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how to prepare for residency interviews

This article elaborates how to equip yourself with knowledge for residency interviews and explains you about the necessary rules for interviewing. As you will proceed towards your schedules, it will aid you in your decision making. The most practical and wise point is to be noted down. Have a detailed look at this part, talk to people who have gone through all this, as resource material, and lots of home research to get yourself completely prepared. The more knowledge you have, the more confident you are. It will relax you mentally as you got a clear idea and enough hold on the things.


Practical Interviewing:


A practical demo with friends or classmates would aid you a lot in gaining confidence and lessens the chances of mistakes that might occur during the interview.

Mock interview: Take the help of someone like a professor or the member of student Affairs department to conduct your mock interview. Make it like a real mock paper, following the same pattern as if it is a real paper and provide correct answers to those questions.

Do have some spare copies of your resume, your results transcripts, personal information and write specific questions you want to answer, a writing pad to note down the necessary details. (Get some good appealing portfolio)

It is better if you dress up like you are having an actual interview, to experience the practicality.


Something About Yourself:


Write down all your expertise, your skills, your positive talents, your achievements to answer basic questions asked in an interview. Your half of the interview is answered if you have done this homework.

Best 5 Things To Do: These 5 things are useful for any of your interviews that others would know about you.

How you are a different candidate from others?

What special abilities you have?

Make a precise list of the things you would be needing in your residency program: write them down according to most important to least important.

Give remarks to your accomplished needs/wants at the end of each schedule

Finally, compare the remarks and ratings of your each and every schedule to reach some conclusion.

Have a detailed look at your own personal school file.


Know each program and its importance:


Have lots of knowledge about each residency program:

Go through all the information provided to you.

Surf on the internet to have a look at  the program’s website.

Get an interview scheduled if it is not mentioned.

Get a detailed description of necessary things needed on the day of the interview.

You should know the people interviewing you before you go (do a web search)

Talk to the fresh graduates about the programs or to whom you know.

Have a sound knowledge about the specialty’s culture:

What the experts really do in the practical field?

What types of process are involved?

What is their perception in front of other experts?

Is there any training’s offered to them?

What are the examination requirements of the program?

How they rate or think about the specialty’s importance?


How you should look ?

Dress should always be decent, easy, good color and clean.

Your looks should portray a picture of  a professional physician not a medical student.

Men, do not wear suits and nothing casual jeans, etc.

Bold blue or gray color, thin striped

White or light blue shirt.

A formal tie: following small patterns, strips (navy or red)

Wear almost no jewelry

Neat haircut and clean shave

Women can wear a nice formal pants, skirts and suit.

Bolder colors are preferred like dark gray, dark blue etc.

Plain white or off-white top

Simple easy less noisy shoes

Wear almost no jewelry.

A smooth light make up and a good fragrance would work.

Get yourself prepared for uncertain rain etc, so an umbrella and a raincoat is must, so your dressing do not get spoiled.

Write down preferred questions.

According to the needs and wants you to list down earlier, get enough knowledge about them during the visit.


Here are few possible questions:

Success rate of graduate students, board marks, job searching etc.

Is there any chances of research programs?

The current value of the program and hospital: Some staff member ever left the program?

The status of in practice residents: anyone left the program?

How residents are appreciated? who does so? What is the feedback rate?

Teaching option?

Is there any expected changes  in coming three years?

How this program is different from others?

Make a list of specific questions you want to ask for resident:

How clinical faculty contacts with students?

How much an internee gets work? Is it fixed?

What kind of clinical activities I would experience?

How their schedule works?

What is the number of patients I would be taking care of ?

Are you satisfied? Was it a good experience for you?

Residents socializing activities are in groups or individual?

Any Extra activities?


Questions to avoid

A few things you should keep in mind that are considered negative in an interview. Almost all the necessary information would be given to by sending your documents or during orientation. If you did not receive any such thing, ask Education office about it.





