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"To get back to their interviewees a bit quicker in giving out final decisions as its nerve wrecking for us to wait so long after the the interview to hear back from them"
"Make it easier to schedule a tour visit. Even though I chose dates from a list they provided, I tried scheduling for three different dates before they said that one fit their schedule."
"It would be better if the interview & orientation session were on same day"
"snacks and coffee in the little waiting room would really help the time pass!"
"The travel instructions could be confusing to non-locals. Parking is a mess."
"longer/more extensive tour would be nice"
"Why medicine (instead of research)?"
"If I were to look at your transcript, what would be the lowest grade on it? And why?"
"What are your strengths and weaknesses?"
"The Ethical Dilemma Q"
" Questions about my file... Tell me about ____."
"What do your parents do, what does your brother do?"
"What would you do if someone refused a highly successful treatment plan (otherwise they will most likely die) based on their religion?"
"Tell me about this activity...(and they went down the list on my AMCAS)"
"What are some experiences that solidified your choice to go to medical school?"
"If you had a patient with very treatable leukemia who refused treatment after consulting with their family, what would you do?"
"Tell me about your research"
"What patient contact have you had? Have you seen a lot of doctor/patient interaction?"
"Biggest challenge overcame"
"Give me three ethical issues that MDs face, explain them, and tell me what you would do."
"Why is stem cell research an ethical issue, and what is your stand on it?"
"What does your sibling do?"
"If you had to design a program for teens who were drinking and smoking, how would you organize it?"
"went over amcas activities"
"When did you decide to go into medicine?"
"Who's your role model?"
"Why didn't you get a masters degree (I'm a postbac)?"
"Talk about current job."
"Why engineering? (I major in e/ce), Why Medicine then?"
"Tell me about your elementary-high school. (He grew up in the same town as me)"
"What was your proudest moment? What was your most frustrating moment?"
"How will you deal with the reality that you may not always achieve the grades you would like?"
"What is the research you're doing now?"
"What's your opinion on reviving extremely premature babies? (NICU)"
"Describe yourself in one sentence."
"Tell me about your family and how you grew up."
"Why did you decide to take a year off? Tell me about your current research job. What are some weaknesses of the study? "
"See above interesting / difficult questions and read over what NEGATIVELY impressed me"
"What would you do if your patient refused the treatment you suggested?"
"Where did you go to high school?"
"How would your enemies describe you?"
"What do your parents do for a living?"
"Justify paying tens of thousands of dollars for trauma care for a patient whose injuries are fatal with not being able to provide a pap smear to a 19 year old woman."
"Numerous questions about my family and their educational choices"
"Tell me about your experience taking Latin"
"Refer to interesting question"
"Describe your parents."
"Moral dilemma - Jehova's witness and blood transfusion."
"Discuss three issues that are controversial in medicine - an dhow do you feel about each"
"Clinical scenario of an uncooperative patient and how I would deal with it."
"Name 5 adjectives your friends would use to describe you. "
"name one problem in healthcare today (i named the rising cost and a possible solution). what else? (i named lack of coverage for underserved communities). what else? (this continued on until i was running out of ideas)"
"Describe 2 event from your past that stand out."
"Why Robert Wood Medical School?"
"How would you deal with patients who want to persue alternative medicine?"
"Why don't you want to be a PhD? Why do you think you're suited for an MD?"
"How do you feel about abortion?"
"Basically, many of the activites that were on my application were discussed and in a conversational way -we touched on my family, my extracurriculars, and my academic career."
"How would you change healthcare today?"
"You've done a lot of different things before. Why medicine and why now?"
"computer - brain question (this may have just been asked of me because I'm a neuroscience major)"
"Health care issues, stem cell research (which is big at this school)"
"What has your past experiences given you that may make you unique?"
"Why do you want to become a doctor?"
"Medical School will be difficult, how do you plan on getting through the courses? How will you attack an obstacle that comes your way? Your academic record is clearly very good, but how will you handle a bad grade?"
"Why medical school and (particularly for me) why now."
"What do you think about euthanasia? "
"how did u prepare for MCAT, tell me about yr grades"
"I heard your high school was extremely competitive, what did you think abou that."
"you are a resident and have been working for 50 hrs. your friend is suppose to come and relieve you but when he comes you smell alcohol on his breath,what do you do."
"Discuss your views on abortion, physician assisted suicide, euthanasia."
"When did you first become interested in becoming a doctor?"
"Should we use animals for biological testing?"
"Why do you want to be doctor? Why RWJ?"
"What attributes/ skills do you have to offer RWJMS?"
"Please see the treatment of a pregnant woman above."
"Explain ___ about your application"
"asked a lot about my family"
"What do you do in your spare time?"
"tell me about this or that on you application."
"What attributes do you have that would make you a good physician?"
"If I had one day to do anything I wanted, what would I do?"
"Questions pertaining to interests, likes/dislikes, family, etc."
"i need to write a letter about you to give to the admissions committee. tell me whati should write that will compell them to accept you."
