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Texas Tech University Medical School Interview Questions

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

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How do you respond to feedback and criticism? Describe a situation where your work was criticized. What was your immediate reaction to the situation?

Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

The interviewers want to see that you are confident and mature enough to accept feedback and criticism positively, even when it is unsolicited. Not all feedback will be delivered in a friendly, easy-to-absorb manner. Think of a time when you received feedback or criticism that was a bit hurtful or surprising. Discuss how you reacted productively.

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Texas Tech University Medical School Interview Questions & Answers

  • 1. How do you respond to feedback and criticism? Describe a situation where your work was criticized. What was your immediate reaction to the situation?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewers want to see that you are confident and mature enough to accept feedback and criticism positively, even when it is unsolicited. Not all feedback will be delivered in a friendly, easy-to-absorb manner. Think of a time when you received feedback or criticism that was a bit hurtful or surprising. Discuss how you reacted productively.

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      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 and how you welcome feedback so you can improve or know that you are on the right track.

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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; all rolled into one! I re-did the assignment with more enthusiasm and passion the second time around. My grade improved significantly, and I thanked my professor for holding me to a higher standard."

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      "After my first presentation of a scholarly research article in a presentation course, my professor wrote feedback that I needed improvement. At first, I was dismayed, but I met with him during his office hours to see where I could improve. Over the next several visits, I learned how to better organize my presentation, what content to include, and received help interpreting data. My next presentation went more smoothly and I was able to confidently answer questions about the paper. I credit my professor for helping me improve my presentations, which helped me during my thesis defense."

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      It can certainly be difficult to hear and accept negative feedback. It's wonderful that you set this dismay aside and met with your professor for more detailed instruction. It sounds like you worked very hard to improve and meet the expectations of this professor. A wonderful lesson learned, and this feedback worked to strengthen your abilities, which is a big win!

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

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewers want to see that you have a keen interest in continually learning your craft. The medical industry is ever-changing! Talk about how you stay up to date on industry trends, breakthroughs, social concerns, and more.

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      List a few medical journals you like to read and discuss how often you dive into medical-related news. Perhaps you subscribe to a particular magazine, 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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      1st Answer Example

      "I am sure to read PLOS Magazine and The Lancet regularly. I also subscribe to Kaiser Health News and The Wall Street Journal Health Blog. Diversifying where my news comes from is important, and I would love some fresh suggestions. What are your favorite places for news on current trends?"

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      "I am sure to read PLOS ONE and Biomed Central to regularly keep up with scientific advancements. Also, I read from Popular Science and the USA Today health news. I am open to suggestions. What are your favorite news sources for current events?"

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      These are reliable sources for information - good answer! The question you ask at the end will help to make your interview more conversational if the vibe of the room allows :)

  • 3. A woman comes into the ER after a car accident. She needs a blood transfusion but states that her religion is against blood transfusions. What decision do you make?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      This is a loaded question, indeed! The interviewers 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. Patients have the right to choose what they want for their bodies. It is not up to you as a physician to do anything that violates a patient's rights. However, you do want to express that as a physician, you would inform the patient what could happen if she refuses a blood transfusion.

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      You may not be able to answer this question entirely correctly as there are many policies and legal requirements that you may not even know about. 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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      1st Answer Example

      "From what I understand, if the patient is of sound mind and they understand the risk they are taking by refusing medical assistance, I do not have the right to override her religious choice. Many factors could change this, such as an unconscious patient, someone under the influence of a narcotic, or perhaps if the person and I had a significant language barrier. I should refer to my facilities' leaders and ethics community in these situations. This is a decision I would not feel comfortable making entirely on my own."

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      "If the woman is of sound mind and judgement, I do not have the right to override her choice. However, if she were unconscious, under the influence of a narcotic, or had a significant language barrier, the situation would be more complicated. In those cases, I would need to consult my superiors or the ethics committee to navigate the challenging situation to make an informed decision."

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      Consulting your superiors and/or the ethics committee is a wise approach. You show strong problem-solving skills by mentioning the presence of other factors at play in this situation.

  • 4. 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 interviewers want to know that you see the importance of community involvement. As a physician, your knowledge and help will be greatly needed and appreciated by your community. Show that you are willing to be generous with your time and knowledge.

