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1 US Residency-Interview and Travel Faraz Khan Luni USMLE Step 1 99 (266) USMLE Step 2 99 (263) USMLE Step 3 99 (234) University of Toledo, IM

2 CV Highlights Strengths Triple 99 in USMLE Triple 99 in USMLE 4 Publications 4 Publications 1 Month US Observership 1 Month US Observership

3 CV Highlights Weaknesses Triple 99 in USMLE Triple 99 in USMLE No US elective No US elective -Observership is NOT the same as elective -Observership is NOT the same as elective Limited budget Limited budget

4 Application Overview Applied in 46 program Applied in 46 program - 18 Universities & Cleveland Clinic - 18 Universities & Cleveland Clinic - 25 University Affiliated community program - 25 University Affiliated community program - 2 Community programs - 2 Community programs

5 Calls 1. University of Toledo 2. UAB, Montgomery 3. Union Memorial, Baltimore 4. St Francis, Chicago 5. Sisters of Charity, Buffalo 6. Florida Hospital, Orlando 7. Queens Hospital Center, NYC

6 Interview Scheduling Area Wise Area Wise Options Options Match vs Prematch Match vs Prematch Mode of travel Mode of travel

7 US MAP

8 Reminders Call Call Meet them personally Meet them personally Contacts Contacts - Elective and observership contacts

9 Pre Interview Dinner Formal-ish Formal-ish Backup Tie Backup Tie You are being watched! You are being watched!

10 Pre Interview Dinner Dining Manners Dining Manners Get feel of program Get feel of program - Program philosophy - Program philosophy - Key words - Key words - Resident satisfaction - Resident satisfaction

11 Interview Preparation Research Website Website Your CV Your CV Interviewers Interviewers -Background -Background - Pronunciation - Pronunciation Current residents Current residents

12 Interview Preparation Know yourself Know yourself Mock Interview Mock Interview Practice Practice Visit the hospital Visit the hospital

13 SUIT UP

14 Interview Day Suit Up Suit Up Be on time Be on time Smile Smile Team player Team player Dont let your guard down Dont let your guard down

15 Interview Day Breakfast Breakfast Morning report Morning report Program overview Program overview -Program Director -Program Director -Power point or Video -Power point or Video

16 Interview Day Interviews Interviews -Multiple -Multiple -Or a Panel Interview -Or a Panel Interview -Time -Time Tour Tour Meeting residents Meeting residents Noon Conference Noon Conference Lunch Lunch

17 Tips for Answering Smile Smile Relax Relax Manners Manners Eye contact Eye contact

18 Tips for Answering Passion Passion Honesty Honesty Enthusiasm Enthusiasm Confidence Confidence -Arrogance is NOT confidence -Arrogance is NOT confidence

19 Tips for Answering Be yourself Be yourself Choose your words wisely Choose your words wisely Enjoy Enjoy

20 Tips for Answering Useful terms Useful terms Team Work Team Work Life long learning Life long learning Evidence based medicine Evidence based medicine

21 Interview Questions Most Common Tell me some thing about your self Tell me some thing about your self -Yourself does not mean family -Yourself does not mean family Why did you apply to this program Why did you apply to this program How did you get to know about us How did you get to know about us

22 Interview Questions Most Common Where do you see yourself after 5 or 10 years Where do you see yourself after 5 or 10 years Fellowships Fellowships Strengths and weaknesses Strengths and weaknesses Anything you want to ask us Anything you want to ask us

23 Questions Dont ask what is on the program website Dont ask what is on the program website Know who to ask Know who to ask Usual questions Usual questions New questions New questions

24 Interview Questions Scenarios Managing conflict Managing conflict Patient case scenario Patient case scenario - Tri State Question (PA,NJ,NY) - Tri State Question (PA,NJ,NY)

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26 After Interview Evaluate yourself Evaluate yourself Improve yourself Improve yourself Dont be too tough on yourself Dont be too tough on yourself

27 Thank you E mail Vs Mail E mail Vs Mail -Drafts -Drafts -Proper English -Proper English Timings Timings Cards Cards

28 Thank you Personalized Personalized Know who you are mailing Know who you are mailing Basic Matter Basic Matter - Thank you for inviting - Thank you for inviting - Love for program - Love for program - Mutual Ranking - Mutual Ranking

29 Normal Letter Dear Dr XYZ, Thank you for inviting me to UTMC. I loved your program. I will rank you the highest on my list of programs and hope you rank me highly too. Thank you for inviting me to UTMC. I loved your program. I will rank you the highest on my list of programs and hope you rank me highly too.

