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University of California San Francisco School of Medicine
University of California San Francisco School of Medicine
  • Year founded: 1864
  • ENROLLED TOTAL: 166
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University of California San Francisco School of Medicine (UCSF-SOM)
Allopathic Medical School
San Francisco
  • SDN RANKING 5
  • INTERVIEW FEEDBACK 5 112 Responses
  • SCHOOL REVIEWS 3 1 Responses

Overview

Overview

School Stats

  • Resident Tuition $36,382
  • Non - Resident Tuition $48,627
  • Application Fee $90
  • AVG MCAT 515
  • AVG GPA 3.8
  • LIZZYM Score 71.7

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Admissions Information

  • Office of Admissions
  • Box 0408, Room U-426
  • 533 Parnassus Avenue
  • San Francisco 94143
  • United States

School Overview

School Info

One of the top medical schools in the nation, the UCSF School of Medicine is dedicated to excellence in education, research, and patient care. Woven throughout all these pursuits is a strong commitment to public service, a collaborative work ethic, and providing care for our diverse communities.

Curriculum

The curriculum challenges old assumptions about the way students learn and encourages their active participation in the process of study and investigation. Medical education must inspire. Accordingly, the list of UCSF innovations garners continual commendation not just from our own students and faculty, but from schools and education leaders across the country. These innovations include: Case-based and integrated block courses in the first two years; the third year Intersessions and the fourth year Areas of Concentration; a highly flexible digital curriculum called, iROCKET; and the Academy of Medical Educators, which offers unique institutional support for teaching excellence.

Facilities

Built in 1897, the University of California, San Francisco includes the 107-acre Parnassus campus that is home to graduate professionals in dentistry, medicine, nursing and pharmacy; a graduate division for predoctoral and postdoctoral scientists; UCSF Medical Center; UCSF Children`s Hospital; and Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute. In 2003, UCSF opened its 43-acre Mission Bay campus, just south of downtown San Francisco. UCSF, which became part of the University of California in 1873, is the only UC campus dedicated exclusively to the health sciences. UCSF now encompasses several major sites in San Francisco, in addition to its Parnassus Heights location above Golden Gate Park. It also includes UCSF Mount Zion and maintains partnerships with two affiliated institutions, San Francisco General Hospital Medical Center and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Interview Feedback

Interview Feedback

Results Overview

How did the interview impress you?

Response # Responders
Positively 92
Negatively 6
No change 0

What was the stress level of the interview?

Response Avg # Responders
3.52 109

0 = low, 10 = high

How you think you did?

Response Avg # Responders
7.66 68

0 = low, 10 = high

Select Questions & Recent Responses

What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

"Everything was fantastic, though I did feel a little hungry throughout the entire day." More from this Member | Report Response

"Having a more social lunch hour (i.e. Have more med students answering our questions during that time). There was only one student when I interviewed and I was hoping to hear a different perspective on the questions we were asking." More from this Member | Report Response

"Keep doing your thing. I had a great time at my interview (meeting Dr. Wofsy was especially memorable). You guys did a great job of showing me why UCSF is one of the best places to learn medicine in the world." More from this Member | Report Response

"Most people were nice. One person in particular needs to change their body language because they make you feel like you are a burden to them." More from this Member | Report Response

"Have the admissions committee meet more ofter, phone call acceptances would also be nice." More from this Member | Report Response

"Great job at making all of the students feeling welcome!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Good job UCSF!!!" More from this Member | Report Response

"catering for lunch, also more students are needed for lunch as some people ended up sitting alone." More from this Member | Report Response

"Don't have first years give tours in November." More from this Member | Report Response

"The wait for a post-interview decision is a little mystifying. Admissions could be a little more tr" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Background questions, including what High School I went to and my parent's education level / occupation." More from this Member | Report Response

"What is your GPA and MCAT score?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself. (by both interviewers)" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you do for fun (non academic please!)" More from this Member | Report Response

