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  • University of California Irvine School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Irvine, CA
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?


What was the stress level of the interview?

1 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)?

"Tell me about your involvement in (blank) activity. Tell me about your family. " Report Response | I was asked this question too

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

"Why do you want to go to UCI specifically since you probably have offers from other really qualified schools? How do you feel about treating the underserved community?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

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

"What would you be doing if you weren't pursuing medicine? What field in medicine do you want to go into?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most interesting question?

"What medical issues face doctors today?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most difficult question?

"Where do you see yourself in 15 years? What type of practice will you be in, what type of patient population will you be treating, and where will you be?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN website, read Time magazines to catch up with current events, re-read my personal statement & application to Irvine, and went over some basic questions in my head like why go to medicine, why Irvine, etc." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"I was surprised at how high their pass rate is on the Step 1. Also, their students have a pretty high percentage of placing into the top 3 choices of residencies. The environment of the school is very friendly and not competitive at all. The students I talked to all said that they help each other study and that there is a huge data base for past tests to help them also. Now, UCI would probably be a top choice for me if I am accepted." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The only thing that is weird is that the medical center is a ways from campus. Otherwise, everything is peachy." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"The traffic going south on the 55 is still horrible in the morning. It took me almost an hour to get there from my house when it should only take 25 minutes. Of course, that is partially my fault since I left right in the middle of rush hour. (7:00am-8:00am)" Report Response

What are your general comments?

" I had an awesome time, especially since it was my first interview. I was really nervous coming down, but I had the opportunity to go to a underrepresented minority gathering at Chili's the night before. I highly recommend this to anyone who is invited because the med students really put my mind at ease about the ensuing interview day. I entered the next day with composure and confidence that nothing was going to surprise me. I think the best advice I heard was from Gayle who reminded all of us in the morning that the day is just as much about the school trying to impress you as it is about you impressing them. If you are offered an interview, then that means they want you to come to their school. They are trying to get you to like them as well as trying to get to know you a little better. Finally, UCI COM is a great place and my overall impression was changed by my interview experience. I highly recommend the school and hope to some day be a part of it. Good luck everybody!" Report Response

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