The PremedHQ Guide


What Questions Will I Be Asked at a BS/MD Interview?

General BS/MD Interview Questions
  • Tell me about yourself?
  • What was your favorite subject in school?
  • What was the most meaningful extracurricular you did?
  • Name someone you admire in the field you intend to pursue. Why do you admire them?
  • What do you do for fun?
  • What is one experience you intend to take advantage of in college?
  • How will you facilitate the transition between high school and college?
  • What is the last book you read? Tell me about it.
  • If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
  • What are your strengths and weaknesses?
  • What are 3 words your friends would use to describe yourself? Your teachers? Your parents?
  • If you could meet any important figure in the past or present, who would it be and what would you talk about?
  • How do you think you would uniquely contribute to this school?
  • What do you think about (insert a current event of the past week)?
Program and Medicine-Based BS/MD Interview Questions
  • Why do you want to be a doctor?
  • Why our BS/MD program?
  • On your application, you brought up your various experiences in medicine, such as shadowing and research. What do you consider the most memorable moment(s) out of your experiences?
  • What have you learned from your research experience?
  • Tell us more about your shadowing experience(s). What did you get to do? What did you learn?
  • Tell us about your community service experience.
  • You’re only in high school right now. A combined BS/MD program is a long-term commitment. With this in mind, how do you know BS/MD is the right path for you to take for medicine?
  • What is a significant challenge that physicians face regularly, and as a future doctor, how do you anticipate responding to this adversity?
  • Why is teamwork important in medicine?
  • Why is leadership important in medicine?
Ethics and Behavior-Based BS/MD Interview Questions
  • Recall a personal experience when you were caught in an ethical dilemma. What was the scenario and what course of action did you take? Tell me about a problem you encountered when you had to work with a team. What did you do? What did you learn?
  • What do you see as a great issue in medicine and how should current and future leaders in healthcare go about solving this?
  • What are your thoughts about the debate over stem cell research and gene editing?
  • A 14-year-old gay and promiscuous male comes to you to be treated for an STD. During the conversation he mentions that he has been tested for HIV several times and would like to be tested again to see if he is still uninfected. How would you handle this situation?
  • What is the difference between an HMO and a PPO? Which system do you prefer and why?