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stareee (星星), 信区: MedicalCareer
标 题: My experience and lessons from match (1)
发信站: BBS 未名空间站 (Tue Mar 20 00:26:31 2007)

I have been on this forum for more than 2 years, got a lot of good
information from other peoples’ posts. I am very happy that I matched to my
first choice program, and would like to share my experience and thoughts on
interviews. I hope that my experience help you to avoid the mistakes that I
made and get matched to your dreamed program.

My steps scores are OK ( really admire those 99/99 genius), I got a Ph.D.
degree from a very decent university with 8 publications, 3 strong US LORs .
Though I did not have any USCE, my advisor is a MD/PhD, and the other two
recommenders are MD, and MD/Ph.D.

One mistake that I made while preparing for the exams is that I took CS
before CK, because I knew that it will take longer to get CS result. However
, I did not know that CK is more important for getting interview. I took CK
in late September, and had to wait till late October to apply. Most people
agree that it is harder to get ivs this year, and I missed a lot of chance.

I applied mainly to IM, and applied to pathology later as a backup because
of my research background. I got 5 IM ivs, and 2 pathology ivs. I went to
IM interviews first, since my path ivs came late. My feeling of interviews
for these two programs are different. Overall, I felt more ease and
confident on pathology interviews. One reason is I got lessons from earlier
interviews, and the other reason is that I am more confident because path
faculty like research, and my background impressed them.

Here are my thoughts on IM and path interviews.
1. Prepare well before interviews. Make a list of usual questions, get your
own answers, and then practice.
2. Try to get a chance to sell yourself and hide bad information for the
program that you are interviewing. Here are some lessons that I got from my
first interview to support that. My first interview was from a so-so
program. Most of the time, the PD and the faculty were selling their program
to me, I felt very good and even did not think about selling myself. The is
the lesson No. 1.. Always sell yourself even you don’t have the chance. I
also made a mistake. The PD asked if I had an iv from the hospital in the
city that I live, which is much better than their program. I honestly told
him yes. The PD then told me to contact them after all my interviews. In my
opinion, they won’t match someone who has no chance to rank them. If I had
not told him about this, probably they would rank me high. That is lesson No
.2. Try to hide some information from them. Because match is an
unpredictable process, you do not want to miss any chance. It is better to
treat every interview seriously. The other point that I want to mention is
that nice faculty does not mean he or she likes you. Most Americans are nice
, but the NICE is shallow, they just want to be polite. I met a lot of nice
faculty during interviews. They did not ask me a lot of questions, they just
wanted to finish the interview as soon as possible. At first, I did not
know how to deal with them. My LD pointed out that I had to find any chance
to express myself to them. Talk about my past achievements, give examples to
make them believe I am the perfect candidate to fit their programs. That is
lesson No. 3… Nice means nothing. Only he shows interest in you, it
counts. (to be continued…)

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