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University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
  • Year founded: 1886
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University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine (PITT-MED)
Allopathic Medical School
Pittsburgh
  • SDN RANKING 4
  • INTERVIEW FEEDBACK 5 324 Responses
  • SCHOOL REVIEWS 5 1 Responses

Overview

Overview

School Stats

  • Resident Tuition $48,792
  • Non - Resident Tuition $50,014
  • Application Fee $75
  • AVG MCAT 518
  • AVG GPA 3.9
  • LIZZYM Score 74.5

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Admissions Information

  • Office of Admissions and Financial Aid
  • 518 Scaife Hall
  • 3550 Terrace Street
  • Pittsburgh 15261
  • United States

School Overview

School Info

Today, the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine continues to build upon the strong foundation of past leaders and dedicated physicians Clinical and basic research have grown remarkable and continue to attract support from federal institutions, private foundations, and corporations. The School`s faculty is currently ranked among the top 20 nationwide in federal grant and contract support. Innovative ventures such as a new, expanded MD/PhD program, integrated curriculum, physician-investigator fellowship training program, organ transplant program, Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, and Pittsburgh NMR Institute, promise to keep the School at the forefront of progress in educational, research and patient care endeavors.

Curriculum

Medical school has always challenged the brightest and best-prepared minds. At the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, we created a curriculum to teach and train doctors to be better prepared to handle the realities of a new era in medicine. Our curriculum places emphasis on both the science and the humanity of medicine throughout all four years of your study. It begins with a basic trust?that every patient is a person first, every student is a peer, and that healing demands a full and present response from everyone involved.

Facilities

Scaife Hall is the home of Pitt’s School of Medicine, a top recipient of National Institutes of Health research funding and ranked as a “top medical school” by U.S. News & World Report in the categories of research and primary care. The building also contains Falk Library (Pitt’s medical library), classrooms, lecture halls, and laboratories.

Interview Feedback

Interview Feedback

Results Overview

How did the interview impress you?

Response # Responders
Positively 281
Negatively 14
No change 2

What was the stress level of the interview?

Response Avg # Responders
2.45 313

0 = low, 10 = high

How you think you did?

Response Avg # Responders
8.06 232

0 = low, 10 = high

Select Questions & Recent Responses

What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

"Release admissions decisions on a rolling basis!" More from this Member | Report Response

"I would recommend a better itinerary to have before the interview day. There was a good amount of down time as well which prolonged the day." More from this Member | Report Response

"Maybe send out the exact interview schedule to applicants earlier" More from this Member | Report Response

"Interview locations are hard to find." More from this Member | Report Response

"Specify address of Scaife Hall and make it clear that it is the Scaife Hall at the University of Pittsburgh (For the MSTP UPitt - CMU joint program, there's a Scaife Hall at CMU too and a girl on my interview date accidentally went there instead of the one at Pitt so she arrived late)" More from this Member | Report Response

"I have none." More from this Member | Report Response

"None" More from this Member | Report Response

"They did everything quite efficiently and smoothly! Probably the most informative finaid presentation to date out of my interviews." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing! The interview day was just perfect!" More from this Member | Report Response

"No major suggestions. Best interview day I went on out of 14+ schools." More from this Member | Report Response

"Interact more with the interviewees, other than just handing out name-tags and copying pictures." More from this Member | Report Response

"Breakfast consisted primarily of sugary pastries. A more balanced meal would have been preferred." More from this Member | Report Response

"Encourage tour guides to try to spend lots of time inside the facilities. It was hot this day!" More from this Member | Report Response

"maybe a shorter tour, but the entire day was enjoyable." More from this Member | Report Response

"everything was great and very well organized. Only (small) complaint is maybe having more vegetarian" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing really. The weather was pretty gross, but that's Pittsburgh for you." More from this Member | Report Response

"Awesome job with interview day. Best tour ever." More from this Member | Report Response

"None. I really like the updates and information about the school. It is nice to know there is some" More from this Member | Report Response

"Pitt is super fast in all of it's communications (i.e. secondary to invite time is legendarily short" More from this Member | Report Response

"More vegetarian friendly lunch options. :)" More from this Member | Report Response

"I think they are doing a great job. Friendlist office I have come across." More from this Member | Report Response

"Did a great job with notifications and with answering questions. Although you did mention the lots o" More from this Member | Report Response

