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  • University of California San Francisco School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • San Francisco
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

4 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

60+ minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?

2

What was the style of the interview?

One-on-one

What type of interview was it?

Closed file

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

"What do you do in your free time?" Report Response

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

"Tell me about yourself (first question)" Report Response

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

"A lot of questions were spawned by comments I made. Very conversational (ask questions to them as well)" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Is it a waste of resources to trains physicians who then go into just research?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"What do you think about the state of modern health care. Tell me about the positive and negative aspects." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"I tend not to prepare much for interviews. I feel like what I rehearse is never what I end up saying. Since it is closed file, I just came prepared to be honest and forthright." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The faculty and students. The clinical facilities are great and I actually like the campus. Very urban, very medical and GREAT views as others have said. The library has an amazing reading room (read=sleep room) that overlooks the Golden Gate Bridge and Bay). It is also in a very accessible area of the city. The admissions staff leaves you alone for the day. I hated interviews where they talk to you and try to sell their school for hours." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Support for research, international experiences, et al doesn't sound as free flowing as at some private schools. This is to be expected though." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"UCSF is a great school. The students all seem really happy to be there (as it was most of their first choices) and eager to provide advice. The school is totally a health sciences campus and you really feel like you are part of a larger medical community. I was much more stressed for this interview than others as it is my first choice. The interviews were very conversational although it was a little wierd that they knew nothing about me. I told my interviewers that UCSF was my first choice and I would attend unless something happened in my life that I could not predict(a good caveat, since then it isn't breaking my word if I don't go). I actually thought the interview had gone poorly, but I got in less than a month after my interview (by snal mail). So you really never know. Just be relaxed, conversational, and be yourself. I also think answering questions by recalling past experiences (e.g., why do you want to go to medical school? and answering it with concrete experiences in your life) is a good way to let an interviewer know what you've done that makes you "special."" Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

11/18/2002

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