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?
Strolling Through the Match
For a comprehensive guide of the Match process from start to finish -- including the timeline, process, and tips on ranking programs -- download this all-in-one resource from the AAFP.