Medical School Interviews Question Bank

Updated: Oct 10, 2018

DISCLAIMER: As Melanin Medics we thought it would be a good idea to have a central source of potential questions which we have gathered questions from several sources on the internet (credited at the end of this post). There are a lot of questions below and we do not expect you to go through every single one and develop in depth answers for each but rather we recommend you derive a strategy to approach unexpected questions in a coherent, clear manner as well as get a feel of potential questions that may be asked. They are organised categorically so if you feel a particular area is your weak point, practise answering several questions in that category. We are more than happy to add to these questions as well as answer any queries you may have and make sure you have checked out our ‘Preparing for Medical School Interviews’ blog post.


  • Tell us about yourself.

  • Take us through your personal statement.

  • Why do you want to be a doctor?

  • What do you want to achieve in medicine?

  • What qualities do you think make a good doctor?

  • What have you read or experienced in order to prepare you for medicine?

  • Why do you believe you have the ability to undertake the study and work involved?

  • Why do you want to be a doctor, rather than another profession that is caring or intellectually challenging?

  • What do you think being a doctor entails, apart from treating patients?

  • What branch of medicine do you think would interest you? Why?

  • When you think about becoming a doctor, what do you look forward to most and least?

  • What qualities do you think patients appreciate in a doctor?

  • What qualities do you think colleagues appreciate in a doctor?

  • What impact do you hope to make in the field of medicine?

  • What one question would you ask if you were interviewing others to study medicine? What would you most like us to ask you in this interview?

  • Why study medicine rather than any other health care profession? How do you think medicine differs from other health professions?

  • What aspect of healthcare attracts you to medicine?

  • Why do you want to be a doctor? If you were to become a doctor, how would you wish your patients to describe you and why?

  • What steps have you taken to try to find out whether you really do want to become a doctor?

  • What things do you think might make people inclined to drop out of medical training?

  • There are many different ways of helping people. Why do you want to study medicine, rather than working in any other health or social care professions?

  • Can you tell us about any particu