We are thrilled to hear that the first 3 Google Hangout videos for EM Match Advice were helpful for medical students, applying into EM. With interview season rapidly approaching in a few months (Nov-Feb), we gathered a few of our favorite program directors to discuss interviewing tips. Thanks again to Dr. Mike Gisondi for spearheading this innovative and helpful resource for medical students.
EM Match Advice: Interviewing Strategies
- 00:00 Dr. Gisondi introduces the speakers. He briefly describes relevant articles in the literature on EM residency interviewing [1-5] with a mention of the multiple mini-interview (MMI), which was discussed on an ALiEM blog post and hangout.
- 02:47 Dr. Babcock discusses deciding how many interviews to do and scheduling interviews.
- 08:24 Dr. Babcock talks about how weather (such as a “polar vortex”) can disrupt the interview day/season. How to deal?
- 09:34 Dr. Babcock comments on the pre-interview day social event.
- 10:44 Drs. Lin, Regan, and Shayne weigh in on the importance of the social event.
- 12:43 The panel shares how each of their programs set up the social event.
- 15:04 The panel shares their thoughts about when’s the best time to schedule your interview.
- 17:18 Dr. Shayne reminds students that they may do their interview while on their away rotation.
- 18:15 Dr. Regan talks about what the actual interview day looks like.
- 22:06 Dr. Regan shares the value/challenges of applicants meeting residents while on interview day.
- 24:30 The panelists share what types of questions might come up on your interview day.
- 28:43 Dr. Regan shares her tips for applicants when they are asked — “Do you have any questions?”
- 33:34 Dr. Shayne kickstarts a conversation about professionalism regarding interview day — Is it ok to cancel an interview?
- 37:43 Drs. Shayne and Gisondi clarify what the interview-offering process looks like from his perspective as a program director. Offering interviews to applicants is almost a one-and-done process. After that, not many more slots are left for the rest of the interview season .
- 39:50 Dr. Gisondi asks the panel what applicants should do when they are in “wait-list limbo land” with only 4-5 interviews scheduled. Dr. Shayne weighs in.
- 41:45 Dr. Shayne sets up the panel discussion about the issue of applicants being asked inappropriate interview questions and how to address them, if they happen .
- 48:40 Dr. Lin shares a 2011 NRMP document about why a general recommendation is to interview at 10-14 programs .
- 50:30 The panel sums up the do’s and don’ts of interview season.
- 55:35 The panel shares something interesting about their residency program and why applicants should look at their program.
- Hopson LR, Burkhardt JC, Stansfield RB, Vohra T, Turner-Lawrence D, Losman ED. The multiple mini-interview for emergency medicine resident selection. J Emerg Med. 2014 Apr;46(4):537-43. PMID: 24462031.
- DeIorio NM, Yarris LM, Kalbfleisch ND. Early invitations for residency interviews: the exception or the norm? J Emerg Med. 2007 Jul;33(1):77-9. PMID: 17630083.
- Martin-Lee L, Park H, Overton DT. Does interview date affect match list position in the emergency medicine national residency matching program match? Acad Emerg Med. 2000 Sep;7(9):1022-6. PubMed PMID: 11043998.
- Hern HG Jr, Alter HJ, Wills CP, Snoey ER, Simon BC. How prevalent are potentially illegal questions during residency interviews? Acad Med. 2013 Aug;88(8):1116-21. PMID: 23807097.
- Collings J. Residency Interviews (PDF handout from Dr. Jamie Collings).
- Charting Outcomes in the Match, 2011: Characteristics of Applicants Who Matched to Their Preferred Specialty in the 2011 NRMP Main Residency Match (4th edition, PDF) and 2014 (5th edition, PDF)