UVa School of Medicine


Vital Signs Residency Program Interviews




The Interview






Typical Questions

Be ready for a wide array of questions. If asked to talk about yourself, tell those things that relate to the situation (personal background, education, goals, etc.)

How did you become interested in medicine? How did you become interested in the specific discipline?

Why do you think you might like to be in our residency program?

What do you know about our residency?

What strengths do you think you would be able to bring to a residency program?

What do you consider to be personal weaknesses that you would like to correct?

What courses/clerkships did you like the best?

What qualifications do you have that make you feel you will be successful?

Do you prefer any specific geographic locations? Why?

Why should I select you over the other candidates?

Can you take instructions without feeling upset?

What have you learned from jobs or experiences you have had?

What type of books have you read?

What are your plans for the future? (i.e., private practice, fellowship training, academic medicine, research...)

What have you done which shows initiative and willingness to work?

What activities do you pursue outside of medicine to maintain balance in your life?

What role did you play in the research projects(s) cited in your CV?


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