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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

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

10 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?

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)?

"Tell me about yourself. I think it may have been more along the lines of, ''Who is _____ (my name here)?''" Report Response

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

"Why Medicine?" Report Response

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

"General discussion of extracurricular activities." Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Naturally, it was: ''Tell me about yourself.'' I kid!" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"''Why medicine?'' It's a question to which I have dedicated many hours, days and years, but one that nevertheless requires the mustering up of passion and presage, rationalism and reason, in order to respond lucidly." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Most people note, in this space: SDN, ''a health care prep book,'' the website. Indeed, I used all three. But let me offer some additional tools: 1) The New Yorker 2) The Economist 3) The Wall Street Journal 4) The New York Times 5) NEJM Perspectives 6) The Daily Bruin 7) UCLA News (http://www.newsroom.ucla.edu/) 8) UCLA Today (faculty & staff) 9) UCLA Magazine (quarterly public.) 10) Los Angeles Times (a must)" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Everything. The tour guide described the school as ''essentially, perfect,'' and he's essentially, right. If you haven't had a moment to review the curriculum or visit the city, I highly recommend both! (http://dgsom.healthsciences.ucla.edu/education/md/curriculum-phase-one) " Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Well, it happened to snow in Malibu and surroundings the week I traveled there, but this rare occurrence hardly left me with a negative impression. Indeed, it allowed me to precociously (in the etymological sense) purchase a UCLA Medicine sweatshirt to fend off the cold!" Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"... that Damon & Pythias makes such good sandwiches. Mamma mia!" Report Response

What are your general comments?

"UCLA is a fantastic place to study and practice medicine. The school is immensely diverse, the campus is located in a gorgeous area with round-the-clock endorphin-stimulating weather, the people are friendly, the curriculum is solid, the teaching tools are years ahead of the competition, the students are bright but humble, the professors collegiate and genuine, the package - perfect." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

How did the tourguide seem?

Enthusiastic

How do you rank the facilities?

10 out of 10

What is your in-state status?

In state

What was your total time spent traveling?

7+ hours

What was your primary mode of travel?

Airplane

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

$201-$300

What airport did you use?

LAX

Where did you stay?

Friends or family

How would you rate the hotel?

10 out of 10

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

01/17/2007

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

10 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

10 out of 10

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

10 out of 10

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