Medical students answer interview questions

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Your friend tells you that he wants to take an "Introduction to Spanish" course to boost his GPA even though he is a native Spanish speaker. Native speakers are not allowed to take the course. What do you tell your friend?
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Why is confidentiality important for physicians? In what cases should physicians breach confidentiality? Have you ever had to break confidentiality in your life? Why or why not?
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Have you considered other careers besides being a physician?
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You are a family physician. You notice bruises on your patient, a 10 year boy. What would you do?
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What is your favourite quote and why?
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What are your thoughts on universal basic income?
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You are a family physician and another physician at the clinic is dating one of their patients. What would you do?
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What are some ways to reduce healthcare inequalities in Canada?
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Most Canadians have been vaccinated against COVID-19. Why do you think some Canadians are choosing not to get the vaccine?
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Physicians are using social media to grow their network, showcase their lifestyle, and share medical tips and tricks. What are some positives and negatives of this increased exposure of physicians on social media?
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Do you think physicians should lie or withhold the truth from their patients, even if its for the patient’s own good? What are some benefits to telling the truth?
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What are some difficulties faced by physicians during the pandemic?
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A 16-year-old child wants to have a procedure done but their parents disagree with this. What would you do as the teenager’s physician? Do you have to listen to the patient or the parents?
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Tell me about a time you handled interpersonal conflict.
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Your friend tells you that he wants to take an "Introduction to Spanish" course to boost his GPA even though he is a native Spanish speaker. Native speakers are not allowed to take the course. What do you tell your friend?
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