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University of California Irvine School of Medicine
University of California Irvine School of Medicine
  • Year founded: 1967
  • ENROLLED TOTAL: 90
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University of California Irvine School of Medicine (UCI)
Allopathic Medical School
Irvine
In-State Applicants Favored
  • SDN RANKING 3
  • INTERVIEW FEEDBACK 5 152 Responses
  • SCHOOL REVIEWS 5 3 Responses

Overview

Overview

School Stats

  • Resident Tuition $36,503
  • Non - Resident Tuition $36,503
  • Application Fee $70
  • AVG MCAT 514
  • AVG GPA 3.7
  • LIZZYM Score 70.1

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Admissions Information

  • Admissions and Outreach
  • Medical Education Building, 836
  • 836 Health Sciences Road
  • Irvine 92697
  • United States

School Overview

School Info

University of California, Irvine School of Medicine, situated in Orange County, California has a faculty of 550 members, a medical student body of approximately 400, a resident physician population of 600 and 120 graduate students. The University of California, Irvine is located in the gentle rolling hills of Southern California and has a strong academic reputation.

Curriculum

The University of California, Irvine College of Medicine medical curriculum continues to undergo revisions within all four years of instruction. Indeed, the College of Medicine faculty view curriculum development as a continual process and feel that medical education and teaching innovations must be encouraged and supported. The curriculum is designed to encourage medical students to become participants in their education process, to be active rather than passive learners, to become lifelong learners, and to use cooperative and team-learning principles. UCI is dedicated to the nurturing of humanistic, caring physicians with top-notch clinical expertise and skills. The College strives for this through a curriculum that is not only anchored in the science of medicine but also provides meaningful curriculum on the humanistic dimensions of medicine. In this context the faculty endeavor to provide students with experiences in area such as communications and empathy, ethics and professionalism; diversity awareness; and cultural sensitivity and medical humanities. The faculty also feel that the curriculum should strive to integrate basic and clinical sciences by bringing substantial clinical material into the early phases of medical education.

Facilities

Clinical facilities are located at the University of California, Irvine Medical Center in Orange, California, and the Long Beach Veterans Affairs Medical Center. The Long Beach Memorial Medical Center is one of the major clinical affiliates of the School of Medicine`s training programs.

Interview Feedback

Interview Feedback

Results Overview

How did the interview impress you?

Response # Responders
Positively 117
Negatively 8
No change 2

What was the stress level of the interview?

Response Avg # Responders
2.54 130

0 = low, 10 = high

How you think you did?

Response Avg # Responders
8.03 102

0 = low, 10 = high

Select Questions & Recent Responses

What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

"None, they were extremely kind and helpful." More from this Member | Report Response

"Phenomenal job! They did a good job of organizing all 40+ applicants, even on the first day of interviews. I have no complaints." More from this Member | Report Response

"Send e-mail interview invites to all applicants chosen to interview. There was a mix at my interview day. When you apply to a lot of schools it becomes a chore to have to check your status all the time. It was painful to get answers from financial aid and the woman I spoke with wasn't the friendliest person in the world." More from this Member | Report Response

"Do not put all the important information on the applicant website, as its often down for technical difficulties. Email out the address, time, etc... in the interview email" More from this Member | Report Response

"They were amazing about almost everything. They did accidentally not send me an email about a pizza party dinner the night before however, so I missed a great opportunity to meet students." More from this Member | Report Response

"None. Gayle is awesome. She is really straight to the point, friendly and informative." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tour of hospital will be good!" More from this Member | Report Response

"The admissions office is super friendly!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Well organized day. I liked it!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Email to tell me that I got an interview? If I didn't randomly check the website, I wouldntve known" More from this Member | Report Response

"Be critical of who you have doing interviews. The students are interviewing the school as well and p" More from this Member | Report Response

"Think critically of who you have do the interviews. Both my student and faculty interviewer was awfu" More from this Member | Report Response

"More interview days so we dont walk around in a group of 30 students. Also would allow more flexibil" More from this Member | Report Response

"There should be more interview days so that there are smaller groups at the interview." More from this Member | Report Response

"none. they were very helpful and friendly throughout. The process was straightforward" More from this Member | Report Response

