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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?

7 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

10 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

30 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)?

"Tell us about a patient you remember from one of your shadowing experiences." Report Response

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

"If you got to determine the way the American healthcare system was to make your job easier as an underserved doctor for the benefit of your patients, how would you change it and why? What are the barriers to achieving such a system?" Report Response

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

"In the U.S. medical practice is often not as exciting as it is in developing areas, often the patients here have chronic conditions as a result of poor lifestyle choices. Do you think you will effective as a doctor even despite forces like the media (he referred to the barrage of McDonald’s commercials)?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"This is more like the question I didn't expect (but in a good way): You are a physician on call, and it it’s your anniversary. Your spouse has cooked dinner and there are roses on the table. As you enter the door, your pager goes off with an emergency. You have to go back to the hospital to see a patient. You come home 2 hours later and the roses are in the garbage can, and your spouse is upset. Why?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Are there any questions you feel we did not ask that you would like us to know?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read Understanding Health Policy, all of Atul Gawande's books, Groopman's book, New York Times and NEJM for the last few months. Mock interviews (mean ones, the meaner the better) with 1 physician, 1 med student, recorded it, reflected on it." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The interviewers were very warm, and just wanted to get to know me. I had expected more pressure, opportunities to answer more ethical questions or attempt some role playing, but I found that my stress level stayed relatively low." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"It might have been nice to do some role playing, answer some more medical ethics questions or be challenged about why I thought the way I did about the healthcare system, but I'm happy about the way interview went." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"That it would not be as stressful as everyone makes the UW interview out to be." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I appreciated how organized the UW admissions office was during the interview process. They provided a thumb drive full of information and videos about the school, we had a thorough Powerpoint presentation about the curriculum and opportunities at UW Med, and five medical students came to talk to us at lunch. The interviewers were very positive and made me feel at ease." Report Response

Tour and Travel
No Response
General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

02/17/2010

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?

8 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?

10 out of 10

What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

"It might be affirming to have another confirmation email sent out to solidify our interview position once we submit our photographs online." Report Response

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