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Discussion in 'Emergency Medicine' started by Jabbed, Aug 21, 2017.

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  1. Jabbed

    Jabbed 2+ Year Member

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    I have 6 weeks vacation that I was planning to take for interview season. I'm trying decide between taking off a) from the start of November until 12/11 or b) from mid-November (11/13) until New Year's.

    When do the bulk of interviews occur? Do they die down in the two weeks leading up to winter break? Should I plan for interviews in early November vs mid/late-December? Does it all depend on how competitive your application is?
     
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  3. surely

    surely MD Class of 2018 7+ Year Member

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    The attached is from the PD survey. Doesn't really help, and I don't have a firm idea whether more interviews happen in the first 2 weeks of November than in the last 2 weeks of December, but the holiday schedule makes me think more would happen in the first two weeks of November.[​IMG]
     
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  4. Jabbed

    Jabbed 2+ Year Member

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    Thanks, that actually answered the other big question that I had.
     
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  5. HooliganSnail

    HooliganSnail 5+ Year Member

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    Remember....NEVER interview at your top choice as your first interview.

    You are going to want to get a couple of practice rounds done first.
     
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  6. alpinism

    alpinism Give Em' the Jet Fuel 5+ Year Member

    Many programs don't offer interviews over Christmas break so I'd go with the first option.
     
  7. Jabbed

    Jabbed 2+ Year Member

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    To clarify it would be 12/11 to 12/22 that I'm thinking about taking off. Do interviews stop during this time period too?
     
  8. alpinism

    alpinism Give Em' the Jet Fuel 5+ Year Member

    No they usually stop from Dec 23rd to Jan 3rd.

    Honestly it all depends on where you apply and your competitiveness.
     
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  9. LilKangaroo

    LilKangaroo Marsupial in Medicine 5+ Year Member

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    Do the second option. You don't know when the interview invites will roll in, it's better to be safe than sorry.
     
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  10. Jlaw

    Jlaw 7+ Year Member

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    Take off mid november to beginning of January. If you are an average applicant you probably won't be offered many dates before november anyway. Nov 27-Dec 22 is probably be the busiest time for interviews. I crammed most of mine in that timeframe and managed to do 2-3 per week.
     
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