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  • University of California Irvine School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Irvine
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 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)?

"Tell me a little but about yourself. (This is hard because where do you start?)" Report Response

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

"If I asked your friends to describe you, what would they say?" Report Response

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

"Tell me about your clinical experiences, and what they taught you about the medical field." Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"What traits do you possess that would make you a humanistic doctor?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"What are you doing now to better yourself?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read over my personal statement, secondary essays, this website, researched on UCI's website, and generally thought about the usual questions (i.e. why do you want to become a doctor? Why UCI? Why you?)" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The phenomenal information about the Patient-Doctor Program! The facility in which many of the mock interviews and history-taking of standardized patients is done is quite nice and high tech. It also seemed that UCI's students have a very tight connection with each other, being such a small class. Also, the faculty (namely Gayle and Mrs. Peterson) were absolutely delightful." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Most of the facilities are quite old (probably from the 1960s), as is the anatomy lab (which fortunately will be renovated this summer!). Also, the hospital is in Orange, and although this is only 20 min away from campus, the heavy traffic on that freeway (22) can be horrendous." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"I was a UCI undergrad, so I knew pretty much everything I needed to know going in." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"The interview experience was overall quite positive. I would recommend to everyone to show up at 8am for the medical campus tour... even I learned something here (although being quite familiar with the campus). Plus the med students discuss the curriculum, the life, etc., and it is a great chance to ask questions about anything. After the student tour, breakfast was served and most of the morning is taken up by various presentations, regarding financial aid, hoursing, and a very fun introduction of every student present for interviews (we each had to talk a little about ourselves). Then lunch was served (and it was quite the spread!), followed by student interviews. I had a 1 1/2 hour break between my student and faculty interview, scheduled at 2:30 in Santa Ana (which is quite unusual). The faculty interview was 1 hour and 20 minutes, but only so because I think I had many things in common with the interviewer. By 4pm I was done." Report Response

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