发信人: xiaofang (xiaofang), 信区: MedicalCareer
标 题: Re: 老毕业生有多少机会？
发信站: BBS 未名空间站 (Tue Jun 30 01:12:49 2009, 美东)
This is a good post, hope it can help people here
Graduation years, lower score, etc, they do matter. But what matters most is your own dedication, your own will to achieve, and your final goal!
Keep it up!
I matched with scores of 75/80/no step3/ 2005 grad/9 months USCE and
several months of research. I don't have any contacts of any sorts in the
medical world here in the US. It helped that I reside in the US and I
volunteered for research, externships at clinics and finally at a university
hospital. This happened over 2 years while I was preparing for my exams
also. It helped that my CV had no gaps inspite of my low scores.
I knew that the difference would be to research for the right programs, make
a killer application, and rock the interviews-- I did just that. I applied
to 100 programs-a mix of FM and IM and got 9 interviews 7 FM, 2 IM.
I spent at least 5-6 months preparing myself for all aspects of the
interview, application, and researching programs. I read all sorts of
interview help columns on wall st journal, career builder, etc. and my PS
was totally original-- everyone has their own story, and I simply wrote mine
. It helps to read a lot of prose, essays and writings by talented writers
so you can develop your own writing skills and an insight to who your really
are! I kept a diary where I jotted down all common interview Qs and then
wrote different answers to it. I also made a file of each and everyone of
the programs where I was interviewing with printed copies of info from their website, their curriculum, no. of electives, fellowships, faculty/resident interests, etc. I read this very well 2-3 days before each interview and wrote down SPECIFIC Qs that I wanted to ask each PD, faculty or resident of that program. It's VERY imp to ask SPECIFIC qs that shows you have looked deeply into their program/ Don't ask stupid and generic qs that are already there in their website. It's the ultimate killer in an interview.By the time I went to interviews, I was very relaxed and ready to talk about anything in the world.
About my PS: I edited it a zillion times over many months until it showed
exactly what it should in one crisp page. Roughly this should be the
skeleton of the PS:
1st paragraph: who I am (with an eye-catching twist), what specialty I want,
and most imp- why?
2nd para: What have I done to show dedication to this specialty? ( highlight
your US experiences here that will distinguish you from others)
3rd Para: What you can bring to their program/why they should take you? (
demonstrate what you have done and how that can make u a good fit for that
pgm, be very original and humble-- watch your words so they don't sound like
boasting and have it read over by at least 3 others)
4th Para: Personal-- about your hobbies, etc. Anything extracurricular that
links somehow to the specialty you are applying for + shows an informal/fun
side of you.
That's all I can say for now--- remember the journey may be longer and
harder but NEVER lose your confidence. Keep yourself educated and involved
in clinical/research activities to keep your confidence level high.
Ultimately programs are looking for someone who can do the job---not someone
who has low self-esteem or has tons of explanations for a failure or is
desperate to get anything.
Remember: Scores are static and can never be changed. But life is dynamic
and you are dynamic---we have to strive to improve every single day by our
actions, activities, or work. Demonstrate that constant improvement to the
Here I am listing a few websites that will help in understanding the
1. This is the official AAMC website and tips for residency interviews. This
is the most original source and most reliable:
2. These are tips on Rush Medical Center's website on how to prepare for
3. These are generic websites where they have everything on interviews that
you should still check out: WSJ Careers, Careerbuilder, About.com
Just go to these sites and search for "interview preparation"
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