30 Alternate wordings Instead of Instead of I will rank you the highest on my list of programs USE I would love to be a part of the team

31 Alternate wordings Instead of Hope you rank me highly too USE I hope you consider me

32 Rank Order List Dont leave till last moment Dont leave till last moment Around 3rd week of Febuary Around 3rd week of Febuary

33 Rank Order List Your choice Your choice Current residents and their satisfaction Current residents and their satisfaction Hospital atmosphere Hospital atmosphere University vs Community University vs Community

34 Rank Order List H1 vs J1 H1 vs J1 Family Family Fellowships Fellowships Location Location Pay, facilities Pay, facilities

35 My ROL 1. University of Toledo 2. Florida Hospital, Orlando 3. Sisters of Charity, Buffalo 4. Union Memorial, Baltimore 5. UAB, Montgomery 6. St Francis, Chicago 7. Queens Hospital Center, NYC

36 Going to US Choosing Flight Budget Budget -Online vs Agent -Online vs Agent Weight Weight Validity Validity Free change of date Free change of date Comfort Comfort

37 Things to do Bank Account Why Why Which one Which one Options Options -Checking -Checking -Over draft -Over draft Debit card Debit card

38 Things to do Mobile Connection Unlimited Deals~ $50 Unlimited Deals~ $50 T Mobile T Mobile Cricket Cricket My Simple Mobile My Simple Mobile E Bay E Bay

39 US Travel Air Air Road Road Train Train

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41 Things to do Grey Hound Discovery Pass Grey Hound Discovery Pass 7 day $ day $ day $ day $ day $ day $ day $ day $

42 Other Buses 1. Megabus 2. Boltbus

43 Air Travel Can be cheaper than bus Can be cheaper than bus Advance booking Advance booking Keep luggage to a minimum Keep luggage to a minimum -Southwest airlines -Southwest airlines -Jet Blue -Jet Blue

44 Rail Limited routes Limited routes Amtrack Amtrack Very expensive -Very expensive -Backup -Backup

45 Travel within cities More expensive then intercity travel More expensive then intercity travel Useful Sites Useful Sites

46 Weather Be prepared Be prepared Shop Smartly Shop Smartly

47 Accommodation APPNA home APPNA home Seniors Seniors - Networking (DMC Alumni) - Networking (DMC Alumni) - Dont overstay - Dont overstay Never tried it -Never tried it

48 Useful Stuff NADRA english card NADRA english card - Halal Food - Halal Food - Mosques - Mosques

49 Enjoy Your Trip

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52 THANK YOU

53 US RESIDENCY INTERVIEWS ISRAA KHAN USMLE STEP 1 90 (217) USMLE STEP 2 CK 91 (221) PREMATCHPediatrics Hurley Medical Center, Flint, Michigan

54 CV Highlights Strengths 2 Externships 2 Externships 1 Observership 1 Observership Waived LORs Waived LORs

55 CV Highlights Weaknesses Scores Scores No US elective No US elective Not appeared for step 3 Not appeared for step 3 No research/publications No research/publications

56 Application Overview Applied to 78 programs Applied to 78 programs 41 Pediatrics 41 Pediatrics 37 Internal Medicine 37 Internal Medicine (different programs for pediatrics and IM) (different programs for pediatrics and IM)Break-Up 29 University Programs 29 University Programs 43 Community affiliated University Programs 43 Community affiliated University Programs 6 Community Programs 6 Community Programs

57 Personal Statement Write it yourself !!! Write it yourself !!! Your lifes story Your lifes story Needs time Needs time Multiple drafts Multiple drafts Multiple reviews Multiple reviews Avoid cliché Avoid cliché Different PS for different subspecialty Different PS for different subspecialty

58 Pediatrics Love children Love children Can deal with parents Can deal with parents Compassionate and caring Compassionate and caring Treating children AND the family! Treating children AND the family! Interpersonal skills Interpersonal skills Communication skills Communication skills Listening skills Listening skills

