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Interviews with department chairs

Discussion in 'Psychiatry' started by okokok, Nov 30, 2017.

  1. okokok

    5+ Year Member

    Apr 12, 2012
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    My school didn't have a psychiatry department chair and I'm unfamiliar with what their role is in the grand scheme of things and what their role would be in my potential future life as a resident at their institution. I've had interviews with them, but they feel like wasted opportunities that I fumble through by making small talk. I even asked one to help me get a sense of his role and he said, "Oh, meetings mostly." What are some useful things for me to ask or for me to have in mind to notice during these interviews?
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  3. Bartelby

    Physician 10+ Year Member

    Mar 15, 2007
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    You probably will not interact much with the department chair, and the program director will be more of a regular presence. With that said, often department culture gets set at the top. If you can get a sense of whether the person seems supportive and kind, whether s/he has a particular view of psychiatry (very psychoanaltyic, primarily biological, etc.), how interested s/he is in research, it may give you a sense of how they will shape the department.
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