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What do program director look for in a candidate?

Discussion in 'Psychiatry' started by iqureshi7, May 10, 2007.

  1. iqureshi7

    iqureshi7 New Member 2+ Year Member

    May 29, 2006
    Besides basics grades/board scores, what things/characteristics do psychiatry program directors look for in a candidate for residency?

    Thanks for your input.
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  3. ParisHilton

    ParisHilton Sofa King Tired 7+ Year Member

    The personal statement and interview are critical in psych - more so than other fields. Not only do you have to demonstrate what makes you a good candidate, but also explain why you want to do psych over anything else.

    Needless to say, it helps if you're hott.
  4. billypilgrim37

    billypilgrim37 Unstuck in Time Physician Faculty 7+ Year Member

    Apr 21, 2007
    I would wonder if they really even look at board scores that much, other than just to make sure you're not an idiot. I don't imagine getting a 220 vs a 250 matters that much in psychiatry. Some, but not as much as any other field.
  5. atsai3

    atsai3 10+ Year Member

    May 15, 2002
    Your letters are quite important, both the Dean's Letter and your letters of recommendation. One psych program director at a program in the Midwest personally places a phone call to each of the faculty members who wrote a letter on behalf of a candidate who s/he is thinking of ranking highly. Another program director on the West coast considers the Dean's Letter the most important piece.

  6. Dramkinola

    Dramkinola Psychiatry Resident 7+ Year Member

    Sep 12, 2003
    New Orleans
    Interview is key... my program schedules at least two interviews with residents to get our input about the candidate.
    I've interviewed a few this past match process. What I personally look for is someone who is easy to work with, not lazy, and asks questions about the program, which to me portrays an actual desire to be a psychiatrist, and not, "I'm doing this because everything else has longer hours."
    Ask about where intern psych rotations are (which hospital, how is it like, is it at a general hospital setting or a pure psych facility, etc).
    Ask questions pertaining to the child and geriatrics rotations/fellowship options.
    There is a need for those specialties, and sometimes a candidate just vocalizing a curiosity about those fields (without the "ooh, i wanna be a geriatric psychiatrist!" comments) looks impressive, as if a student has actually thought about a future career and the process of their training.
    Other than that, relax, be yourself, and have a good time. A pleasant conversation with the interviewers in addition to the other points mentioned above goes a long way when we fill out the evaluations afterwards.

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