do hobbies belong in a CV/ERAS application?

Discussion in 'General Residency Issues' started by adkfanatic, Aug 9, 2004.

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  1. adkfanatic

    adkfanatic Junior Member

    Sep 30, 2003
    The person writing my Dean's letter told me to put my hobbies/interests into ERAS in the extracurricular section. He reasoned that this could be a way for interviewers to "break the ice."

    Conversely, the residency director of my field of interest at my school thought it would be unprofessional to include hobbies such as camping, rock climbing, etc on a CV.

    What do you all think? Thanks!
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  3. endodoc

    endodoc Endocrinologist (MD, PhD) 7+ Year Member

    Aug 6, 2004
    You are fine to have hobbies on there. I would not go nuts, and I would not put anything that might make you look like a risk or risky.
  4. fourthyearmed

    fourthyearmed Senior Member 5+ Year Member

    Aug 5, 2004
    ERAS has a specific section for hobbies and interests so of course you put them.
  5. Anasazi23

    Anasazi23 Your Digital Ruler Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    I found that in the majority of my interviews, I was asked about my hobbies and interests that I had put on my ERAS application. They were indeed very good ice breakers. I remember one interview I had lasted a half hour and consisted almost entirely of my interests in classic car restoration. Granted, we didn't get to talk about "me" much, but he seemed to find it very interesting.

    Whatever you do, don't put down "reading" as one of your interests/hobbies.
    One program director was making fun of people who put that down, and I can see why....
  6. fourthyearmed

    fourthyearmed Senior Member 5+ Year Member

    Aug 5, 2004
    Why? I put reading because I enjoy reading fiction.
  7. margaritaboy

    margaritaboy Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Apr 13, 2003
    The Desert
    I was also consistently asked about my extracurricular interests and experiences. After all, they are going to be working with you X years, and they'll want to know who their prospective colleague will be.

    Put whatever you want down for hobbies, be it sky diving, reading, painting etc. Whatever truly represents your interests is the best thing to put down, in my opinion.
  8. kristing

    kristing Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Jun 12, 2002
    I think because everyone puts it, maybe? I am a huge reader, but I specifically listed the type of book I like when I listed it on my ERAS.
  9. cookypuss3

    cookypuss3 7+ Year Member

    May 13, 2003
    Ugh. It feels so contrived to list a bunch of stuff, even though it's legit. I feel like writing, "I like to drink a lot of cocktails with my friends, go shopping at the Nordstrom outlet, and make money on eBay by selling random things". I mean, that's much closer to the truth. Sadly.
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  10. bobo

    bobo Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Feb 15, 2000
    Q, DO aka Neo talked about the Matrix a bunch at one of his interviews.
  11. surg

    surg 10+ Year Member

    Dec 16, 2001
    Whatever you put, be sure you want to talk about it and have done some of it in the recent past. If you put down something a little off the beaten path, be ready to explain something about it.
    When I used to interview applicants, I can recall asking someone about their hobby, only to discover they had NO idea what they were talking about. Interview went downhill from there as you might guess.
  12. Winged Scapula

    Winged Scapula Cougariffic! Staff Member Lifetime Donor SDN Chief Administrator 10+ Year Member

    Apr 9, 2000
    hSDN Member
    Include them on ERAS simply because you can. The advice as to whether to include hobbies on a CV does vary. As for reading, it IS one of my hobbies but in retrospect it does seem a bit pedestrian and not very interesting.

    Granted you shouldn't make up interesting hobbies just for interview fodder but a little creative thinking might make your old hum-drum activities sound more appealing. For example an interest in cooking could be expanded to Southern Indian curries, or the like.

    BTW, I was asked a fair bit about SDN and my interest in net-based education (I didn't realize I had any...but it appears I do!).

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