Life in Medical School: RESIDENCY INTERVIEW!

This video is made possible by care/of. Hey everyone! Good evening! It is Monday night and it is officially interview
season. I have two interviews coming up this week. One is gonna be at my home institution and
the second on Thursday is going to be at a different hospital… it’s going to be in
Brooklyn. I’ve been just kinda thinking about all the
interview questions and how to prep for them and I thought I might make a vlog out of it
so I wanted to bring you guys along the journey and let you guys know how I’m prepping and
what I’m gonna be wearing and things like that. So in terms of how I’m prepping. I sort of looked at the questions that are
floating around online. Some of the common questions that they ask
in residency interviews. And you can find the list pretty easily. The question of whether these questions will
actually be asked will really depend on the program. And you know, it’s impossible to be perfectly
prepared going into an interview. I think there is always a component of the
unexpected and something that you really didn’t prepare for but I think the ultimate goal
of these interviews, at least for residencies and probably for medical school as well is
for the programs to get to know you. And not just get to know you but get to know
beyond the numbers say in your applications and what your CV says or what your resume
says. I think, in my opinion, I think that is the
main purpose of these interviews. So I’m kinda going into it with the attitude
of I just want them to get to know who I am as a person. I think that takes a lot of the pressure off
of this whole process. It’s always helpful to go through this process
with a friend. So I am pairing with my friend Dania, who
is also going into Emergency Medicine. So we’re sort of bouncing questions off of
each other and trying to prepare together. That way you don’t feel so alone. So that’s today for me. In terms of outfits. I have really just one outfit. I really just wanted to find one outfit that
works and just stick with it and not try to experiment too much. If you guys look at my closet, I really have
like really neutral, similar color shirts. Here are all my whites, I have the stripes,
whites, beige, and some of the blushed pink, light blue slash light grey, this is a rare
color, navy and black. That’s really how I prefer my tops to be:
neutral. So I don’t really have to think about it that
much. And when it comes to bottoms. I really just have dark color pants. That’s just my personal preference. I think when it comes to interview outfits. There are many opportunities in life to stand
out with your clothes and make a statement about who you are with fashion. I think the interview is not the time to do
that. At least my personal opinion is to not be
recognized by your clothes at the interview. Because if someone remembers you by your clothes,
they’re not thinking about all the great things that you said about yourself and your experiences
in your CV. So I think, at least for medical school and
for residency interviews, it’s perfectly fine to just blend in and wear that black suit
or that navy suit and have it be totally unimpressive. I think that’s the safe way to go, to be honest. So I’m gonna be wearing….may be I’ll show
you guys wearing it. So this is outfit number 1 or what I’m thinking
about wearing. With a black pencil shirt and it’s long enough
to come a little below my knees. It could probably be at my knees and still
be okay. I’m more comfortable with slightly longer
lengths. And this is just a blazer not a set. I think the problem with this outfit actually
is that this skirt is on the longer side and the blazer is on the longer side so I don’t
think that it quite looks like suit. I think it just kinda looks like I’m wearing
a longer blazer over a blouse and a shirt. So I think I’m gonna try on outfit number
2. So this is outfit number 2. And I think I feel much comfortable in this
outfit. I’m wearing basically ankle pants I think
they’re from Anne Taylor and the same blazer and the same blouse. The blouse is from J. Crew from a while ago
and I think the blazer is from Calvin Klein, which is also from a while ago. I do feel more comfortable in a pant suit
than a skirt. And I think the longer length of the blazer
still works. So I think this outfit is the one that I’m
going to go with. This is actually the same outfit that I wore
for the interview that I had during my away rotation in August. I think it works. If I want to switch it up, I’ll probably wear
a different blouse. I would probably stick with something neutral
like light grey, or light pink, or beige or something like that. This is going to be my outfit tomorrow. Alright, so I’m gonna continue prepping for
my interview questions and I will check in with you guys a little later. Hey guys so it’s about 10:30 or 10:40 right
now. And I just finished preparing for my interview
tomorrow. I think I’m going to bed soon. The best thing I can do right now even though
I’m really nervous about it is for me to just get a good night’s sleep and wake up early
enough, get ready, and get to my interview on time. So I’m gonna head to bed. I’ll check in with you guys tomorrow morning
if I have time if not, I’ll check in with you guys tomorrow after my interview. I think that it went pretty well. I had an answer for all the questions and
I think that’s really all you can hope for. In my head I was imagining a time where they’d
ask me a question and I literally have nothing to say and my mind would go blank and that
was kind of my fear/fear situation. But that didn’t happen. So that’s good. I’m really happy that that’s done and that
it’s behind me and it’s just one of the interviews that I can cross off my list. And then I can just go on and focus on my
other interviews that are coming up. So I just got home. I’m gonna change. I’m gonna… I think what I’m gonna do, I’m gonna print
out a calendar of all my interviews that are coming up because there is a bunch that’s
coming up in the next month or so. So I wanna have like a physical calendar with
me so that I get new interview invitation I can know exactly what days I’m free. I think I’m gonna do that. Then I might take a nap cause it was kind
of mentally draining to answer questions and have everyone evaluate you the whole day. I’m gonna take a nap and maybe do some other
stuff. Maybe prep for my interview that’s coming
in two days. So that’s what I’m gonna be doing for the
rest of the day. Okay so this is what I ended up doing. So I printed out my google calendar so that
I can keep track of all my interview dates. What ends up happening is you get your interview
invites from your e-mail and a lot of the times, I’m either at the hospital or doing
something else. So I open the e-mail, because these residency
interviews tend to be very competitive, you have to sign up for an interview date right
away. Otherwise they can run out of space and you
have to be on the waitlist. Something that ends up happening is you’re
on your phone and you’re checking the calendar of when you’re free or when you’re not free. You end up kind of switching between the two
apps back and forth so you’re checking your calendar but you’re also checking the interview
dates that are offered so doing that can kind of waste your time. I decided that the best way to do is to print
out an actual physical calendar. So of course everything is on my Gmail. So I printed out my Gmail calendar for the
month of October, November and December. So that I can have it with me at all times. So when an interview invite comes in, I can
quickly take a look and see what dates are free and I can sign up for the interview. I don’t remember having to do this for medical
school interviews because I think they offer you a date (I think) I don’t think you have
to sign up for available spots. Maybe it’s changed since last time I applied
to med school. For residency interviews, those spots get
filled up really, really fast. I know I’m on at least one wait list to find
an interview date. So I have to act fast. So I think these paper calendars will come
in really handy. You can also use a physical monthly calendar. I think for this purpose, a monthly view is
like the best view of your month, rather than a weekly view which is what I normally prefer. So that’s what I’ve been working on. Kind of getting my schedule together, making
sure all the interview dates are solid and confirmed. And I’m also read a little about the program
that I’m gonna be interviewing at on Thursday so that was my day. So let me know if you guys find this whole
interview process interesting. I know that as I go further into my medical
training, I know that a lot of you aren’t even studying medicine or aren’t really interested
in doing that so I don’t know if this is interesting or useful or applicable to a lot of you but
if you guys find it interesting, I can try to film more of these throughout my interview
dates that are coming up for the next couple months. So let me know what you guys wanna see and
if you guys have any questions about the whole process and I will try to address those questions
as best as I can. Before I finish the video, I wanna thank care/of
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is “strivetofit” So I’m gonna close the vlog here. Thank you guys so much for watching the vlog. I hope you guys enjoyed it. Let me know if you guys are interested in
seeing more of my interview process and I will try to film more of it in the next couple
months. Thank you guys again for watching and I will
see you guys in the next video. BYE!