"While I appreciated a break from sandwiches, tacos for the lunch is not exactly suit food." More from this Member | Report Response

"Keep up the good work." More from this Member | Report Response

"While the letters were VERY nice, they aren't very eco-friendly. The tour day was well run though!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Let us girls know that the tour is long, outside, and it's hilly! Also, if the second interview is f" More from this Member | Report Response

"As another poster noted, it is very difficult to find housing with students this early." More from this Member | Report Response

"It's a bit diffcult to obtain student host if you are the first batch whom are interviewed." More from this Member | Report Response

"Liz or Lisa (the short, blonde sassy lady who gave the curriculum talk) didn't get to give her talk" More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing." More from this Member | Report Response

"Get students to give the tour so that we can ask them questions! The adms staff is actually respondi" More from this Member | Report Response

"Ditch the admissions staff for the tour and use medical students. If every other school does it, so" More from this Member | Report Response

"If possible, have a medical student give the facility tour." More from this Member | Report Response

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 1)?

"All the typical interview questions. Why Pitt? Why medicine? Why not PA/NP? Tell me about your research. Student interview is closed, faculty is open except for MCAT/GPA." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about an experience working in a team." More from this Member | Report Response

"What sets you apart?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why University of Pittsburgh?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What else have you done in college that is not on your application?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are leadership positions you have had?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why Pitt? Why doctor and not other medical field (nurse, PA, etc)?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why I though my educational path was best for medicine" More from this Member | Report Response

"Where do you see yourself in 20 years? (for MSTP interview)" More from this Member | Report Response

""What do you do for fun?"" More from this Member | Report Response

"In closed-file interview (with student) I was asked about clinical experiences, what I do in my free time, etc." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself. Why medicine? Why Pitt?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me an example of a time you demonstrated creativity" More from this Member | Report Response

"Student interviewer (MS2) had a list of questions: Why medicine? Why Pitt? What kind of clinical experience do you have? What *other* clinical experiences do you have? Hobbies? What kind of superpower would you like to have? Do you have any questions?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to work with [insert specific demographic from my application]?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What book have you read recently?" More from this Member | Report Response

"When did you know you wanted to go into medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why Pitt...why medicine...some questions about my activities...tell me about yourself." More from this Member | Report Response

"They mainly tried to gauge what I was like as a person, and why the school was a good fit for me." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why MD vs nurse practioner or another career" More from this Member | Report Response

"The basics, tell me about yourself, tell me why you want to be a physician, tell me why pitt" More from this Member | Report Response

"What led you pursue medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How did you find out about Pitt Med? (I'm from CA)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why medicine, why pitt" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about the process that led you into deciding to go into medicine." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself/your interest in medicine." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your research and your role in it." More from this Member | Report Response

"Student interviewer: Why do you want to be a doctor?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Both student and faculty: why medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What would make you come to Pitt?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are you looking for in a medical school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What kind of research do you do?" More from this Member | Report Response

"how are you creative" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why Pitt? (both my student and faculty interviewers asked me this)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Besides why medicine and why Pitt, what kind of doctor do you want to be?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What made you want to go into medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"So what are you doing here at Pitt? (in other words, Why Pitt?)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Was there a specific moment in your life that compelled you to pursue medical school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"From student interviewer: Why Pitt?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself, Why Med" More from this Member | Report Response

"tell me about yourself. tell me about your research, your undergrad, (everything basic). what do you do for fun" More from this Member | Report Response

"How are you creative?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Questions about my undergrad institution. How did I choose my major, and what type of classes does it entail? " More from this Member | Report Response

"General get to know you questions: tell me about yourself, your background. What have you been doing since graduating?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What's the biggest healthcare problem and how would you change it?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Student Interviewer: What motivates you? How do you deal with competition? What do you believe will be your biggest sacrifice coming into medical school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What brings you to Pittsburgh?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Where did you go to school and why medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why Pitt (Most common question)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself. Something that's not in your application." More from this Member | Report Response

"Have you ever considered research?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you like about Pittsburgh?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What have you done since you graduated college?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Are you interested in research?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why Pitt? I'm from LA." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why med school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What did you do during undergrad? " More from this Member | Report Response

"Why Pitt? What have you learned about Pitt since you have been here?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are some non-medically relatedly activities you're involved in?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why did you choose to go into medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Student: What superpower would you want? Why medicine? Why Pitt? What do you do for fun? Tell me about your extra curricular activities. " More from this Member | Report Response

