Residency

Tip of the week: Use downtime between candidate interviews effectively

Residency Program Insider, August 30, 2011

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Many programs have a room where candidates wait between interviews or activities. This downtime is another great opportunity to point out your program’s strengths. Think of the room as a blank canvas, and decorate with some of the following items:

  • Photos of residents on the wards or at social activities
  • A PowerPoint slideshow describing typical experiences residents face
  • Posters about the local area
  • Textbooks written by faculty
  • Information for spouses
  • Real estate guidebooks
  • Materials about interesting programs for staff members in your facility, such as volunteer opportunities


To fill the room with helpful information, beg, borrow, and steal from your coordinator colleagues. Ask what documents they give applicants in their information packets or as extra handouts and see which ones you could use.

Additionally, ask the faculty and program director to identify what they consider to be the program’s strengths. If anything is missing from the materials, add it.

This week's tip is from Residency Program Alert.



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