Residency Mock Interview

43 Residency Interview Questions and Answer Examples to Help You Prepare for Your Residency Interviews.

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Why do you want to pursue a career as a physician?

In more recent years, motivation has been proven to be a vital component in the overall well-being of medical residents. Studies by organizations like the NIH have shown that additional drive and motivation better help residents overcome the grueling years of long hours and tireless work. By asking this question, the faculty of the program you are interviewing with are essentially looking to hear what is motivating you to pursue both their residency training and a future career as a physician. With no right or wrong answer here, the key to your response will be displaying your passion for medicine and helping others. As long as you reiterate that this motivation will keep you going on the most difficult days as a resident, you will be sure to sell your team of interviewers.

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43 Residency Interview Questions & Answers

  • 1. Why do you want to pursue a career as a physician?

  • 2. Why should we give you a high ranking as a new resident to join our program?

  • 3. What are your weaknesses?

  • 4. What do you consider to be your greatest accomplishment to date?

  • 5. How do setbacks emotionally affect you and your work?

  • 6. Is there anything we haven't covered during your interview that you would like to ask about?

  • 7. What are your career plans and goals after completing our residency program?

  • 8. Why are you choosing to match into this particular specialty?

  • 9. Do you have any questions for us?

  • 10. 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?

  • 11. How would you describe the communication skills you would bring to our program as a resident?

  • 12. As a new resident of our program, would you be able to handle patient care with little supervision?

  • 13. What would you do if you witnessed a fellow resident acting unethically?

  • 14. What do you see as the biggest difference between the U.S healthcare system and that of another developed country?

  • 15. How would you like to see the delivery of healthcare evolve?

  • 16. What do you believe is the greatest challenge our specialty will face in the next few years?

  • 17. What is your opinion on socialized health care versus privatized health care?

  • 18. What drives your passion for a career in medicine?

  • 19. Are you applying to any other residency programs?

  • 20. Would you have any trouble working with a religiously affiliated hospital or medical facility?

  • 21. What do you wish to gain through training in our residency program?

  • 22. We would like to know you on a more personal level. Outside of medicine, what are your interests?

  • 23. What would your dream job be if you could choose any?

  • 24. What types of activities keep you busy outside of work?

  • 25. Tell us a bit about yourself.

  • 26. What strengths you would bring to our program as a resident?

  • 27. What is your personal mission statement?

  • 28. Competition for our program is intense. What makes you a stand-out resident for our program?

  • 29. What book are you currently reading?

  • 30. Who in your life has been the biggest mentor or inspiration to you?

  • 31. Are you willing to relocate for your residency?

  • 32. Describe your personality to us in three words.

  • 33. As a resident with our program, how would you express your opinions on controversial topics such as abortion, euthanasia, and cloning?

  • 34. If being a Physician was not an option, what career path would you have chosen?

  • 35. While attending medical school, what was your favorite course? Why?

  • 36. How would you invest in your personal development as a resident with our program?

  • 37. How would you stay on top of trends and changes in the medical industry as a resident?