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    Controversial essay during interview

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    I was told that I will be asked to write a 10-15 min essay on a controversial topic.

    Has anybody done this before?
    Any ideas what the topic might be?
    And how did you answer?

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    I didn't have to write any essays at my recent interviews but I was asked a variety of questions regarding controversial topics. The two that stick out in my mind the most regarded my feelings on abortion and physician assisted suicide.

    I took a course in medical ethics at my undergrad institution so I reviewed the notes from that and read articles on medical websites. Using these resources, I was able to form my own opinion and was able to provide data to back it up. I was also familiar with the other side of each argument that I didn't support and made sure I was familiar with that data...which was good b/c at one interview after I gave my answer to an ethics question...I was asked to provide information to support the the view I didn't believe in!

    I imagine your essay topics will be something similar to that....you'll be given a situation and asked to provide your opinion. They'll be looking to see that you can form an opinion and support it with relevant information. Just be familiar with the main issues and I'm sure you'll be fine.

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    SGU interviews seem to range from one extreme to the other, I have heard a lot of different things and if you do a search on here you will find other information about the interviews. My interview was the most relaxed interview possible,... it really didn't even seem like an interview at all, especially compared to the Canadian med school interviews I'd had. We met for coffee, she asked me a few basic questions (very few- she had my application in front of her and said I had covered everything on there, no need to repeat it). I asked her way more questions than she asked me.
    I think the essays are pretty general, easy topics. They really just want to see if you are english literate. I think my topic was something like "describe an influential person in your life." Overall, extremely laid back compared to any traditional med school interview. However, there is obviously some range of interviews and interviewers...
    Also, SGU does not use a set formula for ranking applications like other schools (ie 20% MCAT, 40% interview...) so your interview will matter either more or less depending on how your marks/MCAT scores were... I was told my the admissions lady at Bayshore that interviews are more of a formality if an applicant has strong scores otherwise...Good luck

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    Quote Originally Posted by caesaral View Post
    I was told that I will be asked to write a 10-15 min essay on a controversial topic.

    Has anybody done this before?
    Any ideas what the topic might be?
    And how did you answer?
    The three essay questions seem to be always the same, at least from what I have seen on the interview feedback forums:
    1) Describe and influencial person in your life2) Decribe 3 important characteristics for a physician and how you think they will help you in the pursuit of your career?3) Describe the influential moment in your life when you decided to become a doctor?
    MS I/II [x]
    Step 1 [x]
    MS III/IV [x]/[]
    Step 2 CS/CK - [x] / [x]
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    And is there any special structure for writing controversial essays? I mean is it usual:
    Opening line
    Introduction
    Idea 1
    Idea 2
    Conclusions

    Or something else?

    Thanks!
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    I have no such experience with the writing of a controversial topic in 20mints. SO i think it is difficult to explore

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