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"Perhaps make sure that the interviewers are able to fully understand the interviewees."
"Find more appropriate faculty to conduct interviews"
"Be sure the interviewers know they are supposed to be interviewing! Other than that, it was a great day!"
"None. Almost everyone there was super helpful, nice, and funny!"
"More substantial vegetarian options for lunch!"
"Great Job!!! Everyone was very nice and helpful!!"
"Get enthusiastic tour guides; don't tour when it's hot; show us the SIM center; we don't need to see the rare book room; get someone to do the welcome who won't sound like they're quashing our reasons to go into medical school...."
"Tours could be better - our guide wasnt quite sure where to take us, and ended up in a lot of hurric"
"None. Great job!!!"
"Why have you decided to pursue medicine and what are the events that have led up to this decision?"
"You only raised $XXXX for the race you directed?"
"Why should I believe anything you say?"
"What do you know about the current events going on in healthcare?"
"What difficulties do you see in a career in medicine?"
"Why medicine? Why at UTMB?"
"Describe your research experience"
"What is a human rights issue that has significance to you?"
"Where would you like to travel (we talked about places I had traveled before for school or family)?"
"Why are you interested in a career in medicine?"
"Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10 years?"
"Have you thought about what it will be like dealing with patients who think they know what is better for them?"
"First interviewer was closed file and she asked me what I thought about healthcare today and the changes that will happen."
"Why do you want to me a doctor"
"Do you read self-help books?"
"do you have any questions for me?"
"So tell me... Why medicine?"
"The first interviewer didn't ask me any questions....he talked about hope and what that means to a dying patient for the entire half hour."
"You have extensive experience in the arts, why not pursue that as a career?"
"How have you displayed maturity/responsibility in your life thus far? How do you think you are prepared for the rigors of medschool?
"What qualities do you have that would make you a good physician?"
"Tell me about yourself. What do you do outside of school? Why medicine? Tell me about your research. "
"Standard questions. Not too hard."
"One open-file, one closed-file. Tell me about yourself."
"When did you decide you wanted to become a doctor?"
"What got you interested in medicine?"
"Is there anything you would like to know about me?"
"What influenced you to go into medicine?"
"What books do you like to read?"
"What experience do you have in healthcare?
This is not a question but: Tell me about yourself."
"why do you want to come to galveston?"
"I see you're from the state of XX. What makes you want to come to TX?"
"Why did you go to the college and high school you went to?"
"How do you think you would work in a PBL setting?"
"Why didn't you do biochem research? Why did you do Org. Chem research when it won't apply to medicine? What exactly did you do in the lab? Why do you want to be a doctor? Why did you major in business? You majored in business, why don't you go get a business job? What books have you read in the past year? What do you see yourself doing in 10 years? How would you integrate research and clinical practice? "
"describe who you are"
"What about being a doctor do you like?
"What is the major problem you see in healthcare right now?"
"Where are your mother and father from? (they were born outside of the US)"
"If somebody came to you with a problem, but couldn't tell you what it was, how do you help them solve it?"
"Tell me about yourself. (both interviews)"
"How do you intend to pay for medical school? (Asked in different ways by both interviewers.)"
"Why do you want to be a doctor?"
"When did I know I wanted to practice medicine?"
"Tell me about your extracurricular activities as an undergrad."
"What is your full life story? (I have moved around frequently between different countries.)"
"If you didn't get into medical school this year, what would you do and how would you improve your application if you choose to apply again?"
"How did you get started on medicine... kind like a calling?"
"So you spent a semester abroad in Italy? Tell me about it?"
"What kinds of problems in healthcare do you think you'll face and what are some possible solutions?"
"What would you do if you didn't get into medical school?"
"Why do you want to become a doctor?"
"Nothing out of the ordinary."
"Tell me a little bit about yourself..."
"Tell me about your research experiences."
"What do you like to do to relax?"
"Where do you see yourself in 10 years?"
"What are your study habits?"
"Describe your most important extracurricular activity."
"Why nursing and then medicine? Did you plan this all along?"
