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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?

9 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)?

"Why medicine? Why Pitt?" Report Response

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

"Where else did you apply? Heard anything yet?" Report Response

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

"Anything else you want to tell me about yourself? Anything you do for a hobby?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Was there any one moment that really set your heart on medicine?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"I don't remember any intentionally dificult questions. It was very conversational; I didn't feel like they were interested in watching me perform under pressure--just wanted to get to know me." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Practiced sample essay questions, read over application (although all they have access to is your personal statement, and thats only for the faculty interview), talked to some students ahead of time" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Students seem genuinely happy. They really like the curriculum (Pitt students only take one science class at a time, and its very condensed, i.e. all you do the first 3 weeks is anatomy, but then you're done with it for the year) Also, the PBL supplements the lectures very well, and they seem to like that. Facilities were perfectly fine. Pittsburgh seems like a very nice city, very liveable, safe, affordable, etc. And the school is very close to downtown. The hospital complex is pretty impressive. They seem to own the entire city. And the WISER center is incredible." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Theres a mandatory ''scholarly project'' (research) that you have to do to graduate. The school did seem a bit research oriented compared to others, but their clinical stuff is great too (WISER center). Also, it seems like they have a lot of class. The campus isn't beautiful, but the city seems cool. " Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Of the 900 students they interview, they'll extend acceptances to almost half. Closed file interviews." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I was very satisfied. Many complain that you don't really get to talk to the students, and they're right. Fortunately I stayed with a student, so I got to ask all the questions I wanted. Thay was really nice, and I highly recommend it. The interviews themselves were very low key, and very conversational. Nothing to sweat over. You probably won't talk about anything academic; they assume that if you got an interview, you're good enough on paper. This is their chance to get to know you as a person." 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?

8 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?

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?

01/16/2007

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

8 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?

8 out of 10

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