"Background questions, including what High School I went to and my parent's education level / occupation."
"What is your GPA and MCAT score?"
"Tell me about yourself. (by both interviewers)"
"What do you do for fun (non academic please!)"
"My first interview was the most stressfull of my entire application cycle. This suprised me since most interviewees/past student said that their interviews were chill. The guy was a PhD and kept questioning/commenting on almost every sentence that left my mouth. Don'e get me wrong, he was super nice, but just wanted to delve into detail about everying phrase that came out of my mouth. His questions were basic: Tell me about yourself? Why medicine? What experiences have led you here? By the end of the interview, he said he hopes to see me at UCSF which was nice, but man did he stress me out. If you get someone like this, remain calm, and clearly think and talk through your answers. In the end, I actually liked the interview because it made me deeply think about why I was going into medicine."
"Tell me about yourself. Tell me about your family. Tell me about your immigration. Why did you choose to go into medicine? You mentioned X activity... how did that inspire you to pursue medicine? Tell me about your involvement with dance."
"Tell me about yourself/your family? What does your parents/siblings do?"
"Tell me about yourself and how you got here."
"Since they were closed file interviews, I spent a lot of time providing a brief background about myself and my interests and path to medicine"
"Asked about MCAT scores"
"Implementation of universal coverage will probably lower physician pay, how do you feel about that?"
"Explain your involvement in research"
"How was you volunteer experience in ______?"
"If you could change one thing about the state of healthcare in America, what would it be? "
"When did you decide to enter medicine?"
"how did this experience convince you that you wanted to be a doctor?"
"Tell me about yourself..."
"Tell me about myself."
"Why do you like to help people?"
"So tell me about yourself, where you grew up, what school you went to, what your parents do, etc"
"Closed file so a lot of background information."
"What do you expect will be the most challenging aspect of the program for you?"
"Tell me about yourself...where you grew up...your school..."
"What are some personal qualities that you would like to work on while you are in medical school?"
"Could you summarize who you are in about five bullet points?"
"Tell me about yourself...."
"All things from my AMCAS and activities that came up in the conversations."
"What's wrong with health care today? What would you do to fix it?"
"What type of medicine are you interested in?"
"Tell me about yourself"
"Tell me about how you decided to go into medicine. "
"What is one thing you would like to change about yourself?"
"What do yuo think an IRB is for?"
"If not medicine, what profession would you take?"
"Tell me about your research, or tell be about your project in the _____ lab."
"How do you think UCSF fits you?"
"Why do you feel you'd fit in here?"
"When did you first start wanting to be a doctor and why?"
"We just talked about my life experiences. The first interviewer focused on my international travel and volunteer experiences; the second did not focus on any one area of my life."
"Tell me about your path to medicine."
"What was the most important thing you learned as an undergraduate student?"
"What have you heard about San Fran? What do you look for in a med school?"
"Tell me about yourself. (Every other subsequent question was built upon this on. As I mentioned above, before going to the UCSF interview, or any closed-file interview for that matter, know how to answer the following question: TELL ME ABOUT YOURSELF. There is a 99% chance that you will be asked this, because all the interviewer knows about you is your name. So you have to develop a portrait of who you are, what your accomplishments have been, why you will be a compassionate doctor, and why UCSF should take you.)"
"What are going to be the biggest problems in medicine in the future?"
"Tell me about yourself. (take advantage of this question cuz you can kinda control what you do and do not want to share about yourself to the interviewer)"
"Which classes whee your favorite in High school and College?"
"Will there be any surprises when I finally get to read your application?"
"Why do you think you will be a good doctor?"
"What clinical experiences have you had? (be specific)"
"What should I know about you?"
"Tell me about yourself."
"How did you decide you wanted to be a physician?"
"Tell me about yourself?"
"Why UCSF, Why medicine?"
"tell me about your family"
"Tell me about your experiences in Latin America."