"What type of exposure to medicine have you had?"
"How would you tell an individual who was overweight that they needed to lose weight?"
"What is your biggest weakness/ strength?"
"What do you like to do for fun?"
"Who is your hero"
"If you were a genetic consultant, would you feel comfortable telling parents that their child has a deadly disease? What if you know that your answer would lead to an abortion?"
"What else do you do?"
"Why do you want to do medicine?"
"What's your GPA?"
"What do you think about the importance of having accountability as a physician."
"Who is your hero?"
"If not medicine, then what?"
"What will be the hardest part of being at medical school?"
"What else would you like to tell me about yourself that isn't on your application?"
"What do your younger siblings think of your medical aspirations?"
"Standards. What are your mootivations for wanting to become a doctor?"
"How would your mother describe you? Your friends?"
"How will you balance family and practicing medicine?"
"Tell me about your research."
"What specialty are you interested in?"
"How do you plan to pay for med school? She also kept pushing this issue as if my answer of student loans and family assistence wasn't good enough."
"Are you a bookworm? What have you read recently?"
"Do you think you are mature enough to be a doctor and why?"
"Mostly just conversational. We talked some about health policy which is important because all UTMB hospitals are public hospitals, but the school owns them which is nice. "
"Tell me about your research. You'd better know this stuff pretty well - they aren't going to take it in disdain, they will be genuinely curious."
"Why do you want to be a physician?"
"How did you end up in Houston?"
"No specific questions were asked by either of my interviewers. We just started talking about stuff and it was completely conversational."
"Tell me about your research (clinical research)!"
"Tell me about yourself, and why you want to be a doctor."
"How will you handle having a family and being a doctor?"
"Tell me about yourself."
"What do you think makes a good medical school?"
"What would you like to know about UTMB-Galveston?"
"Have you had any humanities classes?"
"How would you balance your personal life with your professional life?"
"just basic questions, very conversational while still asking you impt ones like why medicine ect"
"Tell me about your volunteer work?"
"Why do you want to go to Galveston specifically"
"Tell me about yourself?"
"What do you do in your spare time?"
"Why a doctor?"
"What else do you do besides studying and going to class?"
"How are you planning to pay for med school?"
"tell me about your research"
"Strengths/ weaknesses; "
"What sort of specialty are you interested in? Tell me about yourself."
"Tell me about your family."
"Where do you see yourself in 10-15 years?"
"So, tell me about yourself?"
"Tell me about yourself"
"What do I know about Galveston & UTMB?"
"What do you do when you're not studying?"
"What kind of leadership experience do you have."
"Describe a happy and sad time in your life."
"What do you know about Problem Based Learning?"
"Do you have any questions?"
"Tell me about yourself. (This very vague, very open-ended question was how both interviewers began the interview.)"
"Tell me about your family and where you grew up."
"Why doesn't your sister want to be a doctor?"
"why medicine? Is there one particular event that made up your mind? Do you know anyone in medicine or medical school that you talk to about the career choice?"
"As a reapplicant, what have you done since your last application?"
"Where have you traveled & how did that change you?"
"Tell me about your research?(When I answered the lady told me she hates my area of reasearch)"
"Why medicine? Tell me about your work in the hospital."
"Why UTMB. Why Texas. "
"Why TX? (I'm a NJ resident)"
"What "challenges" are there in medicine today?"
"Where does your family live?"
"Both interviewers led off by asking if I had questions for them. Be ready with questions!"
"Typical questions were asked. No surprise/interesting questions."
"You only raised $XXXX for the race you directed?"
"What was the most interesting class you took in college?"
"Parents aren't putting pressure on you to be a doctor?"
"What is your definition of professionalism/What kind of person irritates you?"
"Why not become a teacher?"
"What type of friends do you like to associate with"
"Interviewer had me role play as my best/closest friend and talk about myself from her point of view."
"My first interview, we talked alot about the history of Galveston and the school's ties to the city. Our conversation naturally went this direction, and so it was very relaxed."
