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The Story between the Pinstripes: Interviewing for Internal Medicine Residencies

Thalia Margalit, MD
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From Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA 02115.


Requests for Single Reprints: Thalia Margalit, MD, Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital, 75 Francis Street, Boston, MA 02115; e-mail, thalia.margalit@gmail.com.


Ann Intern Med. 2007;147(7):518. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-147-7-200710020-00011
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On the cusp of my most intense medical training, I am taking some time off from medical school to work in sales. After almost 2 months of interviewing for internal medicine residency programs, I have my pitch down to a science that is far more formulaic than any medicine I have yet to learn. I button up my perfectly conservative black suit accented by deliberate, but barely noticeable, red pinstripes to represent my originality in a field founded on structure and tradition. I slide a few extra resumes in my business bag. I gloss my lips, only to highlight my charming smile that represents a bright demeanor and approachability. I stretch back my shoulders, standing up straight with a posture that embodies reliability and strength. I am selling the complete package, with no money down and a 3-year warranty.

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A Compelling Story
Posted on October 1, 2007
Richard L. Neubauer
Service Chief, Internal Medicine, Alaska Native Medical Center
Conflict of Interest: None Declared

I found "The Story between the Pinstripes: Interviewing for Internal Medicine Residencies" by Thalia Margalit MD to be one of the most compelling pieces recently published in the Annals. Her sensitive and insightful chronicling of her personal experiences with the internship interview process reinforces an opinion I've recently formed: today's medical students and young physicians seem to be generally very advanced in organizing and expressing themselves despite increased complexities in our world and our medical systems. Better still, their talents seem to extend into astute clinical insights as well, even very early in their training. Notwithstanding the difficulties we face in sorting out a medical delivery system that sometimes seems terribly off track, interacting with students and trainees in our modern era, and reading the work of authors such as Dr. Margalit, makes me optimistic for the future of internal medicine.

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