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"Let people know as early as possible if they are rejected!"
"Instead of using a "request this date and we'll call to confirm" system for interview scheduling, it would be nicer to have "pick from these available dates" -- only because I was twiddling my thumbs about booking travel while I was waiting for a confirmation of my interview date."
"Send out post-interview rejections fairly quickly to those that historically have absolutely no chance of being selected."
"The whole process went smoothly."
"The interview day should be less waiting around and more active participation by either current students or faculty. Sitting in the Starbucks for an hour was not the best use of my time at the school, and a self-guided tour is not a great way to impress applicants."
"Be friendly. Let us know you're people. Smile, it's not against the law since communism fell."
"Eco-friendly? Honestly SDN..."
"It seems like they are more focused on students "getting through the hoops" than they are about the"
"I would like to know more about the curriculum and board pass rates."
"Eco friendliness is Dumb"
"Three greatest weakness"
"Tell me about X activity."
"How do I think the affordable care act will affect medicine over the next 10 years?"
"What was the last book you read for fun?"
"What would I change about the health care system if I was the president and congress."
"Define what being a leader means to you."
"If a patient of yours died, or worse, what would you do?"
"What is a strength and weakness you have?"
"Why medicine? Why Utah? What are your strengths and weaknesses? Why should we pick YOU over everyone else?"
"Do you think there is a rationing of health care in our country?"
"Why do you think the University of Utah considers research to be one of the necessary criteria to be considered for admission?"
"Asked about my research"
"Explain to me your research."
"If you could kill Hitler, the 9-11 hijackers and someone attacking your family would you?"
"If you could go back in time and kill Hitler/the 9-11-2001 terrorists/someone who attacked your family, would you do it?"
"Tell me about your research, volunteering, clinical exposure, etc."
"Tell me about your research. What is the big picture?"
"Tell me about yourself."
"Why do you want to go into medicine?"
"Who do you admire as a leader and what qualities do they possess."
"What are your weaknesses and strengths?"
"Name a leadership experience in which you had an extreme dificulty and how did you handle it?"
"(With all the presidential debates going on and what not) how do we need to fix the healthcare system in America to make it better?"
"What do you think the lifestyle of a physician is like?"
"How do handle pressure and stress in school?"
"Tell me how you maintain a balance in your life."
"What are two extracurricular/volunteer experiences that you'd like to talk about?"
"Have you had a chance to understand how other cultures view healthcare?"
"Talk about specific experiences in application."
"What would you do as a leader if....(a host of different questions)"
"Questions about my research, I was asked to clarify it more and explain it in simpler terms. "
"What about the University of Utah do you like, what makes this school your first choice?"
"Tell me about your service experiences?"
"Tell me about your research experience? Leadership experience? Service Experience?"
"What was your research hypothesis?"
"Why do you want to be a doctor?"
"Describe to me the process of medical education."
"why medicine, why no phd, why no D.O. schools, etc. "
"Tell me about your volunteer experience. "
"How did your volunteer experiences impact you? "
"Why medicine? What qualities do you posess that will make you a good physician? What makes a good leader? How do you deal with stress and difficult people?"
"What role does a rural physician play in their community and how do you see yourself filling that role? (I'm interested in rural medicine)"
"Why was your research important?"
"How did you manage to do so much of the activities in addition to school work?"
"Tell me about your research."
"At what point did you decide to choose medicine as a career?"
"Explain how this influenced you (activity from resume)"
"Why do you want to be a physician."
"If you had one liver to transplant and two candidates (a 30 yr old alcoholic and a 14 year old honor student) which would you choose and why?"
"Tell me what you feel makes a good leader and then relate that to your own leadership experience."
"just asked me about leadership, service, clinical work, and research I have done...stuff they had in my file."
"Tell me about your leadership experience."
"Have you applied to any other schools? Which ones?"
"asked me about my leadership experience"
"Questions regarding my file!!"
"Why not do research?"
"tell me about your research"
"Why a doctor? "
"what's a weakness you have?"
"Why Utah? (I'm from out-of-state)"
"Tell me about your time working in the operating room."
"Why do you want to go to medical school?"
"Tell about a hardship you have had and how you dealt with it."
"Why do you want to be a doctor? Do you know what you're getting into?"
