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University of California San Diego School of Medicine
University of California San Diego School of Medicine
  • Year founded: 1968
  • ENROLLED TOTAL: 89
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University of California San Diego School of Medicine (UCSD-SOM)
Allopathic Medical School
La Jolla
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  • SDN RANKING 4
  • INTERVIEW FEEDBACK 5 130 Responses
  • SCHOOL REVIEWS 5 2 Responses

Overview

Overview

School Stats

  • Resident Tuition $36,084
  • Non - Resident Tuition $44,993
  • Application Fee $90
  • AVG MCAT 515
  • AVG GPA 3.7
  • LIZZYM Score 71.4

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Admissions Information

  • Office of Admissions
  • Medical Education & Telemedicine Bldg, Suite 120; Mailcode 0606
  • 9500 Gilman Drive
  • La Jolla 92093
  • United States

School Overview

School Info

The UCSD School of Medicine is consistently ranked first or second in the nation in funding per faculty member, a measure of the faculty`s scientific prowess and productivity. UCSD physicians and researchers have been lauded with numerous awards and honors, including the Nobel Prize, Lasker Award and the membership of over 80 faculty members in the National Academy of Sciences and Institute of Medicine. The prestigious Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute are a significant presence on the School of Medicine campus, further enriching the depth of programs and talent at UCSD.

Curriculum

As for a "complete syllabus of what every medical student should grasp," Dr. Grobstein knew better. That was not agreed upon twenty-five years ago, and it has not been agreed upon since, and it will doubtless receive no pure consensus in the future. And although the faculty-chosen Committee on Educational Policy (CEP) and its two subcommittees, the Core Curriculum Committee (CCC) and the Electives Committee (EC), reach conclusions (because they have to), the dialogue between status quo and change is sustained - as befits 400 chiefs schooled in the best Socratic traditions. But the unavoidable fact that the subjects in the core curriculum you will encounter during your time here - which represents the minimum that every medical student must learn - have changed little testifies to the committees` essential nature. They are conservators, and will alter the core only after exhaustive study, debate, study, and then more debate. Insertion of new core necessarily means the death of other elements, a pronouncement made only after the sincerest scrutiny.

Facilities

UCSD`s hospitals and outpatient centers are based in La Jolla and Hillcrest and we have clinical and training affiliations with hospitals and medical practices throughout the San Diego and Imperial Counties. Our partnership with Children`s Hospital and Health Center enables us to treat a significant number of the region`s pediatric patients, and relationships with the Veterans Affairs Medical Center and the Naval Medical Center expand our patient base even further. We also have important programs and partnerships with several community-based agencies serving the homeless and needy in San Diego and in Mexico. The medical campus is constantly evolving to support the exploration of emerging frontiers.

Interview Feedback

Interview Feedback

Results Overview

How did the interview impress you?

Response # Responders
Positively 106
Negatively 7
No change 0

What was the stress level of the interview?

Response Avg # Responders
3.23 125

0 = low, 10 = high

How you think you did?

Response Avg # Responders
7.74 92

0 = low, 10 = high

Select Questions & Recent Responses

What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

"Advertise the free clinic tour better. I only knew about it because of SDN." More from this Member | Report Response

"Free breakfast would be nice. Also, more clear instructions for parking would be great - somehow, I followed the instructions to a T and ended up getting a parking ticket. But hey, it's all good :)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Some bagels and coffee in the morning would have been good, but otherwise no complaints." More from this Member | Report Response

"Provide breakfast in the morning for applicants. Keep up the good work" More from this Member | Report Response

"None. The UCSD admissions office is the best of all the schools I have interviewed at. They are very friendly, helpful and quick to respond." More from this Member | Report Response

"I really appreciated the transparency and kindness of the admissions office." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing really. The tour could have been better organized -- we almost didn't get one" More from this Member | Report Response

"Admissions office is extremely organized and responsive, more than any other school I've hd experien" More from this Member | Report Response

"Don't wait till Nov. 14 to have your frist decision meeting. . . lol please." More from this Member | Report Response

"It would be great to have some coffee/juice available in the morning." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Breakfast or at least coffee" More from this Member | Report Response

"Refreshments/food in the morning!" More from this Member | Report Response

"You may want to consider having coffee and bagels/muffins available for applicants. Otherwise the da" More from this Member | Report Response

