I just got back from my Akron interview and all I can say is OH MY GOD!!! This has to be the most difficult, anxiety-producing event that I have ever been a part of. First you have to take a written test. Then you have to go through three rooms of people for rapid-fire questions. Each room is filled with three to five people who are CRNA faculty or anesthesiologists. Each room is only six minutes but it was so intense that I thought I was going to throw up. The questions were so fast and furious that you either knew it or you didn't ... no time for hyperbole. It was kind of like a game show with the clock ticking and your whole future depended on the answer you gave. After one answer, one of the interviewers leaned forward and said "are you sure?" ... It was excruciating!!! They slammed me on general ICU stuff like ABG interpretation, vasoactive drugs and dosages, ACLS interventions, post-CABG scenarios, ventilation modes, and IABP. I actually think that I did pretty well, but you never know. They are interviewing 70 people for 32 slots so it could go either way. They said that we would receive notification in the mail in about five days.
I just feel like I've been through a war-zone and had to vent to someone. Anybody else going through Akron's interview and need to vent?