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Yifan Fellowship interview 系列 13: Virginia Common Wealth University (IM, HEM/ONC)
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发信人: yf (麦地fanfan), 信区: MedicalCareer
标 题: Fellowship interview 13: Virginia Common Wealth University, Richmond
发信站: BBS 未名空间站 (Thu May 6 20:51:32 2010, 美东)

This was my last interview. The interview should have happened in Feburary,
but because of a heavy snow, my flight was cancelled. I almost cancelled the
interview too. Then, I received an email from PD saying she like my
application so much and especially my personal statement. she really hope
that I could reschedule the interview so that they could see and talk to me
in person. I was surprised and moved by such a warm email. So I rescheduled
my interview. After some email exchanges with PD, I like her more and more,
she is a very warm and nice and considerate person. I researched the program
, and found out that the program is actually a very good one. Located in
Richmond, Vriginia. A beautiful place with nice weather, low housing price
and good public schools. The cancer center is an NIH designated center,
though not comprehensive cancer center. Research funding is very good, 17
million dollars in 2009. The BMT, hematology is quite good. Some nice
faculties doing basic research about multiple myeloma( Steven Grant) and
breast cancer too. 1-2 positions each year. They also have a one year
palliative fellowship program, and a palliative center.
With these information at hand, I already liked this program.
Since I couldn't get any more day off for interview, I used my post call day
. I was hoping that my 24 hour ICU call would be not too busy. But, I had a
horrible day and night, with an overnight admission of an extremely sick
young patient with septic shock, ARDS, DIC, Acute renal and liver failure on
top of everything. I had not closed my eyes for one second before the
interview. I was exhaused.
After arriving at the research building where the interview took place, PD
interviewed me first. I was the only one on that day, so there was plenty of
time. She brought me a cup of coffee from her own office after she heard of
my experience. She introduced the program, but most of time, we were just
talking about the sick patient I admitted the night before, and some other
interesting cases, and some stories about her fellows and patients. The
interview was like a talk between friends. No stress at all. And I learned
from her.
Then a faculty who does basic research about breast cancer interviewed me,
again, some talks about my research and his research. He got very interested
about my research, and volunteered to cooperate with me or my former mentor
in order to help publish my left over data. And later on we did exchanged
emails and would likely do something in the future.
The lunch was spent with one senior fellow. Fellows are very satisfied with
their program, especially the clinical trainings, but he also told me if I
wanted to do some basic research, I should talk to PD beforehand so that she
might arrange a 6-month block for research, which they didn't have. There
is strong basic research in the cancer center, but the fellows usually just
concentrate on clinical trainings. Nobody has ever worked in a lab. And 3/4
of fellows become clinician after graduation. There is no book fund for
fellows right now, and each fellow can attend one conference each year.
First year is busy, but not too bad. Slary is $38000 after tax and all
deductions. It seems low, but not really, because there is on-site day care,
food is cheap, housing price is low.
We visited VA hospital and I was interviewed by two faculties in VA hospital
. Both were nice. Only thing is that VA hospital is a little far away from
main hospital, not convenient.
All in all, I had very good impression about the program. Faculties are all
very nice, the program is like a family, location is good, weather is good,
living is easy. Also there is plenty of job opportunities. The second year
fellows already secured their jobs as a practitioner with around $230,000 a
year, or $200,000 if staying on faculty.

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