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

How did the interview impress you?

No change

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 another location

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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)?

"See above comments. " Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most interesting question?

"asked questions about my second major, psychology, why I chose it, what I liked about it" Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most difficult question?

"talking about the process of why I decided to become a doctor" Report Response | I was asked this question too

How did you prepare for the interview?

"reading this site, reading up on current events/news in healthcare (which ended up being unnecessary for my interviews)" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"You're definitely going to feel the love at UCI. I don't know if it's an act or not, but all the current students go on and on about how close-knit they all are, how they work closely together, etc, etc. Although one current student said this "closeness" got to the point of being cliquish, like high school, and everyone knew everyone else's business, and there was a ton of gossip being talked about fellow med students. " Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"A HUGE 30% increase in tuition for University of California med schools starting this year, having to take a shuttle to the med center at Orange for the faculty interview, the school being in a sleepy, quiet part of Irvine where not much happens, no food places near the med school other than the very lame MedCafe (their food sucks), 18 MONTH wait list for housing, the new hospital very unlikely to be completed before I would graduate" Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"to not take UCI's interviews too seriously. Having read previous comments posted here about the interviews, I already didn't expect anything too bad, but UCI's relaxed attitude towards the interviews seemed a little too relaxed to me. Their attitude was "well, we just want to talk with you to make sure you're all normal, that there's nothing weird about you." Well that's good, but how are you going to select a class of 98 from 500 students if you don't bother asking them at least a FEW challenging questions? All I did mostly was repeat bits of information from my application. " Report Response

What are your general comments?

"For those not familiar with the UCI campus, I would recommend the student-led tour in the morning. When you get to the anatomy lab, ask your tour guide to at least open the door to let you take a peek inside, since you're not allowed to go in. Gayle Pierce seems very nice -- but I didn't like the part where the blond lady (forget her name) has every student go around the room and talk about themselves. Food is somewhat decent - but beware of your student interviewer starting your interview while you're having lunch. So try to avoid getting chicken pieces stuck in your teeth while eating! Faculty interview follows the student one. Also for any MSTP applicants, they seem to have something like 4, 5 interviews during the day instead of the 2 we got. " Report Response

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