Interview at a new residency program

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  1. fhs08

    fhs08

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    Advice needed- I am an international medical graduate. I received an interview offer at a program I am really hoping to match at. The program is brand new and had its inaugural class start in July 2014. Currently I am doing an observership, they offered me the interview halfway through. My question is since the program is so new, what concerns or questions should I bring when interviewed? I am very much interested in this program and I want to show that.

    Also, I passed my USMLE Step 1 at second attempt. I was able to redeem myself (or at least I hope they realize that) with a much higher score the second time. I am certain I will be asked what happened. I know the logical response is be honest- I took the exam under a lot of stress even though I was not ready to take it. I also finished only half of USMLE world underestimating its importance, hence suffered. Does that seem like an appropriate response? Anything else I should elaborate on?
     
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  3. IMPD

    IMPD 2+ Year Member

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    Skip the part about only doing half of USMLE world. That is lame. You should have prepared for the test.

    Agree with logical and honest otherwise.

    Concerns for new program. #1. Who is supervising you? #2. Educational model - who is teaching you?
    You don't have to care about all the other crap about program requirements, but you should be crystal clear (esp having worked there) about how teams will be constructed and education accomplished without seniors.
     
  4. Gastrapathy

    Gastrapathy no longer apathetic Lifetime Donor 7+ Year Member

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    You have no concerns. You WERE concerned about the supervision/education before the rotation but now you are totally amazed at the Oslerian attendings, cohesive residents and motivated support staff. You couldn't imagine a better place to train.

    USMLE answer: you didn't formally prepare the first time and that was obviously a mistake as the style of the exam was totally different than what you'd experienced. You prepared for the second exam for a couple of months by doing some questions and working on areas you realized were weak.
     
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  5. DermViser

    DermViser 5+ Year Member

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    Damn you're good.
     
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    MeatTornado 7+ Year Member

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    As an img with a step 1 failure you shouldn't have any concerns about any program
     
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    visari 2+ Year Member

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    Agree with ^^

    if you have better options, then it's fair to raise concerns ... otherwise, your goal should be to match ..anywhere ... because if you don't match, there isn't a whole heck of a lot you can do to match next year ...
     
  8. Gastrapathy

    Gastrapathy no longer apathetic Lifetime Donor 7+ Year Member

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    Lol. Too many years in the military. I guess I learned how to tell people what they want to hear. I'm not sure it's something to admire or be proud of.
     
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  9. DermViser

    DermViser 5+ Year Member

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    Probably a very successful trait in academic medicine in general. Takes a while to culture it though.
     

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