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We are excited to answer your questions about UCSD SOM at our 2020 Virtual Second Look, please see the schedule below! If you are unable to make a live session and want to watch the recording, please see the link to a google drive with the recordings below. (We will upload them as they become available to us!)

Some Helpful Hints for the Weekend:

If you are traveling into San Diego, we will do our best to match you with a current medical student to stay with for Thursday, Friday and/or Saturday night. The RSVP form will ask you about hosting details.


No Dress Code, aside from Hospital Tour

There is no dress code for anything other than the Jacobs Medical Center/Thorton Hospital tour on Saturday morning (if you choose to go).  For the tour, semi-professional attire is recommended (no jeans, but you don't need a full suit or anything). Otherwise dress to enjoy San Diego and all the activities we have planned! Shorts and t-shirts are completely OK (and probably encouraged for some of the Friday afternoon stuff, i.e the hike and beach activities).


Friday Afternoon

The Friday afternoon activities are completely optional. They are just a chance for you to get to know medical students, and each other, in a small group setting while doing something fun in San Diego. These activities are not covered by the admissions office, and approximate costs (where applicable) are noted on the RSVP form. If you want more information about any of the places we're going, check out these links:


Torrey Pines Hike:

Green Flash Brewery $:

Mesa Rim Climbing $:

Surfing with current medical students: $ TBD 


Information about Getting Here and Parking

First, a link to an interactive UCSD campus map:

There is a “Search” box near the upper left


General Directions to the campus:


From Interstate 5, Exit La Jolla Village drive and go west.


Off La Jolla Village Drive, there is a freeway-style ramp on the right that leads to Gilman Drive, take this ramp and turn right onto Gilman Drive at the signal at the end of the ramp.


Heading up the hill you’ll pass a parking/information center on your right - stop here to purchase a permit if you need one on Friday.


The first stop sign after the info center if Osler Lane…turn right on Osler Lane to get to the School of Medicine Campus



Parking on campus on Friday requires a visitor permit. You can purchase a permit at the visitor information booth on Gilman Dr., just south of Osler Lane. Enter “P609” in the search box on the campus map for the location of the info booth.


Parking on campus on Saturday is free. If you are staying with a host in the One Miramar or Mesa, or Mesa Nueva graduate housing complexes, free parking is available 24/7 on the TOP floors of the One Miramar garage. Parking is free in the complex at Mesa Nueva after 4:00pm on Friday and free on weekends.  Make sure you go all the way to the top floor, as the rest of the garage is permit parking. If you are coming on Friday and don't want to buy an on campus permit, you could park here on Friday and take the Mesa housing shuttle over to campus. The garage is building 3603 on the interactive campus map.


The closest lots to 2nd Look activities are P604 (search “P604” on the map) and P602 (search “P602”). If you're confused as to where to park, you can talk to the people working inside the info booth and they'll be happy to assist you. Google Map of the Visitor's Information Center

Walking to Jacobs Medical Center

If you are staying with a student that lives in One Miramar or Mesa Nueva, Jacobs Medical Center is only about a 15 minute walk away!



Saturday Morning Hospital Tours 

You will receive and email regarding your tour group time from the Office of Admissions. All tours meet at the Thorton Hospital Information Desk at your assigned time. Thorton Hospital is connected to the new Jacobs Medical Center and the tours will visit both.


Your tour guides will meet you there with a few Class of 2022 students to make sure the transition is smooth. Please be prompt at your tour time (8:00am or 9:00am) and allow for travel time. Often times the tour guides are nurses, clinical faculty and staff taking time out of their Saturday to give a tour of the hospital.


Tour meeting place:

Head into the main entrance to Thornton Hospital entrance to Jacobs Medical Center (not the Moores Cancer Center nor the Shiley Eye Center).


Thorton Hospital Information Desk

UC San Diego Health – La Jolla

9300 Campus Point Drive
La Jolla, CA 92037


Walking Directions  From Mesa Nueva/OMS:,+9300+Campus+Point+Dr,+La+Jolla,+CA+92037/@32.8765071,-117.2264471,16z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m14!4m13!1m5!1m1!1s0x80dc06d666db29c9:0x6520f913ef6f604!2m2!1d-117.2223348!2d32.873956!1m5!1m1!1s0x80dc06d99880c749:0x1f0cae661936a3a2!2m2!1d-117.2251099!2d32.8780719!3e2


Parking Options:

While parking on the main campus will be free on Saturday, the lots closest the medical center are enforced 24/7. The closest FREE lot is the “East Commuter Lot” – the entrance to this lot is on Voigt Drive, but it will mean about a 5 minute walk to get to the hospital. If you prefer to park closer, you can use the visitor lots at Thornton and pay upon exiting ($4). Valet parking is also an option…



We realize many of you will not have cars, hopefully your student host will be able to give you a ride or you can coordinate with your new classmates. And of course, there is always UBER/Lyft. We are fairly confident you all will be able to coordinate rides back to campus for check-in Second Look, but of course reach out to the Facebook group or call anyone on the student admissions team if this becomes an issue.


Tour Dress code:

They did not specify “formal” attire, but our tour guides said “it would be appropriate to ask students who are touring to refrain from dressing too casually.” …no open toed shoes, no shorts, no t-shirts You don’t need to be in your “interview clothes” but look respectable.

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