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speaking of surprises at interviews

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by Trek, Oct 23, 2001.

  1. Trek

    Trek Grand Uranium Member 7+ Year Member

    Aug 23, 2001
    The Big House
    Has anyone come across an interviewer that was negative towards the school/med in general? I've had 3 interviews so far- one guy was a researcher (non-MD) who proceeded to trash doctors (medical ones) and also told me "i don't think this school does a good job at producing doctors". My jaw hit the floor but i shut the hell up. Had another guy that kept going on about how he would do it differently, and look more into 'other stuff that's out there' and told me to keep an open mind...hmmm.. any others? --Trek
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  3. NE_Cornhusker1

    NE_Cornhusker1 12" Member 7+ Year Member

    Aug 6, 2001
    The Cornhusker State
    Turn the tables on interviewer at the end of the interview (when you can ask questions) and ask "Earlier you stated that you thought this school didn't turn out good doctors, why is that?" or "Is there a certain aspect of practicing medicine that makes you had wished you had looked at a different career?" This shows you listened to what they said and that you are interested in them not just as AdCom members but as researchers and people. Just a thought.
  4. spacecadet

    spacecadet Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Jul 2, 2001
    Houston, TX
    I had one interviewer trash surgeons during our interview. He said any monkey could be trained to do surgery, but that the real hard part is doing the diagnosis. This went on for several minutes and I was pretty uncomfortable. BTW, I never said I wanted to be a surgeon.

    I had another interviewer (PhD researcher) who almost sounded like he was trying to talk me out of medical school. Very strange.

    I found ways to politely disagree with both of them, making analogies with what they said to situations at my current job.
  5. audeo

    audeo Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Jun 24, 2001
    I am an MD/PhD applicant and I am afraid some of the interviewers, if they happen to be PhDs, might show some negative and ill feelings toward my career goal. Most of them I am afraid believe MD is totally unnecessary to become a medical scientist. Did this happen to anyone out there?
  6. Mage

    Mage Member 7+ Year Member

    Oct 17, 2001
    It sounds like they're fishing for arguments or this the strategy of interviewers?
  7. csgirl

    csgirl Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Oct 12, 2001
    It is rummored that interviewers will purposely say inappropriate things just to see how you'll react. Example: asking a female student "but don't you want to be a wife and mother...?" just to see how she would handle such a question.
  8. THE instiGATOR

    THE instiGATOR Cow Tipper 7+ Year Member

    Sep 27, 2001
    This woman I knew was asked, "Why should I accept you, a woman, over a man?".
  9. SMW

    SMW Grand Member 7+ Year Member

    Jul 12, 2001
    anchorage, ak
    Wow, what an unbelievably male chauvinist, not to mention illegal, question!! :mad: I hope she reported that question to the dean of admissions. How did she answer? I would have said that many women are now requesting female doctors, to the point that there is somewhat of a competition for them in OB/GYN practices.
  10. THE instiGATOR

    THE instiGATOR Cow Tipper 7+ Year Member

    Sep 27, 2001
    Well, I don't think she would have had a leg to stand on if she did sue or report him. The school is one of few having more female than male students. She ended up on 8 waitlists, one of which was at this school. I don't know if she was eventually accepted at this school, but I am certain she is in med school now. I guess her interviewer was trying to stress her out. He had a 15 minute phone conversation in the middle of her interview. In addition to this, he used about 10 minutes of her time chatting with the guy who interviewed before her. Sounds like a stress interview to me, eh?
  11. Hopkins2010

    Hopkins2010 Banned Banned

    Nov 5, 1999
    Baltimore, Maryland
    Didnt get any comments as stark as you did, but one of my MD/PhD interviewers at Yale seemed to suggest that WUSTL had a great program and seemed very positive about it when he asked where else I was applying.

    He didnt say anything bad about Yale however, and I wasnt sure if he was coming from the perspective of "well, you're not good enough for Yale, so WUSTL is a good backup" or if he really did think WUSTL had a better program.

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