How did the interview impress you?
What was the stress level of the interview?
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"Release admissions decisions on a rolling basis!"
"I would recommend a better itinerary to have before the interview day. There was a good amount of down time as well which prolonged the day."
"Maybe send out the exact interview schedule to applicants earlier"
"Interview locations are hard to find."
"Specify address of Scaife Hall and make it clear that it is the Scaife Hall at the University of Pittsburgh (For the MSTP UPitt - CMU joint program, there's a Scaife Hall at CMU too and a girl on my interview date accidentally went there instead of the one at Pitt so she arrived late)"
"I have none."
"They did everything quite efficiently and smoothly! Probably the most informative finaid presentation to date out of my interviews."
"Nothing! The interview day was just perfect!"
"No major suggestions. Best interview day I went on out of 14+ schools."
"Interact more with the interviewees, other than just handing out name-tags and copying pictures."
"Breakfast consisted primarily of sugary pastries. A more balanced meal would have been preferred."
"Encourage tour guides to try to spend lots of time inside the facilities. It was hot this day!"
"maybe a shorter tour, but the entire day was enjoyable."
"everything was great and very well organized. Only (small) complaint is maybe having more vegetarian"
"Nothing really. The weather was pretty gross, but that's Pittsburgh for you."
"Awesome job with interview day. Best tour ever."
"None. I really like the updates and information about the school. It is nice to know there is some"
"Pitt is super fast in all of it's communications (i.e. secondary to invite time is legendarily short"
"More vegetarian friendly lunch options. :)"
"I think they are doing a great job. Friendlist office I have come across."
"Did a great job with notifications and with answering questions. Although you did mention the lots o"
"While I appreciated a break from sandwiches, tacos for the lunch is not exactly suit food."
"Keep up the good work."
"While the letters were VERY nice, they aren't very eco-friendly. The tour day was well run though!"
"Let us girls know that the tour is long, outside, and it's hilly! Also, if the second interview is f"
"As another poster noted, it is very difficult to find housing with students this early."
"It's a bit diffcult to obtain student host if you are the first batch whom are interviewed."
"Liz or Lisa (the short, blonde sassy lady who gave the curriculum talk) didn't get to give her talk"
"Get students to give the tour so that we can ask them questions! The adms staff is actually respondi"
"Ditch the admissions staff for the tour and use medical students. If every other school does it, so"
"If possible, have a medical student give the facility tour."
"Why pitt, why medicine, all the usual crap. There were no surprise questions at all."
"Why PittMed? Why medicine? What makes you unique?"
"Tell me about yourself, why medicine, why nursing/PA/researcher..."
"How does your major connect to medicine?"
"Why do you want to go into medicine?"
"All the typical interview questions. Why Pitt? Why medicine? Why not PA/NP? Tell me about your research. Student interview is closed, faculty is open except for MCAT/GPA."
"Tell me about an experience working in a team."
"What sets you apart?"
"Why University of Pittsburgh?"
"What else have you done in college that is not on your application?"
"What are leadership positions you have had?"
"Why Pitt? Why doctor and not other medical field (nurse, PA, etc)?"
"Why I though my educational path was best for medicine"
"Where do you see yourself in 20 years? (for MSTP interview)"
""What do you do for fun?""
"In closed-file interview (with student) I was asked about clinical experiences, what I do in my free time, etc."
"Tell me about yourself. Why medicine? Why Pitt?"
"Tell me an example of a time you demonstrated creativity"
"Student interviewer (MS2) had a list of questions: Why medicine? Why Pitt? What kind of clinical experience do you have? What *other* clinical experiences do you have? Hobbies? What kind of superpower would you like to have? Do you have any questions?"
"Why do you want to work with [insert specific demographic from my application]?"
"What book have you read recently?"
"When did you know you wanted to go into medicine?"
"Why Pitt...why medicine...some questions about my activities...tell me about yourself."
"They mainly tried to gauge what I was like as a person, and why the school was a good fit for me."
"Why MD vs nurse practioner or another career"
"The basics, tell me about yourself, tell me why you want to be a physician, tell me why pitt"
"What led you pursue medicine?"
"How did you find out about Pitt Med? (I'm from CA)"
"Why medicine, why pitt"
"Tell me about the process that led you into deciding to go into medicine."
"Tell me about yourself/your interest in medicine."
"Tell me about your research and your role in it."
