Interview Visit

2020-2021 Interview Weekends:

  1. January 7-9, 2021
  2. January 28-30, 2021
  3. February 11-13, 2021

Second Visit:  April 22-24, 2021

We do not accommodate interviews on alternate dates.

Interview weekends are Thursday-Sunday. We interview ~15 applicants per interview weekend.  We will pay for your lodging for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights of interview weekends.

Current MSTP students participate in interview weekends. Expect to meet many of them!

When you are invited to interview with us, we will ask you to name 10-12 faculty with research interests similar to yours. Please submit this list via your application homepage.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it may become necessary to switch to a video conference interview format. We will be providing more information as the time approaches.

Typical Interview Schedule


11:00am – Coffee & informal lunch in MSTP lounge. Pick up your interview folder and schedule.  Meet MSTP staff, Sara Carlson & Kim Kwon

12:00pm – Take shuttle from UW to one or more off-campus locations: Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, UW Medicine at South Lake Union, Harborview Medical Center, Seattle Children’s Research Institute, Center for Infectious Disease Research, and Benaroya Research Institute.

12:30-3:30pm – Individual interviews with UW faculty members at those sites

3:30pm – Catch shuttle back to the University of Washington. Meet in the MSTP lounge with current first and second year MSTP students. Explore campus. Go back to the hotel for a short break before the MSTP dinner meeting.

5:00pm – Meet other applicants in MSTP lounge for MSTP dinner meeting.

6:00pm – MSTP dinner meeting.  Listen to a UW faculty member and current MSTP student discuss their research. Chat with current students.

8:00pm – Head back to the hotel.


6:30-7:30am – Breakfast at the hotel.

8:00am – Orientation at the MSTP office with Director Marshall Horwitz

9:15-11:30am – Interviews with UW Faculty

11:30am-12:30pm – Lunch and presentation at the MSTP offices on medical school curriculum and the Center for Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (CEDI)

12:30pm – Tour of medical school with current MSTP students

1:00pm – Interview with current MSTP student

3:00-3:15pm – Admissions Committee Panel Interview

7:00pm – Dinner with current MSTP students and other applicants at a Seattle restaurant


9:00am – Meet current MSTP students in hotel lobby for the day’s activities

9:30am – Brunch at Portage Bay Café

12:00-5:00pm – Scavenger hunt around Seattle.

7:00pm – Pizza party at MSTP student home. Judging the scavenger hunt.

Individual Interviews

UW faculty value our MSTP very highly, are accessible and responsive, and enormously enjoy meeting with our applicants. We make every effort to pair you with faculty members you have asked to meet. Our directors will also provide suggestions of faculty members for you to meet given your research experience and interests.

Each student is also interviewed individually by one of the MSTP directors, one member of the MSTP admissions committee, and one MSTP student. Evaluations from all interviews are used by the admissions committee to make final decisions on offers of admission.

Admissions Committee Panel Interview

The culminating interview on Friday afternoon is a 15-minute interview with the entire MSTP admissions committee, including 10-12 faculty members and the MSTP directors. All members of the admissions committee vote on admission, based on the written application, reports from individual interviews, and results of the committee interview.