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  • University of California Irvine School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Irvine, CA
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?

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)?

"Questions were primarily "explain xxx experience"- no scenarios/ethical questions or healthcare stuff" Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most interesting question?

"Has there ever been a time when someone misunderstood you?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most difficult question?

"Same as above" Report Response | I was asked this question too

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN, talked to friends" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Cheap tuition for cal residents, EVERY student appeared very happy with their choice (and I talked to several of them)... students I talked to there turned down some very "prestigious" schools to go to UCI (and I could see why)... nice weather, MD/MBA program, excellent board scores, very close-knit small class with huge support from the faculty... I got the impression that the school focuses on providing plenty of guidance to its students as opposed to having an environment where you "fend for yourself" (something that could be good or bad depending on how you learn things)... there are opportunities to work with patients from different backgrounds too." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The school does have a variety of great research opportunities; however, I got the impression that it wasn't quite the place to go if you really wanted to focus on research... I think there are other schools out there with more resources. Cost of living is very high unless you get on-campus housing. Traffic in So Cal is generally nasty but if you stay off of the freeways it shouldn't be a problem. No tour of med center either." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"That it was such a great school" Report Response

What are your general comments?

"As everyone else says: relaxed. Faculty interviewer just wanted to get an idea of the "person behind the application" Had the student interview over lunch. She really knew the array of opportunities available at the school." Report Response

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