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Message from the Program Director

October 20, 2020

2020 has been a unique year with many challenges for all of us. In a way, like all challenges, it has forced us to rethink how we do things, and we should look at it as an opportunity to do them better.

As of this writing, we plan to conduct ALL our interviews on a virtual platform, which will make them equally accessible to all the applicants, regardless of their ability to travel here.

We anticipate that this will result in a much higher number of applications, and we are excited by the opportunity to evaluate a larger and more diverse pool of candidates for the three categorical and two preliminary PGY-1 positions we offer. On the other hand, it will be harder for us to select those to invite to interview, since we will be able to accommodate only approximately 50 candidates, because our interview bandwidth reained the same as last year.

If, after reviewing your ERAS application, we determine that you are a potentially good fit for our program, before formally inviting you we will contact you with a brief questionnaire to help us solidify the impression your application made.

We are committed NOT to invite more candidates than we have interview spots available, and we will continue to provide a 24-hour window for the candidates to reply to our invitation email. That means that if you are invited and accept within 24 hours, you will have secured an interview spot. We consider that a sign of respect for your time and effort, and we expect you will reciprocate by not cancelling your interview less than two weeks before its scheduled date, as we will need time to find another candidate to take your place.

Before your interview date, you will have the opportunity attend a virtual ‘Meet and Greet’ sessions with a resident group and no faculty in attendance. This will be an essential opportunity for you to interact with the residents, ask questions, and hopefully develop a sense of the culture of our program.

On the interview day, we currently plan four 15-minute separate interviews, three with members of the faculty and one with the program director or a designee. A senior resident may sit in on the interview, which will be recorded for educational purposes.

I hope this information helps you prepare for a virtual interview process that we have designed with the intent to best evaluate our mutual fit. To help you learn more about our program we just posted on Surgery's website (Here) few videos made by current residents. Please take a look!

Thank you for considering our program. I am looking forward to hearing from you soon!

Sebastiano Cassaro, MD, FACS

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Kaweah Health Surgery Residency Program is a five-year ACGME-accredited program matching five PGY-1 residents each year. The program partcipates in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) and will consider only applications submitted though the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).