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

8 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

10 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)?

"Tell me about your research, or tell be about your project in the _____ lab." Report Response | I was asked this question too

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

"What do you see yourself doing 15 years from now and what is your long term career goal?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

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

"Are there any things that concern you about medical school?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most interesting question?

"How do you explain the way you described the Japanese educational system (not very strict, kids who skipped class) with the high performance of Japanese students compared to American students? (I lived in Japan and taught English there for one year)" Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most difficult question?

"If you had to drop the MD or PhD, which one would you give up? Do you know how old you will be when you graduate? When you get your first job?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read personal statement and research statement. Mock interview with career counselor. Thought about responses to common questions and wrote down key points." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"I was very impressed by UCSF's responsiveness to student feedback. From looking at SDN responses from last year and also talking to current students, it seemed like a lot of people felt that past interviews were disjointed and not very organized. This year was totally different. We spend the whole morning together as a group and even got to have breakfast with the Associate Dean who did a great job of summarizing UCSF SOM philosphy and the benefits of UCSF. We were also able to attend a lecture together and have lunch with a 3rd year student. Also many people had interviews at another campus location (Mission Bay, SFGH, VA) and it was great how the admissions staff provided personalized maps in each of our packets with our destinations and shuttle times highlighted for us. The students that I talked to were very laidback and not stressed because of the pass-fail grading system in the first two years. Everyone seemed very happy to be at UCSF." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"MD interviewer was a little random and didn't let me explain my research or motivations very much. Probed a little too much into private information- relationship with parents and siblings and also asked me about other schools I had interviews with." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"nothing" Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Basically the first day is the medical school interviews. We met as a group in the library with the Associate Dean, admissions staff, and a couple students. The Dean gave a great talk and let us introduce ourselves. Everything was very informal. Next a financial aid counselor talked to us and gave us information on average debt, scholarships, etc. He also was very nice and made me actually want to go to the financial aid office! Afterwards we left the library and attended a first year virology lecture. Then lunch with a 3rd year who was very nice and last a tour with a 2nd year. We got to see the awesome view from the anatomy lab (which impressed me despite living in SF for two years!). After that we went on to our respective interviews. Most people had two interviews- one with a student and one with a faculty member. All closed file. MSTP applicants met up at 5 for dinner with 2 first year MSTPs. Dinner was great and it was nice to spend time with the other two applicants and newly admitted students. For MSTP applicants there is a second day filled with more interviews, hurray! The second day consists of two interviews with MSTP committee members who are usually faculty researchers and two interviews with graduate faculty of interest. In between the two sets of interviews you have lunch with an MSTP student. The second day went smoothly, although long and tiring, and it was great to meet many faculty whose research I was interested in." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?


How did the tourguide seem?


How do you rank the facilities?

7 out of 10

What is your in-state status?

In state

What was your total time spent traveling?

0-1 hour

What was your primary mode of travel?


General Info

On what date did the interview take place?


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

10 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

10 out of 10

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

8 out of 10

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