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"None, they were extremely kind and helpful."
"Phenomenal job! They did a good job of organizing all 40+ applicants, even on the first day of interviews. I have no complaints."
"Send e-mail interview invites to all applicants chosen to interview. There was a mix at my interview day. When you apply to a lot of schools it becomes a chore to have to check your status all the time. It was painful to get answers from financial aid and the woman I spoke with wasn't the friendliest person in the world."
"Do not put all the important information on the applicant website, as its often down for technical difficulties. Email out the address, time, etc... in the interview email"
"They were amazing about almost everything. They did accidentally not send me an email about a pizza party dinner the night before however, so I missed a great opportunity to meet students."
"None. Gayle is awesome. She is really straight to the point, friendly and informative."
"Tour of hospital will be good!"
"The admissions office is super friendly!"
"Well organized day. I liked it!"
"Email to tell me that I got an interview? If I didn't randomly check the website, I wouldntve known"
"Be critical of who you have doing interviews. The students are interviewing the school as well and p"
"Think critically of who you have do the interviews. Both my student and faculty interviewer was awfu"
"More interview days so we dont walk around in a group of 30 students. Also would allow more flexibil"
"There should be more interview days so that there are smaller groups at the interview."
"none. they were very helpful and friendly throughout. The process was straightforward"
"Gayle is a life saver!"
"None. Did amazing job making us all feel welcome and comfortable for interview day."
"Perhaps provide interview-day schedule before the day of interview."
"You guys are great! So friendly and supportive!"
"I personally liked the atmosphere that was set during today's interview. Some people might not look"
"I would have been much more impressed by a more polished interview day, where staff wore business ca"
"If you could tell the admissions committee anything about yourself that we haven't discussed in this interview so far, what would you tell them?"
"Tell me about yourself?"
"What my role in research is at the hospital."
"Are any of your friends applying to medical school? If not, what do they do for a living?"
"Faculty interviewer asked where I see myself in ten years."
"Why are you interested in becoming a physician?"
"Just some more in-depth questions on my research work; looking at more long-term applications."
"Why UC Irvine?"
"The usual, asked me about my experiences (ECs, school, family, hobbies, etc). Very conversational and relaxed."
"What is your favorite class?"
"Tell me about your research"
"Tell me about your family?"
"Tell me about "X" activity."
"student: what was the most interesting thing you saw in your clinical experiences?"
"Student interviewer just flipped through my file and asked about particular experiences. The faculty interviewer started off asking me "How did you decide medicine was the right career for you?""
"Why do you want to go to medical school?"
"My student interview was very conversational and relaxed (we walked, sat at an outside table, and ate while we talked; we didn't really talk about my application, just about uci/my life in general.
My faculty interviewer focused on my amcas application and clinical/research activities that I have done:
What kinds of volunteer activities have you done outside of medicine/in the community?"
"Most importantly, tell me what you have been doing your year off? (Faculty)"
"How do you plan to balance medical school and your family life"
"Tell me about yourself, why medicine?"
"Standard questions: questions about family, why medicine, undergrad experience"
"Faculty Interview: Why UCI?"
"What is the role of a physician in the community? What makes a good physician?"
"Why this profession and not another?"
"Student interviewer mostly just asked about my different activities and encouraged me to ask him questions. Very conversational. Faculty interviewer asked me 3 questions then said the rest of the time was for me to ask him questions."
"What have you been doing since graduation?"
"The faculty interviewer did not ask me any questions. He just rambled for 2 1/2 hours. I am not exaggerating. "
"Student Interviewer: Tell me about yourself. What is your research on? Why do you want to pursue medicine? What clinical exposure do you have? What other experiences have you had? Why did you decide to take time off? Do you have any questions for me?"
"What was the one most important thing you learned in college?"
"Tell me about your volunteer exp? Where they valuable? What did you do? And THAT made you want to go into medicine?"
