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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?

5 out of 10


How long was the interview?

30 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)?

"What sort of ethical situation do you think would be particularly difficult for you to deal with?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

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

"Tell me about your family." Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most interesting question?

"Tell me a story about a stroke patient you saw in the ER. (I worked in the ER looking for stroke patients.)" Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most difficult question?

"Where do I see my career in 30(!) years? I thought the AMCAS practice vision question was hard to answer well, but this one really took the cake. I can't imagine being 50 when I can barely imagine what I'll be doing when I'm 25." Report Response | I was asked this question too

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read mostly. Learned a couple things about the school second hand from other students." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Students I met seemed to really dig the school. There are some pretty good opportunities for clinical exposure in the early years at the UCSD-run free clinics for migrant workers." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"They are still on an 8-hour per day lecture schedule. I hope they get on the end-at-noon bandwagon soon." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"I "discovered" the right answer to the "what would you do if a dying patient refuses a blood transfusion?" question. Wow I hope that answer didn't cost me my chance at admission. Obviously I hadn't read too much on medical ethics beforehand - oopsy." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"The first interview was a little rough. He arrived about 10-15 minutes late and wanted me to start out by telling him the rumors I heard about UCSD, and what I liked and didn't like about the school. He then proceeded to ask me some ethical questions and the questions mentioned above. Very little about my actual application. Most of my answers were pretty shoddy, and in general I think I made an ass out of myself. The second interviewer barely asked me anything at all. He got two phone calls in the middle of the interview which kind of disrupted things. He just kept flipping through my application saying stuff like "Wow you are a very impressive applicant" and "Would you really even come to UCSD?". After he asked me where I had been accepted (nowhere at the time), he then said stuff like "I don't see any red flags in here, I don't know why you haven't been accepted everywhere you applied". Anyway it was a weird interview and it was like the guy was practically kissing my ass the whole time. In the end he told me he didn't see why I wouldn't get accepted there. It balanced out the pretty crappy interview I had earlier. " Report Response

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