The Waiting Period – What to do between ERAS Submission and Interviews

After you hit that Submit button, congratulations on completing your ERAS application! This is the first hurdle towards your journey in residency training. It’s a huge accomplishment to have completed USMLEs, summarized your CV, written your personal statement and obtained reference letters. However, there are still steps that you can do to proactively improve your Read more about The Waiting Period – What to do between ERAS Submission and Interviews[…]

Virtual Residency Interviewing in 2020 via the Web

    In the midst of COVID-19 related shutdowns and travel limitations in 2020, residency programs are still interviewing to make sure they have housestaff to man the next wave of potential hospitalizations. Most, if not all, residency programs are moving to an online interviewing platform via Zoom, Google Meet or other video conferencing software. Read more about Virtual Residency Interviewing in 2020 via the Web[…]

5 Biggest Interview Mistakes for IMG Applicants

Steve and I wanted to share with you the 5 biggest mistakes we’ve observed when coaching IMG applicants. When you finish interviewing, your interviewer doesn’t remember the specific details of your answer within the 10 or more applicants they interviewed that day. They remember the gestalt of the entire interview with you, they might write Read more about 5 Biggest Interview Mistakes for IMG Applicants[…]

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How do programs rank residency interview applicants?

We all know what you do after leaving from the residency interview, they probably follow a pattern like this: Breathe a sigh of relief Jot down notes about the program Write thank you emails to your interviewers Today, will try to elucidate a little about what residency programs do after they interview you, and how this Read more about How do programs rank residency interview applicants?[…]

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Using Body Language to Make a Strong First Impression

Body language is so critical during the residency interview just as it is during the rest of our conversations in real life. It’s the way that we express dynamics, emotion, excitement, that engages our audience. I’ve seen a lot of applicants who interview, and all their body language is showing one thing: they are nervous, Read more about Using Body Language to Make a Strong First Impression[…]

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Probability of Matching as International Medical Graduates

Update – Trump Travel Plan and International Medical Graduates for 2018 National Residency Match Program. We are getting this question more and more from our clients. Basically, will it affect me? Trump’s travel ban is unfortunate, but not something that should deter you from applying for residency. The travel is limited to citizens of these Read more about Probability of Matching as International Medical Graduates[…]

What do interviewers really read before interviewing you?

What do interviewers really read before interviewing you?

It should not surprise you that PDs and interviewers do not read a whole lot from your application.  Interview day is a schedule packed day for both interviewers and interviewees.  Usually, the next interviewee is lined up outside of the room right waiting to go in right after the previous left.  This leaves almost no Read more about What do interviewers really read before interviewing you?[…]

English Proficiency for IMGs

English Proficiency for IMGs – My Impressions as a native speaker

Step 2 CS is the bare minimum for english proficiency Every year, about 75% of IMGs pass the Step 2 CS on their first try while 65-70% pass on their repeat attempt. Considering that Step 2 CS tests the bare minimum English proficiency you need, there is a big concern among residency programs and certainly Read more about English Proficiency for IMGs – My Impressions as a native speaker[…]