"What happened in undergrad? Explain your huge discrepancy"
"Tell me more about your research"
"Sometimes doctors have to make tough choices for their patients. Can you think of a, sort of, moral problem that might come up?"
"Describe the differences between Medicare and Medicaid."
"How do you think your background in science/engineering will help you as a physician?"
"Why do you want to come to NJMS?"
"If you had $100,000 that could support one cancer patient or 100 healthy patients, how would you allocate the funds?"
"what happened last year? (I'm a reapplicant)"
"What are your exposures to medicine"
"Do you understand Obama's health care reform bill?"
"Why the variation between MCAT score and GPA"
"Are you sure you want to go into medicine?"
"What is the biggest problem affecting American healthcare?"
"What I think about the current status of health care and the reform?"
"Where do you see yourself in 10 years?"
"Tell me about X activity/experience on your AMCAS."
"What is your motivation to become a doctor?"
"Tell me about your research?"
"You can help people in different fields, why medicine?"
"Why not veterinary medicine? (why medicine?)"
"What is one area of medicine in which you'd like to see more work being done?"
"Have you given thought to what you want to specialize in."
"What's wrong with healthcare?"
"Where do you see yourself in 5-10 years?"
"Why NJMS? Why NJ?"
"What has inspired you to pursue this career?"
"When did your interest in medicine begin?"
"Discuss 2 major issues in healthcare today."
"Tell me about yourself?"
"Tell me about your research."
"Personal stance on US healthcare system?"
"If a medication has been approved or touted in the media as more efficacious for decreasing hypertension in black people, should you prescribe that drug to black people, and further, should you indicate the body of a black person is different and this drug will work better for them? "
"Tell me about your background both professionally and personally."
"How do you cope with stress?"
"How will you deal with the population served at this school?"
"What is the main problem facing medicine now?
"If your brother was here right now, what would he say about your life choices?"
"What is your ideal picture of how health insurance should be organized?"
"Tell me about yourself, family, origins etc."
"Tell me about your time studying abroad."
"When you returned to school, what made it easier?"
"Tell me a little about yourself."
"All the questions pretty much came from my application and personal statement."
"How did you decide you wanted to be a doctor"
"Do you have any questions for me?"
"What do your parents think about your going into medicine?"
"List three problems with the healthcare system in America"
"Are you familiar with Hillary Clinton's health care bill? [I gave him a mediocre answer, and he disagrees and tells me-> Question 2]"
"Why do you want to enter medicine?"
"Tell me about your research in cancer genetics."
"Do you know where your name originates from?"
"Tell me about your research and clinical experiences."
"So tell me about your research experience"
"What are some healthcare problems in America today? Solutions? (then she asked me even further questions about my responses and if they would really work). I think it all went really well. "
"So tell me about your major/tell me about your research."
"How many Americans are uninsured?"
"Explain your MCAT writing score (I got an L)."
"Tell me about youtself was the only question I was asked"
"What activities do you do outside of medicine?"
"You have a very typically asian background; how do I know this is your choice and not your parents? "
"How should a physician deal with the problems of obesity and smoking? This was the only question."
"What did you do in X activity?"
"When did you decide on medicine?"
"When did you know you wanted to become a doctor?"
"Why New Jersey? (I'm a native Californian, but went to school back East)"
"Tell me more about yourself."
"When did you know that you wanted to do "this"? (He meant becoming a doctor)."
"Tell me about your family. Do they encourage your pursuit into the medical field?"
"What do you think of HMOs?"
"What do you think about the future of Healthcare HMOs?"
"What are your weaknesses"
"Tell me about (AMCAS activy)"
"What you think about US healthcare?"
"What do you do for fun?"
"What are your extracurriculars?"
"When did you know you wanted to be a doctor?"
"HOw do you see childhood obesity in America?"
"Tell me about your parents. "
"Why do I want to be a doctor and Why did I want to go to NJMS?"
"What were some of your favorite subjects in college?"
"What are your strengths and weaknesses?"
