Answering Ethical Scenarios in an Interview
Updated: May 24
Although ethical scenarios aren't common in interviews, you still need to be prepared for them.
It's important to be able to respond to the ethical challenges that face physicians. For example, an applicant may be asked how they would approach a Jehovah’s Witness who is refusing a blood transfusion.
Answers to these types of questions are not so much about the medical reasoning, but rather your overall approach. How do you approach a patient like this, and how does that reflect upon your compassion, your values, and your understanding of medical ethics? For our approach to answering these types of challenging question, please see our podcast episode on approaching a patient who is refusing a blood transfusion.
Wishing you all the best,
Rajani Katta MD and Samir Desai MD
Authors of The Medical School Interview
Dr. Rajani Katta is the creator of Medical School Interviews 101, the course that teaches students how to ace their interviews. She is also the author of the best-selling book The Medical School Interview: Winning Strategies from Admissions Faculty, and served as Professor of Dermatology at the Baylor College of Medicine for over 17 years.
Dr. Samir Desai is the author of The Medical School Interview and Multiple Mini Interview: Winning Strategies from Admissions Faculty. He has served on the medical school admissions and residency selection committees at the Baylor College of Medicine and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.