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  • University of California Davis School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Sacramento
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?


What was the stress level of the interview?

1 out of 10


How long was the interview?

50 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?

Open file

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

"Why medicine?" Report Response

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

"What were your most meaningful ECs during college?" Report Response

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

"The Hmong coining question: is a painful home remedy child abuse?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"My interviewer asked me to, "Tell me about what heidegger thought of modern man". Then added, "I'm asking this for information, not as a quiz". I was a philosophy-molecular biology double major, so the question makes sense." Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"A variation of the "what are your weaknesses" question." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read SDN, which really helps as the questions at davis are largely standardized. Also reviewed my app and my answers to the extensive list of secondary questions davis sends out. Read a book on bioethics." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The students! They are candid, happy, and interesting people. The student run clinics are the best I have seen at a medical school. The sacramento medical center is also new and impressive. The "expanded curriculum" option that gives time for research. Davis has a lot of high quality biological research going on as well." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The facilities at the small Davis campus. They are older and rundown. The fee hike next year for the UCs." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Not much. I read SDN, so was prepared for the trip to sacramento. I have relatives going to Davis as well, so I knew a lot about the campus." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Largely enjoyable due to the great atmosphere and interesting, talented students. A little rough around the edges, with student interviews being canceled partway through the year due to lack of volunteering third and fourth years to conduct them. Overall, a strong school with numerous options for enrichment outside of the curriculum." Report Response

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