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Assuming that you sent in your application in early September, you may begin receiving interview offers within a few weeks. Some programs start interviews as early as the middle of October, but most occur between early November and mid-January. You will find out about most of your offers during the month of October.
The interview is one of the most important phases of the neurosurgical residency application process. Since most applicants complete only subinternships, the interview is your chance to put a face and a personality to your application for the majority of programs to which you apply. The good news is that anyone invited to interview by a program has been deemed competent — on paper — to become a neurosurgical resident at that program.
The interview, then, is an opportunity to show the faculty and the residents that you are personable, thoughtful, funny, quick-thinking, and — above all — a normal person who they would enjoy spending seven long years in the trenches with.
One of the most rewarding parts of the interview trail is getting to travel around the country and meeting all of your future colleagues. After the first few interviews, you will begin to recognize many of the same applicants attending the same interviews. Many lifelong friendships in neurosurgery begin on the interview trail — cherish this unique experience to make friends with future coresidents and colleagues and coauthors, grant and paper reviewers….
However, keep in mind that because neurosurgery is such a small community where word travels quickly, you should always be on your best behavior, avoiding saying negative things about other people or programs. Always be positive, diplomatic and affable! Beginning in October, programs will begin to send interview invitations to applicants of interest.
As of the interview season, interview invites arrive via several modalities:. As a warning, many applicants have experienced difficulties accessing the ERAS message center and the scheduling applet from smartphones especially Apple iOS-based devices. Some programs are notorious for sending out a greater number than there are interview slots, and interviews are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis, so an immediate response to any communication from any program is essential.
This fact is further underscored by the fact that programs will usually have only two or three interview dates. As the invites pile up, it will become more and more difficult to schedule your interviews without double-booking.
Fortunately, some advance planning can be performed via using the interview spreadsheet compiled by the Society for Neurological Surgeons SNS , which lists likely interview dates and program coordinator contact information among other things for most programs accepting residents that year. We recommend creating a cloud-based e.
Google Drive, Dropbox, etc. When invitations start arriving, you can easily verify which dates you are available for and reply quickly. Especially since many applicants will still be rotating when interview invitations begin to arrive, it is important to monitor your inbox frequently for invitations. One such method can be found following this guide. Of course, this method will only catch invitations sent via ERAS. Other applicants give a trusted, less busy family member or friend their email login credentials not recommended for security reasons and access to their scheduling calendar so that this proxy can reply within minutes.
Still others use smartwatches which can be more discreetly checked while in the hospital to alert them of incoming emails. When you respond to invitations, ensure that you have carefully evaluated your calendar for previously scheduled interviews. If you must decline an invitation, politely thank the coordinator for the invitation.
If you must later cancel an accepted invitation, do so as soon as possible by no means less than a week before the interview date so the program coordinator can extend the invitation to another applicant.
Most successful applicants attend interviews and rank all, or almost all, of the programs at which they interview. See the NRMP Match statistics for the latest information regarding average rank list lengths, which change from year to year. While it can be exciting to travel around the country and see new cities, the expense involved can be massive. With few exceptions, the programs located in the same city or greater metropolitan area do not coordinate their interview dates, leading to more expensive long-haul flights.
Furthermore, very few medical schools provide extra funding even loans for the interview process. Luckily, there are ways to save money. Consult your invitation email and any additional communication from the program coordinator carefully when planning airfare, accommodation, and ground transportation.
You can use some of the downtime during traveling to begin taking notes about the program you are about to visit. Prepare yourself for one of the best parts of the interview process especially if you like good food : the dinner!
While each program does it differently, the dinner, and sometimes a trip to a bar or two afterwards, is when you will likely spend the most time interacting with the current residents.
This is a great opportunity to get to know the residents and their lifestyle. Make sure to ask questions that are important for your quality of life. For instance, ask how the residents spend their free time. Do the current residents have families? Is the program family friendly? Additionally, you should try to get a sense of what a day is like in the life of a resident.
This is also a great opportunity for you to see how the residents interact with each other. Do the residents appear to be sincerely happy? Do they seem to enjoy being around each other, or does it seem like the residents are there because they have to be?
How many residents show up? Is resident turnout poor because they are working or because they just did not feel like coming? Does this seem like a group of people with which you would enjoy spending the majority of your time? Does your personality fit with the program? You should be evaluating all of these questions and more during and after the dinner.
