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Here’s the first painting I made after we bought our house a few years back when the trees were dripping in Varied Thrushes. The painting also features some of the creatures that share my garden under the redwoods (during the winter). Roots, acrylic on maple panel 2014
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GW Interview Experience

Hey guys, I’m currently interviewing at medical schools and I’m going to be writing myself up some summaries of the experiences so I can look back on them and decide if I should be so lucky as to get more than one acceptance. I’ll be tagging them with #bananaslug so feel free to use that to make sure these posts don’t show up on your dash!

GW was my first med school interview :)

I got to DC at 7 PM the day before, and my friend I was going to stay with had to go to the ER to get a CXR at the recommendation of her allergist. She was totally fine (she’s a bit of a hypochondriac) and she went to the GW ER, so I got sort of an inside look before the interview haha. It was pretty standard…. the waiting room was surprisingly small tbh. We got to her place around 9 with our Whole Foods takeout and talked for a few hours and made fun of Trump supporters on CNN before I fell asleep.

I got up at 7 AM cause I didn’t want to forget to do anything. I got ready by 8 and then just sort of just looked over the GW website and thought of some questions to ask my interviewers. Luckily, my friend lives literally across the street from GW’s campus so it was only a 10 minute walk to the med school.

I got checked in and got my badge and then met all the other premeds who were there. Honestly, I hadn’t felt nervous at all about the interview till I met them. It just suddenly became real that these were all super highly qualified people who wanted to be a doctor as much as I did and idk they were my competition. That said, everyone was very friendly and we all chatted for a bit before they took us up to the group instruction room that was gonna be our home for the next few hours while we got pulled out to interview.

There were 15 or so of us seated in a circle in the room and GW was kind enough to give us cheap tote bags and free pens. So….thanks GW. 

The Dean of Admissions walked in and we had a little ice breaker where we each had to say our name, our undergrad, and our favorite season. Turns out that 5 out of the 15 of us had all gone to the same undergrad! It was a weird coincidence, but I didn’t know any of the other 4 haha. (Btw I said my favorite season was fall bc apple cider and seasonal beers.) The dean then launched into a very protracted, monotone monologue about what made GW special. The main takeaway was the collaborative nature of the student body and the depth/breadth of experiences. Cool, but I have a feeling all of the schools are gonna be saying this.

Then we heard presentations from the Financial Aid person (hint: GW is one of, if not the, most expensive medical schools in the country and they give very little financial aid. Average debt on graduation? $202,000. YIKES). We also heard from the head of student enrichment who told us about the Track Program. This is actually pretty darn cool. GW allows you to choose 1 of 9 “scholarly concentrations” from Global Health to Medical Leadership to Academic Medicine to Community/Urban Health, and you take additional seminars and experiences in this realm. I thought that was soooo cool and it’ll be tough to decide between Global and Community Health for sure.

Next, we went on a tour of Ross Hall (home to a lot of stuff at GW med) with the Interview Coordinator. It was v short. The one thing that really stood out to me was the Clinical Skills Simulation Center. They were 4 very realistic settings where you had practice patients and doctors watched you through video cameras and then critiqued you. There was a standardized ED room (with equipment that’s exactly the same as the actual GW ED), an L&D room, an “OR,” and a physical exam room that you’d see at your PCP’s office. You can start doing stuff in these rooms as an MS1. There was also a pretty cool student lounge area, but the library left a lot to be desired. 

After that we had lunch with some current MS2s and an MS4. They were sweet and got along well together. They all talked about how GW went above and beyond for them and it was the norm. The MS4 talked about how she last-minute decided to switch from Peds to Anesthesia and the head doctor at Children’s National invited her to chat with him for 20 minutes then helped her get the letters she needed for the match for anesthesia. One of the MS2s had been in the Serbian soccer league for 7 years and the MLS for 7 more before coming to med school. Lunch itself was a table filled with different bags that had the lunch meat inside written on ‘em. I got a turkey sandwich with a cookie, bag of chips, water bottle, and an apple. The sandwich was a godsend cause I was starving and hadn’t had breakfast, but the cookie was meh.

Finally, it was time for the interviews! My first interview was with a student. GW does blind interviews so my interviewer and I didn’t know anything about each other before we met in-person. It was supposed to be pretty chill and conversational, and it was most of the time but we didn’t click especially well. I was also caught a little off-guard because my premed advisor had told me to say some things right off the bat at the start of the interview, but they would’ve sounded forced and stupid the way the actual conversation was going so I didn’t. Bottom line though, I got across the fact that I really want to be a doctor and my clinical experiences, so that’s all I can really hope for I guess. I asked her my questions, one of which she said was really interesting and she hadn’t heard before. It lasted 35 minutes or so.

Then I went back to the waiting room thing and talked with the other kiddos some more before my faculty interviewer came. He looked around 35 but he was a neurosurgeon/neuroradiologist! Very nice person and we got along well together. He kept saying stuff like “I agree with you completely” when we were talking about the current state of healthcare and stuff so I’m taking that as a good sign. I think it went much better than the student one! I asked him about how GW compares to his med school experience and he told me about how much more applicable this med school education is to the real world. Probably lasted around 35 minutes as well.

We were told at the start of the day that we could just head out after the interview, so I dropped off my nametag and skedaddled. 

Overall, GW was a good experience.

Pros: Located in one of the nicest parts of D.C., the medical school is integrated into the rest of the campus, track program that would let me focus on community medicine or global health, MD/MPH program, students unranked, easy access to policy stuff through D.C., 2.5 hours from home

Cons: Very expensive both in terms of tuition and CoL, grading system is Honors/Pass/Conditional/Fail, didn’t really “click” 

Tossups: Class size is 180

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