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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?

Neutral

What was the stress level of the interview?

1 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)?

"Tell me about yourself." Report Response

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

"How did you choose medicine?" Report Response

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

"Describe your research." Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Why do you want to pursue a masters as well as an MD?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Is it possible to change the US medical system (considering the citizens' attitudes toward money dedicated toward providing a greater safety net, etc)?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN, Joint Medical Program website" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The student to faculty ratio was impressive. Since there are only 12 people in the program, the class size is incredibly small, and there is apparently no difficulty seeing professors outside of class for help. The student tour guide was very honest and informative." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"There are only 12 students, and the coursework is entirely problem-based learning. Furthermore, these 12 students take all classes at UC Berkeley for the first three years and do not see the other UCSF students until the last two years. While this might be appealing to some, I do not think that it would work well for me. It seems like there would be a lot of isolation and not much room for building a large, diverse group of friends from your classmates. Also, only doing PBL with no lecutres (except for the summer anatomy course) seems like it would get old really fast (as the student tour guide confirmed)." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"See above." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"This interview was for the Joint Medical Program for UC Berkeley-UCSF where you earn an MS and an MD in 5 years. I arrived at 8:15, received an orientation, and then received two faculty interviews. After lunch with a student, my day was over by 1:30. The interviewers were low key, and everone at the office was incredibly kind and helpful. If this sort of program and such a small class-size appeal to you, then it seems like a perfect setting. " Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

01/10/2005

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