Once your application is complete, Dr. Schwengel will consider it in its entirety, and an interview invitation may be extended. We interview approximately 150 applicants per year.
Our department interviews applicants on Monday and Tuesdays between the months of November and February. We make every effort to make our interview days as enjoyable as possible for the applicant. To that end, we never interview more than eight candidates per interview day.
All interview invitations are sent out via email. If you receive an invitation, you should start by calling Andrea Collins at (410) 955-7609. Mrs. Collins will be able to schedule your interview. We recommend calling early, as interview days go quickly and are granted on a first-come-first-served basis.
Thurgood Marshall/Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI)
is conveniently located approximately 15 miles from the hotel in which most applicants stay (please see below). BWI is a major hub for Southwest Airlines and AirTran, and many applicants are able to find inexpensive, non-stop flights to and from the Baltimore area. Other ways to get here include driving, Amtrak (the Penn Station/Baltimore stop), and the MARC train from DC (with Reagan and Dulles airports nearby). The Bolt Bus or Greyhound Bus may be used to travel to Baltimore and will arrive at Penn Station, but the Megabus stops outside the city in White Marsh and users of this system may have a more difficult time finding a way into the city. From Penn Station, the Purple Charm City Circulator
can take you for free to the Inner Harbor. From BWI, the MTA Light Rail
can take you to the Camden Yard stop at the Inner Harbor for $1.60. Additionally, taxis are available from the airport for a flat rate of $35 to the Inner Harbor and from Penn Station to the Inner Harbor for about $10.
Each applicant is invited to have dinner with some of our current residents at the McCormick & Schmick
restaurant the night before the interview. The dinner is not a required event, should you not be able to attend. The restaurant is conveniently located in the same building as the hotel. Vegetarian options are always available, but if you have dietary restrictions beyond this, please let Mrs. Collins know when you schedule your interview. Further details about the interview day will be provided with the interview invitation.
Accommodations are provided free of charge for each invited interviewee at the Pier 5 Hotel
in Baltimore's scenic Inner Harbor. There is a free shuttle service to bring applicants to the Hospital the morning of the interview.
The interview day begins at 7:30AM, and all applicants are asked to arrive by then. The department is located on the 14th floor of the Blalock Building in the main hospital. Upon arrival, applicants relax with a continental breakfast. At approximately 8AM, Dr. Schwengel invites the applicants into her office for a presentation about the Johns Hopkins Anesthesiology Residency. Thereafter, the applicants are split into 2 groups. One group goes on a hospital tour with one of our chief residents, and the other group has 4 faculty interviews. The groups then switch.
Each applicant is interviewed by our program director, Dr. Schwengel, our interim chairperson, Dr. Nyhan, and 2 additional faculty members. Interviews are designed to get to know the applicant, not to induce stress. You can anticipate a stress-free, pleasant day at Hopkins.
After each group has had a tour and interviews, the applicants again come together for a complimentary lunch with our residents and faculty. After lunch, the interview day at Hopkins is officially over, and applicants can take the shuttle back to the hotel and prepare to return home. Some candidates take advantage of the extra time to meet with additional faculty members of their choosing or residents with a particular background or characteristics that would make their perspective valuable to the applicant. Some candidates who have applied to the Mercy Medical Center or Sinai Hospital Internships often arrange to interview at these facilities the afternoon of their Hopkins interview to save time. More detailed information will be included in your interview invitation. Additionally, Mrs. Collins will assist you in setting up Mercy or Sinai interviews if applicable.
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