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

How did the interview impress you?


What was the stress level of the interview?

6 out of 10


How long was the interview?

15 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?


What was the style of the interview?

In a group

What type of interview was it?

Open file

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

"What has been your favorite research project ? (if you are asked this, I would definitely talk about the project you know best whether it is your favorite project or not)." Report Response

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

"Where do you think the field of cancer research is heading ?" Report Response

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

"Have you had any clinical experience ? (there is one MD on the panel, and I got the impression that he is very big on applicants having shadowed doctors; he didn't seem at all impressed with volunteer work I had done in a hospital)" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"If you had unlimited research funds, what experiment would you conduct ?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Name some cancer drugs and their targets. (Perhaps I should have known the answer to this question, but I had been expecting questions that directly pertained to my research, so it tripped me up)" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"read interview feedback, knew my own research" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"current MSTP students are very friendly excellent research taking place one on one interviews with P.I.s were low-key and interesting" Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"panel interview - we were told it would be a wrap-up session. It was actually pretty stressful. There are many prominent scientists on the panel. Some of the panel members only seem interested in tripping you up and eliminating you from the pool of applicants. " Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"The panel interview is not really a wrap-up session. I wish I had known ahead who was on the panel and what research they work on. If you are accepted, you will receive a phone call shortly after your interview (within a week). If you are rejected you receive a snail mail rejection. " Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I really enjoyed my one on one interviews with faculty members. I even had one friendly faculty member approach me and initiate an informal conversation in the hall after she saw my name tag with the MSTP emblem on it. I couldn't seem to relate with the director during my interview with him, and the panel interview made me feel very unsure of myself. The tour was rushed because of time constraints, so I didn't get a good feel for what the medical school is like." Report Response

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