"Gayle is a life saver!" More from this Member | Report Response

"None. Did amazing job making us all feel welcome and comfortable for interview day." More from this Member | Report Response

"Perhaps provide interview-day schedule before the day of interview." More from this Member | Report Response

"You guys are great! So friendly and supportive!" More from this Member | Report Response

"I personally liked the atmosphere that was set during today's interview. Some people might not look" More from this Member | Report Response

"I would have been much more impressed by a more polished interview day, where staff wore business ca" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What my role in research is at the hospital." More from this Member | Report Response

"Are any of your friends applying to medical school? If not, what do they do for a living?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Faculty interviewer asked where I see myself in ten years." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why are you interested in becoming a physician?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Just some more in-depth questions on my research work; looking at more long-term applications." More from this Member | Report Response

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

"The usual, asked me about my experiences (ECs, school, family, hobbies, etc). Very conversational and relaxed." More from this Member | Report Response

"What is your favorite class?" 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 "X" activity." More from this Member | Report Response

"student: what was the most interesting thing you saw in your clinical experiences?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Student interviewer just flipped through my file and asked about particular experiences. The faculty interviewer started off asking me "How did you decide medicine was the right career for you?"" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to go to medical school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"My student interview was very conversational and relaxed (we walked, sat at an outside table, and ate while we talked; we didn't really talk about my application, just about uci/my life in general. My faculty interviewer focused on my amcas application and clinical/research activities that I have done: What kinds of volunteer activities have you done outside of medicine/in the community?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Most importantly, tell me what you have been doing your year off? (Faculty)" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you plan to balance medical school and your family life" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Standard questions: questions about family, why medicine, undergrad experience" More from this Member | Report Response

"Faculty Interview: Why UCI?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is the role of a physician in the community? What makes a good physician?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why this profession and not another?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Student interviewer mostly just asked about my different activities and encouraged me to ask him questions. Very conversational. Faculty interviewer asked me 3 questions then said the rest of the time was for me to ask him questions." More from this Member | Report Response

"What have you been doing since graduation?" More from this Member | Report Response

"The faculty interviewer did not ask me any questions. He just rambled for 2 1/2 hours. I am not exaggerating. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Student Interviewer: Tell me about yourself. What is your research on? Why do you want to pursue medicine? What clinical exposure do you have? What other experiences have you had? Why did you decide to take time off? Do you have any questions for me?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What was the one most important thing you learned in college?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your volunteer exp? Where they valuable? What did you do? And THAT made you want to go into medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself (this was the first and last question before I went through my life in chronological order)." More from this Member | Report Response

"Student: Walked me through my college career and then the years after college. Just allowed me to present my personal narrative. Very conversational." More from this Member | Report Response

"What specialty do you have in mind?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing too specific, more a review of my file, "I'd like you start from the beginning and explain how you got here." " More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think needs to change about our health care system?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Who are you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"(from student) What do you think are some of the problems we have in health care?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How did you choose the topic of your thesis? (I'm a history major)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Med school is stressful, what do you do to let loose? followed by appropriate jokes about me skipping 6th period in high school (not like other med student interviewers who make jokes when they're really not kidding)." More from this Member | Report Response

"So I see you've worked in a free clinic. I know it's a difficult question but how do you feel when you see the patients? " More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you want to specialize in? (When I answered that I had many interest and named a few the interviewer lectured me on how I should really decide before I arrive which i found negative considering how could I possibly decide a speciality when there is so much I haven't been exposed to)" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you had a free airplane ticket to anywhere, where would you go?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

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

"Why UCI (what do you look for in a med school)? What other schools did you interview at?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to be a physician? (This question was asked for all my interviews...)" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What do you mean by 'social justice'?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe yourself???" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Faculty: What speciality are you interested in? Tell me about your family. Why do you want to be a doctor? How will you deal with the frustrations of medicine? " More from this Member | Report Response

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

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

"Tell me about your study abroad experience. " More from this Member | Report Response

"How did you get here? Start from the beginning and talk about your experiences." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why don't you apply for the PRIME-LC program?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What qualities do you think would make you a good doctor?" More from this Member | Report Response

"And when did you do this? (referring to the timeline of all 15 of my experiences)." More from this Member | Report Response

"What is the name of the city in which that program is located?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