"By student: in an informal, conversational way: why medicine, why pitt...I asked her a lot of questions about her work in community outreach." More from this Member | Report Response

"what do you do for fun" More from this Member | Report Response

"Is diversity important to you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How did you get here?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Are you married?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Besides your clinical experience (3 years) what other medical experience have you had? I thought this was an odd question. It seems to me that 3 yrs of nearly full-time clinical experience is fairly significant for a medical school applicant." More from this Member | Report Response

"Student interviewer: How do you work in small groups? (Pitt has PBL every other week so be prepared for that). Superpower question. Why medicine? No really, why medicine? What do you think about Pittsburgh? Do you have any questions for me?" More from this Member | Report Response

"WHat do you do now?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you feel about working in small groups?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your research experience. He was more interested in my role in the project, but be prepared to talk about your research in detail. " More from this Member | Report Response

"What kind of training do you have to have to be a massage therapist. (my profession)" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is your favotire book? - I really didn't have a favorite so I just talked about the most recent one I read." More from this Member | Report Response

"How would your friends describe you? (asked by student interviewer)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why med?" More from this Member | Report Response

"My first interview was a student interview and she asked your basic questions (why medicine, etc.) My second was a faculty interviewer (who was awesome by the way) and that was a convo. The third is w/ a person from the admissions staff. this one's like 20 minutes and it seemed extremely laid back. No difficult questions. Just what my future plans are, etc... " More from this Member | Report Response

"How did tennis helkp with your development as a person? (Played tennis for many years)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to practice transplant medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why MD/PhD?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Student: What do you like to do for fun, What do you feel about clinical research, Do you think doctors should do research. Remember, Pitt is a research school. Even if you haven't done any before, you may be asked about it. They don't expect you to sit in a lab all day, you can go out and do research in the community also. " More from this Member | Report Response

"what do you see yourself doing in 10-15 years? (ie. how to mesh research and medicine)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your life. Start at the beginning." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why Pitt Med, why Pittsburgh, etc?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Are you a vegetarian?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to be a doctor? What experiences shaped your reasons? What have you done to test your decision?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your study abroad." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why medicine? But really, why medicine? Right, but, why not research/teaching/dentistry/etc.?" More from this Member | Report Response

"The standards: why medicine, why Pitt, etc. Student questions seemed geared toward assessing your realization of the realities of medicine/medical school and your dedication to patient-directed medicine, while the faculty questions were more personal." More from this Member | Report Response

"Faculty interviewer: issues in medicine, why medicine, research experience, tell me about your family, patient/clinical experience." More from this Member | Report Response

"When and how did you decide you wanted to go into medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Was the difference between specificity and sensitivity?" More from this Member | Report Response

"When and why did you decide to become a doctor?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why are you interested in a career in medicine? Why Pitt? What do you think about the US Health Care System compared with that of other countries? Tell me your thoughts on the role of physicians in preventive health and research." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to be a doctor" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you want to do?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What can I tell you about Pitt to make you want to go here?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What have you liked about Pittsburgh? What don't you like?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What role do you typically take in group situations?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why medicine? What was the origin of your interest?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why Medicine? (or variations like why do you want to go into medicine, or become a doctor, etc) You'll want to stress 2 things: people and science, and that you find you want both, and can't give up either in your search for a profession." More from this Member | Report Response

"Are you holding acceptances at any other schools? (Both the faculty member and the dean asked me this)." More from this Member | Report Response

"Where do you see yourself in the future (specialty, research or clinical)?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Student: very laid back. What do you like to do for fun? What kind of clubs were you involved in at school? " More from this Member | Report Response

"Small group experiences, what role did I take?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think makes a good doctor? " More from this Member | Report Response

"describe your research." More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you see yourself working in small groups, as in problem-based learning?" More from this Member | Report Response

"all basic questions about my future goals and my interests in medicine. my student interviewer though asked me more general questions about my life and what i had done. the student interviewer only gets your name, your undergrad school, and your hometown, so they basically know nothing. the faculty interviewer gets only your personal statement, so that is a little more intimate, but mine still wanted me to give her a general idea of who i was. the last interviewer, which is the dean of admissions, only talks to you for like 10ish mins and he just wants to grill you to make sure that you have a reason to apply to pitt specifically, and then he'll probably ask you where else youve applied/interviewed/been accepted. be prepared for him cuz hes really direct and quick. " More from this Member | Report Response

