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  • University of California Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Los Angeles
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

4 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

60+ minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?

1

What was the style of the interview?

One-on-one

What type of interview was it?

Open file

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

"Please elaborate on this and that experience that you discussed in your application." Report Response

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

"There are a lot of professions that are relevant and useful in this world. Why do you choose medicine?" Report Response

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

"What sets you apart from everyone else?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"At this point in the process, all of the candidates look more or less the same in terms of grades, MCAT, and life experiences. What sets you apart from everyone else?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"As simple as it may seem, the above question was by far the most difficult for me. An inner war erupts: shall I respond with the canned, reliable answer? but won't that be cheesy? shall I attempt to be humorous? but won't that sound flippant? shall I then only be honest?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"I browsed others' experiences here at SD.net, enjoyed an LA cheesesteak from Damon & Pythias (mmmmmm...) in Westwood the night before, and dove my head into a book whenever anxiety came." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Everyone was extremely friendly & well-adjusted to the school. Also, one of the students sent to eat lunch with " Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The day was really unstructured. Luckily, I had the first interview of the day (9:00AM), after which they dispatched me to amble aimlessly about the grounds. " Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"The meal cards are worth only $5.00 -- a decent meal and drink will cost a few extra dollars on top of that." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I can't imagine a more compassionate and thoughtful interviewer! He knew my file very well and asked very thoughtful questions based on things that I had written. Even when I had some problems answering a few questions, he took the time to cull the meaning out of my confused spiel and calmed me down to a point where I could answer cogently and honestly. I don't know how representative he is as a UCLA med interviewer -- but I hope everyone's experience in the interview is as wonderful." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

03/19/2004

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