Interview season has finally arrived! This is a really exciting time for fourth-year medical students everywhere because it marks the beginning of the end of med school. Soon I will begin playing a much larger role in the management of my patients and I can’t wait.
Once your ERAS application is submitted it’s time to start booking those interviews. Here are four tips I’ve gathered from my experience thus far and from my peers:
- Scheduling. Don’t overwhelm yourself over the course of one month. Try to spread them out. You don’t want to have to request too much time off during a specific rotation, so make sure you’re spacing them out appropriately.
- Dress for success. Try to invest in a good suit for interviews. You need to make an excellent impression on these program directors because you will only get one chance at this.
- Social invitations. If a program invites you to dinner the night before, or after, make sure to go. It’s important to get as much face-time with the program directors and residents as possible.
- Do your research. Come to interviews prepared to ask questions. Research the programs and show that you’re interested. Even if it’s a program that you don’t intend on ranking high, it’s important to show them your utmost respect and be present.
Good luck to all those getting ready to start this long and arduous process.