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Personal Medical School Interview Questions

  1. Who has influenced your life the most? Why?
  2. What accomplishment are you most proud of?
  3. How do you respond to negative feedback and criticism from your instructors/supervisors?
  4. How do you handle praise? Is recognition important to you?
  5. What is your greatest achievement?
  6. How do you cope with stress?
  7. What do you do for fun?
  8. What do you see yourself doing in ten or fifteen years from now?
  9. What makes you a better applicant than others?
  10. Tell me about your most memorable work with patients.
  11. If you are a minority, how has your background and experience influenced your decision to pursue medicine?
  12. If you come from a disadvantaged/underserved background, how has this experience shaped your choice to pursue medicine?

Behavioral Medical School Interview Questions

  1. Tell me about a time you received a rejection. How did you deal with this?
  2. Tell me about a time when you advocated for someone.
  3. What was the most stressful situation you ever faced? How did you handle it?
  4. Tell me about a time you were treated unfairly. How did you handle this situation?
  5. Can you tell me about a time when, intentionally or not, you harmed someone else?
  6. Tell me about the most difficult period of your life. How did you deal with this?
  7. Tell me about a time when you had to think outside of the box to solve a problem?
  8. Can you talk about a time you experienced conflict with a coworker?

Medical School Interview Questions about Your Application

  1. What did you do during your gap year (if you had one)?
  2. Were there any experiences that exposed you to other cultures? What did you learn?
  3. Does your academic record demonstrate any specific gaps or setbacks? If so, could you speak to the reasons they might have taken place?
  4. Tell me about your clinical experience.
  5. Have you applied to medical school before? If yes, why do you think you did not get in the first time? What have you done to improve?
  6. Have you had any experiences working in diverse populations? What did you learn?
  7. Tell me about [an item from the application].

Policy and Healthcare Medical School Interview Questions

  1. What do you think are some of the responsibilities of physicians outside of medicine? What other roles should they fulfill?
  2. What are the pros and cons of a universal healthcare system? Where do you stand on this topic?
  3. How do you stay up to date with the most current news?
  4. What can we do to make medical education more accessible to diverse populations?
  5. How do you think the environment affects patient populations?
  6. What do you think is the most exciting discovery in the field of medicine in recent years?
  7. What is the number one issues facing the practice of medicine today and what can we do to fix this issue?

Program-Related Medical School Interview Questions

  1. How did you choose which medical schools to apply to? What criteria did you look at?
  2. What specific skills do you hope to learn in medical school?
  3. Have you thought about your medical specialty yet?
  4. Why did you choose to become an MD (or DO) instead of pursuing another medical profession, such as physician assistant, nursing, paramedic, and so on?
  5. How are you going to be able to handle the intense medical school workload?
  6. Why should we choose you?
  7. What other medical schools have you applied to and why?
  8. What questions do you have for me about our school?
  9. Why osteopathic medicine?
  10. Do you have any fears about practicing medicine?

Quirky Medical School Interview Questions

  1. If we colonize Mars, would you move there?
  2. What would you do with 5 million dollars?
  3. If you had to sacrifice one of the 5 senses, what would it be and why?
  4. If you could be any fruit, what would you be and why?
  5. What superpower would you have if you could pick one?
  6. If you had a time machine, where would you travel or who would you want to meet from the past. Why?

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