"The PhD mentioned that he had 3 kids and I'm the middle child, so he asked, "Give me a middle child perspective on growing up.""
"Do you eat healthy?"
"Describe one of your friends to me. What to you like about him? What's one of his weaknesses?"
"How does oil/the oil industry affect your individual health?"
"Nothing too interesting."
"What would a patient of yours experience based on your personality"
"Not much interesting? Seemed like laid back, routine interview?"
"do you have any questions for me?"
"Your hobbies seem very introverted. Why are you interested in interacting with people as a physician?"
"All pretty standard stuff...nothing out of the blue."
"Did your father's death cause you to resent medicine for a while?"
"How do you think the aging process occurs?"
"If you have a 6-year old patient who you know has one and half years to live, how will you break the news to the family and to the patient?"
"My second interviewer was totally chilled and awesome. It was very conversational and enjoyable."
"Meh, nothing too difficult..."
"How will you balance being a physician and having a family?"
"Is there one question you would like to ask me?"
"None were particularly interesting in a good way"
"A question that referenced my personal statement"
"None, really -- pretty standard questions."
"What was the happiest moment in your life?"
"What do you think you would offer to your patients as a doctor?"
"What do you see as the future of healthcare?"
"What was the happiest moment of your life? What is your favorite place?"
"How do you think insurance effects the practice of medicine?"
"(Prefaced with a conversation about how antibiotics are becoming less effective...) If you were a pediatrician, how would you tell a mother with a sick infant that it would be better for the child to not take antibiotics?"
"As a teacher, how do you prepare lessons / what kind of materials do you use in the classroom?"
"All the questions were interesting and nice"
"how would you tell a family that their child was terminally ill?"
"If you could have dinner with anyone dead or alive, who would it be? "
"What books have you read in the past year?"
"what does your dad do?"
"What was the lowest point in your life?"
"If you had as much money as you wanted, what place would you choose to go and why? (no questions were really that interesting, just straightforward conversational type questions)"
"how would you deal with a little boy whose legs you were forced to amputate and his parents"
"My PhD interviewer told me about his daughter having some sort of abdominal pain and asked me how I would go about diagnosing her."
"None were really ''interesting. Mostly standard fare."
"Imagine somebody comes with you to a problem, but they can't tell you what it is. How do you help them solve the problem?"
"How do you think you will deal with being a woman in a field predominated by men?"
"Do you have trouble with the idea of taking out loans to pay for medical school? (based on my background in business)"
"What do you know about skin?"
"Do you typically lead discussions in a group or do you sit back and listen? Explain."
"How is the big mud hole up north?"
"How is my background in finance going to help my medical career?"
"Can't think of any. "
"How do you feel about the cervical cancer vaccine?"
"What criticism about others have you heard that makes you most annoyed?"
"Nothing - first interviewer was conversational and second didn't ask much."
"How do you plan to juggle your personal/relationship life with the life of a doctor?"
"Describe a healthcare problem in psychiatry and give a possible solution. (It seemed like he wanted to talk about the over-diagnosis of ADD.)"
"So what does your email address mean?"
"How are you going to finance your education?"
"None, they were all typical."
"Have you had any encounters with monkeys?"
"Not many questions at all. I asked most of the questions. Other than that it was more like a conversation. I guess the most interesting question was "Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?""
"What would you describe as the best time in your life?"
"How would you set-up this research experiment (given some details of the problem)?"
"More conversational... not a lot of questions."
"What's the hardest thing you've ever had to do?"
"How do cancer survivors know when they are survivors (we were talking about some policy research I was doing)"
"describe your research as if you were explaining it to your mother"
"What was a defining moment or decision that happened during college?"
"Who is your hero and why"
"How dou you define Professionalism? "
"What would you do about the situation in Pakistan?"
"So what do you think about Iraq? (Just a casual question, maybe because I'm Moslem)."
"Why did you join the military? and Are you still married?"
"about my research"
"How would you solve the dicotomy between treating patients well and having to see alot of patients?"