"speed up the process from post-secondary to interview invitation." More from this Member | Report Response

"Formulate an online application and payment system to avoid snail mail delays." More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Can't disclose --> MMI confidentiality." More from this Member | Report Response

"MMI - Not Allowed to Disclose!" More from this Member | Report Response

"MMI style questions. We sign a non-disclosure agreement so I cannot go into any further detail." More from this Member | Report Response

"describe yourself" More from this Member | Report Response

"What type of qualities are you looking for in a medical school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Ethical situation about liver transplant" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why California? (Out of state resident)" More from this Member | Report Response

"What makes UCSD a good fit for you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why UCSD? Tell me more about X activity." More from this Member | Report Response

"Where do you see yourself practicing 10-15 years from now?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What is something that your friend would like to change about you? (creative weakness question)" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think of the recent health care bill?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Where else did you interview at and where does UCSD sit priority-wise in that list?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Talk about a challenging situation you faced in your leadership position." More from this Member | Report Response

"First interviewer just asked me about random activities from my application, nothing too specific. I think she actually might have talked more than I did." More from this Member | Report Response

"Many questions about my life and personal history" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"My first interviewer was an M.D. at a campus hospital. He knew my file like the back of his hand, this included very specific details. He did not grill me on this, he was very laid back and seemed genuinely impressed with what we were talking about. He gave a lot of great insight to why i should attend UCSD. Questions: Tell me how traveling to (specific country) affected your view of health, especially in today's context. Tell me about your parent's work. How did you come to decide to become a physician? " More from this Member | Report Response

"What are the 3 most important traits to be a good doctor?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why medicine, Why UCSD, about yourself" More from this Member | Report Response

"The first interviewer was very laid back and seemed to like a lot of things about read in my file. He asked me a few standard questions (low grades early on in college to kicking butt in classes, etc). Afterwards he did A LOT of talking about the school from his perspective and all the great things about it. It really impressed me. I interjected into the conversation but he did most of the talking which I'm not sure is a good or bad thing, but again he seemed to really like me." More from this Member | Report Response

"General comments about interviews. UCSD interviews are very thorough. The 2 interviewers who met me didn't carry my files in their hands/take notes/anything. Yet they knew my file inside out, upside down, back to front. They brought up every activity of importance I listed on the secondary, and talked in depth about them. You really gotta know your own file to prepare for this!" More from this Member | Report Response

"First Interviewer: Tell me more about yourself. Tell me about your research. How do you feel about researching later on? Tell me about your clinical experience. Can you tell me more about your volunteer activities? What are you doing this year? How did you decide to pursue medicine? What do you envision doing with a career in medicine? Do you have questions for me?" More from this Member | Report Response

"asked about my work with Asian American activism, how to address minority issues" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Tell me about where you grew up? How was it going to high school there?" More from this Member | Report Response

"1) even though I've read your app, I like to ask people to tell me the story of their lives. 2) The people I see in medicine who are unhappy tend to be unhappy because they have been turned off by a negative experience. What negative experiences have you had in your clinical work? 3) There's tons of chaos in medicine and you basically get no time off. How will you deal with that? 4) What problems do you think there are in the healthcare system? 5) what do you look for in a medical school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What schools did you apply to? Why? What schools did you not apply to? Why?" More from this Member | Report Response

"1st interviewer: Why medicine? Doctors often have patients that are difficult to deal with. How well do you think can handle such patients? What do you think is the most difficult part of being a doctor? What do you think of the current health care reform?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

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

"Explain virtually everything on my application, including 4 different research projects I had in detail, some of which were 4 years ago! " More from this Member | Report Response

"What is a regret you have in your life thus far" More from this Member | Report Response

"What would you change about our society if you could only change one thing?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why didn't you have a lot of clinical experience? (even though I had quite a bit of experience, so I corrected this misconception)" More from this Member | Report Response

"what do you want to do in medicine" More from this Member | Report Response

"What characteristics do you think make a good physician? (followed later with what characteristics do you have that will make you a good physician? which is essentially the same question...." More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What did you gain from being a varsity athlete?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What led you to medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Explain your research to me?" More from this Member | Report Response

"personal questions unique to my application" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think about Plan B being available without prescription?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Name two values you want to work towards with your life, and explain how medicine will enable you to do." More from this Member | Report Response