100 thoughts on “Life in Medical School: RESIDENCY INTERVIEW!

  1. Wish you all the best!! I like how you vlog even the day before, I was a heap of nerves before all my medical interviews vlogging would be challenging lol

  2. Thank you for this video. I did not know that residency interview dates are competitive. Can you tell me how the medical school interview dates work? Your organization is on point, it inspires me to also achieve that level. Your videos help me understand the future of medical students. It makes me happy and always looking forward when you upload videos.

  3. Jamie!! I've made a huge decision to retake MCAT the following year, tell me something nice to lift me up!!Love youuu <33333

  4. Very interesting video. I am not in medicine but I am a mastered prepared nurse. I like your work ethic and have mimicked yours as much as possible. Thank you again for sharing your life

  5. We love these type of videos. All of your vlogging is beneficial. You're doing a great job. Please don't stop. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Please do a interview questions video. I'm currently doing my Pharamacy intern interviews and would love some questions.

  7. Hey Jamie! I love the variety in your videos & your content is always top-notch. I have two interviews for med school coming up (one's on Halloween!) I recently (literally an hour ago) got over my anxiety/nervousness for the interview experience. Any advice for staying cool & comfortable during the interview? Any tips to lesson the fear of failure would help me out tremendously. Thank you! ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. I hope you will continue to share your interview process.

    Q. I wanted to know has your social media presence come up in your interviews and/or during your rotations? ย Your intellect, work ethics, and personality are apparent in your videos, which are also characteristics that most people have to wait to be interviewed to show. ย I wish more people would talk about how they manage their online life, especially if they have a ย career outside of YouTube. ย Maybe your thoughts could be beneficial toย those with a smaller platform like Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and Indeed etc.