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      The interview panel wants to hear that you think volunteering is important. Volunteers have compassion, empathy, and generosity, all excellent qualities to possess as a physician. Here are some ideas of how a physician can benefit their community:

      - Teach your community about the health resources available to them
      - Offer free or reduced-fee services to low-income families
      - Hold free workshops on topics such as sexual health or addiction
      - Volunteer regularly and be an advocate for volunteering

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

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      When a medical student receives federal assistance through loans or grants, some may see it as an unfair advantage 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 being put to good use. You can share your thoughts on this with the interviewers but remain positive and show your ability to see both sides of the coin.

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      You do not know the interview panel's views on this topic, so you want to tread lightly to avoid offending anyone. However, you are entitled to your opinion. Give your honest opinion without steering too heavily one way or the other.

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  • 6. How do you express your opinions on controversial topics such as abortion, euthanasia, physician-assisted suicide, and cloning?

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      Questions like this can be tricky! Be sure to note the wording of the question. The interviewers want to see how you navigate controversial topics. They are not asking for your opinion on these topics. Discuss how you remain tactful when controversial topics arise.

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      For this question, it is best to show the interview panel you understand what topics are appropriate to talk about with friends, family, and colleagues and which subjects you do not discuss with patients. The interview panel wants to see that you know to be diplomatic and professional in the workplace.

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

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      This question is meant to start a meaningful conversation between yourself and the interview panel. They want to see a bit of your personal opinion, critical thinking skills, and ability to be diplomatic when it comes to hot topics. Avoid any offensive answers. It's best if you can provide a diplomatic answer that gives the nod to both sides without appearing wishy-washy.

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      Think about your views on socialized and privatized health care. Then, share the pros and cons of both with the interview panel.

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  • 8. How would you react if you discovered a classmate cheating?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      This honesty-based question is meant to test your character and reveal how you deal with awkward or uncomfortable situations. If you have found yourself in a case like this, you can draw on that story for your reply. Be careful not to name any names or throw anyone under the bus, as you can rarely recover from unsavory behavior like that in an interview.

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      There is only one way to respond to this question. Physicians are held to a high standard and must always act with honesty and integrity. If you would not report your classmate, the interview panel will determine you do not possess those qualities.

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  • 9. How does your family feel about you attending medical school? Do you have a great deal of support?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewers want to know that if you were accepted into Texas Tech University, you would have the support required for your heavy and challenging medical school workload.

      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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      If you do not have family who supports your decision, describe how they are unsupportive, but others support you. Hopefully, you will have a robust support system to draw from.

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

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewers would like to know your stance on the controversial subject of animal testing and the use of animals for educational purposes. In many regions, animals are still a common 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.

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      Formulate 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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  • 11. As a physician, you will be faced with death often. How will you professionally cope with this reality?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewers want to know that you understand that dealing with death and critical illness is a workplace reality for a physician. Assure the interviewers that you can handle this harsh reality that physicians face.

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      If you have experienced death, describe how you coped with it. Let the interview panel know that you understand death is part of the job, and you are prepared to handle death and dying patients.

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  • 12. Who in your life mentors or inspires you?

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      Your life's inspiration can come from a mentor, your family, a celebrity, an author - literally anyone! Talk to the interviewers about who has inspired your life and why.

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      Using a person who will not be controversial with the interviewers is best. For example, you want to avoid using political or religious figures as the interview panel may have different views and beliefs.

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  • 13. 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. Prepare a well-versed answer for this question, as it may arise many times during medical school and your career. Research the concept of 'therapeutic privilege' and then create your response. Your answer should be brief, precise, and not convoluted.

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      However you respond to this question, be sure to justify your reason for choosing your answer. The interview panel wants to hear your thought process on why you think it is okay or not okay to lie to a patient.

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  • 14. How well do you think you performed in this interview today?

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      This question is a stress test! The interviewers want to know if you are happy with your performance in the interview. There is always room for improvement; however, you want to avoid picking your interview apart. Respond honestly with how you believe you have performed.

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      If you feel you could have performed better: 'I feel that I was well prepared for most of the questions you have asked me today; however, I would like to clarify my answer on one particular point....' Then, return to the question you may have stumbled on and answer how you would have liked the first time.

