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University of California Davis School of Medicine
University of California Davis School of Medicine
  • Year founded: 1966
  • ENROLLED TOTAL: 104
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University of California Davis School of Medicine (UC-Davis)
Allopathic Medical School
Sacramento
In-State Applicants Favored
  • SDN RANKING 4
  • INTERVIEW FEEDBACK 5 128 Responses
  • SCHOOL REVIEWS 5 1 Responses

Overview

Overview

School Stats

  • Resident Tuition $38,012
  • Non - Resident Tuition $38,012
  • Application Fee $90
  • AVG MCAT 513
  • AVG GPA 3.7
  • LIZZYM Score 69.1

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Admissions Information

  • Office of Admissions
  • 4610 X Street, Suite 1202
  • Sacramento 95616
  • United States

School Overview

School Info

UC Davis School of Medicine is one of five University of California medical schools in the State of California. Founded in 1966, the school graduated its first class of physicians in 1972. With facilities in Davis and Sacramento, UC Davis School of Medicine has a major impact in Northern California through education of new physicians, research activities, patient care and public service. The UC Davis School of Medicine ranked amonth the top 50 graduate programs for both research and primary care according to an annual survey published by U.S. News and World Report.

Curriculum

In dept information about the UC Davis curriculum can be found at http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/mdprogram/curriculum/overview.html.

Facilities

The UC Davis Health System Education Building and F. William Blaisdell, M.D., Medical Library provide a collaborative and dynamic educational environment that fosters efficiency, active and continuous learning and incorporates cutting-edge technologies that are essential in preparing medical students for the health-care challenges of the future. These resources serve medical students, interns, residents, and nurses who are part of UC Davis Health System and represent a hub of educational expertise for practicing healthcare professionals throughout Northern and Central California and beyond. The $46.2 million, 122,700-square-foot Education Building and library were completed in December 2006 and serve as a distinct gateway to the 140-acre Sacramento campus.

Interview Feedback

Interview Feedback

Results Overview

How did the interview impress you?

Response # Responders
Positively 110
Negatively 4
No change 0

What was the stress level of the interview?

Response Avg # Responders
2.80 128

0 = low, 10 = high

How you think you did?

Response Avg # Responders
7.30 82

0 = low, 10 = high

Select Questions & Recent Responses

What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

"Please send out interview info earlier. It makes it difficult for people from out of state to plan the host program and an extra day for the student run clinic. Thankfully I flew Southwest and was able to change my flight without charge." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell us ahead of time that we don't need to bring any notepad for the interview; and that water and tissues are supplied for us throughout the entire interview. If I had known, i would be less stressed (I have allergy so running nose is a big deal for me!!)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Need to be more responsive to email and phone call questions/requests. They are very friendly in person, but difficult to reach/receive feeback/answers over phone and email. Frustratingly so." More from this Member | Report Response

"Request food preferences for applicants with special dietary needs" More from this Member | Report Response

"The finanical aid office was very rude. I asked a question in an email - I got a single response back which was "Yes." With no other explanations. I understand they must get the question over and over again - but it is their job, and they should get polite people to work in their office, if they want their school to be represented well. We only got information about the interview < 1 week prior to the interview, but several things (visits to clinics, stay with medical students) required 1 week prior notice. Further, the visits to clinic option was poorly organized. The parking/directions map was missing from the slide show (empty placeholder), which was sent to interviewees (and an email request for the map/directions was not returned). They required using a cumbersome message web portal for communication. The web portal didn't work on mobile devices. Why not just use email? This is what email was invented for." More from this Member | Report Response

"Were difficult to deal with over the phone and through email. However, very nice in person." More from this Member | Report Response

"Talk more about the curriculum and how it is different from other schools" More from this Member | Report Response

"The electronic application system still has several kinks that need to be resolved." More from this Member | Report Response

"Don't tell interviewees that they will be there until 5pm. The interview day is over by 2pm." More from this Member | Report Response

"Be nice. Provide parking validation or permits for applicants." More from this Member | Report Response

"Electronic issues are no excuse for sending out e-mails cancelling interviews just a few days before" More from this Member | Report Response

"The new electronic process...." More from this Member | Report Response

"The lady who answered my call inquiring about the interview result was mean. I did not want to call" More from this Member | Report Response

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 1)?

