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  • University of Washington School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Seattle
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?


How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

10 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)?

"Okay, your in charge of the country. How would you fix health care? (I floated the idea of national health insurance) Wait, some people are worried that National Health Insurance will result in rationing of care. What about specialist fees? I'm an oncologist and new cancer treatments are extremely beneficial but expensive, what about them? Did you know that over half of healthcare spending occurs in the last 2 months of peoples' lives? What do we do about that? Should we ration their care? !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" Report Response

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

"You're the attending. You have a patient who has always said that she would never want to be intubated (put on a respirator). You go home for the weekend, and on monday she is in the ICU on a ventillator. DO you take her off? Her daughter who knows her well says yes. Her son who she hasn't seen in 10 years says no, and he will sue if you take her off." Report Response

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

"Bunch of Cliche questions at the beginning: why medicine? why not nursing (mom is a nurse practitioner)? what do you do for fun? what did you like/dislike about shadowing so many docs?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Although the ethical questions I was given were incredibly difficult, they were nonetheless ''interesting''. By interesting I mean it must've taken my interviewer quite a while to come up with such a moral enigma..." Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Okay, you're a transplant doc. You have three patient: a three year old child with down syndrome, a 42 year old male alcoholic in prison, and a 75 year old professor of biology. All three patients need a liver transplant or they will die. They all have equal medical necessity for the liver. The 3 year old's down syndrome will not medically alter their chance for survival-besides the liver transplant of course. The 42 year old alcoholic, although in prison and the cause of his own liver failure, has two children and promises to undergo treatment and take good care of his children. The 75 year old man is a profressor of yours that has recently published a book, and is a highly regarded researcher and teacher. Who gets the liver? If I were someone about to interview at UW, I would DEFINATELY look over some ethical principles of resource allocation. Try the UW bioethics site. Try praying for an easier question ;)" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Took an ethics class. Read up on ethical principles and methods for sorting out any type of ethics case-->go to the UW bioethics site. Read up on policy, namely a National Health Insurance Program. Read up on current events." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"UW is one of the few medical schools that really sets out to train compassionate clinicians. Other schools may lay claim to this, but which of them allow you SO MANY opportunites to work with the underserved/international/rural populations right from the 1st year?" Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"20 poor souls will be selected at random out of the first year class to spend their 1st year in Pullman. By checking that corresponding box on your secondary, you are VOLUNTEERING to do so. Also, the UW doesn't really help students prepare for USMLE, as such their scores are slightly below average. What, are you supposed to take a Kaplan class that costs as much as a car? Hmm.... " Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Your interview is pretty much open file. Contrary to the BS you may have ''heard'' about the interview. Your executive committee member will have ALL of your materials at hand, and the other two have EVERYTHING ELSE except your course grades, and your MCAT. They still have a list of your classes, including classes that you have DROPPED. Everyone reads your letters, personal statement, AMCAS activities, etc. So prepare for very pointed questions about these materials. Review exactly what you did for research, what you experienced specifically when you volunteered/shadowed/worked. Trust me." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I will give this interview a smiley face because I feel that I did well, I wasn't awkward or nervous, and I answered my questions professionally and thoughtfully. However, my interview questions were EXTREMELY tough. Thank GOD I spend as much time preparing as I had, or I would've been one of those kids that leaves the room in tears. See the questions below. All-in-all, my interview questions really would separate the men from the boys. " Report Response

Tour and Travel

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How did the tourguide seem?


How do you rank the facilities?

7 out of 10

What is your in-state status?

In state

What was your total time spent traveling?

0-1 hour

What was your primary mode of travel?


General Info

On what date did the interview take place?


How do you rank this school among other schools to which you've applied?

10 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

10 out of 10

What is your ranking of this area's cultural life?

10 out of 10

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