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Top 35 Residency Interview Questions

Question 1 of 39
What book are you currently reading?
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Question 2 of 39
If being a Physician was not an option, what career path would you choose?
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"I certainly do not regret the direction I have taken my career; however, if I had to completely start over in a new direction I would likely pursue my Degree in Education and become a teacher. Both of my parents were teachers and they seemed to have a very fulfilling career. I enjoy coaching and leading others so, any tasks in my current career that related to these skills, are very welcome."
This hypothetical question will give the interviewers some insight into other topics that interest you. There is no right or wrong answer here! If you could do everything over, what would you do, and why?
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Question 3 of 39
How to you stay on top of trends and changes in the medical industry?
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"I follow a few resources online for up to date information on the medical industry. My favorites right now are the medical blog, 'Uncommon Student MD'...a blog created by student doctors in medical school and residency. The other resource I read on a regular basis is 'Health Data Management', online. Do you have any recommendations for me? I love to learn and would appreciate knowing about any new and helpful resources."
The interviewers want to be assured that you fully immerse yourself in the healthcare industry. This includes keeping up to date on new trends, and having a great understanding of the challenges your industry faces now, and in the future. Talk about a couple of your favorite resources when it comes to staying on top of medical industry trends. It's also a great idea to ask the interviewers if they have any fresh recommendations for you. This can start a great conversation that will be helpful to you!
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Question 4 of 39
Would you have any trouble working with a religiously affiliated hospital or medical facility?
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"While at work, I keep my personal opinion to myself when it comes to topics of religion and /or politics. I would not have any trouble working at a religiously affiliated hospital or medical facility so long as the religious aspect did not interfere with my ability to care for my patients."
Questions surrounding topics such as religion and politics can be tough to navigate! The interviewers want to see how you navigate controversial topics. This is the time to discuss that you are neutral and professional whenever it's required of you. You can keep your answer basic and to the point.
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Question 5 of 39
Tell us about the most interesting case you were exposed to while attending medical school.
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This is a conversational based question intended to get to know you a little bit better, and the types of cases that you find to be the most interesting. Generally speaking, the cases that are most interesting to you will likely be to do with the specialty you are looking for. Think about the most impressionable case that you have worked on. Take a few minutes to set the stage for the case, name a couple of points that intrigued you the most, and talk about why. If you know the outcome of the case, discuss that briefly as well.
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Question 6 of 39
Describe your personality to us in 3 words.
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Question 7 of 39
What is your opinion on socialized health care versus privatized health care?
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Question 8 of 39
Are you willing to relocate for your residency?
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Question 9 of 39
How do you invest in your personal development?
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Question 10 of 39
Who in your life mentors, or inspires you?
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Question 11 of 39
Have you completed all ECFMG (Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates) requirements, to start a residency?
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Question 12 of 39
What are your plans, after completing our residency program?
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Question 13 of 39
Competition for this space is strong. What makes you a stand-out resident for our program?
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Question 14 of 39
While attending medical school, what was your favorite course? Why?
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Question 15 of 39
What would you do if you witnessed a fellow resident acting unethically?
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Question 16 of 39
While attending medical school, what fascinated you most about your cadaver?
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Question 17 of 39
What are you reading right now?
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Question 18 of 39
When you suffer a setback, how does that emotionally affect you and your work?
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Question 19 of 39
Who has inspired you in your life and why?
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Question 20 of 39
Are you applying for any other jobs?
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Question 21 of 39
What is your personal mission statement?
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Question 22 of 39
What are your strengths?
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Question 23 of 39
What types of activities keep you busy, outside of work?
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Question 24 of 39
Tell me about yourself.
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Question 25 of 39
Do you have any questions for me?
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Question 26 of 39
All of our residency program candidates must pass a criminal record check and education verification. Is there any reason why you would not be comfortable with this?
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Question 27 of 39
How do you handle stress on the job?
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Question 28 of 39
What do you believe is the greatest challenge your specialty will face in the next few years?
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Question 29 of 39
What drives your passion for a career in medicine?
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Question 30 of 39
What do you wish to gain through this residency program?
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Question 31 of 39
How would you like to see the delivery of healthcare evolve?
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Question 32 of 39
Why did you choose your particular specialty?
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Question 33 of 39
What do you see as the biggest difference between the U.S healthcare system and that of another developed country?
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Question 34 of 39
We would like to know you on a more personal level. Outside of medicine, what are your interests?
