Thanks for the advice but how do I start? I don't know if I should start off by just telling them how I decided off bat because what if that's the next question? I'm still confused.crazy250 said:no, you should start with how you decided to become a doctor and relate to your experiences to that. all that other personal info isn't really necessary. who care when and where you are born. it's already on the amcas. remember, the interview is suppose to bring something out about you that wasn't clearly communicated on the paper applications.
Good advice...so start out by describing our present family situation?Amy B said:Gosh I HATE THIS QUESTION. I mean can't they narrow it down a bit. I got this in one of my interviews and thought, great, now where shall I begin.
I started out saying that I was a wife and mother of 2 kids that had decided to go back to school after the death of my very dear friend to Ovarian cancer. Then I talked about my undergrad time and a bit about my family. Thankfully that all lead to questions from her and things went smoothly. But I still hate hearing this question.
How did you start?southbelle said:I certainly don't think you should start at birth, but I also don't think you should start with medically related stuff such as why you are interested in medicine. Those questions will come in a bit.
I talked about my family. Where I lived. How old I was. What I was doing at the time(teaching middle school).coffeeluver said:How did you start?
This is actually what my premed advisor suggested and what I did at interviews. It worked well and usually led well into following conversations.southbelle said:I talked about my family. Where I lived. How old I was. What I was doing at the time(teaching middle school).
Indebt4Life said:I know a question that is much worse..." If accepted to X Medical School, how will you be able to contribute to the class of 200X" I HATE THIS QUESTION. Is there a right answer to this or do they just wanna make you sweat? I mean come on, I am gonna give them all my money, hence, in debt for life...I am gonna sacrifice my youth, vigor, social life...everything. what else do they want from me? my organs.
midlifecrisis said:Ask them, "Where would you like me to start?" I had two interviewers ask this question, and neither had read my ap. They didn't want any preconcieved notions.
The first time sucked, I started with what I felt was relevant info, later in life, and it became clear they really wanted a coherent life narative from the start. I sucked so bad I didn't get in....it was a school where interviews were very heavily weighted.
So the next time I asked the interviewer, "Where do you want me to start?" He said the beggining. This time I was prepared, and gave a succint little narative. He asked a couple follow ups and said have a nice day. I got in.
Definitely think about this question, have a couple versions in your mind....ie have a birth to present version and have a inspiration for MD to present version. Good luck.