发信人: zbbh (zbbh), 信区: MedicalCareer
标 题: 从step-1到pre-match-一个朋友的经历（5）-Interview:
发信站: BBS 未名空间站 (Sun Jan 13 01:11:56 2008)
IV experience summary:
- Score is still very impt. Esp if you can get double 99. I had 1 CS attempt
but the double 99 saved me. But they will definitely ask why and you have
to provide a good and honest answer.
- PS and CV also need to consult someone to do the proofread for you
- Ask someone to rehearse the IV Qs script with you. That helps a lot!
- Start IV early, say from Oct. to max the chance of getting prematch
- Arrange better programs in the middle of your IV, so you can have a few to
practice before the key IVs. And usually the performance is better in the
middle. You can cancel the ‘not-so-good’ programs to save money and energy
when you are offered prematch or you think you already have great chance in
getting into good programs you interviewed.
- Few good books for IV: The successful IMG obtaining a U.S. Residency and
Iserson’s Getting Into A Residency
- I suggest not to ask for prematch if you feel they won’t rank you high.
You can ask if you have high chance or email them back to ask
- Send Thank you emails on the same day. No need to send Thank you cards as
if they like you, no matter what you do, they will still like you.
- Programs I IVed (IM):
1. Capital Health System Fuld Campus: only 1 interviewer. No med Qs. V. nice
. Prematch offered after 3 days by email, Residents 90% IMG. Busy program.
Almost no fellowship chance.
2. Flushing: Personally I don’t like this program and hospital ->
Interviewees wait for a long time for IV, I was v. sleepy when my IV starts.
PD OK. Residents mostly Indians.
Hospital very old and worn out. Lots of stairs to climb when on call.
3. Wyckoff Heights: Short IV by PD. Mainly Med Qs -> give clinical scenarios
then spot dx. Topics: PE, GN, DM, Erythema nodosum, RA etc.. They don’t
enter matching, all prematch, and usually offered by mid Dec. Residents are
very busy. We only met chief.
4. Pennsylvania Hospital: sister hospital of U. Penn. very historic hospital
but with modern clinical facilities. 75% IMG, mainly those from European
countries or those holding MRCP. Not many Chinese residents. PD very very
nice. Faculties a lot from U Penn. 80% fellowship opportunity. Good
relationships among colleagues. Offered prematch on the same day.
5. NY Downtown: Very busy. Residents dull-looking. Program OK. PD from
Philippines? He likes Pilipino candidates. No med Qs.
6. St. Barnabas NJ: V. nice PD and associate PDs. V. nice residents. No so
busy. 90% IMG (Indians + Chinese). Beautiful hospital and nice neighborhood.
Good program with excellent teaching and board passing rate. IV only
casual chats (group or individual)
7. Morristown: Program good. Residents v. busy. I don’t like their call
schedule. 80% IMG. Almost no Chinese residents. PD asked some Qs just like
trying to do psychoanalysis on you. Med Qs come up with lab results. Ans not
impt. The process of analysis is what they are looking for. They only like
those with no accents when speaking English.
- I cancelled 6 IM IVs as I accepted prematch.
Hope that helps. And I would like to thank zbbh who is so nice and
knowledgeable. He gives me lots of precious advice in the whole proecess.
Let me know if you have any Qs.
God bless you all.
1. Most frequently asked Qs:
a) Tell me about yourself
b) Personal strength
ci) Personal weakness and how to handle them
h) How to handle confrontation with supervisors/patients, example
j) Biggest challenge in the past and how to overcome
m) With what kind of people do you have difficulties working?
a) Why choose this specialty/when did you become interested in this
b) What problems do you think the specialty are facing
c) Why choose our hospital/how did you know about our program
f) Did you apply to other specialties?
c) Past working experience
a) Interesting/impressive cases;
b) Biggest accomplishments;
c) Biggest challenge in this specialty and how to overcome;
Potential questions to ask (To stress the strength of the program):
• Is there an orientation program for incoming residents?
• What education programs exist for residents (e.g. lectures, journal
clubs, grand rounds, board review courses,)?
• Where/what will be the required electives to take place?
• Is there a formal mentoring program for new residents, and do
faculty serve as mentors?
• What/where are the required rotations for the first year? Subsequent
• Is there a formal didactic curriculum, and what is its structure?
• Patient population?
• What teaching responsibilities for medical students are expected
• Is there any formal training for residents on how to teach students
and other learners effectively, and how to provide feedback?
• Where do your graduates go (e.g., fellowship, academics, private
Questions to specifically ask other Residents
• What are the strengths and weaknesses of the program?
• Would you consider the same program if applying again?
• Have any residents left the program recently?
• Well prepared for boards? Time to read?
• Patient load?
• Call-schedule, what patients are you responsible for?
• Interaction between residents and faculty?
• Do residents have any problems finding jobs?
• Electives available?
• Relationship with the other specialties in the hospital.
• Do the residents get along with one another?
• Didactics-taught by faculty or residents? How many resident
conferences are required? Is there time to attend conferences?
• Moonlighting? Benefits-meals, health insurance etc.
• Is there an appropriate balance between service obligations and the
• Vacation schedule
• What is the housing situation?
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