Georgetown University School of Medicine Interview Questions
General Interview Information
In 2020, the school invited 1332 of its 13,016 applicants to interview. Interviews are held on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
The acceptance rate is 2.9%, with the mean GPA being 3.6 and the mean MCAT 512.
Applicants will have only one interview, conducted by a member of the basic science faculty, clinical faculty, or a selected final year medical student. Interviews are scheduled to be approximately 30-45 minutes and provide the admissions team with information on the applicant’s personal skills and qualities.
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The university outlines that one should expect a wait of around 8-10 weeks from interview to decision. Applications are made through AMCAS – the deadline is early November, or mid-December for secondary applications. Places must be confirmed by the end of April.
Recent Interview Questions
Motivation and Insight into Medicine
Describe your story: how did you get into medicine?
Was there a specific time or moment that began your interest in Medicine as a career?
Which other schools are you applying to and which other schools are you interviewing at?
What is one issue in health care you care about and why?
What does cura personalis mean to you?
What is one issue in medicine today?
What sort of volunteering experience do you have?
What other fields of medicine are you interested in?
Why are you not interested in studying Medicine at your state school?
Why are you interested in choosing Georgetown over your state school?
Which international health care system is the best/should we adopt?
Why do you want to be a doctor?
Why haven’t you done more volunteer work in the past six months?
What do you think are a physician’s professional responsibilities?
Tell me more about your research.
What do you think are the most important qualities of professionalism in a physician?
What kind of specialty would you want to go into?
What is a problem with medicine in the United States?
Why do you see yourself working with the urban underserved?
What do you think the biggest problem in healthcare is today? How do you propose we fix it?
Tell me about yourself and what brought you to medicine.
Describe your clinical experiences.
Why do you think you have what it takes to do well in medical school?
What are three qualities you think every physician should have?
How would you describe how you see yourself as a future physician?
What challenges do you expect to encounter as a physician?
Tell me a little about your research.
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If you had given a patient the wrong prescription and they had complications from it, what would you do?
You are allowed to clean a patient’s wound, but the patient has an allergic reaction to the substance used to clean it. What do you do?
Imagine that you had input the wrong medication order and by the time you told the nurse it was already given. What would you do?
Imagine that a patient has a DNR but their family insist that this is against their wishes. How would you deal with this situation?
Would you admit to a patient that you made a mistake, even if you caught it quickly enough to correct it with no negative effects on the patient’s health?
Sales Pitch Station
What do you want me to tell the admissions committee about you?
General / Personal Statements
What do you like to do in your free time?
What did you do in the summer between high school and college?
Where would you see yourself in 10 years?
What are three words that your friends use to describe you?
Describe a time that you failed and what you learned from it?
What was a time that you were stressed and how did you handle it?
What are the main problems with Georgetown’s approach to Medicine?
What do you like to do for fun?
How do you reconcile your interest in Georgetown with your rural background?
What kind of extracurricular activities do you enjoy?
Why Georgetown specifically for your goals?
What will you bring to campus that benefits Georgetown?
How are your other schools going?
I see you only speak English, are there any other languages you are proficient in?