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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?

1 out of 10

How you think you did?

8 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

10 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 is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 1)?

"Tell me about yourself/your interest in medicine." Report Response

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

"Tell me more about what you've been doing since you graduated. Tell me about what you did in college." Report Response

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

"Why Pitt?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"How do you think creatively?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"The faculty interview was challenging, because I almost felt like the woman wanted me to lead the interview. It felt more like a conversation, and she didn't always lead with a question, so sometimes, instead of waiting for a question, I would just respond to something she had said. I was not expecting this level of informality, so it was a bit of a challenge to roll with." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Reviewed school's website, admissions materials, stayed with a current student and asked about the school." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"friendliness that felt more genuine than other schools I'd been to; students seemed really happy and not competitive (with each other or even with themselves); AOCs; mini-electives; opportunity to take 6 credits of courses at undergrad (eg language); incredible research opportunities; about half students non-traditional (so am I); diverse academic strengths - both in my interests and in fields I may become interested in in the future; the easiness of living in Pittsburgh!" Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"block-style classes (only one at a time very intense for a few weeks); Pittsburgh doesn't seem like a huge or very diverse city (went to school in NYC) - although this was also one of the things I liked; some of the facilities seemed a little old, but this didn't appear to impact the curriculum (the curriculum was definitely dynamic and not stagnant)." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"I heard from several different students throughout the day that the school puts a decent amount of emphasis and pressure on students to do research. If you're interested in research, definitely mention it. Also, that the curriculum is block style - one course at a time (i.e. different from most undergraduate curric styles)" Report Response

What are your general comments?

"The interview format was one student interview (blind, 35-40 minutes) and one faculty interview (half open – they see AMCAS personal statement and extracurriculars, but not UPitt supplement or grades/MCAT; 45 min-1 hour)" Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

How did the tourguide seem?

Enthusiastic

How do you rank the facilities?

7 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?

Automobile

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

< $100

Where did you stay?

With students at the school

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

12/15/2009

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

10 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

7 out of 10

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

5 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

How eco-friendly are the school's application materials and interview process?

9 out of 10

What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

"maybe a shorter tour, but the entire day was enjoyable." Report Response

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