"Tell me about your volunteer work."
"Who was a teacher that influenced your life, and how did he/she teach?"
"What are your strengths/weaknesses?"
"What is the last book you read?"
"What type of difficult person have you encountered and how have you dealt with them?"
"I see you took the MCAT twice (which I did not). How did you study differently to do so much better?"
"Talk about your research experience?"
"Was there a moment or experience that had an impact on your decision to become a physician?"
"How would you design a spice rack for a blind person?"
"What is a weakness you have?"
""Where else have you applied?""
"What are the pros and cons of being a doctor?"
"How do you see your life being 15 years from now?"
"Describe what makes a good leader."
"Tell me about your research/ involvement with XX organization, etc."
"Tell me about yourself. What you like to do. "
"Woman getting a Cesarian and her platelets are low. Of course, her religion calls for no infusion of blood products. She says no blood products. She passes out. She is in a bad way. Her husband says "give her blood." What do you do?"
"Sorry - I will decline to share this."
"The interviewer told me his 90yr old mother with dementia needed a hip replacement surgery and asked if I was her doctor whether or not I'd try to convince him to allow the surgery. Why or Why not?"
"How would you describe your best friend?"
"nothing out of the ordinary at all."
"How do you cope with failure?"
"What are some suggestions you have to alleviate the problem of overworked doctors?"
"Ethics: Physician assisted suicide scenario. After the interview, the doctor told me his father had suffered for two weeks in hospice care before dying because the doctor was afraid to prescribe too much pain medication. I was really happy about the way I answered, and that I stuck with my convictions when he criticized me."
"What do you think will be the worst part of being a physician in the future?"
"Talked about healthcare reform, health policy."
"What was Taiwan like?"
"Would you kill Hitler?"
"Nothing really, all the questions were pretty typical."
"Nothing really out of the norm."
"The questions were very basic. They didn't even ask why medicine or biggest health care problem."
"Who do you think is a strong leader?"
"You made the claim that you had researched for over 50 hours over only two months with this professor, that seems like a lot, should we call to verify that?"
"explain how education is the key to ending the cycle of poverty (something from my personal statement)"
"Same as most difficult."
"If you had a magic wand and could fix one problem healthcare faces, what would you fix and why?"
"An ethical situation. Say you are a 3rd year student on rotations as a OB/GYN. You and 3 other people are attending a patient knocked out on anesthesia and your attendee tells you to perform a pelvic exam. The other students perform the pelvic exam, and it is finally your turn when you realize that you haven't personally obtained the patient's consent. What do you do? What if the attendee threatens to write a bad evaluation that will affect your chances for residency if you decline to perform the pelvic exam? "
"What accomplishments are you proud of?"
"Do you think Competition is good or bad?"
"Tell me about X country that you visited and your medical experiences there. Tell me about the culture."
"Tell me what you think about this ethical situation..."
"What do you think is the biggest problem with healthcare today? (there were no questions that were particularly intellectually stimulating)"
"what are some of the negative aspects of health care you've experienced? "
"What is the riskiest thing you have ever done? What is the most important public health issue and how would you choose to attack it?"
"The faculty interview was great - informal/conversational. The 4th year interview was strange because he simply pulled out a sheet of ''good'' questions. The most interesting involved a heart transplant dilema and deciding between two patients - a 35 year old drugee or a 70 year old grandfather."
"If you were a leader of a country that had a conflict with another country, how would you make decisions? Who would you have as advisors? What are the important characteristics of a leader? Much more questions about leadership."
"Tell me an experience that has shaped your life?"
"How did your up-bringing affect your choice to become a doctor?"
"A lot of students say they want to go to medical school, what is the difference between you (the ones that do), and the ones that don't go through with it."
"If you were the leader of a country what things would you take into consideration, who would you consult?"
"What characteristic in you will make you a good doctor?"
"If you could only persue one extra-curricular activity throughout MEdical School, what would it be? (I said sports and he really liked that!)"
"If you were any object, what would you be and why?"
"Why does a fire truck come on every medical call? Can't an ambulance just handle it? (talking about my job)"
"What was the most influential experience you had while volunteering?"
"Tell me about a time you failed."
"Why is Dostoevsky considered exsistential (we were talking about my hobbies)?"
