Resident Interview Process
Interviews are held on three designated days in autumn, with ten to fifteen candidates interviewing each day. By grouping the interviews on a dedicated day we can assure all resident applicants have the opportunity to meet most of our faculty and residents and to see our institution in an efficient manner. This also allows us to evaluate, discuss and rate the applicants in as fair and objective manner as possible.
Wayne State University and the Detroit Medical Center participate with the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP) and the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).
Applicants interview with all faculty available that day. Applicants and residents meet for lunch and the applicants are then taken on a tour of the clinical and research facilities by two or three of the current residents. The faculty meet after each session to rank the applicants.
We are looking for an applicant who is intelligent and personable, and has an unwavering quest for excellence. Humanistic qualities are not overlooked. The applicant should be inherently compassionate, congenial, pleasant, and a team player. We look at the applicant's undergraduate and medical school GPA, honors, research, publications, especially in referred journals, presentations, AOA status, Dean's letters, and letters of reference. The personal interview is very important in assessing all components important to a good "fit" for both the applicant and the program.
At the conclusion of the interview process, match-ranking lists are completed by the applicants as well as the residency programs. The match results are available in late March.
The Wayne State University School of Medicine does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, age, religion, color, national origin, disability, or veteran's status.