Medical School Exam Questions

 1. Personal Questions

 What are your hobbies? What are some things that bother you in a work setting? What do you like to do in your spare time? What do you do for fun? Tell me about your family/family life. Tell me about yourself. What makes you special? How do you plan to support yourself through medical school? Questions about personal relationships, religious beliefs, etc (may be asked but are not legal). How do you cope with grief? What are 3 things you want to change about yourself? Are you a friendly person? What do you have to offer that others don't have? What are your strengths? What are your weaknesses? How will your weaknesses play a role in medicine? Have you ever lived in a large city before? How do you deal with adversity? What is your preferred way of learning and how do you learn best? Tell me about your study habits. Tell me about your sources for letters of recommendation. What is the biggest obstacle you have overcome in your life? Have you travelled abroad? What are your favourite books? Movies?

2. Motivation/Commitment to Medicine

Why do you want to become a doctor? What is your choice of specialty? Why? What have you done that shows initiative? What did you learn from that experience? What leadership positions have you held in school? When did you first think seriously about going to medical school? Why did you choose to apply to Thomas Jefferson? Have you been accepted to other schools yet? Where else are you applying? What is your 1st choice? What did you dislike most about undergraduate school? Are you pursuing a career in medicine for the money? Prestige?

3. Education/Experience

Be prepared for specific questions regarding your application materials (personal statement, MCAT scores, undergraduate transcript, letters of recommendation, etc.) What science class did you dislike the most? What was your favourite science class? Why? What classes did you struggle with during school? What have you done to prepare yourself to be a doctor? Why should we accept you over the other applicants who have applied to our program? What was your favourite subject in school? Why? What kinds of direct patient care experiences do you have? Be prepared to discuss weaknesses in your academic transcripts and MCAT scores. What experiences have you had with the medical profession? What types of volunteer work have you had? Have you had any practical experiences in medicine? Have you shadowed any physicians? What experiences have you had working with people? If you could do anything different in your education, what would you do?

 4. Knowledge of Program

What do your know about our school? What makes the Medical College of Thomas Jefferson unique? Are you a good fit for our program? Explain. Are you a strong candidate for our program? Why? What makes you special in comparison to all the other applicants?

5. Goals/Plans/Realistic Outlook

How will you deal with the stress of school and this profession? How do you plan to pay for medical school and living expenses? Where do you plan to practice after you graduate? What do you think you will struggle with during medical school? Where would you like to practice? Rural or inner city areas? What will you do if you are not accepted into medical school? What do you think will be your greatest challenge in completing medical school or learning how to be a doctor? Why would you be a good doctor? What do you feel are the most important qualities in being a good doctor?

6. Exposure to Medicine/Current Events

 What politicians are currently impacting medicine? Do you agree with the decisions they are making? Given a specific hypothetical medical scenario: How would you treat the patient? What are some current controversial areas in medicine? Select one then give your opinion on it and defend that opinion. What is your opinion of National Health Insurance? Do you see any negatives in the (medical) profession? What do you think about (patient rights, medical costs, HMO's, euthanasia, Phenphen, confidentiality, etc)?  Discuss one issue that you feel is of primary concern in health care. Identify three political issues that you feel are of great importance in the health care field. What sorts of ethical problems can you see coming up in the medical profession? Are any of your relatives physicians (dentists, etc)? If so, where did they go to school? Why is medicine such an important field? In your view, what is the most pressing problem facing medicine today? Expect questions concerning what you think about ethics and healthcare (i.e., abortion, cloning, euthanasia, etc.) Be prepared to discuss managed healthcare and changes in the US healthcare system. How would you describe the relationship between science, medicine, and art?

7. Breadth/Diversity

 Tell me three good things about others interviewing in your group. How do you plan on dealing with the heterogeneous population here coming from such a homogeneous population in both race and religion?

8. Behavior-Based

Say you were a doctor and your patient is terminal. The patient looks at you with hope and asks if he will make it. What do you tell him? How might you calm a nervous patient? What if you had a patient that did not pay? What would you do if a doctor gave you orders that you know will harm the patient? Pretend that you're the doctor. You see a patient who gives you some grief and complains. At the end of treatment he asks you if he was a good patient. What do you say? Your supervising physician comes into work drunk. How would you handle the situation? Imagine you are a physician. You are working with a patient who is refusing a treatment that you believe is necessary. What would you do? Imagine you are a physician. How would you handle the following situation: __________ Please give me an example of how you would handle a stressful situation? How would you deal with a patient who was treating you badly (assume other patients in the office can overhear)?