MS4 Mock Interviews

All MS4s applying to match must complete a required mock interview with a UW faculty member prior to the start of residency interview season. Students who are dual applying will need to select one of their specialties to complete their one mock interview. Mock interviews are coordinated by Career Advising and Student Affairs.

Faculty receive a copy of your personal statement, draft residency application, and draft MSPE in preparation for the mock interview.

Students Applying to Match 2022

This year, all mock interviews will be virtual and will last 30 minutes: 20 minutes for interview questions and 10 minutes for feedback. 

The program will be offered over a period of 5 weeks in the summer/fall of 2021. These weeks were selected to avoid the first and last week of a clerkship and their proximity to the ERAS application deadline. Most mock interviews will be offered September 20-24 during your break week. 

  • August 30 – September 3 
  • September 7 – 10 
  • September 20 – 24 
  • October 4 – 8 
  • October 11 – 15 

Sign-ups will open in August in CAS with the link included in either the August 13 or August 20 summer residency newsletter and on this webpage. 

See the table below for Specialty Career Advisors’ recommendations regarding interviewers for smaller specialties. 

If you are applying in…You should interview with a faculty from…
DermatologyInternal Medicine
Emergency MedicineEmergency Medicine
Family MedicineFamily Medicine
Internal MedicineInternal Medicine
Med-PedsInternal Medicine or Pediatrics
Med-PsychInternal Medicine or Psychiatry
NeurologyInternal Medicine
OphthalmologyInternal Medicine
Orthopedic SurgeryOrthopedic Surgery
Plastic SurgerySurgery
PM&RInternal Medicine
Radiation OncologyRadiology
Vascular SurgerySurgery

How to Prepare

Before Mock Interview:

  • Read the Interviewing for Residency webpage. 
  • Upload a copy of the most recent draft of your personal statement and CV at least 48 hours in advance. The upload link will be included on the sign-up page. 

During Mock Interview:

  • Treat this like a real residency interview to get the most out of the experience. 

After Mock Interview:

  • Continue to practice interviewing and build your skills based on feedback. 
  • Review your PDF evaluation from your faculty member. It will be emailed to you from within 1 week of completing your mock interview. 

Questions? Contact Rachel Palfini at