University of Pittsburgh

Your Interview

When we receive your completed supplemental application, we will review your credentials in considering whether to interview you. All interview offers are made via e-mail, and you will not be admitted to the school without an interview.

We receive over 6,000 applications for 148 spots in each class. Obviously, we cannot interview everyone; only those candidates we believe best match our program are extended an invitation to interview.

After your interview, the Admissions Committee will notify you by mail whether you have been accepted, not accepted, or placed on the wait list for admission starting January 30. 

Your Interview Day

Interviews are offered Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday (excluding university holidays) beginning in mid-August and concluding in mid-December. The interview day begins at 8:30 AM and concludes at roughly 3:30 PM. You should plan on arriving no later than 8:15 AM. A continental breakfast will be available beginning at 8:00 AM and your interview day will begin with a welcome greeting from one of our Deans at 8:30 AM. During your visit you will have an opportunity to tour the School of Medicine and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center facilities. Portions of the tour will be outside, so we recommend bringing weather appropriate clothing or walking shoes if desired.

After the tour, you will receive an overview of the curriculum, student life and the admissions process prior to having lunch with our medical students.

You will begin the afternoon with your student interview.  This is followed by a 10 minute team exercise of 3-4 applicants discussing a problem (nonmedical for the most part), on which each applicant is scored on teamwork. This is followed by an interview with a member of our faculty.  Next, all of the applicants participate in a faculty-led small group problem based learning style discussion for 30 minutes.  Applicants are also evaluated on their participation in this exercise. The afternoon will conclude with a presentation on funding your medical education.


We suggest that if you are making airline reservations, be sure to schedule your departure time after 6:00 PM to allow for ample travel time to the airport.  If you need any special accommodations to assist you with the day as described, please let us know to be sure we can meet your needs. 



Our Mission

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is to improve the health and well-being of individuals and populations through cutting-edge biomedical research, innovative educational programs in medicine and biomedical science, and leadership in academic medicine.