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U California - San Diego
State: California
Positions: 3
Years: 3
Average USMLE Step 1 Score of interviewed applicants: 248
Average USMLE Step 2 Score of interviewed applicants: 257
Percentage of applicants offered interviews who were AOA: 41%

Applied, Received Interview:
00032, Anonymous, Step 1: 244, Step 2: 233
00138, Tulane University, Step 1: 242, Step 2: 253, AOA
00182, Albany Medical College, Step 1: 267, Step 2: 264, AOA
00449, Cleveland Clinic Medical School, Step 1: 239
02630, Anonymous, Step 1: 249
03156, Anonymous, Step 1: 249, Step 2: 262
14226, Case Western Reserve University, Step 1: 231, Step 2: 247, AOA
14230, Anonymous, Step 1: 245, Step 2: 256, AOA
14245, Anonymous, Step 1: 260, Step 2: 249
16941, Anonymous, Step 1: 257, AOA

Applied, No Interview:
00001, Ohio State University, Step 1: 253, Step 2: 259, AOA
00009, Anonymous, Step 1: 249, Step 2: 250, AOA
00011, Anonymous, Step 1: 243
00016, Anonymous, Step 1: 222, Step 2: 238
00084, Anonymous, Step 1: 246, Step 2: 243
00089, Anonymous, Step 1: 255, Step 2: 252, AOA
00178, Anonymous, Step 1: 233, Step 2: 255
00181, Anonymous, Step 1: 232, Step 2: 260
00485, Anonymous, Step 1: 252
00486, Anonymous, Step 1: 248, Step 2: 260
00487, University of Wisconsin, Step 1: 216
00607, Tulane University, Step 1: 219, Step 2: 242
00691, Anonymous, Step 1: 224, Step 2: 233
00693, Anonymous, Step 1: 240, Step 2: 247, AOA
00922, Anonymous, Step 1: 250, AOA
01388, Anonymous, Step 1: 253, Step 2: 255
02582, Anonymous, Step 1: 221
02626, University of Louisville, Step 1: 211, Step 2: 220
02651, Medical College of Wisconsin, Step 1: 254, AOA
02687, UMDNJ - Robert Wood Johnson, Step 1: 243, Step 2: 242
02689, University of Arizona, Step 1: 257, Step 2: 264
02995, Indiana University, Step 1: 245
03055, University of Texas, Houston, Step 1: 255, AOA
03107, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, Step 1: 231
03117, UMDNJ - Robert Wood Johnson, Step 1: 246, Step 2: 258, AOA
03583, Anonymous, Step 1: 237, Step 2: 230
03632, Wright State University, Step 1: 211, Step 2: 236
03752, Washington University in St. Louis, Step 1: 250
03863, Anonymous, Step 1: 243, Step 2: 265, AOA
03871, Anonymous, Step 1: 240, Step 2: 238
13890, Loma Linda University, Step 1: 237, Step 2: 255
13911, Jefferson Medical College, Step 1: 251, Step 2: 251, AOA
13912, Jefferson Medical College, Step 1: 251, Step 2: 251, AOA
13913, Jefferson Medical College, Step 1: 251, Step 2: 251, AOA
13949, Anonymous, Step 1: 247
13965, Anonymous, Step 1: 263, AOA
13977, Anonymous, Step 1: 258, AOA
14009, Tulane University, Step 1: 247, Step 2: 245
14151, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, Step 1: 261, AOA
14225, Anonymous, Step 1: 252, Step 2: 258
14226, Case Western Reserve University, Step 1: 231, Step 2: 247, AOA
14238, Anonymous, Step 1: 256, Step 2: 275, AOA
14251, Anonymous, Step 1: 25

Interview Experiences
Chill, but informative: day started at 1ish in the afternoon. Dr. Levi (PD) started with a pretty comprehensive presentation about the program, followed by 3 interviews (2-3 faculty/interview). Concludes with nice dinner/reception.
Several 1:1 interviews. Friendly atmosphere.
Fun tour of the city and hospitals, 4-5 two-on-one interviews with the faculty. It somehow rained on day here. People thought Zeus was striking us down.
6 or 7 one on one interviews, dinner the night before, bus tour of la jolla
5 interviews each with 2 faculty followed by tour of facilities and the city of San Diego. Some of the faculty appeared somewhat arrogant on interview day.
Program Advantages
Awesome surgical volume (97 %ile cats, 99 %ile plastics), well-respected faculty with huge names in glaucoma/oculoplastics/cornea, just hired big retina guy (Zhang), Savino from Wills (neuro), depth in all specialties. Beautiful facilities. NIH research $
San Diego. Incredible surgical volume, get to do cataracts as primary surgeon in your first year. Relatively new chair seems like a cool guy, very well known in glaucoma.
-Front-loaded call (q16 days your second year) -Amazing location -Top notch research -High surgical numbers -Residents seemed really happy
location, location, location
- huge surgical numbers - county and VA hospitals - San Diego - glaucoma and retina research centers
Faculty are at the top of their field. Research research research! Early and strong surgical experience (350+ cataracts). San Diego is a beautiful city which doesn't seem to have an outrageous cost of living compared to other coastal cities.
Program Disadvantages
Busy first year call (q4ish), wet lab on the way, didactics/teaching are ok, surgery backloaded.
None
-Some quirky faculty (+/-) -Spanish speaking (for me at least) -Commute to hospitals can be long -Paper charting in some places -Very busy call -Maybe more fellow focused
residents seemed overworked
- low stipend relative to cost of living - busy call
Outside of the PD, not overly welcoming faculty. Emphasis appeared to be more on leadership roles after graduation and research than it was training exceptional residents.