      If you feel the interview went well: 'Thank you for taking the time to meet with me today. I feel that I was well prepared for the questions you asked me, and I am happy with my performance in this interview.' Then, you could ask them if there is anything you can clarify from your CV, application, or conversation.

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  • 15. When you suffer a setback, how does that emotionally affect you and your work?

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      Everyone handles the stress and disappointment of setbacks differently. When you work in the medical field, those setbacks can be amplified. While attending university, even more so because your grades can significantly determine your future career's success. Discuss with the interviewers how you typically cope with setbacks.

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      The interview panel wants to see that you are resilient and do not let setbacks derail you from achieving your goals. If you have an example of a setback, share that in your response, showing the interview panel that you bounced back and moved on.

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  • 16. How would you like to see the delivery of healthcare evolve?

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      The interviewers want to understand where you feel healthcare could most evolve. 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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      There is no wrong answer to this question. The interview panel wants to see your personal views on the evolution and advancements of healthcare and what changes you would like to see made.

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

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      Alternative medicine can be a controversial subject. Some healthcare professionals love it, some are highly skeptical, and some people's opinions land in the middle. Try to remain neutral when answering this question, explaining what aspects you agree and disagree with.

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      Just like you would answer a sensitive question surrounding politics or religion, it's best to support both sides in some aspect 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.

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  • 18. When you become a physician, how will you improve the profession?

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      The interviewers want to see evidence that you plan on making a positive and lasting impact on the medical profession. 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 leaves a positive impact on their overall health. Discuss with passion and enthusiasm how you plan to improve the medical profession and use your skills for the greater good.

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      When responding to this question, describe how you will improve the profession without speaking negatively of the profession as it is. Many excellent physicians have enhanced the profession, so you want to avoid talking poorly about the medical industry.

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  • 19. When you encounter academic difficulty, how do you react?

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      Every medical student will encounter academic challenges, so it's important to know that you are not alone when facing difficulties. The interviewers want to know that you will handle these difficulties with as much emotional intelligence and poise as possible. 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 your approach and how it has benefitted you in the past.

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      The interview panel understands that medical school will be challenging. They want to choose students who do not break down and quit when faced with challenges but rather learn from their experience and adjust their studying habits.

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  • 20. Walk us through your approach to studying for exams.

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      The greater your academic performance, the better the university's metrics will be. For this reason, the interviewers want to choose medical school students who will be diligent in their studies and perform well on exams. Perhaps you create your own study aids. Maybe you prefer to prepare for exams in a group setting. Whatever your approach might be, take the time to walk the interviewers through your process with as much detail as possible.

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      Focus on being incredibly detailed in your response. The interview panel wants to see that you have a systematic study approach that has proven effective.

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

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      This is more of a personal interest question, making it tough to give a wrong answer. Think back to any of medicine's founding fathers (and mothers!). Think of who has a story that resonates with you the most and what that person overcame. Also, think about what they discovered/created/invented that you admire.

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      After explaining who you would like to meet and why, it's also a great idea to think of the most burning question you would have for that individual. Be sure to add passion to your answer so the interviewers can sense your genuine interest.

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

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      The interviewers want to know that you have thought out all options and scenarios if you are not accepted to Texas Tech University. 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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      If you are not accepted, show the interviewers that one rejection won't stop you at all! Talk about your plan to reapply while bolstering your application if rejected.

      Whatever the path you choose, you must show the interviewers you have confidence and drive. It'll take more than one rejection to keep you down!

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

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      Being an aspiring medical student means that you should take a keen interest in current events by closely following the challenges the medical industry faces. The interviewers 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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      Discuss what you believe is a primary concerning issue in the medical industry. You can also then ask the interviewers what they see as the most concerning issue in the medical field today. This question presents an opportunity to start a very insightful conversation.

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  • 24. Medical school is expensive. Have you made a solid financial plan for tuition costs at Texas Tech University and beyond?

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      The interviewers want to be assured that you can afford the tuition associated with Texas Tech University. Medical school is an investment, and you need to be sure you can handle the financial requirements related to your acceptance. Keep your answer brief and to the point. Let the interviewers know you have a solid financial plan for medical schooling.

