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  • University of California Los Angeles / Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Los Angeles
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

2 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

30 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)?

"Tell me about your family, upbringing, learning spanish, etc." Report Response

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

"Tell me about your research. Are you interested in doing research in med school?" Report Response

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

"How did you learn about Drew and why do you want to come here? " Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Why did you choose to go to Boston to do research? And questions about my family." Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Asked to explain low science GPA. Where do you see yourself in 10 years? (I always hate that one)" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Reread my 1º and 2º applications; read interview feedback postings; read newspaper articles and school website information about current issues at the school (lack of funding, accreditation issues, etc)." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The current and prospective students, along with the faculty and staff, were all amazing people. I love the diversity of backgrounds and interests and the commitment to caring for the underserved." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The hospital was very quiet and nearly empty, but our tour guide said that is normal for a saturday morning and that things pick up in the afternoon and through the night." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"There are multiple interviewers (dean, faculty and students) and you have no idea who you will get. They interview so many people that day (about 25)--it would have been good to come up with something or some way of distinguishing myself. " Report Response

What are your general comments?

"This was my first interview, so I cannot compare to other schools, but it was very relaxed. I got there early (they tell you 8:30, but I was there around 8 when they opened the doors). We signed up to interview in roughly the order we got there, so being early helped a lot in terms of getting through everything quickly. The Dean of Admissions and the Dean of the Med School were both very welcoming and genuinely interested in Drew and it's mission. My interviewer was a 3rd year med student who seemed more interested in having a conversation than in picking apart my application. He asked about my family and my experiences in college (academics, athletics, extracurriculars). Occasionally he'd look at his interview sheet and ask me questions like , "why Drew?" and "where do you see yourself in ten years?", but he seemed less interested in these answers than in our conversation. we talked about his own family, his medical interests, his experiences at Drew. He briefly asked about my grades, but didn't seem too worried about them. He was interested in the research I had done and educated me about research opportunities at Drew. I also asked about the dual MD/MPH option and opportunities for international experience. He was very friendly, relaxed and informative. After the interview, I ate brunch (good food) and then headed off on the tour of the medical center. There were some students on the tour who had yet to interview, so I'm sure they didn't finish until around 2. I was able to leave around 12:30. I was very impressed by the other interviewees--all amazing people. Overall, it was a good experience. I think it is important to find a school that fits with your own goals and interests and this one defeinitely does for me." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

03/27/2004

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