Lie Detectors in Medical School Interviews?

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I was watching MTV exposed today (don't ask why lol), and i'm wondering...hmmm, do medical schools use that type of lie detecting software? If not, then will they be using those in the future. It would be pretty interesting if interviewers go off lie detector results. I don't know how accurate they are though...that would be a difficult judgement - not sure if adcoms would take a chance on this. unless they already are?

Anyways, just wondering if this is true or false? interesting thought i would say.:)
 

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I was watching MTV exposed today (don't ask why lol), and i'm wondering...hmmm, do medical schools use that type of lie detecting software? If not, then will they be using those in the future. It would be pretty interesting if interviewers go off lie detector results. I don't know how accurate they are though...that would be a difficult judgement - not sure if adcoms would take a chance on this. unless they already are?

Anyways, just wondering if this is true or false? interesting thought i would say.:)

Its actually illegal to. The only way they would be able to is if you consented to it or if you were applying for a government job. My friend's dad, also the PI of a research project I worked on, was one of the first people to publish research on polygraphs and he told me once that I should NEVER UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES submit to a polygraph. The "sciece" is not hard enough to make accurate decisions (many liars will pass, and almost just as many saints will fail). I wish I had some statistics from his research, because I know that he was an expert whitness in murder trials, government consultant, etc, etc
 
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The police use lie detectors to scare the ignorant into telling the truth. The fact of the matter is its unscientific in its current form...That's why it is not admissable in court.
 

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those lie detectors on that show don't work at all, it even has a disclaimer
thing at the end of the show that basically says it is for entertainment purposes only and isn't actually accurate
 

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Adcoms can get the truth from GPA, MCAT, LORs, application, and interviews. Together, all of these create a filtering mechanism that is highly accurate. It is very difficult to cheat all of these. And even if someone could, they wouldn't survive med school.
 

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I was watching MTV exposed today (don't ask why lol), and i'm wondering...hmmm, do medical schools use that type of lie detecting software? If not, then will they be using those in the future. It would be pretty interesting if interviewers go off lie detector results. I don't know how accurate they are though...that would be a difficult judgement - not sure if adcoms would take a chance on this. unless they already are?

Anyways, just wondering if this is true or false? interesting thought i would say.:)

Why would adcoms base your admission on your ability to tell the truth? They are much more interested to see if you have social skills, reasoning skills, and a reason for choosing medicine. If you lied and say something wrong, they of course can catch you there. But the reason for an interview is to learn more about your personality, not to see if you are a liar.
 

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hmmm, do medical schools use that type of lie detecting software? If not, then will they be using those in the future. It would be pretty interesting if interviewers go off lie detector results. I don't know how accurate they are though...that would be a difficult judgement - not sure if adcoms would take a chance on this. unless they already are?

Anyways, just wondering if this is true or false? interesting thought i would say.:)

Who did you talk to ??? I didn't lie I swear. I did save 1 million African children.
Just kidding. Stop being paranoid. All pre-meds lie to a certain degree. For example, I am looking to go into family practice in rural areas.
 

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Who did you talk to ??? I didn't lie I swear. I did save 1 million African children.
Just kidding. Stop being paranoid. All pre-meds lie to a certain degree. For example, I am looking to go into family practice in rural areas.

Honestly, I have never laughed so hard in my life. Great way to start off the day with that one!!!
 
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