Interview Tour

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Comfortable dress shoes.
  4. Don’t forget your charger(s).
  5. Be patient. You are traveling Canada in the winter, your flight/train/ride may be delayed.
  6. 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


Trauma Team Pearls

A few  practical tips from a trauma team elective:

  • Just walking down the street ‘minding my own business’ seems to be an independent risk factor for being assaulted, stabbed and/or shot.
  • If you are cleaning your shotgun, for your own safety and those around you, please make sure it is unloaded.
  • If you like to run or bike alone please have some form of identification on you or information to contact a partner or family member.
  • If you are working at heights, wear and use your gear.  Hook in and be safe.
  • Buckle up when you are driving.  A bruise from the seat belt is much better than being ejected from your car.
  • If you have a trauma in the winter your Canada Goose jacket will be destroyed  during the primary survey, sorry.
  • CT-A is very useful, but isn’t perfect.  There can be surprises, a patient’s retained clothing or the collar can compress vascular injuries.