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Program Directors How do I approach the Program Director

I am volunteering for research at IM program where I was interviewed last year for residency. Now since I am here, I want to meet PD and express my interest again. (Other residents suggested this). But I am not sure what should I write in email to request an appointment. And even if I meet him, I am not sure what should I ask him?

So please help me by giving some sample sentences.
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Subject: Exit Interview
Dear Dr. Smith,
I am XYZ, currently doing research volunteer in the program.
I would like to take the opportunity while I am here in the hospital to meet you for an exit interview so that I can discuss with you my future plans.
I trust that your guidance and support will tremendously help me in navigating the next phase of my career.

Sincerely,
XYZ

Meeting:
I wanted to tell you how useful was this research volunteer, I learned a lot, ...etc

I really liked the program and I am super impressed by the friendliness of the staff and the professional environment.

I had the chance to meet with the residents in the program and I observed up close the excellent training they are receiving and I wish I can get matched in the program this upcoming matching season.

Please let me know how do I improve my profile and what things I can further do to increase my chances of matching in the program.


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Thank you so much. That was very helpful.
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Hey can you please tell me how to get a research experience ..... I know this post is not abt this topic but I'm an IMG who known nobody near or far to guide me through. I'll be grateful if you let me know abt the requirements step 1 , 2 whatever n where you've done it....n how you applied........
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I am volunteering for research at IM program where I was interviewed last year for residency. Now since I am here, I want to meet PD and express my interest again. (Other residents suggested this). But I am not sure what should I write in email to request an appointment. And even if I meet him, I am not sure what should I ask him?

So please help me by giving some sample sentences.
Thanks.
I think the best way to approach him/her is in person. After a grand round or a combined clinical-research meeting. Introduce yourself, tell him/her, your interested in doing IM, and that after spending some time in the hospital, you consider that the program is a good match for you (be extremely polite, but assertive ), and ask him/her, for any recommendation(not a lor), to continue this pathway of training.
Other good idea is to first approach, somebody with the function of coordination / recruitment in your research department, she may know the program coordinator personally, an then ask her for help (directly, nothing to hide ) , that may be really, really helpful

I hope it was helpful, GL
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