"Student interviewer: Why do you want to be a doctor?"
"Both student and faculty: why medicine?"
"What would make you come to Pitt?"
"What are you looking for in a medical school?"
"What kind of research do you do?"
"how are you creative"
"Why Pitt? (both my student and faculty interviewers asked me this)"
"Besides why medicine and why Pitt, what kind of doctor do you want to be?"
"What made you want to go into medicine?"
"So what are you doing here at Pitt? (in other words, Why Pitt?)"
"Was there a specific moment in your life that compelled you to pursue medical school?"
"From student interviewer: Why Pitt?"
"Tell me about yourself, Why Med"
"tell me about yourself. tell me about your research, your undergrad, (everything basic). what do you do for fun"
"How are you creative?"
"Questions about my undergrad institution. How did I choose my major, and what type of classes does it entail? "
"General get to know you questions: tell me about yourself, your background. What have you been doing since graduating?"
"What's the biggest healthcare problem and how would you change it?"
"Student Interviewer: What motivates you? How do you deal with competition? What do you believe will be your biggest sacrifice coming into medical school?"
"What brings you to Pittsburgh?"
"Where did you go to school and why medicine?"
"Why Pitt (Most common question)"
"Tell me about yourself. Something that's not in your application."
"Have you ever considered research?"
"What do you like about Pittsburgh?"
"What have you done since you graduated college?"
"Are you interested in research?"
"Why Pitt? I'm from LA."
"Why med school?"
"What did you do during undergrad?
"Why Pitt? What have you learned about Pitt since you have been here?"
"What are some non-medically relatedly activities you're involved in?"
"Why did you choose to go into medicine?"
"Student: What superpower would you want? Why medicine? Why Pitt? What do you do for fun? Tell me about your extra curricular activities. "
"By student: in an informal, conversational way: why medicine, why pitt...I asked her a lot of questions about her work in community outreach."
"what do you do for fun"
"Is diversity important to you?"
"How did you get here?"
"Are you married?"
"Besides your clinical experience (3 years) what other medical experience have you had? I thought this was an odd question. It seems to me that 3 yrs of nearly full-time clinical experience is fairly significant for a medical school applicant."
"Student interviewer: How do you work in small groups? (Pitt has PBL every other week so be prepared for that). Superpower question. Why medicine? No really, why medicine? What do you think about Pittsburgh? Do you have any questions for me?"
"WHat do you do now?"
"How do you feel about working in small groups?"
"Tell me about your research experience. He was more interested in my role in the project, but be prepared to talk about your research in detail. "
"What kind of training do you have to have to be a massage therapist. (my profession)"
"What is your favotire book? - I really didn't have a favorite so I just talked about the most recent one I read."
"How would your friends describe you? (asked by student interviewer)"
"My first interview was a student interview and she asked your basic questions (why medicine, etc.) My second was a faculty interviewer (who was awesome by the way) and that was a convo. The third is w/ a person from the admissions staff. this one's like 20 minutes and it seemed extremely laid back. No difficult questions. Just what my future plans are, etc... "
"How did tennis helkp with your development as a person? (Played tennis for many years)"
"Why do you want to practice transplant medicine?"
"Student: What do you like to do for fun, What do you feel about clinical research, Do you think doctors should do research. Remember, Pitt is a research school. Even if you haven't done any before, you may be asked about it. They don't expect you to sit in a lab all day, you can go out and do research in the community also. "
"what do you see yourself doing in 10-15 years? (ie. how to mesh research and medicine)"
"Tell me about your life. Start at the beginning."
"Why Pitt Med, why Pittsburgh, etc?"
"Are you a vegetarian?"
"Why do you want to be a doctor? What experiences shaped your reasons? What have you done to test your decision?"
"Tell me about your study abroad."
"Why medicine? But really, why medicine? Right, but, why not research/teaching/dentistry/etc.?"
"The standards: why medicine, why Pitt, etc. Student questions seemed geared toward assessing your realization of the realities of medicine/medical school and your dedication to patient-directed medicine, while the faculty questions were more personal."
"Faculty interviewer: issues in medicine, why medicine, research experience, tell me about your family, patient/clinical experience."
"When and how did you decide you wanted to go into medicine?"
"Was the difference between specificity and sensitivity?"
"When and why did you decide to become a doctor?"
