Pre-Meds: Remember your values when interviewing for medical school

You can never know what questions you will be asked during the interview. Most of the time the questions will focus on your application, your rationale to why you want to be a doctor or dentist, and will and gauge your interest in the school you are applying. There will be personal questions as the school tries figure out who you are as a person, future doctor/dentist and how you will fit into the student body. Other questions may be about recent medical advances or world events.
However, every now and again, you will be hit with a question or comment that may catch you off-guard. I was interviewing for medical school shortly after 9/11. As with the rest of the country, I was initially glued to the television and kept up with the latest developments. I wasn’t surprised when at an interview I was asked about the tragedy. What did catch me off-guard was when I was asked how I felt about Islam and Arab-Americans. More shocking was a comment that came next from the interviewer. For the sake of not offending anyone, I will not divulge the comment, but is was a disparaging one. My typical response would have been a lot more colorful but given the situation I was in, I decided to take the high road, explain to the interviewer that I disagreed with his opinion and asked if that sentiment was pervasive throughout the school because if so, I didn’t want to be a part of it. The interviewer didn’t look surprised when I responded and moved on to asking me questions about my application. The rest of the interview seemed to go smoothly and it ended with a handshake.
Alden Landry expands on this topic here.

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