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Questions you should expect

Write down all the questions that you think are expected from the interviewer. Go through their answers once before the interview. Here are a few questions that can be somehow helpful to you in preparing yourself for an interview.

How are you doing today?

Do you want to ask something? (yes….)

A brief introduction about yourself/

What are your positive and negative points?

Why you want to opt for this program?

What else you expect from this program?

Why you want to study with us?

What else you consider regarding this program? How many interviews you already come up to?

Why we would select you? What’s new you can add up in the program?

How confident are you in getting started as an internee?

A Few lines about how we would interact with you?

A brief explanation of all the things written in your resume.

How about a particular lack of score in your result?

Where you see yourself standing in next 5 or 10 years?

What else you do other than studies?

Discuss any case you suffered from, if you was in clinic.

Did any patient taught you something?

How you would you react if you find your senior acting in a wrong way?

What kind of patients you mostly prefer?

How you manage your priorities?

What else you would like to be, if not physician?

How do you control the extreme conflict situations?

Tell me some non medical thing in 5 minutes

What you think, the reality is (non medical)?

What if you are not selected?

Is there anything you would like to discuss? (Yes)


Unethical questions might include

When you are getting married? If married, how many kids?

What is your age?

If we select you now, will you join us?


Be confident

Do not roam around your eyes

The question asked should be listened once.

Only answer what is being asked

Do not add extra information that is not asked by them

Be smooth and confident in conversation.

One question can be asked 20 times, so do not get irritated.

Keep smiling, it lessens the nervousness on your face.

Discuss with some specialist about the possible interview questions.

When interviewing overs, always end up with thank you.


Top Medical Residency Websites


Best Medical Residency Websites


    • AMA – FREIDA Online – Searchable listing of all available residencies in the US and territories.
    • Cedars-Sinai Graduate Medical Education – Provides information on residency and fellowship training programs at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California.
    • Crozer-Keystone Health Systems – Information on the residency programs offered. (Pennsylvania)
    • Darthmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center: Graduate Medical Education – A full range of more than 32 residency and fellowship programs. New Hampshire.
    • Department of Pathology – Texas Tech University Medical Center – The Department of Pathology at Texas Tech University Medical Center is a fully accredited five year residency training program.
    • FREIDA Online – Searchable listing of available residencies in the US and territories.

    • Family Medicine and Psychiatry
       – Dynamic FAQ discussing the combined medical residency training in psychiatry and family medicine. From the University of California, Davis Medical Center (UCDMC) in Sacramento, California.
    • Flash-Med – A physician designed site with thousands of questions and problem based diagrams. Review relevant medical information in a flash card format.
    • International Medical Graduate Institute – An online resource center for the international medical graduate (IMG) and the international medical student. Features free information and evaluation of residency chances and premium consultations and referrals.
    • Medfools – Provides information on PreMed to MCAT, Med Students to Boards, Wards to Residency Match, and beyond Residency. PDAs, Downloads, Scutsheets, and resources.
National Resident Matching Program – NRMP places applicants for postgraduate medical training positions into residency programs at teaching hospitals throughout the United States.
  • Residency and Fellowship.com – For medical students, medical graduates, physicians, residency and fellowship applicants. Provides medical education information, medical forum, chat room, and medical career guidance.
  • ResidentPhysician.com – Contains the official ranking of 14 medical specialty departments according to 1998/1999 NIH research funding. Links are provided to the home pages.
  • San Francisco Matching Program – Provides support services to applicants and programs to facilitate the application and selection process for residency and fellowship positions.
  • Seth G.S. Medical College and King Edward Memorial Hospital – Providing information about the training in undergraduate (MBBS), postgraduate (MD, MS and various Diplomas) and superspeciality (DM, MCh) medical courses. A n
    ursing school is also maintained by these institutions. (India)
  • Synergy Medical Education Alliance – A community campus affiliated with the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine.
  • University of Tennessee College of Medicine – Chattanooga Unit – Accredited residency and continuing medical education programs sponsored by the University of Tennessee and located in Chattanooga (key affiliated hospital is Erlanger).