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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?

2 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 was the most interesting question?

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

What was the most difficult question?

"How would your best friend describe you? If you were given 1 million dollars how would you change the health care industry? " Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"By that time I had been on a few interviews and felt pretty confident about answering any generic medical school interview questions. I did spend some time thinking about my reasons for 'why ucsf'. Mainly, I ate a good breakfast, did some relaxation exercises, and affirmed to myself that if they are interviewing me they think highly of me. Just tell yourself to be yourself. You will do fine." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The accessibility. Within one block you will find the nicest library that I've seen on my tour of interviews, a gym that has an awesome view of goldengate park, the lecture halls, the anatomy lab, and a great student body." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The fact that they have very little to none on-campus housing. I plan to live off campus, but it is always nice to know that you have that option." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"I guess I would have liked to have known that almost 50% of those interviewed ultimately end up accepted. That is a nice factoid to carry with you throughout the day." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"UCSF was by far the most impressive school that I visited. I may be a bit biased, for I have been wanting to attend UCSF for years. The interviews were very low stress. They truly want to get an honest depiction of your character, your motives, your ambition, and a sense of who you are outside of the classroom. I think they give great priority to those with interesting life experiences and seem to admit a great amount of non-traditional applicants. My interviews went for 80 min and 85 min. At times they felt like conversations that I would have with someone that I met on the train or something, while other times they were more rigid and formulated. I had a faculty interviewer (a pediatrician) and a MS-II interviewer. I left there feeling that I 'clicked' with both of them and was very pleased to be informed (17 weeks later!!!) that I was accepted." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

01/15/2002

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