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Questions Interviewers May Ask Applicants

  • What specific goals, other than those related to your career, have you established for yourself for the next ten years?
  • If you had to do medical school all over again, what would you do differently?
  • Have you always done the very best work of which you are capable?
  • Given what you have read and heard about our program, what sets us apart from other programs to which you are applying?
  • What disadvantages do you see in this program for you personally?
  • Do you have an interest in research?
  • What are your ultimate career goals?
  • What is a major goal you have accomplished and how did you do it?
  • What unique qualities will you bring to this program?
  • What are your strengths and weaknesses?
  • What are the most important rewards you expect to reap in your career?
  • How would you describe yourself?
  • How would a friend describe you?
  • How would a professor who knows you well describe you?
  • What motivates you to put forth your greatest effort?
  • Why should I rank you highly?
  • How do you define success?
  • What do you think it takes to be successful in a program like ours?
  • In what ways do you think you can make a contribution to our program?
  • What qualities should a successful--------- possess?
  • Describe the relationship that should exist between an attending and those reporting to him/her?
  • Do you think your scores/grades are a good indication of your academic capabilities?
  • What have you learned from participating in extra-curricular activities?
  • How do you work under pressure?
  • What do you know about our program?
  • What two or three things are most important to you in a residency?
  • What criteria are you using to evaluate the program in which you hope to match?
  • What have you learned from your mistakes?
  • How did you hear about this program and why did you want to interview here?
  • With what type of person do you have trouble working?
  • Do you consider yourself to be a leader?
  • Are you a team player?
  • Who has had the greatest personal influence on you and why?
  • Tell me about a particularly interesting case that you have been involved in.  Why was it interesting?
  • Why do you want to be a ----------?
  • What do you do to handle stress?
  • If you were ranking someone highly in this program, what would you look for?
  • How do you make an important decision regarding a patient in your care & describe the circumstance surrounding a recent decision & how you went about making the right choice.  
  • Describe an incident in which you observed a patient care situation where an error was made or where you did not agree with the medical decision-making of your senior resident or attending. 
  • What actions might you take if you suspected a physician (resident or staff) colleague’s performance of being impaired by substance abuse? 
  • Teach me something about one of your interest outside of medicine.
  • What type of criticisms upset you? 
  • Describe to me, something funny that has happened to you recently.
  • What would you do if you did not obtain a residency position next year? 
  • Are there any types of patients you don’t like to take care of?  
  • How (by which methods) do you like to learn? 
  • What do you see as the negative and positive features of this specialty?

Questions Interviewers May Ask Applicants


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The United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) is a three-step examination for medical licensure in the United States. The Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) and the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) sponsors USMLE.
The Three Steps of the USMLE
Step 1 tests the important concepts of basic sciences basic to the practice of medicine. It also places special emphasis on principles and mechanisms underlying health, disease, and modes of therapy. Step 1 ensures mastery of the sciences that provide a foundation for the safe and competent practice of medicine. It also tests the scientific principles required for maintenance of competence through lifelong learning.
Step 2 CK tests the medical knowledge, skills, and understanding of clinical science essential for the provision of patient care under supervision. It also includes emphasis on health promotion and disease prevention. Step 2 CK ensures that due attention is devoted to principles of clinical sciences and basic patient-centered skills.
Step 2 CS tests your capacity to practice and provide good medical service in real-life situations. It also tests your communication skills.
Step 3 tests your medical knowledge and understanding of biomedical and clinical science essential for the unsupervised practice of medicine. Step 3 provides a final assessment of physicians assuming independent responsibility for delivering general medical care.


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