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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?

3 out of 10

How you think you did?

8 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

7 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

60+ minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At another location

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)?

"Tell me about this AMCAS experience." Report Response

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

"Tell me about your research." Report Response

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

"What is the biggest problem in healthcare today, and how will you deal with it." Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"How has growing up in a diverse city and going to a diverse college affected you?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Why didn't you get a letter of rec from this doctor you shadowed? " Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN, other interviews" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Dr Bera is a very thoughtful, insightful guy who cares about the students, and wants them to retain their identity and their sanity throughout med school and beyond. He gave us a couple of really good, honest talks about life during and after med school." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The other admissions guy seems less than enthousiastic, verging on hostile. Perhaps he just doesn't have an outwardly friendly personality. Also, the Davis campus lacks flair, but it doesn't matter because next year everything will be in the shiny new Sacramento buildings." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"That the student interview is over lunch. Although we meet in a cafe in the morning, there is no breakfast, so I was starving come lunchtime. It was pretty difficult, and I'm sure quite unflattering, to stuff forkfuls of taco salad in my mouth between comments on my research and health disparities in America." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I liked Davis more than I thought I would. They are going through significant renovation and expansion, which is always a good sign in a med school. The number and hands-on nature of the student run clinics are unparalleled. Also, on the shuttle ride back to the airport, my driver was a very interesting, articulate, experienced foriegn second year med student who made me like Davis even more. I don't know about living in Sacto, though." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Admissions staff

How did the tourguide seem?

Neutral

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?

4-6 hours

What was your primary mode of travel?

Airplane

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

$201-$300

What airport did you use?

SMF

Where did you stay?

With students at the school

How would you rate the hotel?

8 out of 10

Would you recommend the hotel?

yes

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

11/16/2006

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

5 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

5 out of 10

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

5 out of 10

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