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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?

8 out of 10

How you think you did?

9 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)?

"What is the problem with healthcare in the country and what would you do to fix it." Report Response

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

"in your volunteering expereience, can you remember a patient or case the made you want to go into medicine (i couldn't so i talked about an interesting case having to do with ethics - which led into some ethics discussion)" Report Response

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

"if you were the doctor (in the above case) what would you do. also some questions about my other experiences, where i see myself in 10 or 15 years, what kind of medicine i'm interested in, and what underserved means. this last one i kinda stumbled around my words. i knew the concept but it would have helped to practice delivering an answer to this beforehand. anyway, i made my general point eventually if not gracefully." Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"What is the problem with healthcare in the country and what would you do to fix it." Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"give your sales pitch" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"i read a lot about the school and about healthcare, the other feedback on this website made me very nervous so i stressed a little too much and tried to figure out how to solve all the healthcare problems in the nation, which was useful and enlightening, but they didn't grill me on all the issues, they just wanted to see that i was thinking about how things are and how to make them better, i think. i got the impression that they didn't care which problem i picked, just that i had a good thought process and workable ideas, so my advice is play to your strengths. if you know about surgical errors then think about how to reduce them and if you know about infectious disease then know how to prepare the country for the avian flu pandemic. be creative, be yourself." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"i actually enjoyed the interview. this is weird because i expected not to and i wasn't at all looking forward to being grilled on politics, health policy and ethics. okay, the interview was tough, my hardest yet, but i found it challenging in a good way and kinda fun." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"yeah, like people have said before, the facilities are not knew and they know it, but i'm not big on fancy stuff. i prefer this school over the ones that sell themself on a fancy dummy or some other bit of technology or architechture. i started the day feeling not especially comfortable, but i think it was my expectation about the unfriendliness of the interview process here - which i think is a myth. it may be different and perhaps slightly intimidating with the whole 3 on 1 format, and the interviewers did seem to be trying to keep a stony face, but they were nice people, i could tell they were really friendly and warm but just trying to be less... well, they let me finish my answers. they just listened and kinda waited for me to end, which i could see being very uncomfortable, but it wasn't. because they were listening very closely, remembering details, and preparing the next question as a spoke. that was my impression, anyway, it wasn't negative but just different." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"one thing that is very true is that lunch won't fill you up. i brought an energy bar to get me through the day. also, since they do the interviews sequentially, they tend to be behind a bit so prepare to have a longer day than printed on your schedule. it's fine though, there's a computer in the lounge where you can check your email :) one interesting thing is that all out of state, minority, and those coming from an underserved background or planning to work with the underserved have a meeting with a rep from the office of multicultural affairs. i wasn't sure what the purpose of these type of meeting were (if it was another interview or just for info). just fyi in general, a meeting like this can increase your chances of admissions because you have an additional advocate (if you impress them i guess), but since all the non-WWAMI students meet with a rep it seems like they must choose some to endorse because endorsing all of us wouldn't help the committee narrow down the out of staters. anyway, this was a new thing for me so i hope this helps someone. just be ready to talk about the applicable issues and your own background and motives." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"U Dub is awesome. hey, there was no glitz or glam today. nothing fancy, no one tried to impress me with anything except maybe the tour guide saying that it's the largest office building west of the pentagon or something. they just keep adding on new additions, which is cool. the newest is the surgical center, which is nice. it's just about the onlly new nice building i saw. they want to improve the facilities, but obviously money is the big decision maker. i assume that when there is money it is put elsewhere like into all the great programs that have in rural healthcare, international opps, reseach, the colleges, etc. the school has it's priorties in the right place - unless you feel the need to be spoiled during medical school, and i'm not judging, i'm just saying there are a lot of schools where you can have a nice student lounge, shiny new class rooms and all sorts of fancy stuff, and that's awesome, but this school sold itself to me by not focusing on all that... if that makes sense, anyway, you'll like the school or you won't :)" Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Admissions staff

How did the tourguide seem?

Enthusiastic

How do you rank the facilities?

6 out of 10

What is your in-state status?

Out of state

What was your total time spent traveling?

2-3 hours

What was your primary mode of travel?

Airplane

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

$301-$400

What airport did you use?

sea

Where did you stay?

Hotel

How would you rate the hotel?

9 out of 10

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?

studio 6

Would you recommend the hotel?

yes

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

01/20/2006

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?

8 out of 10

What is your ranking of this area's cultural life?

9 out of 10

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