"What books have you been reading lately?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How is your day going? What have you done so far? What do you think? (All 4 interviewers asked me this, which I think really says something.)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why mediicne? Faculty asks something specific about your PS." More from this Member | Report Response

"How did you become interested in medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"mostly conversational questions concerning path to medicine and interests/background. nothing out of the ordinary." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you wish to pursue medicine? (all three interviewers asked me this)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your family (I know, this isn't a question)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why Pittsburgh?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Explain your research to me." More from this Member | Report Response

"Standard student questions: Why medicine? Why Pittsburgh? What are you looking for in a medical school? What are your interests outside school? " More from this Member | Report Response

"What are your career goals? What will having an MD AND a PhD allow you to do that having one of these degrees won't? (I'm paraphrasing)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Very generic questions, but more chit chat than anything" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think would be a better way to measure who will make a good resident?" More from this Member | Report Response

"when did you decide to become a doctor ?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself? From student What brought you to Pitt? From faculty" More from this Member | Report Response

"Where do you see yourself in ten years?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Dating question" More from this Member | Report Response

"Explain your research." More from this Member | Report Response

"everything pertained to my amcas application." More from this Member | Report Response

"what do you know about Pittsburgh?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why medicine? Why Pittsburgh?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why medicine" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you deal with frustrating people/situations? What are you looking for in a school? " More from this Member | Report Response

"If doing an MD/PhD was not possible which one would I choose and why?" More from this Member | Report Response

"same" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your volunteer work." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why medicine? Why Pitt?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about why you have chosen to become a physician" More from this Member | Report Response

"Mostly personal info- Questions regarding opinion on curriculum" More from this Member | Report Response

"Have you worked in small groups? (Related to their PBL [problem based learning] which they ask about.)" More from this Member | Report Response

"what specialty are you interested in?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is the craziest thing you have ever done?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why UPitt?" More from this Member | Report Response

"See above." More from this Member | Report Response

"What are the weaknesses of your application" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why Pitt?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe this experience." More from this Member | Report Response

"What makes Pitt the right place for you? Or you right for us?" More from this Member | Report Response

"whats one of your strengths/weaknesses" More from this Member | Report Response

"The student interviewers are obligated to ask these two (why medicine? tell me about your extracurricular, lab, other exp.) It's on their sheet that they fill out later. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Why Pitt" More from this Member | Report Response

"Are you doing any reading for pleasure and if so, what are you reading?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why medicine? " More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you like to do for fun" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you like to do for fun?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why Medicine, and what have you done to test this decision?" More from this Member | Report Response

"typical questions- Why MD/PhD, why do you want to be a doctor etc..." More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you do for fun?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How did you come to your decision to pursue medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"(it's been a while, I can't remember much besides "What brings you to medicine" and "Why Pittsburgh?")" More from this Member | Report Response

"The basics...why do you want to go into medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Brief summary of your life:" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why the Russian major?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me more about....(insert application activity here)." More from this Member | Report Response

"What are some of your strengths?" More from this Member | Report Response

"When did you decide medicine was for you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"see above" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you do outside of school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why Pitt (asked this 3 times)?" More from this Member | Report Response

"When you work in a group with other students, what role do you play?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Is UPitt your first choice? You can be honest. It wasn't mine. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself....basically a time to boast...however individuals like myself, who can't boast..and aren't willing to...don't do very well on such questions! " More from this Member | Report Response

"What are your strengths and weaknesses?" More from this Member | Report Response

"how are you a well-rounded person?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What's the last movie you saw?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are your strengths?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What's your biggest weakness?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to be a doctore?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why motivated you ? " More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing special, really. B/c it was closed file, questions weren't too hard. What extracurricular have you done?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why both degrees?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why medicine? Tell me about you background and your motivations. How do you handle stress?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What sort of extracurricular activities are you involved in? (required)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Strength and weaknesses." More from this Member | Report Response

"strengths (one of the questions on the "suggested?" list)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to be a doctor? " More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you want me to tell the admissions committee about you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"MD faculty interviewer - "Congratulations, you're accepted to the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine." *shake hands* "What, are you surprised?" -- Me: Uhhhh, yeah I guess I am." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me more about your childhood?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your research." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your research" More from this Member | Report Response

