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Drexel University Medical School Interview Questions

To help you prepare for your Medical School interview at Drexel University, here are 40 interview questions and answer examples.

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How do setbacks emotionally affect you and your work?

Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

Every medical student handles the stress and disappointment of setbacks differently, and your interviewing team at Drexel University is well aware of this. Since the pressure and workload during medical school can amplify these setbacks, interviewers want to hear that you can handle them professionally and productively.

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Drexel University Medical School Interview Questions & Answers

  • Behavioral

    1. How do setbacks emotionally affect you and your work?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Every medical student handles the stress and disappointment of setbacks differently, and your interviewing team at Drexel University is well aware of this. Since the pressure and workload during medical school can amplify these setbacks, interviewers want to hear that you can handle them professionally and productively.

      Written by Ryan Brunner on September 5th, 2022

      How to Answer

      Discuss with the interviewers how you typically cope with setbacks. Make sure to highlight that you don't let them get you down and out but instead stay focused and work harder to correct any situations that go wrong.

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      1st Answer Example

      "Experiencing a setback is always disappointing and can be very disheartening, especially when involving a project that I have put a lot of time and effort into. I understand that setbacks happen to everyone - despite their level of expertise or years of experience. If I experience a major setback, I will take a few moments to debrief internally, get some fresh air if possible, or discuss what I could have done differently with a mentor. Then, I move on. Rather than dwell on my mistakes, I choose to learn from them. I'm confident this process will be very beneficial for me in medical school as well."

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  • Behavioral

    2. What achievement are you most proud of on your path to medical school?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Getting a sense of your motivations is very important to the interviewing team at Drexel University's medical school. With this question, your interviewers are looking for the areas of achievement most important to you, and they do so by having you talk about what you feel has been the proudest moment on your path to medical school.

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      How to Answer

      There is no right or wrong answer to a question like this, so the door is wide open for you to speak passionately about what you feel has been your proudest achievement. Perhaps you have maintained an exceptional GPA or excelled in school while working a part-time job. Maybe you finished top of your class and received a special award for your achievements. Think of any accolades you may have received along the way and express the detailed work it took for this achievement to come true.

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      1st Answer Example

      "While I am proud of my academic successes through high school and college, I'm proudest of the volunteer club I helped create during my sophomore year. A close classmate and I had the idea to give back to the community through a couple of the local homeless shelters. We started the club from scratch, recruited volunteers, and set up a formal structure for the club. We worked closely with leaders at the shelter to carve out roles for volunteers. As I exit that campus, I'm proud to say that the club has over 20 members and new leaders to continue the club into the future."

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  • Behavioral

    3. How do you typically respond to feedback and criticism of your work?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewers at Drexel University's medical school want to see that you are confident and mature enough to accept feedback and criticism positively, even when it is unsolicited, as a medical student in their program. Not all feedback will be delivered by faculty in a friendly, easy-to-absorb manner, and students need to be able to take criticism of their work professionally and positively.

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      How to Answer

      To best answer this question, think of a time when you received feedback or criticism that was a bit hurtful or surprising. Discuss how you reacted productively. Tell a story that shows the interviewers how you could take the criticism and learn from it. Talk about how you successfully implemented changes in response to the feedback you received.

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      1st Answer Example

      "Last year, I received a low grade on a chemistry project. When I approached my professor about the low grade, he said, 'You can do better. I expected more from you.' I was taken aback at first, but once I had time to absorb what was said, I realized that he expected more from me because he had high expectations of what I could do. It was a compliment and a challenge rolled into one! I re-did the assignment with more passion the second time around. My grade improved significantly, and I thanked that professor for holding me to a higher standard."

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  • Direct

    4. How well do you think you have performed in this interview today?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      As the end of your interview with Drexel University's medical school nears, your interviewers will want to know if you are happy with your performance. They ask this question to allow you to reiterate any points you may not have touched on in earlier questions since they realize that you might have been a bit nervous coming into the interview.

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      How to Answer

      While there is always room for improvement, you should avoid picking your interview apart. It is okay to admit that you feel you could have performed better. Just be sure to openly discuss anything you'd further like to clarify with your interviewing team. Conversely, if you feel the interview went well, speak with confidence as you exude your ability to be successful at the Drexel University medical school.

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  • Direct

    5. What other medical schools have you applied to, and where does Drexel University rank?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      As they consider your potential acceptance into their medical school, the interviewers at Drexel University would like to understand the types of schools you are interested in. Knowing where you are applying will help them determine if Drexel University will meet your specific needs and educational desires or goals.