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

"so what would you like to talk about" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"how did you decide on medicine" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What are you most passionate about?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why UCI? You should go to UCLA." More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you hope to bring to our medical school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What specialty do you want to go into and why?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Student interviewer just asked me about hobbies mainly. It's clear that the student interviewers just wanted to see if you're a fun person to be with, since you are going to be part of their community." More from this Member | Report Response

"went over my application" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"why did you leave your former career for medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Which area of medicine are you interested in?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Questions about my research." More from this Member | Report Response

"Questions were primarily "explain xxx experience"- no scenarios/ethical questions or healthcare stuff" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you like about Irvine (I had taken summer school classes there)?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me a little but about yourself. (This is hard because where do you start?)" More from this Member | Report Response

"See above comments. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Student interviewer: What is your best quality as individual? Weakest? What do you wish you could change? Why medicine? Did you family push you to become a doctor? How do they feel about your ambitions? " More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What will you bring to this school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why the change in career focus?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why did you pick your undergrad institution?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your involvement in (blank) activity. Tell me about your family. " More from this Member | Report Response

"What would you do if patient didn't have insurance?" More from this Member | Report Response

"So you think you're mature?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think of the Columbine high school tragedy? (I'm from Colorado)" More from this Member | Report Response

"What was your little brother's name (I was in a big brother/big sister program during my senior year)? " More from this Member | Report Response

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

"You are a sociology major? Where's the science? Did you take enough science classes?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Tell me about yourself, I didn't read your file?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Specific question about my AMCAS. Make sure you know all the activities you participated in, why you did them and what you learned from them. I was asked specifics about my research project-down to western blot results!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why Medicine and not public health,nursing, etc.? " More from this Member | Report Response

"How is your relationship with your parents?" More from this Member | Report Response

"strengths/ weaknesses" More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe your role in the research project." More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What would I do if I didn't go to medical school right away?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about the research you have done." More from this Member | Report Response

"tell me about your self?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why medicine? What is your motivation for pursuing medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Tell me about a specific extracurricular." More from this Member | Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Nothing difficult or too interesting." More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think is one of the biggest challenges with EMR physicians face? What do you think the younger, tech-savvy generation will do to change this?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What values do you bring from your cultural background that will be useful in medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"It was mostly a conversation." More from this Member | Report Response

"What does being a leader mean to you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"none - standard" More from this Member | Report Response

"I work an in an anesthesiology lab and my interviewer was an anesthesiologist. So we had a lot to talk about. She asked a lot of questions about my lab." More from this Member | Report Response

"they were all pretty standard" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"pretty standard" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your brother, what does he do?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are traits/behaviors that you'd like to develop as a physician? Are there any you'd like to avoid?" More from this Member | Report Response

"what kind of doctor do you want to be? (specialty/ lifestyle discussion)" More from this Member | Report Response

"A lot of her questions made me think about "why" I did the activities that I did. I learned a lot about my motivations/reasons for doing certain activities.." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your time in (specific country)" More from this Member | Report Response

"None really the day was low key and really conversational. My student interviewer didnt even ask me why uci or why medicine." More from this Member | Report Response

"That was seriously it for questions. Very conversational, low-stress. " More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing" More from this Member | Report Response

"How did u remain focused on your goals despite distractions?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Faculty Interview: What do you think are your chances of being in medical school next year?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Should doctors run for political positions?" More from this Member | Report Response

"N/A, all standard." More from this Member | Report Response

"Faculty Interviewer: From your interaction with medical doctors, what questions or concerns did you formulate about the field or life as a physician?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you didn't get into medical school this cycle, what would you do? Apply again or pursue other fields?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What sports do you play? Is that really a sport? (seriously?) We dont have access to your GPA and MCAT, but, we will soon. How did you do on those? What do you think your prob of getting into medical school is? No, like a percentage? What about 79%? Do you really see yourself going to Irvine? Basically, I think he recognized that I wasn't too into the school, and didn't want to waste an acceptance on me (with good cause. I'll be writing the admissions committee and taking my name out of consideration. I regret wasting everyone's time)." More from this Member | Report Response

"How will you handle stress and get your mind off school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Specific question pertaining to a portion of my personal statement, regarding my parent's story." More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Is it a growing trend to take time off before med school? It seems like all the people I interview are out of school." More from this Member | Report Response

