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Questions to ask to the Residents

  • What is your general opinion of the program?
  • What was it that sold you on this program?  Where else did you look?
  • How are the conferences?  Who attends?
  • What is the average number of patients for whom you are responsible?
  • What is the clinic schedule like—how is it run and supervised?
  • Does the hospital provide IV and blood drawing teams?
  • What is a typical day like?
  • What is the call schedule like?  How does it change from year to year?  What is a typical on-call night as an intern?
  • What are work hours like in general?
  • What are the other residency programs in the hospital like and how are the residents to work with?
  • Is the program stable and financially sound?
  • If you had to do it all over again, would you have done anything differently?  Would you have come here?
  • What do you see as being the greatest strengths and weaknesses of this program?
  • How much input do the residents have with regard to the way the program is run?
  • Is the program a pyramid?
  • Are the attendings good teachers?
  • Overall, do the residents in this program work well together?
  • Do you feel you are evaluated fairly?
  • Overall, do you feel you are treated fairly and reasonably?
  • Are you happy here?  If you have a spouse or partner, is s/he happy here?

Questions to ask to the Residents


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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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