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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?


What was the stress level of the interview?

3 out of 10


How long was the interview?

60+ minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

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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)?

"What do you think about alternative medicine? What would you do if you didn't get accepted to medical school" Report Response

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

"Was there anything missing in your childhood (i.e. were you disadvantaged)? " Report Response

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

"Did you encounter any physicians who had negative attitudes? How do you balance your concern for a physician while treading the fine line of not being judgemental. " Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Was there a point in your life where you stopped and pondered your decision to enter medicine? What makes people in medicine jaded? How would you prevent yourself from being jaded in the field? " Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"What profession or career did were considering when you were a child? " Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read website, talked with student host" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Student-run clinic; great electives in first and second year" Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Real lack of aesthetic beauty in the architecture; the entire anatomy course if packed into one quarter (a little over 10 weeks) " Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"traditional curriculum based on lectures; classes are 8-12 everyday and may last longer depending on what year and what day; in the past 4-5 years the school has worked hard to boost student morale; students now seem satisfied with the school" Report Response

What are your general comments?

"UCSD has been known for having more difficult interviewers but luckily the ones I had were extremely supportive and relaxing. Based on the questions that were asked, the interviewers had my application closely and were genuinely interested in learning more about me as a person. I interviewed with a Ph.D. and a MD. The environment was extremely relaxed. If you have the opportunity, stick around at the end of the day to tour the student-run clinics. It's amazing how chaotic the clinics are but the students are doing fabulous work. Plus, you get a free dinner! " Report Response

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