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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?


How you think you did?

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

"My first interviewer was an M.D. at a campus hospital. He knew my file like the back of his hand, this included very specific details. He did not grill me on this, he was very laid back and seemed genuinely impressed with what we were talking about. He gave a lot of great insight to why i should attend UCSD. Questions: Tell me how traveling to (specific country) affected your view of health, especially in today's context. Tell me about your parent's work. How did you come to decide to become a physician? " Report Response

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

"My second interviewer was a PhD, and did not get a chance o read my file, so it was a pseudo closed file interview. We spent time talking about football, and one of my non-academic/medical activites. He told me alot about the work he did, and about a group he runs on campus. Most of the questions were things he would have known if he read my file (basically explaining my activites and research)." Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"A question about my employment. The interviewer was very knowledgable in the field and was still able to learn something from me." Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Getting the closed file interview started, trying to relate all the stuff I wanted to him." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN, read my autobiography, AMCAS app, interview prep book" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Nearly everything. You cannot beat La Jolla for the location of a medcial school. Weather is perfect and the beach is absolutly gorgeous. Everyone was very laid back, but was still focused on thier studies. The free clinic looks like an awesome clinical opportunity since it is COMPLETELY student run. It seems that students do very well on the boards and match well. There are many opporunities for students that I would like to take advantage of. This is definitly a top choice school for me. I can't wait to hear back." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"One minor thing. The first is that the free clinic tour website said that the dinner was free, and it was not. I just wish I would have known before hand. " Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"If you have heard the rumor that UCSD is super competitive, it is exacly that A RUMOR. The students are very happy, and work and party together. Things have seriously changed. " Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I loved this school. It is an amazing place full of amazing people. " 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?

4-6 hours

What was your primary mode of travel?


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


What airport did you use?

San Diego

Where did you stay?

With students at the school

How would you rate the hotel?

10 out of 10

Would you recommend the hotel?


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?

9 out of 10

How is the responsiveness of the admissions office?

10 out of 10

How is the friendliness of the admissions office?

10 out of 10

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

6 out of 10

What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

"Don't wait till Nov. 14 to have your frist decision meeting. . . lol please." Report Response

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