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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?

1 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

60+ minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?

3

What was the style of the interview?

One-on-one

What type of interview was it?

Closed file

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

"Tell me about your research." Report Response

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

"What experiences have you had that have exposed you to medicine?" Report Response

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

"What do your parents do? How have they influenced your decision to pursue medicine?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"What kind of people do you not get along with?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Tell me about yourself (just too vague to answer really well)" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read Pitt brochure, reviewed my own application, reviewed common questions" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"How much the students love their school. Every one of them was more than willing to talk about the school and it made a wonderful impression on me." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The facilities are showing their age. Scaife Hall is an old building -- no way around it. The facilites are not "bad" per se, just aging and less than I've seen at some other facilities. This fact did not deter my interest in the school, however." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"I'm from Pittsburgh, so I think I had most of it covered" Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Pitt is a wonderful school for a number of reasons. First, everyone there -- students, faculty, and staff -- seemingly LOVE the school and all are more than willing to talk to you about why. The school is in the middle of changing what is an already good curriculum and adding time at the end of the second year for a rotation or two in order to give students more time before having to apply for residencies. They seem to be very responsive to student demands, and this seems to foster good student-faculty relations. The interviews were easy, laid-back, and striaghtforward. My first hour was with a current first-year who was simply a very cool guy, and I enjoyed talking with him. The faculty interview was with a PhD who teaches, and we had a wonderful discussion about me, my motivations for medicine, growing up in Pittsburgh, life at my undergrad school, etc. We also talked about his research, as I knew a little bit about his field. He was very laid back, conversational, etc. and I truly enjoyed talking to him. I had a final closing interview (15 min) with an admissions representative -- the only one of the three interviews which is open-file -- and was given the opportunity to address anything else I wanted them to know about me. Having this interview as open file allowed me to address a transcript issue, and she explained the unforunate non-rolling admissions policy (no notification until March!). All in all, Pitt is a wonderful school and one that is likely going to be my first-choice." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Admissions staff

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

10/21/2002

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