"What is the major problem with health care in the US?"
"what do you think of physician assisted suicide"
"What are you currently doing? MCATs, grades"
"Tell me about yourself."
"Name one negative aspect about yourself."
"Tell me about yourself, your strengths
"What are the major issues in medicine that you feel will affect your ability to practice medicine?"
"What are you looking for in a medical school? Describe your clinical experiences?"
"gave me a situation involving medical ethics and authority"
"Describe my work experience."
"Why did you decide to be a doctor?"
"Why Robert Wood Johnson?"
"What is a chemical buffer?"
"What do you consider your greatest weakness?"
"- Name four of your strengths, and 2 of your weaknesses
- What are the three biggest problems you see in medicine, and elaborate"
"How do you see yourself changing your community by being doctor?"
"Discuss some current controversies in the medical field."
"Tell me about yourself"
"How would your friends describe you?"
"Who was your greatest influence in seeking a career in medicine?"
"How can you be sure you can handle the rigor of studies during the first two years?"
"What do you do for fun?"
"y do u want 2 b a doc?"
"Why do you want to go into medicine?"
"Describe a situation where a member of your team made your job difficult. How did you deal with it?"
"What was a challenge you dealt with when you volunteered in emergency rooms? "
"euthanasia, stem cell research, abortion: pick one and discuss both sides."
"Why do you want to be a doctor?"
"Tell me about an ethical issue you've thought about, and argue both sides of the issue."
"How should I sell you at the Admissions Committee meeting?"
"Do you typically go to others for advice?"
"Tell me about a positive and a negative shadowing experience and how that will impact you as a doctor?"
"What is the lowest grade on your transcript?"
"Biopyschosocial medicine...relating to my shadowing experience. Cool topic."
"What do you expect to get back as a doctor?"
"What do your parents do? What do your siblings do?"
"How has the internet (availability of information) affected doctor-patient relationships?"
"What worries you most about entering the profession?"
"What gives your life meaning"
"So you're studying economics, what do you think about the recession?"
"What are you proud of?"
"Do you have an ancedote or quote you live by?"
"Your patient is undergoing a dangerous procedure that will most likely require her to need extra blood. But she is a Jehovah's witness and refuses the extra blood. Would you give her the blood if her life depends on it"
"What motivates you?"
"Which of you experiences was the most rewarding for you and why?"
"It involved an ethical question about euthanasia. An old lady with terminal cancer can have a radical treatment. Her family wants you to do all that you can, she is unsure."
"How would you raise your children, if you had any?"
"If you had a year off to do anything, what would you do?"
"Can you separate your morals from your work as a doctor?"
"Give me an instance where someone put you in a bad situation but you turned it around, and tell me how you did that."
"What do you do to relax?"
"How would you deal with a woman who came to the ER requesting the morning after pill and a doctor who refused to give it to her, saying she was abusing the system?"
"Have you ever had a time when sh*t hit the fan? (verbatim)"
"Why do you still want to go into healthcare despite the healthcare issues?"
"How do you deal with criticism?"
"Do you have a sense of entitlement about going to medical school?"
"Describe a situation in which you would find it difficult to treat a patient, and how you would react."
"Nothing really. Pretty basic stuff."
"Do you think doctors are "entitled"?"
"Do you feel like you are entitled to anything? What do you think MDs are entitled to?"
"He asked me to name some ethical issues in medicine"
"What would I do if I had a pregnant cancer patient who refused chemotherapy to safeguard the health of the fetus."
"What do you think is the most difficult situation you could face as a physician?"
"Why did you go to your high school? (not expecting that one!)
"How do you feel about abortion? While I know how I felt, I was a little concerned about revealing my political views during an interview."
"Do you think Hester was to blame in the Scarlet Letter?"
"How is waitressing like being a doctor?(This is without her knowing I had waitressed in the past)."
"The most interesting question I was asked was why a patient would not follow a doctor's treatment plan."
"What are some of the problems doctors face today?"
"You have a patient who needs a minor surgery. She also happens to be a Jehovah's witness and has said specifically that she won't take blood transfusions. You assure her she won't need one. It turns out there are complications and unless she gets a transfusion she will die. Do you give her a transfusion?"
"What is cultural competence and how is it attained by doctors?"
"Hypothetical Scenarios... Dr. Johnson seems to like these ethical scenarios... b esure you keep an open mind and try you rbest not to crack under the pressure... She was a tough cookie!!"
"Why would you want to go to school in one of the nation's worst cities. (He was referring to the clinical years at Cooper Hospital)"
"What does diversity mean to you in patient care and medicine? (something like that...it was about diversity)"
"If you were going to capitol hill, name 3 intl' health/cultural competence recommendations you would like mandated. ( related to my specific interest)"
"What do you think about abortion? (I responded that I didn't think I'd encounter that issue since I'm not interested in OB). He insisted that I pretend I was."
"Describe 2 events from your child hood that stand out"
"Describe yourself in one sentence."