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Question 35 of 39
Are you applying to any other residency programs?
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Question 36 of 39
How do you express your opinions on controversial topics such as abortion, euthanasia, and cloning?
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Question 37 of 39
Being a Physician is an incredibly stressful and demanding career. How do you manage high amounts of stress?
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Question 38 of 39
Is there anything we haven't covered, that you would like to ask?
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Question 39 of 39
If you could start your career over again, what direction would you take?
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Question 1 of 39
What book are you currently reading?
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To be a solid neurologist, well rounded and later have my own research mentoring future generation of physicians and neurologists.
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Fellowship program in chosen field, try to get an academic position in the future.
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To be a good and an independent neurologist. By good I imply a reliable and a productive career where I get to employ my skills in managing patients with both mundane as well as rare presentations.
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My primary goal is to get a comprehensive, in-depth residency training.As a physician, I want to establish healthy relationships with my patients, get their trust, educate and motivate them. I want to be not only part of medical management, but social management and emotional support - that's why I've chosen to work with underserved population. I believe that patients, not physicians play the most important part in disease management so I will help them to make right choices in their health care.
Question 2 of 39
If being a Physician was not an option, what career path would you choose?
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I would definatley choose a career focused on helping children who are helpless. Durin gmy rotations at the children's hospital I have been able to work with social workers who are very helpful in helping children and their families come in contarct with resources that can help them better their lives.
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Heavily involved in health policy. I think we have a lot that we can improve on.
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I would have been a ressearcher.
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I am not planning to change my career as I have come this I worked hard to achieve my goals and I will be remain in this field to work hard more.
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I enjoy helping people and I have such a love for exercise and the body, I would pursue becoming either a physical therapist or exercise physiologist. If it had to be nonmedical, then I would look into landscape design.
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I'd be a teacher. I used to tutor kids in college. I enjoyed teaching sessions that required students to prepare material, and I always felt those were the times where I did best.
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I would be a mechanic. I dont know too much about them, but am always fascinated by old classic cars. I'd love to restore and old mustang with my father one day. I have no idea how to do it, but learning would be half of the fun. I get a safisfaction from working with my hands.
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I will probably be an author and write mystery novels because I love them so much.
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As, I have always been fascinated by Sciences, It would be space sciences.
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My passion and desire for medicine is unsummountable. Hence Retirement may be the next option.
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I would choose to be a veterinarian, is where I can still practice medicine but combined with animals which I love.
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I am currently a physician assistant and would continue to practice medicine as a physician assistant.
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I would join a medical mission trip program to assist in bringing healthcare to developing countries.
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Its a very tough question, because a I alwys wanted to be a phisician, However if I couldn't be a phisicyan, I'd a scientest or researcher,
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I think I would pursue a master degree in public health or related specialty, so I would be able to take care of people on a community level.
Question 3 of 39
How to you stay on top of trends and changes in the medical industry?
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As an IMG it can be very difficult to obtain a residency position. Keeping that in mind I applied broadly to family medicine programs.
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I have applied to few other progrgms.
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Southeast, Midwest, Mountain West, Mid-Atlantic, and NYC.
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As an IMG, I knew I needed to apply generally, therefore there are other programs I am interviewing with. However, I give my full attention to each and every one and this interview is one that I was very much looking forward to.
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I applied quite broadly. I focused on areas where I have family or close friends nearby, as well as places that are well-renowned, which is why your program is so frigging great.
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I have applied to a hundred other programs because being an International Medical Graduate, it is a very tough task to get into a good residency program. I could only imagine getting an interview from your well-known program and coming here to interview has been a dream come true event for me.
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All over the country really. I have an incredibly supportive family and friends. I love home but I'm ready for a change and independence.
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I applied to about 20 programs for pathology, 27 program in internal medicine and 77 in family medicine.
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I applied to Internal Medicine programs within the Midwest.
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That question may easily be rephrased as where have I not applied. I am determined to start residency and I thus I have cast my net wide.
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Ive applied to some others top programs.
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I've applied in several programs in the area and also in a few other [rograms in bg cities.
Question 4 of 39
Would you have any trouble working with a religiously affiliated hospital or medical facility?
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Not at all. I believe everyone deserves high quality care. I have a background in religion from undergrad and I'm comfortable dealing with potential religious issues which C may arise.
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I come from a religious family and faith has been a very big part of my upbringing. Having a belief system in ones life changes that person for the better and I would willingly defend anyone who lives and loves their religion, whichever that may be.
