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The interview is perhaps the most anxiety-provoking aspect of the residency application process, but possibly the most important. It serves as a means for a program to find out about you and whether they believe you would be a good fit into their residency. However, and perhaps more importantly, it is an essential way for you to get to know a program, its strengths and weaknesses, and culture, and whether it is a place you feel would be the best ‘match’ to spend (at least) the next three years of your life.
Although interview day schedules vary somewhat between institutions, there are several activities that are common to most. Some programs offer pre- (or post-) interview dinners or other social activities with residents intended to provide an opportunity to interact with current housestaff outside of the formal interview process. The actual interview day typically begins with an orientation to the institution and residency, with discussion of the educational program and more practical matters such as salary, benefits, and support services. A tour of patient care and educational areas where you would be training and learning is almost always included.
Some programs provide an opportunity to participate on rounds with an inpatient team or with residents in an ambulatory clinic. Most programs offer between two to five interviews with staff, residents, or both. Finally, there is usually an exit interview at the end of the interview day with someone from the program leadership (such as the program director, an associate program director, or chief resident). Interview days tend to be long and exhausting, particularly if travel to and from the program is distant and you participate in any pre- or post-interview activities; this needs to be considered when planning your interview schedule.
Although many applicants do not look forward to residency interviews, remember that much of what you get out of your interviews depends on your attitude toward the process and what you seek to accomplish through the experience. Remember that the interview process is the one (and possibly the only) opportunity you have to actually see and experience what a program is like – important information for making a major life decision!
"Why do you want to go into internal medicine?"
"What are your ultimate career plans? Are you planning on a subspecialty? What field?"
Note: It is perfectly acceptable to say 'I don't know' to this question. An interest in a subspecialty is not mandatory. Internal medicine is a broad area, and not knowing what you want to do before you have started training is certainly reasonable. This question is to get an idea of your area of interest and whether or not you may be heading in a certain career direction. It is also fine to have more than one subspecialty in mind.
"Where do you see yourself in five years? Ten years?"
"How do you feel about the practice of medicine today? What about its future? (i.e. malpractice, insurance, reimbursement, etc.)
"What is your biggest fear in the realm of medicine?" (or questions concerning the state of medicine in general)
"Why do you want to come to this program?"
"What makes this program appealing/special to you?"
"What do you hope to gain from our residency program?"
"Why should we want you to come to our program?"
"What will you/can you bring to our program?"
"Briefly describe your student research project." (if applicable)
"Do you plan on research as being a part of your career?"
"Tell me something about you that is not on you CV."
"Give me some one-word descriptors of yourself."
"What are some of your strengths/weaknesses?"
"Tell me about your hometown/college/medical school."
"Why did you choose the college/medical school that you attended?"
"Describe the best/worst incident that you encountered in your medical school career."
"Who is your role model? Why?"
"What are some of your hobbies/interest/extra-curricular activities?"
"What is the most recent book you've read? Tell me a little bit about this book."
You should be prepared - interviewers may pick something on your curriculum vitae (i.e. extra-curricular activities, work experiences, research project, etc.), personal statement, ERAS application, etc. to ask you about. Remember what you wrote; review these documents prior to interviewing so you are not caught off guard by these questions.