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"Warn students about the amount of paperwork during secondaries."
"Nothing. Super helpful. The day was very well-planned and organized."
"I absolutely give the staff and students 100% positive feedback. The only thing I can suggest is that in the given materials they state in bold font that we should not call to followup after interviewing. As an applicant I would appreciate a little more openness to having students followup on their applications. Yes, I understand that it is important for the office to protect their valuable time from us neurotic students who may call impatiently while we are waiting to hear responses hehe, but at the same time, after the student has been waiting long it is nice that they feel welcomed to pick up the phone and say Hello! to reiterate their interest in the program and to see how they are doing, without feeling they are breaking the "do not contact" rule. Keep up the encouragement to the students which was great! I can wait to be a part of USUHS!"
"Be friendly, they are mostly friendly!"
"Eliminate redundancy in the required forms."
"Electronic secondary applications would be nice."
"Send the RF86 at least a week in advance, not the day before the interview."
"Please convert secondary process to digital!!"
"The staff there are great. My only suggestion is keep up the good work!"
"It is time for USUHS to move to an electronic secondary format, although I understand why they still use a mail format. Applying to USUHS requires more than other schools."
"Better hurry up and wait. They are very helpful once you get a hold of them, but a responce could t"
"Maybe make the supplemental be an online process, thus saving on postage, paper and speeding up the"
"online secondary application submission."
"E-mails are not always responded to in a timely manner, probably due to the overwhelming volume off"
"Would have liked to sit in on a class while there. Please more responsiveness about student host pr"
"When is a time you went against a direct authority"
"Tell me about a person you think is a good leader. What qualities do you you think make him a good leader?"
"Tell me about yourself?"
"Which branch I wanted to serve in and why"
"Who is your best friend?"
"I'm a civilian, the first interviewer was great and asked explicitly about whether or not I was prepared for the commitment."
"What are characteristics of a good leader? Give examples of leadership positions you've held."
"My opinion on the David Petraeus scandal."
"Why do you want to leave your current career field in the Air Force? (I am prior service)"
"Why medicine? Why military medicine? What leadership experiences do you have... elaborate? What questions do you have for me? Why not HPSP instead of USUHS?"
"Why military vs. HPSP?"
"Why medicine? Why military?"
"Tell me about yourself."
"Why are you changing careers in the military? (I'm prior service)"
"Where are you coming from? How was your trip in?"
""Tell me about yourself." The interviews are closed file to the extent that they don't have your GPA or MCAT scores, and only one interviewer had my AMCAS essay. They did have my secondary essay in front of them, however, but I didn't get the impression that they had read it before I walked into the room."
"How committed are you to being in the military?"
"Why military medicine? (Know and be able to articulate exactly why you want to go into military medicine. This was a question that was focused on during both interviews)."
"What is your leadership experience?"
"___ ___ and ____ are problems in military medicine, why would you want to do it?"
"What area of medicine/specialty are you interested in?"
"Why military/any connections to military?"
"Why Military Medicine?
What was your biggest disappointment, and how did you deal with it?
What is something that you wish to improve on?"
"Very conversational interviewers. Their chief concern was that you understand what you're getting yourself into with military medicine. My first questions was actually What do you want to talk about? "
"Why do you want to be a MILITARY physician?
Although, I have always wanted to be a military physician, so this one was actually very easy to answer. If you have a tough time with this question, then this may not be the school for you."
"Why med? Why mil med? Why USUHS?"
"Tell me the pro's and con's of military medicine and those of civilian medicine?
"I see you keep mentioning pathology all over your application. What if you graduate and the army says they don't need you in pathology, but some other specialty?"
"why medicine? specific examples"
"Why medicine? Why the military?"
"As an Officer in the military you are expected to be a leader. What leadership experience have you had? (Both interviewers asked this one.)"
"I am a prior serivce army lieutenant, so they mostly asked me about my leadership duties."
"WHat is the biggest domestic issue in healthcare?"
"Why Military Med?"
"Why medicine, why surgery, why now? (I'm old)."
