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What are Some Questions that You Might be Asked During a Residency Interview?

posted Jul 18, 2016, 7:03 AM by Explore More   [ updated Jul 18, 2016, 7:04 AM ]
Why Family Medicine?
You should have a good answer for that. Be sure that you know why you want to be a family physician. Put it into words, write it down, memorize it and be ready to answer it at all of your interviews.

Why this Particular Program?
You should know the reasons why you like this particular program. You should have done research and you are well prepared.

It’s not great to answer to say, “I heard something really great from my friend who did a rotation here,” because this doesn’t say that you’ve not put in the time and you haven’t thought it out.

So you should have more solid research than that. Know what you want to look for in a program, which you should know because you’ve done all your homework.

Tell Us about a Time When…
You will be asked questions that start out “Tell me about a time when…(fill in the blank).” They may ask about a time when you’ve faced adversity, you had to work in a team and it went well, you had to work on a team and it didn’t go well. These are questions to get to know your character.

Fun Personality
You may be asked a fun fact about yourself. Or you might be asked about something you’re interested in. These are questions that will tell the interviewers if they want to spent time with you as a person. You can relax about these questions. You don’t have to scrutinize over your answers. Whatever comes out is fine as long as you go with the flow because that is what they are looking for.

Be prepared to discuss absolutely everything on your application. You may be asked about your personal statement or any of your past experiences. That means any jobs you might have had or anything that you’ve done in medical school. Be prepared to talk yourself up a little bit. You can be proud of what you’ve done in the past and what you’re really excited about. They want to hear about you and what you’re passionate about.

If your Board scores aren’t high, be prepared to talk about it. They don’t want to hear you were stressed or didn’t feel well that day. They want to hear something like “this is what I think went wrong, this is what I did to fix it and this is what I learned.”