So, you did pretty well, or maybe even great on the MCATs… You submitted your applications through ERAS… You were even granted a few interviews for internship and residency in top programs…
Now don’t screw it up.
If you’re thinking that you’ve been successful all your life, and that you’ve WOWed almost everyone you’ve met up to this point in your life… then you better hold on.
Being successful is fine… Being confident is also fine… But if you’re cocky or arrogant, you just might screw it up now. And here’s why:
Being a physician is just as much about being a “people person” as it is about knowing the medical science. In some cases, even more so. And one of those cases is in clinical practice. And another of those cases is actually getting in to your training program of choice.
You see, if you’re cocky, you are going to miss one of the most important people in the residency interview process. If you’re arrogant, you are going to go into that interview thinking that the only important people there are the interviewers. And if that’s the case, you are at high risk for not getting your program of choice… and rightfully so.
Any guess on who the most overlooked VIP of the residency program is?