"Why are you interested in a career in medicine? Why Pitt? What do you think about the US Health Care System compared with that of other countries? Tell me your thoughts on the role of physicians in preventive health and research."
"Why do you want to be a doctor"
"What do you want to do?"
"What can I tell you about Pitt to make you want to go here?"
"What have you liked about Pittsburgh? What don't you like?"
"What role do you typically take in group situations?"
"Why medicine? What was the origin of your interest?"
"Why Medicine? (or variations like why do you want to go into medicine, or become a doctor, etc)
You'll want to stress 2 things: people and science, and that you find you want both, and can't give up either in your search for a profession."
"Are you holding acceptances at any other schools? (Both the faculty member and the dean asked me this)."
"Where do you see yourself in the future (specialty, research or clinical)?"
"Student: very laid back. What do you like to do for fun? What kind of clubs were you involved in at school? "
"Small group experiences, what role did I take?"
"What do you think makes a good doctor? "
"describe your research."
"How do you see yourself working in small groups, as in problem-based learning?"
"all basic questions about my future goals and my interests in medicine. my student interviewer though asked me more general questions about my life and what i had done. the student interviewer only gets your name, your undergrad school, and your hometown, so they basically know nothing. the faculty interviewer gets only your personal statement, so that is a little more intimate, but mine still wanted me to give her a general idea of who i was. the last interviewer, which is the dean of admissions, only talks to you for like 10ish mins and he just wants to grill you to make sure that you have a reason to apply to pitt specifically, and then he'll probably ask you where else youve applied/interviewed/been accepted. be prepared for him cuz hes really direct and quick. "
"What books have you been reading lately?"
"How is your day going? What have you done so far? What do you think? (All 4 interviewers asked me this, which I think really says something.)"
Faculty asks something specific about your PS."
"How did you become interested in medicine?"
"mostly conversational questions concerning path to medicine and interests/background. nothing out of the ordinary."
"Why do you wish to pursue medicine? (all three interviewers asked me this)"
"Tell me about yourself"
"Tell me about your family (I know, this isn't a question)"
"Explain your research to me."
"Standard student questions: Why medicine? Why Pittsburgh? What are you looking for in a medical school? What are your interests outside school? "
"What are your career goals? What will having an MD AND a PhD allow you to do that having one of these degrees won't? (I'm paraphrasing)"
"Very generic questions, but more chit chat than anything"
"What do you think would be a better way to measure who will make a good resident?"
"when did you decide to become a doctor ?"
"Tell me about yourself? From student
What brought you to Pitt? From faculty"
"Where do you see yourself in ten years?"
"Explain your research."
"everything pertained to my amcas application."
"what do you know about Pittsburgh?"
"Why medicine? Why Pittsburgh?"
"How do you deal with frustrating people/situations? What are you looking for in a school? "
"If doing an MD/PhD was not possible which one would I choose and why?"
"Tell me about your volunteer work."
"Why medicine? Why Pitt?"
"Tell me about why you have chosen to become a physician"
"Mostly personal info- Questions regarding opinion on curriculum"
"Have you worked in small groups? (Related to their PBL [problem based learning] which they ask about.)"
"what specialty are you interested in?"
"What is the craziest thing you have ever done?"
"What are the weaknesses of your application"
"Describe this experience."
"What makes Pitt the right place for you? Or you right for us?"
"whats one of your strengths/weaknesses"
"The student interviewers are obligated to ask these two (why medicine? tell me about your extracurricular, lab, other exp.) It's on their sheet that they fill out later. "
"Are you doing any reading for pleasure and if so, what are you reading?"
"Why medicine? "
"What do you like to do for fun"
"What do you like to do for fun?"
"Why Medicine, and what have you done to test this decision?"
"typical questions- Why MD/PhD, why do you want to be a doctor etc..."
"What do you do for fun?"
"Tell me about yourself?"
"How did you come to your decision to pursue medicine?"
"(it's been a while, I can't remember much besides "What brings you to medicine" and "Why Pittsburgh?")"
"The basics...why do you want to go into medicine?"
"Brief summary of your life:"
"Why the Russian major?"
"Tell me more about....(insert application activity here)."
"What are some of your strengths?"
"When did you decide medicine was for you?"
"What do you do outside of school?"
"Why Pitt (asked this 3 times)?"
"When you work in a group with other students, what role do you play?"
"Is UPitt your first choice? You can be honest. It wasn't mine. "
"Tell me about yourself."
