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

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

9 out of 10

How you think you did?

6 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

10 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

45 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?

3

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)?

"What is your opinion of the recent octuplet birth in California? How would you have approached the situation if you were the doctor? Do you think the doctor should be reprimanded in a non-litigating manner? <br><br> (unethical, would have suggested more focused/quality care of the 6 children she had already, reprimand...he implanted 8, protocol is 3 for her age group)" Report Response

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

"Why do you think you would be a good addition to the class of 2009? What will you contribute? <br><br> (i've been a long-term oncology patient, i have a valuable perspective)" Report Response

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

"Why didn't you do more volunteering? (I was really sick through college)" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"What do you like to do? <br><br> (compose music, write)" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"I went to New Zealand for a study abroad. I did some volunteering there that we were referred to. (Soup kitchen and ecological restoration project). This trip was not oriented towards health care, it was a study of epistemology and the philosophy of cultural identity... <br><br> What is the health care system in New Zealand like, and what was your opinion of it? <br><br> (uhhhhhh.....)" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read "Better" by Atul Gawande. Read "How Doctors Think" by Jerome Groopman. Downloaded iHealthBeat app on my iPhone and read everything I could find for a week. Watched CNN...excellent piece on the uber-preggo woman Cali. Talked with a few doctors I know, and my friend that was accept in '08. Read up a bit on AMCAS, but I probably should have reviewed some of things I submitted in more detail." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"...I'm not really sure... They seemed totally unimpressed by my lack of substantial health care volunteering... " Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Well, I went here for undergrad, so I was pretty familiar with most of the places they showed me around the facilities on the tour. The building just goes on forever. Interesting fact: it supposedly has been 1st or 2nd over the years, neck and neck with the Pentagon for length of interior hallways. This is obvious from the sort of ad-hoc mode of construction the place has seen in that time. Despite its maze-like, catacomb-esque feel at times, the place has reasonable facilities. I toured UC San Fran. and I'd say they're very, very similar in most respects; lecture halls, independent group work rooms (for the "colleges" system they have...that really needs a better name...think tanks? tribes? survivor anyone?) I hadn't seen the med. student lounges before. Looks like an excellent place to grub, chill out, study. Even had a little sleeping area and a text book exchange. <br><br> I was surprised by the fact that they have 3 clinical psychologists on staff offering professional counseling for free with students as the exclusive patient base, because "they understand medical school can be troubling, and even traumatizing for some students." <br><br> They were really optimistic about the financial aid programs available to students there. <br><br> The people I interviewed with were mostly from Montana, two others from Washington besides myself. 18 students total. They all seemed like good people. <br><br> All I can say in the end is good luck folks; read up, and when its over write it down here while its fresh in your mind, while you sip on an ice cold brew, or whatever your preference may be! ;-D Then relax for the night, plz." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

How did the tourguide seem?

Enthusiastic

How do you rank the facilities?

8 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?

Automobile

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

< $100

How would you rate the hotel?

10 out of 10

Would you recommend the hotel?

yes

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

02/04/2009

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?

9 out of 10

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

9 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?

7 out of 10

What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

"Excellent work putting the whole admission process together. I'm not sure if I will get in, but I w" Report Response

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