"UC Davis conducts the MMI; as such, interviewees sign a confidentiality agreement." More from this Member | Report Response

"mmi scenario- role play" More from this Member | Report Response

"MMI" More from this Member | Report Response

"you sign an agreement not to discuss specifics of their MMI format" More from this Member | Report Response

"It was an MMI interview." More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think will be most challenging about medical school? about being a doctor?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why Davis? Why medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

" Why do you want to be a doctor? " More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about what you learned from X clinical experience" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your family/where you grew up/high school/college?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Faculty Interviewer: Why medicine? Why UC Davis? What are your hobbies? What are your medical interests? What are your thoughts on health policy? Do you have any concerns with studying after taking a few years off? Several other questions specific to my primary and secondary applications." More from this Member | Report Response

"Faculty: Tell me about yourself " More from this Member | Report Response

"Mostly conversational(told me about herself and I did the same" More from this Member | Report Response

"What would you do to change Canada's healthcare?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Because medical school is an extremely difficult process, how have you prepared for the challenges?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Faculty Interview: Tell me about yourself. Asked me follow up questions about several things as I gave my answer. Can you tell me more about this specific event? What is your career goal and how will you change the current health care system? Do you have any questions for me?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why is Kaiser different from other HMO's?" More from this Member | Report Response

"what do u do now (degree in 2005)" More from this Member | Report Response

"about my AMCAS experiences and background. warm up questions." More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you want to talk about" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why medicine rather than other healthcare professions?" More from this Member | Report Response

"tell me about yourself" More from this Member | Report Response

"why do you want to be a doctor?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is wrong with health care today" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why Davis?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do I get my current job? " More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself?" More from this Member | Report Response

"where do you see yourself in 10 years?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about this AMCAS experience." More from this Member | Report Response

"An 80 year old fresh out of heart surgery and an 18 year old who came into the ER with an infection secondary to chemo for leukemia both need the same ICU bed. Who gets it?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about x AMCAS activity" More from this Member | Report Response

"Ethical question: two people needing the same ICU bed, which one do you let in?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you want out of life?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Specific questions about my application. (They really thought them through)" More from this Member | Report Response

"An 80 yr old man is in hospice care. He's more or less at the end of his life. However, he's under much pain and drugs are having no effect. He no longer desires to live and his living family agrees. What do you do?" More from this Member | Report Response

"what was your best/worst learning experience and why? how would your friends/classmates describe your or say are your best and worst qualities..." More from this Member | Report Response

"What was your best/worst leadership experience/group experience/learning experience." More from this Member | Report Response

"After we exchanged pleasantries.... I noticed on your transcript that you changed majors...why?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe (X) experience to me. " More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think makes a good leader?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What was your best/worst learning experience?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are your concerns about medical school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Scenario question" More from this Member | Report Response

"Challenges of being a non-trad student?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are some leadership qualities?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What would a friend say are your strengths and weaknesses? What would a lab partner say?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Where do you see yourself in ten years?" More from this Member | Report Response

"how did you choose your undergrad school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you want in life?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Name your strengths/weaknesses. Five words to describe yourself." More from this Member | Report Response

"Please tell me more about your school as I am unfamiliar with the institution (I go to a small school in Louisiana)." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me a little about yourself and where you grew up. (With the exception of the ehtical questions above, both my interviews were conversational and focused on specific parts of my application and essays.)" More from this Member | Report Response

"where do you see yourself in 20 years?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you look for in a medical school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to be a doctor" More from this Member | Report Response

"What book are you reading?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What's the biggest problem in healthcare?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What other schools did you apply to? (actually list some)" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you do for fun?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How would people in the lab describe you? Your strengths and weaknesses..." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to go into medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your research." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself... (They use this question as a starting point so they can ask other questions that build on what you tell them - so talk about something that you want them to question you about" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself." More from this Member | Report Response

"What are some of the qualities of a good leader and give an example of a leader?" More from this Member | Report Response

"There were not clear cut questions, just conversation." More from this Member | Report Response

"If you had given your patient the wrong medication will you tell the patient?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How would you lab partner describe you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your research" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your family." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself. Why medicine? Why Davis? How would a lab partner describe your strengths and weaknesses? What concerns do you have about medical school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself. How come your first semester grades are so bad? Who do you hate and why?" More from this Member | Report Response

"I got the question about the 80 yr old and 18 yr old in the ICU with one bed. Who would you give it to?" More from this Member | Report Response

"see above" More from this Member | Report Response

"How would a lab partner describe you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your family?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think of UC-Davis?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your life?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why UC Davis?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself and your family. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself. What experience have you learned the most from?" More from this Member | Report Response

"The one about the two people coming to the ICU." More from this Member | Report Response

"What has been your best and worst learning experience?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Last book you read, favorite book" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is your leadership experience?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How will you handle the volume of material in medical school? What study strategies will you use? (student interviewer)" More from this Member | Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"What was on of your biggest challenges during your path to medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"I was asked something directly from my application even though I thought I was told it was closed file." More from this Member | Report Response

"you sign an agreement not to discuss specifics of their MMI format" More from this Member | Report Response

"Under obligation not to discuss." More from this Member | Report Response

"Several ethics questions about mentally disabled patients and patients with poor prognosis." More from this Member | Report Response