As a note of caution, the vast majority of the interview dinners and post-dinner activities will involve alcoholic beverages. If you prefer not to drink alcohol for any reason, this is perfectly acceptable, and you will not be pressured to do so. If you do decide to drink, however, take great care to maintain control, and do not, under any circumstances, show up to your interview the next morning intoxicated, hung over, or smelling of alcohol. Our specialty is small and word travels quickly. There are countless stories of applicants who drank too much at their interview dinners and gained a negative reputation as a result.
Lastly, always be on your best behavior — even in the Uber ride on the way to the bar. It would be wise to avoid saying anything negative about anyone on the trail or at another program.
While the field of neurosurgery contains a great variety of personalities from the social butterfly to the staunch introvert, the interview dinner is the time to be social with the residents and the other applicants. This event is one of the few times the residents will have the chance to see if you are the type of person they would want to work closely with for several years.
Residents will often be available during downtime to answer any questions that might come up. Take advantage of this opportunity to ask any outstanding questions about the program, but if you have none, socialize about other things!
It is vital to remember that everything you do is being evaluated, either consciously or subconsciously, by the residents and faculty who see you. Do not be late to an interview - it is unacceptable to oversleep during residency, and it is also not acceptable to sleep through part of your interview day.
The residency application process is tiring, but truly a treat in comparison to the grueling life of residency. If you cannot handle the stress of interviewing, it is questionable how you will fare during residency! Resist the urge to sit in the corner of the conference room, not talk to other applicants or residents, or nod off. Dress in a semi-conservative manner. It is probably best to have at least two suits, as you will likely have back-to-back interviews at some point on the trail.
As a general rule, it is best if your clothes are not what you are remembered for. Do not stand out in a negative way. Various stories have permeated through the interview trail for years. Neurosurgery is small field with a long memory; do not be a story. While programs structure their interview differently, in general, you will meet with between five to 15 faculty members or groups of faculty members for minutes each.
There may be an interview station with residents usually the PGY-4 or PGY-5 residents who will be your chief residents when you are a junior resident taking call, as this is one of the most important relationships during residency. If you have not been interviewed for a position in several years, it is of vital importance to practice.
How would you describe yourself? Describe yourself in three words. Why should we choose you? How do you plan to balance clinical responsibilities with research and paper writing during residency?
What do you see yourself doing in ten years? What are your professional goals? Are you interested in academic or in clinical medicine? Where did you do your sub-internships? Tell me one good and one bad thing about each one. These questions will vary, but their general underlying theme is captured by the questions below. Keep in mind that they are testing your clinical decision-making process while working within a team.
Patient safety always comes first and before any team dynamics — this cannot be stressed enough and it is important that you mention that as part of your reasoning, however you answer your question. How do you address this? Every year, there are several interviewers who like to ask offbeat questions to see if applicants can think on their feet and come up with coherent, thoughtful, and sometimes humorous answers.
You may even be asked to solve a riddle or tell a joke — so have an appropriate one ready! The tasks usually involve building something out of Legos or clay, drawing something, or even tying knots.
The point is to get you out of your comfort zone and evaluate your ability to multitask without becoming frazzled. Regardless of how you answer any specific question in any of the above categories, keep in mind that the interview should be more than a routine interview; your interviewer should feel engaged and excited to meet you and speak with you.
The faculty should remember something especially meaningful and enduring about you. A boring interview is neither distinctive nor decisive during the ranking process, but standing out as an excellent conversationalist will be remembered. At the end and sometimes at the beginning of each interview, you will have the opportunity to ask questions about the program. We recognize that faculty and residents will be asking you all day if you have any questions, and you may feel that you do not have any legitimate questions left by the time you get to the actual interviews.
However, one of the best ways to convey your interest in a program is to ask your interviewers detailed, specific questions about the program.
Have questions ready to ask. Preferably in the form of energy or enthusiasm for some aspect of the program you are visiting. Programs look for people who want to be there! A whiff of dishonesty or lack of integrity is the kiss of death, and FAR more problematic than a weak grade or other misstep. There may be aspects of the training process or even the field of FM that do not appeal to you as an applicant, but rather than mention or focus on these, focus on the areas that excite you, truly excite you, and talk enthusiastically about them.
View this chapter as a PDF (English). Many lifelong friendships in neurosurgery begin on the interview trail – cherish this unique experience Residents will often be available during downtime to answer any questions that might come up.
The interview is one of the most important phases of the neurosurgical residency application process.
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