"none" More from this Member | Report Response

"The student told me she swore she would ask the person she interviewed the same question she was asked, because she hated it. It was: ''Teach me how to do something, like right now.''" More from this Member | Report Response

"Something along the lines of: experience X posed a great moral challenge, tell me about that" More from this Member | Report Response

"Questions were basic with nothing that interesting or difficult" More from this Member | Report Response

"Go through your life 10 years from down (every little detail...from description of my life, what my husband does, how many kids, what car I drive, where I work, etc.)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Most of my questions, especially from my faculty interview, were pretty standard. " More from this Member | Report Response

"If you were in charge of the US healthcare what policies would you implement/address?" More from this Member | Report Response

"I wasn't asked any conventional questions." More from this Member | Report Response

"Most were pretty straight-forward. My interviewer was a very interesting person, however." More from this Member | Report Response

"Mainly talked about my volunteer and research experiences and about the healthcare system. What do I like about UCI. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing. Just stuff on my files." More from this Member | Report Response

"Teach me something." More from this Member | Report Response

"The interview was interesting. He told me in the beginning that he was going to ask me a couple of questions, but then half of the interview would be asking him questions to see if UCI would be a good fit for me. " More from this Member | Report Response

"What kind of relationship do I see between poetry & medicine??? (im a spoken word poet)" More from this Member | Report Response

"what do you think about Schwarzenegger's new California Health Plan? (I sort of brought this on myself by asking what the med school will do about it)" More from this Member | Report Response

"The student interviewer asked my opinion on one her preceptor's patient's case." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing really. Most of the questions were concerned with my experiences." More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you think that Doctors are unaware of what is going on in underserved communities?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to stay in California?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Have you done any traveling?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is the most challenging aspect of teaching? (I am a teacher)" More from this Member | Report Response

"You've had an impressive career. So why are you in my office?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think is the similarity between education and medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What would be the positive and negative aspects of medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What will be your biggest contribution to medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How is the healthcare for the Latino community different on this side of the border as compared to abroad?" More from this Member | Report Response

"All questions my AMCAS and Secondary." More from this Member | Report Response

"So have you considered earning an MBA as well? (a follow up on my interest to health policy and management)" More from this Member | Report Response

"you wake up in a room. what's in it? " More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Are you related to Osborne Reynolds?" More from this Member | Report Response

"detailed questions about my activities or AMCAS essay. the interview was semi-open file, which means they have your activities but not your scores. I was impressed by how carefully my interviewers had looked at my file. they really seemed to care about making me feel comfortable and getting to know me. i thought this was really nice because my student interviewer had just finished an exam and had 4 hours of class following the interview, but they still seemed really excited to meet applicants." More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing really interesting, pretty typical" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you had the superpower to change anything you could, what would you change?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you had a day with no work or studying how would you spend your time?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing unusual" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why didn't you apply to UC San Diego?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your involvement with University Ministry. (Had that on my AMCAS)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing, very very standard questions" More from this Member | Report Response

"Run through an average day of your life 10 years from now, starting with when you wake up in the morning. What type of neighborhood are you living in? What kind of car do you drive?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think of complementary medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"how will your MPH help you in medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing out of the ordinary" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"how's the surfing in northern california?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Did you find, coming from a rural background, that you had to forge your own path to succeed?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing out of the ordinary. Standard questions." More from this Member | Report Response

"Has there ever been a time when someone misunderstood you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"The questions were pretty standard and my interviewer was the nicest lady! Why do you want to be a doctor? etc." More from this Member | Report Response

"Teach me something....." More from this Member | Report Response

"My faculty interviewer basically listed off my activities from the AMCAS application and wanted a brief blurb about each one--It was so difficult trying to have a conversation with her. The student interviewer asked non-academic and very non-confrontational questions about what I planned to do in life, why I chose medicine, etc." More from this Member | Report Response

"What traits do you possess that would make you a humanistic doctor?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing too intereting." More from this Member | Report Response

"Would you work for free as a doctor?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing too interesting. Are you going to publish your research? In what journal?" More from this Member | Report Response

