Struggling to decipher post-interview cues? Many students aren't sure how to navigate their communication with programs after an interview. You're unlikely to go wrong if you keep your approach professional and familiarize yourself with the National Residency Matching Program commuincation code of conduuct.
Here are five tips that will help you set yourself apart and make the best decisions about where you train after medical school.
After you've completed your interviews, the lion’s share of your work is done. Your only remaining task is to assess the information you have collected and use it to establish your rank order list. You may decide, after completing your scheduled interviews, that you still haven’t found what you wanted and think that you’d better look at some more programs. Don’t be too frustrated if you feel you have to do this. It’s better to put in a little extra legwork now than to have lingering doubts later.
Take time to decide how to rank the programs you visited. You may want to put your notes aside for a while to give yourself some time to air your thoughts. Talk through your reasoning with advisors, friends, and family, but remember that the final decision is yours. Use the tools in Strolling through the Match(10 MB PDF) to help organize your priorities.
The AAFP app makes it easy to organize your residency search. Use the tool to research programs, create a customized scorecard to rank residencies on what matters most to you, track your application process, and more. Just download the app and visit the "For Students" section.