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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?

10 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

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)?

"How would your friends describe you? (asked by student interviewer)" Report Response

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

"How do you work in small groups? (also by student)" Report Response

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

"When did you decide you wanted to go into medicine? Was this before or after you decided to study neuroscience? (asked by faculty interviewer)" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"What did you think of Freakonomics?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"How have you tested your commitment to medicine?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN, mock interview, P2P brochure, school website, talked with student host" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The facilities, Pittsburgh and the cost of living, the research opportunities." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The tour was a bit longer than strictly necessary." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"I already knew to bring a change of shoes for the tour, so nothing really..." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Arrived in admissions at 8 am, where there was coffee/breakfast/juice. Changes shoes for 8:15 - 10:30 tour (definitely do this - I was the only one in a skirt who wore sneakers for the tour, but it was definitely worth it and who cares if it looks funny? It's better than limping into your afternoon interview). After the tour a curriculum overview (doesn't give much more info than is available by carefully inspecting the website), then an hour for lunch ($5 voucher to cafeteria, we were joined by a 3rd-year student). Afterwards everyone has a closed-file interview with a Pitt student (1st or 2nd year), then in varying order a 10-15 minute one-on-one with the assistant dean, associate dean, or assistant director of admissions, and a somewhat closed-file (they have your personal statement) interview with a faculty member. I had to walk a ways to mine, but I got great directions from the admissions office and it wasn't a problem. Since I'm interested in the CSTP program, they paired me with someone from the program, which was really great. Then fill out an evaluation, and you're done. A long, busy day." 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?

4-6 hours

What was your primary mode of travel?

Airplane

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

$201-$300

What airport did you use?

PIT

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?

11/28/2006

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?

8 out of 10

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

7 out of 10

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