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alohaahola: Washington University(St. Louis)--Neurology
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发信人: alohaahola (crazydoc), 信区: MedicalCareer
标 题: {三月征文,谢绝置顶}+Washington University at St. Louis Neurology
发信站: BBS 未名空间站 (Fri Feb 27 12:48:15 2009)

I got this interview on October 1st, which is 国庆节. I followed
StudentDoctorNetwork pretty closely throughout the interview season and
found out that most Big name schools sent out invitations first to American
MSIVs. They will send out a 2nd batch to IMGs about 2 weeks later.

This is a very strong program with good representation of all specialties.
The most impressive aspect is that their Sleep Center is actually in a 4-
star hotel. Also you will do all the rotations at Barnes Jewish Hospital and
there is no need to drive around town. They really look at research
background. More than 50% of the candidates that I interviewed with have MD/
PhDs, which is almost a must for IMG applicants to get an interview. There
were 12 people on my interview day, about 1/3 IMGs and 2/3 AMGs. Out of the
8 residents every year, they probably take 2 international candidates, who
are from different countries, and they interview a total of 70 to 80 people
for the 8 positions. Somehow they had 2 untilled positions last year and had
to scramble 2 people in, maybe they did not rank enough people?

Day1: 3PM, we had a 45-minute Introduction by the IM Chair and PD since this
is a 4-year Categorical program. We learned about the PGY-1 call schedule,
elective opportunities. Etc. The good thing is that Psych rotation is done
at PGY-1 and the Neuro residents will have 2 more months of electives, which
will make it a total of 11 months. Following the IM introduction, we were
escorted to the Neurology department and the Neurology Chair, PD, and
another faculty member gave a presentation about the research going on in
the department. Translational research is really what they are good at and
they do some really cutting-edge science. Following this 1-hour Introduction
/Lecture, it was mingle time of around 45 minutes, which is an opportunity
for candidates to meet with the faculty and residents. I tried to talk to
both the PD and the Chair individually and introduced myself and my research
to them. Since one of the faculty members at my institution used to work in
the department, I used this opportunity to start my conversations; it is
always a good idea to find some connection with the programs. I got the
impression that the PD and Chair would look at the applications one more
time following this session; so don’t be shy and try to talk to as many
people as possible. When the mingling was over, we had dinner with the
residents at a Pan-Asian restaurant somewhere around Central West End. Quite
a few of the PGY-4s showed up and they actually switched seats during
dinner so that they can have conversations with all the candidates. The
conversations again focused on the research interests of candidates as well
as life at St. Louis. Most of the residents will stay at Wash U for
fellowship. Most Neuro fellowships are only 1-year but a lot of the
residents actually extend theirs into a 2-or-3-year Clinical/Research
Combined fellowships. They provided one-night hotel stay afterwards.

Day2: there was a 20-minute introduction of the program by the PD. The
candidates were divided into 2 groups then; one group went on with the IVs
and the other sat through a 45-minute talk by one of the Chief residents
about St. Louis followed by the hospital tour. The two groups switched by
mid-morning. The interviews were very benign; everyone talked to the PD and
Chair for 15-minutes each and to another faculty member for 30 minutes.
Since I talked to the PD about my research already, I just re-emphasized my
future research interests and why I think me and the program would be a good
fit. I also asked him what changes he plans on bring to the Residency
program; what he thinks the ideal candidates would be like; whether he has
any concerns about my application, etc. My conversation with the Chair
started off by talking about someone we both know; then my research work and
his research; finally I asked him whether he plans on bringing any change
to the department in the next 5 years. My interview with the last Faculty
member was also mainly about research; we even tried to come up with an
animal model together. They are very interested in the candidate’s
background and read the applications very carefully. My boss actually went
to Wash U. and she describes the place as very “cerebral”, which I agree.

When the morning IVs were over, we had lunch with residents, a lot of them (
PGY-2s and PGY-3s) were not able to make the dinner the night before. This
was another good opportunity to learn more about the program, such as call
schedules, what their fellowship placements are, the job market, where to
live in St. Louis etc. All the residents were genuinely nice people and they
are from all over the country, so it is definitely a diverse group and I
think everybody gets along with each other. The candidates can request to
talk to additional faculty members after lunch but it was not mandatory. I
arranged to talk to 2 people whose research works were close to my own. I
think most of the other candidates did the same thing.

The whole process was over by 1:30 PM if the candidates did not request
talking to additional faculty members. The best part of this interview
process was the efficiency, there were no individual interviews with IM,
morning reports, grand round, or noon lectures. I never found those didactic
demos that useful anyway. The Program Coordinator even said they would try
to make it more concise next year and get everything done within a day!
Finally, Wash U is really open-minded to Chinese graduates with research
background; I personally know CMGs who were invited to Neuro/Path/Anesthesia
/IM interviews in the past 2 years.
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