"Do you have any questions about NJMS? (Asked repeatedly until I was out of questions)"
"Why do you want to go into medicine (and why do you think you will make a good doctor)?"
"What do you think about that state of healthcare in this country?"
"What's the biggest problem with healthcare in America today?"
"What brings you to Newark?
"AMCAS stuff (MCATS, GPA); where else have you applied and/or interviewed? Motivation to become a physician?"
"Why did you go to the undergraduate college that you did?"
"Tell me what you know about US healthcare?"
"Discuss 2 or 3 major healthcare issues facing our country."
"I see you are Brazilian..."Do you know 'some city?'" I thought he was talking about somewhere in Portugal since he told me he was of Portuguese descent but he was talking about Brazil since I'm of Brazilian descent. I was all confused."
"How do you know you want to be doctor? Have you had any experience?"
"You seem like a person who could do many different things. Why specifically did you choose to be a doctor?"
"Why did you go to your undergraduate school? At such a big school, what made you choose to be pre-med? What is your specific interest in NJMS? How do you study? Explain why you took the mcat twice."
"What would you do to improve the health care system in the US? "
"Tell me more about yourself?"
"Specifics about my application. She was well prepared."
"Why Medicine? What do you know about medical school? Why did you choose your major at XXX college? Describe your research? Volunteer activities?"
"Asked about current coursework, research, activities."
"What do you want the admissions committee to know about you?"
"Tell me something about yourself"
"Tell me about yourself, your family. What do you do for fun. Talked about her family too."
"So, everyone in your family is a doctor and that's why you want to be a doctor? (I never told him anyone in my family was a doctor)."
"What would you do if you could not become a doctor?"
"Questions regarding my low science GPA given my MCAT scores."
"Tell me about youself, your family."
"Why do yo want to be a doctor?"
"Why did you want to go into medicine"
"refer to the comments section."
"Health care questions... they love these type questions be prepared!!!"
"Why nj med?"
"You didn't do well at the beginning of college... (I didn't do THAT badly.)"
"How did I decided on choosing to apply to medical school? "
"Questions about research, family, study abroad"
"Why are you applying early decision?"
"Why medical school? Do you realize that the reality of being a doctor is very different from the dream of being a doctor? Would you still want to go into medicine if you were limited to only making $30,000 a year as a physician? "
"Describe yourself and how others would describe you."
"How can you get a population of individuals to be proactive in their health"
"What do you think about managed care?"
"What is the most rewarding research experience you have had?"
"What do you think about the US healthcare system?"
"What do you think it will take to get the African American community to maintain/create a better standard of health (going for check-ups, proper diet, better healthcare, etc)?"
"Your previous career was in research psychology, why did you not simply change to another branch of psychology such as counseling rather than starting over in a medical career?"
"Health care questions."
"Please tell me about yourself (the med school standard)"
"describe your research"
"managed care, HMO's, why UMDNJ, grades MCAT"
"Tell me about your research/specific program/etc?"
"Are you compasionate?"
"What do ur parents think about you becoming a doctor?"
"Tell me about your MCAT scores"
"what qualities do you have that would make you a good doctor?"
"do you think there is al queda in the Philippines"
"Why did you switch out of your undergraduate major?"
"What are you doing now that you are not a full-time student?"
"Tell me why you picked your undergraduate college?
Tell me about New jersey medical school?"
"When did you decide to be a doctor? What motivated you?"
"Why did you switch your major?"
"Where is the medical fied going and how would you change it's direction?"
"Why do you want to be a doctor?
"Tell me about yourself"
"What do you think about medical insurance?"
"What qualities do you think a doctor should possess?"
"If Bob has been a patient of yours for 10 years, is suddenly laid off work, and can't pay for treatment, would you continue to see him? (Answer) If Bob's wife also couldn't pay for treatment, would you continue to see her? (Answer). If Dan, one of Bob's former coworkers who had also been laid off, couldn't pay, but heard you were a great doctor came in to see you, and asked if you could help without pay, would you see him? etc. . . "
"What do you know about health care in the US?"
