The farther I get in my training, the less anxious I feel about interviews. A little eustress is healthy and shows that the interview trail is indeed very important, but most of the typical, scripted interview answers of undergraduate days have been replaced by life experience.
Why do I want to do critical care and cardiothoracic anesthesiology? What are my greatest strengths and weaknesses? Where do I see myself in the future? I don’t have to think about my answers – I’ve experienced them each day by working in our healthcare system, caring for patients, teaching, and learning. It’s time to sit down and share my enthusiasm with admissions committees around the country.
I’m kicking off my critical care fellowship interviews tomorrow! Fortunately, the first program is just down the road, so I won’t have to worry about travel, lodging, etc. Here’s hoping for a great start! 🙂