Alaska WWAMI Admissions Interviews

Congratulations on being selected for an interview!

February 3-6, 2014

HSBFullWe look forward to meeting you and are pleased to have this opportunity to introduce you to the University of Alaska Anchorage and the University of Washington School of Medicine (UWSoM).

Interviews will be conducted in the UAA Health Sciences Building (HSB) located at 3795 Piper Street, room 303, February 3 through 6, 2014. A pay-n-park machine is available in the HSB lot but parking is limited so please allow extra time for alternate locations if needed. Other UAA lots can be located by using the "Launch UAA Campus PDF Map" from the Campus Map.

On the interview day, you will have time to read introductory materials, have your photograph taken for our records, lunch with current Alaska WWAMI students, take a tour of the campus and WWAMI facilities, and learn more about WWAMI programs. It is of the utmost importance to all participating faculty, staff, and students that your interview experience at UAA be pleasant, relaxed, and informative. We ask that you arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your scheduled time.

Depending on the time of your interview, you may have an opportunity to attend an Alaska WWAMI first-year medical school class. Please refer to the class calendar for the week's schedule. If you are interested in visiting a UAA class, please contact the Alaska WWAMI office prior to your interview day to make arrangements. 

The Interview

You will meet with 3 interviewers simultaneously and the interview will last approximately 30 minutes. Interviews for applicants from Alaska will usually have two members of the Alaska Admissions Committee and one from Washington as part of the interview panel. One of the interviewers is a member of the Executive Committee on Admissions (EXCOM) and will represent you during the decision making process.  The Executive Committee member has access to your entire file, including previous applications. The other members of the interview panel see only your current application - without your grades and MCAT scores.

Each interviewer rates you independently and submits his or her evaluation. The 3 interviewers then discuss their opinions and the EXCOM member submits an overall evaluation. If one interviewer has a significantly different impression from the others, you MAY be invited for a second interview with a different group of interviewers. All of these evaluations are subsequently available to the Executive Committee during the meetings at which decisions are made.

Candidates are reviewed by the Executive Committee at the first meeting that follows the interview. At this meeting, one of three things will happen: you may be accepted, you may be rejected, or you may continue to be under consideration. Some applicants who interview in February remain under consideration until the final decisions are made in late March. Members of the admissions committee often wait to act on applications in order to see how they compare to the total applicant pool.

The interview is not rigidly structured. Members of the Admissions Committee know how much rests on this meeting, and many of them have gone through this process before you. They want more in-depth information about who you are and how much you know and what motivates you to become a physician.

Interview Schedule

View the daily interview schedule
If interview time is 8:00am, arrival time is 7:45am
If interview time is 9:15am or 10:30am, arrival time is 9:00am
If interview time is 1:00pm, arrival time is 10:15am
If interview time is 2:15pm or 3:30pm, arrival time is 11:40pm

Office Contacts 

UAA WWAMI School of Medical Education
3795 Piper Street, Room 301
Anchorage, AK  99508
Nancy Hall | 907-786-4789 | nancy@uaa.alaska.edu
Maryann Kniffen | 907-786-4794 | maryann@uaa.alaska.edu
 

Host Ambassador Contacts

Hazel Brogdon | 907-350-0973 | hbrogdon@uw.edu
Brittany Wheelock | 360-901-4323 | bnwheelock@gmail.com

Lodging

The Anchorage Covention and Visitors Bureau suggests a variety of lodging possibilities. If you prefer to stay close to the UAA campus the Springhill Suites Anchorage University Lake is a nice option and offers a free shuttle to campus.

Directions

See a map of Anchorage, the UAA campus, and get driving directions.

About Anchorage

Visit The Anchorage Convention and Visitors Bureau to learn more about Anchorage.