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  • University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Pittsburgh
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?


What was the stress level of the interview?

2 out of 10


How long was the interview?

45 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?


What was the style of the interview?


What type of interview was it?

Open file

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

"Why both degrees?" Report Response

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

"Have you had any sort of clinical exposure? (no major EC's like that in my file)" Report Response

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

"Tell me about your current research project(s)." Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"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? " Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"None really. I was asked a question or two about my research that I could not answer, but outside of research-specific questions, I just got the normal "Why both degrees..." etc." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read AMCAS, secondary essays, and my own research. I also read my interviewers' stuff, at least the abstracts, but this was not very useful. " Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"What didn't? I knew little of the school and less of the city. The schools' financial and material resources are both significant. I really liked all of the students and faculty that I met. I have interviewed at three schools so far (good schools!) and Pitt did by far the best sales job on me! They also scheduled comparatively long periods of time between interviews, and I ended up talking to the faculty guys for over an hour each. Each one was also appropriate to my fields of interest. The fairly progressive and integrated curriculum also was attractive. The city seems fine.. clean by our standards, and relatively low-crime. There are good, cheap college eats available in Oakland. In short, the effort that the institution and the MDPhD office are putting into elevating the status of their already-quite good program is impressive. " Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Maybe the weather in Pitt is a little on the dreary side. Perhaps a student or faculty member should give the tour... " Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"No need to read faculty research before going. Maybe just check the general research interests, but don't bother reading." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Best yet. You have nothing to be afraid of at Pitt: they are good people and they try to make things comfortable." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Admissions staff

General Info

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