"Tell me about yourself (Both interviewers started off this way)"
"How does your family feel about your decision to return to school to become a doctor? (I am a non-trad app.)"
"What do you see as a health care problem of the future?"
"What do you do in your free time?"
"Most questions other than the ones I listed above generated themselves naturally through the conversation."
"Why UCSF? Why medicine? "
"Why medicine over other health-related professions?"
"Tell me about yourself--where you grew up, where you went to school, etc."
"what is your greatest strength? what is your greatest weakness? give me an example..."
""Tell me about yourself""
"What led you to pursue medicine?"
"Why do you want to come to UCSF?"
"Do you have any fears about going into medicine?"
"No question stood up, but the conversation stayed interesting throughout. I might be biased, though. After all, who does not enjoy talking about themselves?"
"How did you like Vietnam (talking about travels)"
"Nothing really stood out, our conversation was mostly about my life story and its relation to pursuing a medical career."
"Tell me about the best prank you were ever involved with? (going with the flow of the conversation...also by the good interviewer)"
"What do you think is the most important aspect of healthcare these coming years?"
"Specific questions about public health and health education. (I lead him to these tpoics so dont worry if it is not your forte)"
"How do you feel about healthcare today? Your solution?"
"Interviewer: "Tell me about what think of ____."
Me: "(answer)... as long as it's not like House. It's just not realistic."
Interviewer: "Yeah, also he's just... rude."
Me: "No, he's a jerk. I would hate working with him, and having him as a doctor."
(10 minutes on House and everything wrong with it).
"I had a very interesting discussion about performance measurement with interviewer #1. With interviewer #2, I had an interesting discussion about his area of interest, sexual dysfunction. "
"We were talking about Medicaid/Medicare, then interviewer asked me what I thought the answer to healthcare disparities was. Discussion about universal healthcare and rationing followed."
"What would you change about the current medical care system?"
"do you think that there are less "arrogant" doctors these days because of the increased diversity of med school classes?"
"closed file interview, so the questions flowed from my answers. Both began by asking where I went to school, what I studied, why and when/if I graduated."
"At this moment, what is your favorite memory?"
"How can we justify spending money and research time on diseases of aging when there are sick children suffering? (I'm interested in geriatrics...)"
"Who is your favorite Giant's player (I really like the giants but choked during this question)"
"What difficulties will you face as a physician? (closed file = many getting to know you Q's)"
"Where else have you been interviewed? Did you send your applications early, in the middle or right before deadlines?"
"Give an example of someone who was very difficult to deal with and how did you resolve the situation?"
"Questions were largely based on what information I gave - a sort of free association type interview - so it's hard to choose one."
"Describe how religion and faith groups operate in a socialist country like China. (I was in China for a year)"
"Why do you feel that medical treatment is necessary before surgical treatment?"
"What is the meaning of a ''balanced life''?"
"What can I say to defend your weakest point in your application?"
"do you think coming from a family of physicians gives you an advantage over those who haven't?"
"pretty standard questions"
"If you were walking on the beach one day, and a genie in a bottle popped out and offered you one wish for improving health care, what would it be?"
"Nothing in general.... Some research.. about using virus in inducing a gene."
"Why do you like to help people?"
"where have you traveled to? "
"How would you deal with the political situation in Country X?
"Name your best and worse qualities."
"How would you design an experiment to reveal with absolute certainty that so and so does such and such..."
"Part of the conversation delved into my high school life"
"It was a free-flowing conversation so there weren't many direct prepared questions asked of me... we just talked, VERY laid back."
"Nothing really, closed File, so just talking about myself alot"
"Tell me about your research in history."
"Is that fact that a patient like their physician more important than having a physician that provides quality care? (In the context of malpractice)."
"Lots of questions about homelessness policy (which is something I'm very interested in)"
"Do you believe Western medicine can have bad effects on a nonwestern culture?"
"What type of advocacy do you see yourself doing?"
