Describe a Situation.
Applying to medical school is a year long process. It requires a lot of forward thinking and planning. Applying to residencies is no different. I am at that point now that making preparations for fourth year electives and planning for residency options becomes important.
One of the big hurdles of applying to residencies is the interview process. This is an opportunity for different program directors and residents to see how I willinteract with them, with situations. One of the most often asked questions goes along the lines of:
“Describe a situation where…”
In the clerkship years, make it a habit to take note of very specific situations that you can think back on for a future interview scenario. Remind yourself of that time you demonstrated integrity, or that other occasion where you saw how errors were made. You can write them down on a little notepad, or you can even send yourself an email on your phone for future reference. Over time, you will have accummulated a small catalogue of situations that will aid you in a future interview process.
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