"what are your strengths." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to be a doctor?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to be a physician?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you think problem based learning is for you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why did you apply here?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to get both MD and PhD degrees?" More from this Member | Report Response

"the interviews were just conversations: the dean asked specific questions though. Why do you want to be a doctor?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What would you do to provide health care insurance to those without if you were appointed Secretary of Health?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is your best character trait?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Discuss your research project, how independent are you on it...etc." More from this Member | Report Response

"Listed above" More from this Member | Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"How have your experiences prepared you for medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Would you want to go into ___ field?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are some qualities a physician should have?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Make me excited about your research." More from this Member | Report Response

"None, they were really standard." More from this Member | Report Response

"What is the worst book you have read?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How will your experience with the arts inform your patient care philosophy?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why didn't you go into one of your parents' careers (follow-up to question on my parents' backgrounds)." More from this Member | Report Response

"What would you do if you couldn't go to med school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Question 3." More from this Member | Report Response

"I was talking about what I do in my free time and I mentioned I watch Netflix occasionally (of course, alongside building orphanages and helping old ladies cross the road), and my faculty interviewer asked me what my favorite TV shows were and why." More from this Member | Report Response

"What medical specialty are you interested in?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me an example of a time you demonstrated creativity" More from this Member | Report Response

"Some questions related to my background and interests." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your experience playing x sport" More from this Member | Report Response

"Did you have any trouble finding my office?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What field of medicine are you interested in and how positive are you that that is what you want to do?" More from this Member | Report Response

"None, it was very straight forward" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing really. Be prepared for the usual stuff, about why medicine etc." More from this Member | Report Response

"How are you creative?" More from this Member | Report Response

"They were all pretty standard conversation starters." More from this Member | Report Response

"So you worked _____. Why the heck did you do that?" More from this Member | Report Response

"NA" More from this Member | Report Response

"Are you a steeler fan" More from this Member | Report Response

"Who are your role models and why." More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you think creatively?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you could go anywhere and do anything for one weekend vacation, where would you go and what would you do?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"They were pretty standard." More from this Member | Report Response

"If you could win any award in the world, what would it be?? (student interviewer)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Explain your interest in the actual science of medicine. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing crazy... " More from this Member | Report Response

"Student: give me an example of how you are creative Faculty: what would you do if you didn't get accepted?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How would you rate your mechanical skills (playing with tools, etc)? The interviewer asked me this question because a part of my app said I am considering orthopedics as a specialty of choice." More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you think you would have a problem with the Scholarly Project? -mostly related to the fact that I don't have much research background" More from this Member | Report Response

"So you think you have enough clinical experience?-" More from this Member | Report Response

"What did you dress up as for Halloween? (there was a bit of a lead up to this question, it wasn't completely out of the blue)" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you work in groups and how will that serve you as a physician?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think you'll struggle with most as a physician?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What qualities in the physicians you shadowed impressed you the most?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What personality traits are important for a doctor to have?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you could have dinner with any two or three people, who would they be and why?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think about the informational systems in hospitals? (this was part of an overall conversation about the UPMC hospital's switch to electronic files)" More from this Member | Report Response

"After answering a question about what I would do if I didn't get in to medical school I was asked: What is the biggest health care issue negatively affecting the quality of life of people today in the US." More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you do that's not related to medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing really: Why did you decide to take a year off?" More from this Member | Report Response

"what do you think of the pharm companies influencing doctors" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me something not on your application material that's important." More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you understand the culture of Pittsburgh?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Was kind of hoping for more challenging and fun questions, but it didn't happen. How would you define Academic Medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Are you creative?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you were any kind of ice cream flavor, what would you be? / What is the coolest thing you have ever done?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you had to pick an ice cream flavor to describe your personality, what would it be?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Frankie asked me the random questions like What do you like to do? What's your favorite book?" More from this Member | Report Response

"All pretty stock questions, nothing special." More from this Member | Report Response

"Who was your best friend and how would you describe her?" More from this Member | Report Response

"cant think of one" More from this Member | Report Response

"How would you like me to present you to the admissions committee?" More from this Member | Report Response

"I was mostly just asked to explain activities on my AMCAS for my faculty interview. The student interview was a simple conversation for 45 minutes." More from this Member | Report Response

"If you were so happy serving in the military, why are you wanting to get out to go to med school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me more about your siblings." More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you do for fun? Why did you work so many jobs?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What animal would you be and why?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Can't think of any right now..." More from this Member | Report Response

