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Dinner with the Residents

October 26, 2011

Sid Vicious

So you may have the opportunity to go to dinner with residents the night before your interview. Some programs invite interviewees to go out with your soon to be colleagues.

Think about how you want to present yourself. Do you wear your leather jacket, leopard print t-shirt and a mustache of mustard? Um, no. Do you wear your interview suit? No again. Do you wear a tie? No again. What you want to do is look like you fit in with the group. Wear something “smart casual” which is a pressed shirt, ironed pants and leather shoes. No T shirts, even if the residents all wear scrubs. You want to look relaxed and easy going but smart.

Best to be on your best behavior and don’t pepper the residents with questions all night. Be your charming self and ask things like “what do you like to do on your days off?” and “Do residents socialize much as a group?” This dinner is for you to get to know the residents and for you to see if you would like working with these residents. It is not part of the interview. The residents will have little or no say in how you are ranked. If you come across as pushy, annoying and irritating then they will surely remember you but not in the way that you want.

The views expressed in this post are those of Kenneth Christopher, MD and do not necessarily reflect the views of Dr. Christopher’s employer Partners HealthCare.

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