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Default Preliminary PGY-1 Interview preparation

Hello everybody,
I need urgent help. I have one prelim IM interview and I am confused what should I say when they ask me why do I want prelim? why not categorical? this is my only interview and I want to do internal medicine
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As you prepare for this Prelim interview, think about these few questions:
  • Are you using this Preliminary year as a gateway to a more advanced specialty?
  • How will a Prelim year help you in your career or betterment as a doctor?
  • What specific skills and growth do you see yourself getting out of this Prelim year?
  • Is there something specific about the program that makes it special?

Hope this helps!

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@MatchAResident Thank you so much for the reply. My answers are the following:
1. I am preparing for the preliminary position as a gateway to Internal Medicine
2.Prelim year will help me get the one year clinical experience that will help me become a good physician tomorrow. Although I did have 1 year clinical experience when I did my electives here and I took patient histories and performed physicals but I didn't take in patient's active management and performing procedures. That's what I am really looking forward to this position.
3. By the end of preliminary year I will be aware of the patient health care system and latest protocols in diagnosing and treatment.
4.This program is one of the acute care teaching hospital and diversity of patients makes it more exciting and interesting
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