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Lives of Doctor Wives: Residency Roundup: Interview Prep

Monday, September 30, 2013

Residency Roundup: Interview Prep

Welcome to the Residency Interview Season!! 

 Hopefully, you are successfully juggling the quick responses to offers, the calendar filling up, purchasing travel plans, all while continuing MS4 rotations. 

I've compiled a list on how to prepare for residency interviews. 
DrH should bring this information to each interview!

  • Program background- Basic information on FRIEDA https://freida.ama-assn.org/Freida/user/viewProgramSearch.do.  Go the the programs website for more details, how long the program has been active, number of faculty, current research emphasis. 
  • Bios for the faculty and specifically for whom your DrH will be interviewed by.  My DrH read each bio while flying to the new location.  
  • Bring copies of CV, cover letter, and research.  Many programs didn't want separate copies...but some appreciated them.
  • QUESTIONS!! - There is a bunch of time set aside for questions.  Make your list based on what is most important to you and your family.  I recommend between 4-10 good questions ranked in order of importance.
    • Home or in-house call
    • Clinic hours 
    • Average Cases for the current residents
    • Mentoring program
    • Research requirements
    • Vacation requests
    • Locations- housing, schools, recreational activities
    • HR- Medical, Vision, Dental insurance? Parking? Food?
    • More ideas-  https://www.aamc.org/download/77936/data/residencyquestions.pdf
This is another great list!! 

The AMA page lists possible interview questions.  Such as 'Why did you choose this specialty?" or 'What are your strengths?'  We typed each question with DrH's answer and we rehearsed his response.  Obviously, you cannot predict what question they will use, but this practice will help.  Here are some other possible question your DrH will be asked. http://som.georgetown.edu/docs/2012%20Handout%20Residency%20Mock%20Interviews.pdf

Warm wishes to all MS4 families.
If you have some additional interview prep advice please leave a comment below:) 

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Blogger Marisa said...

I didn't look at the list of other questions, but questions about protected time and preparation for fellowship went over well in my husband's interview.

October 1, 2013 at 10:03 AM  
Blogger From A Doctors Wife said...

Thanks for linking up with Medical Monday's! Very informative post and so glad we aren't doing that again:-)

October 7, 2013 at 12:20 PM  
Blogger Your Doctor's Wife said...

Oh goodness!!! I am so grateful this part of the process is long over for us. However, there always seems to be something to take its place and the time!
As always... so HAPPY to see you on the Medical Monday link up!! Thanks for being such a great part of our community!!

October 7, 2013 at 12:45 PM  
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October 17, 2013 at 11:37 PM  
Blogger kelsey said...

Awesome! Thank you for all of the information. We are starting the interview practice tonight. The links you shared are great.

October 17, 2013 at 11:40 PM  

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