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xlitx: My psychiatry interview experiences at Vanderbilt
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发表时间:2009-01-19
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发信人: xlitx (xli), 信区: MedicalCareer
标 题: Re: Psy-IV experiences
发信站: BBS 未名空间站 (Mon Jan 19 14:18:12 2009)

Vanderbilt interview impression

A dynamic program. The chair is just in office for about 2 years and the
program director only arrived in the beginning of 2008. It emphasizes a lot
on research because of the chair. He is originally from Germany and finished
his training in MGH/Mclean. He also brought some friends from Boston to
Nashville.

The program started to have research track in 2008. For the applicants
interested in research, they have one and half day interview. On Thursday, I
met with about 6 research people, each with half an hour, ranging from
senior to junior to the current resident (and including the chair), giving
me a pretty comprehensive idea.

The second day is the regular interview with other applicants. I also talked
to about 6 people. All are the medical directors in different rotations,
like inpatient care, outpatient care, VA and C/L psychiatry and
psychotherapy. Most of them are kind of young, very friendly. They also had
one interview called “group activity”, conducted by a psychologist and a
faculty from VA. All the interviewees were involved in. They started with a
hypothetical question from some movie: if there is a machine could erase
people’s memory, especially the painful memory, what would you do? Every
one talked about their views.

I think one feature of this program is: strong history and support for
research. Even when interviewed with the AMGs, the PD or faculty will
directly say they prefer applicants with interests in academia. Vanderbilt
is historically strong in schizophrenia and bipolar research. And they
covered all stages of research: basic, translational and clinical. The chair
is also affiliated with radiology department. His expertise is fMRI and
hippocampus. Their strong support on research sounds great for me. Like the
PGY-3 I met, he is doing research full-time in his third year and gathering
data for K08 grant submission and will have his 3rd year clinical duty in
the 4th year.

The new chair is very influential. He seems to really understand research.
His wife is a Ph.D. faculty at Vanderbilt. She was from Australia originally.
Qs asked when interviewed with the chair: When I mentioned the reason
that I am interested in research is because knowing some biological
underlying mechanism will help me understand Psychiatric disorders better,
I was confronted: really? Some people don’t think so. I was also asked some
people with research background do not continue research after they get out
of the residency. He also asked me details about my Ph.D. research, so
prepare well.

Interviews with PD: What do you do to relax or release the stress? When I
said I like to watch sitcom or comedy, he asked which show you like. Which
comedian do you like? What motivated you for your Ph.D. degree?

Interview with one faculty: how do you get along with other people?
I had one interview with one chief resident. She is going to stay on faculty.
I guess she is interested in administrative position. The interview with
her is more formal and serious than with other faculty. But all were common
questions.

They really like people with research background. One faculty told me the
chair wants to have all the M.D./Ph.D.s, usually they have one position for
research track, but they could take two if needed.

The workload in this program, I think, is moderate. Having moonlighting
opportunity; having multiple rotation sites and they are clustered together,
even with VA; parking is convenient. The medical center is in the same
campus with the university campus.

Nashville is the capital of Tennessee. It is a nice city to live in, but it
sounds the public schools are not good, especially for middle and high
schools. People usually send their kids to private schools. Cost-living is O
.K., maybe slight higher than Memphis. The population is mainly composed of
Caucasian. But since there is so many bars and live music at night, I think
you could have some night life, although it sounds in the middle of nowhere.

In all, this is a good program. They are expanding, too. As I know, they
kept two graduates from their programs this year.


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