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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?

10 out of 10

How you think you did?

4 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

10 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?

Closed file

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

"1. Did the doctors you shadowed think you were crazy for wanting to go into primary care? Why do you think I am asking you this?....... 2.What are your weaknesses? ..... 3. When might a physician refuse to care for a patient? What if they are the only doctor for miles and miles in rural Alaska?" Report Response

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

"What I learned from children that I worked with in a volunteer experience 6 years ago (when I was 17). [very few questions about recent activities]. Is there a particular health care policy plan that you like?" Report Response

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

"Interviewer: What do you think is the greatest problem facing patients today? Me: lack of access. Interviewer: But the patients you worked with (in sliding-scale charity clinics) had access." Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"For the final question, is there anything you would like to tell us, or would you like to tell us why we should accept you? " Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"I reread my amcas, read the UW bioethics site, read some health policy and ethics books, and answered the possible interview questions listed in the book "Essays that will get you into Medical School."" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"I love this school. " Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Interrogation! I was very thrown off by the devil's advocate type questions and the unhappy look on one interviewer's face. It also found that I did not have much time to think, as there were 3 interviewers rapidly asking questions. Also, I felt like they asked me very little questions about more recent and relevant experiences." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"I wish the NY times article about unhappy primary care physicians had come out before this interview! " Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I wish I had read "Understanding Health Policy" before the interview, and not after it. I also wish I had practiced answering devil's advocate-type questions. In my other interviews, the interviewers didn't question everything I said.. I felt badly about this interview after it was over, I know I did not do my best. I let the stress get to me, and I did not represent myself accurately. I ended up getting rejected at the last executive committee meeting. :-( However, all of the current UW SOM students told me they felt crappy after their interviews, too." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?


How did the tourguide seem?


How do you rank the facilities?

7 out of 10

What is your in-state status?

Out of state

What was your total time spent traveling?

4-6 hours

What was your primary mode of travel?


About how much did you spend on room, food, and travel?


What airport did you use?


Where did you stay?

With students at the school

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

How is the responsiveness of the admissions office?

10 out of 10

How is the friendliness of the admissions office?

10 out of 10

How eco-friendly are the school's application materials and interview process?

5 out of 10

What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

"I was told by admissions that they were making sure that the interview was no longer "interrogative"" Report Response

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