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Write Now: Your Residency Interview Thank You Action Plan
Med School Tutors by Med School Tutors on Dec 23, 2020 in Residency, interviews

Dr. Leila Javidi and Dr. Taylor Purvis contributed to this post. 

I've gone to a few weddings in the past few years. Each time I put a lot of effort into picking out a very thoughtful gift, carefully wrapped it to look like a storefront display, and dropped it off with pride at the gift table. Then I watched as two, four, six months went by without a single thank you note! And even worse: when I finally did get that thank you note, it was so generic that I'm not sure the wonderful couple even knew which carefully wrapped gift I had given them. For all I know, they may have even hired someone to unwrap their gifts and generate a thank you note. Ugh! I was so put off by those few experiences that I rarely put in the same effort to pick out the perfect gift and card anymore.

How to Prepare for the Virtual Medical School Interview
Kevin Wang by Kevin Wang on Nov 4, 2020 in Med School, interviews, Pandemic

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, medical school admissions have had to make tons of unprecedented changes, including the shortened MCAT, a delayed cycle, and of course, the virtual interview.

Virtual Interview Tips from the MST ERAS 2021 Summit
Faith Meyer Yeung by Faith Meyer Yeung on Jul 30, 2020 in interviews, ERAS

In the Med School Tutors ERAS 2021 Summit, we covered a lot of ground, and in particular, we focused on how you can set yourself up for success on your virtual interviews from a technical standpoint.

If you missed the summit, or are looking for a recap, you're in luck! We've summarized some of the major points from the Virtual Interview segment and also have included the summit recording for you (skip ahead to 01:22:00 for the Virtual Interview portion).

Let's dive in!

Applying to Residency: Emailing Residency Programs

So, you’ve gone for your interview at a residency program. Now what?

Many applicants struggle with when to contact a program after the interview day. Should you send a thank you to every program? Only the ones you are ranking highly? Should you send a hand-written letter or an email? While there are no clear rules for post-interview contact, there are some basic guidelines that you should follow.

The 10 Commandments for Contacting Medical Residency Programs After Interview Season

Finally, residency interview season has come to a close. Your suit can get packed away in that garment bag for another 18 months, as scrubs (and the dress clothes that you don’t mind getting blood- and sputum-covered) move back to the front of your wardrobe. You can relax, put your feet up, and hopefully cruise through the rest of fourth-year while you rack your brain trying to get your rank list in order.

Top 10 Residency Ranking Factors: An Infographic

When it comes to preparing for medical residency interviews, there is one question every med student asks:

The Number One Mistake Med Students Make During Residency Interviews

Interviewing candidates for residency positions is undoubtedly a difficult job for interviewers and program directors alike. Residency programs look at a relatively homogenous stack of applications, with precious little time to devote to each. To make matters more difficult, many medical schools have moved away from traditional grading system and rankings, and residency programs are left to decide how Medical School A's "highest honors" compares to Medical School B's "high honors." Furthermore, students are oftentimes asked to "draft" their own letters of recommendation that letter writers will "edit" and sign, or standardized letters are used which downplay the narrative aspect of student-attending interactions.

FB Live Q&A: Residency Interview Dos & Don'ts – Etiquette, Tough Questions, and What To Do After

Dr. Fred Bertino hosted a FB Live Q&A session entitled,  "FB Live Q&A: Residency Interview Dos & Don'ts – Etiquette, Tough Questions, and What to Do After.

Watch and listen as he discusses all topics related to residency interviews!

Your Post-Residency Interview Follow-Up Plan

You’ve recently interviewed at a program you loved. The residents were friendly and helpful, the program director was motivating, the facilities are beautiful, and the program seems to offer nearly everything you could want. The question many students find themselves asking at this point is whether or not to send a thank you note, email, or engage in follow-up communication after leaving the interview. Here are a few rules of thumb for following up with programs after interviewing:

FB Live Q&A: Success In Your Med School Interview

Dr. Tedi Begaj hosted a FB Live Q&A session entitled,  "FB Live Q&A: Success In Your Med School Interview." 

Here he addresses questions related to preparing for your med school interview, as well as other common med school admission-related concerns.

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