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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

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 research and state the hypotheses you are testing." Report Response

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

"Why MD/PhD and not straight PhD?" Report Response

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

"Why did you take Italian?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Pretty standard, (Why MSTP, where do you see yourself in 15 years, tell me about your research) although I got no cheesy interview questions (what makes you special) or ethical questions or healthcare economics questions." Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"How EXACTLY are you going to apply your molecular research to the patients that you take care of?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"I re-read my application and read about some of the faculty research at UCSD." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Everything was VERY relaxed and low key. I had a blast hanging out with the students, especially at the dinner after interviews were over. The Salk Institute is probably the most beautiful spot to do research in the world." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"The NRC rates UCSD's Neurosciences grad program as #1 in the country." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"This interview is not one to worry about. Everything was relaxed and very conversational. It was also EXTREMELY well-organized and ran very smoothly." Report Response

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