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  • University of California Los Angeles / Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Los Angeles
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

3 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

45 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?

1

What was the style of the interview?

One-on-one

What type of interview was it?

Open file

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

"Tell me about yourself and how do you fit in with the Drew mission." Report Response

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 2)?

"Who were your role models growing up and why?" Report Response

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 3)?

"What is the biggest problem facing healthcare today in the United States?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"How did being raised in a single parent household affect your upbringing positively?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"see above." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read interview notes here on SDN, reviewed my AMCAS and Drew supplemental applications, read health/medical issues and current events on sites like yahoo.com and cnn.com, also looked over Drew website and handouts sent to me from Drew via postal mail." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The family atmosphere and friendliness of both students and faculty. They made you feel like that this was a great program, which it is and that they really cared about the school's mission and its community." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Waiting around a long time kinda sucked. Even if you put your name on the interview list early, it really does not mean that you interview early as some suggested here on this website. I placed my name fairly early in the list and still was one of the last interviews that day. I wish that they had structured more workshops or talks to help fill up the day, as there is a lot of waiting and sitting." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Nothing really." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"My interviewer was a 2nd year medical student and she was great. Very friendly and relaxed, she seemed very interested in what I had to say and was amazed at my community service record and how I overcame many obstacles in my life. It was a good amount of time and I was able to ask her many questions about the program and how her life was changed by the program, in terms of time committments, volunteering and maintaining relationships outside of school. I was actually a little annoyed by one applicant because he had mentioned my screenname and said that I was posting too much on the website.......he was your typical pre-med and didn't even know that the person he was talking about was in front of him.....one of those lurkers on SDN who uses and gets information but never cares to share or help others out......i didn't even choose to call him out and decided to ignore him and enjoy the day.....the other applicants I met were so cool and accomplished......" Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

03/22/2003

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