"How ready are you to make the sacrifices required by a career in medicine?"
"How does the healthcare system in India compare to the healhcare system in the U.S.?"
"What do you see as the negative aspects of medicine in the US and in Nigeria?"
"If a child fell from a 10 ft. celing and was broght to the ER with no outside abrasions or lacerations, and seemed fine mentally what is the first thing that you as a physician would do?"
"What do you think about this painting? (Turns out his son gave it to him as a gift.) "
"When one interviewer saw that I was a political science major, he started asking me about health care policy, and if I thought it should be a privilege or a right."
"standard stuff; why md? what field do you want to go into?"
"What is the one criticism that makes you most sensitive?"
"Mostly just standard stuff"
"Being the oldest in your generation, do you feel pressure to succeed?"
"What was the hardest life experience you have had to deal with?"
"Nothing very interesting...just ordinary questions"
"it was all pretty conversational- nothing too interesting"
"Any interesting questions I had were directly related to the material in my file - I felt like my interviewers were genuinely interested in me and not in asking me really tough, what-if questions."
"As a reapplicant what have you done in order to improve your application?"
"If there was one place you could travel to anywhere in the world, where would it be? Why?"
"Nothing. All questions were either standard or badgering."
"How come you didn't apply to Baylor?"
"Since hockey is a rough sport, how does it prepare you for being a calm, compassionate physician?"
"Tell me about a happy time in your life."
"How did you become interested in medicine? (standard questions...nothing special)"
"No ununusual questions."
"Sorry, don't remember"
"What characteristics drew me to UTMB"
"Have you worked out the net present value of going into medicine over the potential future earnings in Finance? (I have a degree in finance)"
"Do you know any doctors from your hometown?"
"I didn't get any non-standard questions."
"nothing too interesting"
"Since you are interested in microbiology research, what do you think about our new BSL-4?"
"What is the role of a physician in the 21st century?"
"Pretty standard interview questions. Nothing too interesting."
"What is the biggest problem facing healthcare and medicine today?"
"What was the unhappiest time in your life?"
"Do you have any questions for me? Not just about the school, you can ask me anything. "
"How do you think you will handle the debt that you will incur during medical school?"
"When does the U.S. medical system spend the greatest amount of money during an average person's lifespan?"
"(In the future)...A couple asks you to use gene therapy to change the IQ and eye color of their unborn baby. What do you do?"
"Do you thing you are ready to commit to the difficulties of a medical school Curriculum?"
"How do you deal with people that you can't stand? (Several questions leading up to this one.)"
"What makes you angry?"
"What do you like to do to relieve stress?"
"What do I think about telemedicine?"
"What should I tell the committee about you?"
"What would you do if you started med school and discovered that it wasn't intellectually challenging afterall?"
"I'm a student in your group. I'm difficult to get along with and none of the students like me. They approach you to try to rectify the stituation. What would you do? "
"What is something very unique about you?"
"Looking back on your whole life, what is your most significant accomplishment?"
"About my family background and the community I grew up in. "
"Name an experience from the Er that made you want to become a physician."
"How would you shoot this scene (interview) if you were filming a movie? (I was a film major)"
"What qualities do you have will help you become a good physician?"
"What books do you read?"
"Do you realize that medical school is expensive? *later* How do you plan to pay for medical school? *again* Have you you considered the cost of medical school? (I guess medical school is expensive?!)"
"As a reapplicant, what have you done since your last application?"
"Why does [my school] have a >90% acceptance rate to med school?"
"my thoughts about correctional medicine"
"What kind of books do I enjoy?"
"nothing really interesting---just talked about myself"
"How was I going to balance school & being married?
How much would I be willing to sacrifice to go to school?"
"I had a lady and a guy interview and the interview w/ the guy was so much more interesting. he asked, "who is your role model?""
"You study politics. What are some challenges posed by capitalism on medicine?"
"Does your little sister want to be a doctor, too?"
"Do you enjoy teaching yourself?"
"Name a time where you had to deal with a very difficult person and how you handled it."
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