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      Texas Tech University has a page on its website dedicated to funding your education. If you need financial assistance, you can review their website and see different options that can help towards your financial plan.

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  • 25. Tell us about your overall academic performance so far. Where have you excelled, and where could you improve?

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      The interviewers want to know how your undergraduate program has prepared you for attending medical school at Texas Tech University. Discuss what interested you the most and where you had the most significant challenges. While attending undergraduate studies, you likely learned some core skills that would be transferable to your time at Texas Tech University.

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      Your response to this question will show the interviewers your strengths and weaknesses. Spend more time explaining where you excelled and less time on where you can improve. When describing the area you could improve, explain what measures you are taking to turn that weakness into a strength.

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  • 26. Texas Tech University receives many applications each year. Why should we accept you over another medical student with the same qualifications?

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      The interviewers are looking for unique qualities and statements that make you stand out from the other students wishing to attend Texas Tech University.

      Put yourself in the interviewer's position. You are looking at multiple talented candidates. All have stellar grades, all have the drive, and all have the potential to be renowned Texas Tech University alumni. Describe the primary reason to choose YOU over everyone else.

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      Focus on providing several reasons you should be chosen over other applicants. Here are some ideas that make you a stand-out candidate:

      - Recent volunteer work
      - An existing connection to the faculty or facility
      - A memorable and personal story of struggle and triumph
      - An unusual skill such as speaking multiple languages or knowing sign language
      - An additional degree, diploma, or certification
      - Proof that you continually focus on personal and professional development

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

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewer wants to see that you have some insight into the desired qualities and characteristics of a Physician. This is an opportunity to give a unique answer, so try to dig deeper than 'good bedside manner' or 'strong attention to detail.'

      Here are some ideal qualities of a Physician:

      - Unrelenting drive
      - Desire for improvement
      - Accountability
      - Patience and Fortitude
      - Integrity
      - Optimism
      - Self Confidence

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      There is no wrong answer as this is your opinion. However, you want to ensure your response is indeed a quality Physicians should possess.

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  • 28. At Texas Tech University, we believe in the continual development of our students, both professionally and personally. What is your self-development plan?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Having a self-development plan is incredibly important for anyone. The interviewers want to know your plan and how attending Texas Tech University will benefit that plan. If they are going to invest in you, they need to know that you have a plan for investing in yourself.

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      Since this is a two-part question, be sure to answer what plans you have for personal and professional growth. Here are some ideas:

      - Listening to an inspiring podcast
      - Attending personal development workshops
      - Spending time volunteering in a capacity related to your career goals
      - Utilizing a mentor
      - Hiring a tutor
      - Learning another language
      - Reading books associated with success

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  • 29. Talk to us about your current GPA.

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interview panel wants to hear if you are satisfied with your current GPA or if you would change it if you could. Talk to the interviewers about your undergrad experience.

      If you were satisfied with your GPA: 'I graduated top of my class and am very proud of my accomplishments during my undergraduate studies. The experience taught me to study hard and set attainable goals for myself.'

      If you were not satisfied with your GPA: 'I feel that my GPA could have been higher; however, I was working full time while attending classes. All in all, I did learn a lot about discipline and commitment.'

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      At Texas Tech University, they care more about you receiving a letter grade of a C or better in your prerequisite classes. However, the interview panel may ask about your current GPA to determine what type of student you will be. Either way, be prepared to tell them your GPA or if you received a C or better in your prerequisite classes.

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

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      By understanding your strongest areas of interest, the interviewers can predict which courses you will enjoy most at Texas Tech University and how you will fit into their student population and culture. Talk about your favorite and least favorite interests in the medical field.

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      There is no wrong answer to this question. The interview panel simply wants to hear what area of medicine you enjoy the most, what you enjoy the least, and why.

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  • 31. At Texas Tech University, we want students who have a true passion for medicine. What appeals to you most about working in the medical field?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewers would like to understand what drives your pursuit of a career in the medical field. Your core passion will keep you going on the most challenging days at Texas Tech University. For the interviewers to understand how to motivate you, they need to know what fires you up!

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      It is okay to share a personal story when answering this question. Perhaps you can discuss what initiated your interest in attending medical school to begin with. Whatever drives you, make sure the interviewers can feel your passion!

