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Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by nygirl6464, Oct 24, 2002.

  1. nygirl6464

    nygirl6464 Senior Member
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    I was wondering if anyone could let me know the best way to prepare for an interview...what is the best way to prepare for questions besides looking at other peoples feedback? Please help!!
     
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  3. tryingagain

    tryingagain Soon to have no life
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    I went on hikes every night with my fiance and gave her a list of questions (that I got from the internet) to ask me. After about 3 weeks I had a good idea of the bullet points I wanted to cover for each question. I found this really paid off in the interview.
     
  4. nygirl6464

    nygirl6464 Senior Member
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    thanks for getting back to me...did you just do a google search for commonly asked questions when you say you got them from the internet?
     
  5. tryingagain

    tryingagain Soon to have no life
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    No i actually did a search on this site. I'll try to find them for you.
    Hold on.
     
  6. tryingagain

    tryingagain Soon to have no life
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    I actually still had them on my harddrive. Here it goes:

    INTERVIEW QUESTIONS

    ***1. Know your application very well. Can't stress this enough. If you did research know what you did, how you did it, and read up on others work in your field. Also, any activity, medical or non-medical beable to disucss what you did in detail.

    ***2. Know why you want to be a doctor and give supporting evidence.

    ***3. Make sure you understand some of the hot ethical topics in medicine ie euthanasia, eugenics, stem cell research, gene anything, healthcare.

    ***4. Give reasons why you want to attend a school specifically.

    ***5. Easy One: Know yourself, be able to talk about your family and life.

    "What do you think your worst quality as a doctor would be"

    "When making a decision, do you consider all posible negeative outcomes? Give an example..."

    "Do you plan to 'pracitice what you preach' ?"

    "What would you do if a patient didn't like you?"

    "What would you do if a patient refused to do what you told them to do?"

    "How do you feel about the statement 'anytime someone says they are in pain, then they are in pain... no matter if it's phsycial or imaged' " (or something like that...)

    "Are you a perfectionist? explain..."

    "Do you expect perfection from others?"

    "Why do you want to be a Mayo graduate?"

    "Is it important for a doctor to be humble, why?"

    "Are you humble? On a scale from 1 to 10, how humble are you>"

    "What's one of your strongest characteristics?" (or something like that....)

    "How do you keep healthy?"

    "What is your history with smoking, drugs, and alcohol?"

    "Should a physician spend more time with a difficult patient or with a cooperative patient?"

    "Have you ever turned a negative situation into a positive one? Explain..."

    "What are your grades like?"

    ?Name a global problem and how physicians can work to solve it?
    ?What should I tell the committee about you?"
    ? Who are you?
    ? Why medical school?
    ? How would a friend describe you?
    ? Why do you want to be a doctor?
    ? How are you unique?
    ? List three things you want me to know about you.
    ? What are your strengths and weaknesses?
    ? Why should we accept you?
    ? Tell me about yourself.

    ? What other careers have you explored?
    ? Do you feel that you have a realistic view of medical school?
    ? Do you understand what the life of a doctor entails?
    ? What will you do if you don't get into medical school?
    ? Why do you want to attend this school?
    ? Why do you want to work with sick people?
    ? Is this school your top choice?
    ? Where else have you applied?
    ? Would you consider a foreign medical school?
    ? Where do you see yourself in 10/20/30 years?
    ? What do you want to specialize in?
    ? How do you plan to pay for medical school?
    ? What do you hope to get out of medicine?
    ? Do you have any concerns about this school?
    ? Do you have any ideas about your residency?
    ? Have you considered the advantages/disadvantages of living in this area?

    ? What work experience have you had?
    ? What health-care experience have you had?
    ? Tell me about your research experience.
    ? How have you prepared yourself for a career in medicine?
    ? What clinical/hospital experience have you had?
    ? What work experience do you wish you had?
    ? How have you contributed to your community?
    ? Tell me about a time you have helped someone.
    ? What volunteer experience have you had?
    ? What's your toughest subject?

    ? What do you see as the biggest challenge facing the field of medicine today?
    ? Demonstrate your understanding of HMOs, PPOs, and third-party providers.
    ? Are you aware of the upcoming surplus of doctors? How do you feel about it?
    ? How do you feel about the debate over the hours residents are forced to work?
    ? How would you advise patients who are interested in visiting an acupunc-?turist or chiropractor?
    ? What do you think about medical advice being available on the Web?
    ? Express your opinions on:
    o genetic engineering
    o the future of technology in medicine
    o government health-care issues
    o the high cost of health care
    o doctors' salaries
    o hospice care
    o alternative medicine
    o the role of spirituality in healing

    ? Tell me about a significant event in your life and how it shaped you.
    ? Do you have a favorite book/class/professor?
    ? Who do you not get along with and why?
    ? Which of your qualities would you want to pass down to your children?
    ? What about yourself would you change if you could?
    ? What three material objects are most important to you?
    ? What people have influenced you and how?
    ? Do you have any heroes?
    ? How do you handle stress?
    ? Give me an example of a time you contributed to a group effort.
    ? Tell me about a cross-cultural experience you have had.
    ? What do you do in your free time?
    ? What are your hobbies?
    ? What is your number one accomplishment?

    ? Would you work in an AIDS clinic?
    ? Would you prescribe birth control pills to a minor without parental consent?
    ? Have you ever cheated or helped a friend cheat?
    ? How will you deal with know-it-all patients?
    ? Give your opinions on:
    o genetic engineering
    o abortion
    o euthanasia
    o providing clean needles to addicts
    o supplying condoms to schools
    o animal research






    QUESTIONS TO ASK THE INTERVIEWER

    1. What is the relationship like between students and professors?
    2. What is the relationship like between 1st and 2nd yer students?
    3. What are the exam schedules like?
    4. What activities are there on campus?
     
  7. nygirl6464

    nygirl6464 Senior Member
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    thank you soooo much tryingagain!!! that was really cool of you to post the questions for me! good luck. where have you interviewed so far? i am kind of feeling a bit anxious b/c it seems taht everyone has a ton of interviews...i guess i just need to be really patient.
     
  8. lola

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    yes, thank you :) that's a great start!
     

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