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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?

7 out of 10


How long was the interview?

45 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)?

"Let's say the US is switched to a Universal Health Care system like Oregon state, where everyone got basi health care, but certain procedures were not covered. For example, a 40 year old man, regardless of situation/health, will be refused a kidney transplant. Is this fair?" Report Response

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

"Have you been misjudged before in the past, and how did you deal with it?" Report Response

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

"How can you establish good physician-patient dynamics when you work in free clinic settings where you may only get to see the patient once in their lifetime? What do you do to encourage sucessful dialouge in order to treat the patient? " Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"What is the last book that you have read that you felt had significant meaning in your life? " Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"You are the director of a hospital, and the ER doctor comes in presenting a drug addict who's been in previously 5 times beore for detox/treatment etc. At the same time, a group from the local urban community comes to you asking for your hospital to sponsor a healthy babies program that will serve over 200 infants in the community. You have limited funds and can only help one of the two, who do you help? " Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Current events (Dr Samson REALLY likes the NY Times), Medical Ethics Course, prep q's with friends" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The swift response of the school in granting an interview. From the time they confirmed my secondary application to my invitation to interview was within 24 hours. Side note: If you Do NOT get into the UW, you can set up an appointment with Dr, Samson (dean of admissions) for an exit interview, and ask him EXACTLY why you were not competitive this year." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"3 on 1 interviews at UW are semi-blinded, ie: 1 person has open file, and the other 2 have closed files on you. In etiher case, I did feel slightly bullied at some of the questions, and often you can feel quite outnumbered, which just increases stress. I also did not have a medical student on my panel this time, and the last 2 times I've interviewed with UW, I had them. " Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"nothing. This is my u-grad school, and my home-state school. If I don't know something about the school by now..." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Because this was my 3rd interview with the school, I felt as if they were pressured into making a "final decision" on me. I have been wait-listed both times before and they wanted to know what Dr. Samson said at my exit interviews, and what I had done to "correct" any inadequacies in my candidacy. Perhaps due to my situation, they felt less inclined to ask my personal q's (no fluff, who are you, what do you like to do, tell us about yourself q's). I had mostly all policy, current events, physician-patient relationship ethics q's." Report Response

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Who was the tour given by?

Admissions staff

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