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. This year ERAS doesn’t open until October 21 and we do not anticipate completing the review of all our applications before November 30. We expect that all applicants will be notified about their interview on or before that date unless applications are incomplete at that time. 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. As noted earlier, we review applications that are received after the November 20th deadline, but interviews are only rarely granted to those who apply late unless there are extenuating circumstances. Interview days for 2020-2021 are:
- Tuesday, December 8th
- Friday, December 11th
- Friday, December 18th
- Tuesday, December 22nd
- Tuesday, January 5th
- Tuesday, January 12th
- Friday, January 15th
- Friday, January 22nd
- Tuesday, January 26th
Approximately 32 candidates are invited for each interview day or about one of every 6 applicants .
The Interview Day
All interview days this year will be virtual and will be conducted entirely on Zoom with some written and video materials to be reviewed ahead of the interview day. We are still organizing these days and will update this site with more details in the next several months. The day will likely include two interviews, several informal information and question-and-answer sessions, an educational conference, and breakout sessions with the residents, as well as a virtual Happy Hour after dinner at the end of the day. It is likely that the day will begin at 10 am EST and last about 6 hours, not including an evening Happy Hour. There will be frequent breaks.
We will likely provide some material ahead of time and ask that you review it before the interview day. Again, details are being worked out but possibilities include a brochure describing the program, a video tour, information about the people you will meet on the interview day, and information about the technical aspects of the Zoom sessions. We may also connect you with a resident “buddy” ahead of time to answer questions and help with any details.
We are currently considering asking all participants, including faculty, to dress “business casual” — i.e., shirts (no ties), blouses, sweaters, etc., but no suits, as it seems inappropriate to sit at home in virtual sessions all day in suits.
We will ask applicants to use computer tablets, portable computers or desktop computers for the virtual sessions and not smart phones, since it will be important to have a reasonable screen size for the group sessions to see the other participants.
Candidates with MD/PhD degrees or PhD-like research experiences who plan research careers following residency are invited to participate in additional virtual sessions on one of the Monday afternoons before the January 5th and January 26th interview days. 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. We are still working out the details but it is likely that we will arrange for applicants to meet virtually with several scientists in their areas of interest followed by a brief information session about research in local institutions and research tracks available to BCRP residents. The MD/PhD days are entirely optional and are not part of the evaluation process.
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 Diversity Second Look Day for traditionally underrepresented minority in medicine (URM) interviewees, 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.
We plan to hold this second look day for URM interviewees as a virtual event in early- to mid-February 2021, approximately two-weeks after our final interview day. We will update this site with more details in the next several months. As in past years, the day’s virtual program will likely include introductions from leadership at both institutions, a faculty panel, a candid discussion about race relations in Boston, lunchtime sessions with residents, individual meetings with faculty, and a Diversity Council Mixer with invited residents and faculty. In the past, the BCRP has provided second-look attendees with lodging and meals for the visit and financial support to defray travel costs to attend this event; however, the need for a virtual event this year obviates travel expenses.
Other Second Visits
Children’s Hospital has decreed that all second visits this year must be virtual. We are still considering how to accomplish this but will do what ever we can to arrange for applicants who wish to learn more about the BCRP to meet with selected faculty or residents, to attend additional educational conferences, and, if it can be arranged, to attend morning rounds. Second visits are not expected and do not play a role in the selection process. If you are interested in a second visit contact Elayne Fournier, who will work with the chief residents and Dr. Lux to arrange it.