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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?

2

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)?

"Why Pitt (asked this 3 times)?" Report Response

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

"What do you like to do outside of school (again, 3 times)?" Report Response

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

"Do you have any Qs for me (all 3 times ... do we see a theme here)?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"nothing too exciting here - all fairly standard Qs (all my interviewers were quite mellow)" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Why Pitt? (i know, it's not too difficult, but i was asked it 3 times and didn't have a great answer)" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"School's website and promotional literature (which they sent me), MSAR" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"facilities: namely the GA and histology labs, the simulated patient area, sheer number of teaching hospitals in the area; admissions office staff was very friendly; pittsburgh itself is much prettier than one would expect (when looking from above... see below for more on this); curriculum/grading (they have a History of Medicine faculty member who is very interesting); very obvious committment to making this a "big-dog" school; the quality/normalness of the students and the other applicants" Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"cost - it's bloody expensive to go here... you'll be $225K in debt probably; pittsburgh as a city is dirty - it's hard to explain, but it just is." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Beware the weather - any of you interviewing much after September, CHECK THE WEATHER REPORTS! in mid-Sept it was already 50s in the morning, so in a month it could be much colder. also, from the airport take the 28X flyer (it's a public bus) to the oakland area. it's $2.25 (exact change needed), it's rather slow since it's not a direct route, but it's a helluva lot cheaper than a taxi. just make enough time to get back to the airport from the school (it's a goooood hour bus ride)." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"so pitt was a "pleasant surprise" - it looks to be a very good school that wants to take itself up to the upper tier of schools. also, here's the deal with interviews. There are 3, but one is with an admissions dean and is only 15 minutes. that one is open file, but the other two are closed except that the faculty member has your AMCAS app - the student has only a name and hometown. it's very stress-free, and they make a good case for themselves. The student interview was great - I interviewed her as much as she did me - and she just wanted to get to know me. Also, we toured the GA lab... WHILE THE 1ST YEARS WERE IN THERE DISSECTING! how friggin' cool is that!" Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Admissions staff

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

09/16/2003

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