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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?

6 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

35 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?

Closed file

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

"Why did you move to South Africa for a year? What was it like to work in an AIDS orphanage?" Report Response

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

"What is the US doing wrong with respect to health care? (They should have asked 'what is the US doing RIGHT?'" Report Response

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

"Is there anything else you want to tell us about yourself? (How nice of them to ask!)" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"What was the last novel you read?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Who do you think is right in the Nancy Shaivo 'right-to-die case? What would you do if you were her doctor?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"I should have prepared much more. I didn't even have a suit." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"I felt that everyone else interviewing that day was very committed, very intelligent, and very deserving of a spot in next years class. The whole day was stressful and drawn out but I was so excited and honored to be there that it was over before I knew it. Seattle is beautiful and the University is in an ideal location. The students seemed much more dynamic and down-to-earth than other first years I have met. People who know it first hand seem to love this school. " Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Not much. Bad lunch, as others have mentioned." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"I didn't know anything about the UW's process of evaluation and acceptance. I didn't realize that rolling admissions actually means that a vast majority have to wait until April and that even in April, people get put on a variety of wait-lists and some are even ranked by number. How do they determine who is #4 versus #24? They have quite a complex system at work." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I was really nervous about my interview since it was my first one and the UW was and still is my top choice. I really enjoyed the company of others who were interviewing the same day and was impressed by the enthusiasm and outlook of the first year students. I think the program is incredible and the opportunities to work in rural/underserved areas, study abroad, and take a variety of electives are enticicing. After my interview I really had no indication of how well they had reacted to me and didn't know whether to be optimistic or not about my chances. Every school is a crap-shoot, however, with so many incredibly qualified people applying for so few spots. I was honest about my failures and flaws as an applicant (ie: low MCAT scores) but also was given the chance to talk about what made me worthy of a spot at the UW. As others have mentioned, the interviewers are quite stoic but I think they are just trying to be objective and professional- and also they interview a damn lot of people and are probably pretty bored with the process. I would be incredibly honored to get in here- I am high on the first ranked alternate list (whatever that means) and if I do get an acceptance I would take it in a heartbeat. " Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

11/03/2003

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