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  • University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Pittsburgh
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

2 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

30 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?

5

What was the style of the interview?

One-on-one

What type of interview was it?

Open file

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

"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." Report Response

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 2)?

"One of the MD/PhD faculty interviewers everyone else "What are three words that describe yourself?" We got tied up in my research and personal statement, so he never got around to hitting me with that one." Report Response

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 3)?

"Describe your strengths and weaknesses (and alot of other ordinary interview questions like that)." Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"What is the biggest problem with healthcare today, just off the top of my head." Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Just the typical stuff, why MD/PhD, why Pittsburgh, what other schools did you apply to..." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read over my interviewers' research" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The campus was nice, the area was affordable, the people were great." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Parking is a costly issue there, and it's not even an urban medical school. Everyone is just like "oh, I just ride the bus", but that's a big turn off to me. Also, for the MD/PhD second look they were totally not cool about me bringing my long-term (6 year) g/f. I'd have to pay her way to come out and find something for her to do during the official "bandquet"?! People kept telling me how "family friendly" the school and city were, but what's with this? Also, there was no tour of any of the medical facilities, such as any of the nearby hospitals. We did get to see the anatomy lab, classroom, library, and some research labs though." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Nothing really" Report Response

What are your general comments?

"3 MD/PhD faculty interviewers, 1/2 hour each. 1 student MD/PhD interview, 1/2 hour. 1 faculty MD interview, 1 student MD interview. I forget the length of time for them, but I think they were both an hour each. Note the MD/PhD interview is two days, MD/PhD interviews on day 1, MD interviews on day 2. If you are applying MD/PhD look out for the director. He seems like a real nice guy, but he puts on this game face when he interviews and tries not to respond at all when you interview him. Before and just after the interview, he returns to normal person mode." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

10/18/2002

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