"Tell me about yourself....basically a time to boast...however individuals like myself, who can't boast..and aren't willing to...don't do very well on such questions! "
"What are your strengths and weaknesses?"
"how are you a well-rounded person?"
"What's the last movie you saw?"
"What are your strengths?"
"What's your biggest weakness?"
"Why do you want to be a doctore?"
"Why motivated you ? "
"Nothing special, really. B/c it was closed file, questions weren't too hard. What extracurricular have you done?"
"Why both degrees?"
"Why medicine? Tell me about you background and your motivations. How do you handle stress?"
"What sort of extracurricular activities are you involved in? (required)"
"Strength and weaknesses."
"strengths (one of the questions on the "suggested?" list)"
"Why do you want to be a doctor? "
"What do you want me to tell the admissions committee about you?"
"MD faculty interviewer - "Congratulations, you're accepted to the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine." *shake hands* "What, are you surprised?" -- Me: Uhhhh, yeah I guess I am."
"Tell me more about your childhood?"
"Tell me about your research."
"Tell me about your research"
"what are your strengths."
"Why do you want to be a doctor?"
"Why do you want to be a physician?"
"Why do you think problem based learning is for you?"
"Why did you apply here?"
"Why do you want to get both MD and PhD degrees?"
"the interviews were just conversations: the dean asked specific questions though.
Why do you want to be a doctor?"
"What would you do to provide health care insurance to those without if you were appointed Secretary of Health?"
"What is your best character trait?"
"Discuss your research project, how independent are you on it...etc."
"What are some of the challenges that I think are facing medicine"
"How would you confront a patient that was skeptical or doubtful of science/the healthcare system (i.e. COVID-19 and mask policies)?"
"What is your definition of success"
"Asked me about my thesis research"
"What do you think is the most challenging issue facing healthcare? (she followed this question up with "did you watch the democratic debate last night?)"
"How have your experiences prepared you for medicine?"
"Would you want to go into ___ field?"
"What are some qualities a physician should have?"
"Make me excited about your research."
"None, they were really standard."
"What is the worst book you have read?"
"How will your experience with the arts inform your patient care philosophy?"
"Why didn't you go into one of your parents' careers (follow-up to question on my parents' backgrounds)."
"What would you do if you couldn't go to med school?"
"I was talking about what I do in my free time and I mentioned I watch Netflix occasionally (of course, alongside building orphanages and helping old ladies cross the road), and my faculty interviewer asked me what my favorite TV shows were and why."
"What medical specialty are you interested in?"
"Tell me an example of a time you demonstrated creativity"
"Some questions related to my background and interests."
"Tell me about your experience playing x sport"
"Did you have any trouble finding my office?"
"What field of medicine are you interested in and how positive are you that that is what you want to do?"
"None, it was very straight forward"
"Nothing really. Be prepared for the usual stuff, about why medicine etc."
"How are you creative?"
"They were all pretty standard conversation starters."
"So you worked _____. Why the heck did you do that?"
"Are you a steeler fan"
"Who are your role models and why."
"How do you think creatively?"
"If you could go anywhere and do anything for one weekend vacation, where would you go and what would you do?"
"They were pretty standard."
"If you could win any award in the world, what would it be?? (student interviewer)"
"Explain your interest in the actual science of medicine. "
"Nothing crazy... "
"Student: give me an example of how you are creative
Faculty: what would you do if you didn't get accepted?"
"How would you rate your mechanical skills (playing with tools, etc)? The interviewer asked me this question because a part of my app said I am considering orthopedics as a specialty of choice."
"Do you think you would have a problem with the Scholarly Project? -mostly related to the fact that I don't have much research background"
"So you think you have enough clinical experience?-"
"What did you dress up as for Halloween? (there was a bit of a lead up to this question, it wasn't completely out of the blue)"
"How do you work in groups and how will that serve you as a physician?"
"What do you think you'll struggle with most as a physician?"
"What qualities in the physicians you shadowed impressed you the most?"
"What personality traits are important for a doctor to have?"
"If you could have dinner with any two or three people, who would they be and why?"
"What do you think about the informational systems in hospitals? (this was part of an overall conversation about the UPMC hospital's switch to electronic files)"
"After answering a question about what I would do if I didn't get in to medical school I was asked: What is the biggest health care issue negatively affecting the quality of life of people today in the US."
"What do you do that's not related to medicine?"
