ice712

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I plan to apply for PGY-1. There is residency showcase in a few days; I have been thinking about questions I should be asking.

I did some research on the residency programs; in a nutshell, they offer very similar residency programs. What are some of the questions I should be asking them? I wanted to know their typical day, workload etc. but other than that, I couldn't think of any"smart" questions. Can anybody help me out here? The programs I want to talk to are the ones with amb care component plus inpatient.

Also is it worthwhile to apply for non accredited pgy1? residency is so competitive... Is there a list of such non-accredited programs in California? Thanks so much!!
 

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Make sure to ask the residents to elaborate on the staffing component of the program. This varies greatly among programs, in both the time commitment and the type of work you will be expected to do.
 
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I plan to apply for PGY-1. There is residency showcase in a few days; I have been thinking about questions I should be asking.

I did some research on the residency programs; in a nutshell, they offer very similar residency programs. What are some of the questions I should be asking them? I wanted to know their typical day, workload etc. but other than that, I couldn't think of any"smart" questions. Can anybody help me out here? The programs I want to talk to are the ones with amb care component plus inpatient.

Also is it worthwhile to apply for non accredited pgy1? residency is so competitive... Is there a list of such non-accredited programs in California? Thanks so much!!
Most likely, Showcases are not places where the people there will actually remember who they talked to . They may even send a current resident. This is a good time to ask the "dumb" questions. They likely aren't taking CVs or Business cards, and unless you are profoundly memorable they are unlikely to remember you by the time interviews roll around. Ask about staffing, ask about other service requirements, ask about typical hours, ask what last year's residents are doing. Ask about benefits for residents (health, dental, etc). Ask about PRN opportunities. You will have to ask the "smart" questions at Midyear and at interviews. Now is the time to get the actual information. If you have "smart" questions then by all means ask them. Are their preceptors all board certified? Are they specialists or clinical staff? What is your presentation schedule going to be like? Will you be precepting students?
 
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ice712

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Most likely, Showcases are not places where the people there will actually remember who they talked to . They may even send a current resident. This is a good time to ask the "dumb" questions. They likely aren't taking CVs or Business cards, and unless you are profoundly memorable they are unlikely to remember you by the time interviews roll around. Ask about staffing, ask about other service requirements, ask about typical hours, ask what last year's residents are doing. Ask about benefits for residents (health, dental, etc). Ask about PRN opportunities. You will have to ask the "smart" questions at Midyear and at interviews. Now is the time to get the actual information. If you have "smart" questions then by all means ask them. Are their preceptors all board certified? Are they specialists or clinical staff? What is your presentation schedule going to be like? Will you be precepting students?

Thank you very much! You are right, they aren't taking CV/business cards, just Q & A type of info session.