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  • University of California Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Los Angeles, CA
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?


What was the stress level of the interview?

3 out of 10

How you think you did?

9 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

9 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?

Open file

What was the most interesting question?

"What are the pending issues in health care?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most difficult question?

"How would you fix them?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

How did you prepare for the interview?

"e-mail med students with questions, read over SDN, mock interviews, combed over the UCLA website." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"the students were very warm and chill. The technology within the curriculum(ex: all slides online, so you don't need to rent a microscope). The supportiveness of the faculty and administration. As one med student described it ''they will wipe your @ss for you, so all you need to do is study and push yourself.'' He explained that fin aid, student affairs, housing staff all help you out so much. If you ever want to talk to a famous prof, student affairs will make it happen. The faculty really listens to the students. New hospital to open very soon. The weather and setting of westwood. The unlimited research and clinical opportunities. residency placement is impressive(50% go to a UCLA affiliated hospital). The school being part of UCLA's main campus helps keep everything close together. Students seem genuinely happy. Really Pass/Fail grading system. The PBL system(with lectures mixed in) really gives you time to study outside. Great, interesting elective classes. The curriculum really try hard to get a holistic approach to medicine. " Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"the facilities look a bit old on the surface, but they are remodeling soon. The international opportunities are under developed. These are minor complaints showing how awesome the school is on the whole. " Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"waiting list changes a lot. As high as 15%(maybe more) of students comes from the waiting list. don't give up the hope if you are waitlisted. No student hosts for in state students! I guess they believe people in CA know how great they are, which is true for me. " Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Got there at 11:45am. Only 3 of us interviewed in the afternoon(more people in the morning). 3 student tour guides took us to lunch and a unstructured tour. A few people get student interviews, vast majority do not. I read on SDN that people have complained about the tour but my experience was great. since it was a 1:1 ratio of guides and interviewees we got a lot of info and a very welcoming experience. I think it really depends on who gives you the tour, mine tried really hard to sell us the school. All three of them came off the waitlist, so definitely don't give up and contact the schools if they haven't gotten back to you for an interview. After the tour interview at 2, that lasted for an hour. That was it. No intro talk or housing talk or fin aid talk. The packet I got was pretty thin, only useful was the residency match list. In the end, I absolutely adored UCLA. It is my top choice for sure, I would go in a heartbeat. " Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?


How did the tourguide seem?


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?


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


What airport did you use?


Where did you stay?

Friends or family

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?

9 out of 10

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

9 out of 10

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