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Hell no. I'm Muslim as is. I've had to work with people who are pretty much atheists and anti-religion my whole life. It doesn't really matter <-- is the answer I would give if I was telling the truth. My fake answer is: I understand that there may be certain restrictions that come with working at a religious institution. I fel myv alues generally line up with those of this hospital. In the cases where they don't, I would hope to work with administration to resolve any issues, and ultimately I think the hospital must have the final say.
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I have never worked before in that type of setting. But I am very flexible and adjusting and am sure that the hospital's religious affiliation would not effect my working efficiency.
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No, I don't. I take no offense to someone practicing their own religion, as long as their beliefs are not forced upon others and that it does not compromise a patients care.
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I am a very religiously person myself and as such I would have any problems working in a predominantly religiously facility. I have gone to school and worked with many people from various religious background and my personality is such that I get along with pretty much everyone regardless of what religion that they practice.
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Not at all. Being an atheist myself, I respect all religions.
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No, having an upbringing in the islamic faith has allowed me be more personable in my approach towards religous affiliaitions.
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Not really but it wouldn't be my first choice.
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I have no problem working with catholic or other religiously affiliated hospital. I respect all religions and I believe people have the right to practice their faith.
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Absolutely not. I come from a multi-cultural background and have trained amongst people from many different cultures. Cultural diversity brings insight and additional understanding.
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No, I believe I will not have any problem working with religious people. In fact, I have an experience of working with people from different cultures and background which helped we to enhance my cultural competency.
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Off course not . I m a physician and my Priority in life is to help others whatever their race, place or religion.
Question 5 of 39
Tell us about the most interesting case you were exposed to while attending medical school.
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New years eve 2016. I was on call during a trauma rotation and since I had to be there overnight, I wanted at least some action. Around 2 am a man came in who had blown a hole in his leg with a firework. At first we thought it was a simple case that we would have to go in and debride, however upon furthur inspection, we found various live pieces of ordnance still in his leg. Therefore police, fire, swat, and bomb squad came to or to assist in removing and disposing of live ordnance.
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The most interesting care I have seen during my medical school was this young women who came to ER for evaluation of abdominal pain and bloating for days. Her abdominal pain was diffuse.
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D.B. Osteochondroma of the sternum. Resected and reconstructed with a titanium mesh plate, and an omental pedicled flap to fill the defect.
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A case where the medical staff and myself could not finalize the diagnosis of a patient who had multi-system organ failure. I decided to dig further into the medical history through talking with the patient's family. Through gaining the patient's family's trust and having patience to figure out what had caused our patient's illness.... We were able to solve the case.
Question 6 of 39
Describe your personality to us in 3 words.
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I am able to not let my negative emotions, whether it be anger, frustration, or sadness, interfere with patient care and my clinical judgement. This isn't to say that I do not feel emotion, but I believe I do a good job preventing them from compromising professionalism.
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Yes. I love to see people improve, not only their health, but their lives. Some of my most emotional times in the past year have been watching people leave the hospital a better, more independant, person and knowing that I may have helped in some small way with that.
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Yes, I do have emotions. They help me develop better rapport with my patients and give me motivation and determination to work hard for their well being. As far as hinderance is concerned, being overtly emotional can affect my performance as a physician after a negative outcome regarding some patient.
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I do consider myself as being an emotional person, as in empathetic. It can help in the situation where the patient needs to be heard and understood but also it can hinder my career as a physician because I may get too involved and it may affect me, sleepless nights as an example.
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Yes I do think I am an emotional person however my emotional does not interfere with my work. Therefore, I rarely have problems with emotions.
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Not at all. I am very fact driven; data driven. In all of the decisions I make I tend to analyze all options and make an objective decision.
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First, I do consider myself an emotional person with respect that I am sentimental. I believe it could hinder me if I show my worries to my patients. I want to remain strong for my patients to give them hope. Showing empathy and understanding is where being sentimental will help me.
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I consider myself an emotional person. I think it's an important quality for a physician, because it helps to understand the other person prospectives and needs. Also it helps to provide an emotional support and make patients feel in a present moment.
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Yes . I Can feel that my emotions help me to get a good relation with my patient . Showing empathy or support makes my patient to feel more conformable and have a trust on me .
Question 7 of 39
What is your opinion on socialized health care versus privatized health care?
