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Top 35 Medical School Interview Questions

Question 1 of 37
If you could meet anyone in the history of medicine, who would you choose and why?
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Question 2 of 37
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, in the event that you are not accepted into medical school.

The way that you answer this question will also show the interviewers that you have an interest in the medical field that goes deeper than your acceptance into medical school.

If you are not accepted, show that you will then take a different path into Nursing or Medical Science, for instance.

Or, you can let the interviewers know that one rejection won't stop you at all! Talk about your plan to reapply, if rejected.

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

Answer Example
"Should I not be accepted into medical school the first time, I plan to reapply the following year. I would take that year to upgrade any required courses and prepare an even stronger application. My life's goal is to become a physician and I certainly won't take one rejection as a final answer."
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Question 3 of 37
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 greatly determine the success of your future career. Discuss with the interviewers how you typically cope with setbacks.

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"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 often, and to everyone - despite their level of expertise or years of experience. If I experience a major setback I will take a few moments to internally debrief, 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."
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Question 4 of 37
We believe in the continual development of our students, both professionally and personally. What is your self-development plan?
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Having a self-development plan is incredibly important for anyone. The interviewers want to know what your plan is, and how attending their university will be beneficial to that plan. If they are going to invest in you, they need to know that you have a plan in place for investing in yourself also.

Some ideas for self-development:

- Listening to an inspiring podcaster
- 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

Answer Example
"I agree that self-development is crucial for continual growth and achievement. I am committed to investing in myself and some of the ways I do this is by attending personal development workshops, and meeting with my mentor once per month."
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Question 5 of 37
What are your thoughts on animal research and animal testing in the medical field?
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The interviewers would like to know your stance on this controversial subject. Animal testing and animal research is a very large part of the medical industry. Breakthroughs and cures are found regularly, thanks to animal testing and research procedures.

If you are an animal advocate then you may want to plan an answer that will be honest and true to your beliefs while showing your understanding of the necessity of this practice in the medical industry.

Answer Example
"Although I am a supporter of animal rights, I do understand that animal testing and research is required for most pharmaceutical testing and many other research platforms. In the U.S. it is the law for a pharma company to test on animals before a drug is distributed for human consumption. Will this change down the road? Perhaps. But for now - I do understand that it is a necessity."
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Question 6 of 37
What achievement are you most proud of, so far, on your path to medical school?
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Question 7 of 37
What questions do you have for us about our university?
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Question 8 of 37
Who in your life mentors, or inspires you?
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Question 9 of 37
What other medical schools have you applied to and where does our university rank?
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Question 10 of 37
How well do you think you have performed in this interview today?
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Question 11 of 37
Why should we accept you over another medical student with the same qualifications?
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Question 12 of 37
How would you like to see the delivery of healthcare evolve?
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Question 13 of 37
Medical school is expensive. Have you made a solid financial plan for tuition costs, and beyond?
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Question 14 of 37
As a physician, you will be faced with death on a daily basis. How will you professionally cope with this reality?
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Question 15 of 37
How does your family feel about you attending medical school? Do you have a great deal of support?
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Question 16 of 37
What is your opinion on socialized health care versus privatized health care?
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Question 17 of 37
Why do you want to be a physician? What appeals to you about working in the medical field?
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Question 18 of 37
Are there any situations when a physician is justified in lying to a patient?
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Question 19 of 37
In your opinion, what is the most concerning issue facing the medical industry today?
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Question 20 of 37
How do you express your opinions on controversial topics such as abortion, euthanasia, physician assisted suicide, and cloning?
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Question 21 of 37
How do you respond to feedback and criticism? Describe a situation where your work was criticized. What was your immediate reaction to the situation?
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Question 22 of 37
How would you react if you discovered a classmate cheating?
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Question 23 of 37
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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Question 24 of 37
As a future physician, how do you plan to use your role to benefit members of your community? Do you think volunteering is important?
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Question 25 of 37
A woman comes into the ER after a car accident. She needs a blood transfusion but she states that her religion is against blood transfusions. What decision do you make?
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Question 26 of 37
Tell us about your overall academic performance, so far. Where have you excelled, and where could you improve?
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Question 27 of 37
What do you feel is the single most important quality a physician should possess?
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Question 28 of 37
Talk to us about your current GPA.
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Question 29 of 37
What is your favorite area of medicine so far? Which is your least favorite? Why?
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Question 30 of 37
What do you know about our university?
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Question 31 of 37
Tell us about an area of weakness that you would like to improve on.
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Question 32 of 37
What research did you conduct before choosing to apply to our university?
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Question 33 of 37
Tell us something that we would not know about you from reading your CV.
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Question 34 of 37
What are you reading right now?
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Question 35 of 37
Talk to 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?
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Question 36 of 37
Which medical related newspapers, journals or publications do you read to stay in touch with new medical discoveries, and current events?
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Question 37 of 37
What are your thoughts on alternative medicine? Which aspects do you agree and disagree with?
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About Medical School

August 18th, 2017

A medical school (often spoken as med school) is a tertiary educational institution or part of such an institution that teaches medicine. In addition to a medical degree program, some medical schools offer programs leading to a Master's Degree, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Bachelor/Doctor of Medicine (MBBS, BMed, MDCM, MD, MBChB, etc.), Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO-USA), or other post-secondary education. Medical schools can also employ medical researchers and operate hospitals. Medical schools teach subjects such as human anatomy, biochemistry, pharmacology, immunology, neurology, obstetrics and gynecology, anesthesiology, internal medicine, family medicine, surgery, psychiatry, genetics, and pathology.

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