The School of Medicine at University of Pittsburgh

Medical School Admissions

Admissions Policies and Procedures

Details on the policies, preferences, criteria, factors, and procedures used in the admission process. Data appear as originally submitted by this school.

All Applicants are invited to complete a secondary application. We admit on a rolling basis. Our committee seeks to admit diverse, intellectually talented, creative and compassionate students. Applicants should have medical exposure and extracurricular activities. Applicants interview with students and faculty. These interviews are important in the final decision.

Admissions Information

Director of admissions Dr. Beth Piraino
Application fee $85
AMCAS application accepted Yes
Applications accepted June 1 (Begins)
November 1 Application deadline
Secondary application required Yes
Personal interview required Yes
Regular application acceptance notification November 15 (Begins)
August 5 (Ends)
Students must respond to offer of admission within (weeks) 2
Deferred entrance available Yes
Deposit to hold place in class due N/A
Early decision plan offered Yes
Early decision application period June 1 (Begins)
August 1 (Ends)
Early decision plan notification date October 1
Starting month (class of 2013-2014) August

Admissions & Enrollment

MCAT Scores, GPA, and Coursework Requirements

Average undergraduate GPA 3.75
Oldest MCAT considered 2009
Average MCAT scores 11.7 MCAT composite score
12.3 biological
12.1 physical sciences
10.8 verbal reasoning
Q writing
Required undergraduate coursework
biology inorganic (general) chemistry
English physics
organic chemistry general chemistry

Combined Degree Programs

Combined degree programs offered M.D./Ph.D., M.D./M.P.H., M.D./M.S., M.D./M.A.
Combined college/M.D. program offered No
Number of years to complete combined college/M.D. program N/A
Combined college/M.D. program URL N/A

Medical School Academics

Program Offerings

AIDS internal medicine
drugs/alcohol abuse pediatrics
family medicine rural medicine
geriatrics women’s health

Student/Patient Interaction

How often do first-year students come into contact with patients through the school curriculum? Frequently
Are there opportunities for first- or second-year students to work in community health clinics? Yes
Do all students spend time with community practicing physicians in community-based, ambulatory settings during the course that teaches basic clinical skills (e.g., history taking/physical diagnosis)? No
Do all students spend time with community practicing physicians in community-based, ambulatory settings during an introductory course aimed at introducing students to medical practice? No

Stress Relief Services Offered

(Data appear as originally submitted by this school.)

Services
expanded-hour gym access
peer counseling
professional counseling
support groups

Faculty

Full-time faculty-student ratio 3.6:1 – High
Full-time faculty 2,202
Part-time faculty 64
Full-time faculty in basic sciences 214
Part-time faculty in basic sciences 5
Full-time faculty in clinical program 1,988
Part-time faculty in clinical program 59

2011 National Institutes of Health (NIH) Research Grants

NIH funds granted to medical school and affiliated hospitals (in millions) $368.2
NIH-funded grants received by medical school and affiliated hospitals 868
Principal investigators (PIs) 597
Full-time faculty working on NIH research grants 1,085

Teaching Hospitals

Primary teaching hospitals affiliated with this medical school where clinical teaching or training is carried out.

Hospitals
Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC UPMC Presbyterian
Eye and Ear Institute UPMC Shadyside
Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC UPMC St. Margaret
UPMC McKeesport VA Pittsburgh Health Care System
UPMC Montefiore Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic

Curricula Descriptions

(Data appear as originally submitted by this school.)

Four-year program curriculum
We seek to train tomorrow’s physician-scientists, academic leaders, and finest practicing physicians. To accomplish these goals, the curriculum combines a strong foundation in basic science with early introduction to patients, small-group learning, and an emphasis on critical thinking and problem solving. Each student participates in a mentored scholarly project.

Medical School Ranking

#15 Best Research
#18 Best Primary Care

(5) Ranking by Specialties

#14 in AIDS
#11 in Geriatrics
#16 in Internal medicine
#9 in Pediatrics
#8 in Women’s Health

Research Ranking Scores

Score 70
Peer assessment score (out of 5) 4.2
Residency directors assessment score (out of 5) 4.2
NIH funds granted to medical school and affiliated hospitals (in millions) $368.2
NIH research grant funds per faculty member (in thousands) $167.21

Primary Care Ranking Scores

Score 72
Peer assessment score (out of 5) 3.2
Residency directors assessment score (out of 5) 3.8
Graduates entering primary care specialties (2009-2011 average) 39.0% – Medium

Ranking Admission Statistics

Average undergraduate GPA 3.75
MCAT composite score 11.7
Acceptance rate 7.1% – Medium
Full-time faculty-student ratio 3.6:1 – High
Total medical school enrollment 604

Medical School Student Body

Student Body

Total medical school enrollment 604
In-state students 27.0%
Minority students 45.5%
Underrepresented minority students 17.5%
International students 0.0%
Non-traditional students 54.0%

Medical School Cost

Financial Aid Contact Information

Financial aid director Pamela J. Rikstad
Financial aid phone (412) 648-9891

Expenses

Tuition
Full-time: $43,424 (in-state)
Full-time: $44,512 (out-of-state)
Required fees $783
Room and board $15,800
Average indebtedness of 2010 graduates who incurred medical school debt $143,075

Financial Aid Availability

Students receiving any financial aid 93%
Students receiving loans 80%
Students receiving grants/scholarships 66%
Students receiving work study 0%

Medical School Residency

Residency Program Admissions (Class of 2011)

Graduates admitted to their first-choice residency program N/A
Graduates admitted to one of their top three choices of residency programs N/A
Most popular residency and specialty programs (2010 and 2011 classes)
anesthesiology orthopaedic surgery
emergency medicine pediatrics
family practice psychiatry
internal medicine radiology – diagnostic
obstetrics and gynecology surgery – general

Primary Care and In-State Residencies

Graduates entering primary care specialties (2009-2011 average) 39.0% – Medium
Graduates accepting in-state residencies (2010 and 2011 average) 36.0%