"Nothing really: Why did you decide to take a year off?"
"what do you think of the pharm companies influencing doctors"
"Tell me something not on your application material that's important."
"Do you understand the culture of Pittsburgh?"
"Was kind of hoping for more challenging and fun questions, but it didn't happen.
How would you define Academic Medicine?"
"Are you creative?"
"If you were any kind of ice cream flavor, what would you be? / What is the coolest thing you have ever done?"
"If you had to pick an ice cream flavor to describe your personality, what would it be?"
"Frankie asked me the random questions like What do you like to do? What's your favorite book?"
"All pretty stock questions, nothing special."
"Who was your best friend and how would you describe her?"
"cant think of one"
"How would you like me to present you to the admissions committee?"
"I was mostly just asked to explain activities on my AMCAS for my faculty interview. The student interview was a simple conversation for 45 minutes."
"If you were so happy serving in the military, why are you wanting to get out to go to med school?"
"Tell me more about your siblings."
"What do you do for fun? Why did you work so many jobs?"
"What animal would you be and why?"
"Can't think of any right now..."
"Have you heard of the plagiarism case with the Harvard student that was given $500,000 to publish a book? (I told him yes, but didn't see how it connected to medicine... he said that a previous interviewee last week talked about it when they got into a discussion about academic honesty..)"
"None really, what I do for fun?"
"What books do you read?"
"What is the biggest challenge you will face as a physician?"
"If you could have any super power which one would you have?"
"Nothing in particular"
"What's your favorite cartoon"
"detailed questions about my essay (my main interviewer had really read my application!)"
"It was really low stress...my interviewer was a really nice guy who suggested that we take a walk outside since it was such a nice day. My student interviewer was much younger than me, and she was a first year, on top of that it was her first interview so she was more nervous than I was."
"My feelings on teaching"
"Nothing too out of the ordinary: Why Pitt? Why medicine? Describe your volunteer work? Tell me about your research? How did you get here (I'm about 10 years older than most applicants)?"
"What do you like to do for fun?"
"What do you think about human consciousness?"
"Of the cities around the world in which you've worked, which was your favorite and why?"
"If I could have any superpower, what would it be? (Asked by student interviewer) Also asked a lot of questions about my interests in women's health, research, and how those tied into my faculty interviewer's current work which was awesome!"
"Was there any one moment that really set your heart on medicine?"
"All standard questions."
"nothing too interesting. just the common questions."
"Why did you get into your present line of work? There were a lot of interesting and though provoking questions. Very much a conversation between two adults. "
"How does your family feel about you going to med school. (I have a husband and a child)"
"What did you think of Freakonomics?"
"Do you workout?"
"Nothing out of the ordinary..."
"What was the other state that the Senate race was waiting on other than Virginia. I did not know the answer, but it was Montana."
"What good experiences and bad experiences have you had with doctors treating your sister (my sister has a severe chronic disease) and how will this affect the way you practice medicine?"
"What do I think about HPV vaccine development?"
"Do you always wear black to an interview? (actually, I was wearing black and blue, so it was kind of funny)"
"Why do you want to be a physician instead of a...?"
"i wrote about my father's influence in my PS, and my faculty interviewer spent some time asking about my relationship with the rest of my family and my travel experiences with them."
"I got asked about what I see myself doing in 10-15 years a lot. But, the most interesting question was the student interviewer who asked me what thing from my application I would like him to emphasize to the admissions committee. I thought that was really cool of him."
"Describe how you work in small groups."
"One of my Interviewers went off on a tangent for a few minnutes about how much they liked the new show "
"what sorts of health policy do you see yourself shaping in the future?"
"What role do you take on in a group situation and why?"
"How do you deal with confrontation?"
"Tell me something about yourself that you shouldn't (asked by the student interviewer and technically not part of the evaluation)."
"How do you work in groups?"
"Actually, most of my questions were typical. "
"what do you think will be the most difficult aspect of practicing medicine "
"this was my second interview and honestly if I taped my first interview and played it back, it would be fine, just sound interested about your own life and activities and you'll do fine. Plus remember the two inescapable questions: why medicine and why this school"
"Was the difference between specificity and sensitivity?"
"In your experience, have you met any physicians who were disgruntled or unhappy with their choice of profession?"
"Tell me your thoughts on the role of physicians in preventive health and research."
"What do you want to have accomplished by the time you die?"
