Interviews play a great deal about the selection committee’s decision to select an applicant. Most of the time, these are turning points for applicants as to whether they will be accepted to the program or not. With these, we’ve listed down a few highly recommended things that residency and fellowship applicants should do during their interviews; check them out below:
During your interview, you will be asked what are your other engagements other than your profession. The reason why the committee asks about this is that they are looking for well-rounded people who are flexible and adaptable in different environments. There are many scenarios that could happen during your residency and fellowship and being exposed to different types of activities can help you adapt quickly. So, discuss what are your other engagements as a doctor — have you joined a medical mission as a volunteer? Share what are the most common cases you’ve encountered in a community you’ve visited, explain why do you think such cases are common and state what was your proposed solution for those problems. If the committee sees that you are someone who is able to understand the root cause of the problem and has the knowledge to address it, you will be perceived as a competent doctor. Also, talk about the peers you’ve worked with in your other activities — what learning or experience has taught you the most? What type of questions did you ask your peers? Being open to learning and accepting the fact that there is much to learn in the rapidly progressing field of medicine is a good quality in the eyes of the committee. Even after many years of studying — they would want someone who is teachable and always hungry for learning.
Your academic performance is one of the factors the committee will weigh in during their evaluation. Most of the time, grades do not speak alone for themselves. This is why you need to discuss your academic journey — emphasize your progress. Your grades may not be always above average but it is important to highlight that you’ve been progressing. Here’s a list of the things you’ll need to discuss in a specific manner:
The program you’re applying to will have a big effect on your career as well as your personal life so it is a must to get as much information as you can by asking the right questions. You can use this information to asses if your goals are aligned with the program or if the program can sustain yours and your family’s needs. Here are some of the questions you should ask:
You might get shy about asking such questions but what’s important is that you have this information to be more confident about your career decision.
State not only your career goals but also your personal goals. What do you want to achieve when you reach a certain age? What are your aspirations to reach such goals? Speak about your goals and aspirations in a realistic manner, they will reflect on your character not only as a professional but also as a person. Stating these will let the committee see you as a goal-oriented and a highly-motivated person - both of which are desirable qualities of a doctor.
Throughout the interview, try to be yourself. Be confident and speak honestly whenever asked about questions. Whenever you are asked by something you are not confident about - be honest. Instead of dwelling on these things, explain how these difficulties changed your perspective and how you approached such problems. The important thing during your interview is to present yourself as a qualified applicant in the most honest and genuine way.