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Interview Day FAQs

Where should I stay while in Jackson?
Lodging is provided for out of town applicants the night prior to the interview at the Residence Inn by Marriott at the District at Eastover. Any further nights can be booked at the interviewee's own expense by contacting the Residence Inn by Marriott. Residence Inn Jackson

How is the weather in Mississippi during interview season?
October and November are 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 a local restaurant in the District at Eastover the night before your interview day. The dinner typically starts about 6:30 p.m. If you are staying at the Residence Inn, you will be able to walk to dinner. 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 around 7:00 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 Residence Inn, 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 at UMMC. 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.

Interviewees get to know each other.jpgWhat is the typical itinerary for an interview day?

  • 7:00-8:10 AM -   Welcome and program overview
  • 8:15-9:15 AM -    Morning report
  • 9:30 AM-12 PM -  Interviews
  • 12-1:15 PM -  Lunch with residents
  • 1:30-2:00 PM -    Hospital tour

Where do I go in the morning?
The senior residency administrator will meet those arriving from the Residence Inn in the lobby between 7:00 and 7:10 on the morning of the interview and walk you to the welcome. If you are driving yourself, it is encouraged that you also arrive at this time. 

Should I eat breakfast before arriving?
The Residence Inn offers a complimentary breakfast for hotel guests and we will have coffee and snacks available mid-morning. 

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. They can also be sent via email. 

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.