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  • University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Toronto
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?

50 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?

Closed file

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

"Tell us about yourself. " Report Response

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

"How do you reconcile your very broad range of interests with a career in medicine. " Report Response

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

"You are in your surgical clerckship. A patient expresses (in writing) his wish that his surgery be performed only by the certified surgeon (no residents). In the surgical room preparing for the operation (patient is under), the surgeon walks in and says that he talked with the patient and it's ok for the resident to do the work. The resident operates, and at the end, the surgeon asks you to suture the patient. What do you do? After the patient wakes up, you are in his room and he asks you "did doctor X do the operation all by himself, like I asked?" What do you tell the patient? Now answer those questions again assuming that doctor X (the surgeon) is the physician evaluating you for this clerkship. " Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"How do you rationalize your concerns about animal rights with a professed interest in research (ie. animal testing)?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"You have applied for a grant to do medical work in africa to combat AIDS. You receieve the grant of $5000 and are about to leave. What are your concerns and how will you spend the money? " Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read interview feedback. Read online about the canadian medical system and ethical issues (euthanasia, abortion, jehovah's witnesses' blood). Reviewed my essay and my research. " Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The interviewers seemed very interested in me personally. They asked questions (aside from the scenario ones and a couple standards) that demonstrated they had carefully reviewed my application. " Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Many interesting areas of the medical school were temporarily closed, and first-year students were in the middle of a test, so we didn't see any of them. First year, they have classes 9-5. Tuition is very high for a canadian school, $18,000 for residents (I think) and $30,000 for americans/international. In US dollars, those numbers are about 14,000 and 23,000, respectively. " Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"How friendly everyone would be. I had gotten the impression that the interviews would be harsh and the students more competitive. The interview was certainly challenging, but the interviewers were very personable. Also, UofT does a lot of research and gets a lot of money. They have far more research money than any other school in Canada, and the school puts out the second largest number of publications in North America, after Harvard. " Report Response

What are your general comments?

"They day was very nice. Let the admissions officer, Leslie Taylor, know if you have any dietary restrictions. They were very accomodating. Interestingly, most (but not all) of the other interviewees were either undergraduates or graduates already at UofT. " Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

03/29/2004

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