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After the Interview

  1. Keep a log of the programs as you meet with them. Write down: names; gut reactions; specific details regarding impressions of the residents, program director, facilities, educational program, perks, pitfalls, etc. Programs will become blurred at the end; this log will serve as a memory jogger. Year after year, students have said this is was the most important piece of advice they received.
  2. Write a thank-you note within 1-2 weeks of the interview. This is an expected courtesy. If it is a program you really liked, you may want to mention something specific that you liked about the program.
  3. After you have interviewed at a number of programs (i.e., when you are to done interviewing) and you find that one program that stands out as a favorite, write the program again. Let the program director know that you are still interviewing, but that his/her program is at this point your number one choice for x, y & z reasons.
  4. When you are done interviewing, write your favorite program and let the program director know that you are ranking the program #1 for x, y, & z reasons. Let him/her know how the program compared to other programs with whom you interviewed (do not name those other programs).
  5. If you are torn between several programs, or, if you want the opportunity to see a program again and further demonstrate your interest, ask to visit the program again. You may want to go in for a full day, a conference day, and/or may even ask to follow someone on call.


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The United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) is a three-step examination for medical licensure in the United States. The Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) and the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) sponsors USMLE.
The Three Steps of the USMLE
Step 1 tests the important concepts of basic sciences basic to the practice of medicine. It also places special emphasis on principles and mechanisms underlying health, disease, and modes of therapy. Step 1 ensures mastery of the sciences that provide a foundation for the safe and competent practice of medicine. It also tests the scientific principles required for maintenance of competence through lifelong learning.
Step 2 CK tests the medical knowledge, skills, and understanding of clinical science essential for the provision of patient care under supervision. It also includes emphasis on health promotion and disease prevention. Step 2 CK ensures that due attention is devoted to principles of clinical sciences and basic patient-centered skills.
Step 2 CS tests your capacity to practice and provide good medical service in real-life situations. It also tests your communication skills.
Step 3 tests your medical knowledge and understanding of biomedical and clinical science essential for the unsupervised practice of medicine. Step 3 provides a final assessment of physicians assuming independent responsibility for delivering general medical care.

 

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