During interview tours and dinners, we often hear similar questions from applicants. That’s great! For your reference, here are those answers. At the end, we’ve included some more questions you might want to ask us on interview day.
Q: How long are shifts?
A: We work 8 hour shifts. An additional hour is scheduled beyond this for completion of dictation and patient duties.
Q: Do you work one-on-one with attendings at all levels?
A: Yes. Unlike other programs, you will always present and work directly with an attending from your first day as an intern.
Q: Do you alternate procedure days with trauma surgery?
A: No, we do not. The ED runs all trauma codes and performs all procedures in the department. Only 11% of EM programs in the country have this arrangement.
Q: Do you see pediatric codes?
A: Yes. Due to the high percentage of pediatric patients we see, we see a large number of pediatric codes – medical and trauma – and are fully equipped, trained, and prepared to handle them.
Q: Do graduates go on to fellowships?
A: Yes! Our most recent class – 2016 – sent 7 residents to fellowships. Four in Ultrasound, one in Toxicology, one in Global Health, and one in Sports Medicine.
Q: Is the Level II Trauma Center designation an issue?
A: Not at all. Detroit EMS triages runs based on location, not trauma center level. We actually receive more priority 1 runs – “life and limb threatening” – than any of the other EDs in Detroit.
Q: How are your Grand Rounds?
A: We have protected time for Grand Rounds every Thursday, 830a-130p. We started a new, innovative curriculum in 2016 where residents present a core topic of their interest.
Q: Where do most residents live?
A: Most residents live in the Royal Oak/Ferndale area (a suburb about 10-15 minutes away) or Downtown/Midtown Detroit (about 10 minutes away).
Q: Do you feel safe at work and in Detroit?
A: Without question – absolutely yes. DMC takes security very seriously, and there are always several security officers in the Department. DMC security officers will even come to you if your car breaks down within several miles of the hospital.
Q: Do you work EMS shifts, including helicopters?
A: You will work several EMS shifts, (or “ride-alongs”). As of now, we do not offer helicopter flight time. The DMC EMS Fellowship is based out of SGH, and it’s very easy to increase your exposure if this is your area of interest.
Q: Can you attend annual conferences?
A: Yes. You will attend SAEM and ACEP conferences during your residency. Additionally, you can travel to any conference where your work has been accepted.
Q: Do residents have to work a ‘fast track’ or ‘urgent care’ area?
A: No. Residents work only in the Main ED. You will see occasional urgent care complaints due to overflow/triage policies, which will ensure your competence in this area.
Q: Tell us about food.
A: Our cafeteria provides good food, and has a 24 hour Subway and vending machines. DMC does not provide a meal stipend.
Here are some other questions you can ask on interview day: What’s your least/favorite thing about this program? What made you come here? What would you change? What kind of person would do well here?