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Questions to ask to the Program Director

  • What kind of research opportunities do you offer?
  • Are your residents publishing?
  • How do graduates of your program perform on their Boards?
  • What value do you place on in-training examinations?
  • Where are your graduates now and what are they doing?
  • How is a resident evaluated?
  • What will my responsibilities be as a first year resident?
  • How many of your residents are/were interested in fellowships?† How many get into fellowships of their choice?
  • What are the strengths and weaknesses of this program?
  • As Program Director, what have been your greatest sources of frustration and accomplishment in the position?
  • What is the biggest change you have seen occur in this program since you have been in the role?
  • Is this program fully accredited?† When it was last reviewed?
  • Are you planning on staying in your role as Program Director for a while? (If not, what are the plans for finding your replacement?)
  • What qualities are you looking for in your new residents?
  • How do you feel I compare with other applicants you have interviewed thus far?
  • What are the characteristics of successful residents in this program?
  • What are this programís plans for future growth?
  • What do you like about this institution?† What donít you like?


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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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