Here is a hidden method for getting interviews that you may not hear much about. Each year different medical speciality organizations hold conferences and the respected doctors, residents, and medical students come to attend them. Some of the doctors are residency directors that stay within their program booth to present some kind of research project. You can use the conferences as a medium to get an interview and take the time to show them who you are.
- Dress up and dress to impress. Don't go all out, don't wear a suit but wear something that is business casual.
- Take 10 resumes with you each day, and trust me 10 is enough because you will tired after talking to 10 different residency programs.
- Always be on the look out to talk to the residency director because you want to talk to him/her the most but also don't deny the residents or the other staff.
- If they invite you to dinner say YES. If they invite you that means they like you so make sure you do so.
- Do not approach any of the booth with another friend because you want the spotlight to yourself and you do not want to share that with anyone else.
- Don't be fake. Be yourself and stay positive.
- If you are going, then volunteer somewhere medically related before so you'll have something to talk about
- ***IMPORTANT: Register with ERAS before going to the convention because each booth may have a sign-in list of who they talk to, make it easy for them to look you up during interview season so put your AAMC ID# on your resume and also write it down next to your name on their sign in sheet.***
If you have the time and money then you should go to local conferences. When you go to conferences and show your face multiple time to residency directors you will gain more of a momentum for your application to be seen. Local conferences are usually more expensive than the national convention but you have little to no competition because medical students rarely come. Also in local conferences the atmosphere is more relaxed.