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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?

6 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)?

"General comments about interviews. UCSD interviews are very thorough. The 2 interviewers who met me didn't carry my files in their hands/take notes/anything. Yet they knew my file inside out, upside down, back to front. They brought up every activity of importance I listed on the secondary, and talked in depth about them. You really gotta know your own file to prepare for this!" Report Response

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

"Tell me about your research. Tell me more about volunteer activity A. Tell me more about volunteer activity B. Why did you participate in this activity C? Why was it helpful to anyone that you did what you did?" Report Response

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

"If you couln't become a doctor (no MD, DO, etc), what will you do? What research did you do? How do you relieve stress in school?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"A few questions that aimed at getting me to think critically and answer on the spot about future directions of one of my research projects. I never encountered this situation before in my previous interviews." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN, school's website, review my files, relaxing" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Location of the school, friendliness of staff and faculty. " Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The tour was not very extensive. We didn't get to see any of the hospitals." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"If you left your Residency Form and Schedule of classes form at home on the interview day like I foolishly did, don't freak. The admisisons office is super friendly and they let you bring/mail/fax those forms at a later time." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"UCSD is a beautiful campus. The staff and students were very welcoming. Dean Kelly gave a very informal talk and she kept it short. Then at 9am we all got our individual interview schedules. Interviews are for 1 hour each at 10 and 11, except if the interview's off-campus in which case the interviewee has to leave a bit earlier to make both interviews. Lunch is at 12, followed by a tour. Everything is over at 2pm. One of the shortest interviews I've ever been on. Concise, structured, but by no means any less thorough. I really like the structure of UCSD interview." Report Response

Tour and Travel
No Response
General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

11/06/2008

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

How is the responsiveness of the admissions office?

9 out of 10

How is the friendliness of the admissions office?

9 out of 10

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