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  • University of California Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Los Angeles, CA
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?


What was the stress level of the interview?

7 out of 10


How long was the interview?

60+ minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?


What was the style of the interview?


What type of interview was it?

Open file

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 1)?

"Family background types of questions" Report Response | I was asked this question too

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

"EC's (volunteer as well as "What do you do for fun?" It's a plus if you can mention some original/unique hobbies/interests)" Report Response | I was asked this question too

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

"Why medicine " Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most interesting question?

"None, really--but she seemed more interested when I talked @ cultural issues/interests." Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most difficult question?

"Where else did you apply & where have you interviewed? I answered honestly, but emphasized my desire to stay in CA. (I would have expected this question more @ private schools.) " Report Response | I was asked this question too

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Made list of UCLA questions from this site, reviewed UCLA website, reread application/essays." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"1) During the tour, we passed by the impressive new hospital scheduled to open @ end of 2004 or early 2005. 2) Everyone described the students as "happy". 3) The vibrant & diverse rush of doctors/students through the corridors" Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Since it was during exam week, all the students seemed tense and probably not as friendly as they have been described previously. Also, our student tour guide told us that he skips most of his classes, prefering to study on his own. He felt that case-based classes & early clinical training are a waste of time (i don't think most students there think like this, though)." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"1) For those told to come @ 11:45 am, your interview may not happen until 4 pm and you may have an hour break to wander @. Be prepared to wait more than 30 min even past your appointed time. 2) The committee meets on Thursdays (I'm not sure if once a month or more) 3) You have to check in @ one of the parking kiosks in the middle of the street b/c they have over a dozen football-field sized lots, some of which may be full already (also, don't stack park--i didn't do it since i wasn't sure what time i'd be done)." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"When other interviewees tell you that they had a great interviewer who was really nice & it was conversational, don't get too relaxed since it's random who you'll get. In my case, because it was my first interview, I was a bit more nervous and spent a decent amount of time prepping. God, am i glad i did b/c my interviewer was nice, but a tough cookie, which made for a more stressful interview. She didn't ask questions any different from what's been reported before. However, her manner of interviewing was really abrupt and she started off w/ the much-dreaded "So, tell me @ yourself ....". So I began w/ my family background & she would interrupt me when she'd heard enough or wanted to interject w/ a question or switch gears. This style was tough & took me awhile to adjust to. When I first came into the office, several interviewees from the morning group were still there to wait for the afternoon folks to arrive so that we could all go get lunch & do the tour together. It was great to chat w/ other interviewees--I actually learned more useful details from them than from the admissions office." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?


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