Interview Day

We hope you will have a pleasant visit to Seattle.  We recognize that the application and interview process can be a source of anxiety, but we want to put you at ease so you can have a positive experience and learn as much as you can about our program.  You will be invited to an informal dinner at a local restaurant to meet our residents on the night before the interview. Although this is an optional event, most applicants enjoy the opportunity to meet our residents and ask questions in an informal setting.

The interview day is an exciting time for all of us. We start with breakfast at Dr. Gautham Reddy (Vice Chair for Education; Director of Resident Selection) will give an introduction to be followed by presentations from the Department Chair, Dr. Norman Beauchamp and Program Director, Dr. Angelisa Paladin.

After breakfast half of the applicants will meet with faculty and chief residents for interviews while the other half of the applicants will tour the department and meet informally with our residents.  A mid-morning presentation by the chief residents will provide the transition where the group of applicants who have already interviewed will begin the tour/resident meet-and-greets and vice versa.  In regards to interviews, please note that you will have several fifteen minute interviews with faculty and our chief residents.  Some applicants have asked why we have multiple interviews and our response is that we believe we can assemble the best class by garnering multiple opinions from a broad cross-section of our department.  We hope you find the interviews to be a good opportunity to meet a range of our faculty and residents and to ask questions.  It is perfectly fine to pose similar questions to multiple interviewers so you can hear different perspectives.

Lunch will be served with a group of our residents and then transition to a case conference.  A presentation on education and research by two of our residents will conclude the day.  Certain interview days will have an optional diversity presentation for interested applicants.

Interview Days 2015:

October 30, 2015        

November 4, 2015

November 10, 2015

November 20, 2015

December 11, 2015

December 18, 2015

Summary of Interview Day:

Evening Before the Interview: dinner with residents (optional but encouraged)

Day of Interview

7:15              Arrive to check-in and store luggage

7:45              Presentations by Director of Resident Selection, Department Chair, and Program Director

9:25              Interview Sessions; Department Tour; Informal Resident Meet-And-Greets; Chief Resident Presentation

12:00            Lunch with Residents and Case Conference

1:00              Resident Education and Research Presentation

1:20              Diversity Presentation [On Applicable Days]


Please note that if you are offered an interview, our Program Administrator will send you more detailed and specific information/materials regarding Interview Day logistics (including travel, accommodations, parking) and a detailed schedule.

After the Interviews:

The Selection Committee meets on every interview day to discuss our experiences with the interviewees.  On the last interview day, the Committee holds a final ranking meeting.  We are fortunate to receive applications from many outstanding candidates and we believe that almost all of our interviewees would achieve great success in our program.

When we formulate our rank order list, we go beyond the selection criteria noted on our 'Application Process' tab and give great weight to personal characteristics as ascertained from the interview, the MSPE, the letters of recommendation, the personal statement, and the record of scholarly, leadership, and volunteer activities.  In addition we seek out a variety of characteristics in our residents: a strong sense of integrity and ethics; compassion, empathy, and respect for others; warmth of personality and a sense of humor; a positive outlook; diligence and readiness to work hard; self-motivation; ability to work in a team; inclination to cooperate instead of compete; superior interpersonal and communication skills; capacity for self-reflection, to learn from mistakes, and to respond positively to feedback and constructive criticism; intellectual curiosity; creativity; and an eagerness to give back to the institution and the community-at-large.

After the deadline for submitting the rank order list, we will applicants who interviewed with us an online survey.  We appreciate the time you spend completing the survey; we read all of the responses (which are anonymous) and we use the information to improve the interview experience.

If you match into our program, we will send you a welcome letter and a contract soon after Match Day.

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact our Program Administrator, Amanda Easton:



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