Dos and Don’ts of your medical school residency

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Getting through a residency interview is crucial and it is important that you know what is involved so you can get through it with flying colours. Here are a few don’s and don’ts that will hold you in good stead:

Don’t Underestimate The Importance Of Being Punctual

The doctors who will be interviewing you will have their own schedule that they need to follow on the day of the interview. If you are late, it could throw their schedule off and this itself can make for a really bad start. Being on time reflects well on the way you function and also indicates that you respect other people’s time. If you know in advance that you are going to be delayed for some reason, find a way to inform the interviewing committee as early as possible. Call or send them an email as soon as you know you are going to be delayed. Better still, do both.

A student at work in the obstetrics and gynaecology department at Morogoro Regional Hospital Do Spend Time Researching The Programme

There are some common questions that you will get asked. One of them is why you have chosen that particular school. As long as you have done a sufficient amount of research, you will be able to give them an informed answer. You should also be up-to-date with any changes in the program and be aware of all the details. 

Do Be Proactive In All Your Interactions

Be proactive, confident and communicative. Look the interviewers in the eye when you are speaking with them. Send the message across that you are confident and keen to join their program. More importantly, let them get the message that you are worth it. Be ready with questions if you have any and ensure that they are relevant to the program and the situation. This shows your level of interest in the program and your work. 

Don’t Carry Your Phone Or Computer To The Interview

Never, ever use your computer or phone on the day of the interview. This cannot be stressed enough. It is totally unacceptable and downright rude to make or even answer a phone call or check your computer. Keep your phone on silent or to avoid any temptation, switch it off for that duration. Even when you are being taken on a tour of the place or when there is a quiet moment, don’t be tempted to pull out your mobile phone to check messages or make that quick call. It’s impolite- if it’s something urgent and you need to check a flight status or something important, ask the coordinator to excuse you, step out and use your phone. 

Do Thank The Coordinators

The program coordinators are the ones who organize the entire interview schedule for you and the rest of the applicants. It is important for you to thank them, just as you thank the doctors and the chief resident at the interview.  

Moving onto a medical residency is an important part of your career. You should be well prepared though there is no need to stress yourself out unduly about it.  Be confident and breeze through your interview with all these tips. 

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