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

How did the interview impress you?


What was the stress level of the interview?

1 out of 10

How you think you did?

10 out of 10


How long was the interview?

60+ 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)?

"everything pertained to my amcas application." Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most interesting question?

"All questions pertained to my AMCAS application. No ethical scenarios, or questions concerning current issues in health care (e.g. HMOs, PPOs, etc.)" Report Response | I was asked this question too

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read over my secondary, SDN" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"1) school has 16 simulated mannequins (mad cool), called sim-mans, AND a sim-baby. pitt has a separate department that's responsible for its maintenance and how they are employed to teach students. GW only had one and Mt. Sinai only had two. first and second years don't really get a chance to use it as much, but the sim-mans are a staple for the students' third and fourth year education. the sim-mans + regular clinical rotations in the third and fourth year means the students get tons of clinical exposure and really learn their stuff. 2) being in an underserved urban community, their are ample amounts of clinical exposure for the students which begins in the first year. 3) Pass/Fail grading system with no internal ranking among the students means that the students are not competitive and they tend to work together a lot. 4) Pittsburgh is a pretty cool town as well. city provides all of the cultural opportunities of a big city, but has a small town friendliness about it (I live in NYC). 5) students do WELL above the national average on the USMLE and Pitt's match list is pretty darn good. 6) Pitt is the hub of medicine for the western part of pennsylvania, so med students get exposed to all sorts of cases --> great clinical exposure " Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"1) the interview day was a bit long. Regular interviewees get three interviews (one with a faculty member, one with a student and a closing interview with an admissions director). If you are a minority applicant, like me, you get one (two) more, which is with the director in the office of minority affairs (OMA). the office of minority affairs director also had a student who spoke with me about Pitt before the OMA interview. even though this was to be purely informational, I still felt like I was under scrutiny because you want to portray your best impression to everyone, and plus, you don't know if they report back to the admissions committee too. Thus five interviews total if you're a minority applicant, and three interviews if you're a regular applicant. kind of a long day. i was exhausted when I returned to my hotel. 2) ignore the other applicants who brag that its their 106th interview that they've been on. they need to chill out. 3) i don't know if i'm a fan of the PBL part of their curriculum. i'm still on the fence with this one. " Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"that i was going to have five interviews that day." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"overall, a phenomenal school. refer to subsequent sections for my opinions." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Admissions staff

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