Interviews

Interview

We do not read applications in any systematic order and we issue invitations for interviews when enough information is available for us to make a decision. In most cases this is not until after Dean’s Letters arrive on October 1st. This is almost always the case for institutions where clerkship grades are only revealed in the Dean’s Letter. However, we rarely finish reading all our applications before early November, so applicants should not expect to hear from us before then. Often, some applicants from a school will be invited to interview before others are. This is usually just a consequence of our reading some applications before others and should not be a cause for concern.  We expect that all applicants will be notified about their interview on or before November 4th unless applications are incomplete at that time. As noted earlier, we review applications that are received after the October 31st deadline, but interviews are only rarely granted to those who apply late unless there are extenuating circumstances. Interview days for 2018-2019 are:

  • Friday, November 15th
  • Friday, November 22th
  • Tuesday, November 26th
  • Tuesday, December 3rd
  • Friday, December 6th
  • Friday, December 13th
  • Tuesday, December 17th
  • Friday, January 3rd
  • Friday, January 10th

Approximately 32 candidates are invited for each interview day or about one of every 6 applicants .

MD/PhD Days

Candidates with MD/PhD degrees or PhD-like research experiences who plan research careers following residency are invited to participate in additional sessions on one of the Thursday afternoons before the December 13th and January 10th interview days. The applicants will also have dinner that evening with residents who plan to become physician-scientists. These sessions have been very popular in the past. They are designed to acquaint applicants with the research and fellowship opportunities in the Boston area and give them a chance to meet several scientists in their areas of interest.  The MD/PhD days are entirely optional and are not part of the evaluation process.

Diversity Dinners

The BCRP embraces all forms of diversity, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, disability, gender identity and sexual orientation. Applicants who identify as a member of one or more of these or similar groups are invited to an informal diner the evening before their interview to familiarize them with special opportunities available within the BCRP and discuss any questions they may have about the program or the local community.

Diversity Second Look Day

The BCRP is committed to training a workforce that reflects the diversity of our patient population. As part of our intern recruitment program, we offer a funded second look day for traditionally underrepresented minority in medicine (URM) interviewees, including as defined by the AAMC. The goal of this program is to provide more familiarity and exposure to our program, our affiliated institutions, the city of Boston, and both BCRP residents and faculty from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds. This sponsored second-look day for URM interviewees is scheduled on Monday, January 27, 2020 this year, which is approximately two-weeks after our final interview day. The day’s program has included introductions from leadership at both institutions, a faculty panel, a candid discussion about race relations in Boston, lunch with residents, individual meetings with faculty, time to explore the city, and a Diversity Council Mixer with invited residents and faculty. The BCRP provides second-look attendees with lodging and meals for the visit and financial support to defray travel costs for this event.