Some Common Questions for Medical School Interview





Medical school interviews are unique experiences; you may find yourself in a panel interview facing multiple evaluators, or in a more informal setting with open-ended questions.  Regardless of the format, you might be questioned by a diverse way of interviewers ranging from seasoned clinicians to current physicians.  To excel, preparation is key – not only for common queries but also for unforeseen questions designed to gauge your agility and adaptability under pressure as well as your past behaviours in specific situations. 



In this article, we will share some of the commonly asked questions in medical school interviews that you should be ready for. 



Education-Related Questions

  • What inspired your choice of undergraduate major?
  • Can you discuss your undergraduate research and what you learned?
  • How do you plan to apply your medical education in the future?
  • In what ways have your extracurricular or volunteer experiences prepared you for the demands of a medical career?



Character and Personal Questions

  • What are your key strengths and weaknesses?
  • How have you learned to manage your time effectively and cope with stress as a pre-med student?
  • What activities do you enjoy outside of academic study?
  • Envision your future:  Where do you see yourself two decades from now in your medical career?
  • What are the qualities you believe are essential in a good physician?
  • How do you cope with stress?
  • What do you think will be the main challenge in completing medical school?
  • Share your experiences and insights from working with individuals who are unwell
  • What have you gained from your work experience/community work/hobbies that can benefit your journey towards becoming a doctor?



Medical-Focused Questions

  • What motivated your decision to pursue a career in medicine?

  • How well-informed are you about the national healthcare system’s current state?

  • What healthcare issues do you feel are most urgent today, and why?

  • What is your perspective on the evolving trends in our national healthcare services?



Ethical Questions

  • Are you familiar with any recent medical ethics controversies?
  • How would you handle the care of a terminally ill patient differently than others?
  • What are your thoughts on managing a patient with a positive HIV diagnosis?
  • What is your stance on euthanasia or physician-assisted suicide?



These questions offer a glimpse into what you might expect during your medical school interview.  To maximise your chances of success, it is crucial to be comprehensively prepared.  Following current medical news and issues, analyse them through the lens of your knowledge and experiences to develop insightful thoughts. 



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