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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 do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

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)?

"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.)" Report Response | I was asked this question too

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

"Why medicine? Why Pitt? What have you done to verify your desire to be a doctor? Why are you positive that this is what you want? (Assorted versions from assorted interviewers, usually within the flow of conversation)" Report Response | I was asked this question too

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

"What superpower? What cartoon? Favorite music, books, movies? What do you do for fun?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most interesting question?

"A couple really fun ones: *If you could have any superpower, which would you choose and why? *What's your favorite cartoon?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most difficult question?

"I guess the most difficult in content, but not asked in a scary way: If your best friend was one station ahead of you on a lab practical exam, and you saw him repeatedly looking ahead like he was cheating off the person in front of him, what would you do?"" Report Response | I was asked this question too

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read Pitt website and brochures, SDN, stayed with student host" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"So many things! My student host and her friends were all really fun and nice, clearly enjoying each other's company and happy to be at Pitt. I went out to dinner with several of them, and they were all eager to answer any questions I had. Everyone says Pittsburgh doesn't deserve the bad rap it sometimes gets. On the day of the interview, we started with a two hour tour of the place. The WISER center is phenomenal. How great an idea is it to practice on fake patients first! The other really great part of the tour was that when we got to the gross anatomy lab, the first years were all still in class! The whole tour went in and just mingled with the class for a good 20 minutes, who were all enthusiastic and friendly and happy to talk to us. It was so cool to see all the cadavers. After the tour were a few info sessions, followed by lunch--I should use lunch as an opportunity to say that I was very impressed by my fellow interviewees. I can totally see them as my future classmates, and I'd be really happy about it. Ok, so after lunch were my interviews, which were just great. I had four of them (student, faculty, director of diversity affairs, dean of admissions), and they were all so conversational and interesting that we accidentally ran well over our alotted time in two of them! When the faculty member and I ran over so I was late to #3, she walked me to that interviewer's office, and when we had trouble finding it, she stayed on the search with me until we did. When that one ran over too, she called ahead to let #4 know that's why I was late. All four interviewers started by asking me how my day was going. They were sincerely interested in how my Pitt experience was treating me, plus it was a totally natural way to start a conversation. After all the interviews, I showed up in the admiss office only to find out that there was some random ice cream sundae buffet three floors down! Several of us went dashing down the escalator together, laughing, and got ice cream: what a great end to a great day. A few nonspecific other positive impressions: I love the curriculum: a great combination of structured lecture and PBL, so it's the best of both worlds. All the students say that they're very cooperative with one another: they're always sharing successful study techniques, pointing out which cadaver is good to see what on, emailing charts they made, etc etc. The people at Pitt were truly the most impressive thing. From the students to the staff to the faculty to the other interviewees, everyone was friendly, enthusiastic and warm. Love it." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Walking up hills is no fun, but I can hardly blame that on Pitt itself :-)." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"If you want continental breakfast (donuts, bagels, coffee, juice) get there a little early. I showed up right at 8 and didn't really have time to eat." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"What a special school. Pitt is just right on with all the ideals it espouses in its literature. The people here are caring, compassionate, friendly, fun, and happy to be at Pitt. I was impressed over and over again." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Admissions staff

How did the tourguide seem?


How do you rank the facilities?

10 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?


What airport did you use?


Where did you stay?

With students at the school

How would you rate the hotel?

10 out of 10

Would you recommend the hotel?


General Info

On what date did the interview take place?


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?

8 out of 10

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

8 out of 10

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