发信人: yf (麦地fanfan), 信区: MedicalCareer
标 题: Fellowship interview 6 University of Vermont, Burlington, VT
发信站: BBS 未名空间站 (Fri Feb 19 20:32:48 2010, 美东)
6. University of Vermont, Burlington, VT
Because of the delay of airplane, I am still on the way of heading to
University of Utah. I should have been doing interviews now, but… Well
things happen, just cross my finger and hope for the best.
I finished the interview with University of Vermont yesterday. Surprisingly,
this program left me very good impression.
7:30am program director picked me up at the hotel and showed me around
Burlington town. PD is a humble Indian who talks softly. He also carried my
luggage most of time.
8:00am to 8:30am PD interviewed me, asked about my career goal, why did I
choose hem/Onc, why this program. He also introduced the program to me. How
the rotation is arranged, which and which faculty member might help me with
my career, what projects are going on in some of the labs, and how the
previous fellows are doing. They have graduates who have owned their own
labs in a short time, who stayed on faculty right after graduation, who went
to other universities, who went to private practice, etc. The program has
four tracks, two of which are cancer genetics and breast oncology. The other
two tracks I am not interested, so I didn’t ask questions in detail. They
have strong breast cancer clinic, multidisciplinary breast conferences. And
they have abundant educational funding for fellows to attend any related
conferences or workshops either domestically or internationally. Because
recently they somehow found out there was a $40,000 donation which had not
been discovered and used before turned out to be $400,000 in the past 40
8:30-9:00am one of the attending showed me the outpatient part. The hospital
is not too big but in a good size, over 600 beds with new and old building
connected together. Surgeons, oncologists and radiation oncologists see new
patients at the same time.
9:00-9:45am first interview with one attending who did a bunch of basic
research, and recently redirected his research to bioinformatics.
10:00-10:45am another interview with an attending who spends most of time in
clinic but had been doing research in the past. He was the fourth person
who told me my personal statement was the best he ever read and he read
several times and still couldn’t help laughing at some parts. It was a very
honest and funny personal statement. I was very happy.
Then a third interview with a breast cancer expert, who gave me very sincere
and detail suggestion about my career plan, and she gave me the names of
the professors I may want to talk with. And she volunteered to introduce me
to them if I wish. She is a very nice lady.
I found out that my interviewers were picked according to my background and
interest. And I was the only one who was interviewed yesterday. PD told me
they had over 200 applicants for two spots and they picked 20 candidates and
interviewed one at a time. Everybody who talked to me had the same weight
on ranking me, the coordinator, the fellows, the attending.
At around 11:30am, I was brought to attend the round by one fellow just to
see how it was like to work in the hospital. There are in patient rounds
throughout fellowship, 6 months in the first year, 4 in second and 2 in
third. Clinic is one half day per week throughout the three year period.
Fellows can choose subspecialty clinic if they want. Calls are one weekend
call every 6 weeks and one off duty call per week. Admissions are done by
residents and interns. Fellows take care of chemo orders and all issues
related to hem/onc. Residents take care of electrolytes replacement and etc.
First year is busy. But fellows usually can go home by 7pm. All notes are
dictated or typed. All records are electronic.
I had lunch with one fellow during the multidisciplinary breast cancer
conference. Then we visited the labs and pathology department.
In the afternoon, I had another interview with radiation oncologist, again
it was just chatting. She was very honest about the weather and the program.
She said it indeed was cold, but still there were fun things to do. The
town is small but still there are malls stores, festivals. And Burlington is
a good place for ski and skating. There is on-site daycare, you can see
your kids at lunch time. School is also good. Burlington is 1.5 hours’
drive from Montreal.
Patients come from Vermont, some part of New Hampshire, some part of upstate
NY. No worry about the number f patients. Most of patients are with high
education. Some farmers may not have good education but they usually respect
and listen to doctors.
At 2:00pm the coordinator drove me to the airport. And program director
already wrote me a thank you letter. Can you imagine that you can receive a
thank you letter from PD before you even reach the airplane.
And then my nightmare with Delta airline started, delay after delay, I am
now still on the plane to Utah. My first interview with people at Utah
should have already started by now.
Hem/Onc program of University of Vermont is not a big one, 12 faculties, 6
fellows in total. But still it is a given that you can graduate with
confidence to practice independently, and because of its strength in breast
cancer clinic and research, it is even more attractive to me. People there
really take it seriously about getting good candidates, very personalized
arrangement for the interview. The cancer center is actually one of the 39
NCI designated comprehensive cancer center. So $$ form NIH is good. They
have very good signaling transduction labs and basic research labs in the
university. Again I saw a lot Chinese scholars there. Where there are labs,
there are Chinese, no matter hot or cold weather.
Burlington is a good place for family (I think anywhere except Bronx is good
for family). Weather is the drawback. I am scared of skiing or skating
because the horrible falls I had when I first skied. But my son may learn
how to ski.
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