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I believe everyone has a right to healthcare. That is the underlying issue with all the policy changes. Healthcare is quite fluid right now, especially with the upcoming election, however whichever way I moves, that basic truth needs to remain.
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It's a very noble concept and all people should have access to health care; however, socialized heath care is not currently a financially viable option for our country.
Question 8 of 39
Are you willing to relocate for your residency?
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Absolutely not. I have already moved everywhere.
Question 9 of 39
How do you invest in your personal development?
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Because of my personal experience. My father is surgeon and I saw him treating the patients at the operation room, improves them condition afterwards, and also how to make sure the patients and their family about the result after surgery.
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Wanted to be a doctor since high school. Worked as an EPIC trainer between first and second year med school, found out that I want to do ENT.
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I believe it is necessary because there are many people who do not value taking care of their health. That being said, they do not allocate funds in case of illness. People have different priorities and I understand that but we should not punish them if disease strikes.
Question 10 of 39
Who in your life mentors, or inspires you?
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A place that I feel safe and comfortable in a learning environment with people I can count on.
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Ample opportunity to see and participate in a wide variety of cases and diagnoses.
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I have more expectations of myself than the program. This is prestigious program with so many opportunities and it would be my expectation of myself to take full advantage of these opportunities. Coming early, staying late.... Looking for ways to participate.
Question 11 of 39
Have you completed all ECFMG (Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates) requirements, to start a residency?
Question 12 of 39
What are your plans, after completing our residency program?
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Working at an outpatient clinic with my own patient population.
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As an academic otolaryngologist, playing an active role in resident education, and participating in substantial research.
Question 13 of 39
Competition for this space is strong. What makes you a stand-out resident for our program?
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My ability to communicate effectively and provide compassionate care for all of my patients.
Question 14 of 39
While attending medical school, what was your favorite course? Why?
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My favorite course in medical school was Anatomy and physiology. I have always been fascinated by this subject because I can easily put the outlook of an organ together with its function. The combination gives me a mental picture in my brain when I think about diseases and how to cure them.
Question 15 of 39
What would you do if you witnessed a fellow resident acting unethically?
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I dont sense that this environment is malicious or too hierarchal, in that we fear one another and reprucautions. Nevertheless, i'd report.
Question 16 of 39
While attending medical school, what fascinated you most about your cadaver?
Question 17 of 39
What are you reading right now?
Question 18 of 39
When you suffer a setback, how does that emotionally affect you and your work?
Question 19 of 39
Who has inspired you in your life and why?
Question 20 of 39
Are you applying for any other jobs?
Question 21 of 39
What is your personal mission statement?
Question 22 of 39
What are your strengths?
Question 23 of 39
What types of activities keep you busy, outside of work?
Question 24 of 39
Tell me about yourself.
Question 25 of 39
Do you have any questions for me?
Question 26 of 39
All of our residency program candidates must pass a criminal record check and education verification. Is there any reason why you would not be comfortable with this?
Question 27 of 39
How do you handle stress on the job?
Question 28 of 39
What do you believe is the greatest challenge your specialty will face in the next few years?
Question 29 of 39
What drives your passion for a career in medicine?
Question 30 of 39
What do you wish to gain through this residency program?
Question 31 of 39
How would you like to see the delivery of healthcare evolve?
Question 32 of 39
Why did you choose your particular specialty?
Question 33 of 39
What do you see as the biggest difference between the U.S healthcare system and that of another developed country?
Question 34 of 39
We would like to know you on a more personal level. Outside of medicine, what are your interests?
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I like to travel, watch movies, cook and try new dishes, and regularly attend gym and practice yoga to keep fit. I enjoy socializing with family and friends.
Question 35 of 39
Are you applying to any other residency programs?
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No, I believe that at this stage of my training I have clear vision of what I enjoy and have set my goals accordingly.
Question 36 of 39
How do you express your opinions on controversial topics such as abortion, euthanasia, and cloning?
Question 37 of 39
Being a Physician is an incredibly stressful and demanding career. How do you manage high amounts of stress?
Question 38 of 39
Is there anything we haven't covered, that you would like to ask?
Question 39 of 39
If you could start your career over again, what direction would you take?

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January 21st, 2017

"Residency" is a term for one of the stages in training towards becoming a Doctor/Physician. This stage occurs after graduation from medical school and can last for 2+ years depending on your Country/Region. A Resident will practice under the supervision of an experienced Physician. If the Resident chooses a specialty they may enter into a fellowship once their residency is complete.


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