Second Look Program Visit

Welcome to the 2019 Second Look Program!  Here you will find infomration about registering for the visit, what the Second Look Coordinators have planned while you are here, and get your questions answered in the Fequently Asked Questions section below!

All admitted students have been sent an email with the required registration link (please check your spam / junk folder if you did not receive). Registration will open on March 8, 2019 and will close on April 10, 2019. Any questions about registering can be sent to the Second Look Coordinators ( or the Admissions & Financial Aid Office (412-648-9891 or

THE SECOND LOOK PROGRAM IS ONLY FOR NEWLY ADMITTED STUDENTS TO THE INCOMING CLASS OF 2019! Waitlisted students and outside visitors are NOT permitted to attend. 


THURSDAY APRIL 25, 2019 (optional):

3:00 - 4:00 PM Meet & Greet (Scaife Hall, 5th Floor Morning Grounds Coffee Shop)

4:00 - 5:30 PM Hospital / Scaife / Darragh Tour OR Cathedral of Learning Nationality Rooms Tour

6:00 - 8:00 PM Dinner at The Porch at Schenley, 221 Schenley Drive, Oakland

8:00 - 11:30 PM Night out with current students (Mario’s East Side Saloon, 5442 Walnut St, Shadyside) (LGBTQ, Non-Traditional student, & SNMA socials will also be offered)


FRIDAY APRIL 26, 2019:

9:00 AM Check In & Light Breakfast, Scaife Hall (4th Floor Foyer outside Lecture Room 5 & 6)

9:15 - 9:45 AM Welcome from Dean Levine (Lecture Room 5 & 6)

9:45 - 10:10 AM Dr. Andrew Nowalk Presentation (Lecture Room 5 & 6)

10:30 - 11:30 AM Pitt Med Curriculum with Dr. John Mahoney (Lecture Room 5 & 6)

11:45 AM - 12:30 PM Discovery Session A (various options & locations)

12:30 - 1:45 PM Lunch (Scaife Hall, 11th floor Conference Suite)

2:00 - 2:45 PM Discovery Session B (various options & locations)

3:00 - 4:00 PM Q & A with current students

4:30 - 6:30 PM Closing Dinner Reception at the University Club, 123 University Place, Oakland

8:00 - 11:30 PM Night out with current students (The Urban Tap, 216 S. Highland Ave., Shadyside)


SATURDAY APRIL 27, 2019 (optional):

12:00 PM SNMA Carolyn Carter Luncheon (information will be sent to those attending)



How long is the Second Look experience?
Our Second Look Program takes place over 2 days: Thursday, April 25 and Friday, April 26. Newly admitted students can attend both days or just one, as their time commitments allow.

Where will Second Look visit take place?
The majority of Second Look Program will take place in various locations on the University of Pittsburgh Oakland campus. Events are planned within Scaife Hall, the Biomedical Science Tower (BST), the Winter Institute for Simulation, Education, and Research (WISER), and units within UPMC Healthcare facilities. Social activities are also planned for various locations on the Oakland campus and nearby neighborhoods.

How do I find more information about the Discovery Sessions and how do I sign up?
The Second Look Coordinators have planned various medical school activities for you to participate in during your visit. The registration process will provide a list of the Discovery Sessions available along with a brief description (most will be led by medical school faculty). Each student will be asked to submit their top 3 choices that they wish to participate. The Second Look Coordinators will do their best to accommodate each request but these are not guaranteed and will be on a first come first serve basis. When you check in on Friday morning, your packet will contain an itinerary with which Discovery Sessions you have been assigned.

How do I get there?
Check in will take place in Scaife Hall, located at 3550 Terrace Street (across the street from the Peterson Events Center). Detailed instructions are available on our travel page at this link:

How will I get to the various activities planned?
Most of the activities will be in walking distance on the Oakland campus. Students may have to utilize ride sharing programs (Lyft, Uber, taxi, bus, car pooling, etc.) to attend any of the nightly social activities.

What should I wear?
Dress for all day activities of the Second Look Program is business casual. The night out social events are casual. Please be sure to wear comfortable shoes for walking.

Where should I stay?
The Second Look Coordinators will be offering student hosting as part of the visit. If you do not wish to stay with a current medical student, the School of Medicine has arranged for discounted rates at hotels in the Oakland campus area. Please review our travel page for directions and lodging information. The Hosting Coordinator will be providing information about your student host after you submit your registration. **Please be aware that Pitt's Commencement Ceremonies will be held on Thursday April 25, 2019 (Graduate Ceremony starting at 6:30 PM at the Peterson Events Center) and Sunday April 28, 2019 (Undergraduate Ceremony starting at 1:00 PM at the Peterson Events Center). 

Will my significant other or family members be allowed to attend?
While we encourage significant others and family members to visit and learn more about the City of Pittsburgh, the Second Look visit is designed for the newly admitted student to get an understanding of the medical school experience. Additional visitors will NOT be hosted, allowed to attend the Thursday dinner reception, or attend any of the day activities on Friday. The nightly social activities will be open to attend if so desired.

What information will I receive?
Folder with personalized itinerary & other information for reviewing at a later time. Each individual registrant will also receive a parting gift from the Second Look Coordinators.

Is parking available? Will I need to pay?
Parking is available but remember we are in an urban setting and depending on what is happening or scheduled on campus, garages, on street parking & parking spaces may be limited. YES - you will need to pay for parking.

Is there anything I need to do ahead of time?
YES – registration for the Second Look Program is required.

Is there anything mandatory?
Nothing is mandatory - all activities are optional but attendees are expected to participate in the workshops and events if they register to attend. If you registered and are unable to attend, we ask that you let the admissions team or Second Look Coordinators know of your circumstances.

Is the Student National Medical Association (SNMA) planning any activities?
YES, the SNMA will be coordinating 2 events during the Second Look visit: SNMA Diversity Mixer: Thursday April 25th, at 7:00 pm and Carolyn Carter Luncheon: Saturday April 27th, at 12:00 pm. If you have any questions or you need more information, you can contact: Ayo Ifidon (; Gabby Galli (; or Ayanna Garland (

How can I contact the Second Look Coordinators?
You can contact the Coordinators (Allie, Emily, Phoebe, Alexa, & Lilli) at the following email address: Information will also be posted to the 2019 Second Look Facebook page. General inquiries about the Second Look visit can also be answered by contacting the Admissions office at 412-648-9891 or