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Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Medical School Admissions (2013-2014 Cycle): Interview preparation for inevitable Obamacare questions
Fall is in the air and the medical
school interview season is upon us!
With all of the shenanigans happening
in Washington, DC these days, the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) is on the
forefront of many minds - including your interviewers! This means you are very
likely to be asked at least one question about Obamacare. In fact, the majority
of my clients tell me they have been asked about Obamacare in their recent interviews.
So this leads to the query I am
receiving almost daily from premeds around the country: "How do I prepare
for an Obamacare question?
Luckily, I won't suggest you read the
many thousands of pages of the Affordable Care Act. Most politicians who voted
on the bill haven't read the entire thing. But I do suggest getting as familiar
as you can with the basics of the bill - both positive and negative. This will
take some research and reading on your part.
1. Starting with newspaper media
coverage. Go to your favorite major newspaper (New York Times, Washington
Post, LA Times, Wall Street Journal,etc.) and type 'Obamacare' or 'Affordable Care Act' into the search
term. You will see dozens of relevant articles pop up. Look for summarizing
articles that explain the bill in layman's terms and opinion pieces that give
one point of view. Start a paper or virtual file of the articles and organize
them so you can review them later if needed for future interview preparation.
2. Search sources such as The
Economist, The New York Times Magazine, and The New Yorker
for longer, often more detailed articles on the Affordable Care Act. Soak up
the details and pay attention to the pro and con arguments given.
3. Spend thirty minutes a day with your
favorite news source - be it network TV news, CNN, Huffington Post, or even
Twitter. Pay attention to any comments on Obamacare and think about whether or
not you agree with the opinions presented.
After doing your research, it’s time to
form your own opinion. Brainstorm what you think are the three biggest
positives and three biggest negatives of Obamacare. Determine what you would do
to improve the bill if you had the power. Think about what a health care reform
bill would look like if you were president.
After this process, you will be ready
for the vast majority of questions interviewers with ask during a medical
school interview. The key is to be knowledgeable on the subject, see both
sides, and be able to state your opinion clearly.
Congrats if you have already received
interviews and good luck if you are still waiting.