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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.





Other medical leave


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.

Process and Tips for Applying Residency

There is lot of information on web about USMLE Exam and Residency Program. Here is to 10 tips for those who don’t have time to waste.

1. Apply on time. If possible be ready to apply on first date when application are accepted.

2. For every 10 Residency Position, normally hospitals and universty hospitals gets 120 – 130 applications.
3. Interview dates varies hospital by hospital, be aware of that.

4. Candidates for interiew are selected on First Come – First Served basis.
5. Hospital send invitation Letters to SELECTED Candidates, one factor in selection is timing.
6. Once enogh/targeted number of Candidates accepts Interview. Hospital close interview invitations.
7. Unless large number of candidate cancel their interview, no interview invitation being send after the close date.
8. Plan ahead for interview dates. Don’t pick dates to close to eah other.
9. Keep enough time margin between arriving in interview place and your interview. There is very little chance or almost no chance you will get any favor if you missed interview date or time.
10. Wear Decent, look sharp on your interview.

Good luck all Residency Candidates

how to get through Your Residency Matching

Some Extra Help to Get You through Your Residency Matching


These tips that I am sharing with you have been based on my own

experience and I hope they will help you with your residency matching.


The score value

Don’t base all your hopes for a successful match just based on your

scores. My score ended in the low 90’s.  I am going to tell you about

contacts a little later, which is going to be an important part of your

matching goals. With this score, I still was successful with a match at

Univ. Hospital on h1 medicine.


How important is your visa?

This is really important. Preferences can be 5% behind you with the green

card. Its gets better though when you are able to produce something more

supportive as well. I had my externship to rely on.



The best contacts

As I mentioned before, regarding scores, that contacts were going to be

important too. In my case, I relied on my reco. letter writer to contact

various programs on my behalf. However, I made the choice of who to

contact and did not rely entirely on his choices. There is always the

possibility that if you have a program contact, they might be able to

get you in for an interview. This is not something that should be

relied upon though. You also have to keep in mind that even with the

interviews it doesn’t mean it’s a sure thing.


I made a concentrated effort on applying at multiple places for just

observership and ended up getting a sub internship.


You will find handy references here on this website. You can do this on a

b1 visa. Although as I said it’s not a requirement, but it is impressive

as an extra if you do a job that’s well done. I won’t be able to answer PM for

observership leads. I am only familiar with the ones that you will find

on the site. You can email pcs for all the programs. The email id

for this is in freida and eras.



Don’t underestimate program research!

Don’t settle just for the minimum program requirements. Do your

homework and research what you can about each program. I found out

afterwards that although some of the programs only indicate 1 year use

that they will still call for an interview.


Looking for Personal statements

This is something you just are not going to get. I tried for three

months and was interviewed by many people, but they will not provide

personal statements.


Don‘t slack off

Keep yourself involved in your work. You need to keep in touch with

your patients in order to build your confidence. If you do this it will help

when you have to respond to the medical questions during your

interview. Stay busy no matter whether you are in your homeland or

outside your country.


Proper Presentation

This is really one of the most important areas in order to achieve your goal.

During your interview, how you perform is going to be scrutinized. Be

sure that you portray yourself as being confident but not to the point

of being arrogant. Smile and be pleasant. It doesn’t matter whether you

consider the program to be a bad one, do not voice this when you are

there or use derogatory language. We must remember that we are there as

guests and need to present ourselves professionally. The host should

not be uneasy with our presence. Be sure you are prepared for the

medical questions that you will be confronted with.


Be respectful

I have often found that in my case anyway with some of my countrymen

that they arrive in America with a poor attitude. They want to be

created equally but will often imagine discrimination that is not

present. This does not seem to be an appropriate approach in a Country

that is giving us an opportunity to further our goals. Making

comparisons to the natives of this country should not be the priority.


Some individuals will make the mistake of talking about their most

favored programs when at an interview. All this does is indicate to the

present interviewer that the applicant is not interested in the program

they are offering. It doesn’t hurt to have some supporting documentation

with you on the chance the interviewer asks for it though.


Your attitude towards your friends will go a long way to helping you

achieve your goals. Jealousy is not something that should be part of

your mandate. Sharing and cooperating with each other can only serve to

benefit everyone.


Show your appreciation

Be sure to show your appreciation with writing thank you letters and

perhaps sending Christmas cards. You want to be courteous but not

overbearing either. You want to stay in touch with the program but not

to the point of being a nuisance.



Hope some of this information helps you along your way.


Best of luck to you!!