"What makes you think you can handle medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me something about yourself that is not in your application" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"How many women do you know in medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"questions specific to my application" More from this Member | Report Response

"What was your favorite class in college?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What was your favorite science class and nonscience class?" More from this Member | Report Response

"About my research. Why not just pure research. Why medicine too?" More from this Member | Report Response

"tell me about your mcat physical sciences score?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me where you developed your motivation to study medicine..." More from this Member | Report Response

"What are the two most important charecteristics for a physician." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me more about your volunteer experiences" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"why med? strengths/weaknesses? Tell me about your clnical experience? " More from this Member | Report Response

"What are your opinions about inter-racial marriage?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

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

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

"What's up with your verbal score?" More from this Member | Report Response

"I can't remember. I would make sure that you have some intelligent questions to ask the interviewers about SD, though. One of them told me "This is not just about you selling yourself, I want to make sure to sell our school to you."" More from this Member | Report Response

"Can you do well in this school given your academic past?" More from this Member | Report Response

"much focused on my amcas" More from this Member | Report Response

"why UCSD?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"usual clarifications on my ECs, work experience" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me your motivations to be a doctor, why medicine, when did it "hit" you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your high school and the best teacher you had." More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Tell me about X activity/publication" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why medicine? Personal strengths and weaknesses? Where do you see yourself in 10 years? What do you do for fun?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Having lived in the US and Europe, would you consider living and working in Europe again?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Go back as early as you can and explain how you decided that you wanted to be a doctor." More from this Member | Report Response

"What is your family like? How would you describe yourself?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me something about yourself that are unique from other applicants." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to be a doctor (influences, motivations, etc)?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are the three things that you like about medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"why MD? what do you see yourself doing in 15 years?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Who were your mentors?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is familial obstructive hypertrophic cardiomyopathy? " More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing extremely innovative; the general why MD/PhD, why UCSD, tell me about your research questions." More from this Member | Report Response

"So why are you interested in our residency program in internal medicine (my interviewer screwed up, thinking I was there for the residency program and not the MD)?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your research and state the hypotheses you are testing." More from this Member | Report Response

"What about medical school do you think will be most difficult? What about medical school do you think you will take to easiest? " More from this Member | Report Response

"As an older student, how are you sure that you want to spend so many more years in school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you have so many outside interest, why are you pursuing medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Second medical ethic scenario (vague detail): A child has cancer. In those cases where the child was treated for this specific cancer, there is a 95% success rate. His/her mother, however, refuses this line of treatment and wants to try herbal remedies instead. The mother believes that any chemotherapy treatment will cause her son/daughter to lose their hair and he/she would be made fun of in school, etc. So, the mom wants to protect her child from any emotional trauma. If you are the doctor, what would you do in this specific situation?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think about alternative medicine? What would you do if you didn't get accepted to medical school" More from this Member | Report Response

"how'd you're family affect decision to go md" More from this Member | Report Response

"In what ways will our school meet your career goals?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Of course, why medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Everything was straight grom my application." More from this Member | Report Response

"What sort of ethical situation do you think would be particularly difficult for you to deal with?" More from this Member | Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"MMI - Not Allowed to Disclose!" More from this Member | Report Response

"questions about improving healthcare delivery" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What would you do if you couldn't be a doctor?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How does Penicillin work? Where is this quote from? (both references to specific things I had written about in my personal statement)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Strengths/Weaknesses" More from this Member | Report Response

"Discussion about music" More from this Member | Report Response

"You seem to have a favorable opinion of the private clinic practice. Why?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do I plan to finance my medical school education?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What challenges do you see in your future in medicine (as a med student and physician) and how do you plan to manage them?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is something you do not like about our society?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Did you take an MCAT prep course?" More from this Member | Report Response

"So, how did you come to be? (referencing how my parents raised me)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Sum yourself up in one word" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about a non-science class that you took that interested you. " More from this Member | Report Response

"A question about my employment. The interviewer was very knowledgable in the field and was still able to learn something from me." More from this Member | Report Response

"Asked how I'll pay for medical school education." More from this Member | Report Response

"I'm standing in front of the admissions council and I am presenting you as an applicant...what do i tell them to convince them to accept you as a student? (tooootally caught me off guard!)" More from this Member | Report Response