"What kind of sandwich do you like? Kind of random. "
"I had so many interesting questions. They were: 1. What superpower do you want to have? 2. Would you swim in pool or ocean? 3. Name three people you'd like to have dinner with?"
"Who has been your greatest mentor?"
"How did your grandma die? (I spoke about her in my personal statement)"
"What don't you like about Pittsburgh?"
"What do you think will be the most difficult aspect of medicine faced by future doctors?"
"My faculty interviewer asked me about my brother, who has Down syndrome. I thought it was interesting that she would want to talk about that."
"None, no surprise questions, very straight forward and to-the-point."
"Just your typical interview questions - Why medicine? Start from the beginning of when you knew you wanted to go into medicine."
""What's your favorite cartoon - why?"
I thought it was pretty random. I answered honestly and said the one where Elmer Fudd goes after a Helga-dressed Bugs Bunny singing - "Kill da wabbit ... Kill da waaaabit.""
"Nothing really out of the ordinary."
"What do you want to be when you grow up?"
"What's your favorite movie, book, cartoon?"
"What is your most creative accomplishment?"
"Nothing too interesting...basic questions and specific ones"
"I wasn't asked anything remotely interesting. Just the same old questions"
"pretty standard questions--why medicine? when did you know you want to go into medicine? etc."
"Why medicine?? not really that interesting..."
"(in reference to my interest in global health) how much of your career do you plan to spend working abroad, and what are you reasons?"
"What are the biggest problems with healthcare today? How would you change it?"
"A couple really fun ones:
*If you could have any superpower, which would you choose and why?
*What's your favorite cartoon?"
"Nothing really. Every question were the typical ones like Why medicine, Why Pitt, What do you like about the city, what extra cirricular."
"How many schools did you apply to? Where have you interviewed already?"
"what book are you reading?"
"What setting do you see yourself practicing in? What is your favorite cartoon?"
"What kind of physician do you want to be?"
"Do you think you'll be able to "have a life" during medical school?"
"What clinical experiences have you had?"
"What is the most creative thing you do?"
"What is your favorite cartoon"
"What did Wittgenstein (philosopher) have to say about pain?"
"Very few solid questions, more chit chat with admission dean"
"What do you think would be a better way to measure who will make a good resident?"
"What are the major issues facing medical care today and what solution would you advocate?"
"what is the most important thing we should know about you?"
"In reference to my school's female:male ratio (I'm a girl): What does that do for your dating life?"
"Can you adjust to the cold in Pittsburgh since you are from California?"
"All questions pertained to my AMCAS application. No ethical scenarios, or questions concerning current issues in health care (e.g. HMOs, PPOs, etc.)"
"what is the most creative thing you do? apparently the faculty interviewers are told to asess creativity."
"How will you balance family and medicine?"
"Very standard questions"
"nothing usualy, we just talked about my life, why medicine, what I liked to do in my free time, and why pittsburgh"
"What was the last CD you bought?"
"If I was to be the gov. of ? (pick one) state and giving my state of the state address, what would be my issues and what would I do about them?"
"If I were elected a US senator, what would be my issues?"
"What improvements do you think doctors could make to help patients have more comfortable experiences?"
"In addition to asking "why medicine," my interviewer inquired as to what steps I've taken to discover whether or not medicine really is for me. "
"In a scale of 1-10, how confident I am about being accepted into Medical School...funny thing was that I am already accepted at two medical schools"
"Nothing stands out- it was all very conversational and seemed aimed at getting to know you as a person. "
"Do you know that you cannot save life you can only prevent death"
"If I were to meet you as a random stranger, what would we talk about?"
"Do you think the fact that you lost 80 lbs in the past will serve to help you relate with patients as a doctor?"
"none very interesting"
"What is the craziest thing you have ever done?"
"Very relaxed interview...no tricky questions."
"Student: "What's the craziest thing you've ever done?"
Faculty: "How do you think knowledge from your [geriatrics] research could be applied to children?" "
"What are some of old movies that you love that you can suggest to me?---I am a huge old movie buff"
"What do you think about our curriculum? What attracts you to Pitt?"
"How did your background with 2 cultures affect your educational experience?"
"Nothing in particular caught my attention, both my student interview and faculty interview were very relaxed and chill and we talked about a lot of stuff, but all about ME."
