Interview Questions and Answers for Residency


By Edward Lin, Matthew Gill, and Michael Sheflo


  1. Why do you want to go into this specialty?


  1. What are you looking for in a residency program?


  1. What have you learned about yourself during medical school?


  1. Do you have any teaching experience?


  1. How do you make clinical decisions?


  1. How did you deal with a difficult time in your life?


  1. What do you do to cope with stress and disappointment?


  1. What kinds of patients are most difficult for you to relate to and how do you overcome this?


  1. What are your strengths?


  1. What are your weaknesses?


  1. How do you establish rapport with patients?


  1. How do you establish relationships with colleagues and hospital staff?


  1. What motivates you in medicine?


  1. What is something that you have learned outside of medicine that has been beneficial to know within medicine?


  1. What are your interests in research?


  1. How do you compare to the rest of your medical school class?


  1. What are your long-term goals?


  1. How do you deal with disagreement?


  1. What are you most proud of?


  1. Who is your role model?


  1. What other specialties did you consider applying to?


  1. We have many strong applicants, why should we choose you?

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