"What would you want the world to know about (my field/job)?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What experience do you have with the difficulties of being a doctor?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing out of the ordinary. Just talked about my story, very conversational. " More from this Member | Report Response

"what do your parents think about your ambitions and the path you've taken to get here" More from this Member | Report Response

"How would your sister describe you (negatively, positively)?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Student Interviewer: What do you have to offer UC Davis?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How are human patients treated differently from animal patients in veterinary medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How does the program you work for admit its students? (Interesting only because he was actually interested.)" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you give/receive feedback?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you weren't going into medicine, what would you be? (i.e. florist as the interviewer's example response)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Not so much a question, but both interviewers suggested I go elsewhere at some point, although I don't think they were trying to be discouraging." More from this Member | Report Response

"There was none." More from this Member | Report Response

"What's your favorite book and why?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about a humbling experience" More from this Member | Report Response

"What does your fiance want to do when she graduates?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How will your religion influence your medical career?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What study habits will you have to change once you come to Davis?" More from this Member | Report Response

"how do you fix health care system? " More from this Member | Report Response

"Two patients need to be intubated, but there's only room for one more, what do you do?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Of the 5000 appliants that applied, why you, what makes you different?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you consider a child with bruises caused by traditional medicine child abuse?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why Davis?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why medicine? Why not psychology ... relating to my life experience.... " More from this Member | Report Response

"What was a challenge you had to overcome? (surprised myself with this answer)" More from this Member | Report Response

"How would you, as a physician, get someone to change their unhealthy behavior? " More from this Member | Report Response

"what do you think about plastination? (we were talking about body worlds)" More from this Member | Report Response

"How has growing up in a diverse city and going to a diverse college affected you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What was your worst learning experience? What do you look for in a team/ leader? What would your chem/ o-chem lab partner say about you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think your motivations are for being interested in primary care? How will you stay motivated with the challenges that come with being a physician?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How did you deal with a given school conflict?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you deal with the stress of your work?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why med and not teaching?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are the biggest problems in healthcare?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Ethical question" More from this Member | Report Response

"describe your sense of humor. (i think that's the strangest question i've had in an interview.)" More from this Member | Report Response

"How would you describe your sense of humor?" More from this Member | Report Response

"I can see that faith/religion is very important to you, how do you feel about the Benitez case (Supreme court case about a physcian refusing to artificially inseminate a homosexual women) how will your faith affect your decisions and professionalism in medicine. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Is a physician allowed to refuse treatment to a non-emergent patient if they are religiously opposed to it? (specifically in-vitro fertilization, we had a long discussion about it)" More from this Member | Report Response

"If I called your mom and asked her why she thinks you'll be a good doctor, what would she say?" More from this Member | Report Response

"since med school will slowly take over your life, what activities will you try to maintain in med school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Should doctors and med student wear the same white coat?" More from this Member | Report Response

"in reference to my application- "did I notice a mental health situation in Nigeria?" " More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you handle professional frustration?" More from this Member | Report Response

"A scenario question involving a drunk driver that killed a mom and daughter, is his problem criminal or medical?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Questions about cultural competence in medicine-proof that this school really "gets it" about the importance of this especially in primary care." More from this Member | Report Response

"why medicine and why now? (I'm a non-traditional applicant)" More from this Member | Report Response

"When you were faced with a difficulty, what made you stronger and not back away?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why would you pick UC Davis above a school like UCLA? As in, what is the most important factor to you in choosing a medical school. (My interviewer wanted to know if location was a big issue, since my family's in LA)" More from this Member | Report Response

"My MCAT scores while high, are highest in reading, can you explain why you're a good candidate for medical school, rather than say grad school." More from this Member | Report Response

"Unanswerable, almost philosophical questions! "What can we know about death before we die?" etc. " More from this Member | Report Response

"I can't even remember. It was just a casual conversation." More from this Member | Report Response

"you've come through some hard things. what do you think made you able to cope with them, and how might you foster these qualities of yours in others?" More from this Member | Report Response

"what do you want in life?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you feel about Bush's policies? (I am of middle eastern decent, so it was appropriate to ask, since my family is involved)" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is your favorite band?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Besides young bright doctors, tell me what the field of medicine needs today and how you plan to make that happen." More from this Member | Report Response

"Suppose you had a patient who did not want to receive your care because s/he was racist and had a problem with your ethnicity. How would you respond? Would you treat this patient? Similarly, how would you respond to a patient who felt "entitled" to healtcare just because they had money? And how would you respond to this patient's requests for pricey procedures that are not medically necessary?" More from this Member | Report Response

"since med students are the cream of the crop, many people who were used to being the best in class drop to being the worst. how would you handle that?" More from this Member | Report Response

