Countdown to the Match Podcast, Episode 5: "Types of Residency Interviews & How Applicants Stand Out on the Interview Trail"
This is now season 1 episode 5 - 36 weeks to go until Match Day 2017 - let’s get into it.
Types of residency interviews:
Traditional - 1 on 1, interviewer has access to all of you application and can pull questions from all information
Blinded - typically also 1 on 1, however interviewer is blinded from some objective information (usually school name and USMLE scores) to help eliminate bias against higher scores or school
Panel - group of interviewers (residents and faculty) interview single applicant at a time
Group - “mix and mingle” format where faculty, residents, and applicants all interact - good look into group dynamics, see who functions well in team environments, who is a good listener, etc.
Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI) - originally Canadian, great at observing “soft skills” and EQ, format similar to USMLE Step 2 CS - 5 to 10 rooms, applicant moves around, questions rage from traditional to very abstract.
Telephone - falling out of favor, typically reserved for IMGs during the SOAP
Video - starting to emerge as an option to help keep costs down, recent studies show more programs offering it as an option, California Anesthesia program showed similar match rate for video applicants.
Question of the Day:
What specifics made applicants stand out for the right reasons, and what specifics made applicants stand out for the wrong reasons?
Dr. Olson’s: answer: Poorly coordinated and poorly communicated interview process was a strong negative. Applicants that were engaging, timely, and sincerely interested in program goals are strong positives. Knowing something about the program helps convey genuine interest.
Dr. Hurt’s answer: Emphasis on the disrespect for office staff / program coordinator. The legend of Puff Daddy. Positive standouts I personally remember involve travel stories, and interests outside of medicine.
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