Although end-of-life issues may make you uncomfortable, be thoughtful with your responses. Please do not say, “I don’t have a problem with dead people,” or “It’s good to tell jokes to lighten the mood.”
Death is an issue that you will no doubt have to confront as a physician. How will you handle losing a patient? Are you comfortable with death? What experience, if any, do you have with death? How do you feel about a patient’s right to die? Or euthanasia? Reflect on these questions and know where you stand on these topics. You may be asked some tough ethical questions during your interview, so be prepared.
This post is excerpted from 101 Tips on Getting Into Medical School by Jennifer C. Welch, who has served as the Director of Admissions at SUNY Upstate Medical School since 2001.