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Question Some confusing IV questions I was asked last year!

I had some IV questions last yr that I gave me a hard time..
If any senior or member would tell us about the best approach to answer them, I'd appreciate it..

1. "Tell me about yourself"
should I talk about my personal life or my medical career stuff?

2. "Talk about an interesting case"
here, where do we start? do we discuss a case in a formal manner as if on the rounds, or an informal manner? detailed or summarized? etc..

3. "How long did you prepare for the USMLEs?"
say the truth or shorten the duration? and what is the point of the question in the first place?

4. "If you do not match, what will you do?"

what's the point of the question?

5. "Do you have relatives here?"
also what's the point of the question, and what if I don't?


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anyone with any insight?
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I hope a senior member like Sabio would help us with those ..
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I had some IV questions last yr that I gave me a hard time..
If any senior or member would tell us about the best approach to answer them, I'd appreciate it..

1. "Tell me about yourself"
should I talk about my personal life or my medical career stuff?

2. "Talk about an interesting case"
here, where do we start? do we discuss a case in a formal manner as if on the rounds, or an informal manner? detailed or summarized? etc..

3. "How long did you prepare for the USMLEs?"
say the truth or shorten the duration? and what is the point of the question in the first place?

4. "If you do not match, what will you do?"

what's the point of the question?

5. "Do you have relatives here?"
also what's the point of the question, and what if I don't?


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1. i would give a brief intro into myself personally
2. i dont think it should be too formal. if you just finished school it can be a bit more detailed if like me you finished years ago I think it would be suspicious to mention patients age and other minute details. you can say ' i remember a young gentleman who came in with xyz, i remember because this was my first day at work as an intern ... this is just my opinion, i am a novice
3. i would tell the truth, remember if you shorten it, how do you explain the time lag. unless you were doing something like work or medical school while studying, then you can shorten it.
4. i would be disappointed, i would get usce and apply next year. also i would find a job to support myself. i think your answer has to show that you can persevere and dont give up easily
5. the program wants to know if you have some kind of attachment or emotional reason to that state or region and if so are likely to rank them high.

these are my 'not so sure about' answers
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I had some IV questions last yr that I gave me a hard time..
If any senior or member would tell us about the best approach to answer them, I'd appreciate it..

1. "Tell me about yourself"
should I talk about my personal life or my medical career stuff?

2. "Talk about an interesting case"
here, where do we start? do we discuss a case in a formal manner as if on the rounds, or an informal manner? detailed or summarized? etc..

3. "How long did you prepare for the USMLEs?"
say the truth or shorten the duration? and what is the point of the question in the first place?

4. "If you do not match, what will you do?"

what's the point of the question?

5. "Do you have relatives here?"
also what's the point of the question, and what if I don't?


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for number 5, if answer is yes, its to our advantage...but then pd may ask specifically who you know specifically...
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Question #5 sucks. I can't possibly have a family member in every single city! And I actually do have family scattered everywhere yet not in ALL places. Would it matter if we go more broad, like for example applying in East Coast because my whole family lives in the East? I wouldn't like to lie either.
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also to keep in mind, some of the questions being asked by PDs they already knew the answer or expecting a similar answer. (got this from an ex PD) coz aside from getting to know you, it's also testing how truthful are you (honesty) and if your an interesting or the usual applicant.
ergo not all questions have purpose that you might think what its meant for.

some advises from people who matched:
-stay true, NEVER NEVER lie.
-just be yourself (they will & can read you thru body language,credentials,background checks that you're making up something for yourself that you're not)
-when PDs do interview, they are many steps ahead of you, so don't ever try to out smart them unless you are 100% sure. coz PDs are also consultants, attendings or professors and they been doing this for years. so it is futile to go around them & try impressing them with your wits.

hope this helps. best of luck all.
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Please dont sound like you are reading a memorized script
1) For tell me about yourself, they dont want to hear about your medical career, say something unique, chance to quickly talk about your background, and sound good at it.

2) Bring up a case you've seen in your rotations or practice, one that was unique, and you know well. Maybe how you thought through it, or figured it out. What you learned from it.

3) Tell the truth, if you had challenges, you can address it, and also state what you had to go through during that time.

4) Say that of course you hope to match, but if that doesnt happen, you can reevaluate your application, and take time to work on it, gain more clinical experience in the US. Of course all of this again is unique to your background.

5) Unique to you again, IVer might only ask this to someone whose never lived in the US, to see if there is someone to help them settle down. They know your application, and have seen where you lived and went to schl etc, so can figure it out.


The whole point of the IV is to connect with them, which is where stories come in handy, cause you want to have some kind of a shared experience with them.
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