Two weeks before the interview date. What should you do?
Get to know yourself
• Make a list of your strengths, accomplishments, and abilities. Use this list as a baseline for all the interview questions. This will help you to present yourself in a consistent way.
• Review your Personal Statement, C.V., and Medical School transcript
• Review your research projects and publications
• Review your training and career goals
o Are you going to be looking for a fellowship?
o How much are you interested in research?
o Do you like teaching?
o Do you want to work for somebody or are you going to start your own practice?
o Where do you see yourself in 3, 5,10 years?
Get to know the program
• Review the information that program sent you
• Look up the program at
o FREIDA www.ama-assn.org/ama/pub/category/2997.html
o Web search using Google or your favorite search engine
• Visit program web site
• Try to identify residents/interns/faculty from your country. Most likely you will get to talk to them
• Review your interview schedule and find out the right spelling of all the names
• Find as much information as you can about areas of interest of each interviewer from:
o Program web site
o MedLine search: http://www4.infotrieve.com/newmedline/search.asp
o Research papers published www.pubmed.com
o General web search
Get to know the specialty
• What do practitioners in the field really do and what types of procedures do they perform?
• How are they perceived by other specialists?
• Are there any opportunities for subspecialty training (fellowships)?
• What are board exam requirements?