"what type of medicine and why?
"Why I wanted to become a doctor"
"What are the 2 biggest problems facing health care today? How would you solve them?"
"A 7 year old boy with fatal cancer which has spread to his bones. he already has one leg amputated and now has cancer in his pelvic bone. The attending has reccommended another partial amputation and the parents want to do everything to keep their son alive. You know that the treatment is painful and the child will die anyway....what do you do?"
"Have you ever considered the military? working for the FBI in forensic science?"
"When did the thought finally crystallize that you wanted to be a physician? Why do you want to be a physician?"
"With both your parents involved in medically related fields (they're not doctors), have they been supportive of your decision to pursue medicine?"
"Why should we pick you? "
"Tell me about yourself."
"What do you know about HMO's and health insurance?"
"Tell me a little bit about your last 3 years and your decision to apply to medical school. "
"Tell me about your family."
"Why do I want to become a doctor?"
"Describe my research and how I would solve the problem"
"What 'clicked' to make you want to do this?"
"Why do you want to become a doctor?"
"Computers:Positive or Neative addition to society?"
"What are the two largest concers in healthcare today. How do you solve them .."
"What brought you to medicine?"
"What would you do if a patient came to you wanting oxycontin?"
"What are 2 issues that face medicine today?"
"What do you know about health care today?"
"Why do you want to be a doctor?"
"Tell me about.....(something on my application)."
"Why are you taking time off/what are you up to this year?
How do you think your activities during your time off will prepare you for med school?"
"What do you think about Managed Care and how you would improve it."
"What are your views on managed care?"
"How did you come to the decision to apply to medical school after going to graduate school?"
"Research, family, Why medicine"
"Do you have any medically-related extracurricular activities?"
"What is the biggest problem facing healthcare today?"
"What do you like to do in your free time?"
"I was asked to discuss my research experience and why I switched labs"
"tell me about your activities."
"Were you pushed into medicine by your parents?"
"how would you solve the problem of the large population without health insurance?"
"Tell me how you feel about the single payer healthcare system"
"How should we deal with physicians who are no longer competent to practice (as a result of mental illness, substance addictions, or otherwise)?"
"They were all very straightforward."
"What is a moral dilemma that you have had to overcome?"
"What else would you have done if you weren't working this year?"
"What are your hobbies"
"What was one thing you would change about your past/record? (I'm a non-traditional with a tainting first semester of undergrad)"
"What do you think you would be doing if you had stayed in your country of birth?"
"If you were going to build the ideal doctor's personality, what would you include? What if that doctor was managing other doctors?"
"What have other physicians told you about being a doctor?"
"Had quite a few questions ethics. I find medical ethics particularly interesting, but maybe that's just me..."
"How can we reduce malpractice? (it's a piggy back on me talking about how malpractice is a huge part of medical costs right now)"
"Are you really really sure about medicine"
"Would you make house calls?"
"The questions were all pretty standard."
"all pretty standard"
"What would you do if you couldn't fix a problem with a patient? (student interview question)"
"Nothing was really a surprise."
"Since it was the day after the election, we talked a lot about Obama's health care plan and what it meant for the future of medicine in America"
"What do you know about the healthcare crisis?"
"Do you like Chinese food?"
"What are the side-effects of Gardasil?"
"You say you are Hispanic, but your last name is Asian. What happened there? (She actually said the question in Spanish)"
"What do you like to read?"
"Compare and contrast the healthcare system of some country you may be familiar with with the one in the U.S."
"How did you feel about <certain incident> described in your personal statement."
"None. The interviewer read questions off a list."
"How do you write?"
"Nothing interesting, basic interview questions"
"How would you help medically indigent individuals?"
"Nothing too out of the ordinary, just basic interview questions. Maybe why did you decided to take off 2 years before medical school (not really interesting but...)"
"What are 2 major issues in healthcare today?"
"So how is the nightlife in your area?"
"I talked about working in a clinic where the patients spoke a language that I did not. He asked how I thought the patients felt."
"My personal stance on US healthcare system."
