May 15, 2014
Article by Global Pre-Meds
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Here are some more questions that are commonly asked at med school interviews.
While the interviewers do not expect you to know everything about medicine just yet, they would like to assess your interest levels in healthcare in a broad sense and to know where you stand on certain sensitive ethical issues. Prepare to answer these medical and ethical questions:
-What is the Hippocratic Oath? What are your thoughts on it?
-What do you think about euthanasia?
-Should medical professionals be allowed to `pull the plug’ if a patient is terminally ill?
-What, in your opinion, are the pros and cons of our healthcare system?
-If you could, what changes would you make to the existing healthcare system?
-Do you think it is ethical for doctors to strike?
-What are your thoughts on abortion? What do you think are the ethical and medical issues involved here?
-What are your thoughts on alternative medicine?
Interestingly, it’s not your academic grades that are on the line here. Most candidates who reach the interview stage will have obtained stellar grades anyway. Be prepared however to justify any glitches in your otherwise outstanding academic records and to explain why you received substandard grades. What the interviewers are actually looking for is whether or not you will be able to handle the rigorous medical curriculum.
These are some of the academic related questions that are commonly asked at med school interviews:
-Why did you choose this particular combination of subjects?
-Which is your favourite subject amongst these? Why?
-Are you sure you will be able to cope with the workload in medical school? Convince me.
-What do you think you will find most difficult about medical school? How do you plan on handling that?
-How do you study?
-How do you prepare for exams?
-Do you engage in self-directed learning?
This is the most straightforward of all the categories and the least debatable. Just make sure you tell the truth about your hobbies and leisure interests. Don’t over-inflate your skills or ‘wing it’. Getting caught in a lie can call into question your overall integrity and is likely to make a bad situation worse. Expect these questions or variations of these;
-How do you relax?
-What do you do in your spare time?
-Give us an example of a leadership role you’ve assumed.
-What is the last book you read? Would you recommend it?
-What is your all time favourite book?
-Who is your favourite author?
-Who is the most influencing factor in your life? Why?
-Which public personality do you admire most?
Read ‘Tell Us About Yourself… Part One’ and ‘Tell Us About Yourself… Part Three’ for more med school interview questions and ‘Tips For Acing Your Interview’…Part Four, for tips on how to win over your interviewers.