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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?

2 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)?

"In what ways will our school meet your career goals?" Report Response

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

"Have you thought about if you will still be satisfied with just doing clinical practice 40 years from now? Have you considered research?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Do you have any reservations about attending our school?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Anything to add that is not reflected by your AMCAS/2ndary?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Reviewed my AMCAS, my UCSD 2ndary (aka Personal Statement II), and their online catalog. Gave myself 1/2 hr. extra time in the morning to get lost on the way to their adm. office." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The 3 beautiful female interviewees I spent the day with! No really, the interviewers were most impressive. They thoroughly reviewed my essays and asked very thoughtful questions. I got the sense that they were genuinely interested in learning more about my strengths and interests. Oh yeah, La Jolla is a beautiful environment. Some med students go surfing during their lunch double-hour break." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Facilities....pretty standard." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"That one of my interviewers was gonna take me on a walking tour of campus for the whole interview! But that was more fun than stressful." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"One of the longer interview days I've had. Started at 7:55 am to be precise, sat in a room with the other applicants, then an admissions officer came in and gave an orientation to our day and an overview of the med. program and resources. Then all applicants had their 2 interviews, plus an hour to look around and visit classes. At noon, we met up with some friendly med students over lunch, and they led us on an informal tour of the on-campus facilities. At around 1:30 we watched a video on their free clinic, and from 2-3 we heard from an outreach person and closed the day with an admissions officer. I recall a financial aid session somewhere in there, too. The interviews were by far the most relaxing I've had so far. Both interviewers only asked questions on my background, experiences, interests, and goals. They often made references to my essays and gave praised several comments I made in them. One of my interviewers even took me on a walking tour of campus for the whole interview. They made much effort to click with me during the interview, making for a very conversational experience. " Report Response

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