    Thanks for sharing.

  9. Did u do any surgery interview? You are the only way I can somehow have some connections with med school, and just want to say you are sooooo inspirational, love u <3

  10. I really don't feel that this video is something irrelevant to people that are not interested in med sch as the tips you gave are not only applicable for residency interview but basically most interviews in general including my oral presentation that is coming up.So thanks a lot for your tips!!๐Ÿ™†โ€โ™€๏ธ
    FYI Oral presentation is an important component that makes up 40% of my overall project work grade,a subject that is complusary for all A level students in Singapore

  11. OMG I got nervous about interviews just by watching this video ๐Ÿ˜ฐ๐Ÿ˜ฐ๐Ÿ˜ฐ
    Good luck ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

  12. I am very interested in going to med school. Currently I am in nursing school so Iโ€™m kinda like stuck in between whether I should continue with nursing and get my bachelors or try something else and work towards med schools. Any suggestions? Do you know anyone in your class that were nurses but later went to med school?

  13. I am not a medical student but I really enjoy hearing all about the medical student life. Keep doing what you do and wish you the best of luck into becoming a great doctor.

  14. I love your vlogs ๐Ÿ™‚ What made you choose EM? I am glad that your interview went well! I'd like to see more videos about the interview process… I will be applying to medical school this spring.

  15. Great video Jamie! I just started vlogging my placement as an Occupational Therapy student ๐Ÿ™‚ Do you have any tips? Check it out if you're interested.

  16. i would definitely want to see more about the interviews as it even helps aspiring medical students a lot. please do post more about your experience of interviews

  17. Looking good lady! I'm not even a med student but I've been watching your videos for a year or so and I totally love them! I've had an interview as a history student and pretty much all you get to answer is why you want to engage with a specific subject or what are your targets for the future.

  18. maybe you can generalise the process of your interview. Almost everyone has to go through 'interview' of any kind at some point in their life. So you could show us some tips on how to prep for interview in general (e.g., how to come up with interview questions, how to ease yourself).

  19. Very interesting thank you! Just curious but did your social media/youtube come up in the interview?? I feel like if I was an interviewer this part of your life would intrigue me so much!

  20. Hi Jamie, I am not medical student or going to career to medicine, but I love to see your videos after I come back from work. I feel I become more productive and organized after the work hours, helping me to plan out my engineering career. Thanks! I hope you the best results

  21. Your going into emergency medicine how did I miss that update….. thatโ€™s an amazing field, list of scope and variety. Hope your interviews went well

  22. Hey Jamie,ย 

    I just wanted to recognize you for all your hard work. You're time management is impeccable, and I truly admire you for all you're able to do while maintaining a full-time med student status. Quick question: Would you say med school requires mostly studying and test prep in comparison to written assignments? I'm currently in undergrad and I rarely ever have tests, but I have multiple assignments due every week for each class. I'm curious as to how med school compares to undergrad?ย 

    Thank you!

  23. I find this very interesting, because the process of choosing a speciality is completely different here in Portugal, and I've actually finished med school this year and I'm on that process right now… we don't have interviews! Just a final exam that all new doctors do at the same day and time in the whole country.

  24. Hi Jamie! Good luck on the rest of your interviews – you speak so well I'm sure you have done really well so far!! Did any of the schools as you about your vlog?

  25. These videos are great! I'm also a fourth year medical student trying to match into EM. I think it's fun comparing and contrasting the way different applicants go about achieving the same goal. Good luck with all of your interviews!

  26. Should have went with a flow-y top and a pencil skirt. You're pretty, but the outfits you chose are unflattering. I get the objective isn't to be "pretty" nor to be remembered by the outfits you chose, but as someone who routinely interviews people, I do notice the way people dress and it does affect my judgment of them. I need to know they know how to dress professionally and not frumpy.

  27. Your videos are very encouraging and educational to watch. I also really appreciate all the time you take into making your videos aesthetically pleasing, despite being so busy all the time. I definitely enjoy all of your videos! <3

  28. This is so helpful but can you do a video addressing specific about residency interviews. Like what questions are commonly asked. What does the interview entail (tour? Panel style? How long are your interviews? ) thanks!

  29. I am at a community college doing general education credits for transfer. Although I have no clue what I will be majoring in, I love watching medical student vlogs. I have been subscribed for a year and you are by far my favorite med school vlogger. you are very disciplined and clearly your studies are very important. I also study with your study with me videos. Thanks Jamie for providing me with tons of motivation to get to where I want to be!

  30. Definitely keep the videos during interview season coming! I'm a premed and it's interesting to watch these videos! Please keep them coming : ) and good luck for all your interviews!

