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  • University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine
  • Dental 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?

8 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

8 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

20 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?

1

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 why you're interested in dentistry." Report Response

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

"Why Pittsburgh?" Report Response

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

"What do you think of Pittsburgh?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Tell me about your research." Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"In your time working as a dental assistant, have you ever run into any ethical issues, and if so, how did you deal with them?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN, practiced interview questions, printed out copies of some research stuff I've done to give to my interviewer. They give you the name of the person who's interviewing you before lunch, so be sure to ask the students you eat with about your interviewer - gave me additional interesting things to talk about with my interviewer." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"-Awesome facilities, not the newest, but modern. All digital X-rays, all digital paperless filing. -Tons of research opportunities (something I'm interested in). -They find you patients -You get your own sim lab station and do on and off day sharing with a chair in the clinic. -You can get your Anesthesia certificate -In the Clinic from week 1, doing assisting and another patient care things to prepare you. -More specialty residency seats than many other schools (11 ortho, 12 OMFS) -Great admission staff, after I emailed to get some additional info on specialty numbers because I was trying to decide between Pitt and Columbia, Dr. Etzel actually called me and talked to me for like an hour. -Everyone who applied to Ortho last year was accepted somewhere (Big Pro for me) -Very positive students. " Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"-No set time to study for boards. -In talking to some students, they had a few complaints about some of the clinic staff, that some want you to do something one way, and another prof wants you to do it completely differently. -If you don't confirm that your patient has paid half up front, you can be on the limb for the price of the work you do." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"The interview day really impressed me, and ultimately the experience I had made me go with Pitt over Columbia because it felt like a better fit." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

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?

7+ hours

What was your primary mode of travel?

Airplane

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

$401-$500

What airport did you use?

PITT

Where did you stay?

Hotel

How would you rate the hotel?

10 out of 10

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?

Holiday Inn

Would you recommend the hotel?

yes

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

02/09/2009

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?

7 out of 10

How is the responsiveness of the admissions office?

10 out of 10

How is the friendliness of the admissions office?

10 out of 10

What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

"Get more answering machine storage! Haha =p" Report Response

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