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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?

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)?

"Where do you see yourself in 20 years? Where will your ambition have taken you?" Report Response

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

"A woman with 7 kids has just delivered her 8th by C-section. Her husband won't let her use birth control for religious reasons, but natural family planning hasn't worked and she is depressed and they can't afford more kids as they are already very poor. She asks you to please put a quick stitch into her tubes to stop her from having more kids. It is a Catholic Hospital that forbids doing this. What do you do?" Report Response

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

"What are the three most important qualities a physician should have?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"You're the only doctor in a small town and a close family friend comes to your house furious because you prescribed birth control for her 14 year-old daughter. How do you handle the situation?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"You said 'be the best physician you can be.' What does that mean? Everyone says that, but what does it actually mean?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Mock interview, this website, UW bioethics website, kept up on current events, talked to other students." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Apparently UW finally started paying attention to this website. They've done a lot to improve their image and now have a 15 minute presentation on what they can offer the student. It was really impressive (#1 in primary care, #2 in NIH funding, etc.)" Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The tour. We basically went up a few floors and looked out a window while the guide pointed everything out. It is a huge campus, though." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"A second year student told me that everyone is required to do research at some point during their four years and that most do it during their first summer." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Knowing ahead of time about the adversarial nature of the panel interview helped a lot. I was asked some pretty tough questions, but being prepared made it more of a challenge than a stressful situation. I guess I felt like if I'm going to come all the way out to Seattle it should be worth my time, which the tough interview accomplished. The lunch with students was good, and UW really is working at improving their image. As long as you're prepared and completely honest with the committee, you should be fine. Just stick to your guns on the ethical questions. I just found out I was accepted here so I have a pretty positive impression, but I think this is good advice for anyone." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Admissions staff

General Info

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