Dec. 2018: Mock Interview Sessions
79 fourth-year medical students participated in Mock Interview Sessions with the Career Development Office this fall. Curious what the sessions were like? Check out this feedback from students. A summary of the feedback provided by 40 student attendees:
- 97% felt it was easy to sign up for interviews
- 81% of students felt the event was well-organized
- 60% were satisfied with the structure overall
- 97% felt they received valuable feedback
- 95% felt they improved their interview skills
- 94% were satisfied with the event overall
Students at all stages of medical school are encouraged to reach out to the Career Development team at any time.
- “Having a physician ask me those commonly asked questions truly made a difference in my interviews. It’s one thing to rehearse those questions on your own, but a totally different thing to answer them in an interview scenario.”
- “Good practice with live, informed audience. Beats a mirror, friend, or family member every time. Excellent feedback from interviews – practical, usable advice.”
- “The opportunity to think through interview questions before the real thing and the materials provided for the mock interviews [was helpful].”
- “Solid preparation overall, so far on par with the [actual residency] interviews I’ve had. Packet was super useful for interview prep.”
- “Very well set up, questions asked and environment were very well simulated.”
- “Good full dry run of a simulated interview without breaking the session which allowed for good preparation of time to expect per interview, question types, decide how much time to think and/or spend answering and then also intentional thought into answers to give in advance of the first real residency interview.”
Nov. 2018: Class Ranking System
IU School of Medicine transitioned to a pass/fail grading system for all Phase 1 (Years 1 and 2) courses when the Class of 2020 matriculated in 2016. Upon the start of Phase 2 in April 2018, course grades for clerkships and electives continued to use the school’s Honors (H), High Pass (HP), Pass (P) grading scale which was a part of the legacy curriculum. This system will continue into Phase 3 for the class of 2020 and subsequent years. Based on the fact that there is no longer a grade point average calculated for Phase 1 courses, the school has decided to drop the ranking system (as used in the past) for all students in the Class of 2020 and beyond. This will eliminate dividing students into quintiles during the development of the Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE–aka Dean’s letter for residency application) starting with the Class of 2020 graduation. However, grade distributions for each required core clerkship during Phase 2 will be included in the MSPE, as required by the NRMP guidelines.
Oct. 2018: Career Development Program
With new leadership, programs and resources, what used to be the Career Mentoring Program is now the Career Development program to better reflect student needs. Check out resources for Phase 1, Phase 2, and Phase 3; the career mentor request form; and a Q&A with one of the career program team members, Sacha Sharp, MA. Hear Why Students Like the New Career Mentor Request Form ‘I was able to get in touch with my faculty member easily! He emailed me back the very next day.’ – Third-year student ‘I received a quick response from Dr. Elisa Illing and we set up a phone meeting. It worked well for me. Thanks.’ – Second-year student ‘I was assigned a mentor and everything is great – thanks!’ – Third-year student ‘I had a wonderful experience with requesting a mentor– I received an email from the assistant residency PD within 40 minutes of my online request with detailed helpful information for an MS3. He also gave me advice and resources for my subsequent questions that was very helpful.’ – Third-year student
Oct. 2018: New MSPE Process
Updated: October 15, 2018 To ensure that our fourth-year students have the absolute best Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE) possible for their residency applications, we introduced a new review and editing process this year. New to this year, either a dean from Medical Student Education in Indianapolis or a campus dean reviewed and edited every MSPE after it was created by each student and their lead advisor. We have heard from many students that they appreciated this very high level of review and the improvements made to their MSPE from this editing process. We continue to make improvements and enhance the way that we prepare IU School of Medicine students for the match process! Good luck fourth-years!
Oct. 2018: Isolated Deficiency Policy and Academic Good Standing
Updated: October 8, 2018