The Interview: What to Expect

The goal of the interview process is for applicants and members of the Washington University School of Medicine community to get to know each other. The process is designed to bring applicants into contact with as many of our current students and faculty as feasible within a short period of time. Before the interview, think about what you want to know about the School so that when you visit you can be sure your questions are answered.

In 2020-21, Washington University School of Medicine will schedule virtual interviews due to ongoing public health concerns with COVID-19.  Top-rated applicants will be invited to participate.  We expect the virtual visit to include interviews with one or more members of the Committee on Admissions, an opportunity to meet current medical students to learn about student life and student groups, and a virtual tour of the School of Medicine and the medical campus.  The virtual visit will include opportunities to explore what makes WashU unique, including the mission of the School of Medicine, the new Gateway Curriculum, and the medical school’s relationship with the city of Saint Louis.  A financial planning presentation will also be offered to interviewees. 

A newly added part of the admissions process is the standardized video interview, where applicants invited to interview will complete video and written responses to several questions in advance of the scheduled virtual interview day.  The questions have been pre-recorded by Washington University faculty and current medical students.

Finally, we hope to host several in-person visit days for those who are offered admission and/or positions on our waiting list.  These have yet to be scheduled, but will likely be in 2021.  More information will be added as it becomes available.  

Factors Considered in the Interview

  • Accomplishments: work, research, volunteerism, leadership
  • Avocations and interests
  • Capacity for improvement
  • Communication skills (oral and written)
  • Cultural competence
  • Empathy
  • Ethical responsibility to self and others
  • Initiative and productivity
  • Insight into the practice of medicine
  • Maturity — ability to handle responsibilities
  • Motivation for the study of medicine
  • Professional bearing and communication
  • Resilience and adaptability
  • Social skills

AAMC provides Virtual Interview Tips for Medical School Applicants (PDF) to assist interviewees as they prepare.