Cardiology fellowship interview tips

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Cardiology fellowship interview tips
A cardiology fellowship is prestigious, and preparing for an interview is important. (business hands image by vb_photo from Fotolia.com)

Fellowship interviews are important, as they allow panellists to get to know a candidate better. Landing a cardiology fellowship is a highly competitive process. The interview is a candidate's opportunity to discuss his qualifications as well as his passion for cardiac care. Following basic interview techniques such as proper attire and answer preparation may make it easier for you to gain the attention of medical colleagues.

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Cover the Interview Basics

Before the fellowship interview, gather your application materials. This includes your curriculum vitae, personal statement, letters of recommendations, medical school transcripts and applicable test scores (if any). Review the material and pay close attention to your personal statement. The interview panellists may refer to your personal statement and choose to ask questions about your background in cardiology, why you chose the field and how you might contribute positively to the fellowship. Cardiology fellowships are prestigious, thus it is important to dress appropriately. Men might wear a nice suit with a tie and women might wear a skirt and blouse ensemble. Arriving 15 to 20 minutes before the interview will allow you to establish your composure.

Create Compelling Answers

During the interview, the medical panel will ask pertinent questions. Think of the reason why you chose cardiology as a subspecialty and how that decision will influence your life and the lives of others. As a cardiologist resident, you have gained considerable knowledge and experience. Your intent is to prove to the medical panel that you are qualified for the cardiology fellowship. Do this with enthusiasm and explain how you will take advantage of the opportunity. For example, the panel may ask how you plan to help further cardiac research. Create a short answer that will inform them you are knowledgeable in your field. For example, you might discuss past research projects or talk about a study you plan on performing.

Use Field Knowledge

Showing enthusiasm for the field of cardiology is important. During the fellowship interview, panellists may be interested in your knowledge of current research. Prepare to refer to studies published in scholarly journals such as the American Journal of Cardiology. This may impress the panel and inform them that you are knowledgeable of your field.

What Impresses You

Although, you may not know who will attend your cardiology fellowship interview, you still can prepare to discuss the work of other physicians. Plan to discuss active research that is taking place at the hospital or medical institution. Prepare to know full names of physicians and titles (if applicable) of research projects.

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