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Withdrawing from here, but am being asked why/which school I chose over Pitt. Should I bother answering either question?
People like you give me hope hahaha XD

Let the WL in April flow like a Spring mountain river unleashed after a cold frozen winter!
 
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Which apartments in Shadyside (or around Pittsburgh in general) do the off campus med students mostly live at? I've been looking around online and just curious what are the popular choices.
 
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Any admitted students totally lost in regards to housing right now? Just found out the two bedrooms at Darragh are already full, which is crazy because I don’t even know how people are finding roommates. Can someone help?
 
Oct 8, 2019
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Any admitted students totally lost in regards to housing right now? Just found out the two bedrooms at Darragh are already full, which is crazy because I don’t even know how people are finding roommates. Can someone help?
I would reach out in the second look page on Facebook. If you don’t get Darragh there’s a lot of good off campus apartments nearby. Maybe posting about a roommate on there could help too
 

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Any admitted students totally lost in regards to housing right now? Just found out the two bedrooms at Darragh are already full, which is crazy because I don’t even know how people are finding roommates. Can someone help?
I'm on the Pitt waitlist, but I have lived in the Oakland neighborhood before! I would recommend using social media to contact Pitt students (Facebook, Reddit: /r/Pittsburgh, /r/Pitt) to help figure out off-campus housing if you're interested in that. There are a lot of nasty landlords in the Oakland area and current students there usually have good advice/experience and would be happy to help steer you away from them.
 
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Which apartments in Shadyside (or around Pittsburgh in general) do the off campus med students mostly live at? I've been looking around online and just curious what are the popular choices.
I don’t know about specific apartments but I know that most students who are off campus tend to live in Shadyside or Squirell Hill since that’s usually where grad students live (for both CMU and Pitt). Oakland tends to be really rowdy and is more unsafe so grad students tend to stick to those areas. Also lawrenceville and Bloomfield if you don’t mind going a little bit further out
 
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hello all, I'm looking for a roommate that is trying to move in a little earlier like may/june and comfortable living in the squirrel hill/shadyside area. private message me if anyone is interested!
 
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Looks like second look is canceled!! I talked to a nice student over the phone. IDK if it's official yet, tho :unsure:
Heard the same from a student as well :(
I think its pretty set that its not going to run. All classes today at the undergrad and grad level were canceled at Pitt, and it looks like students are being encouraged to stay home (aka not in the dorms) for the rest of the semester. I can't see them hosting Second Look given those circumstances.
 
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Hi everyone, I am new here. I have a question about final grades before enrollment, and I would appreciate some insight from people who have gotten accepted already (or anyone, really).

Some context: I am a Master's student currently considering withdrawing from a non-required course (the course is an elective in a different school outside of my program). This would result in my final transcript showing "WD" for the course I would have withdrawn from.

I am currently waitlisted at Pitt but, in the fortunate case that I am accepted, would my withdrawal from this course rescind my hypothetical acceptance? I do not know what the acceptance letter says about final grades, so I am wondering if I can get some insider's perspective on this.

Thanks!

Edit: I have already sent pitt my transcripts, which includes my spring 2020 course work (and the course I would like to withdraw from). I am not sure if this changes anything.
 
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anotherpremedlurker

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I think because schools can't see where else you are accepted, it doesn't matter if its before or after ivy league schools release decisions. Most people would wait regardless to get financial aid information, so it's not like they would instantly withdraw (most people).
When does financial aid information come out for accepted students (at Pitt and just generally)? I am trying to gauge when I might see some waitlist movement given that I am on 3 WLs lol.
 
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When does financial aid information come out for accepted students (at Pitt and just generally)? I am trying to gauge when I might see some waitlist movement given that I am on 3 WLs lol.
First week of April is standard for programs that haven't rolled it out yet. Expect WL movement around the time people have to narrow to 3 schools, which is 1-2 weeks after that
 

anotherpremedlurker

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Totally missed that first wave of WL movement, I did not submit a letter of interest until after that wave...I wonder if my chances are ruined because of that.
 
