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Interview!! HELP! Unions?? Abortions??

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by old_one, Mar 9, 2002.

  1. old_one

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    I need a lot of advice. I have only been scheduled for one medical school interview and it's coming up soon. Two other schools have sent me letters saying that they want to interview me, but they haven't scheduled the interview yet. It's not looking good. :(

    I'm a non-tradional student and I'm not very "poltical" when it comes to knowing what the interviewers are looking for.... I know some reading this will think/reply "just be honest".....but realistically, if I don't give answers that are in the ballpark of being "politically correct" in this interview, then there won't be any other interviews/schools to fall back on...and I'll see my chances of getting into school go down the drain. <img border="0" title="" alt="[Eek!]" src="eek.gif" />

    1) During the interview, should I let them know that this is the only school that has offered me an interview? Would saying that make me sound "unmarketable"? Or would it make me sound eager to accept if, by chance, I would be lucky enough to get an offer from that school? (I'm sure there's an obvious answer to that question....so the fact that I'm asking it shows how "unpolitical" I am when it comes to this stuff!)

    2) I also heard from friends from that school that during the interview, it is a common question to be asked if the student would join a doctor's union.

    Why are the interviewers asking this? This sounds like more of a political question, rather than an ethical one.

    From *their point of view*, are Med School interviewers:
    a) turned off by doctors joining unions?
    b) want to encourage doctors joining unions?

    3) I am also reluctant to talk about abortion. If asked that question ("what do you think about abortion from a doctor's perspective?"), is it OK to politely say that since I think doctors should "do no harm" and since I believe that such a medical procedure could possibly harm the mother (EXCEPT in the case of the life of mother, rape, etc..), and that it always does harm to the fetus, that I would never professionally put myself in such a situation and so I wouldn't become an OB/GYN or work in any related field, and so it's a mute point??

    Is that a suicidal answer? (even though it's honest).

    That's how I personally feel....I would never want to be an OB/GYN....I have no desire to be one and so it would never be an issue for me as a doctor. Medical Universities (and universities, in general) are more liberal. Would I be totally shooting myself in the foot to give such a "conservative" answer?
     
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  3. oldman

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    1) During the interview, should I let them know that this is the only school that has offered me an interview?

    &gt;&gt;&gt;only if they ask. a better spin would be to let them know they are your #1 choice (if it is your only interview that would be true!)

    Would saying that make me sound "unmarketable"? Or would it make me sound eager to accept if, by chance, I would be lucky enough to get an offer from that school? (I'm sure there's an obvious answer to that question....so the fact that I'm asking it shows how "unpolitical" I am when it comes to this stuff!)

    &gt;&gt;&gt; the fact that they gave you the interview means they are at least somewhat interested.

    2) I also heard from friends from that school that during the interview, it is a common question to be asked if the student would join a doctor's union.

    &gt;&gt;&gt; i have never been asked this. but after some recent news articles about malpractice premiums being really high and the general dealing with managed care stuff, unions might give doctors some leverage when negotiating reiumbursement

    From *their point of view*, are Med School interviewers:
    a) turned off by doctors joining unions?
    b) want to encourage doctors joining unions?

    &gt;&gt;&gt; That answer will of course depend on the interviewer.

    3) I am also reluctant to talk about abortion. If asked that question ("what do you think about abortion from a doctor's perspective?"), is it OK to politely say that since I think doctors should "do no harm" and since I believe that such a medical procedure could possibly harm the mother (EXCEPT in the case of the life of mother, rape, etc..), and that it always does harm to the fetus, that I would never professionally put myself in such a situation and so I wouldn't become an OB/GYN or work in any related field, and so it's a mute point??

    &gt;&gt;&gt; i have never been asked about abortion at any of my interviews, but i'd think that if you stated your current opinion it would be fine. if it seems like you are just making stuff up to kiss their ass that would in my opinion be much worse.

    Is that a suicidal answer? (even though it's honest).

    That's how I personally feel....I would never want to be an OB/GYN....I have no desire to be one and so it would never be an issue for me as a doctor. Medical Universities (and universities, in general) are more liberal. Would I be totally shooting myself in the foot to give such a "conservative" answer?

    &gt;&gt;&gt; remember most medical doctors tend to be conservative people.
     
  4. drjo2002

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    A lot of times for ethical questions WHY you answer is more important than how you answer. If you know why you feel a certain way and can justify it, don't worry too much...as long as you don't sound like an extremist radical you should be okay. If you lie/"strech the truth" it will probably be obvious to the interviewer, so don't say things you don't believe in...it will probably ruin your interveiw more than an answer that the interviewer doesn't agree with.
     
  5. old_one

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    Hey, thanks for the quick reply OldMan. I'm feeling a bit better about the whole thing. I know that some students don't ever get questions like this in their interviews, but I've heard that these two questions (unions & abortions) are asked a lot at this particular school...so I want to be prepared.

