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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?

7 out of 10

How you think you did?

10 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

10 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

50 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 have you done to improve your application since you last applied?" Report Response

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

"Of all your activities since re-applying, which would you consider most significant and why?" Report Response

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

"Ethics question: You are a transplant director and have to decide in 2 hours who to give a heart to: 18 yo, 25 yo, and a 45 yo. Who gets the heart and why? Take us through your reasoning." Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Where do you see yourself in 10 years?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Why should we pick you over other equally qualified candidates? " Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read "Understanding Health Care Policy," weekly reading of NEJM/JAMA, co-workers quizzed me daily with potential interview questions, read interview feedback on SDN, pay attention to current news regarding SCHIP and other health headlines on nytimes/cnn online, review AMCAS application and school specific essays." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Conversational interview style. I have applied to this school in the past, and the interview was much less stressful this time. It was also great not having to sit at the very end of a long table." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Very long interview day. Bring books with you, an ipod with your favorite music to zone out with or go find a quiet spot to relax while you wait. The other interviewees were very friendly, but the waiting room just made my anxiety 10,000 times worse." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"That the interview could be a very positive experience. I had a major case of nerves/jitters the entire week before the interview. Just relax, you have worked very hard to get to this point. You can't change your MCAT/GPA or activities now. Use this interview as your opportunity to shine." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"First and foremost, if you are not accepted this year, take advantage of the opportunity to do an exit interview with the dean of admissions or talk with someone in the admissions office about your application's strengths, weaknesses and what to work on. You may not like what you hear, but the feedback can be very helpful for determining how to best plot your course for re-application if you so choose. Also beware that you can only apply 3 times to this school, make every shot count. Other helpful tidbits are: be sure to do your homework! This school loves to ask ethics questions (transplantation, allocation of resources) and health policy questions. Don't skip over reading health headlines, and articles like the policy reviews in the NEJM. Re-applicants: be prepared to discuss extensively what you have done to improve your application. Spend some time thinking and deeply reflecting on whether you know for sure that medicine is right for you. Explore medicine via shadowing, and try something unexpected like stepping outside of your comfort zone and working with diverse patient populations. The committee wants to know that you have thought about your choice to enter the medical field, and are fully aware of all the issues/problems facing future healthcare providers. Other advice for people getting ready to interview here is bring lots of confidence, be proud of all of your accomplishments, and don't be afraid of the interview. The panel members are very friendly, aren't out to get you, and are looking to have a good conversation. Be prepared for some difficult questions and curve balls ... there will definitely be some tough questions, but they are put there purposefully to test your reasoning and critical thinking abilities. " 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?

Other

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

02/15/2009

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?

10 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?

8 out of 10

How is the friendliness of the admissions office?

8 out of 10

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

7 out of 10

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