"Motivation for military medicine."
"What books have you read recently?"
"Why medicine? Why military medicine? Do you think you are prepared for the sacrifices associated with a career in military medicine?"
"Why millitary medicine?"
"For someone who is not involved in research, explain to me your research work."
"Why military medicine? (CLEARLY the most important question to be prepared for)"
"What is the difference between medicine and military medicine?"
"Why a doctor and why a military doctor?"
"Why medicine? Why military medicine? They were trying very hard to make sure you knew what you were getting yourself into."
"Why doctor? "
"Why military medicine/ why do you want to be a doctor? I didn't get the military medicine part in my first interview mostly because i answered it in my answer to why i want to be a doc. If you don't answer it will be asked."
"Why military med? You will for sure be asked this, so know your answer. If you don't know, they will see right through you."
"Why the military?"
"How would you insure the uninsured?"
"Tell me about your motivation for military medicine."
"Why USUHS and not HPSP?"
"So, you talk about (in your essay) this long standing question about if healthcare should be a priviledge or a right? Tell me your experience in both fields and how you feel about it."
"Why medicine? Why military medicine?
"What's your leadership style?"
"Where do you see your medical career in 10 years?"
"A series of questions about my ECs and how they prepared me for both medicine and military medicine."
"why military medicine over civilian and why medicine in general? why usuhs?"
"Tell me about your military experiences."
"Describe yourself. Why do you want to be a doctor?"
"Describe leadership roles you have undertaken."
"Why do you want to join the military?"
"Why military medicine now in your life? (I have been out of undergaduate for several years)"
"How do you handle stress, what is the most stressful experience you've had?"
"why military medicine"
"many ethical questions about physician asst suicide etc."
"What is your favorite book? Why Military medicine? "
"Why the military? Why USUHS?"
"Why do I want to become a doctor?"
"tell me about this ...... experience of yours"
"Tell me about your family?"
"How would you deal with breaking the news to someone that they had a fatal disease?"
"How would you comfort a patient dying with Bone Cancer? How would you tell them and their family?"
"Why this school and not any other US school?"
"Tell me a little bit about yourself."
"What made you pick medicine?"
"Why medicine? Why military medicine?"
"Do you read alot? what about greek mythology?"
"What do you think of being deployed, having to travel abroad?"
"How can you apply what you've learned in your previous career towards a career in medicine?"
"Why should the military invest in you?"
"Are you aware of the commitment?"
"What challenges have you overcome in your life?"
"Why do you want to be a physician?"
"Why military medicine and why USUHS?"
"What are the differences between military medicine and civilian medicine?"
"Why do you want to be a doctor?"
"Whay do you want to be a doctor?"
"What else would you like to say about yourself that is not presented in your application so far?"
"Why military medicine?"
"Tell me anything about yourself not reflected on the AMCAS application."
"What made you want to join the military at such an early age? "
"top choices for military branch, and why?"
"What do your pareants think about you joining the military/getting deployed?"
"How have you demonstrated leadership abilities, describe experiences etc."
"What are your three biggest strengths and weaknesses?"
"tell me about your research?"
"How would you tell a pilot he couldn't fly anymore?"
"What's your favorite microbe?"
"Do you see yourself making the military a career?"
"Give me an example of a time where you made a difficult decision, knowing the reaction would be negative."
"How would your friends describe you?"
"What was the most decorated USN Vessel (more of a for fun question then an actual interview question)"
"If I had a patient who was unable to move anything except his eyes, and his treatment is costing over 1 million dollars to live and you ask him if he wants to live in this state he responds that he does what do I do?"
"Honestly, he was more interesting than I was, picking his brain was rad."
"What branch did you choose?"
"(something along the lines of) Today, the depth of medical knowledge is too much for one doctor to know, how would you cope with this?"
"A pharm company rep invites you out for a free dinner at Ruth's Chris, what would you do? Why? What advice would you give a friend in the same situation?"
"Tell me a story about a time that you were involved in resolving a conflict between people."
