Medical School Interview Questions

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Questions About You

  1. Tell me about yourself.
  2. What are your two best points?
  3. What are your two weakest points?
  4. What are three things you want to change about yourself?
  5. How do you handle conflict?
  6. Explain your leadership/research/volunteer experiences.
  7. What extracurricular activities are you engaged in?
  8. Which of your college courses interested you the most?
  9. What interests you outside of medicine and getting into medical school?
  10. Where do you see yourself in five/ten years?
  11. What do you do in your spare time?
  12. Why did you choose the undergraduate school you went to, and if you could, would you do anything differently?
  13. What do you do to relieve stress?
  14. What course was most academically challenging for you?
  15. If you could pick any three people to have dinner with, who would they be and why did you pick them?
  16. Who are the three most influential people in your life?

Questions About Your Medical School Goals

  1. Why do you want to be a doctor?
  2. When did you decide medicine was a good career choice for you? 
  3. What steps have you taken to confirm that you want to be a doctor?
  4. What do you think being a doctor entails, apart from treating patients?
  5. What do you feel are the most important qualities in being a good doctor?
  6. What will you be doing in medicine 10 years from now?
  7. What did you do to prepare for the MCAT?
  8. What medical procedures have you seen?
  9. How will you handle the stress of medical school?
  10. What do you think will be your greatest challenge in completing medical school?
  11. Why do you believe you have the ability to undertake the study and work involved in medical school?
  12. What branch of medicine do you think would interest you? Why?
  13. Does your family support your decision to become a doctor?
  14. What did you like/dislike about the medical offices you have observed?
  15. What would you like to do if you are not accepted into medical school?
  16. What steps have you taken to acquaint yourself with what a physician does?
  17. How do you think your role as a physician fits in with your role as a member of the community?
  18. Is medicine a rewarding experience?
  19. What aspects of your life experiences do you think makes you a good candidate for medical school?
  20. If you are accepted into two medical schools of your top choice, what would you do to make up your mind?
  21. Can compassion be taught and do you need it to be a successful doctor?

Questions About the Medical School

  1. Why do you want to attend [Medical School Name]? How are you a match for [Medical School Name]?
  2. Describe your method of learning.  How does this fit with the [Medical School Name]?
  3. What schools did you apply to and why?
  4. What do you look for in a good medical school?
  5. Why do you want to go to school here?
  6. Why should [Medical School Name] choose you over other candidates?

Current Issue/Scenario Questions

  1. What do you think about the specialization of medicine?
  2. What do you think is the most pressing issue in medicine today?
  3. One day, a medical school classmate gives you a sheet containing questions for an upcoming exam. How would you handle the situation and what issues would you consider important in coming to a decision about what to do?
  4. Name a situation where you had to make an ethical decision.  What did you do?
  5. Tell me a time when you witnessed dishonesty and what did you do?
  6. What are the responsibilities of a doctor to a patient?
  7. What do you think about the health care system and which way should it go?
  8. What do you think are the biggest problems with health care in the United States today?
  9. You inadvertently administer the wrong medication to a patient being treated in the hospital. Although the situation is not life threatening, how would you respond to the situation?
  10. What is your view on abortion/ euthanasia/stem cell research/cloning?
  11. What would you do to solve the current misdistribution of doctors in the U.S.?