"Do you think you would make a good doctor?"
"How do you cope with stress, and separating everyday stress from your studies and schooling?"
"What skills from my previous experiences will help me in medicine"
"What case have you seen that most interested you?"
"A case-profile of a admitted cancer patient and the attending's ethical breach was presented, I was asked to respond as the resident...what I would do both in the interest of the young patient and that of medical ethics."
"If my mom needs open-heart surgery should government-sponsored health care cover it?"
"What do you think you can bring to the Doctor-Patient interactin. (Basically, whats your personality like)"
"What do you think needs to be done to solve the US healthcare system's problems?"
"No questions that were particularly thought provoking, they were pretty generic"
"Does medicine often fall victim to ''invention is the mother of necessity?''"
"If there was one thing you would bring from Zambia (my country or birth), what would it be?"
"How do you think you will deal with the type of patients usually seen here? (urban, low socio-economic standing, uneducated)"
"the future of health care reform/possibility of universal health care in the US"
"If you weren't interviewing here today and had 24 hours free to do whatever you like, what would you do?"
"What do your parents think about your applying to Medical school"
"Were you surprised you were invited for an interview? Why do you think so?"
"How I got into Hopkins with a 1400 SAT score. "
"What are a physicians expectations for treating the uninsured?"
"If you were dictator of the United States, what would you do with the healthcare system?"
"If you were able to change the healthcare system in the United States in order to deliver healthcare to everyone, how would you do it?"
"Tell me about *** experience."
"If you were the sole person in charge of the American health care system, what would you do to change it?"
"It was all good... I dunno about interesting.. Asked me some random bio question?"
"What are some of your hobbies?"
"What do you think of the conflict between China and Taiwan? (I'm Chinese.)"
"We talked about my major (kinesiology)."
"I was not really asked questions. The only thing I was asked was tell me about yourself, which I did. He asked me to expand on one research experience which I did. He then talked for the next 50 minutes about how great Newark was."
"Where do you see yourself practicing medicine?"
"What do you think about providing medical care to the underserved medical community?"
"I honestly cannot remember a single question I was asked."
"What do you think is the highest goal for a physician?"
"How should a physician deal with the problems of obesity and smoking?"
"What kind of medicine I would like to practice and why I chose that field."
"He asked what I did when I wasn't doing anything medically-related. Not incredibly interesting, but it was a rather ho-hum interview anyway."
"Tell me what you think about the US Healthcare system."
"How is it working at a religious medical school? (I do research at a Seventh Day Adventist school)"
"What's your nickname (I have a rather difficult and rare name)"
"What have you learned about physicians from working at a pharmacy?"
"Tell me the most interesting thing about you."
"How would your friends describe you"
"Would you spend more time with your patients even if you were under time constraints"
"How would your friends (others) describe you?"
"Did you know what the average science GPA is for african-american students?"
"If you were placed in front of the admissions committee right now, what will you tell them to convince them to accept you."
"We talked about football for a while, that was interesting."
"Tell me about your Criminology class."
"I was not asked anything too interesting, it was mostly conversational."
"How do you feel about HMO's?"
"What makes you tick?"
"How do we deal with pts who are not willing to come to doctor? Beyond educating patients, what else can be done?"
"do you know what kind of bacteria causes the bubonic plague? have you ever played a musical instrument? what foreign countries have you been to? tell me about all of these "behavioral" classes you have taken. "
"What are your favorite TV shows?"
"How do you feel about working with underserved populations?"
"What do you see as a problem in health care today"
"Where did you go to high school? (who really cares?)"
"Would you spend over 15 minutes with each patient even thought this puts you in conflict with MCOs that dictated this time limit?"
"Tell me about your research."
"What drives you to get up in the morning besides medicine and research?"
"What is the most important quality for a physician to have?"
"Why did I take World Mythology and what I learned in that class? (just came up in a conversation...not really an official question) "
"How would you feel about treating patients in a largely urban environment where the bulk of the patients are minorities? (I didn't know what the interviewer was looking for because I happen to be a minority and he could obviously see that) "
"Explain about this paper you wrote (from my amcas application)"
"Tell me what you know about US healthcare?"
