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  • University of Washington School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Seattle
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Negatively

What was the stress level of the interview?

9 out of 10

How you think you did?

7 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

7 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

40 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At a regional location

How many people interviewed you?

3

What was the style of the interview?

One-on-one

What type of interview was it?

Open file

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 1)?

"What brought you to this table today? (I was tempted to say "A car", but refrained. I suggest answering this as a combined "Why medicine and why this school"?)" Report Response

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 2)?

"What do you see are the positive and negative aspects of the coming changes to our healthcare system?" Report Response

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 3)?

"If the governor had a million dollars to spend on a healthcare campaign and wanted your opinion, how would you spend that money?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Tell me about a patient that left an impression on you. (Not really an interesting question but really one of the only ones where I felt I could really shine and they finally wanted to know about ME, not just standard boring healthcare questions or "If you had a million dollars for healthcare..."" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"A small town has a sudden surge in DUI and alcohol-related arrests. How would you go about researching the root of the problem (What?? Where did this come from? Very random)" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Looked over the ethics website, a ton of mock interviews and practice questions" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

No Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Washington was initially my number one school, but I'm not so sure after this interview. The 3-on-1 style is unnerving and unnecessarily stressful, the lunch presentation was (I'm sad to say) a little boring, and the lunch wasn't that great. The two admissions ladies who gave the presentation were full of information but they spent the whole hour talking about what medical programs were available. Which is fine for a couple minutes, but it should be assumed that if you are applying here, you are already pretty familiar with UW's way of doing things. I wanted to know about the activities and opportunities at UW, the unique things that made these ladies want to work there. What makes UW tick? Why are they passionate about this school? I don't really know. Afterwards we got to ask a couple 3rd-year med students some questions. They were nice and answered all the questions, but I still got that lack of passion. I got the impression they were bored talking about UW, when they should have been excited and talking about why they loved the program. Apparently, for first year Idaho students, you travel between two different sites using school vans. One of the students said they found a mouse living in one..... mice don't freak me out but I found that disgusting. I appreciated the honesty but really? UW couldn't vacuum out the vans every once in a while?" Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

No Response

What are your general comments?

"I think academically UW is probably a great school, but the interview day didn't impress me very much (I interviewed regionally, not in Seattle)." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

No Response

How did the tourguide seem?

No Response

How do you rank the facilities?

4 out of 10

What is your in-state status?

In state

What was your total time spent traveling?

0-1 hour

What was your primary mode of travel?

Automobile

About how much did you spend on room, food, and travel?

< $100

What airport did you use?

No Response

Where did you stay?

Home

How would you rate the hotel?

5 out of 10

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?

No Response

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

1/10/13

How do you rank this school among other schools to which you've applied?

6 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

7 out of 10

What is your ranking of this area's cultural life?

8 out of 10

How is the responsiveness of the admissions office?

8 out of 10

How is the friendliness of the admissions office?

7 out of 10

How eco-friendly are the school's application materials and interview process?

5 out of 10

What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

"The 3-on-1 interview style is not as effective as 1-on-1 in my opinion. It's not that it's harder necessarily, since it boils down to the same amount of questions coming from 3 people instead of one, but you really can't develop a repoire with someone like you can when it is 1-on-1. It would also be nice if the interviewers tried to get to know the applicant better. I felt like they were just asking questions they had been given or looked up, not questions that they really wanted to know the answers to. Ideally, in my opinion, the interview should feel more like a conversation than an inquisition. Getting the interviewee to relax helps you understand who they are better and I think would provide a better perspective on if they would make a good fit for the school" Report Response

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