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The Medical School Interview Eddie Hernandez, M.S. The University of Texas at San Antonio.

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1 The Medical School Interview Eddie Hernandez, M.S. The University of Texas at San Antonio

2 Agenda Introduction to the interview: First impression Preparation Attire Question categories Sample Questions Interactive Responses to Questions Ending the interview: Last impression

3 The Basics The interview lasts between 20-45 minutes At UTHSCSA you will be interviewed twice, usually by a PhD and a MD The holding room is usually the library or an auditorium Go to the restroom before the interview Eat a sensible lunch The handshake!

4 Attire Business attire. Women: skirts below the knee or slacks are acceptable. No blouses showing cleavage or excessive jewelry. Makeup should be at a minimum. Men: black or navy blue suit and tie. Crisp white shirt should be pressed. Tie should be a standard color. Black shoes are appropriate. No tattoos should be visible, no facial piercings or gauges. Hair should be groomed and nails maintained.

5 The Medical School Interview The interviewers job: 1. To determine if you fit the profile of a medical doctor 2. To gauge your social skills 3. To ascertain your commitment to a medical career 4. To select (recommend) students from a large group of invitees

6 The Medical School Interview The Interviewees Job: 1. To convince the interviewer to recommend you 2. To showcase your social skills 3. To reveal your honesty, sincerity, tactfulness, and respectfulness 4. To demonstrate compassion, empathy, and objectivity 5. To have a clear, finite, and unique reason to attend medical school

7 Your Answers Although the questions presented to you are seemingly simple, the answers are a fantastic exercise in clearly demonstrating your commitment to medicine or they can be vague responses drowning in ambiguity. My job today is to make sure you are prepared and armed with the information needed to demonstrate your commitment to medicine or even dentistry.

8 Your Answers 2 ways that questions are answered during an interview: 1. Content: your actual words 2. Manner: the way you present the words

9 Content Your answer in terms of CONTENT should be: 1. Clear: organized; disorganization shows disarray and uncertainty 2. To the point: Concise; rambling pointlessly shows how truly uninformed you are 3. Interesting: Anecdotes, experiences, analogies; lacking these is both narrow and myopic Remember: Do not hold back on what you want to say fearing you might be too sappy or might ramble; do not be so reserved that its perceived as being uninformed or that your lying. Just be honest and your CONTENT will make sense.

10 Manner Your answer in terms of MANNER should be: 1. Polytonic: inflections, and facial expressions; monotonous speech is indeed boring. 2. Cordial: Courteous, gracious and humble; uncordiality shows lack of friendliness and warmth 3. Confidence: Eye contact with out staring; shifting eyes could show unsureness or insincerity. 3. Enthusiastic and Lively: Cheerful and passionate with a smile; lack of enthusiasm shows lack of interest and motivation. Remember: if you are being honest, your MANNER will confirm the sincerity with which you speak! Practice your answers and ask for feedback.

11 Interview Question Categories 1. Ambiguous 2. Medically-Related 3. Academics 4. Social Skills & Interests 5. Stress-Related 6. Situational 7. Personality-Oriented 8. Autobiographical 9. Miscellaneous 10. Concluding

12 Ambiguous 1. Tell me about yourself. 2. How do you want me to remember you? 3. Convince me that you would make a good doctor. 4. What are you goals? 5. What makes you better than those other applicants in the holding room? 6. There are 500 applicants invited to be interviewed. Why should I choose you? Why do you want to study medicine?

13 Medically-Related What is the Hippocratic Oath? What are the pros and cons of health care? Do doctors make too much money? What is your opinion of HMOs and PPOs? What is the difference between Medicare and Medicaid? Which specialties are most interested in and why? If you had the power, what would you change about the the health care delivery system

14 Academics Why did you choose your present course of studies? Can you convince me that you can cope with the rigorous medical school coursework? How do you prepare/study for exams? Other than a science course, what course did you NOT take in college that you wish you would have taken and why? Why did you make a C in Organic Chemistry? Do you have any academic achievements?

15 Social Skills & Interests What evidence can you provide that shows you relate well with others? Give an example of a leadership role you have assumed. Have you engaged in any volunteer work? What are you hobbies? What is your relationship with your family and friends? If you could describe your personality in one word what would that word be?

16 Stress-Related What do you do to relieve stress? What was the most stressful event in your life and how did you handle it? Your father has a heart attack the night before your Physiology final exam. What do you do? It seems to me you dont know much about medicine. Why didnt you prepare for this interview? Why are you here? As of now, Im not recommending you for medical school. You have one more opportunity to plead your case and change my mind.

17 Situational magic wandQuestions A 68 year-old woman has a newly discovered cancer. Her life expectancy is 6 months. How would you inform her? A 34 year-old man presents with AIDS and tell you, as his physician, that he does not want to tell his wife. What would you do? You are playing tennis with a friend and the ball hits him in the eye. What do you do? You are taking a final exam and notice a student cheating. What would you do? If you were a doctor and an underage girl asks you for the Pill or an abortion and she did not want to tell her parents, what would you do? Should doctors be allowed to pull the plug on terminally ill patients? If a patient is dying from a hemorrhage, would you transfuse blood if you knew they would not approve based on their religion? Should cloning be legal? Would you clone yourself? Why or why not?

18 Personality-Oriented How would your friends describe you? What would your obituary read? If you could change one this about yourself, what would that be? What are you best attributes? What are your worst attibutes? What is the most important event that happened to you that you are the most proud of?

19 Autobiographical Where did you grow up? Do you have any siblings? What non-academic accomplishments are you most proud of? Why did you chose to go to X University? Who is the most important person in your life?

20 Miscellaneous Should the federal government reinstate the death penalty? Why or why not? What do you expect to be doing in 10 years? Why do you want to attend OUR medical school? What other medical schools have you applied to? Would you prefer to practice in rural or metropolitan areas? How did you prepare for this interview? How would you handle a conflict of interest?

21 Concluding What would you do if you were not accepted to medical school? How do you think you did in this interview? What is the one thing you have not mentioned that you want me to know about yourself? On a scale from 1-10, how would you rank yourself as a candidate? What are you most excited about as a potential medical student? Do you have any questions for me?

22 Concluding Remarks Be prepared. Do your homework. Send thank you cards to your interviewers. Wait patiently. Practice with your classmates. You NEVER get a second chance for a first impression!


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