UC Irvine Medical School Admissions:
Insider’s Perspective to Get Accepted


Hello pre-meds!

This page serves as a high-yield resource for UC Irvine Medical School. The information from this page is a GOLDEN resource. We’ve compiled it from UC Irvine medical school admissions data, UC Irvine med school acceptance rate date, the UC Irvine med school website, and most importantly, from UC Irvine med students themselves! You’ll get an insider perspective about the curriculum and student life.

Whether you’re comparing medical schools that you have been accepted to, preparing for an interview, or wanting to learn more about UC Irvine Med School, this keep reading!


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UC Irvine Medical School Secondary Application

UC Irvine Medical School Secondary Application MD Essay Prompts:

Essay 1. What personal accomplishment are you most proud of and why? (1500 char)

Essay 2. Please describe to the Admissions Committee a challenge you have overcome and what you learned about yourself from that experience. (1500 char)

Essay 3. Do you have a baccalaureate degree? (Y/N)

This essay is only for applicants that have already received their baccalaureate degree. Please clarify for the Admissions Committee your activities (school, work, and/or volunteer, travel, etc.) since receiving your undergraduate degree. You may list them in chronological order or you may incorporate them into an essay, stating why you chose particular activities. (1500 char)


UC Irvine Medical School Secondary Application MD PRIME-LC Program (Latino under-served communities) Prompts:

Do you wish to be considered for the Program in Medical Education for the Latino Community? (Y/N)

Essay 1.  Please describe how you have served your community (school, neighborhood, city, etc.) and how these experiences have prepared you for PRIME-LC. (1500 char)

Essay 2. Please describe the reason for your interest to be trained as a physician leader for the Latino community. In addition, explain how you intend to utilize the PRIME-LC specialized training to impact community health and health services for the Latino community. (1500 char)

UC Irvine Medical School – Interview Format:

Interviews at UC Irvine Medical School are a combination of traditional format (usually open file, which means the interviewers have looked at your application already) and a handful of multiple mini interviews (MMIs). This means, you have to be an expert in both types of interview formats!

Get tips and tricks to ace multiple mini interviews. Read our blogs on how to prepare for MMI interviews and traditional medical school interviews.

Read our 2 popular MMI blogs here:

  1. The Multiple Mini Interview: What it is, and How to do Well
  2. 5 Tips to Ace the MMI Interview

Read our 2 popular traditional interview preparation blogs here:

  1. 3 Tips to Ace Medical School Interviews
  2. 4 Common Medical School Interview Questions and How to Answer Them

UC Irvine Medical School Acceptance Rate







Admit Rate


UC Irvine Medical School Median GPA: 3.70

UC Irvine Medical School Median Old MCAT: 33 Total (10 Verbal / 11 Physical Science / 11 Biological Science)

UC Irvine Medical School Median New MCAT: 511 (127 chemical & physical / 128 critical analysis / 128 biological & biochemical / 128 psychological, social)


Your UC Irvine Medical School Admissions Advisers

Rachel Rizal, MD

Rachel Rizal, M.D.

Changing the trajectory of people’s lives

Undergraduate: Princeton University
Medical School: Stanford School of Medicine
Residency: Harvard, Emergency Medicine
What I did After College:
• Improved vaccine distribution in developing countries
• Worked with the World Health Organization in the Philippines
• Launched a national HIV Awareness Campaign in the Philippines
• Produced an HIV awareness commercial for MTV
• Worked full-time at a healthcare consulting firm, advising pharmaceutical companies
• Created a public health program in Stanford’s Emergency Department
Rishi Mediratta, MD, MSc, MA

Rishi Mediratta, M.D., M.P.H., M.A.

Advising students to attend their dream schools

Undergraduate: Johns Hopkins University
Medical School: Stanford School of Medicine
Residency: Pediatrics, Stanford
Masters: Masters in Medical Anthropology at the School of Oriental and African Studies; Masters of Science in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
What I did after I graduated:
• Interned with the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland
• Founded and launched an NGO to improve the health and education of Ethiopian
• World Bank consultant who helped implement Ethiopia’s national nutrition program
• Partnered with the Ethiopian Ministry of Health to study child health practices in communities

The Insider’s View on How to Get Into UC Irvine Medical School

How to Get Into UC Irvine Medical School – Know the Curriculum:



As a UCI medical school student, your first two years are spent as a pre-clinical student, mainly learning through lectures. Then, you take USMLE Step 1 and spend the next two years in clinical rotations. There are many required clinical rotations during your fourth year of med school. Attendance is usually mandatory during your pre-clinical years, which is different than most med schools, which make attendance optional.

