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DaVinci's Man

Interviews: Sample Questions

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The following questions are presented to help students practice listening to all parts of a question. They are not necessarily questions asked at medical/dental school.

A student should not read the questions until he/she decides how to use them. Two suggested exercises:

One person asks another (the "interviewee") a question:

1) The "interviewee" practices rewording the question as he/she might do preparatory to launching into an answer.

2) The "interviewee" answers the question.

  • What are your ideas about the traits that are essential for being an ideal doctor?
    What keeps people from becoming ideal doctors?
    What would you do to become as nearly an ideal doctor as possible?
  • What do you see as the pros and cons of using human beings in medical research?
    Under what circumstances would you be willing to do research using humans?

  • What are the big issues in euthanasia?
    What would be your position as a doctor?
    How would you deal with the family of the patient?

  • What are your strengths and weaknesses?
    How would these influence your medical career?

  • Describe your life in ten years in terms of your professional life, your personal life, and your financial situation.

  • Describe yourself. From this description indicate the traits that are most valuable to being a doctor and explain why.

  • Describe a difficult problem you have encountered, how you resolved it, and what you would change if you were doing it again.

  • What is the most difficult decision you have ever made?
    What are the pros and cons you weighed in arriving at your decision?

  • What do you think of premed education?
    What should be changed and why?

  • Recent studies indicate that the U.S. may be finally producing enough doctors.
    What is your opinion?
    What should be done if we eventually have a surplus of doctors?
    What would be the consequences of such action?

  • How do you spend your spare time? Which of these activities may still be useful when you are a doctor and why?

  • Would you make house calls?
    Justify your answer and tell how you would explain this to your patients.

  • What else do you want to accomplish in life besides attending medical school?

  • Why are these accomplishments important to you personally?
    To the medical professions?