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      How to Answer

      You should be transparent when answering this question, but avoid saying anything offensive, such as 'this school is my last choice.' Determine the number one reason you want to attend Drexel University and focus on that.

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  • Direct

    6. What research did you conduct on our school before choosing to apply to Drexel University?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewers want to know what you considered before sending your application to Drexel University's medical school. Rather than hearing that you blindly sent out a million applications in hopes that one would stick, they want to hear that you saw the Drexel University program as a fit for you and your future career goals.

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      How to Answer

      Openly and honestly share with the interviewers the consideration you put into your application. Drexel University's medical school certainly has some unique qualities that would be great to discuss, like its rich history and unique clinical experiences for students. Other things you can consider discussing are conversations you may have had with current students or alumni of the program, attending an open house there, or conducting extensive online research and finding their guiding principles fit your principles.

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  • Direct

    7. What do you know about Drexel University, and what attracts you to our medical school program?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewers at Drexel University have likely seen hundreds of applicants, so a question like this is an opportunity for you to stand out. Your interviewing team is looking to hear that you have done your research on their program and institution and see it as a fit for you over the next four years.

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      How to Answer

      If you are lucky enough to land an interview at Drexel University's medical school, make some effort to research the school. You don't need to be an expert on their school's entire history, but you do need to be knowledgeable about their programs, culture, and recent accolades. Start by searching their website and note any recent news articles, events, or contributions they have made to the community or student body. Identify their mission and values so you know what they stand for. Your research will show they have a rich history and an innovative approach to medicine, so be sure to pick the qualities that stand out to you.

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  • Direct

    8. What questions do you have for us about Drexel University as an institution and our medical school?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The relatively short period that you will have with your interviewing team at Drexel University's medical school will fly by in the snap of a finger, and they want to ensure you don't walk away with any questions unanswered. Asking prepared questions also shows the panel you are keenly interested in Drexel University's curriculum, mission, culture, and values.

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      How to Answer

      Remember that people like to talk about what they know! By taking the time ahead of your interview with Drexel University to prepare insightful questions, you set the stage for the interviewers to tell you many important and helpful details about their process and educational facility. Try to keep a majority of your questions academically related. Asking too much about the school's culture, social life, and extra-curricular activities may cause you to appear unfocused.

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  • Direct

    9. Have you made a solid financial plan for tuition costs at Drexel University if you are accepted into our medical school?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      For the current academic year, the medical school at Drexel University costs $31,282 per semester. This is a significant investment, and you must be sure that you can handle the financial requirements associated with your acceptance into the school. The interviewers want to know that you can afford the tuition associated with Drexel University.

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      How to Answer

      Keep your answer brief and to the point. Let the interviewers know you have a solid financial plan for medical school. If you have looked into financial aid and are approved, now is a great time to mention that.

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  • Discovery

    10. What is your favorite area of medicine so far? Which is your least favorite? Why?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      By understanding your areas of interest as a prospective medical student, the interviewers can predict which courses you will enjoy most at Drexel University and which elective rotations you will look at in your final years with their program. They'll also see how you will fit into their student population and culture.

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      How to Answer

      Come to your interview with Drexel University prepared to talk about your interests in the medical field. Keep in mind that you in no way need to have a definite path for residency, potential fellowship, or training after medical school at this point. Talk honestly about the areas of keen interest to you now, and don't forget to explain any areas that may not be of interest at this point.

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  • Discovery

    11. What do you feel is the single most important quality a Physician should possess?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Many qualities make up an excellent physician in practice. The interviewing team at Drexel University's medical school wants to see that you have some insight into the desired qualities and characteristics of a physician and would bring this trait to their program.

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      How to Answer

      This question is an opportunity to give a unique and insightful answer, so try to dig deeper than 'good bedside manner,' 'wealth of knowledge,' or 'strong attention to detail.' Some great qualities to consider discussing include an unrelenting drive, patience, integrity, and optimism. Speak with confidence as you sell your interviewers on why the quality you discuss is the most important in your mind.

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  • Discovery

    12. Why should Drexel University accept you into our medical school over another prospective student with the same qualifications?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Throughout the application and interview process, the admissions team at Drexel University will become very knowledgeable about the academic successes of each prospective student they are considering. When it comes down to difficult decisions on who to admit, the tiebreaker can come down to one or two little things between candidates. In asking this question, your interviewers are looking for unique qualities and statements that make you stand out from the other students wishing to attend Drexel University.

