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Medical School Interview: What You'll Be Asked


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Getting into medical school is no easy task. From challenging premed coursework to the MCAT and soliciting recommendation letters, applying to medical school is a marathon-length process. Getting an invitation to interview can feel like a major win - and it is - but, you still need to wow the admissions committee.

What's exciting about an invitation to interview is that it means that you have been given the message that you excel. You're clearly in the running for an acceptance clot. The new challenge is that everyone invited to interview is  in the same boat. Everyone looks great on paper. Now your job is to turn that invitation to interview into an invitation to attend. The best way to do that is to prepare. While you might face several types of interview formats, certain questions will nearly always arise. Consider the most common questions you'll face:

  • Why do you want to be a doctor?
  • What will you if you aren't accepted to medical school?
  • What makes you special?
  • What are your 2 best points?
  • What are your 2 weakest points?
  • What do you think will be your greatest challenge in completing medical school or learning how to be a doctor?
  • In your view, what is the most pressing problem facing medicine today?
  • How will you pay for medical school?
  • If you could do anything different in your education, what would you do?
  • Where else are you applying?
  • Have you been accepted anywhere?
  • What is your first choice?
  • Tell me about yourself.
  • What do you do in your spare time?
  • How did you get here?
  • Why would you be a good doctor?
  • What are your strengths?
  • What do you feel are the most important qualities in being a good doctor?
  • What are your hobbies?
  • Are you a leader or a follower? Why?
  • What exposure have you had to the medical profession?
  • Discuss your clinical experiences.
  • Discuss your volunteer work.
  • What do you think you will like most about medicine?
  • What do you think you will like least about medicine?
  • Expect questions concerning what you think about ethics and healthcare (e.g., abortion, cloning, euthanasia).
  • Be prepared to discuss managed healthcare and changes in the US healthcare system.
  • How are you a match for our medical school?
  • Would you perform abortions as a doctor? Under what conditions?
  • What are three things you want to change about yourself?
  • How would you describe the relationship between science and medicine?
  • Who has most influenced your life so far and why?
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