If you are attending the AAFP Resident and Medical Student Conference this year make sure to come swing by and say hello. We will be there from July 27-29 to answer questions and talk about our program. Look for our matching red shirts and booth 2027.
From personal experience we know it can be overwhelming to come to these events. Here are a few do's and don'ts that we have learned along the way:
Do: Come Talk to Us!
Part of the reason to come to these conferences is to network and figure out the "personality" of various residency programs.
Don't: Worry About Having a Ton of Questions
We would much rather have a conversation about who you are and what you are interested in than list the bed size of our hospital (unless of course you are interested in that- in which case 555 beds).
Do: Start to Hone Your Interview Skills
While this is a lot less formal than an interview it is a good opportunity to practice for the big day... especially if you are nervous about it.
Don't: Forget to Think About What you Want
You truly are in the driver's seat in this process (even if it doesn't feel that way). Keep a list of things you want- (global health? women's health? Trader Joes?... we have all three) - and start asking about it.
Do: Keep in Touch
We encourage you to stay in contact with us. It's important because it shows us that you are interested and also lets us answer any questions you may have.