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

How did the interview impress you?


What was the stress level of the interview?

3 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?

Closed file

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 1)?

"What clinical experiences have you had? (be specific)" Report Response | I was asked this question too

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

"What community health-based experiences have you had?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

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

"How do you think pharmaceutical companies should interact with hospitals and medical institutions? (based on my experiences working in industry)" Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most interesting question?

"What exactly are you looking for in a med school?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most difficult question?

"You talk about wanting to serve the medically indigent, what concrete experieneces have you had with that so far?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN website, MSAR, talked to current students, and tried to get a good night's sleep (easier said than done)" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The diversity in the classroom and student population! The amazing views from my facutly interivewer's office, the anatomy lab and the library. San Francisco is truly a beautiful place to live in." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Nothing really, except some buildings and offices were quite old. The student lounge is pretty small and old too. But I know UCSF is an excellent school, despite the unattractive facade." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"How tiring the day was going to be! I was exhauted by the time I had my second interview, and I may even have phased out a bit towards the end (I hope my student interviewer was not offended)." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Both interviews were blind, so they both started out by asking me about myself. My faculty interivewer was laid back, and didn't ask too many specific questions. My student interviewer asked a lot more detailed questions based on what I brought up during my oral autobiography. Basically, be prepared to defend (with clear cut ideas or concrete examples) things that you say are important to you in life. For example, if you're interested in acadmic medicine - make sure you talk about past teaching/tutoring experiences. If you're into research - talk in detail about your past research and plans for future research projects. Or if you're interested in community health issues, you must back up your interests with tangible volunteer activities and clinical experience. UCSF students have varying interests in medicine, and they are encouraged in their search to find the niche of best fit. This school is definitely one of my top choices. It's a health-science professional school for self-motivated and extremely hardworking individuals. There isn't much intermingling between the different schools there (e.g. nursing school, dentistry school, etc). There was a lot of camaraderie; however, between the med students. Everyone of them said in no uncertain terms that being a UCSF med student is very hard. Some students were quite happy to be there, but most had mixed emotions. I guess everyone is comforted that being in UCSF guarantess an excellent medical education and your pick of outstanding residency programs afterwards. On a final note, tuition fees in CA for the next year will be increasing by about 40% (food for thought if you have to decide between as UC or a private school with lot of funding) " Report Response

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