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Good Q's for Med Schools

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by Sicamic, Oct 30, 2002.

  1. Sicamic

    Sicamic Junior Member
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    Oct 16, 2002
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    Hey all,

    this may be a chumpy question, but - what are some good questions to respond with when you get the "do you have any questions for me?" Q in interviews? I feel like I'm going to garner a lot of info via the website & tours, so there are a limited range of questions that aren't things I should already know if I had adequately researched the school ahead of time. As always, any help would be much appreciated (or if there have already been threads on this, that would be helpful, too.)

  2. TroutBum

    TroutBum Senior Member
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    Jun 15, 2002
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    I'm not sure how to respond, other than say that you should just research the school ahead on your own and see if there's anything you're still wondering about. Most of the questions I have about different schools are about the social and living situations, which are more suited to asking the student tour guides or interviewers, if they have student interviewers.

    Personally, I hate the "Do you have any questions?" question. By the time I actually hear this question from the interviewer or adcom person, I've been reading up on the school, been talking to others about the school, and have already gotten a bevy of information about the school from the school before the interview and at the interview day. But it makes you feel like you're not interested in the school if you don't have brilliantly formulated questions.

    Pardon my venting.
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  3. lll505

    lll505 Senior Member
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    Aug 22, 2002
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    Committment to diversity at the school is pretty impt to me, so if a school makes that claim, I'm interested in finding out how they do it, minority support, etc.

    If there is something that particularly attracted you to the school, maybe ask questions that expand on it, but ask genuine questions - they'll see right through you if you just ask something just to ask.
  4. lola

    lola Bovine Member
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    Mar 22, 2002
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    off the top of my head :laugh:...

    31 Questions I Wish I Had Asked
    Medical schools, like individuals, are very different?in their philosophies, faculties, curricula, and the type of students they attract. Consequently, selecting the "best" medical school for you can be very challenging. The following set of questions was compiled by medical students from across the country to assist you in evaluating the schools you will visit. This list is by no means complete; it was designed to serve as a base for your own questions. Keep in mind that the interview represents a wonderful time for you to learn, so don't be shy about asking anyone your questions. Congratulations on your career choice and good luck with interviews!
    Organization of Student Representatives
    Association of American Medical Colleges
    January 1992

    1. Are there any special programs for which this medical school is noted?

    2. Describe this school's curriculum in the pre-clinical and clinical years. Are there any innovations, like Problem-Based Learning?
    3. Are there opportunities for students to design, conduct, and publish their own research?
    4. Is there a note-taking service? If so, is it Univeristy-run or student-run?
    5. Is there flexibility in the coursework (the number of electives) and the timing of the courses (accelerating, decelerating, and time off) during the pre-clinical and clinical years?
    6. Has this medical school, or any of its clinical departments, been on probation or had its accreditation revoked?
    7. How do students from this medical school perform on the National Board Examinations? How does the school assist students who do not pass?

    8. How are students evaluated academically? How are clinical evaluations performed?
    9. Is there a formal mechanism in place for students to evaluate their professors and attending physicians? What changes have been made recently as a result of this feedback?

    Counseling/Student Support
    10. What kind of academic, personal, financial, and career counseling is available to students? Are these services also offered to their spouses and dependents/children?
    11. Is there a mentor/advisor system? Who are the advisors?faculty members, other students, or both?
    12. How diverse is the student body? Are there support services or organizations for ethnic minorities and women?

    13. Tell me about the library and extracurricular facilities (i.e., housing and athletic/recreational facilities).
    14. Are there computer facilities available to students? Are they integrated into the curriculum/learning?
    15. What type of clinical sites?ambulatory, private preceptors, private hospitals, rural settings? are available or required for clerkships? Does this school allow for students to do rotations at other institutions or internationally?
    16. Is a car necessary for clinical rotations? Is parking a problem?

    Financial Aid
    17. What is the current tuition and fees? Is this expected to increase yearly? If so, at what rate?
    18. Are there stable levels of federal financial aid and substantial amounts of university/medical school endowment aid available to students?
    19. Are there students who have an "unmet need" factor in their budget? If so, where do these students come up with the extra funds?
    20. Are spouses and dependents/children covered in a student's budget?
    21. Is someone available to assist students with budgeting and financial planning?
    22. Does this school provide guidance to its students, and to its graduates/alumni, on debt management?

    Student Involvement
    23. What medical school committees (e.g., curriculum committee) have student representation?
    24. Are students involved in (required or voluntary) community service?
    25. How active is the Student Council/Government? Are there other student organizations?

    26. Is there an established protocol for dealing with student exposure to infectious diseases? Is disability insurance provided to cover this exposure?
    27. Does this school provide, or does the student pay for, vaccinations against Hepatitis B or prophylactic AZT treatment in case of a needle-stick or accident?
    28. Is there a school Honor Code? Is there a grievance process/procedure? Are the students involved?

    29. May I see a list of residency programs to which this school's recent graduates were accepted?

    Questions to Ask Yourself
    30. Does this school have strengths in the type of medicine (primary versus specialized care, urban versus rural practice environment, academic medicine versus private practice) that I will want to practice?
    Would I be happy at this school (for at least the next four years)?
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  5. allan120

    allan120 Member
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    Sep 28, 2002
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    Thank you AAMC webs--err, lola. ;) Too bad we can't use any of those questions at UVA, since they have answers to all of them on their website. :)
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