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cu2med

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I have not received anything, but I was told that we would not get the packages until early to mid April
Ugh I better get them by April 15th, I’ll be upset if I have to narrow down my school list without fin aid info


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SleazySalesMed

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Nov 17, 2018
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Ugh I better get them by April 15th, I’ll be upset if I have to narrow down my school list without fin aid info


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They sent an email this morning that they are still open and working. Just no in-person visits
 
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When Pitt posts their match list, anyone mind posting the link? Working, but interested
 
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When Pitt posts their match list, anyone mind posting the link? Working, but interested
Found this in the match list 2020 thread in allo:

Anesthesiology (12):
Barnes‐Jewish
Beth Israel Deaconess
Cleveland Clinic - Florida
Johns Hopkins
Northwestern
Ohio State University
U Washington
Pitt x 2
Vanderbilt x 2
Virginia Mason

Dermatology (2):
Vermont
U Texas South Western

Emergency Medicine (12):
Rutgers
Allegheny General
Creighton
Penn
University of South Carolina
UNV
University of Virginia
Pitt x 5

Family Medicine (10):
UPMC St Margaret
Penn
MacNeal Hospital
McKay‐Dee Hospital
OHSU
Piedmont Columbus Regional
Poudre Valley Hospital
Colorado
Rochester
Ventura County

Internal Medicine (27):
Mayo
Brigham & Womens
Emory
Penn
Johns Hopkins x 4
Massachusetts Gen x 2
Northwestern x 2
NYU
U Maryland
U Massachusetts
U Washington
University of Virginia
Pitt x 10

Internal Medicine / Emergency Medicine (1):
Henry Ford Hospital

Internal Medicine / Pediatrics (1):
Pitt

Neurosurgery (3):
Pitt
Massachusetts Gen
St. Joseph's Hospital

Neurology (3):
Pitt
Mount Sinai
Northwestern

OBGYN (4):
Rochester
Case Western
Northwestern
Presence Saint Francis Hospital

Ophthalmology (1):
Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary

Orthopedic Surgery (3):
Pitt x 2
Brooke Army Medical Center

ENT (2):
Penn
Barnes‐Jewish

Pathology (1):
Massachusetts Gen

Pediatrics (11):
Portsmouth Naval Hospital
Cincinnati Childrens
Northwestern McGaw/Lurie Childrens
Colorado x 2
Maryland
U Washington
University at Buffalo
University of Utah
Pitt
Western Michigan University

PM&R (3):
Pitt x 2
Carolinas Med Center

Plastic Surgery (integrated) (3):
Mount Sinai
Pitt x 2

Psychiatry (8):
Pitt x 2
Brigham & Womens
Massachusetts Gen
Cincinnati
UC San Diego
UC San Francisco
Vanderbilt

Diagnostic Radiology (5):
Pitt
Barnes‐Jewish Hospital
Brigham & Womens
Duke
Penn

General Surgery (9):
UC San Diego
Brigham & Womens
Penn
Mount Sinai
NYP ‐ Columbia
NYU
Rutgers
Miami
University of Michigan

Surgery (preliminary) (2):
Allegheny General Hospital
Colorado

Thoracic Surgery (integrated) (1):
NYU

Urology (4):
Vanderbilt x 2
Virginia Commonwealth University
Pitt

Vascular Surgery (2):
Pitt x 2
 
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is there going to be a virtual second look? I'm not sure if i missed whether they would be holding one or not
 

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is there going to be a virtual second look? I'm not sure if i missed whether they would be holding one or not
they’re thinking about making a virtual one. Haven’t confirmed it yet
 

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I know some schools only have exams on Fridays or Mondays. Does anyone know what days Pitt typically have their exams?
It’s usually Fridays I think. You can good Pitt academic calendar and their exams mostly fall on a friday
 

SleazySalesMed

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Nov 17, 2018
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Has there been any confirmed conversations about curricular changes secondary to the new step changes? Or is it too late for us lmao. I was hoping a potential change was already in the works before Step happened. So many quality programs are moving away from traditional.

Also, here's hoping for that sweet Finaid before next week ends so I can finally make a decision and start apartment shopping
 
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Hi guys. I am new to SDN I will be applying in 2021. I was just wondering if my stats were okay to apply to Pitt?
cGPA: 3.75
sGPA: 3.6
MCAT: 520
Extracurricular activities: 2 internships, 1 year of research (9 months wet lab, 4 months Human trafficking research), will be doing another year of research during gap year
Clinical Experience: worked in a health clinic as a referral specialist (scheduling patient appointments and served as the Membership Director for the internship program). Almost 80 hours of shadowing. Almost 200 hours of volunteering in pediatric hospital. Almost 100 hours volunteering in local and on campus food pantry.
Served as a students instructor for biology for 2 years
Leadership positions: 3 exec board positions for 3 students organizations and membership director for clinic's intern program.
Little concerned because my last two years of college weren't that great bc I had family issues, so I received a B- in biochemistry and microbe. In the fall semester of my senior year, I took a class and got a C+ (it was not one of the science prerequisites). I will be retaking this class at a different higher ranked university (this school is closer to where I live). But my final semester, got all As. But I worked by butt off for the MCAT. Is it okay to have some bumps in the grades? Should I consider a post bac?
 
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Has there been any confirmed conversations about curricular changes secondary to the new step changes? Or is it too late for us lmao. I was hoping a potential change was already in the works before Step happened. So many quality programs are moving away from traditional.

