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  • University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Toronto
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Neutral

What was the stress level of the interview?

5 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

60+ minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?

2

What was the style of the interview?

In a group

What type of interview was it?

Open file

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

"Do you mind if we tape this? Tell us about yourself. Tell us about your research. Who is one of your mentors and why." Report Response

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

"What is one thing in your life that you are most proud of? Why medicine? Tell us about how you envision your career in the future. What are your hobbies?" Report Response

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

"How do you deal with stress? Compare the American and Canadian healthcare systems. Tell us about a recent Canadian healthcare policy you have been following in the news. What is one of your weaknesses? Describe yourself in one word. Describe one past experience where you faced an ethical dilemma and how you dealt with it. How do you deal with conflict, give an example. How will you contribute to the program? Do you consider yourself to be competitive? Do you have any questions for us? Do you have anything else you would like to tell us?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"What is one thing that someone who doesn't like you would say about you?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Compare and contrast the medicare system in the States vs. Canada. Also, what would a person who doesn't like you say about you." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"First and foremost, reread your essays and really think about what drives you, what motivates you and how life experiences have affected you and your career goals. I also read the newspaper for several weeks before the interview and brushed up on knowledge about the Canadian and American medicare systems and Canadian healthcare policies highlighted in the news recently. I did mock interviews with friends and talked to the other candidates before the interview to ease my nerves." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The interview was laid back. I was given plenty of time to respond and express myself. Time was of no factor." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The interviewers were extremely stiff and formal. They gave no feedback to my responses and did not follow up on anything that I said. Their questions were so standard and expected, that I was really hoping for a challenging and interesting question that involved some semblance of creativity. The interview did not flow as well as I would have liked it to." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Nothing really. I read up about the program on the website. One fun fact that I learned during the information session: U of T is second to Harvard in the number of research publications it puts out, which is impressive. The school is really research oriented and perfect for someone who wishes to combine the rote memory work of a physician with the investigative and curious nature of a clinical scientist." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I would give the interview a 6 on a scale of 10. The interview was laid back in the sense that the interviewers were not out to stump me, but I felt like it was too scripted. The questions were so standard that I had already anticipated all my answers beforehand. I never had to think on my feet. They asked a lot about my research experience, and about my underlying motivations for wanting to pursue a career in medicine. The physician continually scanned her notes and the med student seemed a little nervous himself. Although the interview was structured, there was no room for any dynamic interaction. I only got the interviewers to crack a smile in the last 5 minutes of the interview." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

02/21/2004

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