"If you could change anything, what would it be? (this question was applicable to anything in one's life, not just academic)"
"What sports teams I like."
"How do you know you want to be a doctor?"
"Should immigrant workers that are documented have the right to healthcare here in the states?"
"How do you plan to reach the poor and the medically indigent?"
"Do you know anything about the history of medicine?
Was also asked if I was a Yankees fan. (not so much an interesting question, but certainly odd)"
"If you were standing in front of the admissions committe what would you say?"
"do you realize all the "
"Did you apply to the University of Cincinatti? Why not?"
"If someone was in college, what kind of major would you reccommend in preparation for medical school? Would you reccommend a social sciences/humanities major, pure science, or engineering like yours (BME) and why?"
"If you didn't become a doctor, what would you do?"
"What do you do for fun?"
"Why did you choose the saxaphone? ( it never occurred to me why i chose it and so I had to think for a second.)"
"Why does the United States have a deficit? (since I am an economics major)"
"What would you like your legacy to be?"
"Just asked me about my application, but nothing really interesting."
"What do I think about the separation of church and state on a national and international level?"
"What kind of books do you read?"
"How will your best friend describe you?"
"why did you leave Hawaii to go to college in New Hampshire (Dartmouth)? why did you choose Columbia to complete your post-bacc pre-med requirements?"
"No one question in particular. I thought the whole interview was a pretty good conversation from start to finish"
"None. All were standard questions"
"What surprised you about America's criminal justice system after taking criminal justice this semester?"
"Hypothetical situation: how would you handle an uncompliant patient?"
"You've diagnosed me with the disease you're studying (I work in a clinical lab). What do you tell me? I started to stumble on this one, so I deferred to the interviewer which started an interesting conversation on what people do tell patients who have new diagnoses."
"policy about insurance fraud"
"How I planned to balance having a family and a career as a doctor? "
"4 years ago, you were picking colleges and you decided on X. What has surprised you or made you happy that you went there?"
"What do you think of socialized medicine?"
"Why did you study German?"
"Why do you want to go to NJMS?"
"If I (interviewer) asked your friends "What are some of your least favorite characteristics about Daniel (me)?", what would they say?"
"About my research papers."
"As a minority, how would you give back to your people if you were to become a physician?"
"Describe how you are a pioneer and a leader."
"What would you like the admission committee to know about you?"
"What do you think is the solution to lowering the number of individuals who do not seek medical care?"
"What are your hobbies?"
"The interview was great, very laid back, and my evaluator was filling in for someone, although she was on the adcom. She asked very few structured questions, and focused directly on specific things in my application that she wanted clarified. Overall, a great experience. "
"What will be the two major issues affecting health care in the next five years?"
"How can you go to medical school and also ensure that your children are adequately cared for?"
"How to change the health care system and what to do with the increasing amount of malpractice suits."
"What do you do in your free time?"
"What do you think about the mounting uninsured population in the United States? As a physician, what would you do for these people?"
"Being asian, did your parents force you into medicine?"
"How do feel about managed care"
"Tell me about yourself. Interviewer went in depth asking about background, childhood, high school, and college experiences."
"How do you believe computers influence and help medicine today?"
"Why is your last name different than your Dad's, though it's the same as your mom's, yet ur parents are married..."
"It was pretty by-the-numbers. Why do you want to be a doctor, why did you make the decision to change careers, how will you handle being in med school with a husband. "
"what would you do for a terminally ill patient, who had lost consciousness and had no hope for recovery if 1. she had asked to be kept alive 2. she left no directives, but her family wanted her kept alive"
"all questions were about extracurriculars and pretty much just asked to further explain what was on amcas. nothing too dificult."
"How do you feel about healthcare in America?
"How did you know you wanted to be a neuroscience major?"
"Do you know how much tuition is for this school?"
"What do you think about today's economics and healthcare (insurance problems, etc), and how will you deal with uninsured and illegal patients?"
