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  • University of California Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Los Angeles
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?

50 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)?

"Why would you pick UCLA over all the other schools you've interviewed/been accepted at? " Report Response

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

"Tell me about your family. (I was very impressed by how familiar my interviewer was with my background)" Report Response

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

"What kind of medicine would you like to practice? (Remember, UCLA is big on academic medicine)" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Nothing really, all the questions were typical interview questions." Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Tell me about your non-major research. (this question took me unawares because I'd always been asked to talk about my more significant research experience, so I wasn't too prepared to answer this particular question)" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN website, MSAR, student host and other med students, read secondary essays again" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The weather was awesome! The students and faculty were quite nice too, and the organ-based curriculum seems quite successful." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"I didn't get to go on the tour because my interview ran into the lunch hour. But, the others didn't get to tour the hospital anyway, so I guess I didn't miss much.Also, there's no info session or financial aid talk, so make sure you ask the medical students and interiviewing faculty all such pertinent questions about housing, transportation, financial aid etc. " Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"UCLA campus is gorgeous! The only downside is that it's mostly a commuter school, so majority of the students drive to campus. Parking permits are kind of pricey, but I guess that's the same for most CA schools. " Report Response

What are your general comments?

"The Heatlh sciences building is a labyrinth of corridors and rooms! You definitely need a map to get around (I got very lost trying to find my interviewer's office). I had to wait for about 30mins for my interview, but I guess that's understandable since many of the faculty also have clinical practices. Anyway, my interviewer was very nice and warm. She asked me to talk mainly about things I'd written on my AMCAS and secondary applications. It was more of a conversation than an interview. UCLA has an academic medicine department, so be sure to talk about that during the interview if you're interested in teaching at all. They're really interested in knowing why you want to come to UCLA over all other schools; read up on the curriculum, student-run clinics and medical opportunities in Los Angeles. UCLA is a great school, and one student I spoke with said he picked UCLA over Harvard because the environment was more student-friendly and geared towards community based healthcare and not research. Los Angeles is nice, but it's not exactly cheap to live there. Having a car is a big plus, but the med students say you can get by with public transportation for the first two years. Since the hospitals are very widespread, third and fourth year students need to have cars for their clinical rotations. Traffic is quite bad; it would be very useful to have some knowledege of surface streets. There is a considerable amount of waiting period for people with afternoon interviews, but you can hang out at the student lounge (equipped with widescreen TV, ping-pong table and pool table). Give yourself plenty of time to get to the airport via public transportation, and make sure you have the exact amount of change. " Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

01/26/2004

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