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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?

4 out of 10


How long was the interview?

40 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)?

"Read above." Report Response

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

"More about my research and personal aspects of it. How did working with patients impact me? What was your favorite/worst experience? " Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Nothing out of the blue....I felt prepared for most of the questions they would ask me because I had done a lot of reading. I suppose the one thing that threw me off was, "where do uninsured people go to receive medical care?" It felt almost like a trick question but the answer was pretty obvious, so I blurted out a few alternatives they would have. That question just felt a bit odd for some reason, mostly because it felt too simple to ask....I thought I was missing something." Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"What kinds of alternatives would you propose to improve healthcare in the US?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"LOTS and LOTS of reading NYT, articles in WSJ; lots of ethics articles from Bioethics journals to learn about different sides to each issue. " Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The interviewers!! I had never met such a friendly interview. I was told that UW interviews are very hard and filled with ethics questions. I felt very ready to answer the ethics questions, but I wasn't asked a **single** such question." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"I am a UW alumni, but I feel the tour could have been a little better because it didn't cover all the "nicer" parts of the hospital that could impress students. Glad I know the place! It can be a maze and even the admissions staff there was feeling a bit lost." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"UW has plenty of offsite internship places that are actually a required part of the program. While it's good that they offer so many opportunities off site, people with families may not like the idea too much. However, they do fly the family down for visits and put them up in places etc if the med student wishes. " Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I don't want to sound like an old cliche, but it's true when they say BE YOURSELF!!! I felt very relaxed at the interview because I realized how hospitable the interviewers were trying to be. The questions were difficult, but managable. If you know yourself, and know your stance on issues you will do alright. Don't go too in depth for each answer; be concise. That was my one problem. Above all, have faith. It's not as hard as others make it out to be. Good luck!!" Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Admissions staff

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