Erica Spence, PharmD Candidate 2020
Dr. Schwartzman explained to students what goes on at ASHP showcase, and told us how it is a big eventfor thousands of different programs to display and tell about their programs. She told us about how sitevisits are an opportunity to get to know a program through the program’s resident, and warned usabout proper behavior during site visits. Dr. Schwartzman talked about the residency interview programand the different formats of the interview process. She emphasized how important eye contact is for allinterview types, and how important it is to have questions prepared to ask your interviewers. She toldus how interviewers want to make sure you are inclusive to the whole group and how you handlepressure. In the multiple candidate to one preceptor interviews interviewers are looking for the “leaderof the group” and how the interviewee was inclusive of their peers. Dr. Schwartzman also went over theinterview format and what to expect and told us about the match process and the importance ofranking. Overall this information can be used as students prepare for the residency process and how tobe successful at gaining a residency.
Christine Wong, PharmD Candidate 2020
On Wednesday 11/30/16, Dr. Schwartzman presented the last lecture of the “Residency” series. Dr. Schwartzman broke the entire interview process down to a series of events on the interview day. Brushing up on basic writing skills and doing research on the specific site can go a long way. Having good questions prepared for the interviewer is another way to demonstrate your interest and show off your professional character. The most difficult portion will be the interview but there are ways to prep for the questions that will be asked. When answering questions, use detailed experiences as examples to show off various skills and how those attributes helped you resolve a situation. The “tell me about yourself” question is the golden ticket to set the tone of the interview by directing it towards topics you are comfortable with. It is also the best and easiest way to show the interviewer all of your accomplishments and greatest strengths. Still, it is important to be mindful of your limitations and display a calm and positive attitude no matter what situation you are put in.