Hi, welcome back to my channel. My name is Dr. Christina Nguyen. And I am a family medicine physician, I’m
also an entrepreneur and a mother. In this channel, I want to share with you
my insights and experiences to help you be more successful and fulfilled in life. In this video, I would show you my four biggest
tips to ace medical school interview. In order to become a family medicine doctor,
I had to go through a lot of interviews to get into college, a lot of interviews to get
into medical school, a lot of interviews to get into residency,
and then a lot of interviews to get the job that I want. So I have a lot of experience with interviews
and by the end of this video, you will know exactly what to do and how to ace your interviews. If you have an interview coming up or if you
want to prepare for your future interviews then keep on watching. My first tip is to prepare your mindset. Now, repeat after me! Interviews are not scary! And let me explain! In order for you to get the interview, you
must already be the best of the applicants. The committee has already read your application,
they saw your GPA, your MCAT score, your list of activities, and achievements, and they
have read your personal statement. The reason that you’re sitting in the interview
is because they committee has already liked you, and now they want to meet you in person,
they want to get to know you and have a sense of your personality. So take a deep breath! The best thing you can do is to be yourself. One of the most common mistakes students make
is that they try to impress the interviewers so much that they indirectly and accidentally
recite the resume and personal statements. Doing this not only bores your interviewers
to death, but you also blow your only chance to make a personal connection with them. Remember, interviews are two-way streets. Imagine you are on the first date with someone
you met on the Internet. You have read each other’s profile, you’ve
seen all the photos. And now the purpose of the date is for you
to see each other in person and decide if there’s a good fit. Same thing with medical school interview! The interview is as much for you as it is
for the medical school committee. The purpose is the same. It is to decide whether this medical school
will be a good fit for you. And when you think about it this way, you
will feel so much more confident and in control of the interview. Instead of feeling that you’re being grilled,
you shift the focus toward you asking the question and finding out for yourself if this
will be a good fit! For example, as an Asian-American, I am interested
in the diversity of the school, so naturally I would ask questions about that! If you’re interested in research, you should
ask about research opportunities. If you’re particularly interested in mission
work, then you will be naturally inclined to ask questions about that. The options are endless! They key here is to figure out what you’re
interested in, what you want to know about the school and ask questions and ask questions
about that. And in fact, when you approach it this way,
the committee will see that you are truly interested in their program and that you truly
want to be there. Tip number two: Know your story. Here comes the most dreaded question: Tell
me about yourself. The bad thing about this question is that
it so vague, but the good thing about this question is also that it is so vague. The fact that it is so open-ended, you have
the ability to steer the conversation towards the direction that is most natural and comfortable
for you. For example, when I was going to medical school
interview, I was asked this question at almost every school. And my answer was I am a Vietnamese American,
I immigrated to the US when I was 14 years old with my mother and a younger sister two
years after my father passed away in an accident in Vietnam. This came very natural to me because it is
the core of my identity. This is important to me and who I am. And you may say, wow, it’s pretty easy for
you because you have a pretty different story, but I don’t. I was born in a middle-class American family,
and both of my parents still alive, I haven’t had much hardship in my life and I haven’t
done anything that is out of the ordinary, how can I stand out. Here is the thing! In this universe, there is only one of you
and all you have to do is know your story and how you want to communicate the story
so that the person sitting across from you can see life through your perspective. Tip number three: How to answer difficult
and controversial questions? Take this question: A patient with Down syndrome
became pregnant, the person does not want an abortion, her mother and husband want the
patient to have an abortion. What should a physician do in this situation? Question number 2: A member of your family
decides to depend solely on alternative medicine for treatment of his or her significant illness. What would you do? What do these questions have in common? And what would you answer if you are asked
one of these questions during your interviews? The reason that these questions are so difficult
to answer is because students always want to try and find the right answer. However, a lot of time do not provide enough
information for you to come up with the right answer. Take the first question. The person with the Down syndrome became pregnant,
the patient is not want an abortion, her mother and husband want the patient to have an abortion. What should a physician do in this situation? Now your gut instinct is to decide should
I let the mother and husband proceed with the abortion or should I not! And that is not the point of the question! What you want to do as a physician in this
situation is to actually have a conversation with every party including the patient, the
mother and the husband to hear their perspectives of why they want to proceed in a certain direction. Your job is to empathize with them, not necessarily
to agree with any of them. Additionally, you should recognize that you
do not have enough information. You would want to say I would want to get
additional information, for example, I want to know how far along is the pregnancy, what
is the legal status of abortion in your patient’s states. Does the patient have the capacity to make
her own decision? Or does the patient have a legal guardian. You also want to know what is the policy of
your healthcare organization, you also want to seek guidance from your healthcare organization
ethics committee for these situations. You may think the questions like these are
meant to give student a hard time. However, in reality, these are the situations
that doctors have to face almost daily. And in this situation is not the knowledge,
is not the clinical skill, but it is the ability to empathize that makes the biggest difference
in patient’s experience. And if you’re interested in learning why empathy
is one of the most important skill that s physician needs to have and how to be more
empathetic, say yes in the comment below. The other important point that this question
demonstrates is the ability for doctors to recognize the importance of teamwork of knowing
when to ask for help from other members of the healthcare team. Doctors never work alone, I never work alone,
every day I rely on my team of medical assistants, nurses, pharmacists, dietician, physical therapy
and social workers to help deliver the best care for my patient. It is important to realize the limitation
of your position and to utilize the skill sets of everyone in your team in order to
get the best result. What other questions are you challenging in
your medical school interview? Make sure to share with me in the comment
below! And last but not least are the basic interview
etiquette! The start of the moment you receive the invitation
for interview and it doesn’t end until you receive a decision letter from that school. Your goal is always put your best foot forward,
always be professional and project confidence. This means replying to the invitation timely
and respect, this means showing up at least 15 minutes early to be ready, this means dressing
formally and conservatively, this means to always greet everyone with a
smile and a firm handshake, this means to follow up with a thank you card to show your
appreciation. These basic etiquette, no matter how small
or insignificant they may seem, they will help you make a good impression with the Medical
School Committee, and in some cases they can mean the difference between an acceptance
versus rejection. So far in this video, you have learned my
four biggest tips to help you ace your medical school interview and that includes:
Number one, have a good mindset. Number two, know your story. Number three, prepared to answer controversial
questions. And number four, having basic etiquette. I hope that these four tips will help you
be more prepared and come interviews with confidence and ready to shine. If you like this video and think that it was
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I will continue to share with you my honest tips and tricks, insights and experience to
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next time!