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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?

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)?

"Student interviewer: What is your best quality as individual? Weakest? What do you wish you could change? Why medicine? Did you family push you to become a doctor? How do they feel about your ambitions? " Report Response | I was asked this question too

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

"Faculty interviewer: Tell me about yourself--you can begin at any point in your life. What kinds of classes did you take for your second major? How did you prepare for going abroad? How do you envision your practice in the future? What kinds of patients will you treat? In what kind of setting will you practice? What is the greatest problem facing healthcare today, and how would you solve it? What can I tell you about UCI? Where else did you apply? Why UCI?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most interesting question?

"How do you envision your practice in the future?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most difficult question?

"See above... it's so hard to have the answer to that questions when I haven't even been accepted to medical school yet." Report Response | I was asked this question too

How did you prepare for the interview?

"I read this site. Reviewed current health issues, my secondary app, and talked to students I knew there." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"EVERYONE I met there absolutely loves it!! The students were very happy and the entire class is very closeknit. The new CPX exam was piloted at UCI, so obviously the students will be very well prepared when it is time for them to take the exam. Also, it was obvious that the students there were all very qualified, but most importantly very well-rounded---many had even turned down "higher ranked" schools for Irvine. " Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The medical center is not on campus, and since LA traffic is horrendous, this could be very annoying. I was really not impressed with the small anatomy lab in the basement of one their buildings. The look of the school in general is pretty blah." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Some students live in Newport Beach, and others even surf before class!!" Report Response

What are your general comments?

"The tour in the morning is worth it only because there is no other chance to see the campus unless you know someone or if you go back on your own later. I LOVED my student host! She was so kind and even took me out to a Tuesday night taco hangout. I met a lot of other current students, and everyone was very nice and encouraging. They had just come back from a group camping trip, and it was obvious how close everyone was. My student interviewer was also very nice, and we had a lot in common. She was friendly most of the time, but I could tell she felt like she needed to ask some pretty serious questions too. My faculty interviewer was great as well. He told me he hadn't read any of my file on purpose because he wanted to get to know me without any biases. He said he'd read my essays later. We talked for a very very long time, and it was so comfortable that I felt like we could have talked longer. I felt very good after the interview, but then got nervous that I didn't have enough concrete answers for my faculty interviewer since he mostly asked my opinions on tough issues, and he really wanted me to talk about my future a lot. But since it has been quite a while since my interview, I already know that I've been accepted :) so I know that it is best to be honest but yet always confident. O and the only reason my stress level is a 3 is because it was a UC, and I felt extra pressure because it was my only UC interview at the time. The interviews themselves we not bad at all. " Report Response

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