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Interview FAQ

internal-medicine-residents-37.jpgWhere should I stay while in Jackson?
Lodging is provided for out of town applicants the night prior to the interview at Holiday Inn Express in Flowood, Miss. Any further nights can be booked at interviewee's own expense by contacting the Holiday Inn Express at (601) 992-7773.

How is the weather in Mississippi during interview season?
November is typically cool in the mornings and mild in the afternoons; December is typically cool all day,and January is typically cold all day. A light jacket would be appropriate in December and a heavy jacket in January. Mississippi weather is unpredictable, so make sure to check the weather and bring a small umbrella just in case.

What do I need to know about the applicant dinner?
Applicant dinners are held at Amerigo's in Flowood the night before your interview day. The dinner typically starts about 6:30 p.m. If you are staying at the Holiday Inn Express, residents will pick you up at 6:15 p.m. in their personal vehicles. Dress is business casual - no coats or ties required. Spouses/significant others are welcome if they also are in town for your interview.

How long is the interview day?
The interview day starts at 7:30 a.m. and lasts until around 2 p.m.

When do I check out of the hotel? Do I have a place to store my luggage?
Your interview will not end prior to check-out time on the day of the interview. Therefore, you will need to check out that morning prior to leaving the hotel. You may leave your luggage at the front desk, and they will keep it for you until the end of your interview day.

Will I need to drive myself to the interview? If so, where should I park?
If you are staying at the Holiday Inn Express, transportation will be provided by the residency program to and from the hospital. If you drive your own vehicle to the interview, park in garage A. Bring your parking ticket with you for validation at the end of the day. Directions to garage A: From North State Street, turn onto the UMMC campus at the stoplight (across from Backyard Burger); garage A is on the left.

What is the typical itinerary for an interview day?

  • 7:45-8:10 a.m. - ¬†Welcome and program overview
  • 8:15-9:15 a.m. - Morning report
  • 9:30-12 p.m. - Interviews
  • 12-1:15 p.m. - Lunch with residents
  • 1:30-2 p.m. - Hospital tour

Where do I go in the morning?
One of our chief residents will meet those arriving from the Holiday Inn Express at 7:30 a.m. in the main lobby of the hospital and walk you to the welcome breakfast. If you are driving yourself, it is encouraged that you also arrive at this time. We will meet for a short welcome in the cardiology conference room on the second floor of the cardiovascular center.

Should I eat breakfast before arriving?
A light breakfast of coffee and pastries will be provided in the morning. Holiday Inn Express also offers a complimentary breakfast starting at 6 a.m. for their guests.

Will I know with whom I am interviewing? How many interviews will I have?
You will receive a folder at the beginning of the interview day with an itinerary that includes the names of your interviewers. Each applicant typically has two 30-minute interviews with department faculty as well as a 10-minute interview with the program director.

Do I need to bring a copy of my CV/personal statement?
No. Your interviewers are provided copies of your application prior to your interview, so there is no need for you to bring this information with you to your interview.

Where do I send thank-you notes?
Thank-you notes are not required but can be sent to the internal medicine office and will then be distributed to the faculty. Enclose individual thank-you notes in a larger envelope addressed to Cheryl Moss, Department of Internal Medicine, 2500 N. State St., Jackson, MS 39216.

What else do I need to know?
More information can be found on the other pages of the internal medicine residency website. For other questions, contact Cheryl Moss.