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How to Get the Residency You Want

posted Nov 10, 2017, 10:03 AM by Explore More   [ updated Nov 10, 2017, 11:05 AM ]
Residency directors pick a handful of students to interview for a limited number of slots. Good test scores, grades and letters of recommendation got you the interview, but now you will have to differentiate yourself from the other very qualified candidates.

Be Professional
How you interact with faculty, staff and residents will make the difference. Make sure that you always behave professionally to everyone from beginning to the end of the interview. Even how you treat the front desk staff will likely have an effect on whether you will be selected or not.

Show Commitment
Many residency directors are looking for prospective residents who show that they are passionate about their work and will treat their residency as a chance to learn new skills instead of it just being a job that they must perform. Before the interview, find a personal anecdote that demonstrates your commitment to osteopathic medicine to tell the program director.

Do Research
Program directors are also looking for students who know about the residencies they are applying for, so make sure you do research before you show up at interviews. Check out the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS), which will be able to give you some information about the residency. Also, look up the website of the medical school or hospital where the residency is affiliated. During the interview, be prepared to answer basic questions about the residency. If you don’t know enough about the residency, the program director might assume you aren’t really interested in it.

Stand Out
Being well-rounded is another avenue to success. If you’re able to talk about a life away from school and show an interesting side, that will help separate you from the other candidates. For instance, participating in a specialty club will demonstrate your commitment. Also, if you’ve been a leader in that club, it not only demonstrates your interest but that you have leadership skills as well.