University of Washington Dentistry Interview Questions

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University of Washington Dentistry Key Information

UWSOD provides the following overview information for applicants:

The majority of students who are given a place will be Washington residents (85% to 90%). The remaining will be from WICHE states (Alaska, Arizona, Hawaii, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota and Wyoming). You must show a sustained commitment to community service in order to be successful. You must likewise show a demonstrated effort towards increasing your knowledge of the dental profession through shadowing and related experiences. 

Selected applicants will be invited for interview – around 180 in total.

Applicants generally report a one-on-one interview which takes place at the school itself. The interview is open-file in format. There may also be tests of manual dexterity. Interviews take place between February and April.

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Motivation and Insight into Dentistry

  • Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
  • Where do you see dentistry going in 10 years? What can dentists do to improve this, granted your answer is negative?
  • If you were in charge of public health, what changes would you make?
  • What community service have you done?
  • How did you prepare for the DAT?
  • How would you compare the health care systems in the US and Canada?
  • Tell me about yourself and how you developed an interest in dentistry.
  • Why do you think dental services are inaccessible to certain groups?
  • What is your opinion on universal healthcare?
  • Tell me about your shadowing experiences. What would you change about how those offices were run?
  • If you owned a busy practice and were looking to bring in an associate, what qualities would you look for in that person?
  • What do you want us to know about you that’s not in your application?
  • Are you interested in rural dentistry?
  • Do you have research experience?
  • How can you contribute to the art of dentistry?
  • How will dentistry satisfy your creative side?
  • If you were accepted to another dental school, would you go or reapply here next year?
  • On a scale from 1-10, where would you rate your dentistry knowledge?
  • Describe your experience with dentistry.
  • Do you want to specialize?
  • We are your advocates to the Admissions Committee…how does your career translate to dentistry?
  • While in dental school a friend tells you they never took one of the pre-requisite courses but still got in, what would you do?
  • What non-dental related community service have you done since graduating?
  • Tell us about yourself.
  • What was the moment in your education/ life that made you decide dentistry?
  • Describe your ideal practice ten years from now.
  • Tell us more about yourself and end off with why you want to be a dentist.
  • Why do you want to go to UW?
  • Tell me about the defining moment you decided on dentistry. One, not a series of events.
  • Describe the process of you deciding on pursuing a career in dentistry.
  • What are the weaknesses and strengths of dentistry?
  • What was the most challenging event in your life?
  • What got you interested in dentistry as a profession?

Ethical Scenarios

  • How would you define professionalism?
  • Define and exemplify ethics.
  • If you found out in your 3rd year that your best friend never took one prerequisite course for dental admissions, what would you do?
  • Say someone looked online at some faulty information regarding X Rays and Fluoride, and refused to be treated with them. How would you treat this patient?

Teamwork Tasks

  • What type of leadership experience do you have?
  • How do you show qualities of leadership?

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