"If you were trying to open a medical practice in an urban area as Newark, how will you attract patients, and teach them about preventive medicine, regular checkups because here they tend to not trust doctors and wait until last minute when the problems become worse?"
"Why did you switch your major? What specifically did you not like about it?"
"Nothing, she asked the same old questions, then grilled me to the ground."
"All the questions were pretty interesting."
"I was asked what skills/qualities I possessed in terms of wanting to be a doctor and to give examples of things I have done to examplify them."
"What is the biggest healthcare issue you see in the next 5 years?"
"If I were a boating captain in charge of transporting oil across seas, what measures what I use to prevent an oil spill from occuring in the ocean?? (Based on this Environmental Disasters class I had)"
"None was overly interesting."
"What will you do if you don't get in this year? (I had just been accepted 2 days prior and actually forgot this fact until after I answered, so to me this was really funny knowing that I don't actually have to "work harder and try again next year")"
"Describe yourself using as many one word adjectives as you would like."
"What's your favorite movie?"
"if there is one think you would like to change form the past, what would it be?"
"Nothing too difficult, just standard questions"
"Why did you choose your undergraduate institution?"
"None, my interviewer forgot she was supposed to be on rounds and had to cut the interview short. Questions were very basic: Tell me about yourself, tell me about your family, grade explanation, and that was all."
"The doctor asked many ethical questions...she gave me multiple cases that had come up in front of the ethics board at the hospital and I had to tell her what I would do in those cases."
"Why did Abraham choose Isaac and not Ismael, and where was Sara during all of this?
(in reference to a philosophy class I took!)"
"Ethical questions that were based on real life situations my interviewer had encountered as a physician"
"In your medical practice, how would you address patients that want to take herbal remedies for their ailments?"
"What was your opinion on HMO's and healthcare today?"
"Do you think you would just do research once getting an MD/PhD like many people with that degree do?"
"Which do you think was your most problematic course?"
"Where do you think medicine (any aspect of it, clinical, research, etc.)is going in 5 years?"
"Nothing really interesting. Asked about research and grades."
"What the most important problem in healthcare for society, and what is it from your point of view?"
"As a female, how would I cope with a family and career?"
"Do you think it's fair for a 60 yr old male to be denied surgery by its insurance company due to his age?"
"Nothing "interesting." Standard interview questions."
"What would you do if you don't get into med school this year?"
"Why would you still want to go into medicine, since your father is an MD and you know all the problems in the system right now?"
"What was your childhood like?"
"what do you want to be when you grow up?"
"Give me 2 pressing issues in medicine today."
"What would you do if a patient came to you wanting oxycontin?"
"How would I educate a population to be more proactive about their health?"
"There are 3 types of successful medical students - ones who have amazing memories, ones who work extremely hard, and ones who have an amazingly strong science background. Under which category do you fall? (This was from the med student interviewer)"
"Bioethics case scenario"
"Tell me why you should be accepted to this school."
"How would you deal with a patient population that is largely poor and uninsured?"
"Disadvantages with current health care system, how affects doctors and has this discouraged you?"
"how did you manage your time between academics and extracurriculars in college?"
"Nothing too interesting...just standard questions about my
application, academic record, activities, about my research...etc."
"What are your thoughts on the present condition of managed care in the US?"
"What is my opinionon managed care?"
"What is the meaning of your name?"
"What should we do with the non/underinsured?"
"Nothing too interesting"
"How should we deal with those people who can not afford healthcare? Do they deserve it and how should we provide for them?"
"Why do you like research?"
"How would you begin to solve the problem of the large population without health insurance. "
"None really - just very specific to my application. You could tell the researcher had done his homework to find out additional information about my activities. "
"What do you like to do for fun?"
"Tell me about this college class you took in high school?
"basic stuff about my activities, jobs, research..."
"none. just general questions about my application, activities, etc."
"how would you advise a fellow student who wanted to find a research position? (she's a PhD and even tried to convince me to go into MD/PhD)"
"standard questions, nothing too interesting"