10. Top 40 Interview Questions 2017-08-15T06:45:06+00:00

The following is a list of the most common interview questions you will see during your application. The best way to prepare is to go through this list and answer each of the questions out loud, until you’re comfortable. However, DO NOT ever practice until you have memorized your answers. We will be discussing some of these questions during our Mock Interviews.

Top 10 Questions:

  1. Why do you want to pursue medicine?
  2. So, tell me about yourself.
  3. Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10 years?
  4. So tell me a little bit more about ___ experience. (this can be applied to any experience)
  5. Give an example of a mistake you made and what you did?
  6. What is your biggest weakness?
  7. Describe an experience in which you were stressed or experienced a problem. How did you handle it?
  8. How do you handle failure? Give me an example of when you experience failure and how did you bounce back from it? You seem to be a fairly successfull person, have you ever experienced failure and if not how do you think you will be able to handle those you may face in medical school?
  9. What about this school makes you think you are a good fit?
  10. What makes you unique?

Other very common Questions:

  1. If you have done work in other fields (tutoring, nursing, pharmacy, research experience, etc.), why not pursue careers in any of those? And why specifically medicine?
  2. What would you like to specialize in?
  3. (For out of staters) If you got into ___ school (the best school in your home state), where would you choose to go and why?
  4. What will you do if you don’t get into medical school?
  5. From what you have heard about medical school, what do you think will be your biggest challenge?
  6. Tell me about an experience you’ve had working on a team? One that has worked well and one that didn’t. What did you do?
  7. How would you describe your role in a team? Are you a leader or a follower?
  8. How do you deal with stress?
  9. What do you think is the most pressing issue in healthcare today?
  10. Why did you choose your major? And how do you think it will help you in your medical career?
  11. Discuss a book you’ve recently read for pleasure.
  12. What do you like to do for fun?
  13. What hesitations or reservations do you have about going to medical school?
  14. What is your biggest fear?
  15. Who is your biggest role model?
  16. If you could meet one person, who would you meet and why?
  17. What changes do you think we will see in healthcare within the next 10 years?
  18. If you could change one thing about our school or the healthcare system at large, what would it be and why?
  19. How have your experiences uniquely shaped your interests or outlook on medicine?
  20. Do you have any questions for us?

Example MMI (Ethically Based) Questions:

  1. What are your thoughts on euthanasia (physician assisted suicide)?
  2. A close friend in your 1st-year medical school class tells you that his mother was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. He feels overwhelmed by his studies and is considering dropping out of medical school to spend more time with his mother. How do you counsel your friend?
  3. Joe is a pizza delivery worker. The pizza shop he works for has a 30 minutes or less delivery guarantee or else the customer does not have to pay. On Joe’s most recent delivery, he spots a woman bleeding on the street. There is no one else around and the woman seems to be unable to move by herself. However, Joe knows that if he returns empty handed again, he will be fired from this job he most desperately needs. What do you think Joe should do? Justify your solution in terms of practicality and ethical considerations.
  4. You are a family physician seeing Jane, a 67 year old woman with a recent history of multiple fragility fractures. You diagnose her with osteoporosis and prescribe some bisphosphonate drugs and other pharmacological treatments. Jane tells you that she has heard some good things over the internet about alternative medicine treatments such as Chinese medicine, and she is adamant on trying these as well. You are concerned about the use of these alternative medicine treatments and the possible negative effects they could have on Jane’s health. How would you handle the situation and what would you recommend Jane do? Discuss any ethical considerations that are present.
  5. During a patient interview with Jane, a 15-year old girl, you find out that she is pregnant. She begs you not to tell her mother. What do you do?
  6. During a patient interview with Jane, a 15-year old girl, you find out that she has gonorrhea. After discussing her condition with her, you find that she has been sleeping with her high school teacher, Mr. Smith. She begs you not to tell Mr. Smith, as it would ruin both of their reputations. What do you do?
  7. Every week your classmates meet for coffee. You have been studying hard for your physiology exam, that is worth 40% of your grade, and decide to bring your books with you to the coffee shop. Upon visiting the coffee shop, you meet up your friend Jan, who is also studying for the exam. However, instead of her book, she has brought old tests that no one has access to. What do you do?
  8. Your long time friend Jan, a single mother, has been struggling with depression, which is mainly caused do to her weight. She can’t afford to get a gym membership, so she asks if she can get your code to your apartment gym. When you signed your apartment contract, you agreed to not share this code with anybody. What do you do?
  9. Mr. Smith is your 89 year old patient. He has severe COPD and is under the care of his son and daughter. He recently came in with issues regarding blood in his phlegm and you suspect cancer. Mr. Smith’s son and daughter ask that you tell them the information first and that if it is cancer, to not tell Mr. Smith, as it will only hurt him even more. After running tests, you find that he does in fact have cancer. His cancer is treatable, however he will have to undergo severe chemotherapy. What do you do and why?
  10. Mr. Johnson is your 50 year old patient on Medicaid. He supports his wife and 2 kids as a day laborer. He has been complaining that he is having a harder time catching his breath and always being tired at work. After running some tests, you find that he has Stage IV lung cancer and is projected to have 6 months of life left. The treatment will cost his family $100,000 and the prognosis after treatment is poor. What do you do?

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