"A few questions that aimed at getting me to think critically and answer on the spot about future directions of one of my research projects. I never encountered this situation before in my previous interviews." More from this Member | Report Response

"With so many interests and things that you want to do, how will you be able to accomplish them all?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do your parents think about your becoming a physician?" More from this Member | Report Response

"none" More from this Member | Report Response

"one of the interviewers wanted me to explain a class project i worked on that was mentioned in one of my LORs" More from this Member | Report Response

"What was the most interesting question I had been asked at previous interviews." More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you think technology has impacted medicine and what challenges does it pose. " More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you think technology has improved medicine? How do you think it has changed it for the worse? Also, I got some ethical scenarios where I had to decide how to handle patients." More from this Member | Report Response

"How would you propose to solve the immigrant issue of health care" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you most reject in the past year?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing all that interesting." More from this Member | Report Response

"What is a typical day in the life of a primary care physician?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Would you ever go back to the country you were born to teach there." More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What TV medical series (grey's anatomy, ER, House, Scrubs, etc.) do you enjoy watching the most and why?" More from this Member | Report Response

"With the current state of government regulations, what are some of the implications of genomics and individualized medicine? How will information obtained from genetic testing be controlled?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think about charging obese people higher health insurance premiums?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Pretty standard questions, nothing that really stands out" More from this Member | Report Response

"How can you deal with doctor's charging full price to uninsured patients while only a fraction of the price to HMO patients?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What problems do you think you will face as a doctor?" More from this Member | Report Response

"At what time in your life were you your happiest? Your most frustrated?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why wouldn't you just want to get one degree, the MD or PhD?" More from this Member | Report Response

"a really intense discussion on my research- one that went well beyond my knowledge of the field " More from this Member | Report Response

"After discussing my clinical and volunteer experiences I was asked, ''How do you compensate for your lack of hands on experience?'' Um..." More from this Member | Report Response

"Discussion about recent election and various California propositions. " More from this Member | Report Response

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

"How do you think our ability to enjoy symphonies evolved?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Scrubs, ER, House, Grey's Anatomy, Which is your favorite?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about the most stressful situation you ever had and how did you deal with it?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think is the biggest problem in healthcare in America?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you believe medicine is changing/ should change?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What one defining quality about yourself would you want people to celebrate about you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"a situational question in which I was asked to discuss the different ethical viewpoints" More from this Member | Report Response

"If your friends were toasting you, what would they say?" More from this Member | Report Response

"N/A" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are my needs as a medical student and how do I feel medical school will fill those needs?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Long case study about a guy. Basically at the end of the story, your patient refuses surgery that will save his life. My answer was that he was irrational and that I would choose for him. In the end, he just didn't want to be a burden on his family, so his choice was purely rational. Very good story and case that has changed a little about how I think about medicine" More from this Member | Report Response

"Something particular to some research I had done." More from this Member | Report Response

"Are you a USC fan?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you feel about statistics?" More from this Member | Report Response

"you are at dinner in your honor, and every one you no is there. What do they have to say about you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you thing that most of the physicians in your former country were women? (I am an immigrant)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Hard patient question. " More from this Member | Report Response

"I cant remember. It was all off my AMCAS resume and secondary application" More from this Member | Report Response

"Questions about diversity and experiencing racism." More from this Member | Report Response

"Teaching wasn't something you have ever considered?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing 'interesting', pretty standard questions" More from this Member | Report Response

"In some fields of medicine it is very hard to do a good job no matter how much you work and effort you put into it. What motivates people--what motivates you--to try to do it anyway?" More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing really interesting" More from this Member | Report Response

"Pretty standard questions. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Your GPA is lower than our average GPA score for accepted students, explain some bad grades!" More from this Member | Report Response

"I was asked very specific details about my secondary." More from this Member | Report Response

"why, given your proven ability to leverage your considerable education & experience to accomplish worthy things that are important to you, would you want to start over in a new field where you won't have time and status to make those kinds of contributions for quite a while?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Typical questions about my file" More from this Member | Report Response

"In medical school you need alot of support, how do you plan to get that as a minority in this school." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your high school and the best teacher you had." More from this Member | Report Response

"standard questions--nothing unexpected." More from this Member | Report Response

