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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

How many people interviewed you?


What was the style of the interview?


What type of interview was it?

Open file

What was the most interesting question?

"Tell me about your background? -Asked by a student interviewer." Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most difficult question?

"What makes a good doctor? -Asked by a student interviewer." Report Response | I was asked this question too

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Reviewed my personal statement and tried to be calm. By this time, I already had 3 interviews so things were second nature to me. The best way to prepare for an interview is to do as much interviews as possible." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The friendliness of the faculy and students. The facilities, curriculum, and the beaches !!" Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Nothing really. The school impressed me tremendously in spite of the cut-throat rumors I have heard." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"The interviews can last a long time. Especially with my faculty interviewer (1.5 hours). The student interview was about 1 hour. On the day of my interview, there were only 5 MD applicants total. The rest, which were around 20 people, were MSTP applicants. Apparently, they squished many of the MSTP into that one date." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Overall, the UCSD interview was the best I have had. Everyone was friendly. My faculty interviewer spent most of the time talking about his research. He only asked me a few simple questions about my academic background, research, etc. But that was only 5 minutes. The remaining 1 hour and 25 minutes was about his research. That was good because I didn't have to talk. I found his research interesting but had trouble staying awake because I woke up at 3am to drive from Irvine to La Jolla. The student interviewer was nice as well. Most of her questions were easy and straightforward. There were no ethical or healthcare questions. They were just trying to find out more about me." Report Response

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