With interviews on the horizon I thought back on my experience last year. I found this post useful (link), it collects some tips and was put together by another Western grad. To those I will add a few of my own:
- If you don’t know how to yet, go watch a few YouTube videos on how to iron. No matter how you pack your clothes will get wrinkled.
- Clerkship likely had you drinking a good deal of coffee. A smile makes a difference for first impressions, there is lots of time to get that smile shining again.
- Comfortable dress shoes.
- Don’t forget your charger(s).
- Be patient. You are traveling Canada in the winter, your flight/train/ride may be delayed.
- Drive safely.
- Review your CV, especially any items highlighted in your personal statements.
- Be able to discuss any published research or other works.
- Re-read your personal statements and details about each school before the interview.
- Do a mini-autobiography to identify anecdotes, motivations, major life events/influences, etc. Who, what, when, where, how did it shape you?
- Participate in interview prep with friends, peers, residents, etc.
- Think of a few patients that moved you, that you connected with, a good outcome, a bad outcome. How did you react? What would you change?
- Think of a conflict with peers or others, how did you handle it?
- Review standard interview questions too and have examples for strengths, weaknesses, a time you failed, an accomplishment you are most proud of, etc.
Best of luck