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You Got an Interview. What Happens Now?

posted Apr 19, 2016, 11:52 AM by Explore More   [ updated Jul 18, 2016, 6:57 AM ]
     
You should review all the information you had collected previously. You should’ve done all this research yourself when you were applying to residency. 

Now is the time to make sure your application is as complete as it can be. You should make sure you have as many letters as you need and that your COMLEX scores are update. Also, ensure your personal statement is edited, and that it’s reflecting the residencies that you are applying to for each specific program.

Review this information at least the night before a residency interview. Scan the hospital website to make sure you are prepared. You should know basic information like how many hospitals are in that particular system. 

You want to map your routes to the interview to have plenty of time because you can’t be late. If you are flying, make sure you are giving yourself enough travel time. 

Make sure you are doing your homework and what you are going into and know the name of the program director when you show up at each program.

Here are some questions that you should ask when you are there. 

• If you were in charge, what would you change?
• Why choose this residency? What do you like about it? What don’t you like about it?
• If the program has other residency programs, how do you interact with the other residencies?
• How are you evaluated?
• How does call/clinic/service work?
• How does inpatient service work?
• How much surgery will I have to do?
• With what you were told at your residency interview, how is it actually and what is different if anything?