Frequently Asked Questions

How many interviews will I complete?  What is the format?

You will complete three (3) total interviews.

The first is a standardized video interview that you complete on your own prior to the interview day. 

There will be two (2) live, virtual faculty interviews scheduled on the interview day you selected on In the live interactions, one will be a standard interview where a Committee on Admissions (COA) member has reviewed your full application. The other will be a closed file interview where the COA member only knows your name and has not reviewed your application in advance. In each case, the interviewer will tell you which type of interview is being conducted, so you have context on how much information the interviewer has on hand and how much background information you may need to provide in the conversation.

To start the interview, log into the portal (, click the Interview tab then select the Virtual Interview from the menu. You will see a start button next to each interview. Clicking start will connect you directly with the faculty member. WashU will use Zoom technology to conduct these interviews. We expect standard interviews to take 30-45 minutes to complete in a virtual format; virtual closed file interviews will likely take 20-30 minutes. All interviews need to occur with webcam/video and microphone.

When will I receive my interview times?

You will receive an email approximately 2 days prior your interview date with specific interview times or you may log into at 8:30am CT on the morning of your interview to confirm your interview times.

Can you provide any resources for preparing for virtual interviews?

The AAMC provides Virtual Interviews: Tips for Medical School Applicants, to assist in preparation.

What should I wear?

The virtual context will not change the typical expectations of a medical school interview.  Your professional attire and timeliness should be a priority as you prepare.  We recommend that you treat these virtual interviews as you would an in-person interview.

Should I use a virtual background?

Your environment should be quiet and free from distractions. You will not be evaluated on the quality of your room or background. You may use a virtual background, but this may lower the quality of the video displayed to the faculty and is not necessarily recommended. 

Can I complete the interviews from my phone?

We recommend a laptop or desktop computer with high speed internet, a webcam and a microphone.

Who do I contact on the day of my interview if I experience a technical issue?

You may reach the Office of Admissions at (314) 362-6858.

I missed my scheduled virtual medical campus tour; may I reschedule the tour?

Yes, if you need to reschedule, return to the Virtual Interview Experience calendar to select a date and time.

May I register for more than one campus tour?

Yes, you may attend multiple tours. In addition to our regularly occurring tours, we will also offer a variety of specialty tours throughout the admissions cycle.

Will there be ways to learn more about WashU Med beyond my virtual interview experience?

Beginning in October, we expect to offer “Why WashU Wednesdays” virtually at 5pm CT, to help connect prospective medical students to our current student body and to continue to allow prospective students to discover what makes WashU unique.  Any student who has been invited to interview or who has completed their interview will be able to participate in these  sessions.  Beyond student panels, we anticipate sessions focused on the new Gateway Curriculum (including its coaching ethic), research, St. Louis and the medical school’s relationship with the city, diversity, and dual degree options.  The Office of Admissions will also strive to connect prospective students to our many affinity groups; that planning is ongoing.

If my question(s) was/were not answered in the virtual “Financing your Medical Education” session, whom may I contact for clarification, and to continue that conversation?

Please email our Office of Student Financial Planning via

I am an international applicant.  Is there a separate International Financial Planning session pertinent to my situation that I can attend?

The Office of Student Financial Planning offers individual meetings with international applicants.  Email to schedule your appointment.

May I attend more than one Why WashU Wednesday event?

We encourage you to attend multiple Why WashU Wednesday events throughout 2020-21. The focus of these sessions will vary, and even when topics are repeated, we will likely have a slightly different team of current students and/or faculty participating in the session—so new voices to hear from and with whom to interact. You are welcome to attend as many of these sessions as your schedule allows—they will add to your understanding of the WashU medical education experience.

My interviewer changed.  Why did this happen?

Most of our interviewers are academic physicians, with multiple areas of responsibility.  In particular, their clinical schedules can be quite unpredictable.  In the event of a clinical emergency, we will reassign your interview to another faculty member.