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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?

7 out of 10

How you think you did?

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?

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)?

"Tell me about yourself. (Every other subsequent question was built upon this on. As I mentioned above, before going to the UCSF interview, or any closed-file interview for that matter, know how to answer the following question: TELL ME ABOUT YOURSELF. There is a 99% chance that you will be asked this, because all the interviewer knows about you is your name. So you have to develop a portrait of who you are, what your accomplishments have been, why you will be a compassionate doctor, and why UCSF should take you.)" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Did you see the T-mobile SF bike race?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Nothing at all difficult. Just a lot of personal questions." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"I read through my application and the UCSF website. Before going to the UCSF interview, or any closed-file interview for that matter, know how to answer the following question: TELL ME ABOUT YOURSELF. There is a 99% chance that you will be asked this, because all the interviewer knows about you is your name. So you have to develop a portrait of who you are, what your accomplishments have been, why you will be a compassionate doctor, and why UCSF should take you." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"SF is among the best cities in the world (other than the nasty traffic and treacherous driving conditions). The location of the medical school--on one of SF's hightest hills overlooking the entire bay--is breathingly amazing. Too bad it's foggy most the time. Also, the curriculum and non-emphasis on lecture are attractive. For sure, UCSF students are not only incredibly friendly, they are happy and humanistically inclined." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"SF is damn expensive. Furthermore, my tour guide never showed. This was a huge disappointment, as I had to do a self-guided tour and was not exactly sure what to see and where to go. Furthermore, my student lunch "date" was 45 minutes late and was honest enough to admit that he "plain forgot." Nonetheless, this student was so kind and helpful. Also, the check-in time for UCSF is 8am, and I was there much earlier; however, the admissions staff did not arrive until 8:30am. But the school is awesome nonetheless." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"UCSF, being situtated on the top of a hill, has its own weather: foggy most the time. If you can't put up with fog, someone told me, this isn't the place for you. But is is easy to find sunshine by taking a 10-15 minute bike ride to the bay." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"UCSF is among the most amazing of the world's medical schools, and I would love to go there. It's a school on par--if not better than--other prestigious institutions such as Harvard and Johns Hopkins. I think the big selling point of UCSF is not only the schools amazing amazing research and clinical programs, but also its location." Report Response

Tour and Travel
No Response
General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

10/06/2004

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