University of California - Los Angeles (UCLA) (Geffen)

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David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA / 10833 Le Conte Avenue / Los Angeles, California USA 90095-7035

Overview

Savvy Rank
The Savvy Rank is a combination of admissions selectivity (MCAT, GPA, acceptance rate), research ranking, and primary care ranking.
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School Type
Whether the school confers an MD or DO degree, is an international (Intl) school for Americans or is a Canadian (CA) school
MD
Public/Private
Public
Year Founded
1950
US News Rank - Research
6
US News Rank - Primary Care
11
Cost
Out-of-state tuition, from cheap ($) to obscenely expensive ($$$$$)
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Weather Rating
How nice is the weather, from crappy () to excellent ()
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City Size
9M+

Getting In

Median GPA
3.85
Median MCAT
517
Research Rating
A combination of factors to show the school's research ranking and research opportunities, from very little research () to lots ()
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Out-of-State Rating
Whether the school is very out-of-state friendly (), somewhat friendly (), not friendly (), or in-state only ()
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International Friendly
How friendly the school is toward international applicants
Yes
Med School Class Size
Class sizes range from 40 students to 400
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Application
AMCAS
Letters of Rec Required
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Secondary Essays

Secondary Essay Difficulty
How many essays, how long, and how unusual the prompts, from easy () to brutal ()
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Screen Before Secondaries
Does the school read your primary before sending a secondary?
Yes
Typical Secondary Release Date
When does a school usually release its secondary relative to other med schools (though it may vary from year to year)?
Early
Secondary Fee
$95
Other Tests

Interviews

Interview Type
Interview Invites Begin
Interview Format
MMI - Multiple Mini Interview; Traditional - two-way conversation
MMI
Accepts Updates?
Does the school accept update letters?
Yes, after receiving supplemental invite

Secondary Essay Prompts

Essay Topics ('21 – '22)

1. Describe your involvement in the one most important non-academic activity in your life.

2. What has been the one most unique leadership, entrepreneurial or creative activity in which you participated?

3. What has been the one most important volunteer work you have done and why was it meaningful?

4. Has there been or will there be a gap between achieving your last degree (baccalaureate or other degrees post baccalaureate) and the expected time of medical school matriculation?

5. What is the one most important honor you have received? Why do you view this as important?

6. What has been your most scholarly project (thesis, research or field of study in basic or clinical science or in the humanities)? Describe one and give number of hours, dates and advisor.

7. Describe a problem in your life. Include how you dealt with it and how it influenced your growth.

8. Is there any hardship to which you would like the committee to give special attention in evaluating your application? If yes: Please explain. Include any geographic, language, economic, academic, physical, or mental factors:

9. Where do you see yourself in 10 years? What experiences have led you to this goal?

Essay Topics (’20 – ’21)

1. Describe your involvement in the one most important non-academic activity in your life. (800 char)

2. What has been the one most unique leadership, entrepreneurial or creative activity in which you participated? (800 char)

3. What has been the one most important volunteer work you have done and why was it meaningful? (800 char)

4. Has there been or will there be a gap between achieving your last degree (baccalaureate or other degrees post baccalaureate) and the expected time of medical school matriculation? (300 char to explain if yes)

5. What is the one most important honor you have received? Why do you view this as important? (300 char)

6. What has been your most scholarly project (thesis, research or field of study in basic or clinical science or in the humanities)? Describe one and give number of hours, dates and advisor. (300 char)

7. Describe a problem in your life. Include how you dealt with it and how it influenced your growth. (500 char)

8. Please list any major paid work experience during or since college. (4000 characters per work experience)

9. Is there any hardship to which you would like the committee to give special attention in evaluating your application? (500 char)

10. Where do you see yourself post-graduate education? What experiences have led you to this goal? (500 char)

11. Describe how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted your pathway to medical school. Include any academic, personal, financial or professional barriers, as well as any other relevant information. (500 char)

MSTP:

1. What are your specific areas of interest at UCLA (List names of faculty at UCLA whose work is of interest) (4000 char)

2. What are your specific areas of interest at Caltech (List names of faculty at Caltech whose work is of interest) (4000 char)

3. Research experience: For each experience, please list the following: PI of Lab, Name of direct supervisor, Institution, Start Date, End Date, Role in Lab (e.g. paid/volunteer research position. Please include the total number of hours for each project after each description) (4000 characters each)

4. References (Please list the names of people who submitted a letter of recommendation in support of your MSTP application to AMCAS. For this section, please list ONLY those whose letter is relevant to your research experience/s):

5. Please list all of your publications and manuscripts in press (please do not include submitted manuscripts), with a full list of authors, title, journal, issue, and page number, and provide a PubMed ID number. Please describe in one sentence your role in that publication (e.g., "I designed and performed the experiments described in Figure X and Y, I analyzed data for Figure Z, and I wrote portions of the manuscript.". If you do not have publications please write "None" (do not list Abstracts or any presentations at research conferences).

