You are the director of a financially struggling hospital. You have been unable to generate enough revenues to implement some very important initiatives at the hospital and are at risk of inevitable service cuts, if more funding is not secured immediately. The only secure source of funds that is being offered is by a cigarette company. They are willing to provide your hospital with all the resources required in exchange for advertisement at your facility.
What will you and should you do as the hospital director?
You are a specialist who has just received lab results with regard to one of your patients. The results indicate that your patient, a single mother of two young boys, has been diagnosed with a terminal cancer and that she will only have 4-6 months to live. There are not many treatment options aside from a few experimental procedures that are still under study. There are some alternative treatments available in Europe; however, they have not been validated by scientific studies in North America.
What would you say to your patient once they are in the office? If an alternative treatment, without scientific evidence for its efficacy, existed for a terminal illness would you recommend it to a patient?
You are the father of a 12-year-old boy. Your son’s friend, who is also your neighbour, is playing with your son in the backyard. As you approach them to ask them about lunch, you notice some severe bruises on the friend’s arm and upper neck. You are worried about these obvious signs and decide to approach your neighbour (the young boy’s father).
How would you approach this situation? What would you say to the father of the young boy? What are some potential concerns that you may have?
You enter the cafeteria at work. You sit down to eat with a group of male colleagues who are having a conversation about a female colleague of yours. The comments they make are not very professional and can be deemed rude and offensive. You feel very uncomfortable.
What do you do? What do you say to your male colleagues? If this became a regular occurrence, even after you speaking to your colleagues, what other steps would you take to resolve the situation?
Due to the shortage of physicians in rural communities, it has been suggested that medical programs preferentially admit students who are willing to commit to a 2 or 3-year tenure in an under-served area upon graduation.
Consider the broad implication of this policy for health and health care costs. For example, do you think the approach will be effective? At what expense?
Your best friend, Jennifer, calls you to tell you that she has been rejected for the 3rd time from all medical schools that she had applied to during the previous application cycle. She invites you over to her house to have a chat about her future plans.
Go inside the room and speak with Jennifer.
"Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel." - Socrates
What does this quote mean to you? Go inside the room and discuss your thoughts with the interviewer.
What is your favorite quote? Discuss the quote and what it means to you with the interviewer inside the room.
You are a PhD student and your supervisor, Prof. Harry, has recently published the results of his publicly funded research project with the intention to commercialize his discovery. What are your views about university professors that use public funding to create for-profit solo ventures?
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