"see below." More from this Member | Report Response

"How important is coming back to California for you? (I go to school out-of-state)." More from this Member | Report Response

"What is the biggest problem with medicine today?" More from this Member | Report Response

"A nine-year-old child of a Jehovah's Witness family needs surgery. It will not be successful without transfusions, yet the family refuses them and will disown the child if you force the transfusion with a court order. How do you proceed?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What's the biggest problem in healthcare?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If a 4 y.o. boy comes into your office with an unknown illness, doesn't speak your language and there is no translator available.. how do you communicate with this child?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How would you address the issue in America where health care is not universal compared to other countries such as Canada?" More from this Member | Report Response

"As a medical student in a clerkship, if your physician supervisor accidently prescribes the wrong medication to a patient (which causes no harm to the patient), do you feel the patient should be informed? If your supervisor was unwilling to tell the patient, what would you do? If he asked you to communicate the error to the patient, what would you say (my interviewer made me roll play the situation by him being the patient and myself being the medical student)?" More from this Member | Report Response

"The intervier asked me about my research and how is it relevant for medicine." More from this Member | Report Response

"What would you do if a you found burn marks on a child who was treated by her father using traditional methods?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Standard questions" More from this Member | Report Response

"all the questions were basic, standard, uninteresting - but i still loved the interview!" More from this Member | Report Response

"In your opinion, is the world safer today than it was ten years ago? (not health-related, just in general)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Don't you think having an obese population will benefit our nation if there ever was a bioterror or terror attack on our food supply?" More from this Member | Report Response

"My interviewer asked me to, "Tell me about what heidegger thought of modern man". Then added, "I'm asking this for information, not as a quiz". I was a philosophy-molecular biology double major, so the question makes sense." More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you address the disparities in the health status and care of underserved populations?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What was the worst learning experience you ever had and why?" More from this Member | Report Response

"none really. pretty typical questions." More from this Member | Report Response

"How would you deal with a patient in need of urgent care because of a drunk driving accident he caused in which he killed a young pregnant woman and a child?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you think the patient felt in this situation?" More from this Member | Report Response

"They have these standardized questions that have been posted before...they make you think, so make sure you prepare beforehand" More from this Member | Report Response

"You prescribed penicillin to a patient, but then a nurse tell you your patient is allergic to penicillin. Would you tell your patient about your error, even though he may have taken the medicine without any obvious adverse effects?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you think so many people turn to alternative medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Your writing score is ridiculously low... " More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your family." More from this Member | Report Response

"Is there any group of people you hate and why? If you had a patient who could not pay for treatment, would you treat them or how would you deal with this situation? " More from this Member | Report Response

"Who do you hate the most and why?" More from this Member | Report Response

"this is from my family. i have a family disease that runs in my family. i wanted my blood drawn to be tested for the gene that increases susceptibility to the disease, but isn't proven to cause the disease. he asked me if i, as a physician, would approve the test for my patients...we went over the ramifications of that. it was really chill...everything was perfect except for the fact that i really needed to take a crap and the interview ran over into an hour and a half." More from this Member | Report Response

"An 80-year-old transplant patient requires an ICU bed. At the same time a 17-year-old cancer patient requires an ICU bed due to improper mediication. Both are acutely ill and could die. Who would you give the bed to?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Whether a man who killed a woman while driving drunk should be treated as a criminal or as a sick person." More from this Member | Report Response

"Teach me something about health economics" More from this Member | Report Response

"The interviewers have a list of questions to ask; most of which are standard." More from this Member | Report Response

"They asked me the question about inadvertantly giving penicillin to a patient who is allergic and asking what I would do. They repeat their interview questions." More from this Member | Report Response

"Explain to me, some parts of your life?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What was your worst experience that was a learning opportunity." More from this Member | Report Response

"What values have your learned from your parents?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What would one of your biology lab partners (one who does not necesaarily like you) say your strenghts and weaknesses are?" More from this Member | Report Response

"You run an ICU. Two patients are coming in and each needs a respirator. You only have one. One of the patients is a 40 year old man and the other is 19. Who do you give it to?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How would you describe your sense humor?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How would you contribute to the Davis medical community" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do I think of alternative medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Staight foward interview questions for the most part. Mostly just dialog." More from this Member | Report Response

"How would one of your lab partners describe you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"More of a "Tell me about yourself," interview. Questions pretty straightforward, right off the applications." More from this Member | Report Response

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Results Overview

Overall, how would you rate this medical program?

Response Avg # Responders
10.00 1

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What do you like most about this school?

"The anatomy staff is amazing. It is truly no grades until third year so everyone is so helpful. Brand new campus in Sacramento." | Report Response

What do you like least about this school?

"The admissions were a little funky when they rejected lots of people repeatedly on accident." | Report Response

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