Allopathic Internal Medicine Residency

Q: How did I decide on (insert specialty)?

  • I decided to do a specialty that was mentally challenging and where there were many options available after I finished.   Doing internal medicine would let me either become a hospitalist, do primary care, or subspecialize if I chose to. 

Q: How long did the application & interview process take me?

  • The application is extensive and time consuming so I would recommend starting it early so there is enough time to overlook it as well as getting the recommendation letters in on time. The application can be submitted before all of the recommendation letters are in because it will constantly be updated and any new information in the file will be sent to the programs. I would recommend submitting the application early so programs have enough time to view the application and offer you an interview. I would also get recommendation letters from people within the specialty and people who may be well known. But make sure the people who write the recommendation letter know you well enough to give you a good recommendation letter.

Q: What was I looking for in a residency program? 

  • I was looking for how well the residents had worked together and where the residents ended up after they were done with residency. I am interested in doing a subspecialty so I was looking for a program with good fellowship placements. I was also looking for a program where the attending spent a lot of time teaching and for a program which offered a variety of cases that would be seen.  All of the programs have similar benefits, so I would choose a program where you feel that you will fit in.

Q: Did I register for both allopathic and osteopathic ERAS sites? 

  • I had only registered for the allopathic program.

Q: How did I decide between pursing an allopathic or an osteopathic residency?

  • I was looking for a university based program since they offer more fellowships and a wider variety of cases that you can see. 

Q:  How many programs did I apply to? 

  • 20

Q: How many of these programs did I rotate at during 3rd and 4th years?

  • 2

Q: How many programs offered me an interview?  When did I schedule my interviews?

  • 8 of the programs offered me an interview. I had scheduled my interviews in December and January. I have read on-line that the programs you are really interested in, the interviews should be scheduled later in the interview year. However, as an osteopathic student you can be offered a prematch contract which tend to be offered earlier in the interview season. A couple of my friends had got offered a prematch when they were interviewed in December.

Q: Did I cancel any interviews?  How did I go about cancelling interviews? 

  • I had cancelled one of interviews because I knew I did not want to go to the program. I would not spend time at a program that you don’t want to go to because it is a waste of money. Why spend 3+ years at a place you know you won’t like?  

Q: What is an Internal Medicine Residency interview like?  Any interviewing tips?

  • A typical interview will consist of the interviewers asking questions about why you want to do the specialty and why you choose to apply to their program among other questions. There were a couple of places where they had asked me clinical questions about what I would do in certain clinical scenarios. I would ask questions about the program during the interview as it shows you are interested in the program.  Iserson’s book “Getting into Residency” is a great guide about applications, interviews, and the whole process.

Q: Did I go on any second-looks?  How did I schedule my second-looks?

  • I did not go on any second-looks. Some people have told me that it is great as it shows the program you are interested an interested applicants and some people told me it doesn’t make any difference. 

Q: When did I decide on my rank order list?

  • I decided on my rank order list about 4 days before the rank order list was due. 

Q:  Where did I match? 

  • SUNY at Buffalo, Internal Medicine

Q: Any other comments that would be helpful for those applying to my specialty

  • I would definitely go through Iserson’s “Getting into Residency.” It is filled with very valuable hints on the application process, interviews, and so on.