Interviewing Tips for Residents

Interviewing Tips for Residents

November 15, 2019

In this episode, Dr. Tiffany Proffitt talks with a panel of expert interviewers on how to conduct an interview as a resident. The panel provides tips and tricks to the resident interviewer when it comes time for interviewing medical student candidates for a spot in their programs.

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Host

Tiffany Proffitt, DO, MABS

Attending Physician
Honor Health, Scottsdale, AZ

@ProMammaDoc
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Guests

Michael Gisondi, MD, FACEP

Associate Professor and Vice Chair of Education
Department of Emergency Medicine
Hospital Affiliation: Stanford University School of Medicine

Twitter:  @MikeGisondi

Tarlan Hedayati, MD, FACEP

Chair of Education
Assistant Professor
Associate Program Director in the Department of Emergency Medicine
Hospital Affiliation: Cook County Hospital in Chicago

Twitter: @chitwngurl

Andy Little, DO

Core Faculty
Research Director
Medical Education Fellowship Director
Hospital Affiliation: Doctors Hospital Emergency Medicine Residency
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Co-founder and Host of EM Over Easy Podcast
Twitter: @andyglittle 

Overview

In this episode, Tiffany talks with a panel of expert interviewers on how to conduct an interview. The panel provides tips and tricks to the resident interviewer when it comes time for interviewing medical student candidates for a spot in their programs. They discuss everything from putting interviewees at ease, to canned speeches to present to the unengaged interviewee, and some unexpected questions to set yourself apart as an interviewer. Our panel also reminds the resident interviewers of the honor it is to be a part of the interview process. Your program chose you as an interviewer because it values your opinion; don’t waste the opportunity.

References

Questions

  • Who was your favorite teacher ever – from nursery school to now - and why?
  • What’s the last book that you read? What is the book about, why did you pick that book, what do you like about the book?
  • Ask about a flaw in the application.
  • Ask about recent travel or a favorite trip.
  • For four hours you will be placed on a monitored bed and you get to experience any illegal substance without risk of negative side effects or addiction, which would you try?
  • Favorite movie.
  • What is your biggest failure—can be non-medical. If your candidate struggles, then the interviewer shares one of her or his failures.

Key Points

  • To the senior residents - your program chose you as an interviewer because it values your opinion; don’t waste the opportunity.
  • When all else fails, play the tape.
  • To the interviewees – we’re not out to get you, except maybe Dr. Little.