Healthcare Graduate School Questions
Health Profession Graduate School Interview Questions
for Medical/Dental/Optometry/Physical Therapy/Occupational Therapy Schools
are you today? (Not as innocent as it may seem. Prepare 30-second intro that
stresses what you want them to know about you. Be careful that it does not
me about yourself. (Avoid rambling)
are your strengths and weaknesses? (Turn weaknesses into strengths/end on a
positive note) Similar questions:
you always done the best work of which you were capable?
will be the toughest aspect of medical education for you?
me about a time you failed. What did it teach you about yourself?
me three of your worst qualities and three of your best qualities.
do you think the hardest thing about being a physician is?
are your heroes? (Find someone)
three people who have profoundly influenced you.
you could invite any three guests (living or deceased) to a dinner party,
who would it be?
do you do in your spare time? (Tell them you do more than just study)
are you currently reading?
are your hobbies?
do you do just for fun?
are your plans for a family? (May be an illegal question but is asked often.
Respond in a way to show that your outside life will not affect your
do you want to be a physician/physical therapist...etc? (Do not become bored
with your own answer.)
do you explain your low grades/dropping of classes/low MCAT, DAT, etc.
scores? (Do not sound defensive. A deficiency in one area doesn’t have to be
a liability unless you react adversely. Be honest. Explain that you worked
and went to school, that you had adjustment problems your first year, point
out your high major GPA, or how your grades steadily improved over your
college career, etc.)
will you do if you are not accepted this time? (Make sure they know you will
do what it takes to apply again)
you have any questions for us? (Always say yes. Refer to CDC worksheet,
“Interview Questions to Ask Health Related Professional Schools” for ideas).
Expect the unexpected. Here are some questions
designed to test your quick thinking abilities or how you handle stress.
you could be any cell in the human body, which would you choose to be and
don’t think you’d be right for a medical career, why don’t you be a nurse/
me something not related to your schoolwork in five minutes.
do you normally handle conflict?
is your most important coping skill?
your house were burning, what three objects would you save?
me about a time when you had to tell someone something unpleasant.
and current event questions are popular. However, be careful. Stay away from
soapboxes. You don’t know the views of those who ask the question. Stick
with general facts to show that you are well read.
do you see the delivery of health care evolving in the twenty-first century?
would you do if you were in a position to treat someone for an injury who
had just stabbed your best friend?
emotionally involved should a physician become with the health of his or her
is the most important ethical question that you will face as a physician in
the next decade?
are your opinions about physician assisted suicide/stem cell
research/genetic testing/other controversial current topics?
you could spend one hour with the President of the United States, what would
you want to discuss with him?
Some questions are designed to find out how much first hand knowledge you
have of your chosen profession. (Hint: you need a lot!)
me about your volunteer experiences.
clinical experiences have you had?
me about the patient from whom you learned the most.
percentage of your time do you anticipate devoting to basic research and
do you see healthcare in 20 years?
questions are designed to relate your skills and personality type to what is
required in the field.
do you think is the most important quality a doctor/dentist/OT/PT should
three traits do you possess that you are most proud of?
you experience the death of a patient, is it something that you will take
with you, or will you leave it at the hospital when you go home?
kind of fulfillment do you expect from patient contact?
do you have to offer your fellow medical students?
The following are actual questions at several
health profession school interviews:
would you do if all medical schools in America were to close today?
do you want to be doing in 10 years?
you think it’s important for people to know two languages?
good qualities have you seen in doctors, and what bad qualities have you
is something your mother would say about you, and what is something your
best friend would say about you?
Know your personal statement: a lot of discussion can come from this.
an uncooperative patient receive more or less time than a cooperative
your humility on a scale from 1-10.