"My first interview was the most stressfull of my entire application cycle. This suprised me since most interviewees/past student said that their interviews were chill. The guy was a PhD and kept questioning/commenting on almost every sentence that left my mouth. Don'e get me wrong, he was super nice, but just wanted to delve into detail about everying phrase that came out of my mouth. His questions were basic: Tell me about yourself? Why medicine? What experiences have led you here? By the end of the interview, he said he hopes to see me at UCSF which was nice, but man did he stress me out. If you get someone like this, remain calm, and clearly think and talk through your answers. In the end, I actually liked the interview because it made me deeply think about why I was going into medicine." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself. Tell me about your family. Tell me about your immigration. Why did you choose to go into medicine? You mentioned X activity... how did that inspire you to pursue medicine? Tell me about your involvement with dance." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself/your family? What does your parents/siblings do?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself and how you got here." More from this Member | Report Response

"Since they were closed file interviews, I spent a lot of time providing a brief background about myself and my interests and path to medicine" More from this Member | Report Response

"Asked about MCAT scores" More from this Member | Report Response

"Implementation of universal coverage will probably lower physician pay, how do you feel about that?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Explain your involvement in research" More from this Member | Report Response

"How was you volunteer experience in ______?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you could change one thing about the state of healthcare in America, what would it be? " More from this Member | Report Response

"When did you decide to enter medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"how did this experience convince you that you wanted to be a doctor?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

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

"Why do you like to help people?" More from this Member | Report Response

"So tell me about yourself, where you grew up, what school you went to, what your parents do, etc" More from this Member | Report Response

"Closed file so a lot of background information." More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you expect will be the most challenging aspect of the program for you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself...where you grew up...your school..." More from this Member | Report Response

"What are some personal qualities that you would like to work on while you are in medical school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Could you summarize who you are in about five bullet points?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"All things from my AMCAS and activities that came up in the conversations." More from this Member | Report Response

"What's wrong with health care today? What would you do to fix it?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Research questions." More from this Member | Report Response

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

"my research" More from this Member | Report Response

"What type of medicine are you interested in?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Tell me about how you decided to go into medicine. " More from this Member | Report Response

"What is one thing you would like to change about yourself?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do yuo think an IRB is for?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If not medicine, what profession would you take?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your research, or tell be about your project in the _____ lab." More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you think UCSF fits you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you feel you'd fit in here?" More from this Member | Report Response

"When did you first start wanting to be a doctor and why?" More from this Member | Report Response

"We just talked about my life experiences. The first interviewer focused on my international travel and volunteer experiences; the second did not focus on any one area of my life." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your path to medicine." More from this Member | Report Response

"What was the most important thing you learned as an undergraduate student?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What have you heard about San Fran? What do you look for in a med school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself. (Every other subsequent question was built upon this on. As I mentioned above, before going to the UCSF interview, or any closed-file interview for that matter, know how to answer the following question: TELL ME ABOUT YOURSELF. There is a 99% chance that you will be asked this, because all the interviewer knows about you is your name. So you have to develop a portrait of who you are, what your accomplishments have been, why you will be a compassionate doctor, and why UCSF should take you.)" More from this Member | Report Response

"why medicine" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are going to be the biggest problems in medicine in the future?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself. (take advantage of this question cuz you can kinda control what you do and do not want to share about yourself to the interviewer)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Which classes whee your favorite in High school and College?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Will there be any surprises when I finally get to read your application?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you think you will be a good doctor?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What clinical experiences have you had? (be specific)" More from this Member | Report Response

"What should I know about you?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"How did you decide you wanted to be a physician?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

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

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

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

"Tell me about your experiences in Latin America." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself (Both interviewers started off this way)" More from this Member | Report Response

"How does your family feel about your decision to return to school to become a doctor? (I am a non-trad app.)" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you see as a health care problem of the future?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you do in your free time?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Most questions other than the ones I listed above generated themselves naturally through the conversation." More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Why medicine over other health-related professions?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself--where you grew up, where you went to school, etc." More from this Member | Report Response

"what is your greatest strength? what is your greatest weakness? give me an example..." More from this Member | Report Response

