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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?

5 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?


What type of interview was it?

Open file

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

"With your background, why medicine?" Report Response

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

"Phys-assisted suicide scenario... then followed up by a question which addressed euthanasia as well." Report Response

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

"If you had the magic wand, how would you change health care in this country?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"How do you address the problem of healthcare in a region that is extremely poor? (in the context of talking about one of my life experiences)" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"What was the most difficult experience in your life that did not take place in the context of your profession?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read: SDN, UW bioethics website, Jonsens' Clinical Ethics Book; Did two mock-interviews; stayed current on healthcare and big news events. " Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The admissions staff was all VERY friendly and helpful. I really enjoyed my interview committee; they did a good job of asking questions beyond my application, which I felt gave me a chance to reveal even more about myself. Lunch was OK but the med students who ate with us were fabulous- noting that they had a final the next day, I was amazed at how much energy and excitement they radiated about medicine and UW in general. Pat Ferrell (sp?) did our presentation, and I thought she brought an excellent perspective to the whole process and was able to demystify some of the more nebulous things involved with applying. Finally, I was really impressed by the caliber and diversity of the other applicants- it made for a fun day and I enjoyed getting to know some of the people who I hope will be future colleagues!" Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Since I work there, I skipped the tour on the advice of the admissions staff. Perhaps the tour could be improved so that it would offer a view into the med school that even someone familiar with the surroundings would find interesting." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"n/a. No curveballs." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"As I said, this was a great interview. I do wish I had had the opportunity to do some other interviews before this one, as I think the panel format is inherently stressful. This, however, is a good thing in many ways. I believe my three interviewers will each offer a unique perspective on my candidacy. To me this is better odds than rolling the dice with just one interviewer, who you may lack chemistry with from the start. Furthermore, it made for a fun conversation as they each had different questions regarding my experience. I have always known UW would be my first choice for a medical school; this experience affirmed it and excited me even more!" Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Admissions staff

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