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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?

4 out of 10

How you think you did?

9 out of 10


How long was the interview?

60+ 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)?

"What book are you reading?" Report Response

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

"What makes a good team?" Report Response

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

"Tell me more about XX in your application..." Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"A nine-year-old child of a Jehovah's Witness family needs surgery. It will not be successful without transfusions, yet the family refuses them and will disown the child if you force the transfusion with a court order. How do you proceed?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"The most interesting question." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Reread my application, read the "must read" med school books a while before (Spirit Catches You, Kitchen Table Wisdom, etc), mock interviews at school, made sure I was current on election issues, tried to relax" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Pretty much everything. The attendings and residents were overwhelmingly positive and energetic, and the few students I chatted with were also happy. The focus of the school is on keeping you human while training you to be an MD, and that's fantastic. Dr. Bera, the dean of students, is one of the nicer human beings I've been priveleged to meet. Rad virtual training center in the UCDMC hospital. From primary care to surgery, this is your place." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Little. You could complain about some out of date facilities, but the problems are cosmetic. A big new center will be up in 2006 or 2007, and if the library is small the electronic resources are vast." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"How much I liked UCD!" Report Response

What are your general comments?

"7:30am orientation, then faculty interview, tour (all in Sacramento), head to Davis for student interview and lunch, closing with dean. They try to make it low stress but, guess what, medical school interviews are a big deal and your first one (as this was for me) are somewhat stressful by nature." Report Response

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