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Old 04-14-2014
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Smile My interview experience

I wrote a post in my blog about my experience with interviews here goes if anyone is interested in reading...

patriciaserranomd.wordpress.com

I matched this year in psych. First choice out of four interviews. I applied to 74 programs.
Step 1 188 (75)
Step 2 ck 222 cs passed first attempt
shadowing and research

Hope you find my blog useful!
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Great website. Can you explain what USCE you had please?
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I had two months of shadowing in two private doctors offices. One was a cardiologist the other one an Urologist. Then I did a month of observership in UT

Some people say observerships are not that useful but this one was awesome! It was in Geriatrics and I saw tons of Delirium which is my passion. I learned a lot and it was a great source of stories and info for my interviews.

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I read that you emailed the PD and you got more interviews. Can you please explain the process? Like if you sent emails to the ones that you where rejected? And also what did you write to them. Thank you.
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Correct Answer Emails to PDs

I didnīt email the ones that I was rejected from. I wrote updates to my application. When I applied I hadnīt done an observership or my current research position so I mentioned that. Also that I was really interested in their program (make sure to mention the name) and that I was looking forward to the opportunity to interview there. Keep it short no more than two short paragraphs.
hope this helps thanks!
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Did you need a visa?
I'm an IMG, YOG 2012, Need visa. Aiming for Internal Med.
Working as a Research Associate for almost an year, 2 publications in process (Medicine). One month observership at Detroit Med Centre, and one month shadowed/assisted a doctor at a private clinic.
Step 1 212, CS passed first attempt, CK still to go.
What do you think my chances are?
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It seems that you have got interviews for psychiatry without USCE in that feild. Is that true? How is that possible?
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I did! I didnīt waste my time applying to the programs that state in their websites that USCE in psychiatry is a must!

Some programs donīt even require USCE at all. Take a look in the list of programs I made http://patriciaserranomd.wordpress.c...he-match-2014/
You can see programs like Emory "US clinical experience preferred but not required" All this info might not be 100% accurate but that is what I found in the websites and that is how I picked the programs I applied to.

Where I matched said it preferred us clinical experience but not required and show interest in psychiatry with your work.

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Smile In my opinion...

I didnīt need a visa. I have a green card which did helped a lot.

Make sure you apply to programs that give visas first of all.

You have a low step 1 for IM so try to get over 230 in step 2CK. If you have time take step 3 after CK and get a good score so that can balance your step 1 score.

YOU have a great CV! congrats on that! You are a recent graduate have great research experience, the publications are definitely going to help. You have a decent amount of clinical experience. I bet you have 3 LORs already right?

Do some programs know you? Itīs important to have a good network and know people. I was very aggressive in getting my name out there. I even met with a program director (psychiatry) that was introduce to me through a fellow from internal medicine that new him.

I think with a good personal statement you can get interviews. You have good chances from my opinion. I do have to say in psych scores are not as important as in other specialties and I talk based on my experience. But I honestly think a well rounded CV can be more important and you have that...

Good luck!

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Did you need a visa?
I'm an IMG, YOG 2012, Need visa. Aiming for Internal Med.
Working as a Research Associate for almost an year, 2 publications in process (Medicine). One month observership at Detroit Med Centre, and one month shadowed/assisted a doctor at a private clinic.
Step 1 212, CS passed first attempt, CK still to go.
What do you think my chances are?
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Hi around what time do you think it is appropriate to send the first round of emails to programs to let them know that you are interested in their program? (That is if you have nothing to upddate them with).
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Timing is important. Overdoing is annoying. Send one email other than the Thank You e-mail/letter/card, send it a couple of weeks before ROL submission deadline.

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Thanks for your reply Drsaid, I meant, when is it appropriate to send emails if you havent received an interview yet.
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Sorry it took me so long to get back to the forum. I was moving interstate and that was stressful n tons of work.

Non of us want to be annoying and considered stalkers but if you think about it what would you do if you were a PD? They get dozens of emails a day. If they are not interested they delete end of story. You might get lucky, they might open it, find something that captures their attention and boom you get an interview.

At the end of November I was introduced to PD in a clinic and I asked about advice for the interview process. I asked if sending emails worked. He told me he usually never even opened the emails he got from applicants; too many. But that previous Friday while waiting for an elevator he was in a good mood opened an email found something interesting and forwarded to his secretary saying “please send interview invite”. He said “Patricia you never know!” That kid just got lucky and in 30 sec he got a great opportunity.

I donīt know what I would say in emails before the interview season starts. If I had to do this again I would start emailing September 20, 5 days after applications starts. Usually the first round of invites go to the applicants with great CVs, scores and LORs. But I got an interview with University of Chicago on September 27th. What made them so interested they send me an invite so fast? who knows (I have crappy scores, no LORs from psychiatrists and back then few USCE).

I would also attach my CV and PS right from the start. The PD of Einstein answered my first email saying she couldnīt open my PS could I send it to her. I did and well long story short it worked cause that’s where I matched.

You have to be aggressive. If you are not other people are not shy in playing the game. I was desperate, when I started sending emails in November I had only one interview.

Hope this helps. If you are applying for the 2015 match, start working on you PS now if you havenīt yet. To me one of the most painful parts of the process. (My PS is posted on my blog if that helps)
Good luck!
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THank you, patonow!!!
YOu are always here to help us

THank you so much for all your time, suggestions, and your kind words of encourage!! ( i am following you on your awesome blog )

Also, I'm so happy for you that you got MATCH in your first season, and going to be a resident in some weeks

May God bless you and stay positive us you are!!
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