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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

How you think you did?

7 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

8 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

55 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)?

"Interviewer #1: Tell me about yourself. Can you tell me about your family and siblings? Where did you grow up in? How would you describe this area? How would you describe the education that you have received? What are you doing right now? Can you tell me about some of your volunteering activities? Why do you want to go into medicine? Why do you want to go to UCLA? Do you have any questions for me?" Report Response

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

"Interviewer #2: What schools have you interviewed at? What schools have you been accepted to? Tell me about your life up until the end of high school. Why did you select your undergraduate institution? Where do you see yourself 15 years from now? What are the current challenges in medicine? Tell me about the most meaningful community service work that you have done. How about of something that you failed at and what did you learn? What do you like to do for fun? Do you have any questions for me?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Given the current challenges in medicine, will you be discouraged?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"How will you overcome the challenges in medicine?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"MSAR, SDN, School's website, Went over primary and secondary applications, and Other interviewing experiences." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The Ronald Reagan Medical Center is GORGEOUS and a fantastic teaching hospital as well. There are opportunities and resources for just about anything here. The school's mission is very appealing, but this could be different for every person. The students seemed happy and friendly. The curriculum is P/F for all four years, with chances for letters of distinction during clerkship, but this doesn't necessarily mean that it's not competitive." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The Admissions Office makes no attempt to make you feel welcomed. The teaching facilities are definitely older, while the school itself is like a maze. The graduate housing for the first two years is expensive, but nice. Driving around LA can be a nightmare. This city is definitely great, but not for everyone." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"I knew that the traffic would be bad, and that parking and finding the Admissions Office would not be easy, but was still barely on time. Give yourself a lot of extra time!" Report Response

What are your general comments?

"UCLA has a lot to offer, you just wouldn't know it by being there at the interview day. They are almost arrogant in that they know they don't have to work hard to convince you to come, hence their interview day structure (or lack of it). They have a PBL type of learning, so there isn't a lot of traditional lecture time. Ask the students to see how they feel about it and see for yourself if that's what you like. It's nice that the school is connected to the undergraduate campus. It makes things more lively. UCLA is a great school, but perhaps not for everyone." Report Response

Tour and Travel

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?

4-6 hours

What was your primary mode of travel?

Automobile

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

< $100

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

03/03/2009

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?

8 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?

3 out of 10

How is the friendliness of the admissions office?

4 out of 10

How eco-friendly are the school's application materials and interview process?

8 out of 10

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