Every fall and winter, thousands of fourth-year medical students travel hundreds of miles and collectively spend millions of dollars to interview for residency positions. It's an expensive, time-consuming process — one that often leaves students feeling uncomfortable and uncertain about what to expect. Employ the resources available to you — especially your advisor(s), so you can most effectively manage the process. This will lessen the bandwidth devoted to those activities and, rather, allow you to redirect that energy to presenting your best self and finding the program(s) that best fit.

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    Here's what you can expect from the residency interview process, including the role of the interview in the application process, applicants' general interview experience, the timeline for the interview trail, and visit length and format.

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    Many and, often, competing factors are involved in decisions about scheduling residency interviews. A smart interviewing strategy is necessary to be keenly aware of your priorities and resources and to lead you to confident, well-informed decisions.

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    You want to attend only as many interviews as necessary to identify the programs that best fit and to successfully match. Here’s how to schedule your interviews to do just that.

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    Accepting an interview invite starts a chain of events that affects you and everyone else in the residency application process. As such, there are implications to consider as you cancel—and even as you accept interviews invites in the first place.

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    Several factors —some financial, some career-related—influence the amount of money you’ll spend interviewing for residency. Navigating these sometimes competing interests requires a smart strategy to maximize both your dollars and your interview experiences.

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    Going back to a program where you’ve already interviewed? These are second look visits. Here’s why, how they work, and how they’re perceived by program directors.

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