"Would the debt incured from a medical education effect your choice of a specialty? "
"If you could only choose one extracurrucular activity to participate in during med school, what would it be?"
"What is the biggest problem in medicine today?"
"Was asked about a Tolstoy book I was reading, turned out the fourth year interviewing student had an interest in philosophy."
"If you were the director/physician of a clinic in France and one of your nurses wore a head covering as part of their religion, knowing this is against regulations and the law how would you handle the situation?"
"I volunteer at a research clinic that is doing clinical trails for drug companies. The MD wanted to know the names of the drugs and some of the ingredients used. Some of the information he asked I am not allowed to give due to privacy issues. I mentioned this to the MD and he understood. I gave him one ingredient that is used in the research and he checked it out on a computer during the interview."
"What role do you think your religion will play in your practice as a physician?"
" How would you as a leader manage potential conflict?"
"Tell me more about your research."
"A Basic Ethical Question"
"Do you have intentions of becoming a writer on the side?"
"If you died today, what would you want engraved on your tombstone to reflect who you are?"
"We were talking about problems in healthcare and the foreseeable changes in American healthcare, and the bureaucracies in medicine, etc., and I was asked where I felt I would fit in all of that, as a physician, and what role I would play."
"What is the best critisism that you have ever recieved?"
"What would my friends say about my strengths and weaknesses if I was not present to hear them?"
"If we do not accept you, what will you do to improve your application for us next year? (As if I wouldn't be applying or getting into any other medical schools!)"
"If you were working in the ER and a patient came in complaining of back pain and you suspicion was that the patient just simply wanted pain killers, what would you do?"
"What demands might be placed on a rural physician in Utah (I am from out of state...)"
"What other service have you completed other than what is listed in your application?"
"Nothing particularily interesting. Just basic med school questions. They try to keep it very conversational. Interviewers have everything in your file except grades and MCATs and the interviews are designed to assess whether you as a person would fit in at the school."
"what is your favorite book? why? followed up by, what is the last book you read?"
"A variety of ethical questions."
"What are some positive and negative parts of the medical profession as a whole?"
"none, all the questions were about my file."
"What is the best piece of criticism you have received?"
"All of the questions I was asked were very straight forward."
"If you were in a bind who would you call?"
"So, tell me about some adventure you've had."
"What do you think are some of the qualities of a doctor?"
"Why did you choose to go to (my undergrad school) instead of the U?"
"Describe the strengths and weaknesses of one of your friends?"
"Which characteristic trait helped you to overcome [X experience]?"
"So, tell me about this Wedding Coordinating Experience? (I spent last summer running 3 weddings, one of which I did all the flower arrangements and cake for) "
"I was asked typical questions. The interviewer didn't have my grade or MCAT info, but asked a lot about my activities and experiences."
"Why did you travel and what did you do there? That was a great question to answer and I liked the interviewer alot. There was a question about the state of healthcare today, which is pretty standard I would guess."
"What do you think is the biggest problem in health care and how would you fix it?"
"Why have you not written more letters to the editor?"
"Talk about a time when you faced adversity and how you dealt with it?"
"What is the hardest thing about being a follower?"
"If you have a 5 quart bucket and a 3 quart bucket only and a tap of water (unlimited source) how would you measure 4 quarts?"
"Tell me about an ethical situation you have been in, and what did you do about it?"
"What I thought about malpractice insurance?"
"Everything question was about my file, like... I read in your file that you did this... tell me about that experience. It was a very pleasant conversation with both."
"What are your weaknesses and do you really believe they are weaknesses?
"Who has been your greatest mentor?"
"How do deal with suffering?"
"What my stance was on the pending case against McDonalds, which states that McDonalds caused a man to become overweight."
"What has been one of the most influential criticisms you have received in your life? What did you do with that criticism?"
"What do you do in your leisure time? Yeah interesting right? I know its not but really every question was very basic. They could have asked my favorite color and it would have been more interesting."
"What do you think are the challanges of a doctor?"
"I want you to tell me a joke?"
"We discussed the State Audit done last year on the U of U's admissions process.
"Tell me about your work with an environmental group."
"How do you feel about Physchiatry?"
"If you could eat with anyone in history, who would it be?
"Will you do an Elvis impersonation? (Had to do with ECs)
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