Drexel University College of Medicine Interview Questions
General Interview Information
All applicants should be aware that they just complete a CASPer test prior to interview, which will assist the school with selecting those that it wishes to interview. The MCAT is also required, and scores are accepted from the three years prior to application.
The acceptance rate is 6.9%. The mean MCAT score is 512.
The interview at Drexel takes the form of a 2 interviewer panel interview, made up largely of traditional style questions.
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All materials supporting your application should be submitted by January 1st. Interviews proceed from January onward, with the first successful applicants being informed by February.
Recent Interview Questions
Motivation and Insight into Medicine
Why are you particularly interested in Drexel?
Have you done any clinical research?
Why are you interested in Drexel beyond the obvious ‘on paper’ type of answers?
Tell me about your work experience.
Out of all your experiences, which taught you the most about yourself?
What undergrad school did you attend?
Assuming multiple acceptances, what factors would influence your school choice?
What are the types of problems you think you will face as a future physician?
What kind of research do you do?
In your time shadowing, tell me about the patient contact you personally were involved with.
What was your most impactful volunteering experience?
What are the characteristics that are important for a physician to have?
Where do you see yourself in 20 years?
What part of medical school are you most excited for?
What kind of doctor do you want to be?
How does the advancement of technology help dermatology?
Where else have you interviewed?
What would you do if you fail to get into medical school this year? What would you do if you failed to get into medical school the subsequent year as well?
What do you think will be the most difficult part of being in medical school?
What did the doctor you shadowed do to fix her problems?
What would you like me to tell you about studying at Drexel?
What is the biggest problem facing the healthcare system today?
How do non-science (humanities) classes relate to being a good physician?
How are you going to approach balancing the heavy workload of Medicine with outside interests and relationships?
Tell me about healthcare economics, and the relationship between business and Medicine.
Discuss the transition from high school to undergraduate, and how wanting to study Medicine affected your transition.
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What do you think of the Affordable Care Act?
What is your opinion about humor in medicine?
You are on your way to visit one of your best friends, who is on their deathbed in the hospital. On the way, you hear the best joke you’ve ever heard in your lifetime. When you get to the hospital your friend is lying in a bed surrounded by other friends and family and nearing death. Do you tell your friend the joke?
Tell me about your point of view on euthanasia.
If you were given an astronomical amount of money to spend in any way that you wanted, how would you go about spending it?
A specific case on abortion – if a woman came up to you and said she was going to self abort if you didn’t perform an abortion, what would you do?
What would your best friend say your best and worst quality is?
What is one word your friends would use to describe you?
General / Personal Statements
Why are you here?
How would you deal with personal crises at medical school, were they to arise?
What is the total population of the USA?
What questions do you have for me?
Convince me that you can handle medical school.
How would your best friend describe you?
What are your hobbies?
What would you like to tell me about that isn’t in your application, but might be pertinent for me to hear?
Tell me about the experience which has had the greatest effect on you as a person – i.e. an experience that made you who you are today.
What do you do in your spare time?
How do you characterize success?
What do you like about your best friend? What do you not like about your best friend?
When I present your file to the committee, what shall I say about you?