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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?

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

"Tell me about your family? She wanted to know about immediate AND extended family. She was seriously asking about aunts, uncles, grand parents, cousins, etc. Why??" Report Response | I was asked this question too

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

"What sort of activities were you involved with on campus that were not academic? She also asked if I attended sporting events, clubs, parties, etc." Report Response | I was asked this question too

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

"Why do you want to come to UCLA? " Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most interesting question?

"It was mostly just questions about my life, family, interests outside of school, etc. It seemed like she was searching for times when I overcame adversity or struggled to get by. I think in the end, it seemed like I grew up disadvantaged, but that wasn't the point I was trying to make. She just kept asking about that kind of thing- for example she was very impressed that I worked during college, am the first non-blue collar person in my family, etc, but I'm not disadvantaged, and have had an easy life. (I'm not minority, by the way)" Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most difficult question?

"The last two questions: What unique trait will I add to the class? 2)Anything else you want me to tell the committee?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

How did you prepare for the interview?

"I read all about UCLA, slept a lot, and I've had a few other interviewd before this one." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"All of the students seemed very happy to be there and encouraged me to come. Even though they have exams coming up, everyone seemed pretty chill. Also, the area is really upscale and safe (although it's crowded). There is plenty of housing in the area, but no on-campus housing for med/grad students. Most people I talked to said they pay around $1300-$1400 a month for a one bedroom, or $1800 for a 2 bedroom. It sounds like a lot, but tuition is cheap so that makes up for it (plus you get to live in Westwood). The new hospital that is still under construction will open in early 2005, and looks very nice, and is supposed to be the most advanced hospital around (w/ electronic charts at the bedside). Student lounge is really cool, and set to be remodeled, and is only for med students (dental students not allowed). The med campus is big and nice (and highly regarded), but is located on the main campus, which is nice. The main campus is beautiful, by the way." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The day was not well organized, and the tour was pretty worthless. There is really no info session, financial aid talk, or formal welcome. I showed up at 11:45 am, had lunch and a tour with 2 students, went to my interview, then left for the airport. The students apologized and said that the school doesn't give them any agenda or instruction for the tour, so they weren't really sure what to do. On the positive side, this made for an informal, low stress day- but it would have been nice to learn more." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"I didn't expect it to be 85 degrees in November! I was sweating like mad in my dark wool suit!" Report Response

What are your general comments?

"The interview is really low stress. They just seem to be interested in your personality and family life. Be prepared to think of something catchy that you'll add to the class. She also asked me for a moment during my hospital volunteer work that was particularly important. It's a great school, and they seem to know that everyone wants to go there, so they just don't have to put a lot of work into a great interview day. The woman in the admissions office did say that they offer a "very nice" recruiting day in the spring for people that are accepted in the first batch (which is in Jabuary). I got along very well with my interviewer. She even had one of her research students bring me hot tea because I had a sore throat! At the end of the interview, she told me that she hoped to see me here next year, and said she would do her best to "sell" me to the committee, but said she can't make any guarantees. That made me very happy!" Report Response

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