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General Interview Information

Pittsburgh receives more than 8000 applications for the 148 spots in its class. That means the enrollment rate is just less than 2%. The acceptance rate is higher, at around 6%. The average GPA is 3.76 and median MCAT is 515.

Interview Format

Interviews are offered on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. The total day consists of four hours, with breaks between events. The events consist of a greeting and explanation, an interview with a member or members of the faculty, an interview with a current medical student, and a team exercise. Applicants can select an interview day that is convenient to their schedule.

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Key Dates

First decisions are made commencing on January 31st. The interview season runs from August 23rd to December 15th.

Recent Interview Questions

Motivation and Insight into Medicine
Why Pittsburgh?
What do you think about the informational systems in hospitals?
Why are you interested in studying Medicine?
Explain your interest in the actual science of medicine.
Has anything especially encouraged or discouraged your motivation for medicine?
Was there a specific moment in your life that compelled you to pursue medical school?
Why Medicine rather than PA or Nursing?
What field of medicine are you interested in and how positive are you that that is what you want to do?
How will your experience with the arts inform your patient care philosophy?
How will you apply your community organizing background as a physician?
What kind of research do you do?
What are some qualities a physician should have?
What would you do if you couldn’t go to med school?
What medical specialty are you interested in?
What do you think you’ll struggle with most as a physician?
What concerns do you have about entering medicine?
Tell me about your research and your role in it.
Tell me about your clinical experiences.
What personality traits are important for a doctor to have?
What kind of doctor do you want to be?
So you want to work with the underserved. How do you justify going $200K in debt, then working for people who won’t pay you?
So you think you have enough clinical experience??
What are you looking for in a medical school?
Tell me about any additional clinical experience that you have.
What qualities in the physicians you shadowed impressed you the most?
Why is your educational path the best for medicine?
Tell me about the process that led you into deciding to go into medicine?
Why do you want to go into medicine?
When did you know you wanted to go into medicine?
How does your major connect to medicine?

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Ethical Dilemmas
What is professionalism?
What do you think of the pharma companies influencing doctors?

Communication Stations​
How would you confront a patient that was skeptical or doubtful of science/the healthcare system (i.e. COVID-19 and mask policies)?

Teamwork Tasks
Tell me about an experience working in a team.
How do you work in groups and how will that serve you as a physician?
How do you feel about learning material with a team?

General / Personal Statements
What makes you unique?
What do you think is the most challenging issue facing healthcare?
What else have you done in college that is not on your application?

What sets you apart?
If you could have dinner with any three people, alive or dead, who would you choose and why?
Where do you see yourself in 20 years?
Where do you see your career in ten years’ time?
How are you creative?
Who are your role models and why?
How would you rate your mechanical skills (playing with tools, etc)?
What book have you read recently?
Tell me an example of a time you demonstrated creativity.
Did you have any trouble finding my office?
What kind of superpower would you like to have?
Tell me about yourself.
So what are you doing here at Pitt?
If you could go anywhere and do anything for one weekend vacation, where would you go and what would you do?
What would make you come to Pitt?
If you could win any award in the world, what would it be?
What do you do that’s not related to medicine?
What do you do for fun?
What is your greatest weakness?
What sets you apart?

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Interview Questions

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