Questions to Ask During Your Residency Interview

When interviewing at a residency program, it is important to have your own plan of questions that you want answered before the interview experience ends. Crafting and sticking to a scripted list of questions that you'll use at every interview will help you to gather consistent information useful to your decision-making process later.

Here are some sample questions to consider asking during your residency interviews.

Questions for Faculty

  • Where are most of your graduates located, and what type of practices are they going into from residency?
  • How do you perceive that your program compares to other programs?
  • What kind of feedback are you hearing from your graduates?
  • Are some rotations done at other hospitals?
  • Are any other residency programs in-house?
  • How and how often is feedback provided to residents?
  • How would you describe the patient demographics?
  • What community service programs does your residency participate in?
  • What changes do you anticipate in the program during the next three years?

Questions for Residents of the Program

  • What was the most important factor that made you decide to come to this program?
  • What are your plans after graduation?
  • What's a typical week, month, year like for a first year, second, and third year?
  • What is call like? What kind of backup and supervision are provided?
  • When leave of absence becomes necessary, what happens?
  • How do you deal with the stress of residency?
  • If there are other residency programs in-house, how do you view their presence?
  • What do you/other residents do outside the hospital for community service and for fun?
  • Where do you feel most of your learning is coming from?
  • What are the program's areas of strength?
  • What are the program's areas where improvements could be made?
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