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

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

"Why do you want to come to UCSF?" More from this Member | Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Do you have any fears about going into medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"No question stood up, but the conversation stayed interesting throughout. I might be biased, though. After all, who does not enjoy talking about themselves?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How did you like Vietnam (talking about travels)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing really stood out, our conversation was mostly about my life story and its relation to pursuing a medical career." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about the best prank you were ever involved with? (going with the flow of the conversation...also by the good interviewer)" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think is the most important aspect of healthcare these coming years?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Specific questions about public health and health education. (I lead him to these tpoics so dont worry if it is not your forte)" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you feel about healthcare today? Your solution?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Interviewer: "Tell me about what think of ____." Me: "(answer)... as long as it's not like House. It's just not realistic." Interviewer: "Yeah, also he's just... rude." Me: "No, he's a jerk. I would hate working with him, and having him as a doctor." Interview: (laughs) (10 minutes on House and everything wrong with it). " More from this Member | Report Response

"I had a very interesting discussion about performance measurement with interviewer #1. With interviewer #2, I had an interesting discussion about his area of interest, sexual dysfunction. " More from this Member | Report Response

"We were talking about Medicaid/Medicare, then interviewer asked me what I thought the answer to healthcare disparities was. Discussion about universal healthcare and rationing followed." More from this Member | Report Response

"What would you change about the current medical care system?" More from this Member | Report Response

"do you think that there are less "arrogant" doctors these days because of the increased diversity of med school classes?" More from this Member | Report Response

"closed file interview, so the questions flowed from my answers. Both began by asking where I went to school, what I studied, why and when/if I graduated." More from this Member | Report Response

"At this moment, what is your favorite memory?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How can we justify spending money and research time on diseases of aging when there are sick children suffering? (I'm interested in geriatrics...)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Who is your favorite Giant's player (I really like the giants but choked during this question)" More from this Member | Report Response

"What difficulties will you face as a physician? (closed file = many getting to know you Q's)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Where else have you been interviewed? Did you send your applications early, in the middle or right before deadlines?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Give an example of someone who was very difficult to deal with and how did you resolve the situation?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Questions were largely based on what information I gave - a sort of free association type interview - so it's hard to choose one." More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe how religion and faith groups operate in a socialist country like China. (I was in China for a year)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you feel that medical treatment is necessary before surgical treatment?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is the meaning of a ''balanced life''?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What can I say to defend your weakest point in your application?" More from this Member | Report Response

"do you think coming from a family of physicians gives you an advantage over those who haven't?" More from this Member | Report Response

"pretty standard questions" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you were walking on the beach one day, and a genie in a bottle popped out and offered you one wish for improving health care, what would it be?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing in general.... Some research.. about using virus in inducing a gene." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you like to help people?" More from this Member | Report Response

"where have you traveled to? " More from this Member | Report Response

"How would you deal with the political situation in Country X? " More from this Member | Report Response

"Name your best and worse qualities." More from this Member | Report Response

"How would you design an experiment to reveal with absolute certainty that so and so does such and such..." More from this Member | Report Response

"Part of the conversation delved into my high school life" More from this Member | Report Response

"It was a free-flowing conversation so there weren't many direct prepared questions asked of me... we just talked, VERY laid back." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing really, closed File, so just talking about myself alot" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Is that fact that a patient like their physician more important than having a physician that provides quality care? (In the context of malpractice)." More from this Member | Report Response

"Lots of questions about homelessness policy (which is something I'm very interested in)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you believe Western medicine can have bad effects on a nonwestern culture?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What type of advocacy do you see yourself doing?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Regarding my love of the outdoors. Nothing spectacularly strange. *note: stress level above was due to joy in being invited to interview, not due to anything anyone did." More from this Member | Report Response

"Since the interviews were closed file, the most interesting and most difficult questions were follow-ups on things I brought up." More from this Member | Report Response

"How is your family important to you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is the biggest risk I have ever taken?" More from this Member | Report Response

"High school life questions -- wasn't prepared for that, quite a long time ago. :) Also, what other classes have you taken outside your majors that were interesting, and why?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How would you remedy the declining state of healthcare. " More from this Member | Report Response

