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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?

3 out of 10


How long was the interview?

60+ 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?

Closed file

What was the most interesting question?

"All the questions I was asked were the same as some that have been posted previously and some stuff right off my application." Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"I wasn't asked any difficult questions. I gave dumb answers on everything, but they really weren't difficult questions." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read and learned a lot about ethics, and medical practices in the U.S. I do not think this contributed to a "false presentation" of myself as it really did help me formulate an opinion on stuff I had never considered before." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"I liked the student center, and of course I love Seattle. What an awesome place to study, there are more hospitals associated with the school of medicine and population diversity here than anywhere else I interviewed at. Besides that the student population is very involved in the community. " Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Some of the present students seemed somewhat to a lot immature. When asked if medical students still had free time one girl responded (in valley girl voice) "...oh yeah, we still have time to like party." I am also still wondering what was wrong with one of the medical students that showed up for lunch. It definately was not as nice as the lunch I had with the medical students of other schools. At UW it involved one little guy that came in and just mouthed off for an hour on the school, WWAMI in Wyoming, professors, the system and everything else that popped into his head." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Actually I knew this, but it appears many people don't. Folks, the competetive list merely means you weren't selected right away or rejected right away. Almost everyone makes it to this list as very few people are good enough applicants for immediate acceptance or on that note, bad enough applicants for immediate rejection. If you are on this list, you merely have to wait as long as everyone else to find out. " Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I am compelled to write this after reading the multitude of negative comments posted recently. The admissions staff can't weed out all the bad applicants, but they have done an excellent job of weeding out those people that have posted some of that stuff. The applicant that was threatening to sue in every comment she/he filled out, and the applicant that felt the need to make the snide remark on WWAMI doctors particularly disgusted me (don’t use the only “big” word you know as a snide remark to WWAMI doctors when you write the WWAMI acronym wrong, and include an incomplete sentence in your summary). I think it is obvious from these comments that these people would not be good doctors, as they have no respect for the profession or their peers. I would label these applicants as “toxic people,” and I hope they don’t come to UW or medical school at all. These are the type of people that accept no personal responsibility for their actions and seek to blame everyone else on their problems and inadequacies. I would rather study with a bunch of “pot-heads” then immature people with poisonous personalities. To the individual so eager to sue the school-I would suggest a career in law, medicine is obviously more than you can handle either personally or professionally. To the applicant that wrote the stellar essay-that’s why they interview you, to weed out people that are so adept at claiming they are one thing but are really something quite different. I am sorry to the admissions committee for wasting their time in interviewing either of you. I was mildly entertained/annoyed at all the applicants with negative and unfounded opinions that sat there and compared themselves to all the other applicants, claiming themselves so much better than everyone they interviewed with or that got in. Anyone that actually has the audacity to claim they are better than people they don’t even know is too self-centered for a meaningful career in medicine. Beyond a need to respond to the comments previously posted, I should write about my experience. It was not great, and I left the interview certain that I did not get in. However, I also left realizing that all the shortcomings in my interview were my fault; I did not know everything I could have and was under a lot of stress from not sleeping in 48 hours (again MY fault). The interviewers were very nice, and yes it would have been less stressful to have one-on-one interviews, but hey “dems da breaks.” Should you go into the interview attempting a “natural, un-prepared” approach? I would highly discourage it. You look incompetent if you haven’t done your homework, at least in regards to information on the school you are interviewing with. Don’t be an idiot-do your research and ask some well-informed questions. I would also like to say to all those applicants out there, have a back-up plan. I went into my interviews with a back-up plan that made me ready to accept a rejection, and prepare myself for the re-application procedure and a great year off. Finally, to all those people that claim everyone that had a positive experience is a “kiss-ass,” nothing like a little jealousy to bring out your true colors. Good luck to those people in any career but medicine! " Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Admissions staff

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