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  • Dalhousie University Faculty of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Halifax
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

2 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

40 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At a regional location

How many people interviewed you?

2

What was the style of the interview?

One-on-one

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 1)?

"Why do you want to become a doctor?" Report Response

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 2)?

"Tell me more about your experience doing _______" Report Response

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 3)?

"Are you interested in a particular specialty within medicine?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"The questions were really quite standard - nothing that I would call "interesting", but because they were open-ended, the onus was on ME to make the answers interesting.!" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"I didn't find myself up against any really difficult questions (I was dreading the old standard, "If your sister/mother/cousin was sitting here, what would they say would be some of your weaknesses/strengths", but they didn't ask that). They asked about what I thought of the Canadian/Nova Scotian health care system, and what I would do if I didn't get in, but nothing difficult at all. " Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"I went to the CMA website and reviewed their wonderful section on Bioethics for Clinicians - complete with case examples, it was a great first step in learning how to deal with ethical issues! Read over your essays and supplemental sheet of your application, because that's all they have in front of them to go by. Read up on the Nova Scotia Department of Health website, esp. the Media Releases section. Go to the Dal Med site and review the curriculum, vis a vis the COPS program." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"My interview was held in the IWK Chest Clinic, which was a wonderful, warm place with lots of good energy. Dr. Hughes was on hand to greet people and chat with people as they waited for their interview. The interviewers were wonderfully caring and interested in what you have to say. All these things made for a really comfortable interview, and made me want to be a part of Dalhousie Medicine even more!" Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Nothing comes to mind, actually. I'm from Halifax, so I'm very familiar with the medical school and the facilities. Everything about the interview met or exceeded my expectations. " Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Nothing took me off guard. I know some people get anxious about what to wear for the interview. FYI, the appropriate dress would be a suit for men, and a suit or skirt/blouse for women. The IWK, like many institutions in Nova Scotia, is a Scent Free environment, so it would be wise to keep the perfumes to a minimum." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"This was an incredibly positive experience. The interview was a good conversation more than anything else. In my opinion, the interview process at Dal is geared for those who are fundamentally passionate about medicine. My advice for anyone is to do a lot of soul-searching before you apply and interview. If you really don't FEEL why you want to pursue medicine, then get in touch with yourself and find out. Medical students at Dal are a vivacious, driven crowd, and for the most part, they're not in medicine for the prestige or money. Dal looks for mature, well-rounded individuals, and the interview process is set up to find out who those people are. " Report Response

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On what date did the interview take place?

02/08/2003

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