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      How to Answer

      It's important to consider that Drexel University's medical school is looking at many talented candidates, and all have stellar grades, drive, and the potential to be renowned Drexel University alumni. Take the time to justify what makes you a unique and standout candidate for admission to their program. While there are many things you can consider discussing, talking about your penchant for volunteering, a unique skill set, or an existing connection to the program can go a long way with your interviewer.

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  • Discovery

    13. Tell us something that we would not know about you from reading your CV.

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      While a majority of your Drexel University medical school interview will focus on your academic successes, the interviewers still want to get to know you better as a person. This question allows you to talk about an important skill, quality, or trait that you possess that your interviewers can't see from simply looking at your CV.

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      How to Answer

      Understand that you are not obligated to discuss personal matters or information about yourself. If you want to, that is okay. You can always stick with a couple of interesting facts to show the interviewers at Drexel University that you are a real person, too. Your answer should be unique so that you are a memorable candidate! At the end of your response, remember to connect the factors you discuss and how they will ensure that you are a stellar med student and future physician.

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  • Discovery

    14. At Drexel University, we want students with a true passion for medicine. What appeals to you most about working in the medical field?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      If you read Drexel's College of Medicine guiding principle before your medical school interview, you'll quickly see key terms like dedication, devotion, and commitment. The interviewers would like to understand what drives your pursuit of a career in the medical field, knowing that your core passion will keep you going on the toughest of days at Drexel University.

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      How to Answer

      It is okay to share a personal story when answering this question. Perhaps you can discuss what initiated your interest in attending medical school. Whatever drives you, make sure the interviewers feel your passion and know that you'd bring this same passion to Drexel University's medical school.

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  • Educational

    15. Talk to us about your current GPA.

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      When asking about your academic performance in your undergraduate studies, your interviewers are looking to hear a firsthand account from you on your performance to explain what they will see on your transcripts. Discuss your overall satisfaction with your GPA and if you would go back and change anything about it if you had the power.

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      How to Answer

      If you were satisfied with your GPA at the end of your program, highlight some of your accomplishments and the hard work it took to get there. That will allow your interviewers to envision your success at the Drexel University medical school. It is okay if you are not 100% satisfied with your GPA. Take an honest and straightforward approach in discussing what you could have done differently and how this will motivate you to further success in medical school.

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  • Educational

    16. Tell us about your overall academic performance during your undergraduate program. Where did you excel and where could you have improved?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      As part of your admissions process at Drexel University's medical school, the school will require official transcripts from your undergraduate program. With them, your interviewing team will get a firsthand look at your academic successes and potential shortcoming. The interviewers want you to detail the areas you stood out in and where you could have done better. They also want to know how your undergraduate program has prepared you for attending medical school at Drexel University.

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      How to Answer

      Openly discuss what interested and challenged you most during your undergraduate program. While pursuing your bachelor's degree, you likely learned some core skills that would be transferable to your time at Drexel University. Consider discussing time management, creative thinking, proposal writing, public speaking, fundamentals of research, and self-motivation.

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  • Experience

    17. Talk to us about your experience and thoughts on handling blood and other bodily fluids as a medical student and future physician.

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      As you dive into work with your cadaver and various clinical rotation experiences with Drexel University's medical school, you will be thrown right into working with every body fluid possible. The interviewers want to know that you can handle the sights and experiences you will encounter in your experience as a medical student with their program and your career as a physician.

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      How to Answer

      Hopefully, you have thought about this cold, hard fact before even considering medical school training. You can keep your answer simple by discussing your ability to handle events involving blood and other bodily fluids. If you have direct experience, now is a great time to mention that and your ability to handle it safely.

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  • General

    18. Who in your life mentors or inspires you?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Your motivations for success in the medical field are essential for the medical school admissions team at Drexel University to understand. In posing this question, your interviewers want to hear you elaborate on who has been your biggest inspiration in pursuing this career path and why they were such a big influence on you.

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      How to Answer

      Openly talk to the interviewers at Drexel University about who has inspired your life and pursuit of medicine and why. Whether it was someone in the medical field or a personal friend or relative, speak passionately about what they taught you and which of their traits you plan to bring with you to medical school training.

