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

How did the interview impress you?

Negatively

What was the stress level of the interview?

6 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?

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)?

"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. " Report Response

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

"What do you look for in a med school? " Report Response

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

"What do you do in your spare time? (I don't know about you, but I certainly don't have any spare time) " Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"nothing interesting" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Don't recall" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"read SDN and pitt's website" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Simulation lab. Quite unique to UPitt but gimicky. The anatomy lab was nice and everything looked new. All the buildings are connected so you wouldn't need to leave once you are inside one of the building. " Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"No student housing, no central campus, lot's of hill climbing (great workout though! The place is a maze though when you go to your faculty interview. For a school that does so much research, why don't they emphasize their research more? I got the impression that their students didn't do much research there (which can't be true). They also have poor international opportunities (or so my student interviewer said, that really crushed me). Didn't get much chance to speak to the student rep at lunch and my student interviewer is an MS1 and didn't know much. " Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"bring sneakers for the tour. You'll need it. The shuttle to Wyndham garden is $5 roundtrip for students. Last shuttle of the day leaves airport at 10PM and hotel at 7PM. Use expedia to buy ticket and book hotel to save" Report Response

What are your general comments?

"The day started very early. Climbing up the hill to Scaife hall can be tiring if you are out of shape like me. The only thing that impressed me that day was the simulation lab. It's nice but I don't think Pitt students use it as much as they'd like you to believe. It's an elective course after all. I really really wanted to like UPitt. I heard great stuff about it, so much so that my expectation for the school may have been too high. I wasn't blown away. Personally, I think they botched the interview day and left a bad impression in me. However, it's a great school and I'd still seriously consider it though. First thing on the agenda was the tour, bring sneakers. Next comes the boring talks about UPitt's curriculum. They basically read that MS1-MS4 chart to you and describe each course in detail, way too much detail. Then we interviewee got to talk to their uninteresting student rep at lunch (they really should pick someone more outgoing with a sense of humor). There was about 2 students for 15 interviewee. Next came the student interview followed by the faculty interview and then a debriefing where they ask about your impression and experience. The faculty interviewer gets your personal statement so they are less likely to ask about your EC and reason for being a doctor. They'll go for more detailed questions. My faculty interviewer was rather stoic and that stressed me. Many of us applicants were left waiting for hours afterwards because we all booked our flights after 7PM and did not expect the day to end at 3PM, 4PM etc. " Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Admissions staff

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

01/01/2004

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