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  • University of California Los Angeles / Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Los Angeles
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Negatively

What was the stress level of the interview?

10 out of 10

How you think you did?

2 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

4 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?

6

What was the style of the interview?

In a group

What type of interview was it?

Open file

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

"What motivates you to want to work with the underserved?" Report Response

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

"Where would you want to practice medicine?" Report Response

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

"I wish I remembered more questions but they were mostly pretty general. Be prepared to ask questions yourself, that was actually the majority of my interview." Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"What would you do to improve health care for the underserved?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"If you could be the head of any non-profit what would it be and what would you do?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN, website, books, mock interview" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The commitment of the school to helping the poor and the enthusiasm of the students." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"THE INTERVIEW FORMAT (see below). Plus their teaching hospital is shutdown. There was no tour of the campus and the people there weren't particularly friendly." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"The interview format really threw me for a loop and I did not perform well. One interview is a normal one-on-one which went well, but the other interview is a ''group interview.'' How it worked was half the interviewees sit around a table with several med student interviewers behind them. You are given a task (ours was to hire a project coordinator for ovarian cancer screening i.e. list the qualifications you would look for, how you would recruit them, and what interview questions you would ask) and supposed to work it out together as a group while the med students right down comments. I'm pretty shy in large groups of strangers and given the high pressure I really blew it and said almost nothing. Maybe I'm bitter but I felt it was competitive cooperation and I don't think I would do well in a school with that kind of attitude. There seemed a kind of forced camaraderie there which really turned me off. However I think for the right student it might be great. " Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Drew was my top choice beforehand and maybe I'm just disappointed in my performance, but I really didn't want to go there afterwards. It would be a good school for some people, I just think I'm too old and independent for the atmosphere there. " Report Response

Tour and Travel

How do you rank the facilities?

3 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?

Airplane

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

$101-$200

What airport did you use?

LAX

Where did you stay?

Friends or family

How would you rate the hotel?

10 out of 10

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

11/17/2007

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

6 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

3 out of 10

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

8 out of 10

How is the friendliness of the admissions office?

3 out of 10

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