"just conversational, nothing surprising" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you plan to balance your career with everything else in your life?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think about the Asian diaspora in America?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Where have you been accepted so far?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing really. We talked mostly about my file. " More from this Member | Report Response

"What are your plans to finance your medical education? (Interesting just because I didn't expect this question.)" More from this Member | Report Response

"So which democratic candidate's health plan would be most beneficial to the average person (I'm pres of the Democrats club at my school) " More from this Member | Report Response

"If you could listen in on your friends gossiping about you, what would you hear them say?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How would a person who dislikes you describe you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Given your experience working as a rape crisis counselor on a hotline, tell me what you think about the current situation involving Kobe Bryant? Do you think it will influence survivors to not report their sexual assaults?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is your opinion of Boy Bands? (I am a musician)" More from this Member | Report Response

"I was given a scenario of me being a pediatrician and having to tell a mother that her two year son had brain cancer and would die in four months. The interviewer asked me how would I tell the mom. " More from this Member | Report Response

"If you had the power to make changes to reduce the number of uninsured in the US what changed would you make? (during the interview I quoted this number from an article I read)" More from this Member | Report Response

"How would you define compassion?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is familial obstructive hypertrophic cardiomyopathy? (I had no background indicating I knew what is was.)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Not directly asked, but interviewer implied that she wanted to know my feelings about the interactions of religion and medicine." More from this Member | Report Response

"Questions were very general. I was interviewed by the dean himself and he is the nicest man you will ever meet. Very family oriented. Most questions were about my family." More from this Member | Report Response

"Pretty standard, (Why MSTP, where do you see yourself in 15 years, tell me about your research) although I got no cheesy interview questions (what makes you special) or ethical questions or healthcare economics questions." More from this Member | Report Response

"Did the homeless people you have worked with surprise you? How?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you think the internet will affect health care in the future, and is that good or bad?" More from this Member | Report Response

"2 medical ethics questions! I had a lot of fun with those, only because no one every asked me about them and I spent so much time preparing for them. First scenario (vaguely recall details of it): A 35 year old female is a Jehovah Witness and is in the hospital. She specifically stated that she does not want a blood transfusion if anything should happen to her because of her beliefs. She has 3 kids and is married. She has some sort of complication and is in/out of consciousness. She requires a blood transfusion or she will die. You are the doctor and have to decide what to do. (just remember that there is no right/wrong answer. this case even went to the medical ethics committee because it was so complicated)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Was there a point in your life where you stopped and pondered your decision to enter medicine? What makes people in medicine jaded? How would you prevent yourself from being jaded in the field? " More from this Member | Report Response

"No interesting questions" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you have any reservations about attending our school?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What is the most essential quality for a physician?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What has been your greatest realization from shadowing physicians?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your background? -Asked by a student interviewer." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing that wasn't in my application..." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing really. My first interview was just a conversation. My second was slightly bizarre because the interviewer was totally unprepared." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me a story about a stroke patient you saw in the ER. (I worked in the ER looking for stroke patients.)" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is consciousness?" More from this Member | Report Response

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Overall, how would you rate this medical program?

Response Avg # Responders
10.00 2

0 = terrible, 10 = world class

How do you feel about the location of the school?

Response Avg # Responders
10.00 1

0 = Uncomfortable, 10 = Desirable

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

Response Avg # Responders
7.00 1

0 = exorbitant, 10 = reasonable

Are the elective rotations easy to obtain?

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5.00 1

0 = difficult, 10 = easy

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What do you like most about this school?

"Modern, up to date with teaching styles, and double pass of material before Step 1" | Report Response

"Flexibility and amazing research opportunities. You have the ability to tailor the program to your needs. Want to do a clerkship before starting the PhD? No problem. Want to do a post-doc in Paris before going back to 3rd year? That's fine too. Also, the huge number of world class researchers and facilities is fabulous. The selection at UCSD alone is amazing, but you can also work with PIs at the Salk, the Burnham, La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology, Scripps Research Institute, and even the Scripps Institute for Oceanography." | Report Response

What do you like least about this school?

"A bit of a commuter school vibe" | Report Response

"Flexibility can be daunting for those who prefer more rigid requirements and expectations." | Report Response

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

"Small groups - always, strict. Lectures - are podcast, so more lax." | Report Response

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