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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?

3 out of 10

How you think you did?

8 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 volunteer work." Report Response

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

"What do you do in your free time?" Report Response

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

"What do you think of the block curriculum and the PBL approach?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"What improvements do you think doctors could make to help patients have more comfortable experiences?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Can you tell me about a time when you confronted a real dilemma in your volunteer work?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"read SDN, thought about answers, spent the morning (during the tour) developing opinions and questions" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The hospital buildings are really pleasant inside. The simulation lab is amazing. I quite like the city of Pittsburgh, which combines the best features of big cities and small towns." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Prepare for a LOT of walking -- don't just bring flats, bring comfortable flats. Look out for hills, the campus is full of them. Your interviews are in the afternoon. I was done by 3:15, as was everyone else with me that day." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"There are two interviewers, a student and a faculty member. Each interview is weighted equally. An hour is allotted for each interview, and they will run close to that. The student has a preprinted list of questions to which they're supposed to get the answers, but if you steer the conversation right, you'll address most of those points without them needing to ask you flat out. The student interview is totally closed file, while the faculty member has only your PS. They ask a lot of questions about how you feel about Pitt's block curriculum, PBL, and the city of Pittsburgh -- answer truthfully, with a positive spin. You also have a 15 minute interview with an admissions dean, who will ask you questions like how you feel about Pitt and how you see yourself practicing medicine in the future. Pitt is an amazing school with great training, great research opportunities, great primary care emphasis, and a great attitude toward their students. They're all about cooperation, listening to student feedback, and treating patients with respect." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Admissions staff

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

10/25/2004

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