"Have you heard of the plagiarism case with the Harvard student that was given $500,000 to publish a book? (I told him yes, but didn't see how it connected to medicine... he said that a previous interviewee last week talked about it when they got into a discussion about academic honesty..)" More from this Member | Report Response

"None really, what I do for fun?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What books do you read?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is the biggest challenge you will face as a physician?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you could have any super power which one would you have?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing in particular" More from this Member | Report Response

"What's your favorite cartoon" More from this Member | Report Response

"detailed questions about my essay (my main interviewer had really read my application!)" More from this Member | Report Response

"It was really low stress...my interviewer was a really nice guy who suggested that we take a walk outside since it was such a nice day. My student interviewer was much younger than me, and she was a first year, on top of that it was her first interview so she was more nervous than I was." More from this Member | Report Response

"My feelings on teaching" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing too out of the ordinary: Why Pitt? Why medicine? Describe your volunteer work? Tell me about your research? How did you get here (I'm about 10 years older than most applicants)?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you like to do for fun?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think about human consciousness?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Of the cities around the world in which you've worked, which was your favorite and why?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If I could have any superpower, what would it be? (Asked by student interviewer) Also asked a lot of questions about my interests in women's health, research, and how those tied into my faculty interviewer's current work which was awesome!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Was there any one moment that really set your heart on medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"All standard questions." More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing too interesting. just the common questions." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why did you get into your present line of work? There were a lot of interesting and though provoking questions. Very much a conversation between two adults. " More from this Member | Report Response

"How does your family feel about you going to med school. (I have a husband and a child)" More from this Member | Report Response

"What did you think of Freakonomics?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you workout?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing out of the ordinary..." More from this Member | Report Response

"What was the other state that the Senate race was waiting on other than Virginia. I did not know the answer, but it was Montana." More from this Member | Report Response

"What good experiences and bad experiences have you had with doctors treating your sister (my sister has a severe chronic disease) and how will this affect the way you practice medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do I think about HPV vaccine development?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you always wear black to an interview? (actually, I was wearing black and blue, so it was kind of funny)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to be a physician instead of a...?" More from this Member | Report Response

"i wrote about my father's influence in my PS, and my faculty interviewer spent some time asking about my relationship with the rest of my family and my travel experiences with them." More from this Member | Report Response

"I got asked about what I see myself doing in 10-15 years a lot. But, the most interesting question was the student interviewer who asked me what thing from my application I would like him to emphasize to the admissions committee. I thought that was really cool of him." More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe how you work in small groups." More from this Member | Report Response

"One of my Interviewers went off on a tangent for a few minnutes about how much they liked the new show " More from this Member | Report Response

"what sorts of health policy do you see yourself shaping in the future?" More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing really" More from this Member | Report Response

"What role do you take on in a group situation and why?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you deal with confrontation?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me something about yourself that you shouldn't (asked by the student interviewer and technically not part of the evaluation)." More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you work in groups?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Actually, most of my questions were typical. " More from this Member | Report Response

"what do you think will be the most difficult aspect of practicing medicine " More from this Member | Report Response

"this was my second interview and honestly if I taped my first interview and played it back, it would be fine, just sound interested about your own life and activities and you'll do fine. Plus remember the two inescapable questions: why medicine and why this school" More from this Member | Report Response

"n/a" More from this Member | Report Response

"Was the difference between specificity and sensitivity?" More from this Member | Report Response

"In your experience, have you met any physicians who were disgruntled or unhappy with their choice of profession?" More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing special" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me your thoughts on the role of physicians in preventive health and research." More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you want to have accomplished by the time you die?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What kind of sandwich do you like? Kind of random. " More from this Member | Report Response

"I had so many interesting questions. They were: 1. What superpower do you want to have? 2. Would you swim in pool or ocean? 3. Name three people you'd like to have dinner with?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Who has been your greatest mentor?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How did your grandma die? (I spoke about her in my personal statement)" More from this Member | Report Response

"What don't you like about Pittsburgh?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think will be the most difficult aspect of medicine faced by future doctors?" More from this Member | Report Response

"My faculty interviewer asked me about my brother, who has Down syndrome. I thought it was interesting that she would want to talk about that." More from this Member | Report Response

"None, no surprise questions, very straight forward and to-the-point." More from this Member | Report Response