6. Statement of Purpose (Please discuss your motivation for pursuing an MD PhD) (4000 char)

7. Personal Comments (Is there anything that you would like for us to considered when reviewing your MSTP application) (4000 char)

Essay Topics ('19 – '20)

1. Describe your involvement in the one most important non-academic activity in your life. (800 char)

2. What has been the one most unique leadership, entrepreneurial or creative activity in which you participated? (800 char)

3. What has been the one most important volunteer work you have done and why was it meaningful? (800 char)

4. Has there been or will there be a gap between achieving your last degree (baccalaureate or other degrees post baccalaureate) and the expected time of medical school matriculation? (300 char to explain if yes)

5. What is the one most important honor you have received? Why do you view this as important? (300 char)

6. What has been your most scholarly project (thesis, research or field of study in basic or clinical science or in the humanities)? Describe one and give number of hours, dates and advisor. (300 char)

7. Describe a problem in your life. Include how you dealt with it and how it influenced your growth. (500 char)

8. Section to enter major work experiences, with 4000 char. to explain each experience.

9. Is there any hardship to which you would like the committee to give special attention in evaluating your application? If yes: Please explain. Include any geographic, language, economic, academic, physical, or mental factors: (500 char)

10. Where do you see yourself post-graduate education? What experiences have led you to this goal? (500 char)

Essay Topics ('18 – '19)

1. Describe your involvement in the one most important non-academic activity in your life. (800 char)

2. What has been the one most unique leadership, entrepreneurial or creative activity in which you participated? (800 char)

3. What has been the one most important volunteer work you have done and why was it meaningful? (800 char)

4. Has there been or will there be a gap between achieving your last degree (baccalaureate or other degrees post baccalaureate) and the expected time of medical school matriculation? (300 char to explain if yes)

5. What is the one most important honor you have received? Why do you view this as important? (300 char)

6. What has been your most scholarly project (thesis, research or field of study in basic or clinical science or in the humanities)? Describe one and give number of hours, dates and advisor. (300 char)

7. Describe a problem in your life. Include how you dealt with it and how it influenced your growth. (500 char)

8. Section to enter major work experiences, with 4000 char. to explain each experience.

9. Is there any hardship to which you would like the committee to give special attention in evaluating your application? If yes: Please explain. Include any geographic, language, economic, academic, physical, or mental factors: (500 char)

10. Where do you see yourself post-graduate education? What experiences have led you to this goal? (500 char)

Essay Topics ('17 – '18)

1. Describe your involvement in the one most important non-academic activity in your life. (800 char)

2. What has been the one most unique leadership, entrepreneurial or creative activity in which you participated? (800 char)

3. What has been the one most important volunteer work you have done and why was it meaningful? (800char)

4. Has there been or will there be a gap between achieving your last degree (baccalaureate or other degrees post baccalaureate) and the expected time of medical school matriculation? (less than 600 char to explain if yes)

5. What is the one most important honor you have received? Why do you view this as important? (less than 600 char)

6. What has been your most scholarly project (thesis, research or field of study in basic or clinical science or in the humanities)? Describe one and give number of hours, dates and advisor. (less than 600 char)

7. Describe a problem in your life. Include how you dealt with it and how it influenced your growth. (500char)

8. Section to enter major work experiences, with 4000 char. to explain each experience.

9. Is there any hardship to which you would like the committee to give special attention in evaluating your application? If yes: Please explain. Include any geographic, language, economic, academic, physical, or mental factors: (500 char)

10. Where do you see yourself in 10 years? What experiences have led you to this goal? (500 char)

Essay Topics ('16 – '17)

1. Describe involvement in the ONE most important non-academic activity that has been important in your life: (800 characters max)

2. What has been the ONE most unique leadership, entrepreneurial or creative activity in which you participated? (800 max)

3. What has been the ONE most important volunteer work you have done and why was it meaningful? (800 max)

4. Has there been or will there be a gap between achieving your last degree (baccalaureate or other degrees post baccalaureate) and the expected time of medical school matriculation? (yes or no). If yes, please explain. (800 max)

5. What is the ONE most important honor you have received? Why do you view this as important? (800 max)

6. What has been your most scholarly project (thesis, research or field of study in basic or clinical science or in the humanities)? Describe one and give number of hours, dates and advisor. (800 max)

7. Describe a problem in your life. Include how you dealt with it and how it influenced your growth. (800 max)

8. List major paid work experience during (or since) college. Give dates, description, approximate hours worked (list the most recent first). (800 max)

