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2023-2024 Application Season

Interview Release Date Specialty
October 6, 13, 20, 27  Neurosurgery (Fridays in October after 4pm EST) 
October 10 Pediatrics suggested earliest date, then rolling
October 10 Ophthalmology
October 17 Emergency medicine (6 pm EST) – participating programs 
October 27 Urology
October 24 Obstetrics and Gynecology
October 26 - November 1  General Surgery (suggested)
November 6, 20, December 4  Dermatology
November 10 Plastic Surgery (8 am – 12 pm PST)
November 9 Otolaryngology (12-6 pm EST)
November 13 Orthopaedic Surgery (12 pm EST)

Interview Information

How to ACE Residency Interviews: A PD Perspective

5 Mistakes on Residency Interviews and How to Avoid Them: A PD Perspective

How to approach challenging residency interview questions: A PD Perspective

Navigating the Interview Season, American College of Physicians, Maryland Chapter

"Pick Me!”, A Residency Interview Information Session with Dr. Laura Buchanan

Canceling Interviews (from the AAMC)

  • *Note - must log in through AAMC Careers in Medicine

Virtual Interview Prep

AAMC Virtual Interviews: Application Preparation Guide

Preparation Guide for Applicants Participating in Virtual Interviews

Prep for Success in your Virtual Interview Webinar (Vimeo) and (PDF)

Top 10 Tips for Virtual Interviewing Season (2021)

UMB and SOM Virtual Backgrounds for Webex, Zoom, and Microsoft Teams

Navigating the Residency Interview Zoom Workshop - 8/28/2023

Interview Skills

Balanced Power Pose

Interview Facts

Should I accept all my offers?

  • It is OK to accept offers and turn them down later as you review all options and decide how many interviews you actually care to attend. However, it is polite to give programs a week or two’s notice, if possible, so that they can fill your spot with someone else who is anxiously awaiting offers. It is never OK to not show up and not let anyone know in advance.

I was invited to the 'Informal Meeting with Residents' the night before the interview, should I go?

  • It is nice if you can go to meet the residents in an informal situation. Speaking with residents is one of the most important parts of your interview day. Most programs will arrange for you to spend time with the residents, even if you cannot attend the pre-interview social event.

What is my target number of interviews to get?

  • 12 – 14. Statistically, if you are able to rank about 11 programs a match is more likely

Should I send a thank you note to a program after I have interviewed with them?

  • The most important thing to note is that if a program says they do not want any, believe them, and do not send one. Beyond that, whether or not you send one, and whether is it an electronic or hard copy, is really a personal decision. We do not know that sending either makes a difference in how programs will perceive/rank you.

What would an example email template for canceling interviews look like?

  • These emails are generally addressed to the Program Coordinator. The student provides their name and AAMC ID, date scheduled to interview, indicates that they are cancelling the interview/unable to attend, expresses regret for any inconvenience, and can give regards to the Program Director.