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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?

4 out of 10

How you think you did?

8 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

7 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

50 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)?

"1) even though I've read your app, I like to ask people to tell me the story of their lives. 2) The people I see in medicine who are unhappy tend to be unhappy because they have been turned off by a negative experience. What negative experiences have you had in your clinical work? 3) There's tons of chaos in medicine and you basically get no time off. How will you deal with that? 4) What problems do you think there are in the healthcare system? 5) what do you look for in a medical school?" Report Response

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

"1) How did you make the decision to go into medicine? 2) Do you have acceptances? Is this the first time you applied? 3) have you researched UCSD? 4) How will you finance medical school? " Report Response

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

"[I loved both my interviewers and thought we had really interesting and engaging conversations. My second interviewer and I got into a great conversation about immunohistochemistry and pathology and I have lots of things I want to look up now, based on what we talked about. ;)]" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN, re-read app, AMSAR, school website, mock interview (once, prior to all my interviews)" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"This is the only school I've interviewed at where, without exception, every single person I met was a person I would like to get to know better. Everyone was nice and smart and interesting and engaging, including my two interviewers." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The program I was most interested in getting involved in has been canceled." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"The program I was most interested in getting involved in has been canceled, and I didn't find this out until I arrived because information about the program was still being sent out to all applicants. However I still would have come and there is lots to love about this school!" Report Response

What are your general comments?

"7:55a arrival, no coffee or beverages available (however thanks to SDN this wasn't a surprise). Great presentation by Dr. Kelly, followed by two interviews back to back. Opportunity to sit in on a lecture during break. Ladies, bring comfortable shoes! There's a good chance you will be taking shuttle buses or walking all over creation for your interview. ;) Lunch with students (boxed lunch was actually pretty tasty and fresh) followed by student-led tour. Then an overview of the rest of the admissions process by Brian Z., a 15-minute movie about the free clinic, and an overview of the Office of Student Affairs by Sandra. I'm heading back this evening for a tour of the free clinic and a free dinner. Dress is casual for this. Note that it appears that Dr Kelly has completely eradicated the prior cutthroat/competitive atmosphere. The students were obviously happy and there appears to be a lot of camaraderie. We need to squash these rumors! ;)" Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

How did the tourguide seem?

Enthusiastic

How do you rank the facilities?

7 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?

Airplane

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

$301-$400

What airport did you use?

SAN

Where did you stay?

Hotel

How would you rate the hotel?

8 out of 10

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?

Travelodge, Hotel Circle

Would you recommend the hotel?

yes

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

04/28/2008

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

8 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

8 out of 10

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

7 out of 10

How is the responsiveness of the admissions office?

10 out of 10

How is the friendliness of the admissions office?

10 out of 10

What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

"You may want to consider having coffee and bagels/muffins available for applicants. Otherwise the da" Report Response

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