College of Medicine
Class of 2010

Student Blog

The Residency Interview

February 17, 2011


Try to make a list of question you want to ask during your interview based on the research you did about the hospital.

Or you can make a general list of questions that you will ask each program. Some of my questions were about the research opportunities at the hospital, what help do you receive finding a position next year (if it was for a preliminary spot) or my favorite "what do you look for in a candidate? ". I can guarantee that during every interview, no matter what field, they will ask if you have any questions, and the last thing you want to do is say "ummm NO". You want to ask at least a couple of questions because it shows interest in the program and you do not want to ask about anything covered in the presentation given in the beginning of the interview session, because that shows you weren't paying attention. So here's the basic lay out of almost all the interviews I had: First you start the day with attending the morning rounds/conference at the hospital with other residents (not all programs do this), then you have breakfast, which is usually donuts and muffins (most people don't eat anything in fear of either bad breath, getting clothes dirty or because of nerves). After that the program director or some other member of the faculty will have a quick presentation about the program, which usually includes the facilities, lay-out of the program, benefits, and hours. Usually after the presentation the interview begins, which can mean you talk to anywhere from one person, to about five, usually the program director, a member of the faculty (attending) and a resident. Once the interviews are done, you take a tour of the hospital with one of the residents, where you can ask more questions or just chat with them. Finally, you maybe be dismissed or have lunch, or stay for noon conference, that depends on the program. Then closing remarks and you are free to go home. Remember to get the names of people you interviewed with or email the program coordinators about them later, so that you can send thank you cards or emails later.