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  • 32. What questions do you have for us about Texas Tech University?

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      Come to your interview prepared with a handful of questions for the interviewers at Texas Tech University. Having prepared questions shows the panel you are keenly interested in what they do at Texas Tech University. However, you want to ask questions not found during your research of the University.

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      Remember that people like to talk about what they know! Having insightful questions prepared sets the stage for the interviewers to tell you many important and helpful details about their process and their educational facility.

      Keep the 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.

      Here are some ideas:

      - Ask if the interviewers can give you any advice on being successful in medical school
      - Ask if there is anything in your application or anything that you said in today's interview that you need to clarify
      - See what the most important thing you should know about your first week at Texas Tech University is, should you be accepted

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  • 33. What do you know about Texas Tech University?

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      The interviewers at Texas Tech University have likely seen hundreds of applicants, so a question like this is an opportunity for you to stand out. If you are lucky enough to land an interview, 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.

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      Start by searching Texas Tech University's 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 can be clear on what they stand for.

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  • 34. Tell us about an area of weakness that you would like to improve on while attending Texas Tech University.

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      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.

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      Perhaps you are watching TED talks to gain skills in a particular area, reading the latest-and-greatest book on the subject, or taking a seminar at a nearby community center. We are all human with our weaknesses, so don't be afraid to share yours!

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  • 35. What research did you conduct on our school before choosing to apply to Texas Tech University?

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      The interviewers want to know which considerations you put in before sending your application to Texas Tech University. They really do not want to hear that you blindly sent out a million applications, hoping that something would stick. Share with the interviewers the consideration you put into your application.

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      Describe all the different ways you conducted research before applying to Texas Tech University. Some methods of consideration could have been:

      - Talking to/interviewing alumni of Texas Tech University.
      - Attending an open house at Texas Tech University.
      - Extensive online research.
      - Researching the most renowned graduates of the Texas Tech University medical program.
      - Meeting with a career counselor and asking for recommendations.
      - Speaking with a current student at Texas Tech University, specifically someone in the program you are interested in.

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

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      The interviewers would like to know you apart from what is written on your CV and school transcripts. You are certainly not obligated to discuss personal matters such as your relationship status, for instance. Stick with some interesting facts to show the interviewers at Texas Tech University that you are a real person, too.

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      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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  • 37. What achievements are you most proud of on your path to medical school?

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      The interviewers would like to know what areas of achievement are most important to you. 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 that you may have received along the way.

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      Now is not the time to be humble! Describe your most outstanding achievements, showing the interview panel that you are a stellar student and will be a great addition to their medical program.

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  • 38. What are you reading right now?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interview panel wants to know if you feed your mind regularly. They want to hear what kind of literature you prefer and why. Talk to the interviewers about a book that you are currently reading. If you are not currently reading a book - talk about one that has impacted you the most.

      Written by Krista Wenz on September 8th, 2022

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      While there is nothing wrong with reading horror stories, true-crime novels, science fiction, or romance novels, the interviewers would like to hear that you are reading books related to your medical career or something that improves a skill. It is best to say that you are reading books that stimulate your mind rather than books for pleasure.

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  • 39. Tell us about your experience and thoughts on handling blood and other bodily fluids. You will be subject to difficult scenarios in your role as a physician. How do you feel about this?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewers want to know that you can handle the difficult sights and experiences you will encounter in your career as a physician. You can keep your answer simple by discussing your ability to handle events involving blood and other bodily fluids.

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      If you have worked around blood and body fluids, describe your experience. If you have not been exposed to seeing blood, describe how you feel you will do when faced with these situations.

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  • 40. What other medical schools have you applied to and where does Texas Tech University rank?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewers would like to understand the types of schools you are interested in. Knowing where you are applying will help them to better understand if Texas Tech University will meet your specific needs and educational desires or goals. You should be transparent when answering this question but avoid saying anything offensive, such as, 'this school is my last choice.' Choose the number one reason you want to attend Texas Tech University and focus on that.

      Written by Krista Wenz on September 8th, 2022

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      If you want to be considered for admission to Texas Tech University, it is best to say that Texas Tech University is your number one choice. If they are not your number one choice and you do not feel comfortable saying they are, choose your words carefully while letting the interview panel know they rank high on your list.

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