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Can anyone tell some of the interview questions?

NJCU05

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    Guys,
    I am now starting to have my MD/PhD interviews. It is my first time, and I am a little stressed out from the PhD part. Could anyone tell me some exact questions asked in the PhD or MD/PhD interviews especially for UMDNJ-RWJMS?

    I appreciate your help.
     

    gaganheim

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      NJCU05 said:
      Guys,
      I am now starting to have my MD/PhD interviews. It is my first time, and I am a little stressed out from the PhD part. Could anyone tell me some exact questions asked in the PhD or MD/PhD interviews especially for UMDNJ-RWJMS?

      I appreciate your help.

      Step 1: relax, my PhD interviews have been more conversational than medical school ones
      You should expect the basics for every interview:
      Why MD/PhD instead of one or the other?
      Why our school?
      Where do you see yourself 10 years after training?
      Describe your research assuming I know nothing about the field.
      What makes you unique?

      Other things will come up, but they're usually not questions you can prepare for. Some prof's spend enough time with your application to come up with personalized questions, some don't. Good luck.
       

      Thundrstorm

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        Every single interviewer so far has asked me why the MD/PhD, and most have asked which I would choose if I didn't get into a joint program. Obviously, everyone wants to hear about your research; some ask probing questions, some just ask what you learned from the experience. I've been asked why I applied to the particular program, what kind of research I want to do for my PhD and why, and also about weaknesses in my app (for me, lack of clinical experience). Mostly, the interviews have been conversational, and for several interviews, half the time was spent discussing the interviewer's research interests.
         

        CaipirinhaQuinho

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          I interviewed there (umdnj-rwj) and i got asked the basic md/phd questions that everyone has already posted. I also got asked some very basic md-style questions like what's your greatest accomplishment, your worst/most embarrassing moment, what makes a good doctor, etc. I wasn't prepared for any of these questions and I ended up coming up with good answers for each off the top of my head. my advice is to be honest and just have a conversation with the people; they can almost always tell whether or not someone in genuine. In general interviews are easy, fun, and exciting. Remember (if the atmosphere is right) to throw in some funny stories or anecdotes here and there. Also remember to smile and look like you're having a good time. I always go in knowing my interviewers history (or at least which departments they are in) so i can make up 2-3 questions to ask them about the school. I generally go in with a very good attitude and I think of the whole interviewing process as a game in which the interviewer is challenging me with their questions. to win, i have to be myself and stun them with my goodness. maybe i'm a little too competitive, but that's what hopkins will do to ya. Good luck.
           
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