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  • University of California San Diego School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • La Jolla
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?


What was the stress level of the interview?

2 out of 10

How you think you did?

9 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

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

"Explain virtually everything on my application, including 4 different research projects I had in detail, some of which were 4 years ago! " Report Response

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

"what do you want to achieve as a doctor. do you want to do research? what kind?" Report Response

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

"what kind of health system would you want to vouch for. give me a stressful situation, and tell me what you do to relieve it. do you want children. ( i am female and my interviewer was female)" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"How do you think technology has impacted medicine and what challenges does it pose. " Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"what are ucsd's weaknesses. strengths." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"lots of reading about issues, the school, healthcare, politics, etc" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"They have multiple hospitals, the location is perfect, its close to downtown but also a mile from the beach, they are going to build a new medical education building, they are re-doing curriculum, the people were all very nice and the free clinics. Also they have a great academic support system; a notetaker and professional tutor: FREE" Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"the other applicants. they were all pretty boring and anti-social. but the med students i met were awesome were really excited about their school. " Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"All the crap you hear about UCSD is false. I mean, the facilities are not the newest, but do you really care? The library is bran-spankin new, you take classes in the new pharmacy school building, etc. Honestly, it DOES NOT matter. Also, the admissions office was great. evrytime i needed something, they responded and were very helpful. they were not trying to be my best friend, but heck, they get tons of us neurotic pre-meds calling everyday. the students did not seems overly stressed or bitter about their lecture time. you dont have to go to lecture. seriously, just go to UCSD, see for yourself. Its a major research school, so see if you fit. " Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I had a great experience. Dr. Kelly was amazing and gave a nice little orientation. After which I had two interviews. Granted, they were very in depth and they covered everything in my application and them some. I really felt they were trying to understand who i am as an applicant. then we had a nice lunch, a great tour and a little ex-troduction by the director of student life. honestly, it was very relaxing. " 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?

< $100

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?

9 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

How is the responsiveness of the admissions office?

8 out of 10

How is the friendliness of the admissions office?

8 out of 10

How eco-friendly are the school's application materials and interview process?

7 out of 10

What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

"speed up the process from post-secondary to interview invitation." Report Response

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