Common Residency Interview Questions

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Direct Questions on your Credentials for Residency

Tell me about the research you did.

What was your class rank?

What were your USMLE scores?

Tell me about your 4th year rotations.

What organizations do you belong to?

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Personal Questions

Are there any physicians in your family?

Who have been your greatest mentors, and why?

Do you consider yourself organized?

How do you make important decisions?

What is unique about you? What makes you different from everyone else?

What was your most significant life experience?

Tell me something academic that you have participated in. Tell me about an academic and nonacademic achievement.

What do you do in your spare time?

Tell me about your personal interests.

Your Values

How would your best friend describe you?

What kinds of people are your friends? Describe your best friend?

What qualities do you look for in a friend?

If you had one wish what would it be?

3 people you would invite to dinner and why?

What makes you happy?

What would be on page 200 of your autobiography?

What can you bring to this program?

How did you select undergraduate college and medical school?

What are your career goals?

Will you do a fellowship? In which specialty?

What is your 10-year plan? What is your medical career plan?

Readiness for Medicine

Tell me about a situation in which you overcame a difficulty.

How do you deal with constructive criticism?

How do I know you perform well under pressure?

What worries you most about residency? What do you expect will be the hardest part of residency for you?

Do you prefer to work under supervision or on your own?

Tell me about a difficult situation you experienced in medical school and how you handled it.

How will you avoid burnout?

Have you always done the best work you could do?

What type of patients are difficult and why?

Tell me about a patient you had trouble dealing with.

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Ethical Questions

What would you do if you knew an attending was repeatedly working while impaired(intoxicated)?

What would you do if you saw a colleague making a mistake with a patient’s medication?

What do you do if someone senior tells you to do something 100% wrong?

Tell me about a mistake you made in patient care and how you rectified it.

Tell me about a time you saw something unjust happen and you did something to stop it.

What are your views on the abortion debate?

How would you decide which patient should receive a transplant between an elderly judge and a young drug addict?

What would you do if you found that a senior doctor was having a relationship with a patient?

Leadership, Teamwork

Tell me about a time when you led a group or team and things did not turn out the

Tell me about a time you disagreed with a team member and how you resolved the issue.

Tell me about a time that you had a conflict with a team member and how you handled it.

Which types of people do you have trouble working with?

Describe important relationships you have had with people.

Clinical Experience

Tell me about a particularly interesting case. What learnings did you take from it?

If you were in charge of your medical school, what changes would you make?

What was your worst clinical experience?

How are old patients different from young patients?

Present a patient to me.

With what subject or rotation did you have the most difficulty?

Medicine and Hot Topics

What problems will our specialty face in the next 5-10 years?

Do you think this field is overloaded?

What do you think about the impact of pharmaceutical advertising on patient care?

What needs to be changed in our health care system?

What do you think community medicine means?

What is the most pressing problem in medicine today?

How do you expect Medicine to change in the next 20 years?

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