Before Your Interview
If you are selected for an interview, you will be contacted via ERAS and can use ERAS Scheduler to schedule your interview with us. Please call us if you have any difficulties scheduling your interview. In addition to information about our program, you will also receive a link to our non-ERAS supplemental application. This form provides us with additional information about you and your interest in our program and will help us tailor your interview experience. It is optional but strongly encouraged to complete.
If you are selected for an interview, you will also receive a package from AFP two to three days before your interview day. This package will contain useful information (our information folder, resident and faculty contact information, incentives/benefits, etc) as well as your agenda for the interview day. It will also have various snacks and food native to Altoona along with trinkets and swag!
The night before your interview, you will have the option of a virtual social hour with some of our residents for informal conversation and questions.
Your Interview Day
Your interview day will be completely virtual via Zoom. We will send you the agenda and link prior to your interview day. The day will be a half-day of information, conversation, and fun. Our goal is to get to know you, but more importantly, for you to get to know us and everything that makes AFP great!
Your interview day will start at 8:15 am or 1:15 pm and will last approximately three hours. A sample agenda would be
- Virtual introductory interactive video and PowerPoint
- 20-minute interviews with faculty and residents
- Virtual hospital and office tour
- Self-selected virtual community tour
- Wrap Up "Connection Time"
Your Second Look at AFP- "The AFP Experience"
We are strongly encouraging applicants who have been selected to interview schedule an in-person visit at AFP. While a virtual interview is great, we truly feel the best way to get to know AFP and the Altoona area is by visiting it.
We are calling these second looks “The AFP Experience!” The AFP Experience will help you appreciate what makes AFP and Altoona such a great place to live and learn. You’ll get to experience the strong culture and camaraderie we’ve built at AFP as well as see where you’ll be working.
A typical AFP Experience will include
- Tour of the AFP office
- Tour of UPMC Altoona
- Meeting with residents and faculty in the office
- Self-paced community tour
- Optional breakfast or dinner with the residents
Hotel accommodations can be provided for those who need it. We recommend you schedule your AFP Experience after your virtual interview, but we will be flexible and try to accommodate your schedule. Please let us know if you are bringing any significant others or family members along so we can make sure they have a great time too!
As you make your rank list, we are sure you will have more questions or want to get a better feel for the program, so you may want to attend one of virtual "Cafe Times" that will start in January. These 30-minute sessions on Zoom will include faculty, residents, and staff presenting a variety of topics highlighting the many strengths of our program. Then, you will have time to interact with residents and other students who share your interests.
These sessions will occur in the evenings, about once a week, and will be available to applicants who have interviewed with us or have a scheduled interview. Topics may include
- OB at AFP
- Procedures at AFP
- Living in Altoona
- OMM Opportunities at AFP
- International Opportunities at AFP
- Women in Family Medicine
- Lifestyle medicine
- Wellness at AFP
- And many more!