"Just your typical interview questions - Why medicine? Start from the beginning of when you knew you wanted to go into medicine." More from this Member | Report Response

""What's your favorite cartoon - why?" I thought it was pretty random. I answered honestly and said the one where Elmer Fudd goes after a Helga-dressed Bugs Bunny singing - "Kill da wabbit ... Kill da waaaabit."" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing really out of the ordinary." More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you want to be when you grow up?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What's your favorite movie, book, cartoon?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is your most creative accomplishment?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing too interesting...basic questions and specific ones" More from this Member | Report Response

"I wasn't asked anything remotely interesting. Just the same old questions" More from this Member | Report Response

"pretty standard questions--why medicine? when did you know you want to go into medicine? etc." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why medicine?? not really that interesting..." More from this Member | Report Response

"(in reference to my interest in global health) how much of your career do you plan to spend working abroad, and what are you reasons?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are the biggest problems with healthcare today? How would you change it?" More from this Member | Report Response

"A couple really fun ones: *If you could have any superpower, which would you choose and why? *What's your favorite cartoon?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing really. Every question were the typical ones like Why medicine, Why Pitt, What do you like about the city, what extra cirricular." More from this Member | Report Response

"How many schools did you apply to? Where have you interviewed already?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing really." More from this Member | Report Response

"what book are you reading?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What setting do you see yourself practicing in? What is your favorite cartoon?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What kind of physician do you want to be?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you think you'll be able to "have a life" during medical school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What clinical experiences have you had?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is the most creative thing you do?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is your favorite cartoon" More from this Member | Report Response

"What did Wittgenstein (philosopher) have to say about pain?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Very few solid questions, more chit chat with admission dean" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think would be a better way to measure who will make a good resident?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are the major issues facing medical care today and what solution would you advocate?" More from this Member | Report Response

"what is the most important thing we should know about you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"In reference to my school's female:male ratio (I'm a girl): What does that do for your dating life?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Can you adjust to the cold in Pittsburgh since you are from California?" More from this Member | Report Response

"All questions pertained to my AMCAS application. No ethical scenarios, or questions concerning current issues in health care (e.g. HMOs, PPOs, etc.)" More from this Member | Report Response

"what is the most creative thing you do? apparently the faculty interviewers are told to asess creativity." More from this Member | Report Response

"How will you balance family and medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Very standard questions" More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing usualy, we just talked about my life, why medicine, what I liked to do in my free time, and why pittsburgh" More from this Member | Report Response

"What was the last CD you bought?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If I was to be the gov. of ? (pick one) state and giving my state of the state address, what would be my issues and what would I do about them?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If I were elected a US senator, what would be my issues?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What improvements do you think doctors could make to help patients have more comfortable experiences?" More from this Member | Report Response

"In addition to asking "why medicine," my interviewer inquired as to what steps I've taken to discover whether or not medicine really is for me. " More from this Member | Report Response

"In a scale of 1-10, how confident I am about being accepted into Medical School...funny thing was that I am already accepted at two medical schools" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing stands out- it was all very conversational and seemed aimed at getting to know you as a person. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you know that you cannot save life you can only prevent death" More from this Member | Report Response

"If I were to meet you as a random stranger, what would we talk about?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you think the fact that you lost 80 lbs in the past will serve to help you relate with patients as a doctor?" More from this Member | Report Response

"none very interesting" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is the craziest thing you have ever done?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing special." More from this Member | Report Response

"Very relaxed interview...no tricky questions." More from this Member | Report Response

"Student: "What's the craziest thing you've ever done?" Faculty: "How do you think knowledge from your [geriatrics] research could be applied to children?" " More from this Member | Report Response

"What are some of old movies that you love that you can suggest to me?---I am a huge old movie buff" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think about our curriculum? What attracts you to Pitt?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How did your background with 2 cultures affect your educational experience?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing in particular caught my attention, both my student interview and faculty interview were very relaxed and chill and we talked about a lot of stuff, but all about ME." More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing really, they have some standard questions that they have to get the answers to" More from this Member | Report Response

"no real questions, just asked me to talk about myself" More from this Member | Report Response

"We really had a nice discussion. There were no rote questions but a real flowing conversation." More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing interesting" More from this Member | Report Response

"None - pretty standard fare" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is your biggest fault?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What was your most memorable EMT experience and why?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Are you a good cook? " More from this Member | Report Response

