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Residency Interview Questions

The questions below were taken from the Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Web site.

  • Where do rotations take place?
  • How large is the facility and what types of patients are served?
  • Are residents required to do General Surgery at (name of the school); do they need to apply separately to the General Surgery Program and what is the General Surgery Program like?
  • What is the structure of the residency?
  • What types of cases are available?
  • How much involvement in patient care do residents experience?
  • Are there opportunities for attending scientific meetings?
  • Are laboratory research opportunities available?
  • What educational resources are available?
  • What conferences are held?
  • How do residents perform on Boards and in-service/in-training exams?
  • What is the vacation schedule for residents?
  • What is the call schedule?
  • What is the pay scale?
  • What health-care benefits are available?
  • What arrangements are available for meals on call?
  • What is the history of the Department, and what have former residents done upon completion of their residency?
  • What sort of housing is available?
  • What other provisions are made by the hospital?
  • What leisure activities are available in (the name of the city/town)?
  • How can I learn more about the Department?

The questions below were taken from the Mercy Healthcare Sacramento/Methodist Hospital Family Practice Residency Program.

  • What is the educational philosophy of this residency program?
  • Hospitals across the country are suffering extreme economic pressures; what is the assurance that (hospital name) remains economically healthy in the future?
  • What is the cultural profile of (name of hospital)'s service population?
  • What are the strengths of this residency program?
  • What are the weaknesses of this program?
  • (Hospital name) is a (religious denomination) organization. Does that impact the residents' experience in women's health?

Additional Questions

  • What is the percentage of graduates from this residency program that go into fellowships, instead of practice?
  • How many full- and part-time faculty members are there?
  • How many of them are board certified or board eligible?
  • What are their specialties?
  • Does the program pay for resident memberships in professional organizations? If so, which ones?
  • How much time do residents spend receiving systematic instruction (didactics)? Is there an outpatient clinic? If so, how many days/hours do residents spend there?
  • How are new patients scheduled?
  • Is there a foreign exchange program?
  • Are residents in this program expected to assist in the teaching of medical students?