what i wore:
- pre-interview dinner: advertised as "very casual", so i wore nice dark jeans, ann taylor loft knit shirt, and cardigan over. i felt like i was appropriate dressed, even though i was the only girl there wearing jeans. i fit in with the residents.
- interview day: black skirt suit with hot pink shirt underneath, ha! wore my hair down because i'm plain like that. i actually blow-dried it too...hee hee. and i carried a black leather zip around folio, which was useful because they didn't give out folders for the papers they handed out.
- residents seemed VERY HAPPY. talked about how laid-back program was, how everyone got along well with each other and staff. i didn't feel like anyone was lying to me, ha. seems like a close knit group.
- claims to follow 80 hr workweek rules without having any major issues.
- research opportunities, unlimited conferences if you have something to present, and they pay for it.
- good case numbers.
- tons of outdoor activities close by, beautiful scenery.
- close to a big city.
- nice simulation center.
- clean/nice hospital.
- buy your loupes 2nd year.
- textbook fund, meal card, free parking, child care, etc.
- residents don't have any problems getting fellowships.
- level 1 trauma center.
- city itself is a bit "blah", but it could work.
- lack of restaurant diversity. (but there's a good korean place 1 hr away!)
- i was literally the only minority i saw for a good percentage of the time (not in hospital)...H asked me if i noticed people staring at me, and i kinda did, but then i really noticed it after he mentioned it. i know i stand out, but goodness!
- no separate surgery resident lounge, and the resident lounge they had was a bit underwhelming. (didn't think this one would be a big deal, but if i'm going to be spending more time in the hospital than out, i want a nice lounge dammit! i guess i'm spoiled by home.) call room was typical.
- doesn't have much penetrating trauma. (i also didn't think this would bother me, but if i don't see it, how can i learn it?
questions i was asked during my 4 interviews:
- what happened during your first year of medical school?
- where else have you applied/gotten interviews?
- have you applied to any prelim programs?
- where do you see yourself in 10 years?
- what has been the most challenging thing/patient you have had to face thus far?
- why this institution?
- if you were a spice, what spice would you be and why? (my FAVORITE! ha!)
- do you still play piano? (i wrote a single PHRASE in my personal statement about piano and it just goes to prove they really do read that thing...2 people asked me about it.)
i'm now going to start prepping to make an onion prosciutto soup...yum!