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Why Medicine? And 500 Other Questions for the Medical School and Residency Interviews [Kindle Edition]

Sujay Kansagra
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The medical interview can make all the difference in the admissions process. Written by the bestselling author of "Everything I Learned in Medical School", "Why Medicine" gets you ready to tackle the interview process like never before. It brings you over 500 of the most common questions during medical interviews to help prepare you for success. So when they ask, you will be ready!


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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While stressing out a year too early for my med school interviews I came across Dr. K on Twitter and decided to give the book a read. I first saw the free preview and for the price I thought I had nothing to lose by buying it. It definitely met my expectations and surpassed them. As the book states it is not a Q&A type of list but just the questions and you come up with the rest. It helped me contemplate and think about all sorts of questions I had never even considered.

I can say that while reading it I became increasingly more confident that I will not be caught by surprise in an interview and I will have time to think out possible answers so I can organize my thoughts and not blubber on the spot. I honestly recommend it for anyone regardless of field of study, anyone that has to go through an interview in their life (and who doesn't) should at least give a quick read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth it September 29, 2012
By samjal
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For $2.99, this book is a gem. Its very handy and has just about every question a program director can throw at you. Its definitely made me more confident about my upcoming interviews. Give it a read, you'll be glad you did.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Just a List of Questions - But Nothing More September 17, 2012
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I first encountered Dr. K on twitter. I thought his first book "Everything I Learned in Medical School" was a very good read. I was able to read it in about 2-3 hours. It was full of that cheeky jaded med student humor, but at the end of the day you never doubted for a second that Dr. K loved medicine. It reminded me that I would not doubt my future career choice despite the sacrifices I would have to make in other parts of my life.

Why Medicine is a completely different book. Aside from the first 11 paragraphs that make up the first 3 chapters, the book is a list of 500 questions. Most of the 500 questions don't include any further explanation or insight on how to answer them (obviously we're suppose to think about them and answer them ourselves). I'd say maybe 10% of the questions in the book get a paragraph long explanation on how one should answer such a question. Unfortunately you can't really sit down and read this book because it is essentially a list of 500 questions. On my way to work I read through approximately 25% of the book (the bus ride that day took about 10 minutes). Since the book, to me, doesn't seem like it's meant to be read in the traditional sense, I don't know how one should use it? I certainly wouldn't whip it out in an admissions office waiting for my interview.

In Summary, I was disappointed by this book. I ended up zoning out as I glossed over an endless list of questions. A few made me stop and think and wonder how I would answer them. But at the end of the day I didn't feel like I finished this book knowing more or feeling more confident about my looming med school interviews. Since this is an ebook, I look forward to and hope Dr. K will make substantial edits.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Eh August 30, 2013
By IJ Oh
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This book is good, not great. As a pre-medical student, it was really helpful to get familiar with common questions they ask for interviews. It was extremely helpful during my first medical school interview. BUT, I expected some type of discussion about the questions. There wasn't any. Basically it's a list of questions. Had there been some sort of discussion I'd give it a GREAT.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Quick review for questions November 26, 2012
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It is a good start to reviewing interview questions. It is very basic. Some of the questions are too simple, but some are also very thought-provoking.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Okay, but not necessary. May 12, 2014
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You can find a lot of these questions online on SDN's page if necessary, and in other places. You can even find school-specific ones. I was hoping for more example responses, or something that would mostly to guide students to what types of answers they should think about saying during these interviews. This book was a question/answer workbook that I could have made for free for myself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for nervous premed June 21, 2014
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Loved reading this book and working through questions in my head. Just what the slightly obsessive premed needs. Tons and tons of questions. Felt like it covers just a out everything they can possible throw at me. Had my girlfriend read random questions as a practice interview. Word or warning: the book has lots of questions but does not give answers. Which is probably a good thing actually... Would hate for all f us to be givin the same answers. There are some questions that are followed by advice on suggested ways to approach question. I will use this book again for residency interviews (hopefully:)
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