"asked questions about my second major, psychology, why I chose it, what I liked about it" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are my five favorite things in the world? What was my favorite class? Tell me about your major and experience in college?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you envision your practice in the future?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How will you maintain a balance in your life during med school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think about euthanasia?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you think you have to be a realist or an idealist to go into medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What medical issues face doctors today?" More from this Member | Report Response

"I wasn't really asked any questions. " More from this Member | Report Response

"What would you do if a patient came to you with no insurance but in a serious condition that needed immediate attention?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is your opinion on euthanasia?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Philosophical-type question on how my area of research related to another." More from this Member | Report Response

"What will your average day be like as a medical student?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing really" More from this Member | Report Response

"I was asked to describe my experiences abroad " More from this Member | Report Response

"If you were Governor of California, what would you do to change things?" More from this Member | Report Response

"She told me about a recent case where a medical student switched two new born babies, which caused a new law to be passed where medical students can't be the ones to give newborns to their mothers. She asked what I thought of this." More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you think you will ever have clinical depression (my brother has had it)?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Where do you think healthcare is going?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you do when you can't solve a problem?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is the most difficult thing that you had to over come?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Would you like to practice medicine in a small town or a big city?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are important qualities in a leader?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you watch much T.V.?" More from this Member | Report Response

"what are your strengths and weaknesses??? (not really that interesting actually!--student asked)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Define consciousness." More from this Member | Report Response

"What would you tell a patient with ______ illness?" More from this Member | Report Response

"They didn't ask anything that was different than standard questions." More from this Member | Report Response

"What is your stance on the war with Iraq?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you were accepted, what is the likelihood that you'll come here?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If I had one billion dollars, what would I do with it?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you think your qualities will be well suited to being a physician, and what will you add to the UCI COM student body?" More from this Member | Report Response

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School Reviews

School Reviews

Results Overview

Overall, how would you rate this medical program?

Response Avg # Responders
8.67 3

0 = terrible, 10 = world class

How do you feel about the location of the school?

Response Avg # Responders
8.50 2

0 = Uncomfortable, 10 = Desirable

How is the cost of living (rent, food, bills, etc.)?

Response Avg # Responders
4.00 3

0 = exorbitant, 10 = reasonable

Are the elective rotations easy to obtain?

Response Avg # Responders
7.33 3

0 = difficult, 10 = easy

Select Questions & Recent Responses

What do you like most about this school?

"The people. Don't underestimate this when choosing a school. Med school is hard and having classmates & faculty that have you back is HUGE. Also, the ultrasound curriculum is a huge bonus. Faculty very accessible and responsive to student feedback. Students consistently outperform national averages on the boards across every subject category. Graduates match well. Tons of opportunities for research, global health involvement, leadership, electives, additional degrees (MPH, MBA, etc)." | Report Response

"prepared me well for Step 1, residents/attendings enjoy teaching students that work hard" | Report Response

"The environment. There are plenty of opportunities to make medical school exactly what you want (which is probably true at many schools). If you want to study all the time and honor everything you can. If you want to have a personal life and pass and still do ok in the match, you can. If you want to be involved in the community, a specific cause or just stay in excellent shape - you can do that too." | Report Response

What do you like least about this school?

"Distance between the campus (MS1/MS2) and med center (MS3/MS4). Not a huge deal, as long as you're not trying to drive from Irvine to Orange at 5pm." | Report Response

"distance between med school and hospital" | Report Response

"Med school is hard. Period. Some of the first and second year professors STINK, because they are PhDs that don't get the medicine and they don't care that much. Its unfortunate, but also probably true at every school. Depending on your study style this may be very frustrating for you. But we also have some incredible award winning teachers (anatomy, physiology, pathology). Again, no school has an awesome teacher for everything. Overall the curriculum and teaching is above average from speaking to other students at other schools and I wish I had put more faith in the curriculum for teaching me what I needed to know." | Report Response

How frequently do pre-clinical medical school activities have mandatory attendance?

"NOT frequently. Sometimes for labs or when a special speaker comes in." | Report Response

"very frequently" | Report Response

"Very rarely. There are a few small group discussions first year that have sign ins (literally like 4). Other than that you are supposed to go to at least 80% of class but many people who learn better on their own do not attend at all." | Report Response

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