Pre-Clinical Years:

The first two years are pre-clinical years, divided into various blocks. Aside from learning in the classroom, students learn through a) point-of-care ultrasound b) clinical skills in the Simulation Center.

The first year consists of the following blocks:

  • Normal Human Structure and Function: gross anatomy, embryology, histology, and physiology
  • Mind and Brain: neuroscience, neuroanatomy, behavioral science, ethics, head and neck anatomy
  • Molecular Basis of Medicine: biochemistry, molecular biology, medical genetics, and cancer

The second year consists of an immunology block as well as systems-based modules (i.e. cardiology, pulmonary, renal, urogenital, gynecological, endocrine, GI, MSK, hematologic, and neurologic).

Clinical Years:

During the 3rd and 4th years of medical school, students are in clinical rotations. While there is ample time to pursue electives during your fourth year of medical school, there is less time (compared to other medical schools) for free time to pursue non-clinical related activities and travel.

The third year curriculum consists of:

  • Ambulatory Medicine (4 weeks)
  • Family Medicine (4 weeks)
  • Inpatient Medicine (8 weeks)
  • Neurology (4 weeks)
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology (6 weeks)
  • Pediatrics (6 weeks)
  • Psychiatry (6 weeks)
  • Surgery (8 weeks)

Requirements during the fourth year curriculum:

  • 2 weeks of Emergency Medicine
  • 4 weeks of a sub-internship (Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Surgery, Pediatrics)
  • 4 weeks of an ICU selective (Surgery, Medicine, Pediatrics, Neurology)
  • 2 weeks of Clinical Foundations (includes ACLS training)
  • 24 weeks of electives


Taking Time Off:

According to our discussion with students, most students do not take time off at UC Irvine Medical School. The school is much less flexible with taking time off. The students who do take time off mainly pursue research (such as bench lab research or global health) and pursue these endeavors in between their 2nd and 3rd years or their 3rd and 4th years.

Dual Degree Programs at UCI:

UC Irvine Medical School does participate and offer dual-degree programs, such as MD/PhD, MD/MBA, MD/MPH, and MD/ Biomedical and Translational Science. To learn more about dual-degree programs offered, visit this website: http://www.meded.uci.edu/curricular-affairs/about-dual-degree-programs.asp

What students are saying about UCI Med School

Plenty of opportunities to work with underserved communities.

I love the great sense of camaraderie and collegiality among my classmates!

Coming from the East Coast, now I know why people move to California. The weather here is perfect 365 days of the year.

There are plenty of opportunities to work with under-served communities: I did my research at local public schools teaching health education.

Unique highlights about pre-clinical years:

UC Irvine medical school prides itself on its iMedEd curriculum, integrating technology to further advance your medical education.

For example, all students at UC Irvine medical school receive iPads; it was one of the first medical schools in the country to give iPads to all its students. Additionally, students learn how to use hand-held ultrasounds, which has proved to be useful in their clinical rotations and global health electives.

To learn more about the innovative technological curriculum at UC Irvine’s program:

Unique highlights about clinical years:

  • Students have Clinical Foundations III prior to starting their clinical rotations during the 3rd year. Topics covered include: introduction to the electronic medical record, professionalism, Basic Life Support (BLS), and leadership
  • Many opportunities to work with the under-served communities around Orange County.

Main Clinical Rotation Sites:

  • UCI Medical Center
  • Long Beach Veterans Affairs
  • Long Beach Memorial Medical Center
  • Children’s Hospital of Orange County

What students are saying about clinical rotations at UCI Med School

The diversity of patients is phenomenal. It makes me feel comfortable to practice with patients around the world!

I'm grateful for the ultrasound training I received during my pre-clinical years. I can use the ultrasound at bedside and diagnose things from fluid status, heart failure, and cellulitis.

During the family medicine rotation, you can take advantage of special tracks such as working with special populations: integrative medicine, geriatrics, and underserved communities.


Where do students live?

Students can apply for graduate housing during medical school, however except for PRIME-LC students, housing is not guaranteed.

Getting around:

You will need a car to get around, preferably all 4 years of medical school.


Financial Considerations:

  • You can apply for grants and financial aid with UC Irvine’s financial aid office.
  • UC Irvine Medical School Tuition: ~$33,000 in-state and ~$46,000 out-of-state
  • Average indebtedness of graduates: ~$160,000

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Dr. Rachel Rizal

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