A Holistic Review Process for Medical School Applicants

Working to systematically uphold excellence and equity.

Medical school students and leaders at an anti-racism event

The David Geffen School of Medicine uses a holistic process for medical school interviews and the medical school application process. This process adheres to the AAMC's recommended Application and Acceptance Protocols as well as the school's Statement of Diversity.

Statement on diversity


Basis of Selection

Consideration for the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Medical school candidates are selected on the basis of the following considerations:

  • Undergraduate record
  • Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) scores
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Graduate record (where applicable)
  • Life experiences (research, volunteerism, clinical, work, leadership, publications)
  • Admission interviews
  • AAMC PREview Exam scores (for Traditional MD Program Track applicants only)

Medical School Interview: What to Expect at DGSOM

Interviews will be conducted virtually for the 2024-2025 application cycle.

Please note: If you are selected for an interview, the interview will be specific to the track for which you are granted an interview. Review track-specific information for the MD Program, UCLA-Caltech MSTP, and PRIME-LA.


Medical School Interview FAQs


Candidates who are invited to interview will be contacted directly via email with details on scheduling, instructions, and recommendations.


You will receive some guidance and recommendations along with your interview invitation. 

You may also:

One-on-one interviews are held with DGSOM faculty members. You are not responsible for knowing who your interviewers are. The focus is on you!


One-on-one virtual interviews are held as the core interview format.


Interviews are typically conducted from August through January or until the class is filled.

Candidates requiring accommodations should contact the Admissions Office following receipt of an invitation to interview.


Medical School Interview: DGSOM’s Interview Selection Process 

Normally interview days are a chance to walk the halls, meet potential mentors, and explore the amenities of campus life. Take an aerial tour to get a bit of that goodness virtually this year. 


  • Medical school applications are received are reviewed 
  • Select applicants are invited to submit a secondary institutional application
  • Secondary applications and original medical school applications are comprehensively reviewed 
  • Select applicants are invited to interview 
  • The Admissions Committee determines the final offers of admission 
  • Offers of admission are extended during the Fall and Spring 
    • Two reapplications per applicant are permitted 
Aerial Tour