MSTP, where do you see yourself in 15 years, tell me about your research) although I got no cheesy interview questions (what makes you special) or ethical questions or healthcare economics questions."
"Did the homeless people you have worked with surprise you? How?"
"How do you think the internet will affect health care in the future, and is that good or bad?"
"2 medical ethics questions! I had a lot of fun with those, only because no one every asked me about them and I spent so much time preparing for them.
First scenario (vaguely recall details of it):
A 35 year old female is a Jehovah Witness and is in the hospital. She specifically stated that she does not want a blood transfusion if anything should happen to her because of her beliefs. She has 3 kids and is married. She has some sort of complication and is in/out of consciousness. She requires a blood transfusion or she will die. You are the doctor and have to decide what to do.
(just remember that there is no right/wrong answer. this case even went to the medical ethics committee because it was so complicated)"
"Was there a point in your life where you stopped and pondered your decision to enter medicine? What makes people in medicine jaded? How would you prevent yourself from being jaded in the field? "
"No interesting questions"
"Do you have any reservations about attending our school?"
"What do you think about alternative medicine?"
"What is the most essential quality for a physician?"
"What has been your greatest realization from shadowing physicians?"
"Tell me about your background? -Asked by a student interviewer."
"Nothing that wasn't in my application..."
"Nothing really. My first interview was just a conversation. My second was slightly bizarre because the interviewer was totally unprepared."
"Tell me a story about a stroke patient you saw in the ER. (I worked in the ER looking for stroke patients.)"
"What is consciousness?"
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