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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?

10 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?


What type of interview was it?

Open file

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

"1. Tell us about your reasons for wanting to become a doctor. 2. What are your thoughts on the current healthcare system? 3. You said that as a former attorney, one of the drawbacks was the paperwork, yet physicians must deal with enormous paperwork. What makes you think medicine would be different?" Report Response

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

"4. You said that returning to school to biology courses was "fascinating." Can you remember a time when you just thought to yourself, "wow?" 5. Let's do some roleplaying. You're a 3rd year medical student, and your resident shows you how to do a spinal tap, then tells you to do one on me, a patient. I am apprehensive about your experience level and ask you how many of these have you done? 6. Can you imagine a situation in which you would handle yourself differently (referring to role playing scenario)?" Report Response

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

"7. Can you tell us about a meaningful volunteer experience? And another one? 8. Do you have any questions for us?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Are there any questions that we haven't asked you that you thought we should have?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"How many schools did you apply to, and have you interviewed at any others?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"1. Read "Understanding Health Policy" by Bodenheimer, and outlined the most important parts of it (which I kept in an "interview study binder"). 2. Researched healthcare system in Washington state, the governor's proposed plan, and some of its criticisms. 3. Researched status of tort reform in my current and former states of residence, along with new approaches. (As a former lawyer, I thought I might get some questions on this.) 4. Outlined Obama's and Clinton's healthplans, and some of their criticisms and proposed solutions (into the binder again). 5. Researched the decline, impact and ways to revitalize primary care specialties in America. 6. Read all interview questions for UW on SDN for the past two years, organized them by topic, and prepared to answer each of them (I think this is a great place to start to organize your interview prep). 7. Read USMLE Ethics Study Guide (cheap from Amazon), then all of the UW Bioethics Website scenarios. The Bioethics website is enough, though. 8. Reviewed my AMCAS application, especially volunteer experiences and research, and practiced describing these topics out loud. 9. Practiced my answers to "doctor motivation" and other definite interview questions out loud. 10. Studied my "interview study binder" over and over. And over." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Everyone was very friendly. The interviewers were not as hard on me as I'd feared. The medical students were also helpful and candid." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The tour could have been better. I would like to have seen the anatomy lab, a lecture hall (it was closed on our interview day because it was Sunday), the library, and a few other areas. And the lunch break/information session was a little long, at 2+ hours. " Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"That the admissions office might schedule your interview only three days away! I was expecting to get a couple weeks notice, so I didn't have as much time as I wanted to prepare. My fault for not starting earlier. Anyway, stress level through the roof. Also, I didn't realize that some previous interviewees had been asked such tough questions about policy and ethics. Good thing I reviewed the SDN website. " Report Response

What are your general comments?

"My impression was that the three person panel had a "good cop, bad cop, neutral cop" setup, as some others have noted. But I think you can set the tone if you prepare. I got the healthcare policy question early and was able to talk in some detail about it, which seemed to start things off on a positive note. " 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?

In state

What was your total time spent traveling?

0-1 hour

What was your primary mode of travel?


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

< $100

Where did you stay?

Friends or family

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?

7 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?

8 out of 10

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