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  • University of California San Diego School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • La Jolla
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

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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)?

"Having lived in the US and Europe, would you consider living and working in Europe again?" Report Response

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

"What career alternatives to medicine have you considered?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Nothing really. We talked mostly about my file. " Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Why my mcat scores have not improved (I took them three times)? geez, if only I knew, they improve in practice tests and never on the real thing..." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Not much actually. I read the dean's forward on the online catalog. I got most of my information from sdn. I also attended the tour of the free clinic, followed by a FREE dinner, the night before. The tour and dinner allowed me to talk to students, and I learned everything I needed to know about UCSD." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Students are happy there. The school has a great and thorough curriculum - you WILL be prepared for your boards and practice as a physician. San Diego is beautiful as everyone knows. " Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"I really don't like the idea of having a car during med school; but, at ucsd, it's a must. I just really don't want the expense. " Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Nothing." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I had a great day at UCSD. All the students were friendly and upfront. Every student will be honest with you in saying that they chose UCSD because a) they wanted to stay in california, b) it was the only UC they got into, and c) in-state tuition is huge. And, to be honest, I can't blame them: if I get into UCSD, I won't be able to turn it down because in-state tuition is about half the price of going to school on the east coast (or out-of-state). Having said all that, UCSD is a great school - ranked in the top 10 in primary care and in the top 15 overall. Also, it's beautifully situated, and I love the sun and outdoors. I felt that I would be completely happy there. " Report Response

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