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  1. Thank you all for the replies! Well ... I agree wholeheartedly with you, but practically speaking, what is there to do. What if the faculty member is one of the more senior, well established physicians in the school? Who are they going to believe? Obviously it doesn't mean I'm wrong. It just means I am less likely to be believed over him/her. ^ Agreed ^ Nope. The question was clear and direct. ^ & ^^ yea I understand these concerns. If I were running admissions, I would want to know too. ---------- I've thought about this carefully. 1. The school is high on my list, and the faculty member works in a field that is also high on my list. If I do get into the school, I am likely to accept and it is likely that I will be working with that faculty member at one point or another. I don't want to create enemies for myself in the faculty before I even start med school. 2. The question was not out of the blue. It was a follow up question to me talking about my life in general. In a normal conversation, I can see such a question popping up. I just thought it would be avoided in an interview of this caliber. 3. It was not awkward by any stretch of the imagination. I answered it without thinking too much and the interview went very well. I left the interview feeling positive about everything. 4. I don't feel particularly wronged. In fact, I felt the faculty member was lucky that I am comfortable with such topics, and that he didn't get an interviewee who would be offended by it. That still doesn't make it right though. Given all of the above, I've come to the conclusion that no harm was done. I don't want to make a big deal out of it, because to me it was not. My only motivation is to make sure this sort of thing does not happen to other interviewees, and I would be willing to talk about it anonymously to the school without identifying me or the faculty member. This would allow the school to stress to every interviewer that such questions are out of bounds, without directly blaming anyone.
  2. Thanks for you reply! It's not that simple though. For one thing, there is the confidentiality agreement. What if I was breaking it by talking about the interview on PM101? Now imagine if I talk to the school itself about the interview. It might be a huge issue for them. Then there is the fact that how do I prove what happened? What if the med student was unwilling to 'testify' against the faculty member? Then it's just my word against theirs. And even if I do something about it, I would have created a poor image for myself in front of the faculty with whom I have to work for years to come. I want medicine, and I've been working too hard for too long to just throw it all away over this. It is simply too risky, and I'm not sure I should make a fuss about it. However I do agree with you in principle.
  3. First off, this is a throwaway account for obvious reasons. I have interviewed at multiple schools this cycle, all English speaking Canadian schools, and I had a rather bizarre incident in one of them. In the interview, the faculty member asked me what type of XXXX I am (where XXXX is a major world religion), and I answered actually I'm not XXXX, I'm YYYY (where YYYY is another major world religion). Now personally I'm not religious, but I come from a 100% YYYY background (i.e. both parents are YYYY) so I thought it was the safest bet to go with. I've been looking over CaRMS' rules, and they are not allowed to discuss such matters. This wasn't CaRMS, it was a med school interview, but I still would imagine that religion should be irrelevant. To tell you the truth, although I didn't feel intimidated at all and the faculty member seemed kind, I worry that it may affect my chances. I'm curious as to what you guys think. Should I be worried? Is there anything I could do about this? Should I even bother do anything? In the end, I am fortunate to have received a healthy number of interviews, so I think it is likely that I will receive an offer one place or another. This is the reason I'm not too worried about that one incident. FYI this happened early on this season - i.e. before March. I wasn't sure if I should talk about it or not. After some waiting, I decided to just use a throwaway.
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