Sunday, October 2, 2011

Residency Interview - The Second

At the beginning of the month-long rotation I was told to be ready for a spontaneous interview sometime throughout the month. Without much warning we would be pulled aside to discuss with program leaders the program and ourselves. However, I didn't think it was going to be three separate interviews on three different days.

Kent Hospital

As a courtesy gesture towards the students who rotated at the site, we were asked to not dress in formal attire. Needless to say, interviewing in jeans and a hoodie was comfortably welcome albeit a little awkward. The first sit-down session was with the chief resident, laid back and somewhat formal in questioning. It was a good way to get an idea about the program from a resident's perspective. Then the department manager pulled us aside later in the week to get to know us and our thoughts about the program. The following week the residency director met one-on-one to finish the interview process. I would imagine when formal interviews are held, it is a little more compact and rigorous, but since we had an entire month to demonstrate ourselves, there was little need doing so.

I was happily surprised with my experience at Kent Hospital. Having never really visited the Northeast and Rhode Island in particular, it was quite the adventure to be newly exposed to both in such a high-stakes way. The faculty, staff and even patients were among some of the nicest people I have met in my travels. The department itself was one of the cleanest, roomiest and most organized that I have visited. With those qualities, it made sense that a community hospital would always have a full ambulance bay unloading new patients. Although the visiting students did not get to see the ancillary rotation sites for this program, we were informed that the following hospitals are among the list: Tuft Medical Center, Massachusetts General Hospital, St. Barnabas Hospital Bronx, St. Anne's Hospital, Children's Hospital Boston, Women's and Infants, and Butler Hospital.

I left the program feeling invigorated about emergency medicine and the upcoming match experience. On the interview trail, it seems that faculty know other faculty at various programs and the rotating students will show up time and time again. As we rotate around the country and interview for residency positions, students run into each other at various sites proving how small the world within a specialty can be. All in all, despite having three individual interviews for one program, I enjoyed the opportunity of experiencing first hand what this program had to offer.

Question of the Week
Why do you want to do _____ (insert your specialty of choice)? Why do you want to come to _____ (insert the interviewing program)?

The above are guaranteed questions in just about every residency interview.

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