"How would your friends describe you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you realize that as a doctor you are not saving a life, you are simply delaying death?" More from this Member | Report Response

"None really too interesting" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you consider yourself to be a well rounded person?" More from this Member | Report Response

"some weird scenarios, pretty fun though." More from this Member | Report Response

"What other schools have you interviewed at and what did you like about them?" More from this Member | Report Response

"No interesting questions. Just the questions you'd expect; what do you read, what are your hobbies, what area of medicine are you interested in, etc." More from this Member | Report Response

"How did the role in your family prepare you for a career in medicine? (Nothing too interesting or crazy...)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Just the basic stuff..." More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you hope to get out of Pittsburgh?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is a big pain in the butt?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you could write President Bush's State of the Union Address, what three things would you specifically mention?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are the biggest problems in health care and how would you personally help fix them?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How would you feel working for someone less qualified than yourself?" More from this Member | Report Response

"None too interesting. Questions were fairly standard." More from this Member | Report Response

"did you know that pitt is top 10 in research dollars? (asked this about 5 times)" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you had 30 seconds to explain to the admission committee why they should select you, what would you say?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing out of the ordinary" More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing too exciting here - all fairly standard Qs (all my interviewers were quite mellow)" More from this Member | Report Response

"When you go home to visit your parents, what does your mother make for you to eat?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How does what you learned from studying public health in Mexico apply to our healthcare system in the United States?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Recommend a film that my husband and I should see and tell me why it's good. (I was a film major)." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing very interesting was asked. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you play any instruments?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What made you know for sure that medicine was the right career for you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"I wasn't asked any direct questions. Very conversational. " More from this Member | Report Response

"So I saw a speech the Rendell (PA's governor) gave about health care, malpractice lawsuits, and insurance rates. In light of all these issues, why would anyone want to get into medicine? (Asked by the student interviewer)" More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing all conversational" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you want to do in the future with your MD degree?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you still have epilepsy?" More from this Member | Report Response

"It wasn't an interview as much as it was a discussion. The faculty interviewers questions will be different for everyone because they have your AMCAS personal statement in front of them and will ask questions regarding it. " More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you want to accomplish in the next four years besides getting trough medical school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Say you're in PBL and a couple members are not putting in the work. How would you go about rectifying this problem?" More from this Member | Report Response

"how would you deal with a peer who was not pulling his weight in PBL group" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are some avenues of translational research that will bring currently broad genomics prowess to bear on specific clinical needs, and generally how do the various -genomics fields change medical research paradigms? " More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing particular, pretty conversational" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me something that your friends may not know about you or may find surprising." More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you know who Job is? - I think she just wanted to know how well read I am." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing" More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing crazy. everything based on the conversation at hand" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is your favorite cartoon?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is the biggest problem with healthcare today, just off the top of my head." More from this Member | Report Response

"my greatest strength and greatest weakness in one word...which I found very interesting since its so hard to narrow this down" More from this Member | Report Response

"How would you motivate a member of your PBL(problem based learning) group who is not pulling his or her weight and hindering other members of the group?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What kind of people do you not get along with?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is your favorite book?" More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing too interesting." More from this Member | Report Response

"How important is located relatively close to your family during school in deciding which med school to attend?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe your family for me." More from this Member | Report Response

"What was the last book you read?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What type of books do you like to read?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Will you go back home when you are done with your training?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe what you're reading right now (I mentioned that I like to read)." More from this Member | Report Response

"standard why md/phd - why both degrees - what specialty would you go into, why pittsburgh - what do you like about the program" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you can pick three adjectives to describe yourself, what would they be?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What exactly is Postmodernism?" More from this Member | Report Response

"The questions were pretty typically. Why do you want to study medince. The most interesting I guess is what do you look for in a medical school...and do we fit that profile. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you believe the US government should torture suspected terrorists if they have information that might be needed to prevent an imminent attack?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What will you enjoy most about medical school? What do you think the most difficult thing will be about medical school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Who do you think was behind the anthrax attacks last year?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about the most interesting family vacation you had...and all my vacations blurred into one, so I couldn't really remember the most fun one." More from this Member | Report Response

"none" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing very interesting. They have a sheet in front of them. The student had only your name and undergrad institution. The faculty interviewer had personal statement and practice vision essays as well" More from this Member | Report Response

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