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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?

9 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

9 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

25 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)?

"Why do you want to be a doctor? What experiences shaped your reasons? What have you done to test your decision?" Report Response

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

"What factors do you think about when choosing a medical school? What other schools are you interviewing at? Then why Pitt?" Report Response

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

"What type of doctor do you want to be? Why did you choose that profession? Do you feel like Pitt can help you achieve your goals? Why?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"What role do you take on in a group situation and why?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Have you done anything recent to test your commitment to medicine?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read SDN feedback, thought about answers for common questions, read about healthcare policy/ethics, talked with Pitt students, thought of possible questions to ask the interviewer" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The school is really focused on taking action when students aren't satisfied. I haven't seen (yet) another school so focused on student satisfaction." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The tour was pretty long and disorienting, but some students may have enjoyed it. There was a lot of state-of-the-art technology available." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Nothing. Really organized and the admissions office told me exactly what to expect." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"We started at 8am with a light breakfast (bagels, doughnuts, juice) for people who hadn't eaten, and then took a really long tour. I wore tennis shoes with my interview suit and nobody flinched. The tour wound through umpteen buildings and outside and we all felt pretty disoriented but the interviewees were allowed to keep a running banter among outselves. We visited the WISER simulation lab which was state-of-the-art and really nice. Then we talked to a medical historian (hilarious) who recommended additional reading, attended discussions of curriculum (PBL) and had lunch with a 4th year student. The student answered all of our questions and more as we (mostly) dined on deli-style sandwiches (you get $5 from the cafeteria, which is plenty). Then we had an interview with a student (mostly 2nd year) where they asked us questions from a form. The students only had our name, school, and hometown to work with. That interview was 30-45 minutes. Then we had different faculty interviews around the campus (some people had to run really far away, so ladies beware!) for 45-60 minutes. Faculty interviewers had our personal statement. The interviews were very low-stress and focused on just giving a picture of ourselves. Pitt is focused on group work, so be prepared for questions about that. Also, the ubiquitous Why Pitt questions. At the end we had a 15 minute discussion with admissions (not sure if it was an interview or not...) to see if we had more questions. Then we were free to go. Most people got out of there at about 3:00, but they warn you that you might have to stay until 5:00. Walk down to 5th avenue to find the 28X bus. The stop will be on your right, and you will be able to take it to the airport for $2.25." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Admissions staff

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?

2-3 hours

What was your primary mode of travel?

Airplane

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

$101-$200

Where did you stay?

With students at the school

How would you rate the hotel?

10 out of 10

Would you recommend the hotel?

yes

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

10/15/2006

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?

5 out of 10

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

7 out of 10

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