CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR INTERVIEW!

Interviews and interview activities for Montana WWAMI applicants will be held at our WWAMI Suite, 937 Highland Boulevard Suite 5220 (Second Floor) in February. The faculty, students, and staff of the University of Washington School of Medicine look forward to introducing you to WWAMI and all it has to offer. The purpose of this website is to help you locate the information you need to make the most of your interview.
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Interview Schedule

We will be hosting evening information sessions with Martin Teintze, Ph.D., MT WWAMI Director, and with Jay Erickson, M.D., Assistant Dean MT WWAMI Clinical Phase followed by dinner with 1st and 3rd year students on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday night from 6:00-8:00 PM in our Lecture Hall. Please feel free to attend whatever evening works best for your schedule.

Please arrive a minimum of 5-10 minutes prior to your interview for check-in.

8:00 AM - Application # 1
9:00 AM - Application # 2
10:00 AM - Application # 3
11:00 AM - Application # 4

1:00 PM - Application #5
2:00 PM - Application #6
3:00 PM - Application #7
4:00 PM - Application #8

The Interview

You will meet with 3 interviewers simultaneously and the interview will last approximately 30 minutes. One of the interviewers is a member of the Executive Committee on Admissions (EXCOM) and will represent you during the decision making process. The Executive Committee member has access to your entire file, including previous applications. The other members of the interview panel are faculty members from throughout the WWAMI region. These interviewers see only your current application - without your grades and MCAT scores.This format can vary depending on availability of interviewers and reapplications (Re-applicants are screened and interviewed by committee members who have not seen the applicant’s earlier application(s).

Each interviewer rates you independently and submits his or her evaluation. The 3 interviewers then discuss their opinions and the EXCOM member submits an overall evaluation. If one interviewer has a significantly different impression from the others, you MAY be invited for a second interview with a different group of interviewers. All of these evaluations are subsequently available to the Executive Committee during the meetings at which decisions are made.

The interview is not rigidly structured. Members of the Admissions Committee know how much rests on this meeting, and many of them have gone through this process before you. They are not "out to get you," but want more in-depth information about who you are and how much you know about what you are getting into.

Specifically, the interviewers will try to determine the following:

  • What has motivated you to pursue a career in medicine?
  • How well do you communicate with others? This includes listening skills as well as skills in transmitting information to others.
  • Can you put yourself in the place of a patient; are you empathetic?
  • What do you know about the practice​ of medicine and issues in delivery of health care?
  • How well do you think “on your feet” to analyze problems and present alternative solutions?
Candidates are presented and reviewed by the Executive Committee at the end of the interview week. At this meeting, one of three things will happen: you may be accepted, you may be rejected, or you may continue to be under consideration. We hope the time frame of the decision-making process does not cause you undue stress.
For a more in-depth description of the entire UWSoM admissions process as well as Seattle interview information, please click here. 
For additional information about our TRUST Program, please click here: UW TRUST.
After your interview, you are welcome to send thank you notes, and grade updates to the Office of Admissions. Email thank you notes to: askuwsom@uw.edu or mail thank you notes to:

UWSOM Office of Admissions
1959 NE Pacific St.
A-300 Health Sciences Center
Box 356340
Seattle, WA 98195-6340

Preparing for Your Interview

The following are questions to think about while preparing for the interview. Also. they may reinforce or make you question your decision to pursue a career as a Medical Doctor:

Motivation

  1. What excites you about a career in medicine?
  2. What concerns you about a career in medicine and how do you get past your concerns?
  3. How did you decide that being a doctor was the right career for you?
  4. How have your experiences prepared you for a career in medicine?
  5. What personality characteristics do you have that will make you a good doctor?

Communication Skills

  1. Can you express an idea or thought concisely? (in less than 1-2 minutes)
  2. Do you rephrase what someone has just told you to make sure you understood it correctly?
  3. Do you look for body language signifying emotional reaction such as agreement, disagreement, annoyance, happiness, fear, anger, excitement, disappointment, or despondency?
  4. Do you interrupt someone when they are speaking to you?

Empathy

  1. Can you imagine yourself in someone else’s position?
  2. Do you consider how someone else might feel about a situation given their experience, culture, and/or social context?
  3. Can you replace your hopes and plans for someone with their own hopes and plans?
  4. Can you understand, accept, and value someone else’s opinion when it is different from yours?

Knowledge of the Field of Medicine

  1. What personal attributes do you consider most important for success in research?
  2. What do you consider markers of success for a physician?
  3. What personal attributes do you consider most important for success as a physician?
  4. What attributes do you feel are necessary to elicit hope and trust in patients?
  5. What medical error(s) have you seen and what did you learn?
  6. Why do you think community service is a category on the AMCAS application?
  7. If you were putting together a health care team, who would be on it?
  8. How is the role of the physician changing?
  9. What does it mean to be a professional?
  10. Choose one of the issues facing health care today and describe how you might go about addressing it.
  11. What do you think people in the US are most concerned about? How might this affect their health (or not)?

Analytical Thinking/Problem Solving

  1. If you had all the money in the world and could snap your fingers, what problem would you solve? How?
  2. You are on a committee to solve a particular issue. You disagree with the direction being set by the chair of that committee, and strongly feel that it is incorrect. What would you do?
  3. How do you resolve conflict at work, home, in the classroom?
  4. A patient brings you a very expensive gift. What would you do?
  5. A patient writes you a love letter. How do you handle this situation?
  6. You are called to the ER to see a patient that has a problem supposedly in your area of expertise. When you arrive it becomes obvious that this patient has a completely different type of problem. What do you do?
  7. You catch a fellow student cheating on an exam. What do you do?
  8. Describe a moral or ethical dilemma that arose out of an interpersonal relationship. How did you handle it?
  9. There is a new drug to cure a certain type of cancer, but it is extremely expensive. How do you decide who should get the drug?

Directions:

From I-90:

  • Take exit 309 to merge onto US-191 S/E Main St
  • Continue onto E. Main Street, and take a Left at the light, Highland Blvd.
  • Continue onto Highland Blvd. Until you have reached the “Emergency” Entrance of the Hospital
  • Continue around the drive until you arrive at the 5 story maroon and tan building, 937 Highland Blvd.
  • Park in any of the Patient/Visitor Parking Spots
  • Enter the building and head up to the 2nd floor - You’re In WWAMI Land!

What Else can I do on my Interview Day?

Questions? Please contact us!

Whitney Foster; WWAMI Program Manager

Phone:             (406) 994-4411
Fax:                 (406) 994-4398
E-mail:             wwami@montana.edu