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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

Questions

How long was the interview?

40 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?

3

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)?

"How have you improved your application since you were here last year?" Report Response

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

"What was the last book you read?" Report Response

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

"What do you do in your spare time and what are your hobbies?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Were you ever hospitalized for your asthma? I'm still not sure of the purpose of this question..." Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Ethical question--what would you do if your 14 y/o female patient requested birth control but asked that you don't tell her mother who is waiting in the next room?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Kept my eyes and ears open for health care information on the news. Tried to formulate an answer for every question listed for UW interviews on the interview feedback website. Reviewed UW's bioethics website. Reviewed several articles on CNN's health ethics website." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Two of the interviewers were very pleasant to talk to. I think that it's best for the interviewers to be friendly and polite...it's not like they have to be threatening and rude to evaluate you thoroughly." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The interviewer that appeared to lead the discussion was extremely antagonistic--even going so far as to twist the meaning of my words in an ethical scenario, making it seem like my solution to the problem was a way of chickening out when that's not what I meant at all." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"I wish I had realized how antagonistic an interviewer could be. After I gave my response to the above mentioned ethical question, one interviewer responded with "so what your saying is that all we can really do is protect ourselves." This referring to physicians in ethical situations. If I had been prepared for this kind of response I would have stopped the conversation and said "No, you're misunderstanding me. That's not what I meant at all." Instead, I just sort of sat there with a puzzled look on my face until someone else asked another question. My advice is, if your comments are being misinterpreted, don't hesitate to stop the conversation and restate your answer until the meaning is clear." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"My experience on the whole was negative...I left the room feeling extremely uncomfortable. But then, it's not my perception of how it went that counts, it's theirs." Report Response

Tour and Travel
No Response
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On what date did the interview take place?

01/15/2003

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