University of Michigan Medicine Interview Questions

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Michigan Medicine Interview Format (Historically)

The candidate participates in two to three one-on-one traditional interviews that last about 30-45 minutes. One of them is conducted by a faculty member. The other is done by a medical student and/ or an alumni where it tends to be more conversational. The interviews are open-file, meaning that the interviewers have access to the AMCAS application, the secondary application, and the personal statement.

The university follows a hybrid approach of assessment; along with the traditional interviews it includes 6 shorter-version MMI stations. This approach aims at assessing the candidate’s abilities of:

  • Social skills
  • Competence
  • Teamwork
  • Reliability/ Dependability
  • Resilience/ Adaptability
  • Critical thinking
  • Research and clinical experience

Key Dates

Interviews generally take place between September and February.

Michigan Medicine Key Application & Interview Statistics

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University of Michigan Medicine Past MMI Stations & Interview Questions

​Motivation and Insight into Medicine

  • How do you think culture affects medical practice and patient interactions?
  • What is the difference between a nurse practitioner and a physician?
  • What kind of environment do you want to practice medicine in the future?
  • Do you think diversity is an important element in medical school?
  • What could be potential problems that you face at the onset of your medical education?
  • How will your X experience help you be a good doctor?
  • What specialty are you interested in and why?
  • In your opinion, what qualities should a doctor have? And which ones do you possess?
  • Why do you want to study in Michigan?
  • Why do you want to pursue medicine?
  • If you were the dean of a medical school, what one course would you want to have included in the curriculum?
  • Why do you want to be specifically a doctor, not a nurse?
  • Tell me how your undergrad major would help you to study medicine?
  • Tell me more about your X clinical experience.
  • What research experience do you have?
  • What is one of the biggest problems in healthcare today?
  • Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
  • What other fields would you be interested in if you weren’t going to become a doctor?
  • Do you think you will be having time for extra-curricular activity while you are in medical school?
  • In your opinion, what are possible conflicts might arise in medical school?
  • What would you like to do in Michigan?
  • What are some challenges in medicine that you saw in your shadowing or volunteer experiences?
  • What do you think about the difficulties women face in pursuing medicine?
  • What would you do to reform the healthcare sector?
  • Which side of practicing medicine are you most interested in: the scientific or the compassionate?
  • What would you want to do with your medical degree?
  • What was the doctor’s X shadowing experience like?
  • What are three drawbacks of practicing medicine?
  • Tell me about your experience as an EMT.
  • What do you think about Managed Care?
  • Do you think training on mannequins detracts from patient contact?
  • What are your thoughts about the current health plan?
  • How has How has the medical malpractice influenced the healthcare price?
  • In your opinion, what responsibilities do physicians have towards the public?
  • How would you choose to spend $100,000 in the medical field?
  • In your opinion, who provides the greatest benefit to society: the primary care physician, the public health worker, or the entertainer?
  • If you have a big budget to spend on AIDS education and research, how would you split it up between them and why?
  • In your clinical experience, what did you learn about medicine that you were not aware of earlier?
  • What are some problems you think you will go through as a physician on a personal and societal level?
  • How would you incorporate your faith with practicing medicine?
  • If you could pick a medical figure to meet, who would they be?
  • What do you think about a colleague who delivered exceptional medical care 29 days of the month, but gave poor medical care one day a month?
  • What are three good thing about HMOs?

Ethical Dilemmas

  • What is your opinion about University of Michigan’s most infamous alumnus, Dr. Kevorkian and your thoughts on the physician-assisted suicide?
  • What would you do if you had the choice of giving a liver to a 25-year old who could go a year without it, or 55-year old alcoholic who needed it immediately?
  • Would you legalize marijuana?
  • What is the difference between medical ethics and personal morals?
  • If you had a patient in jail who faced the choice of having a kidney transplant or being on dialysis for the rest of his life, what would you do?
  • What is your opinion on abortion?
  • What do you think about euthanasia?
  • What would you do if you could give a small town’s children all immunizations, or give three patients heart transplants or else they would die?
  • If you have two patients about to die, and you can only save one of them, how and based on what standards would you choose?

Scientific/Medical Topics

  • What is maple syrup disease?
  • What did Jonas Salk invent?
  • In your opinion, what are the pros and cons of EMRs and what do you think about integrating more technology to the healthcare?
  • Explain what apoptosis is, and does it happen in normal cells?
  • What do you know about euthanasia and in which states is it legal?
  • Pick a medical topic and argue both sides of it.
  • What do you know about HIPAA?
  • In which European country is physician-assisted suicide legally practiced?

Case/Article Reviews

  • What are your thoughts on the Terri Schiavo case?
  • Do you think distribution of wealth in the metro Detroit community is equitable?
  • Did you hear about that surgeon who branded the letters “UK” on a woman’s uterus- the University of Kentucky?
  • What are your opinions on the current Iran conflict?

Communication Stations​

  • How would you plan on telling the families of children with terminal illness that there is nothing that can be done?
  • How would you deal with noncooperative patients?
  • How would you explain your research to a 12-year old kid?
  • As a physician, how will you communicate with patients who you don’t personally like?
  • How would you emotionally handle and respond to a woman who blames you for the death of her husband who refused to listen to your medical advice?
  • How would you communicate with a patient who refuses to take their prescribed meds due to religious beliefs and what would you do?
  • How would you describe the American healthcare system to a foreigner?
  • How would you convince someone to invest in X instead of Y?
  • How will you communicate death of a patient?
  • How would you explain HMO to a non-US resident?

Prioritisation Tasks

  • What coping mechanisms do you use to relive stress?

Teamwork Tasks

  • What significant leadership roles you had and what did you learn from them?
  • How do you work in a team?

General / Personal Statements:

  • Do you think the relatively privileged status of Ann Arbor is a problem?
  • What book have you read that had an impact on the way you think?
  • What is the most human rights issue you feel strongly about?
  • Do you consider yourself a risk-taker?
  • What are you hobbies?
  • How was your undergrad experience?
  • What are your strong and weak points?
  • If you got to have a superpower, what would it be?
  • What did you do over the summer?
  • What is the biggest obstacle you encountered in your life and how did you face it?
  • Why did not you get a recommendation from your research lab?
  • Why do you think attending a big school would be beneficial?
  • How come you got X in this section of the MCAT?
  • What was hard about your X volunteering work?
  • How would your friends describe you in 3 words?
  • How you would you define a successful career?
  • What is the most significant thing you have done in college?
  • What would you like said at your eulogy?
  • In your opinion, what should society do about the homeless?

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