  31. Hey Jamie! Thank you for sharing this process with us! Been following your story since your first year! I am in the cycle for med school this year so I'm excited to hear back from schools.

    I was wondering if you could describe more of the interview and match process? Do you apply to interviews within a specialty or is it general? Also, are you still in between EM and surgery or have you decided on EM?

    Good luck on your interviews! Can't wait to hear/see the results! lol

  32. I finally decided to go ahead with my gut and enter a pre med/biomed major next school year, I feel bad starting a year late but I just had no clue what I wanted. I donโ€™t know if you check comments days after you posted but I just wanted to ask for any advice you or anyone might have for pre med? The program Iโ€™m looking at is set up to have only one class per month, and itโ€™s that way to really keep you focused and successful. Itโ€™s probably not as hardcore as some programs, but Iโ€™m still nervous when it comes to studying and having enough time to remember what Iโ€™m learning. Also any tips someone might have for really making a lap top useful let me know! Iโ€™m not great at utilizing it as much as I could. Literally any small things I can do to make life and studying as efficient and simple as possible please let me know! Definitely rambled here but thanks man advance(:

  33. Maybe go into what purse you brought along, with what you brought in it. Also acceptable purse options and how it's different for women to interview when compared to men!

  34. Weird question but important since Iโ€™m at my desk a lot – what is the chair you are sitting in? Where did u get it?

  35. Hi Jamie, I barrow the movie closer from the NYPL and I have to recommend Julia Roberts movie EAT Pray Love. I love Julia Roberts. I worked with a woman, Debby that looked very similar to Julia Roberts. Actually I think she was a little prettier we went shopping together. I actually wanted to find out her opinion on mens ties. She has excellent taste. Her husband is a very lucky man. She earned her masters in finance while working than moved on an got a better job. Also, I should mention that I met a relative of Julia Roberts at the Columbus Circle Wholefoods what a beautiful looking woman but what was really beautiful about her was her personality and this aura she gave off. I wish I could meet her again. I would have asked her out but, she's not east asian and I only date east asian women. Some east asian woman are just so beautiful I get all goo goo eyed and dumb when I she them. Any way Julia Roberts movie "Eat Pray Love" is great an it's probably her families way of live. The movie Closer well I just couldn't get into that seen with the go go bar to immature for me. I haven't been to a go go bar since high school. In addition there where no east asian women in the movie. I think there could have been at least a J-pop group like my favorite AKB-48. Oh one comment on Eat Pray Love should the word medicine get added to the title. Ok, I have to get back to studying medicine. I have a info, interview this Saturday at the World Famous Continiental Hotel in Times Square on Saturday with Ross University School of Medicine. I'm leanning towar SABA Universty School of Medicine there USMLE scores are 99% and the Residency programs are the best in the country thier getting into. See you later alligator.

  36. I decided to try care/of and my recommendations looked a lot like yours, and I'm excited to try! With you discount code it was only $11 thanks so much!

  37. Just watched your most recent video as well. And hope it went great too. Love your closet and thanks for sharing with us your prep for the interview ๐ŸŒธ

  38. Great video..!! Good luck for your interviews.. (y)
    Kindly make a video about your step scores along with time frame like when did you gave step 1, 2, CS etc. I am unable to find those videos if you have already made one..!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  39. I got US president volunteer Gold award for serving as volunteer to help local community patient care. Should I wear award pin on coat during interview or its too much. Please advice. thanks

  40. Today, I'm going to the United Nations with my "UNICEF" shirt to cheer at the International New York City Marathon. Over 50 thousands runners and millions of people are watching this event. I'll cheer and support "UNCEF", "Doctors without Boarders", "Philippine Medical Schools", "Caribbean Medical Schools", "Breast Cancer Awarness (Go AVON Foundation)", "American Heart Association for their great ACLS program and their endorsement on certain foods that save lives.", "the New York City Road Runners that support so many charities" and for runners like me that are injured and can't run. Also, for honest people everywhere, especially the United Nations New York City that fight for world peace against bullies and corruption throughout the world and help the less fortunate. My favorite running slogan is from Nike "Put the check over the heart it's not just about the money." Love, Tom TL

  41. JoyfishXO, you have just been accepted into our family, good luck!!!! "wherever the Art of Medicine is loved, there is Also a Love for humanity" – Hippocrates

  42. I'm not in med school, nursing, or a paramedic program but I find your videos extremely fascinating, informative and interesting..!! From all topics covered across the spectrum.. =)

  43. I๏ธ hope I๏ธt went well! You should talk about the questions they ask you. Iโ€™m premed in undergrad right now and am definitely a viewer interested in the medical side of things (and your talent with these videos) ๐Ÿ™‚

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