"What attributes to do you feel you bring to the profession"
"We discussed my parent's decision to pursue alternative therapies in treating my handicapped sister, and she asked me how I would deal with parents like them as a doctor."
"Tell me about your sisters experience in medical school"
"If I thought there was a relationship between self-esteem and learning."
"If you had to care for a woman 28 weeks pregnant who suffered a trauma and you could only save her or the baby, who would you save and why?"
"Nothing to interesting was asked. I just got the typical questions. I got a decent amount of questions about my AMCAS application like my major, extracurricular experiences, and work experiences. "
"What do you want your legacy to be?"
"What is the most difficult moral situation you expect to encounter as a doctor?"
"Do you think computers will ever be able to mimic the human brain in its entirety? explain."
"What healthcare issue pushes your buttons?"
"This was for the BA/MD program. What traits do you posses that will make you a good physician."
"This was exactly what was said "they told me to ask you this. so.. pick a major controversial issue in medicine and tell me your viewpoint""
"You completed your undergraduate education in 3 years, were you in an accelerated medical program? He kept emphasizing this fact."
"Pick an issue facing health care in the US and comment on it"
"What do you think about abortion?"
"The question regarding a heart transplant for a person who doesn't want a blood transfusiob if required."
"If you could fill those two empty seats with any living people in the world, who would you fill them with?"
"Tell me about a doctor you like what qualities does he/she possesses,then a doctor you dislike tell about qualities he possesses.
"Where do you see yourself in 10 years?"
"Should we be allowed to use prisoners to do biological testing if they give their consent to it?"
"Was I familiar with Dr. Kevorkian, and how do I feel about physician assisted suicide?"
"What positive attributes/skills do you have to offer RWJMS?"
"If you can not obtain consent for a pregnant mother who is involved in an accident, how do you decide the best course of treatment?"
"What do you think will be the biggest ethical dilemma you will face as a physician?"
"An ethical question on what if a patient refused a third treatment after the previous two failed."
"none really - they were all questions about things i'd done"
"Explain a medical ethics issue that you are passionate about"
"What I would do if I heard a fellow student telling a patient that birth control will give them brain cancer? The student's religion forbids contraception."
"I don't remember exactly how he presented the situation, but it was something like this...You are a cardiac surgeon and someone comes to you that needs a valve transplant. You know that there is a good chance the person will need a blood during the operation but refuses to except it due to their religion. Do you operate? If you do decide to and they in fact end up needing a transfusion or they will die, do you give it to them?"
"You are attending medical school. You see that your fellow classmate, your best friend, is taking drugs and alcohol. What do you do? "
"Do not you think that the problem with access to health care is that people don't like to go to doctors? ( i think she was serious) "
"How would I break the news to a terminally ill patient"
"What is something that you feel the most accomplished with?"
"What type of medical experience do you think is the most important?"
"Questions from my application ("so tell me how you got in to All-State Chorus...")"
"How do you feel about late term abortion?"
"Was asked about the problems facing physicians today. One of them is that doctors cannot give tests / treatments they want because patients cant afford, no insurance, whatever. So I was asked how I would help a patient who I knew needed an MRI to diagnos but couldn't get one. I evaded the question first, but she was insistent on me answering the question as was, patient has no chance of getting this test and you think they need it, what do you do?"
"If you were given unlimited funding, what program would you implement to address the obesity problem in the U.S.?"
"Questions about my family/my past/my country of birth. How come I sent in the same LOR as I did for my previous application?"
"What is your favorite piece of classical music?"
"What do you think you can do to change the HMO crisis?"
"Explain the fact that my school has no majors and how I was still able to prepare for med school."
"There weren't any really interesting questions - just the usual, why you want to be a doc, etc."
"If you are a doctor and are religiously against abortion, can you refuse treatment to a patient? "
"If a patient needed an MRI and their insurance did not cover it, what would you do?"
"Did I think Bill Gates was insured or uninsured and why?"
"Name one ethical problem and talk about it- it was so open ended."
"Nothing that i wasn't expecting."
"What area of medicine gets your blood flowing...peaks your interest?"
"How did I handle seeing the extraction of a chalazion?"
"You are covering for a doctor in a pain clinic. He thinks a patient is faking back pain in order to continue receiving narcotics. He wants to give her a placebo. Ok, now I'm the patient... "My pain is really bad today. Are you just going to give me the Demerol like usual?""
"my opinion on physicans accepting gifts and dinners from pharmaceutical reps."
"How will technology aid your practice?"
"Describe your undergraduate school and why you chose your major."
"What is the commonality between the following cities: Providence, Camden, Philadelphia, and New York?"
"Did you have any difficult patient care experiences?"
"no interesting questions at all...all questions posed were ethical and or medically related"
"Every question was typical"
"As a future leader in medicine, what will vision do you hold to help us pay for the rising cost of health care?"
"Describe your youth growing up. "
"What was it like to come to the States at the age of 10?"
"What would you do if you were a physician and your partner (another MD) had a substance abuse problem? "
"I was given a scenario question-What would I do if a diabetic patient who refuses to take his/her medication?"
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