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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?

1 out of 10

How you think you did?

7 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

10 out of 10


How long was the interview?

30 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)?

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

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

"Have you interviewed anywhere else yet?" Report Response

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

"You are a Nbio major and shadowed in a neurology clinic but said it did not excite you as much as you hoped, what let you down about the experience?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"You mention 'lack of self-awareness was an issue that caused my parents divorce.' What do you mean by lack of self awareness?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"The interview was nicer than as projected by the SDN forums and my friends I've talked to. I mostly heard from others that it was going to be very stressful, but I didnt get a sense of that. They are well-aware of the impression people post about on SDN and are trying to come off less stressful now. I was in a room with 2 doctors (a retired GI doctor and family medicine doc --> Xcom) and a 2nd year medical student. They were comforting at the start and continued to stress the point that there is no good cop/bad cop game going on. They had me did a role play exercise with the med student, where we were classmates studying together, and I had to confront him about his drinking problem." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN interview feedback, school website, read and understood the mission statement. Lots of mock interviews with friends. Bodenheimer's "understanding health policy" A seminar course on presenting myself authentically to an audience. Reflective journaling, specifically about 'how my qualities match the needs of the school.' Asking all of my friends to give me 3 adjectives to describe who I am, then compiling them all into a list to find out what qualities of myself I present to others effectively." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The interviewers really read into my application, moreso than I was expecting from the UW. In my experience as an undergrad, I usually feel like I am just a bunch of numbers to the average faculty member. That was definitely not the case here." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Just about everything that the med students were not a part of. The food was decent for a box lunch. The presentation on the school was a boring slide show. I sat for 1.5 hours after my interview before we began the tour of the school." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Bring a book. You will sit a lot. If you did not go to UW, I would definitely keep your map of the facilities close by because there were multiple occasions where the interviewees were supposed to go from point-to-point without any assistance." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I was a lot less impressed with the UW than I hoped. If I were to go here, it would be because: 1) The med students were really nice 2)Seattle is an AWESOME city with tons of outdoors stuff for all seasons, a great bar scene with lots of microbreweries and vineyards, and is just spilling culture everywhere. 3) Definitely NOT the administration. 4) Tons of world renowned resources for healthcare, like Children's Hospital, Harborview, SCCA, Fred Hutch. 5) The UW athletic center is... amazing. Humongous. I think they have 8 basketball courts, 6 tennis courts, an indoor rock climbing facility... and so much more. As a previous UW student, I miss my gym membership so much at this point, nothing comes close to UW." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?


How did the tourguide seem?


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?


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?

10 out of 10

How is the responsiveness of the admissions office?

6 out of 10

How is the friendliness of the admissions office?

5 out of 10

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

10 out of 10

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