Also, here's hoping for that sweet Finaid before next week ends so I can finally make a decision and start apartment shopping
Lmao meanwhile err-body on the waitlist just be like:

You can have my fin-aid, please take my money, just lemme in XD
 

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Hi guys. I am new to SDN I will be applying in 2021. I was just wondering if my stats were okay to apply to Pitt?
cGPA: 3.75
sGPA: 3.6
MCAT: 520
Extracurricular activities: 2 internships, 1 year of research (9 months wet lab, 4 months Human trafficking research), will be doing another year of research during gap year
Clinical Experience: worked in a health clinic as a referral specialist (scheduling patient appointments and served as the Membership Director for the internship program). Almost 80 hours of shadowing. Almost 200 hours of volunteering in pediatric hospital. Almost 100 hours volunteering in local and on campus food pantry.
Served as a students instructor for biology for 2 years
Leadership positions: 3 exec board positions for 3 students organizations and membership director for clinic's intern program.
Little concerned because my last two years of college weren't that great bc I had family issues, so I received a B- in biochemistry and microbe. In the fall semester of my senior year, I took a class and got a C+ (it was not one of the science prerequisites). I will be retaking this class at a different higher ranked university (this school is closer to where I live). But my final semester, got all As. But I worked by butt off for the MCAT. Is it okay to have some bumps in the grades? Should I consider a post bac?
You should check out this forum: https://forums.studentdoctor.net/forums/what-are-my-chances-wamc-medical.418/and make a WAMC post there. Then some of the admissions committee members should be able to help you out and give you feedback on all your activities and generate a potential school list for you.

Your stats are good for pretty much any school including Pitt. Research seems good enough, clinical experience is solid. Your nonclinical volunteering is a little low so if you can boost that to 150-200 hours that would be better but that shouldn't sink your app too much. Definitely do not need to do a postbac, and I think you should throw out an app to Pitt but do your best to make your secondaries align with the mission of Pitt.
 
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Has there been any confirmed conversations about curricular changes secondary to the new step changes? Or is it too late for us lmao. I was hoping a potential change was already in the works before Step happened. So many quality programs are moving away from traditional.

Also, here's hoping for that sweet Finaid before next week ends so I can finally make a decision and start apartment shopping
In the FB group a student on the curriculum committee said they are making changes but it wont affect the incoming M1's. They did say they are considering how to beef up the resources that students get for Step 2 study.
 

SleazySalesMed

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Nov 17, 2018
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In the FB group a student on the curriculum committee said they are making changes but it wont affect the incoming M1's. They did say they are considering how to beef up the resources that students get for Step 2 study.
Ah, that blows. Thanks

Lmao meanwhile err-body on the waitlist just be like:

You can have my fin-aid, please take my money, just lemme in XD
Spots will open up once it's released and that will in turn put more money into circulation. Though it's supposedly all need based, so your time of acceptance probably won't change your offer. I get your joke all the same lol
 
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Hi guys. I am new to SDN I will be applying in 2021. I was just wondering if my stats were okay to apply to Pitt?
cGPA: 3.75
sGPA: 3.6
MCAT: 520
Extracurricular activities: 2 internships, 1 year of research (9 months wet lab, 4 months Human trafficking research), will be doing another year of research during gap year
Clinical Experience: worked in a health clinic as a referral specialist (scheduling patient appointments and served as the Membership Director for the internship program). Almost 80 hours of shadowing. Almost 200 hours of volunteering in pediatric hospital. Almost 100 hours volunteering in local and on campus food pantry.
Served as a students instructor for biology for 2 years
Leadership positions: 3 exec board positions for 3 students organizations and membership director for clinic's intern program.
Little concerned because my last two years of college weren't that great bc I had family issues, so I received a B- in biochemistry and microbe. In the fall semester of my senior year, I took a class and got a C+ (it was not one of the science prerequisites). I will be retaking this class at a different higher ranked university (this school is closer to where I live). But my final semester, got all As. But I worked by butt off for the MCAT. Is it okay to have some bumps in the grades? Should I consider a post bac?
Hey I got in this year and wanted to give you some input. I think all your stats are good but your sGPA is a little lower so check out MSAR to see how you're faring exactly. However, your higher MCAT should allow you some leniency. I wouldn't do a post bac if I were you though as that's too much effort and probably wouldn't impact your grades much.

I do want to say though that I think Pitt is definitely one of the more holistic medical schools in terms of admissions. If you look at MSAR, compared to our T15 ranking, the matriculant GPA and MCAT is a bit lower because I truly believe this medical school looks at the entire applicant and their story. So if I were you, I wouldn't worry too much about your stats but more about how you can stand out with your story.

Best of luck!
 
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