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  • University of California San Diego School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • La Jolla
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?


What was the stress level of the interview?

3 out of 10


How long was the interview?

50 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?


What was the style of the interview?


What type of interview was it?

Open file

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

"Go back as early as you can and explain how you decided that you wanted to be a doctor." Report Response

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

"Tell me about your parents, your brother, etc." Report Response

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

"Tell me about your research." Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"What are your plans to finance your medical education? (Interesting just because I didn't expect this question.)" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"There weren't really any difficult questions, although one interviewer did ask the general "why medicine" question right at the beginning of the interview. " Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read over application, SDN, scanned NEJM, JAMA, and kept reasonably up-to-date with recent news. Looked at lists of common interview questions." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The student-run free clinic -- there was a great aura of enthusiasm about it, and it really seems like they are making a difference in the community. Take this tour if you have the chance. The medical school actually has an artist-in-residence, which I thought was very cool. There is an amazing variety of elective courses offered. I was also impressed by the other interviewees. And, let's not forget that San Diego is one of the most beautiful cities in the U.S. The weather is perfect." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"I think that there is a lot to be said for traditional lecture-based curriculum, but I have some misgivings about the amount of class time here." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"The hotel I was staying at had no irons available!" Report Response

What are your general comments?

"A good, low stress experience overall. I only gave it a 3 because SD is one of my top choices and I was nervous. There were no tough questons, my interviewers basically just asked me to elaborate on various things I had discussed in my application. I arrived the night before and went on the tour of the free clinic. The student leading the tour was very nice. On interview day, I had one interview with a Ph.D. faculty member, and another with a practicing physician. The interviews were more like pleasant conversations. In between interviews, I sat in on a class for a bit. There was a student led tour at lunch." Report Response

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