Useful questions for integrated vascular surgery residency interview

  1. Why did you choose vascular surgery?
  2. What will be the toughest aspect of this specialty for you?
  3. Why do you like our program?
  4. Why do you want to come here to train?
  5. What are your career goals? (i.e., what do you want do after residency, in 5 years, 10 years, etc.?)
  6. Tell me about yourself. Perhaps the most commonly asked.
  7. How would your friends describe you?
  8. What do you do in your spare time?
  9. Why should we choose you?
  10. Why did you become a doctor?
  11. If you could not be a physician, what career would you choose?
  12. If you could do medical school over again, what would you change?
  13. What was you favorite course in medical school?
  14. What is your most important accomplishment?
  15. Do you plan to do a fellowship?
  16. Do you forsee any problems managing a professional and a personal life?
  17. What do you think about the future of vascular surgery?
  18. Describe the best/worst attending with whom you have ever worked.
  19. What is the greatest sacrifice you have already made to get to where you are?
  20. What problems will our specialty face in the next 5-10 years?
  21. List three abilities you have that will make you valuable as a resident in this specialty.
  22. Describe a particularly satisfying or meaningful experience during your medical training. Why was it meaningful?
  23. What is one event you are proudest of in your life?
  24. What was the most difficult situation you encountered in medical school?
  25. How well do you take criticism?
  26. Tell us about your research experience.
  27. What leadership roles have you held?
  28. What was the most interesting case you have been involved in? (What are the steps of that case? Complications? Literature surrounding the case?)
  29. What motivates you?
  30. How would you describe yourself?
  31. What was the most difficult situation you encountered in medical school?
  32. What is your most important accomplishment?
  33. What are your strengths?
  34. What are your weaknesses?
  35. What you are looking for in a program?
  36. What are your career goals?
  37. Where do you see yourself in five years? ten years?


  38. General questions to ask:
    “What was it that brought you here, and what is it about this place that keeps you wanting to stay?”
    Why would you choose this institution? What are its biggest strength?
    If you to make one thing about this institution better, what would it be?
    What are some anticipated change to this program in the near future?
    How does this program prepare its residents for the research world and support their endeavors? If they have required research year, ask how the ball starts rolling and how the times it takes sets the trainees apart from 5+0; if institution doesn’t have required research years, ask how trainee can still do research and move ahead in the field (compared to others that have required research years).
    If my first day as an attending and I get ___, would I be ready?
    Research commitment (JVS publications, book chapters, multi center trials).
    Resident vs. fellow interaction in terms of case sharing and autonomy.
  39. Questions to ask residents/at dinner
    Autonomy? Second year especially.
    Year with biggest gains in terms of becoming on your own and making operative plans?
    Cases that you thought were cool?
    Strength and weakness? What would you change?
    Makeup of patient population
    Private patients with private attendings who dictate course of treatment?
    Procedure diversity and volume?
    What do you want to do and where do you want to go after coming out of training?
    How have the past residents fared?
    Accessibility of faculty?
    Relationship with each other and residents from other departments?
    Research activities, mentors and conferences?
    Call time
    Vacation time
    Housing and commute

Good luck on the interview trail!!

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