Emory University Medicine Interview Questions
The candidate participates in two interviews. One of them is conducted in a group format by a panel of an admissions committee member, a faculty member, and one med student -who is usually the tour guide-against three interviewees. Then a traditional one-on-one interview is conducted in-depth lasting around 30 minutes. The interview is partially blinded where the interviewers would look at the candidate’s application material regarding activities but not scores. The group interview takes a closed file format, while the traditional one leans more towards open-file.
Interviews at Emory aim at assessing candidates in:
- Communication and interpersonal skills
- Understanding of medical issues
- Attitudes and maturity
Interviews generally take place between September and February.
Interviews generally take place between September and February.
Past Interview Questions
Motivation and Insight into Medicine
- If you were in charge of the American health care system, what would you do about the uninsured and the underserved?
- Do you think that health care is a human right?
- In your opinion, how does the American healthcare system compare to other countries?
- In your opinion, what is the most challenging aspect of being a medical student?
- What specialty in medicine are you currently interested in?
- Do you have any relatives who practice medicine?
- Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
- What characteristics a good physician should have?
- Was there a particular event in your life attributed to your decision of becoming a doctor?
- Why are you pursuing medicine at this time?
- What are the important criteria you were looking for in a medical school before applying?
- What is another field you would be interested in if you did not pursue medicine?
- In your opinion, what is the biggest challenge your generation of physicians will encounter?
- Do you think research should be a requirement in any medical school?
- In the next 10 years, what technology you think will have the biggest impact on the healthcare system?
- In your opinion, what is a pressing problem the health care sector faces now and how would you fix it?
- How will you build a sense of community with patients who don’t share you background?
- What research projects have you worked on?
- What appeals to you the most in medicine?
- Describe a time you have shadowed a doctor or came in contact with patients.
- In your tour at Grady today, what did you like the most?
- How do your parents feel about your decision to study medicine?
- What do you like about Emory other than its academic programs?
- Why did you choose Atlanta to pursue medicine in?
- How would you deal with a situation where an old patient’s family request not to tell him about his terminal cancer?
- If there is a patient dying and you give him adequate amount of morphine, but the patient is in a lot of pain and wants you to end their life, what do you do?
- If one of the medical school applicants had only five years to live, would you accept him in?
- If only one kidney was available while two patients needed it, how would you decide who gets it?
- If you were an ER doctor, and a prison inmate came in by an ambulance for a serious condition, how would you treat them?
- What is a time when you had to make a difficult ethical decision?
- In a rural medical practice, how well you balance the quality and quantity of care?
- Do you believe there is a monetary limit to the medical services we can offer to a patient?
- If you had a family event conflicting with patient care, how would you handle the situation?
- How would you rank these three qualities in a physician- compassion, integrity, and knowledge?
- How do you plan to take care of your emotional/ personal needs with such strenuous demands while pursuing medicine?
- How do you deal with stress?
- How would you handle a workload of 5 days in only 3 days?
- If you went back in time, what would you change or do differently?
- What do you think the primary causes of renal disease are?
- How should a doctor build a trusting relationship with patients?
- How would you react if a patient refused to take medicine because of religious reasons?
- If aliens came to Earth and you could only take them to one place to show them why they should spare the Earth from destruction, where would you take them?
- Describe how you would spend billion dollars in one year.
- What do you think the underlying cause of terrorism is?
- What is your opinion about needle-exchange programs?
- What do you think of how the media portray physicians?
- What is a newspaper article that you read recently that disturbed you?
- In your opinion, how will the next election change the healthcare system and the health insurance to all Americans?
MMI Sales Pitch Station
- Give me a strong argument to give to the admissions committee in favor of your application.
- How does your personality suit medicine?
- What would you contribute to Emory if accepted?
- In one word, how would you describe yourself?
- What leadership experience did you have in college?
Role Play Scenarios
- How would you react if a patient doubted your judgment as a doctor and questioned your diagnosis?
General / Personal Statements
- How did you choose your major in undergrad? And was it a good choice?
- Why did you choose to go to X University for undergrad?
- What is a common misconception people have of you when they meet you?
- What is your learning style?
- What do you believe the purpose of this interview is?
- How would your friends describe you?
- Which experience in your AMCAS is the most important to you?
- Recommend a book you have read recently.
- What was a time you failed and how did you improve?
- At what moment of your life did you feel you became an adult?
- What is your favorite TV show?
- What was the most interesting non science class you took?
- What did you do over the last summer?
- What are your greatest nonacademic accomplishments?
- Tell me an interesting aspect of your life that does not relate to academics
- Tell me about your background and your family / parents.
- If you were to be anyone for a day, who would you choose and why?
- To what extent do you think contributing to the community is important?
- What belief have you strongly held that you no longer do?
- What do you like to do when you have free time?
- What activities do you do to relax?
- How would you describe your college experience?