"Tell me about yourself (this was the first and last question before I went through my life in chronological order)."
"Student: Walked me through my college career and then the years after college. Just allowed me to present my personal narrative. Very conversational."
"What specialty do you have in mind?"
"Nothing too specific, more a review of my file, "I'd like you start from the beginning and explain how you got here." "
"What do you think needs to change about our health care system?"
"Who are you?"
"(from student) What do you think are some of the problems we have in health care?"
"How did you choose the topic of your thesis? (I'm a history major)"
"Med school is stressful, what do you do to let loose?
followed by appropriate jokes about me skipping 6th period in high school (not like other med student interviewers who make jokes when they're really not kidding)."
"So I see you've worked in a free clinic. I know it's a difficult question but how do you feel when you see the patients? "
"What do you want to specialize in? (When I answered that I had many interest and named a few the interviewer lectured me on how I should really decide before I arrive which i found negative considering how could I possibly decide a speciality when there is so much I haven't been exposed to)"
"If you had a free airplane ticket to anywhere, where would you go?"
"Tell me about your research experience."
"Tell me about X experience."
"Why UCI (what do you look for in a med school)? What other schools did you interview at?"
"Why do you want to be a physician? (This question was asked for all my interviews...)"
"Why do you want to go into medicine?"
"What do you mean by 'social justice'?"
"Tell me about yourself"
"Faculty: What speciality are you interested in? Tell me about your family. Why do you want to be a doctor? How will you deal with the frustrations of medicine? "
"Tell me about you research"
"Tell me about X experience from your AMCAS application."
"Tell me about your study abroad experience. "
"How did you get here? Start from the beginning and talk about your experiences."
"Why don't you apply for the PRIME-LC program?"
"Where do you see yourself in ten years?"
"What qualities do you think would make you a good doctor?"
"And when did you do this? (referring to the timeline of all 15 of my experiences)."
"What is the name of the city in which that program is located?"
"so why do you want to be a doctor?"
"Why do you want to be a physician?"
"so what would you like to talk about"
"how did you decide on medicine"
"What book are you reading right now? "
"What are you most passionate about?"
"Why UCI? You should go to UCLA."
"What do you hope to bring to our medical school?"
"What specialty do you want to go into and why?"
"Tell me about your reasearch."
"Student interviewer just asked me about hobbies mainly. It's clear that the student interviewers just wanted to see if you're a fun person to be with, since you are going to be part of their community."
"went over my application"
"Tell me about your research."
"why did you leave your former career for medicine?"
"Which area of medicine are you interested in?"
"Questions about my research."
"Questions were primarily "explain xxx experience"- no scenarios/ethical questions or healthcare stuff"
"What do you like about Irvine (I had taken summer school classes there)?"
"Tell me a little but about yourself. (This is hard because where do you start?)"
"See above comments. "
"Student interviewer: What is your best quality as individual? Weakest? What do you wish you could change? Why medicine? Did you family push you to become a doctor? How do they feel about your ambitions? "
"Tell me about your family."
"What will you bring to this school?"
"Why the change in career focus?"
"Why did you pick your undergrad institution?"
"Tell me about your involvement in (blank) activity. Tell me about your family. "
"What would you do if patient didn't have insurance?"
"So you think you're mature?"
"What do you think of the Columbine high school tragedy? (I'm from Colorado)"
"What was your little brother's name (I was in a big brother/big sister program during my senior year)? "
"Tell me about xyz activities."
"You are a sociology major? Where's the science? Did you take enough science classes?"
"Why do you want to be a doctor?"
"Tell me about yourself, I didn't read your file?"
"Specific question about my AMCAS. Make sure you know all the activities you participated in, why you did them and what you learned from them. I was asked specifics about my research project-down to western blot results!"
"Why Medicine and not public health,nursing, etc.?
"How is your relationship with your parents?"
"Describe your role in the research project."
"tell me about yourself."
