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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?

50 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)?

"How does the Japanese healthcare system differ from the US healthcare system?" Report Response

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

"Do you have any suggestions for solving the problem of 43 million uninsured people in the US?" Report Response

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

"Are you really a resident of Washington state?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"How could you possibly mess up the Turkey for your Thanksgiving day dinner?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"How do you know you want to be a family practitioner if you've only shadowed specialists?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read the UW ethics site. I'm positive that any ethics questions they ask you is going to be a spin on one of their example cases. Their site is EXCELLENT it's actually interesting and will help you with your other interviews." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"I felt like that with 3 people all asking me questions, I was able to say everything that I wanted to. They were not very easy on me but were patient with my answers. I think they are trying to get you to think. Don't be afraid to say "let me think about this for a second" before answering." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"It seems that admissions is based on your "interview score" MCAT and GPA. I'm not sure if they calibrate for things like undergraduate institution. They claim that they don't discriminate but surely, they must know that the rigor and extent of grade inflation varies from school to school. There are in fact places where the average grade is, in fact, a "C."" Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"I wish I had known that the interview was going to be much more laid back than portrayed on other SDN reviews. They are not out to get you. The panel format is a bit intimidating but the interviewers do smile, have a sense of humor and will move on to another question if they feel you are uncomfortable answering something. They are very experienced and can distinguish personality from nervousness." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"You definitely need to look at how ethics situations are dealt with. More than anything, you need to relax and be honest during the interview and try not to let the format intimidate you." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Admissions staff

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?


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