Preparing students for residency interviews through a residency interview boot camp.

Title

Preparing students for residency interviews through a residency interview boot camp.

Creator

Ulbrich Timothy R; Boyle Jaclyn A

Publisher

Currents in pharmacy teaching & learning

Date

2017
2017-07

Description

BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: To describe the offering of the residency boot camp activity at one college of pharmacy for students in their fourth professional year. EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITY AND SETTING: Student pharmacists in their final professional year of pharmacy school were invited to participate in a voluntary residency boot camp activity. Originally, the activity consisted of four parts: (1) guidance on preparing for residency interviews; (2) a 1:1 mock interview with a resident, faculty member, residency preceptor or area program director; (3) a review of the student's curriculum vitae (CV) and letter of intent; and (4) a review of the application timeline and process. Based on the feedback, the activity was changed to include five parts: (1) orientation/welcome session, (2) mock interview, (3) case presentation, (4) podium presentation, and (5) a debriefing session on the day's activities and to answer any remaining student questions about the residency application process. In the second offering of the residency boot camp, students were invited to complete a voluntary pre- and post-assessment of their perceived readiness for residency interviews. The activity has evolved based on student feedback to focus predominately on the group and 1:1 interviews. FINDINGS: Since starting the activity in 2013, 14 of the 21 students (67%) from the class of 2014, 16 of the 25 students (64%) from the class of 2015 and 24 of the 26 students (92%) from the class of 2016 that applied for residency training participated in the residency boot camp activity. For the Fall 2014 offering where a survey was conducted, the pre- and post-survey instrument used a Likert Scale, ranging from "strongly disagree" (score of 1) to "strongly agree" (score of "5"). DISCUSSION: and conclusions: Simulated exercises such as a residency boot camp can expose student pharmacists to important interview readiness skills. Student pharmacists involved in this activity demonstrated a perceived positive effect of such activities.

Subject

*Career Mobility; *Internship and Residency; *Interviewing skills; *Mock interview; *Residency training; Adult; Curriculum/trends; Education; Feedback; Female; Humans; interviews; Interviews as Topic/*methods/standards; Male; pharmacy residency; Pharmacy/*psychology; Pharmacy/methods; residency interviews; Students; Workforce

Rights

Article information provided for research and reference use only. All rights are retained by the journal listed under publisher and/or the creator(s).

Pages

671–682

Issue

4

Volume

9

Citation

Ulbrich Timothy R; Boyle Jaclyn A, “Preparing students for residency interviews through a residency interview boot camp.,” NEOMED Bibliography Database, accessed June 24, 2021, https://neomed.omeka.net/items/show/3538.

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