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 which Dr. Angelisa Paladin, program director, and Dr. Jonathan Swanson, deputy program director, will give you an introduction, to be followed by a presentation by the department chair, Dr. Norman Beauchamp.

You will have several brief interviews with faculty and our chief residents. Some applicants ask why we have so many interviews. Good question! We believe we can assemble the best class by garnering multiple opinions from a broad cross-section of our department, and we think it’s most fair if all the candidates meet with the same interviewers. 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’s perfectly fine to pose similar questions to multiple interviewers so you can hear different perspectives.  A mid-morning presentation by the chief residents will provide a break during the interviews.

Several of our residents will be available to meet informally with you during shorter breaks between the individual interview sessions.

Lunch will start and 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.

Interview Days 2014-2015

November 7, 2014           January 9, 2015

November 21, 2014        January 16, 2015

December 12, 2014        January 23, 2015

December 19, 2014

Summary of Interview Schedule:

Evening before the interview: dinner with residents (optional but encouraged)

Day of Interview

7:15               Breakfast is served

8:00-9:00       Presentations by Program Directors and Chair

9:15-12:00     Interviews

12:00-12:30   Lunch with Residents

12:30-1:00     Case Conference

1:00- 1:30      Resident Education and Research Presentation

After the Interviews:

The Selection Committee meets on every interview day to discuss our experiences with the interviewees, and we hold a final ranking meeting on our last interview day. 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.

In addition to the selection criteria mentioned above, when we formulate our rank order list we 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. 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: these are the characteristics we seek in our residents.

After the deadline for submitting the rank order list, we will send you 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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