"Regarding my love of the outdoors. Nothing spectacularly strange.
*note: stress level above was due to joy in being invited to interview, not due to anything anyone did."
"Since the interviews were closed file, the most interesting and most difficult questions were follow-ups on things I brought up."
"How is your family important to you?"
"What is the biggest risk I have ever taken?"
"High school life questions -- wasn't prepared for that, quite a long time ago. :) Also, what other classes have you taken outside your majors that were interesting, and why?"
"How would you remedy the declining state of healthcare. "
"it was more of a discussion than a questioning session. They asked me about my hopes and dreams."
"Whose personality to you take after more, your mother or father?"
"since the interview was closed file the interviewers just really wanted to get to know you as an applicant and a person...questions like "why medicine" etc"
"Had to do with an abortion scenario"
"Do you cry?"
"Questions about my high school career"
"How do you compare how a jazz improv band works to how a physician works?"
"How do you explain the way you described the Japanese educational system (not very strict, kids who skipped class) with the high performance of Japanese students compared to American students? (I lived in Japan and taught English there for one year)"
"Where does this desire for public/community service come from?"
"How would your friends describe you?"
"How effective was Castro's health care on the health of the average person in Cuba? (I mentioned I had traveled there a few years ago)"
"Why do you want to pursue a masters as well as an MD?"
"What are your favorite books/movies and why?"
"nothing out of the ordinary"
"Where were you on 9/11?"
"If you, in the future, had a patient who wanted to follow an ethically controversial medical procedure that you didn't believe was ethically permissible, and the patient had no recourse at all but to go to you, would you refuse to recommend that procedure to your patient? Basically, would you force your own ethical code onto your patients? (Question was a follow-up to a response where I unwisely delved into the discussion of medical ethics.)"
"Nothing too unusual or hard"
"What do you think has gotten you to this point (med school)? "
"What is one joy and one frustration that you find in research?"
"Did you see the T-mobile SF bike race?"
"given the current discussion about how primary care isnt working and people are dissatisfied, how does that affect your desire to enter the field."
"Nothing out of the ordinary."
"What is one of the most critical issues in medicine and health care today in America?"
"What would people say at your retirement party?"
"No unusual questions"
"How do you think we could provide healthcare for the millions of people who don't have access to it?"
"What exactly are you looking for in a med school?"
"What scares you the most about going into med school?
"Why do you think you were the first person in your family to go to college?"
"Could I manage to leave my family behind? "
"What type of patient do you think you would be able to help the most?
"Nothing really, since the interview is blind you spend an awful lot of time talking about things like where you went for undergrad, what you do now, etc."
"how much do you think politics is involved in medicine?"
"What do you think about Bush's plan to cap medical malpractice?"
"What are some negative sides to medicine for you?"
"What areas of medicine are you interested in?"
"What do you think about the current political situation in the US?"
"What religion is your father? Does he practise it?"
"What was the lab book you read?
What was the last restaurant you went to? (I had talked about eating as a hobby)."
"What was the most important thing that I wanted the admissions committee to see from my application?"
"Talk about your senior research project."
"Is it a waste of resources to trains physicians who then go into just research?"
"Most of the questions were very typical. What do you think is your most positive quality? Have you done any research? Tell me about those experiences. I was asked what I thought about the ending of a book, but I brought up that book in the conversation. My faculty interviewer was great, seemed more intent on convincing me to enter his branch of medicine than on evaluating me, and was very frank and down to earth about the stats of getting in (I guess about 1/2 of interviewees get in). At times I tried to interject information about myself but he rolled over me and kept talking! "
"Talk about your current job. "
"Do you think the government should pay for health care for those who don't have it?"
"What are your fears about medical school?"
"if you could step back from your study - where do you see it in a larger framework - what would you have done differntly, what are your future plans."
"Tell me about composting"
"You seem to recognize that the career of a physician is a stressful one. How then should physicians relieve their stress?"