"what would I do in a certain scenario"
"How do you envision your career as a pediatrician in the military?"
"Where do you see yourself and your family in 10 years?"
"Why in the world did you run away from home?"
"How much can you bench? Mile-time? Squat?"
"How are you going to support your family while in Med school?"
"What was your greatest failure?"
"Where do you see yourself in 15 and 30 years from now?"
"Most people don't realize how hard deploying to a place like Iraq or Afghanistan can be. Do you know what you are getting into and can you handle it?"
"Describe something you "failed" at, describe something you are proud of"
"Both interviews were very conversational. The interviewers were friendly and eager to talk up the school which is a plus. No left-field questions."
"What kind of medicine are you most interested in and why?"
"What speciality? Here I'll tell you how to achieve that."
"What field of medicine are you interested in? (I like this question because I'm pretty excited about my field of interest)"
"What was the most influential book you read in the past several months?"
"How do you deal with stressful situations that you come unprepared for?"
"Nothing really out of the ordinary, one of my interiewers was Public Health Service and he asked me if I knew the different places a PHS doc could serve"
"Both interviews were very conversational. I had two great chats about medicine in the military."
"Do you know what you are getting yourself into?"
"nothing out of the ordinary"
"The questions were all expected, none were "interesting""
"why do you have a desire to serve? Where does that come from?"
"No interesting questions"
"The questions were predictable. "
"What do your parents think about you joining the military?"
"What have you learned from both the good and bad leaders that you have worked for in the past."
"What is your favorite book? Why?"
"Do you like lawyers?"
"Were you your grandfather's doctor, how would you have dealt with the situation? (It involved an end-of-life issue where my grandfather became suicidal and tried convincing the family to kill him when he was put in restraints)"
"If you were busy with a patient and a nurse called you and said that she thought there was something wrong with another patient, what would you do?"
"What makes you think that you would like a military environment?"
"What would your friends tell me about you?"
"I was asked a series of questions probing whether or not I knew what I was getting into by joining the military. It seemed that my interviewer did not exactly take me seriously, since I am a female who comes from a non-military background. I think he thought I was a Private Benjamin sort of person...which is totally wrong."
"What is the greatest disparity in healthcare today, and what can be done about it."
"You are from the west coast so why do you want to come to the east coast?"
"What is the most pressing international health issue? How would you address it?"
"An ethics question about whether or not the military should perform (fund) heart surgeries on children with a specific, deadly congenital defect, knowing that, at best, the child would only live to be a teenager."
"What was the most difficult thing you've had to overcome in your life? (And follow up question - What did you learn from that experience that will help you through tough situations you may encounter in the future?)"
"Whats the biggest problem in healthcare?"
"How do you feel about learning procedures on a living animal who will later be euthanized?"
"With your fiancee's family very much involved with military, and with your own family being entirely civilian, do you feel you were led one way or another for/against joining the military?"
"What reading have you done about military history?"
""What's your favorite beer?""
"A few of my extracirriculars lended themselves to ethical questions. I was asked if I supported the teaching of intelligent design in public schools and my thoughts on stem cell research."
"Where do you see yourself in 10 years?"
"Say you were accepted to both USUHS and _____ [my state school, where I had interviewed previously], which school would you choose?"
"Describe a recent failure and what you learned from it."
"What's the most disgusting thing you've seen in relation to medicine?"
"If you got notified two days before that you would be deployed off the coast of Africa for 3 months right before Christmas, what would you do?"
"My interview questions were the regular garden variety interview questions. Nothing controversial or weird was asked. No hypothetical type questions either. "
"What would you do if you worked in an Iraqi prison and your CO ordered you to gain intelligence from your Iraqi patient?"
"You're obviously very interested in aerospace medicine. What will you do if you don't pass your flight physical and can't become an aerospace doc?"
"What is the worst problem in military medicine?"
"Would you be willing to carry a gun to defend yourself and your patients?"
"How do you feel about dying for your country?"
