Super excited to be co-hosting Medical Mondays this month - see the details and link up at the bottom of this post! Quick catch up for those of you new around these parts: my husband is a 4th year medical student, a mere 45 days away from Match Day. We're in the process of creating our rank list and coming to terms with the fact that we'll be leaving the city that we've called home for the last nine years. Read about our residency journey thus far.
Nothing about medical school is inexpensive. Interviewing for residency is no exception. We'd been told to expect to spend anywhere between $3,000 and $10,000 on interviews (oh to have a travel budget of that amount normally!). Obviously, there are two large underlying factors in how much students spend on interviews. The first is the type of program in which one is interviewing. A less competitive program, say family medicine, means you can travel to fewer interviews. A more competitive program, such as ortho, requires more interviews. Or more praying. Or both. The second factor is how far from home one plans on interviewing, or in another word: plane tickets. If many far away interviews are scheduled, you can expect to be towards the higher end of that estimate.
As soon as we started planning my husband's residency interview process, I decided it would be
We tried our hardest to keep costs down. To the best of our ability, we laid out interviews in a logical order, grouping places together geographically if at all possible (so that my husband wasn't driving through Wisconsin to get to Minnesota, then coming back to Wisconsin the next week). However, it's not like you can just call up these programs and tell them when you are available to interview. Students receive an email saying (more or less), "Hello! We like your board scores and you don't sound like a dunce in your personal statement. Come see us on one of these five days to see if you like us too." And then you accept one of those dates, and hope that when the neighboring program offers you interview dates, they line up with the ones you've already scheduled.
My husband is going into internal medicine, which isn't a super competitive field. However, he hopes to do a fellowship, so he applied to and interviewed at some pretty competitive programs. We took about half of the interviews granted, and it was more than we should have. He was d.o.n.e. with interviews by the time the last few rolled around. So he did a total of 16 interviews, and I accompanied him on three of them (two extra plane tickets).
To keep costs down, we primarily did three things. First, my husband drove to 13 out of 16 interviews. Only spending gas money instead of the plane ticket/rental car combo saved us gobs (no, we didn't factor in depreciation on our vehicle. We assume once your car is over a dozen years old, it really doesn't matter). Second, we used and abused one of my good friend's hotel discount codes (shout out to my girl Perri - thank you for managing to stay in hospitality long enough for us to get through interviews!). Third, Southwest Airlines. Oh my lanta. As interviews were rolling in, we scheduled, rescheduled and shuffled interview dates, and we were so grateful for Southwest's no change fee policy. My husband literally changed plane ticket dates and destinations probably half a dozen times. Had he booked on any other airline, there would have been hundreds of dollars in change fees.
So are you ready for it? The
Rawr. Here's the breakdown:
Transportation (gas, tolls, rental cars, plane tickets): $2,366.91 [54%]
Food: $262.18 [6%]
Lodging: $1,305.28 [30%]
Application fees: $488 [11%]
Average cost per interview: $276.40
I feel like the average cost per interview is decent, considering the hotel alone was normally in the $75-$100 range. Had Liam and I not accompanied him on the interviews that we did, the total would have been a couple of hundred dollars less due to the cost of my airline tickets, and two extra nights in Denver. Aside from that, and maybe a couple of meals, there was no added cost to us going. There was no way I was passing up trips to Colorado and North Carolina ;)
Have any of you kept track of residency interview costs? If so, do you want to share your ugly number? Knowing that we were recording every dime probably helped us to curtail costs, but ignorance might have been bliss.
Without further ado...
Medical Monday Link-Up and BlogHop
Are you confused if you qualify for the party?
If you have a pager interrupting your life... you DEFINITELY qualify!
Do you work in healthcare?
Doctor? Nurse? EMT? Chiropractor? Vet? Dentist? Therapist?
MA? NA? PA? DA?
Are you the spouse or SO of a healthcare worker/student?
Are you a nursing student? Medical student?
Intern? Resident? Fellow?
You get the picture, right? Come on, now... don't be shy! Let's keep growing and meeting new bloggers, so we can build a community of support and friendship, learn from one another, and share our stories.
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