"What would I do if I didn't go to medical school right away?"
"Tell me about the research you have done."
"tell me about your self?"
"Why medicine? What is your motivation for pursuing medicine?"
"Tell me about a specific extracurricular."
"What two patient interactions have you had that stand out to you?"
"How would you find a support system away from home?"
"Nothing difficult or too interesting."
"What do you think is one of the biggest challenges with EMR physicians face? What do you think the younger, tech-savvy generation will do to change this?"
"What values do you bring from your cultural background that will be useful in medicine?"
"It was mostly a conversation."
"What does being a leader mean to you?"
"none - standard"
"I work an in an anesthesiology lab and my interviewer was an anesthesiologist. So we had a lot to talk about. She asked a lot of questions about my lab."
"they were all pretty standard"
"What do you see yourself doing in 10 years?"
"Tell me about your brother, what does he do?"
"What are traits/behaviors that you'd like to develop as a physician? Are there any you'd like to avoid?"
"what kind of doctor do you want to be? (specialty/ lifestyle discussion)"
"A lot of her questions made me think about "why" I did the activities that I did. I learned a lot about my motivations/reasons for doing certain activities.."
"Tell me about your time in (specific country)"
"None really the day was low key and really conversational. My student interviewer didnt even ask me why uci or why medicine."
"That was seriously it for questions. Very conversational, low-stress. "
"How did u remain focused on your goals despite distractions?"
"Faculty Interview: What do you think are your chances of being in medical school next year?"
"Should doctors run for political positions?"
"N/A, all standard."
"Faculty Interviewer: From your interaction with medical doctors, what questions or concerns did you formulate about the field or life as a physician?"
"If you didn't get into medical school this cycle, what would you do? Apply again or pursue other fields?"
"What sports do you play? Is that really a sport? (seriously?)
We dont have access to your GPA and MCAT, but, we will soon. How did you do on those? What do you think your prob of getting into medical school is? No, like a percentage? What about 79%? Do you really see yourself going to Irvine?
Basically, I think he recognized that I wasn't too into the school, and didn't want to waste an acceptance on me (with good cause. I'll be writing the admissions committee and taking my name out of consideration. I regret wasting everyone's time)."
"How will you handle stress and get your mind off school?"
"Specific question pertaining to a portion of my personal statement, regarding my parent's story."
"Tell me about your travels. "
"Is it a growing trend to take time off before med school? It seems like all the people I interview are out of school."
"The student told me she swore she would ask the person she interviewed the same question she was asked, because she hated it. It was: ''Teach me how to do something, like right now.''"
"Something along the lines of:
experience X posed a great moral challenge, tell me about that"
"Questions were basic with nothing that interesting or difficult"
"Go through your life 10 years from down (every little detail...from description of my life, what my husband does, how many kids, what car I drive, where I work, etc.)"
"Most of my questions, especially from my faculty interview, were pretty standard. "
"If you were in charge of the US healthcare what policies would you implement/address?"
"I wasn't asked any conventional questions."
"Most were pretty straight-forward. My interviewer was a very interesting person, however."
"Mainly talked about my volunteer and research experiences and about the healthcare system. What do I like about UCI. "
"Nothing. Just stuff on my files."
"Teach me something."
"The interview was interesting. He told me in the beginning that he was going to ask me a couple of questions, but then half of the interview would be asking him questions to see if UCI would be a good fit for me. "
"What kind of relationship do I see between poetry & medicine??? (im a spoken word poet)"
"what do you think about Schwarzenegger's new California Health Plan? (I sort of brought this on myself by asking what the med school will do about it)"
"The student interviewer asked my opinion on one her preceptor's patient's case."
"Nothing really. Most of the questions were concerned with my experiences."
"Do you think that Doctors are unaware of what is going on in underserved communities?"
"Why do you want to stay in California?"
"Have you done any traveling?"