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  • General

    19. What are your thoughts on animal research and testing in the medical field?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Drexel University openly uses animal testing in biomedical research and has a very concrete code of ethics concerning this testing. Your interviewers at the Drexel University medical school would like to know your stance on the controversial subject of animal testing and the use of animals for educational purposes.

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      How to Answer

      In many regions, animals are still a learning modality for medical students. Breakthroughs and cures are found regularly, often through animal testing and research procedures. However, with technology changing rapidly, incredible leaps are being made to replace the use of animals in medical research. Plan an answer that is honest and true to your feelings while showing your understanding of why the use of animals takes place in medical research. Learning and research tools are ever-changing, so mention the progress you have seen through simulations and more.

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  • General

    20. How does your family feel about you attending medical school? Do they support your decision?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The overall time and effort you will dedicate to Drexel University's medical school program will be a sacrifice unlike any other you've made in your life up to this point. The interviewers want to know that you would have the support required for your heavy and challenging medical school workload.

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      How to Answer

      Discuss your support system and how your family and friends express their excitement for your career. You can also mention anyone in your family who may have had a similar path in the medical industry.

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  • General

    21. Do you believe there are there any situations when a physician is justified in lying to a patient?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      With this question, the interviewers are questioning your knowledge, character, and ethics at the same time. While Drexel University's medical school does dive into the ethics of being a physician in practice, your interviewers want a sense of your sense of ethics in asking this question.

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      How to Answer

      Prepare a well-versed answer for this question, as it may come up many times during medical school and your career. Be sure to research the concept of 'therapeutic privilege' and create your response. Your answer should be brief, clear, and not convoluted.

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  • General

    22. What are you reading right now?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      If the interviewers at the Drexel University medical school ask about what you are currently reading, they ask for a couple of reasons. First and foremost, they want to hear that you feed your mind regularly by pursuing literature. They'll also be looking to get to know your interests better by learning what you like to read.

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      How to Answer

      Talk openly to the interviewers about a book you are currently reading, and explain why the book is intriguing to you. If you are not currently reading a book, discuss one that has impacted you in recent years.

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  • General

    23. What is your opinion on socialized health care versus privatized health care?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewers ask this question to start a meaningful conversation between yourself and the interview panel at Drexel University medical school. They want to see a bit of your personal opinion, critical thinking skills, and ability to be diplomatic when it comes to hot topics in medicine.

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      How to Answer

      Before your medical school interview with Drexel University, research public healthcare programs and private insurers in the United States, and come to your interview prepared to discuss the pros and cons of each. Both are currently active and will likely impact how healthcare coverage for years to come. Be sure to avoid offensive answers as you provide a diplomatic answer that acknowledges both sides without appearing wishy-washy.

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  • General

    24. How would you like to see the delivery of healthcare evolve in the future?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Drexel University's college of medicine has always thrived on innovation and cutting-edge technology to evolve into the future. With this question, your interviewers want to understand where you feel healthcare could most improve.

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      How to Answer

      Perhaps you feel that healthcare can best evolve through more patient-focused care. Maybe you think care coordination and synergy within the administration is the fastest way to improve healthcare. Whatever your answer, be sure to maintain a hopeful stance and complete your answer by describing how you feel healthcare is currently evolving.

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  • General

    25. Should medical students who receive federal funds spend time practicing medicine in a less desired area to give something in return?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The tricky part about a question like this is that there are programs that require new residency and fellowship graduates to practice in a medically underserved area if they received specific grants for their medical school training. Knowing that either you might be in this boat down the road or that you'll be working closely with student colleagues who are, they want to hear that you understand the importance and use of programs like these in medical training.

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      How to Answer

      When a medical student receives federal assistance through loans or grants, some may see it as an unfair advantage for them to have the first pick of where they practice after completing medical school. On the other hand, some people don't care, so long as the best talent is put to good use. You can share your thoughts on this with the interviewers at Drexel University's medical school, but you should remain positive and show your ability to see both sides of the coin.

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  • General

    26. What are your thoughts on alternative and integrative medicine? Which aspects do you agree and disagree with?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Alternative and integrative medicine can be controversial subjects. Some healthcare professionals love it, some are highly skeptical, and some people's opinions land in the middle. In asking this question, the interviewing team at Drexel University's medical school wants to hear your honest opinions on these schools of thought and treatment in medicine to get a feel for the training path you will one day pursue following medical school.

