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  • University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine
  • Dental School
  • Pittsburgh, PA
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?


What was the stress level of the interview?

4 out of 10


How long was the interview?

20 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)?

"What experiences have helped you to develop people skills?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

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

"What have you done with yourself over the past year (since graduation)?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

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

"(Essay Question) Where do you see dentistry in the year 2020? Where do you see yourself in relation to the profession?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most interesting question?

"I was shown a specific article related to dental ethics and asked to comment on it." Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most difficult question?

"See above." Report Response | I was asked this question too

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Visited Pitt's website to learn about the school, and read SDN reports and prepared for all of the questions mentioned." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"--Faculty--> They were all very friendly yet professional. The students also had good things to say about most professors. I was most impressed by the fact that most of the faculty also have their own practices, so you know they're actually competent in the procedures they're teaching. --Students--> Everyone was extremely friendly and eager to answer questions. They seem like a close-knit group. --Facilities--> The building is top-notch...modern and well-maintained. They have a Sim pre-clinic, and apparently it actually works (unlike the Sim labs at some schools). --Curriculum--> The module system used 3rd and 4th years sounds useful. --Military Scholarship Info--> I hadn't really thought about this before, but the information presented by the miliary liaison was quite interesting." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"--The Endurance Test--> The day is way too long. Four hours is more than enough time to get a sense of what a school is all about. Honestly, after the 5-hour mark I began to wonder whether the day would turn into some kind of quasi-Survivor Last Man Standing competition, in which only the few weary applicants still on their feet at day's end received admission. Be sure to eat a large breakfast and drink lots of coffee beforehand. --Financial Aid Presentation--> Why did we need to spend 30 minutes listening to a woman read aloud a packet we'd already been given? Note to Pitt: We know how to read. --Essay--> Like all on-site interviews, this was an utter waste of time... --Terrain--> I didn't realize how hilly the campus was...combined with the haphazard street layout that must make for real pain in the ass commute." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Nothing, really (with the possible exception of how hilly Pittsburgh is)." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"It was very laid back and low stress by open file standards, though not so easy as a typical closed file interview. YMMV depending on which professor you interview with. Overall the day was great and definitely improved my impression of Pitt. I just wish they would trim an hour or two off the bloated itinerary." Report Response

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