I must comment, this forum is on caffeine, for I can hardly keep up and keep track. Anyway, seeing that the dreaded interview dates are fast approaching, I want to get some ideas on certain topics that might come up on the interviews, as well as suggestions on how to answer them. 1. Back-up plan. In my situation (and based on my application credentials), I do not have a concrete "back-up" plan. I have been advised to have one, because interviewers insist on looking for an answer other than "reapplying". I thought about P.A.s (physician assistants), seeing that the requirements and practices are similar to that of an M.D. 2. Religious controversies.(Applied to Jesuit/Christian schools) I did nonmedical volunteer work for a religious organization, but this organization is somewhat controversial for its recruitment tactics. After struggling as to whether I should mention this in one essay, I finally gave in to including this piece of information for the sake of honesty (i.e. a question specifically asked for "religious involvement"). I have nothing to do with recruitment... I only wanted the experience of doing community service (specifically for the orphanage that was sponsored by that organization). 3. The Yale Curriculum (esp. for those who chose Yale) My reasons for choosing a competition-free/stress-free curriculum (for the first two years anyway) seem to be mundane (e.g. to have a little more freedom in organizing life's schedules in pursuit of a well-rounded experience), I need more info on actual benefits other than the few that Yale has on their website and viewbook. ____________ Another thing worth mentioning: I honestly find predicatble questions difficult (e.g. why medicine and what are the values of a good physician that you feel are needed and list those that you have). I understand that there is no good resource for getting answers to these questions (even from interviewfeedback), simply because of the competitive nature of having "the good answers". But perhaps medical students could help us struggling interviewees out, mmm? I understand that the applicant is unique and thus honesty is the best teacher, but sometimes honest answers can be forged peripherally from experiences of others. Anyway, my thanks to all for making this a superb forum.