Residency

Who should interview candidates?

Residency Program Insider, May 1, 2019

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Editor’s Note: The following is an excerpt from Resident Recruitment from ERAS to Match. For more information about this book, click here.


There are as many ways to organize and manage interview days as there are training programs.
Each program must determine what logistically works in its unique context. Like interview-day organization, interviewers also vary from program to program. However, most programs have candidates interview with the following key individuals:

  • Program directors and/or associate program directors, if applicable: These individuals are directly responsible for the program and want to match the best possible candidates to their program. They want candidates who will fit with the philosophy and culture of the program and work and train well with their current residents. Outcomes are important, so they want committed candidates who have a strong work ethic to be successful, graduate, and pass their boards.
  • Department chairs: These individuals want their program to be well received and to attract good candidates who will become positive reflections of their program after graduation. Although some department chairs are more willing to participate in recruitment than others, their presence gives candidates the impression that residents are an important and integral part of providing excellent patient care.
  • Faculty: They are looking for candidates who they can work with and train to be good patient care providers.
  • Residents: They are looking for candidates who they can work with and who will be good team players. They are looking at good personality fit, work ethic, commitment, dependability, and desire to learn. In some programs, current residents are an integral part of the interview process. The candidates often feel that in this interview, they get a better feel for the program through their questions about life “in the trenches.” This allows both parties to determine whether the candidate fits in with the program’s culture, and whether the resident and candidate will work well together.
     



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