The Interview Day
Upon arrival to Syracuse, you'll be treated to dinner with some current residents in our program. In this casual, relaxed atmosphere, applicants are encouraged to ask questions and get to know the team. The next day (your interview day), a current resident will meet you in the hospital lobby at 7:45am to guide you on a tour of our facilities. At 9am, the Program Director(s) will give a brief welcome and presentation of our program. Following the presentation, applicants will be escorted to their individual interviews. Each applicant will have a total of 3 interviews with faculty; sometimes, a chief or senior resident may participate in interviews as well. Each interview is approximately 45 minutes in length. After morning interviews, lunch will be provided; all current residents are invited to stop by to answer any questions applicants may have. After lunch, applicants will complete their remaining interviews, wrapping up the day between 2pm and 3pm. Click here for a sample itinerary.
A message from our chiefs: The interview day
In retrospect, the residency interview season was both an exciting and an extremely stressful period. At times, the amount of information, the number of decisions, and the overall gravity of the process felt overwhelming. The Upstate interview day and overall interview experience was a nice break from the daily stress of being a medical student and the tension of the residency interview process. The superb organization of the itinerary and the friendliness of the residents and faculty members allowed for a very relaxing experience. The candor and warmth of the interviewers was particularly striking, as it made me feel that the department was trying to provide me with the most accurate and complete image of the program and department as a whole. Though the sixty minute interview slots were initially intimidating, I was amazed at how easily the conversations flowed and how much interest the interviewers expressed in me as a person; it was quite refreshing to be seen as something other than a medical student. The interview dayfelt like an opportunity to learn about the program and I appreciated that everyone was so invested in the interviewees.
As senior residents, we can appreciate that the interest in the integrate person, the encouragement of independent thought, and the concern for the health and well being of trainees are amongst the core values of our department. These values are the main drivers of change within the department. We hope that you will consider applying to our residency training program and we wish you the best of luck during this interview season and the entirety of your career as a psychiatrist!
Caitlin Gardiner, MD, Mitchell Rienzi, MD, and Joseph Schmidt, DO