The Best Residency Interview Questions to Ask

As a residency applicant, it’s easy to focus on trying to be the most desirable applicant possible. Remember, though, that you are interviewing the programs just as much as they are interviewing you! You also need to try to learn which programs will be the best fit for you, both in terms of academics/training, and in terms of the environment.

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Interviewing during a pandemic: How to get the most out of Zoom interviews

Our last interview-season post focused on putting your best foot forward as an applicant in a remote residency interview (Zoom, Skype, etc). Today we are talking about how you, as the interviewee, can glean as much information as possible about the programs you are considering, despite the limitations of remote interviewing. It may sound strange, but with a little bit

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How far from the hospital should I live in residency?

Continuing our theme of housing and home-buying topics for folks who are getting ready to start residency, let’s consider another common question: how far should I live from the hospital?  Of course, as with anything else, it depends. Let’s look at a few of the factors to consider. Commute Time It’s important to remember that as a resident you will

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Not my fault, but my responsibility

At my institution, we have off-service interns from other departments, who rotate through our labor and delivery unit to learn about labor management. During the day, the OB intern is in charge of labor (including primary c-sections during the second part of the year), triage, and postpartum. The upper-level OB resident (PGY-3 or PGY-4) is in charge of the antepartum service, consults, repeat

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I matched! Um… Now what?

Match day is very exciting! Congratulations to everyone who matched. After matching, though, what comes next? What do you need to do? For those who matched in the civilian (NRMP) match, here are the items that should be on your radar in the near future:   Update your contact information Your new program will have LOTS of paperwork for you.

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Education vs Service

I was recently part of a very interesting conversation about the balance between education and service in a residency program. The question was whether clinic hours are considered education or service. Is clinic always educational, because there is potentially something to learn from each patient? Is it always service, because there is only so much to learn from doing yet

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Military vs Civilian Residency for HPSP Students

A reader recently asked me a question about choosing residencies. Specifically, he wanted to know about the reasons why I chose to request civilian deferral for residency. I have also received several questions about the actual process of applying for a civilian deferral and going through the military and civilian match, and I wrote a post on that subject here. For the purposes

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It’s the little things

It’s been a long time since I posted and I don’t have a huge amount of time to write, but I wanted to share this little moment. When you’re working all the time, dealing with unpleasant patients, and “exhausted” becomes your default setting, it’s amazing how little things can make all the difference. For example, today I had to go down

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So I guess I’m a doctor now…

Hey everyone! I’ve been meaning to write an update for a while now, and I haven’t quite gotten around to it yet, so here goes! It’s 1 July 2015, the date that all of my med school professors loved to threaten us with. I lost count of how many times someone said “You know, when 1 July 2015 rolls around, you’re

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