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SOAP Week. Prepare for interviews

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SOAP Week. Prepare for interviews

Postby Julia IMG Residency » Tue Mar 17, 2015 2:21 pm

The SOAP week has started. By now you should have applied to the programs from the Unfilled list. How good is a chance of getting a position? The result is difficult to predict.

SOAP was implemented few years ago. This added more randomization to already chaotic process. This should not discourage you and your focus should remain on doing everything possible to explore all available chances.

Today and tomorrow, March 17th and 18th 2015, programs will start probably conducting interviews and follow with Preference List submissions. Please remember that any communication between programs and applicants is Program-initiated and you may not contact the programs on your own outside of ERAS.

We suggest get prepared for these interviews just in case. Phone interviews usually take about 15-30 minutes.
Typical interview subjects are:
* Your prior work experience
* Your dedication to medicine and to a specialty in particular
* Your short and long-term goals
* Where you see yourself ten years from now (urban/rural, practicing, teaching, attending, etc.)
* How comfortable you are being a mentor for interns and medical school students as a senior resident
And many-many more

There are no right or wrong answers. The program faculty is just trying to see if you are a good fit personality-wise. If you got a call, you have already passed credential screening and the program liked most of the things about you. So, just be who you are. Be enthusiastic. At the end of the interview, you will have a chance to ask your questions. You should ask about anything you really want to know (how many attendings are at the program, are there any research opportunities, are there any other IMGs at the program, is there a daycare facility at the hospital, how good local schools are, what is the traffic situation). Your questions should demonstrate that you really are interested in the program.

What you can do is try to research the program as you speak. However, do this only if it won’t affect your interview performance. You can go to http://www.google.com and just type the program's name there. You will get a link to the program website. This may help you evaluate the program better. This can also help if you show the interviewer that you already have some information about the program and you like it.

We wish you the very best of luck in the SOAP!
Julia IMG Residency
 
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