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Emory Medicine Interview Format (Historically)

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
  • Problem-solving

Key Dates

Interviews generally take place between September and February.

Emory Medicine Key Application & Interview Statistics

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Emory University Medicine Past MMI Stations & 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?

 
Ethical Dilemmas

  • 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?


Prioritisation Tasks

  • 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?


Scientific/Medical Topics

  • What do you think the primary causes of renal disease are?


Communication Stations​

  • 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.


Case/Article Reviews

  • 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?

 
Teamwork Tasks

  • 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?

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