The Dermatology Interview Season is firmly underway!
This can be a very exciting but also stressful time.
Here are some of my personal quicktips for the interview season based on past experience (disclaimer, my past experience was years ago…):
Pre-interview dinners. Helpful to go. You’ll learn a lot about the program and the personality of residents. Some programs may ask for feedback from residents or faculty who are present. Be yourself. Be nice. Try to be on time (although winter travel can always be tough to predict!) Look up the restaurant and dress appropriately.
Tips for the interview. It may be helpful to take a look at the frequently asked questions list. Get a curveball? Don’t worry — probably meant to see how you think through things or respond. You’re not expected to know everything or be perfect. And it’s okay to say, “I don’t know” — that’s true for any situation.
Thank you letters. Rank list is probably already made by the time your letter arrives, but send emails or letters as you see fit; try to put something somewhat personal in there.
Sure, it’s the Holiday Season, but it’s also residency interview season! Some of you may be in the midst of interviews (granted, you’re probably catching a well needed break this week and neck).
Here’s a list of some FAQs that would be handy to be prepared for at your dermatology residency interview!
Why this program?
Why this city?
What are you looking for in a program?
What other programs are you considering?
If not derm, what would you do?
Tell me about yourself.
Tell me about a difficult situation you have been in.
Tell me about a medical case where an ethical problem came up.
Tell me about an interesting derm case.
What is the most interesting thing you have done?
Tell me about your research/project/case report.
Who are your role models?
Tell me about the last book you read.
Specific interests in derm?
Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10 years?
When have you been a leader?
How are you a team player?
What achievement are you most proud of?
For research applicants:
Be prepared to give a 5 min synopsis of your research.
Be prepared to answer ?’s regarding literature surrounding your area of research.
Who are potential research mentors at this program?
If you don’t have a PhD, do you think you can be a successful physician-scientist?
What challenges do you envision as a physician-scientist?
Why do so few dermatologists do research or stay in academics and what makes you different?