"No question that was interesting but... one question that was asked of me was more of an advice. "So you write about eventually influencing health care policy, how will you prepare for that?""
"What differentiates you from everyone else I'm interviewing."
"What was your greatest leadership challenge?"
"How do you feel about having to be in an environment where you are being shot at and having to attend to victims? (Not word for word, but that was the gist of the question). "
"The most interesting question that I was asked was in my second interview of the day. I was basically asked to describe what I would do if I had one day entirely to myself and no monetary limits or time constraints to the day or anything like that. The question itself was interesting because my interviewer really wanted a lot of detail in my answer. So instead of just saying that I would spend the day at Fenway Park, my interviewer wanted to know what seat I would be sitting in, what I would have to eat, the time of year, who the Red Sox would be playing, who would pitch, that sort of thing. The level of detail my interviewer wanted struck me by surprise."
"what would you do if a patient asked you about assisted suicide?"
"why usuhs? what branch of service?"
"Questions about my outdoors experience."
"How would you handle a challenge?"
"What do you envision your military career will be like as a medical doctor?"
""I like to see how you read." He then handed me a surgery textbook and asked me to read a paragraph outloud and what the section meant."
"What accomplishment are you most proud of in your life?"
"All questions were very Standard"
"How do you see your career progressing over the next 20 years?"
"nothing out of the ordinary was asked, the ususal of why medicine, why military medicine"
"What are you most proud of?"
"What would your friends, or girlfriend have to say about your personality? Without saying that you want to serve the country, explain why you want to go into military medicine."
"Why the military? Why USUHS and not the Health Professions Scholarship at a 'traditional' school?"
"How did I like the weather in Maryland compared to the weather in Louisiana?"
"The dude that I was interviewing with had a psychology background... I made a comment about the suicide rate of GIs in Iraq and how they might need people with psychiatic backgrounds... He like the comment but turned it into a question as to why I think that rate is escalating"
"Ethical question about whether or not i would develop a bio-weapon...."
"Do you like to go to clubs to go dancing?"
"Having been a military nurse for the past 9 years, what do you see are some concerns for making the transition to being a doctor?"
"What was your greatest dissapointment?"
"Eh...not really interesting questions..just run of the mill kinda stuff...they really want to know why you want to join the military"
"Why military medicine?"
"Why do you want to go into Military Medicine?"
"How do you think you'll function with a lack of sleep?"
""What is the most difficult thing you've ever had to do?""
"Did you write your AMCAS essay? Or did you copy it?"
"What do you think of the current healthcare environment in the U.S. How would you fix it?"
"What is one thing that you love about yourself?"
"How can you apply what you've learned in your previous career towards a career in medicine?"
"Is the educational gap b/w you and your wife a strain on your marraige; how do you tell her what you're up to?"
"Do you think that periodic journals or textbooks are more reliable? What happens if I read something in a textbook that I know, based on my experience, isn't true?"
"If you were before the admissions committee, what would you say to convince them that they should give you an invitation to the school?"
"What makes a good leader?"
"Tell me something that I wouldnt be able to find out on your application"
"If asked to participate on research regarding the production of biological warfare weapons, would you do it?"
"Do you know what pediatricians do in the military?"
"Why do you want to be a doctor?"
"Which branch of service and why."
"It was a line of questioning that pulled this out. In explaining a challenging leadership activity, I was asked, "If you had the opportunity to do it over again, would you, and what would you change?""
"Tell me about your experiences with military nurses. Have you had any negative interactions?"
"What would be a negative thing about coming to USUHS?"
"How many siblings I have, and what they do for a living."
"What do you see happening to medicine in the next ten years?"
"All the questions were fair. It was laid back and interviewers really took the time to get to know you."
"I see you boxed in college. What did you elarn from boxing?"
"What do you like about military medicine?"
"The interviewer asked some difficult questions about what I thought about socialized medicine, and military medicine."
"If a baby was born with no brain and would die, but the parents wanted you to keep the baby alive on a respirator despite the high costs, what would you do?"
"How do you feel about joining the military post 9/11?
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