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xlitx: My psychiatry interview experiences at U of Chicago
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发信人: xlitx (xli), 信区: MedicalCareer
标 题: Re: Psy-IV experiences
发信站: BBS 未名空间站 (Mon Jan 19 14:19:51 2009)

University of Chicago Psychiatry interview

Important notes: they give prematch this year at least 2/6. So go interview
there early if you want to go prematch. Otherwise, you may lose the chance.
They don’t wait until all the interviews to finish. They also interview
quite a few U.S. seniors, so I think competition for prematch is not only
among the international graduates.

This is a small program. 6 residents each year with less than 20 faculty
members. They may recruit 7 residents this year. According to prior
experience, quite a few of their residents went for child psychiatry track
at the end of 3rd year. Research is required for each resident. They have
good curriculum for research. The former chair is a big guy in bipolar and
genetics research. He has good impression to Chinese people and seems
familiar with Chinese culture. (A lot of Chinese in his lab).

PD is very experienced and has good philosophy towards teaching and education.
She sounds to be a good clinician, too. I think she might be the best PD in
terms of experience at all the programs I interviewed. The atmosphere in
this pg is very collegial.

Residents are a pretty diverse group in terms of ethnicity: AMG with Greece background; Indian; Chinese, Persian etc. Since this is a small pg, so everyone knows everyone well. Their graduates seem no problem to go where they want to go. This year, one PGY-IV is going to MGH for child psychiatry fellowship. The
majority of their graduates went for fellowship after residency. PD will meet
with the residents once a week and gets feedback quickly and put actions on it
if reasonable. I think they have well-balanced education on psychotherapy and psychopharmacology.

I attended one of their case conferences. A resident reported his psychotherapy
process with a patient. Two faculty and other residents gave comments and
suggestion. It sounded very interesting.

The location of medical center is together with the undergraduate campus, so
I felt good about the youth and energetic atmosphere. Also they said they
have good food choice and enough meal tickets. Their consultation-liaison
service is very busy and unique. Since UC is very good at transplantation,
so they will see a lot of patients in this aspect, which is rare in other
programs.

However, I have a feeling this pg is very busy. One interviewer I met on
interview day had her lunch around 3PM and the other one had hers at 1:30PM.
I am not sure if that is typical.

I met with three faculty and one chief resident.
The talk with a senior faculty (the former chair) is very positive and fun.
He asked about my career path and my family on relocation issue. Before
leaving, he let me see his evaluation on me and said he recommends ranking
me highly.

Then it was the talk with PD. She started with telling me that I went for IV
too late for them to give me prematch. She said there is a possibility that
they could increase one slot this year and if so, she will contact me.
Anyway, she suggested if I have prematch offer and I like that pg, I should
take the offer since increasing AMGs are applying for psychiatry. She then
asked me about my interests in Psychiatry and some other common questions.

The talk with the 3rd faculty member started like this: so what can we teach
you? I think she meant that I finished my residency training in psychiatry
in China and I had my Ph.D. degree in neuroscience. But with the talk going
along, we found out that she had worked in the same medical school where I
did my Ph.D. work. Then it became an easy talk. We just chat about some
people we both knew.

The interview with the chief resident had the following questions: tell me
about your best friend or anyone you think he/she knows you best, and how he
/she thinks about you. Tell me about psychiatry in china. How do you see
yourself in 5/10 years.

In all, this is a pretty good program. Although there was some fighting
among the departmental chairs a couple of years ago and I read some negative
facts about it before. But during the visit, I had good feeling about it.
So don’t take other’s opinion too easily, especially those a while ago.

But living close to the campus seems to be pretty expensive and this is not
the most expensive or best area to live in.

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