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  • University of California San Francisco School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • San Francisco
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?

7 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?

Closed file

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 1)?

"What was the most important thing you learned as an undergraduate student?" Report Response

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

"Describe your research without all the technojargon -- explain what you did in a way that someone with my research experience can understand." Report Response

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

"If you could ask President Bush just one question, what would it be?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"If you, in the future, had a patient who wanted to follow an ethically controversial medical procedure that you didn't believe was ethically permissible, and the patient had no recourse at all but to go to you, would you refuse to recommend that procedure to your patient? Basically, would you force your own ethical code onto your patients? (Question was a follow-up to a response where I unwisely delved into the discussion of medical ethics.)" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"If you had one question you could ask President Bush, what would it be?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read, browsed the UCSF website, prepared questions to ask my interviewers." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The caliber of students and faculty at UCSF. I sat in on a small group discussion section, and it was wonderful to see how encouraging the instructor was and how easily and intelligently the students worked together to learn the material. Obviously, UCSF's reputation and quality of education are among the very best in the nation, and its research and hospitals are also excellent. It also has plenty of international opportunities even to countries in Asia, and has electives that I've seen nowhere else such as Medical Cantonese and Medical Mandarin. My interviewers seemed interested in my application and asked me thoughtful questions." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The interview day seemed poorly organized. Our morning consisted of 2 interviews and sitting in on a small group section, but with all the dead time in between, we found ourselves in the admissions office chatting amongst ourselves a lot. There was no introduction or overview of the curriculum or the merits of the school. We also ate lunch together in a room in the gloomy basement and, though told that a med student would come join us to answer our questions, no one came. The financial aid officer was late to meet us, and our tour with a med student was unusually short and hurried. These were all just small details, but altogether, it felt that the admissions office hadn't put a whole lot of effort into advertising the school. " Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"San Francisco is very cold and windy for most of the year, and it was no exception on the day of my interview. Be sure to dress warmly if you don't like the cold." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"An excellent school with a great and well-deserved reputation. The actual interview day seemed somewhat clumsily put together, though, and I can't say I had a better idea of what UCSF was all about after my visit there." Report Response

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