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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?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

3 out of 10

How you think you did?

8 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

9 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?

Open file

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

"Why UCSD?" Report Response

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

"What do you like to do to relax and de-stress?" Report Response

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

"What makes you stand out from all of the other qualified candidates?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"After discussing my clinical and volunteer experiences I was asked, ''How do you compensate for your lack of hands on experience?'' Um..." Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"What should I tell the admissions committee about you?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Reread my AMCAS, UCSD secondary, UCSD SOM website, SDN" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Before I visited I was had been told that the students weren't very happy and everyone was high-strung and stressed out. I did not find that to be the case at all. Everyone I spoke to was thrilled with their decision to be there and it seems like the school is making a conscious effort to reverse that stigma. The new biomedical library was beautiful. Everyone seemed exceptionally friendly and relaxed." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The facilities. The anatomy lab ''is awful'' according to students. At least it's a short course. They just received $30 million from the state to build a new building for the medical school. MS1s next year will be attending lectures in the new Pharmacy building. The rumors of being lecture intense seem to ring true, although I was quite impressed by the curriculum overall." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Make sure you eat breakfast beforehand, they don't provide any food or drinks until lunch. Traffic wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. The Free Clinic tour and dinner program is only offered certain days, so make sure you sign up and review the dates well in advance." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

How did the tourguide seem?

Enthusiastic

How do you rank the facilities?

6 out of 10

What is your in-state status?

In state

What was your total time spent traveling?

2-3 hours

What was your primary mode of travel?

Automobile

About how much did you spend on room, food, and travel?

< $100

Where did you stay?

Friends or family

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

11/30/2006

How do you rank this school among other schools to which you've applied?

9 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

9 out of 10

What is your ranking of this area's cultural life?

8 out of 10

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