The Society of Asian Academic Surgeons is dedicated to supporting trainees. The implementation of SAAS Sips for Medical Students Series creates a casual, low-stress setting for trainees to interact with leaders in SAAS.
The SAAS Sips event on November 2, 2023, was focused on “Acing the Residency Interview,” hosted by Dr. Sushanth Reddy, Dr. Monica Dua, Dr. Esther Yung, and Dr. Praveen Chatani.
Below are some of the key pieces of advice provided by our hosts!
Before your interview:
- Write down sticky notes of the most important points/ themes you want to emphasize during your interview.
- Brainstorm/practice answers to some of the commonly asked questions (e.g., overcoming failure, difficult situations, explaining your research, why a certain program). Record your answers and see if you like them, and schedule mock interviews to practice them.
- If you are really interested in a program and have not heard back, have a mentor reach out on your behalf. This can be more impactful than reaching out yourself.
- Remember that you are being evaluated even during socials and resident meet and greet – especially from the standpoint of finding red flags!
During your interview:
- Look into the camera while speaking, and make sure you have good lighting and a clean background.
- Show your enthusiasm and personality during conversations. It can be more difficult to do that in virtual settings but can be done well through your reactions and answers.
- Don’t be afraid to share more personal experiences/ things outside of your CV but the emphasis of your answer should be on what you learned and how it will make you a good doctor/ team member. This can help people connect with you and see you as someone they want to work with.
- When in the waiting room, if you need a pause/break, feel free to turn off your camera for a few minutes and take that pause! That way you can go into your interview prepared rather than fatigued.
Be on the lookout for announcements regarding future SAAS Sips events!
Author: Gopika Senthilkumar