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

How did the interview impress you?


What was the stress level of the interview?

5 out of 10

How you think you did?

6 out of 10


How long was the interview?

45 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

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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)?

"Tell me a little about yourself and where you grew up. (With the exception of the ehtical questions above, both my interviews were conversational and focused on specific parts of my application and essays.)" Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most interesting question?

"Suppose you had a patient who did not want to receive your care because s/he was racist and had a problem with your ethnicity. How would you respond? Would you treat this patient? Similarly, how would you respond to a patient who felt "entitled" to healtcare just because they had money? And how would you respond to this patient's requests for pricey procedures that are not medically necessary?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most difficult question?

"See above. Also, I got asked a couple of other ethical questions that are typical of many interviews (for example, you have one respirator and two patients--an eighty year old, and a fifeteen year old--so, what do you do? Who do you give it to?)" Report Response | I was asked this question too

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Practiced with buddies, read through my million essays, and perused some information about the school, its medical center, and its amazing student-run free clinics. Of course, I read reviews on SDN." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"I love the campus and community feel of Davis. Although there is currently a split "campus" (1st + 2nd years spend their pre-clinical years studying at the main UC Davis campus, and 3rd + 4th years spend their clinical years at the UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, about 20 miles away), they are builing a new teaching facility on the medical center campus for the 1st + 2nd years. Also, the students are so happy, and among the UC schools, Davis is by far the cheapest in terms of living costs. Also, the student-run clinics are amazing and remain unparalleled in the nation. Davis has great emphasis on the patient and human aspects of medicine and has incresingly become a world leader in biomedical research, particularly in genomics and nutrition." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Not too much. To be honest, the current facilities for 1st + 2nd years (the anatomy labs, the PBL rooms, and the lecture halls) are run down and showing their age. However, a brand new educational complex will be complete by 2006 in Sacramento on the medical center campus. So, no worries!" Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"My interview day was really tight (please see my comments on the top of this page). For those of you not familiar with Davis or Sacramento, let Terri Hall know well ahead of your interview day!!! She will make sure to schedule your interviews far enough apart that you have plenty of time to take the shuttle from the UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento to the Davis campus." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"UC Davis is an amazing institution that is a central player in the health of the Northern CA region. I have a bias, as I was a UC Davis undergraduate. Overall, interview day is laid-back and informative, and the new Dean of Admissions--Dr. Amerish Bera--is the man. My day was a little hectic, however. It started off at the UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento where I had a faculty interview. I then had to jet back to Davis in 30 minutes for my student interview with a second-year student. From experience, 30 minutes isn't always enough time to commute from Davis to Sacramento (so I was a little late for my second interview). Overall, the UC Davis Medical Center is an amazing central hub in Northern CA and the free student-run clinics are very admirable!" Report Response

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