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      How to Answer

      Just like you would answer a sensitive question surrounding politics or religion, it's best to support both sides when delivering your response. If you plan to voice a highly one-sided opinion, be prepared to give substantial evidence-based thoughts supporting your viewpoint. It's also important to know that Drexel University does support an MS degree in complementary and integrative medicine, so the practices are supported on their campus.

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  • General

    27. When you become a physician, how do you want to help improve the profession?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Bringing in motivated and inspired prospective students into their medical school is very important to Drexel University. With this question, your interviewers want to see evidence that you plan on making a positive and lasting impact on the medical profession.

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      How to Answer

      To provide a memorable response, be as specific as possible. Perhaps you desire to work with a particular population or community. Maybe your vow as a physician is to teach your patients that being diligent about a specific aspect of their health positively impacts their overall health. Discuss with passion and enthusiasm how you plan to improve the medical profession and use your skills for the greater good throughout your career.

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  • General

    28. Tell us about an area of weakness that you would like to improve while attending Drexel University.

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      From their years of experience in bringing aboard classes of medical students, your interviewers at Drexel University know that the perfect student doesn't exist. All students come with at least one area of weakness to improve upon during medical school. In proposing this question, the interviewers want to hear that you are aware of your shortcoming and have thought about how you would like to improve in this area.

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      How to Answer

      Pick a weakness that is not a core skill for your success as a medical student. You can be candid in your answer, recognizing that you aren't great at something and acknowledging your need to improve. Be sure to have an action plan to improve this weakness. We all have weaknesses, so don't be afraid to share yours!

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  • General

    29. If you could meet anyone in the history of medicine, who would you choose and why?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      You may see this as more of a personal interest question with no wrong answer. But it's important to know that your interviewers want to hear that you have at least a sliver of passion for the history of medicine and an understanding of its importance in innovation in the future.

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      How to Answer

      Before your interview with Drexel University, think back to any important figure in the field of medicine that you are familiar with that has a story that resonates with you. Talk about what they overcame and what they discovered/created/invented that you admire so much. It's also a great idea to think of the most burning question you would have for that individual. Speak passionately so the interviewers can sense your interest.

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  • General

    30. At Drexel University, we believe in the continual professional and personal development of our medical students. Do you have a self-development plan?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Having a self-development plan is essential for any medical student. The interviewers want to know your plan and how attending Drexel University will benefit that plan.

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      How to Answer

      If Drexel University is going to invest a great deal of time and resources into you as a medical student, they need to know that you have a plan in place for investing in yourself. Think about how you will work to improve yourself professionally and personally. If you get stuck, consider discussing attending conferences and workshops, spending time volunteering in a capacity related to your career goals, learning a new language, and reading books associated with success.

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  • General

    31. In your opinion, what is the most concerning issue facing the medical industry today?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Being an aspiring medical student means you should take a keen interest in current events by closely following the challenges the medical industry faces. The interviewers at Drexel University's medical school want to see that your interest is deep and that you spend time learning and understanding the challenges you will face in your future career as a physician.

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      How to Answer

      Discuss what you believe is a primary concerning issue in the medical industry. Before your interview with Drexel University, you can research some of the biggest concerns facing the medical field if you need to so you can come prepared. You can also ask the interviewers what they see as the most concerning issue in this industry today. This question presents an opportunity to start a very insightful conversation.

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  • General

    32. It is important that Drexel University exercises great discernment when choosing applicants. What is your plan if you are not accepted into medical school this year?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewers want to know that you have thought through all options and scenarios if you are not accepted to Drexel University's medical school. The way you answer this question will also show the interviewers that your interest in the medical field goes deeper than your acceptance into medical school.

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      How to Answer

      If you are not accepted, you want to show that you will then take a different path in the coming year that will help you better prepare for acceptance into medical school the following year. Talk about your plan to reapply if rejected as well. Whatever your path, you must show the interviewers that you have confidence and drive and that it will take more than one rejection to keep you down.

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    33. When you encounter academic difficulty, how do you react?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      It is no secret that every medical student will encounter some academic challenges throughout their four years in school. It's important to know that you are not alone when you encounter difficulty. The interviewers at Drexel University's medical school want to know that you will handle these difficulties with as much emotional intelligence and poise as possible.

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      How to Answer

      Perhaps you reach out to other students when you encounter difficulties in your academic studies. Maybe you have additional conversations with your professors, or perhaps you engage a tutor to help you better understand the material. Discuss how your approach has been in these situations in the past and how it has benefitted you. Reiterate that you would always look into every resource possible when you encounter difficulty at Drexel University.