"What is the most challenging aspect of teaching? (I am a teacher)"
"You've had an impressive career. So why are you in my office?"
"What do you think is the similarity between education and medicine?"
"What would be the positive and negative aspects of medicine?"
"What will be your biggest contribution to medicine?"
"How is the healthcare for the Latino community different on this side of the border as compared to abroad?"
"All questions my AMCAS and Secondary."
"So have you considered earning an MBA as well? (a follow up on my interest to health policy and management)"
"you wake up in a room. what's in it? "
"what do you do for fun"
"Are you related to Osborne Reynolds?"
"detailed questions about my activities or AMCAS essay. the interview was semi-open file, which means they have your activities but not your scores. I was impressed by how carefully my interviewers had looked at my file. they really seemed to care about making me feel comfortable and getting to know me. i thought this was really nice because my student interviewer had just finished an exam and had 4 hours of class following the interview, but they still seemed really excited to meet applicants."
"nothing really interesting, pretty typical"
"If you had the superpower to change anything you could, what would you change?"
"If you had a day with no work or studying how would you spend your time?"
"Why didn't you apply to UC San Diego?"
"Tell me about your involvement with University Ministry. (Had that on my AMCAS)"
"Nothing, very very standard questions"
"Run through an average day of your life 10 years from now, starting with when you wake up in the morning. What type of neighborhood are you living in? What kind of car do you drive?"
"What do you think of complementary medicine?"
"how will your MPH help you in medicine?"
"Nothing out of the ordinary"
"Tell me about your family."
"how's the surfing in northern california?"
"Did you find, coming from a rural background, that you had to forge your own path to succeed?"
"Nothing out of the ordinary. Standard questions."
"Has there ever been a time when someone misunderstood you?"
"The questions were pretty standard and my interviewer was the nicest lady! Why do you want to be a doctor? etc."
"Teach me something....."
"My faculty interviewer basically listed off my activities from the AMCAS application and wanted a brief blurb about each one--It was so difficult trying to have a conversation with her. The student interviewer asked non-academic and very non-confrontational questions about what I planned to do in life, why I chose medicine, etc."
"What traits do you possess that would make you a humanistic doctor?"
"Nothing too intereting."
"Would you work for free as a doctor?"
"Nothing too interesting. Are you going to publish your research? In what journal?"
"asked questions about my second major, psychology, why I chose it, what I liked about it"
"What are my five favorite things in the world?
What was my favorite class?
Tell me about your major and experience in college?"
"How do you envision your practice in the future?"
"How will you maintain a balance in your life during med school?"
"What do you think about euthanasia?"
"Do you think you have to be a realist or an idealist to go into medicine?"
"What medical issues face doctors today?"
"I wasn't really asked any questions. "
"What would you do if a patient came to you with no insurance but in a serious condition that needed immediate attention?"
"What is your opinion on euthanasia?"
"Philosophical-type question on how my area of research related to another."
"What will your average day be like as a medical student?"
"I was asked to describe my experiences abroad "
"If you were Governor of California, what would you do to change things?"
"She told me about a recent case where a medical student switched two new born babies, which caused a new law to be passed where medical students can't be the ones to give newborns to their mothers. She asked what I thought of this."
"Do you think you will ever have clinical depression (my brother has had it)?"
"Where do you think healthcare is going?"
"What do you do when you can't solve a problem?"
"What is the most difficult thing that you had to over come?"
"Would you like to practice medicine in a small town or a big city?"
"What are important qualities in a leader?"
"Do you watch much T.V.?"
"what are your strengths and weaknesses??? (not really that interesting actually!--student asked)"
"What would you tell a patient with ______ illness?"
"They didn't ask anything that was different than standard questions."
"What is your stance on the war with Iraq?"
"If you were accepted, what is the likelihood that you'll come here?"
"If I had one billion dollars, what would I do with it?"
"Why do you think your qualities will be well suited to being a physician, and what will you add to the UCI COM student body?"
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