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  • University of California Davis School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Sacramento
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

No change

What was the stress level of the interview?

2 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)?

"Tell me about yourself and your family. " Report Response

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

"Why did you major in xyz? " Report Response

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

"Why do you want to go to Davis? The questions are really quite typical and apparently the interviews which include a faculty and second-year student have a list of standard questions to ask. Applicants interviewing should not be too concerned." Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"What values have your learned from your parents?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"What strengths/weaknesses would your biology lab partner say about you?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Review AMCAS application, secondary application, read up on ethics " Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The school has four excellent student-run clinics. It also emphasizes clinical exposure early in a student's career. " Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The Interview Day is not well organized compared to other schools that I visited. There was a lot of free time between the two interviews and the hospital tour. I would recommend bringing something to read--although you can attend lecture if you like. During my visit, all students appeared to be in class so I didn't have a chance to meet students and ask they about how they felt--particularly during lunch. At other interviews that I have been at, there were always students having lunch with applicants. " Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"A lot of free time for you to do exploring on your own. " Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Most of the applicants who were there had interviews in the morning. Between your interviews, you can attend lecture if you like. The hospital tour is in the late afternoon. Apparently none of the other applicants were interested in trecking over to Sacramento to go on the hospital tour. I would recommend driving since the school is separate from the medical center. The facilities at the med school appear outdated (from the 1970s) although the hospital is quite up to date and quite impressive. " Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

04/22/2003

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