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    34. Walk us through your approach to studying for exams.

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The greater your academic performance, the better Drexel University's metrics will be. For this reason, the interviewers at their medical school want to choose students who will be diligent in their studies and perform well on exams.

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      How to Answer

      You need to understand that the jump from an undergraduate program to medical school is a huge one when it comes to the preparation you will have to put into exams. Perhaps you create your study aids. Maybe you prefer to prepare for exams in a group setting. Whatever your approach, take the time to walk the interviewers through your process with as much detail as possible.

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    35. How will you express your opinions on controversial topics such as abortion, euthanasia, physician assisted suicide, and cloning as a medical student?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      As mentioned in the wording of this question, your interviewers want to hear how you will professionally express your opinions. They do not want to know what those opinions are. Drexel University wants medical students who can navigate controversial topics with colleagues and patients in the best manner possible, and they bluntly ask you to describe how you would with this question.

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      How to Answer

      Discuss how you remain tactful when controversial topics arise. Be sure to consider the patient's thoughts and health while you explain the pros and cons of each side of the coin on a controversial topic.

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    36. As a future physician, how do you plan to use your role to benefit members of your community? Do you think volunteering is important?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The knowledge and influence of physicians in their community can improve the lives of many people. Since Drexel University wants to grow life-changing physicians from the start of their medical school, your interviewers want to know that you see the importance of community involvement.

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      How to Answer

      With this answer, you ideally want to show that you are willing and ready to be generous with your time and knowledge to help better the lives in the community you practice in. Knowing that one of Drexel University medical school's guiding principles is a commitment to their communities, focus at least part of your answer on how you will help give back as a medical student with their program. Service to others can come in many forms, so don't hesitate to talk about your strengths and passion in this area.

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    37. Which medical-related newspapers, journals, or publications do you plan to read to stay in touch with new medical discoveries and current events?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      During your time with them, the interviewers at Drexel University's medical school will want to see that you have a keen interest in continually learning your craft as a future physician. The medical industry is ever-changing, and they want to hear that you've done your research and are familiar with the various medical journals and publications that are out there for consumption by medical students.

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      How to Answer

      To talk about how you plan to stay up to date on industry trends and breakthroughs, list a couple of medical journals you are familiar with and perhaps even have read. Also, be sure to discuss how often you dive into medical-related news. Perhaps you currently subscribe to a particular magazine or blog or follow certain social media accounts. It's also a great idea to ask the interviewers about their favorite ways to stay in touch on medical-related current events. Asking this question in return can make for great dialogue, and you never know what you will learn!

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    38. As a future physician, you will be faced with death on a daily basis. How will you professionally cope with this reality?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Physicians face a lot of harsh realities on the job, the toughest of which is handling the death of a patient. The interviewers want to know that you understand that dealing with death and critical illness is a workplace reality for a physician.

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      How to Answer

      Assure the interviewers that you can handle this reality that physicians face. It's important to know that even in roles like primary care, you'll develop long-term relationships with patients and will no doubt face loss at some point. You'll want to highlight that you are an emotional person but won't let it impact the care you provide in your work.

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    39. How would you react if you discovered a classmate cheating during your medical school training at Drexel University?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      This honesty-based question tests your character and reveals how you would deal with awkward or uncomfortable situations as part of the Drexel University medical school program. With the slight prevalence of cheating on medical school exams, this is a perfect question to gauge your honesty and integrity.

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      How to Answer

      If you have found yourself in a situation like this, you can draw on that story for your reply. Be careful not to throw anyone under the bus, as you can rarely recover from unsavory behavior like that in an interview. As you answer, reiterate to your interviewers that you would always bring a sense of accountability and integrity in all you do in Drexel University's medical school.

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    40. Are you prepared to face patients whose religious beliefs are against your medical recommendations as a future physician?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Some personal and religious beliefs reject modern medicine techniques and treatments, and physicians have to face this fact and know how to professionally and ethically handle these situations. Your medical school interviewing team at Drexel University would like to know if you are ready to face tough decisions while maintaining the integrity and code of ethics expected of you as a physician.

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      How to Answer

      You may not be able to answer this question correctly as there are many policies and legal requirements that you may not even know about yet as a prospective medical student. Answer to the best of your ability by displaying that you would make the soundest choice possible while maintaining the patient's integrity.

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