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I have the chance either to attend a small interview or to cancel the IV and attend an informal dinner gathering of an important program, what do you think ? Is it really important to attend the informal gathering or I can cancel it without affecting my chances ?
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I have the chance either to attend a small interview or to cancel the IV and attend an informal dinner gathering of an important program, what do you think ? Is it really important to attend the informal gathering or I can cancel it without affecting my chances ?
I have dinner before an IV night but I am thinking of not attending it because I work full time in my job and my schedule is tight.

It always nice to try to attend dinner but they understand it is not possible for everyone. You can always express on the next day that you have a tight schedule and feel sorry that you missed the opportunity to socialize.
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I have dinner before an IV night but I am thinking of not attending it because I work full time in my job and my schedule is tight.

It always nice to try to attend dinner but they understand it is not possible for everyone. You can always express on the next day that you have a tight schedule and feel sorry that you missed the opportunity to socialize.
so lets me get this straight... you're not attending the dinner cause you have a full time job. and you put your full time job before a chance of matching at the program you will be interviewing at.

i mean they have these dinners for a reason. i think it more than a socializing event.
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Its more than just a socializing event. Its a chance to talk to the people that you may be working with for the next 3 years and get a real feel of the program. Its a chance to see if you actually LIKE the place and want to rank them. Program directors say that it is the BEST time to get a feel for the program.


I would plan on going to ALL pre/post-interview socials. It's only to your benefit.
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so lets me get this straight... you're not attending the dinner cause you have a full time job. and you put your full time job before a chance of matching at the program you will be interviewing at.

i mean they have these dinners for a reason. i think it more than a socializing event.
Yes. You are correct. My job is VERY IMPORTANT. You have no understanding of my job or what I do. So, you do not need to be judgmental about my comment. I did not say my job is more important than residency.

At the end of the day, do what ever the F you wanna do!
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lol.. so hostile..

i wasn't being judgmental.. but i do agree with what you said..

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Why post on a board and then get hostile when people respond to you?? Too much....
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The dinner is not crucial, but it's always good to hang out w/ the residents and ask some tips.. So don't worry too much about it..
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I have heard that sometimes they ask the residents for feedback on the candidates...the dinner is usually with the residents. It's part of the interview process.....everything you say during that dinner is also a potential evaluation of you as a candidate.
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