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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

How you think you did?

7 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

8 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

45 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?

2 ~45 minute interviews (1 student, closed file and 1 faculty, open file)

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)?

"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?" Report Response

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

"Faculty interviewer (a clinician with a path to medicine similar to mine) was extremely nice, one of the most awesome people I've ever met, really! She asked me about my motivations to go into medicine, how my previous career translates into practicing medicine (I'm a non-traditional), my experiences in medicine - both positive and negative, and what kind of conclusions I made from them, why medicine, why Pitt (implicitly rather than explicitly), how I handle stress, my extracurricular interests (Pitt is big on them!). The interviewer than proceeded to answer some of my questions about the school and volunteered to tell me more about the city, the school and the culture at both. My faculty interview was actually very informative." Report Response

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

No Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Some questions related to my background and interests." Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

No Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Interview feedback :) - especially for student interviews, you're likely to get the same questions as those mentioned here; reading Pitt web site and reading about Pitt on SDN. I had specific interests related to the school, so I think that helped. I also paid attention and asked questions during the student tour of the school and the curriculum talk - and based on those, I had more questions for my interviewers. Be prepared to ask good questions!" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"How truly, sincerely nice and open everyone was; the city of Pittsburgh seems like a really nice place to live; the student lead tour was great (probably the most informative and interesting med school tour I've been on); WISER simulation center; clinical and research opportunities (lots of clinical electives in the 4th year and research is supported very well); CSTP program; the fact that Pitt cares about students having a life." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Nothing really - except for the fact I was told by Pitt students that 1st year PBL can be hit or miss depending on who'd in the group with you because not everyone makes a good effort to prepare (because of p/f). However, all the students I talked to raved about the second year small group discussions with specialists in each field." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"I kind of knew this - but the hill the school is on is really huge! Be prepared for some hill climbing. Plus, be aware that your interview may be in a different building from the one most of the interview program is." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I absolutely loved Pitt - the school and the city - and hope for good news after January, 31!" Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

How did the tourguide seem?

Enthusiastic

How do you rank the facilities?

9 out of 10

What is your in-state status?

Out of state

What was your total time spent traveling?

4-6 hours

What was your primary mode of travel?

Airplane

About how much did you spend on room, food, and travel?

$301-$400

What airport did you use?

No Response

Where did you stay?

With students at the school

How would you rate the hotel?

5 out of 10

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?

No Response

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

09/27/2013

How do you rank this school among other schools to which you've applied?

9 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

9 out of 10

What is your ranking of this area's cultural life?

8 out of 10

How is the responsiveness of the admissions office?

9 out of 10

How is the friendliness of the admissions office?

9 out of 10

How eco-friendly are the school's application materials and interview process?

5 out of 10

What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

"Nothing! The interview day was just perfect!" Report Response

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