    BTW, I like your nic. <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" />

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    Anyone else that has advice, feel free to add your comments as well!
     
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    Thanks for the advice DrJo. :)

    I think I feel more comfortable about the abortion question (because I know what my ethics already are).

    The Union question may still scare me.... as I stated before, I wonder if a "medical school administration" has a strong opinion either for or against doctors forming unions. The reason I think this is because the union issue really isn't "controversial" (like abortion is) ....that is, unless you're involved in the politics of unions. So are they trying to weed out students so that future doctors are politically on their side? I'm probably thinking waaaaay too deep into this, huh? :D <img border="0" alt="[Laughy]" title="" src="graemlins/laughy.gif" />
     
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    no problem. i'm at work now with nothing to do until 6 am.

    ok i see that you are preparing for your particular interview.

    just think about your answers to those questions (which you have). then you'll sound like you have an opinion on the matter and that's all they care about. i've had stressor questions, and i think the interviewer wanted to see me sweat. they do that sometimes.

    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by old_one:
    <strong>Hey, thanks for the quick reply OldMan. I'm feeling a bit better about the whole thing. I know that some students don't ever get questions like this in their interviews, but I've heard that these two questions (unions & abortions) are asked a lot at this particular school...so I want to be prepared.

    BTW, I like your nic. <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" />

    ~~~
    Anyone else that has advice, feel free to add your comments as well!</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">
     
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    I think if you could say you did or did not believe unions were a good idea and then give some sort of reasoning (the price of malpracitice insurace, the ability to negotiate with HMO's, etc.) you would be okay. Just make them realize you are thinking about the question and how unions might affect the medical community (doctors, patients, insurance companys, etc). Even if an interveiwer doesn't agree with your answer, they can be impressed with how you support your answer and respond to any comments they might have. If you sense they don't like your answer, back off a bit, maybe try to steer the questioning away from that topic. I've had a few interviews and never really felt that I was being judged against the interviewers own opinions. Just relax...don't worry to much about it in advance...I don't like to plan out answers in advance because I don't want to sound rehursed. I just think about questions in advance and say whatever seems best at the time...it hasn't gotten me into too much trouble yet :)

    GOOD LUCK!!
     
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    WOW...I'm a "senior member"...now I can post POLLS!! :)
     
  10. oldman

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    so what do grand members get to do?

    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by drjo2002:
    <strong>WOW...I'm a "senior member"...now I can post POLLS!! :) </strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">
     
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    I'll tell you pretty soon <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" /> :p <img border="0" title="" alt="[Eek!]" src="eek.gif" /> :) :cool: :rolleyes:
     
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    how many posts do you need to be a grand member? I posted my first poll :) In the lounge though...it is inappropriate in this forum :)
     
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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by drjo2002:
    <strong>how many posts do you need to be a grand member? I posted my first poll :) In the lounge though...it is inappropriate in this forum :) </strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">2000

    ok no more post padding for me!
     
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    hey guys, you are ruining this guy's thread...he's begging for help and we are gossiping here.
     
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    LOL! Thanks oldman. I'm logging off anyways.... I'm feeling less stressed about this now that I've received some more feedback....so go ahead and gossip. <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" />

    P.S.
    I'm not an old "guy".....I'm an old lady (that is, if you think early thirties is old. <img border="0" alt="[Laughy]" title="" src="graemlins/laughy.gif" /> )

    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by oldman:
    <strong>hey guys, you are ruining this guy's thread...he's begging for help and we are gossiping here.</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">
     
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    that is funny, I assumed guy too...sorry.

    I'm glad you are feeling better about the interview now though. You obviously are putting a lot of thought and effort into it, I'm sure you'll do alright. :)
     
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    oh sorry. well (switching into ultra defense mode ;-) ) I meant guy as in the neuter...ok fine i just assumed. sorry!

    have a nice night. i'm gonna be up all night to see the sun come up. it's cold tonight (i'm in minneapolis)

    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by old_one:
    <strong>LOL! Thanks oldman. I'm logging off anyways.... I'm feeling less stressed about this now that I've received some more feedback....so go ahead and gossip. <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" />

    P.S.
    I'm not an old "guy".....I'm an old lady (that is, if you think early thirties is old. <img border="0" alt="[Laughy]" title="" src="graemlins/laughy.gif" /> )

    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by oldman:
    <strong>hey guys, you are ruining this guy's thread...he's begging for help and we are gossiping here.</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif"></strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">
     
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    :D No problem.

    Stay warm oldman.... I'm in PA and it's cooooold here too! <img border="0" title="" alt="[Eek!]" src="eek.gif" />

    Good night. <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" />

    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by oldman:
    have a nice night. i'm gonna be up all night to see the sun come up. it's cold tonight (i'm in minneapolis)
    </font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">
     

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