Medical school interview questions about ethical dilemmas usually follows this model: “What is your stance on abortion?” “How do you feel about physician assisted suicide?” “In *ethical dilemma,* what would you do, and why?”
The best answer to questions about ethical dilemmas at your medical school interview
Most of us like to avoid controversial conversation topics like abortion and physician-assisted suicide because those topics create tense, divisive situations that are awkward and unpleasant. When you’re with your friends and family, you’d rather talk about the enjoyable things in your life (Why pie is better than cake, for example), rather than heavy ethical topics that darken the mood.
Many of us don’t operate in absolutes, so our opinions on these controversial ethical topics are complicated, nuanced, or even non-existent. Why take a strong stance when the issue doesn’t affect your own life, and why take a stance when you feel you need years of thought and experience before you formulate an opinion?
Unfortunately you won’t be able to dodge the tough ethical questions if you get invited to a medical school interview. You will need to articulate a definitive response to these questions and defend your views to a stranger. Talk about uncomfortable!
Whether you’ve made up your mind on the common ethical questions or not, watch the video on the next page to see how you should respond to the toughest ethical questions in your medical school interview. Use my methods and you’ll be able to give a strong, compelling response that will impress your interviewers and encourage them to move onto the next (more pleasant) question.
Watch me discuss the best way to answer questions about ethics:
This video is one of 19 videos in my 5 day online course called “The Medical School Interview Video Course.” There’s a lot more to the medical interview than the ethics question, and my online course walks you through each and every detail that you’ll need to know to ace your interviews. Learn more here.