9. Where do you see yourself in 10 years? What experiences have led you to this goal? (800 max)

10. If there is any hardship to which you would like the committee to give special attention in evaluating your application, then check the box labeled "hardship" and briefly explain why you are indicating a hardship. Include any geographic, language, economic, academic, physical, or mental factors. (800 max)

PRIME SUPPLEMENTAL:

1. What is the most important health care issue confronting disadvantaged communities and what would be your first steps to address this issue? (2000 max)

2. In what way will graduating from the UCLA PRIME program enhance your career in healthcare or health services for the disadvantaged communities? (2000 max)

3. Describe the manner in which your experiences demonstrate your understanding of, and commitment to, underserved communities. (2000 max)

4. What are your greatest strengths and your greatest challenges as you approach medical school? (2000 max)

Essay Topics ('15 – '16)

1. Describe involvement in the ONE most important non-academic activity that has been important in your life: (800 max)

2. What has been the ONE most unique leadership, entrepreneurial or creative activity in which you participated? (800 max)

3. What has been the ONE most important volunteer work you have done and why was it meaningful? (800 max)

4. Has there been or will there be a gap between achieving your last degree (baccalaureate or other degrees post baccalaureate) and the expected time of medical school matriculation? (yes or no). If yes, please explain. (800 max)

5. What is the ONE most important honor you have received? Why do you view this as important? (800 max)

6. What has been your most scholarly project (thesis, research or field of study in basic or clinical science or in the humanities)?

7. Describe one and give number of hours, dates and advisor. (800 max)

8. Describe a problem in your life. Include how you dealt with it and how it influenced your growth. (800 max)

9. List major paid work experience during (or since) college. Give dates, description, approximate hours worked (list the most recent first). (800 max)

10. If there is any hardship to which you would like the committee to give special attention in evaluating your application, then check the box labeled "hardship" and briefly explain why you are indicating a hardship. Include any geographic, language, economic, academic, physical, or mental factors. (800 max)

11. Where do you see yourself in 10 years? What experiences have led you to this goal? (800 max)

Essay Topics ('14 – '15)

1. Describe involvement in the ONE most important non-academic activity that has been important in your life? (Limit of 800 characters, including spaces and punctuation.)

2. What has been the ONE most unique leadership, entrepreneurial or creative activity in which you participated? (Limit of 800 characters, including spaces and punctuation.)

3. What has been the ONE most important volunteer work you have done and why was it meaningful? (Limit of 800 characters, including spaces and punctuation.)

4. Has there been or will there be a gap between achieving your last degree (baccalaureate or other degrees post baccalaureate) and the expected time of medical school matriculation? (yes or no). If yes, please explain. (Limit of 800 characters, including spaces and punctuation.)

5. What is the ONE most important honor you have received? Why do you view this as important? (Limit of 800 characters, including spaces and punctuation.)

6. What has been your most scholarly project (thesis, research or field of study in basic or clinical science or in the humanities)? Describe one and give number of hours, dates and advisor. (Limit of 800 characters, including spaces and punctuation.)

7. Describe a problem in your life. Include how you dealt with it and how it influenced your growth. (Limit of 800 characters, including spaces and punctuation.)

8. List major paid work experience during (or since) college. Give dates, description, approximate hours worked (list the most recent first). (Limit of 800 characters, including spaces and punctuation.)

9. If there is any hardship to which you would like the committee to give special attention in evaluating your application, then check the box labeled 'Hardship' and briefly explain why you are indicating a hardship. Include any geographic, language, economic, academic, physical, or mental factors. (Limit of 800 characters, including spaces and punctuation.)

10. Where do you see yourself in 10 years? What experiences have led you to this goal? (Limit of 800 characters, including spaces and punctuation.)

Essay Topics ('13 – '14)

1. Describe involvement in the ONE most important non-academic activity that has been important in your life?

2. What has been the ONE most unique leadership, entrepreneurial or creative activity in which you participated?

3. What has been the ONE most important volunteer work you have done and why was it meaningful?

4. Has there been a gap greater than one year between achieving your baccalaureate degree, and/or consecutive degrees before applying to medical school? (yes or no). If yes, please explain.

5. What is the ONE most important honor you have received? Why do you view this as important?

6. What has been your most scholarly project (thesis, research or field of study in basic or clinical science or in the humanities)? Describe one and give number of hours, dates and advisor.

7. Describe a problem in your life. Include how you dealt with it and how it influenced your growth.

8. List major paid work experience during (or since) college. Give dates, description, approximate hours worked (list the most recent first).

9. If there is any hardship to which you would like the committee to give special attention in evaluating your application, then check the box labeled 'Hardship' and briefly explain why you are indicating a hardship.

10. Include any geographic, language, economic, academic, physical, or mental factors.

11. Where do you see yourself in 10 years? What experiences have led you to this goal?

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