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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?

5 out of 10

How you think you did?

5 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

8 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

60+ minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?

2

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)?

"what was your best/worst learning experience and why? how would your friends/classmates describe your or say are your best and worst qualities..." Report Response

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

"what's the biggest problem in medicine, why medicine, why davis and other typicals." Report Response

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

"a bunch of ethicals, some of which were very easy, and one which was impossible." Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"describe your sense of humor. (i think that's the strangest question i've had in an interview.)" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"to choose between saving two people (ethical)" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"tried to learn about the school" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"the virtual teaching facility with the dummies was cool and one guy in our group got to unclog an artery and insert a stint. they use standardized patients. dr. bera is really humble and down to earth and had a lot to say about medical school and life. he also could never remember if we were in sac or davis (you have interviews and programs at both locations) which was funny and cute." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"i was put off by the fact that both my interviews were scripted because it makes me uncomfortable to get questions off a sheet instead of a normal conversation and because the questions were so specific. also, we didn't meet many students so it was hard to get a sense of what type of students go to davis and if they were happy, etc. " Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"there was no breakfast and lunch was supposed to be during the student interview (so my student was eating while i had already eaten in a hurry to finish before that) and that the interviews would be straight from the sheet of paper and have many ethics questions." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"i got to sac with time to spare (driving from the bay) and parked in structure 1 and walked across the street to the cafe, which was easy to find and the room is just past the bathrooms so if you are waiting in the main cafe and it's past 8am start looking for room 1109 or whatever. then dr. bera told us some stories and said some cool stuff about the med school experience and took us on a short tour that showed us the really cool room with the dummies and took us up the tower to see the new teaching facilities going up. my interviews were in the afternoon, so i drove to the main campus to hang oout for an hour and then headed over to the med campus and found some fellow interviewees to eat with. then we all went to meet the others in the couch area where we waited for students to come get us and interview us. the student interview felt long (it was an hour) and then the goodbye session was at 1:00 which was dr. bera again. we watched a video that summarized the davis experience and then he explained that the class is full but that doesn't mean it's impossible to get in. there's a lot of turn over especially after may 15. so then i had my faculty interview, which was also straight from the paper and i was actually handed the paper and asked to read the questions and then answer them. my answers may have been too long because my interviewer seemed to be slightly impatient at times and it did take a long time to get through everything. there were many ethical questions, many of which were the same ones the student asked me. at both interviews i was nervous because the types of questions made me feel like my answers should be specific and organized, like and essay. but at the end of each i was finally able to relax and have a bit of a normal conversation. anyway, i didn't feel that either went very well because i was uncomfortable the whole time." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Admissions staff

How did the tourguide seem?

Enthusiastic

How do you rank the facilities?

8 out of 10

What is your in-state status?

In state

What was your total time spent traveling?

2-3 hours

What was your primary mode of travel?

Automobile

About how much did you spend on room, food, and travel?

$101-$200

Where did you stay?

Friends or family

How would you rate the hotel?

8 out of 10

Would you recommend the hotel?

no

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

01/01/2007

How do you rank this school among other schools to which you've applied?

8 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

7 out of 10

What is your ranking of this area's cultural life?

7 out of 10

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