"nothing really, they have some standard questions that they have to get the answers to"
"no real questions, just asked me to talk about myself"
"We really had a nice discussion. There were no rote questions but a real flowing conversation."
"None - pretty standard fare"
"What is your biggest fault?"
"What was your most memorable EMT experience and why?"
"Are you a good cook? "
"How would your friends describe you?"
"Do you realize that as a doctor you are not saving a life, you are simply delaying death?"
"None really too interesting"
"Do you consider yourself to be a well rounded person?"
"some weird scenarios, pretty fun though."
"What other schools have you interviewed at and what did you like about them?"
"No interesting questions. Just the questions you'd expect; what do you read, what are your hobbies, what area of medicine are you interested in, etc."
"How did the role in your family prepare you for a career in medicine? (Nothing too interesting or crazy...)"
"Just the basic stuff..."
"What do you hope to get out of Pittsburgh?"
"What is a big pain in the butt?"
"If you could write President Bush's State of the Union Address, what three things would you specifically mention?"
"What are the biggest problems in health care and how would you personally help fix them?"
"How would you feel working for someone less qualified than yourself?"
"None too interesting. Questions were fairly standard."
"did you know that pitt is top 10 in research dollars? (asked this about 5 times)"
"If you had 30 seconds to explain to the admission committee why they should select you, what would you say?"
"Nothing out of the ordinary"
"nothing too exciting here - all fairly standard Qs (all my interviewers were quite mellow)"
"When you go home to visit your parents, what does your mother make for you to eat?"
"How does what you learned from studying public health in Mexico apply to our healthcare system in the United States?"
"Recommend a film that my husband and I should see and tell me why it's good. (I was a film major)."
"Nothing very interesting was asked. "
"Do you play any instruments?"
"What made you know for sure that medicine was the right career for you?"
"I wasn't asked any direct questions. Very conversational. "
"So I saw a speech the Rendell (PA's governor) gave about health care, malpractice lawsuits, and insurance rates. In light of all these issues, why would anyone want to get into medicine? (Asked by the student interviewer)"
"nothing all conversational"
"What do you want to do in the future with your MD degree?"
"Do you still have epilepsy?"
"It wasn't an interview as much as it was a discussion. The faculty interviewers questions will be different for everyone because they have your AMCAS personal statement in front of them and will ask questions regarding it. "
"What do you want to accomplish in the next four years besides getting trough medical school?"
"Say you're in PBL and a couple members are not putting in the work. How would you go about rectifying this problem?"
"how would you deal with a peer who was not pulling his weight in PBL group"
"What are some avenues of translational research that will bring currently broad genomics prowess to bear on specific clinical needs, and generally how do the various -genomics fields change medical research paradigms? "
"nothing particular, pretty conversational"
"Tell me something that your friends may not know about you or may find surprising."
"Do you know who Job is? - I think she just wanted to know how well read I am."
"nothing crazy. everything based on the conversation at hand"
"What is your favorite cartoon?"
"What is the biggest problem with healthcare today, just off the top of my head."
"my greatest strength and greatest weakness in one word...which I found very interesting since its so hard to narrow this down"
"How would you motivate a member of your PBL(problem based learning) group who is not pulling his or her weight and hindering other members of the group?"
"What kind of people do you not get along with?"
"What is your favorite book?"
"nothing too interesting."
"How important is located relatively close to your family during school in deciding which med school to attend?"
"Describe your family for me."
"What was the last book you read?"
"What type of books do you like to read?"
"Will you go back home when you are done with your training?"
"Describe what you're reading right now (I mentioned that I like to read)."
"standard why md/phd - why both degrees - what specialty would you go into, why pittsburgh - what do you like about the program"
"If you can pick three adjectives to describe yourself, what would they be?"
"What exactly is Postmodernism?"
"The questions were pretty typically. Why do you want to study medince. The most interesting I guess is what do you look for in a medical school...and do we fit that profile. "
"Do you believe the US government should torture suspected terrorists if they have information that might be needed to prevent an imminent attack?"
"What will you enjoy most about medical school? What do you think the most difficult thing will be about medical school?"
"Who do you think was behind the anthrax attacks last year?"
"Tell me about the most interesting family vacation you had...and all my vacations blurred into one, so I couldn't really remember the most fun one."
"Nothing very interesting. They have a sheet in front of them. The student had only your name and undergrad institution. The faculty interviewer had personal statement and practice vision essays as well"
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