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  • University of California Davis School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Sacramento
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?

45 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At another location

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)?

"How would you lab partner describe you?" Report Response

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

"What are your strengths and weaknesses?" Report Response

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

"What don't you like about the current practice of medicine?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"You prescribed penicillin to a patient, but then a nurse tell you your patient is allergic to penicillin. Would you tell your patient about your error, even though he may have taken the medicine without any obvious adverse effects?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"None of the questions were too difficult, except perhaps the one about telling my intervier about myself (they've already read about you, so it's hard not to feel you're boring them to death with your spiel)" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read over secondary essays, SDN website, UC Davis magazines, brochures on student-run free clinics, and MSAR" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"My interviewer was very professional and pleasant. He explained the purpose of the interview and mentioned that he'd already written down a list of questions he wanted to ask me. " Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"I didn't have a student interview or a tour of the medical center in Sacramento because there were no third and fourth year students available." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"They're planning to move the medical school from Davis to Sacramento. Presently, the first two years of med school are spent in Davis and the last two in Sacramento. All the student-run clinics are in Sacramento and so are most of the hospitals too." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"The interview was surprisingly low stress. I had read about the list of ethical questions that interviewers are asked to pick from, but wasn't sure which ones to expect. There really are no right or wrong answers to these questions, they just want to see how we think. Just be yourself during the interview and try to answer the questions as honestly as you possibly can. The medical school facilities at UC Davis are definitely not the state of the art, but the Sacramento campus is quite impressive. The students have a genunie camaraderie amongst themselves and they have a great rapport with the faculty. UC Davis has a hight standard of education delivered in a collegial and supportive academic environment. The students are given many helpful learning resources and also have access to excellent tutors. A note of caution to anyone coming in from out of town: the student host list that is included in the interview invitation may not be current. I tried unsuccessfully to get a host; I kept calling and emailing people, but hardly anyone responded. It might be a better idea to book a room at a nearby hotel, and then try to meet as many students as possible during the interview day (there's a lot of downtime)." Report Response

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