We look forward to welcome you to the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health! Our goal for interview day is to provide a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere so that we can get to know you better and show you what our MD Program is all about.
Interview day schedule
Social (optional): Get to know the Health Sciences Learning Center (HSLC) and chat with current medical students. Snacks and beverages provided. This is an informal, informational event with no evaluative weight. Dress is casual.
Check-in: Bring a photo ID and check in with our admissions staff. Here, you’ll pick up your nametag, schedule and welcome packet. We’re happy to store your luggage if you’d like, and if it’s cold out, don’t worry — we have a coat rack.
Student diversity breakfast (optional): Get to know current students, enjoy a continental breakfast and learn about diversity initiatives at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health. Hosted by the Medical Students for Minority Concerns (MSMC) student organization.
Curriculum presentation: Learn about our innovative ForWard curriculum and get to know one of our associate deans.
Health Sciences Learning Center tour: Get to know our space in a student-led tour of our main learning facility!
Interviews: You’ll have two interviews — one with a faculty member, and one with a panel of two students and three to four other interviewees.
- The faculty interview is a one-on-one conversation where a faculty member will get to know you better and answer any questions you have.
- The small group interview uses an ethical question as a discussion starter for you, the current students, and the other interviewees in your group. In this setting, you are not being evaluated on the content of your response to the question, but on your interpersonal communication skills.
Lunch: Enjoy lunch with some of our current students!
My life as a physician: Hear one of our faculty members discuss their medical journey, specialty choice, work/home balance, and clinical and research work at UW Health.
Closing talk: Hear some suggestions from our assistant dean for admissions on what to consider as you decide on where to continue your education.
Finding your way to Madison
UW-Madison is about 80 miles from Milwaukee, 150 miles from Chicago, and 270 miles from Minneapolis. The city is accessible from several major freeways: I-39, I-90 and I-94.
Parking is available at the University Hospital patient/visitor ramp, just south of the Health Sciences Learning Center:
610 Highland Avenue
Madison WI 53705
Fee: $10 for eight hours
Dane County Regional Airport (MSN), located just 15 minutes from campus, offers over 40 departures daily on four national carriers. There are direct nonstop flights from 12 other cities and connections everywhere.
Bus transportation is available to Madison from General Mitchell International Airport (MKE) in Milwaukee and from O’Hare International Airport (ORD) and Midway International Airport (MDW) in Chicago.
Several bus lines and motor coach companies serve Madison. Badger Bus and Greyhound offer daily service to and from Milwaukee, including the airport. For those traveling from Chicago, Van Galder Bus Company offers daily round-trip service between campus and downtown Chicago, and O'Hare and Midway Airports. Megabus routes include stops in Madison, Milwaukee, Minneapolis and Chicago.
The following four cab services run 24 hours in the Madison area.
- Madison Taxi: 608-255-8294
- Badger Cab: 608-256-5566
- Green Cab of Madison: 608-255-1234
- Union Cab of Madison Co-op: 608-242-2000
Campus Bus 80 is available for free, and it stops right in front of the Health Sciences Learning Center. City bus routes that stop by the HSLC include 2, 10, 11, 14, 15, 28, 38 and 44.
Where to stay
For hotel recommendations and other places to stay, check the Greater Madison Convention and Visitors Bureau. The closest hotel to the Health Sciences Learning Center is the Best Western PLUS InnTowner Madison.
You can also ask current medical students for recommendations on where to stay. Check your interview invitation email for more information.
Frequently asked questions
What should I wear?
The safest choice for any interview is a tailored suit in a conservative color like black, navy, gray or tan. It is perfectly fine to wear a blouse, shirt or tie that has some color. Shoes should be coordinated with your suit. Interviewees may want to avoid uncomfortable shoes, as there will be a walking tour during the day. Whatever you choose to wear, make sure you try it on several days before your interview, in case any improvements, repairs or purchases are needed.
What should I bring?
Please bring a photo ID for check-in. You may also want to bring a water bottle, notebook, pen and snack.
How should I prepare for the interviews?
Review your application, including your personal statement and activities. Practice interviewing, and think of some of your own questions about our program. Your pre-health advising or career services office may be a great resource for interview preparation.
Can I bring a guest?
Due to limited space and our planned agenda, guests may not participate in interview activities. If you are admitted, you may bring a guest to our Second Look event.
What will the weather be like?
Weather in Wisconsin can be unpredictable. You may want to check the forecast before you arrive to plan on what kind of outerwear you might need, particularly if you interview during the winter months. We will have a coat rack available on your interview day.