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

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

3 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

45 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 yourself... (They use this question as a starting point so they can ask other questions that build on what you tell them - so talk about something that you want them to question you about" Report Response

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

"What's your first choice med school? (Be honest - they can see right through you)" Report Response

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

"What's the biggest health care problem today? (AND how would you solve it?) They asked quite a few AND how would you solve this type questions (to see how you think I guess - the interviewer kept saying there is no right answer...)" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"In your opinion, is the world safer today than it was ten years ago? (not health-related, just in general)" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"If you were in my place and you were looking over your file what are some reasons why you wouldn't accept yourself?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Went to the Davis website, re-read my primary and secondary applications" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The students were really friendly, laid back and really wanted to answer our questions - I could really see myself as one of them next year - they didnt seem like the over-competitive pre-med freaks I've come to know over the years - i guess Pass/No Pass really works wonders. The student-run clinics really impressed me as well." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The facilities look 70s-ish - but they've just finished building a new Genomics building that they say will have lecture halls for med school students and they're going to move the med school facilities over to a new building in Sacramento nearer to the UC Davis med center. " Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"You will need some way to get to Sacramento so having a car is helpful (but there is a shuttle). You don't need to stress out so much about the interview - the interviewers really try to make you feel comfortable, it felt like I was having an interesting conversation with a good friend!" Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Overall - try to take in everything around you and not stress out so much. They try to pair you with an interviewer who has similar interests/backgrounds and minority status as you so you feel more comfortable in the interview setting. The schedule for the day was: an orientation, then sat in on a lecture, then tour of med school, then lunch with med students, then interviews, then tour of med center in Sacramento. Also - Davis has interviews really late in the year (until May!) so don't worry if you haven't heard from them in a long while. " Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

03/29/2004

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