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44 | SUMMER 2014 New docs don't always have the confidence they need when it comes to meeting a future employer face to face. But they should—and here's how to get it. Interviewing with confidence B Y THE TIME YOU'VE COMPLETED INTERVIEWS for medical school, residency and maybe a fellowship, the whole job interview process may seem old hat. But there's a difference between early medical school interviews and job interviews: Your livelihood is now on the line. Matthew Palmer, D.O., FACOOG, an OB/Gyn now practicing in Crystal, Minnesota, says he f rst noticed the interviewing difference with his fellowship in Detroit at Henry Ford Health System. "You start to get a sense that you are bringing a lot to the table," he says. It's no longer about pleasing someone. Instead, he says, "You are just trying to make sure [the position] is a good f t for you." Adam Ylitalo, D.O., who recently obtained his f rst job with Hillcrest Urology in Waco, Texas, after completing his residency at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, had a similar realization. "I felt I had to prove something in my medical school and residency interviews," he says. "But when it came to a job interview, it was more about the group proving to me that it was the right f t." Indeed, what many physicians discover during their f rst job interviews is that things have evolved. "It feels less like an exam and more like a conversation between two po- tential colleagues," Palmer says. Getting that f rst job after residency P hysicians will likely go through many different interviews post residency. For some like Palmer, who wanted to practice back in his home state of Minnesota after his residen- Continued on page 46 By Marcia Horn Noyes You got this: 2014 Annual Interview ISSUE 2 4 3 - S u m 1 4 . i n d d 4 4 243-Sum14.indd 44 6 / 1 3 / 1 4 1 2 : 5 1 P M 6/13/14 12:51 PM

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