59 Pediatrics (contd.) Childrens Hospitals vs Non-childrens hospital Childrens Hospitals vs Non-childrens hospital General Pediatrics vs Fellowships General Pediatrics vs Fellowships

60 Interview Calls Pediatrics: 1. Hurley Medical Center, MI 2. Cardinal Glennon Childrens Hospital at St. Louis University, MO 3. MetroHealth Medical Center, Cleveland, OH 4. Mount Sinai, Elmhurst, NY Internal Medicine: 1. SUNY, Syracuse, NY 2. Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, NJ

61 Interview Preparation Sources Website Website Seniors Seniors Current residents, fellows Current residents, fellows Other people who have interviewed there Other people who have interviewed there Know your application well Know your application well

62 Interview preparation How Know yourself Know yourself 5 traits you WANT a program to know about yourself 5 traits you WANT a program to know about yourself Mock interviews Mock interviews Read frequently asked questions Read frequently asked questions Frame answers; write them down Frame answers; write them down Practice makes perfect Practice makes perfect

63 Before the Interview Be in the city at least 2 days earlier Be in the city at least 2 days earlier Read over application, publications, PS Read over application, publications, PS Go over program website Go over program website Arrange for transport Arrange for transport Good nights sleep Good nights sleep Relax Relax

64 A typical interview day Breakfast with morning report Breakfast with morning report Welcome by Program Director Welcome by Program Director Interviews (vary in number) Interviews (vary in number) Tour of the hospital Tour of the hospital Lunch with residents Lunch with residents University programs invite to a pre interview dinner (do not miss!) University programs invite to a pre interview dinner (do not miss!)

65 Pre interview dinner: Punctuality Punctuality Table manners! Table manners! Appropriate questions Appropriate questions Be on guard, this is an interview too Be on guard, this is an interview too Choose wisely what you order Choose wisely what you order

66 The Interview Day Your chance to sell yourself ! Your chance to sell yourself ! Dress well Dress well Girls: Dont leave your hair loose Girls: Dont leave your hair loose Weather forecast Weather forecast Punctuality Punctuality

67 The Interview Day (contd.) Names and pronunciation Names and pronunciation Smile Smile Confidence Confidence Posture Posture Eye contact Eye contact

68 The Interview Day (contd.) Enthusiasm (even if this is your last interview) Enthusiasm (even if this is your last interview) Manners (even with administration and house staff!) Manners (even with administration and house staff!) Direct questions to the right people Direct questions to the right people Relax Most of the time you cant gauge what they think about you! Relax Most of the time you cant gauge what they think about you!

69 Questions you will be asked 1. Tell us about yourself? 1. Tell us about yourself? 2. Strengths/Weaknesses? 2. Strengths/Weaknesses? 3. Why a subspecialty? 3. Why a subspecialty? 4. Why this program? 4. Why this program? 5. Where do you see yourself in 5 to 10 years? 5. Where do you see yourself in 5 to 10 years? 6. Something from your PS and CAF 6. Something from your PS and CAF

70 Questions you should ask VERY important VERY important Ask the right person! Ask the right person! Ask what is not on the website or what has not been told Ask what is not on the website or what has not been told Frame the question correctly Frame the question correctly Examples: Examples: *What is your idea of an ideal resident? *What are the challenges I may face as a resident here (rather than weakness of program)

71 Prematch Offered by smaller programs Offered by smaller programs May lose out chance of fellowships May lose out chance of fellowships Some University programs offer Some University programs offer Time offered for response Time offered for response Attend all interviews (preferably) Attend all interviews (preferably) Earlier visa processing Earlier visa processing

72 Prematch (contd.) Know your priorities Know your priorities Know the program Know the program Withdrawal from NRMP Withdrawal from NRMP Cannot submit an ROL Cannot submit an ROL IT IS YOUR CALL IN THE END! IT IS YOUR CALL IN THE END!

73 Interview season Networking Networking Lodging Lodging Travel Travel Warm and wise clothing Warm and wise clothing Debit card Debit card

74 Perks of my Interview season Relatives Relatives Very helpful seniors Very helpful seniors

75 Thank you !


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