"it was more of a discussion than a questioning session. They asked me about my hopes and dreams." More from this Member | Report Response

"Whose personality to you take after more, your mother or father?" More from this Member | Report Response

"since the interview was closed file the interviewers just really wanted to get to know you as an applicant and a person...questions like "why medicine" etc" More from this Member | Report Response

"Had to do with an abortion scenario" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you cry?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Questions about my high school career" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you compare how a jazz improv band works to how a physician works?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you explain the way you described the Japanese educational system (not very strict, kids who skipped class) with the high performance of Japanese students compared to American students? (I lived in Japan and taught English there for one year)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Where does this desire for public/community service come from?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"How effective was Castro's health care on the health of the average person in Cuba? (I mentioned I had traveled there a few years ago)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to pursue a masters as well as an MD?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are your favorite books/movies and why?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Where were you on 9/11?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you, in the future, had a patient who wanted to follow an ethically controversial medical procedure that you didn't believe was ethically permissible, and the patient had no recourse at all but to go to you, would you refuse to recommend that procedure to your patient? Basically, would you force your own ethical code onto your patients? (Question was a follow-up to a response where I unwisely delved into the discussion of medical ethics.)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing too unusual or hard" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think has gotten you to this point (med school)? " More from this Member | Report Response

"What is one joy and one frustration that you find in research?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Did you see the T-mobile SF bike race?" More from this Member | Report Response

"given the current discussion about how primary care isnt working and people are dissatisfied, how does that affect your desire to enter the field." More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What is one of the most critical issues in medicine and health care today in America?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What would people say at your retirement party?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"How do you think we could provide healthcare for the millions of people who don't have access to it?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What exactly are you looking for in a med school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What scares you the most about going into med school? " More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you think you were the first person in your family to go to college?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Could I manage to leave my family behind? " More from this Member | Report Response

"What type of patient do you think you would be able to help the most? " More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing really, since the interview is blind you spend an awful lot of time talking about things like where you went for undergrad, what you do now, etc." More from this Member | Report Response

"how much do you think politics is involved in medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think about Bush's plan to cap medical malpractice?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are some negative sides to medicine for you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What areas of medicine are you interested in?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think about the current political situation in the US?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What religion is your father? Does he practise it?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What was the lab book you read? What was the last restaurant you went to? (I had talked about eating as a hobby)." More from this Member | Report Response

"What was the most important thing that I wanted the admissions committee to see from my application?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Talk about your senior research project." More from this Member | Report Response

"Is it a waste of resources to trains physicians who then go into just research?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Most of the questions were very typical. What do you think is your most positive quality? Have you done any research? Tell me about those experiences. I was asked what I thought about the ending of a book, but I brought up that book in the conversation. My faculty interviewer was great, seemed more intent on convincing me to enter his branch of medicine than on evaluating me, and was very frank and down to earth about the stats of getting in (I guess about 1/2 of interviewees get in). At times I tried to interject information about myself but he rolled over me and kept talking! " More from this Member | Report Response

"Talk about your current job. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you think the government should pay for health care for those who don't have it?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"if you could step back from your study - where do you see it in a larger framework - what would you have done differntly, what are your future plans." More from this Member | Report Response

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

"You seem to recognize that the career of a physician is a stressful one. How then should physicians relieve their stress?" More from this Member | Report Response

"none" More from this Member | Report Response

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Overall, how would you rate this medical program?

Response Avg # Responders
5.00 1

0 = terrible, 10 = world class

How do you feel about the location of the school?

No responses

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

Response Avg # Responders
2.00 1

0 = exorbitant, 10 = reasonable

Are the elective rotations easy to obtain?

No responses

Select Questions & Recent Responses

What do you like most about this school?

"Location. Strong research." | Report Response

What do you like least about this school?

"Primary care focus. Inconsistency of experiences and teaching quality. Not very accessible curricular staff. Poor approach to boards." | Report Response

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

"attendance not taken for lectures. small groups are mandatory." | Report Response

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