Residency Interview Prep in Chicago, IL

Residency Application Requirement for International Medical Graduates (IMGs):
(Physician who receive a medical degree from a medical school outside the US):


USMLE Exams through ECFMG.


Education Commission for foreign medical graduates (ECFMG):
You must be certified by ECFMG before you apply for medical residency in the United States. Visit for more information.
A) Requirement for ECFMG Certification:
Consult the World Directory of Medical Schools to confirm that students and graduates from your medical school are eligible and if you are eligible, the next step would be USMLE exams
B) Exams Requirement:
IMGs must pass
Basic Science Exam: USMLE Step-1
Clinic Knowledge Exam: USMLE Step-2 CK
Clinical Skill Exam: USMLE Step 2-CS

Detailed information on the USMLE is available at Exams can be taken throughout the year.
Summary: Apply through ECFMG for USMLE/ECFMG identification no. Once you have USMLE identification no. you can complete the application for ECFMG certification online through their website and may apply for the USMLE exam.
C) Once you pass USMLE Step 1, Step 2 CK, and Step 2 CS exam. You are eligible to apply for an ECFMG certificate.
Remember: USMLE Step 3 is not a requirement to apply for an ECFMG certificate.

Step 3:
Applying for Medical Residency in the United State:
ECFMG coordinates the ERAS application process for IMGs.
1) You passed USMLE Step1, Step 2 CK, and Step 2 CS and you are ECFMG certified.
2) MSPE scores/Dean’s Letter
3) CV and Personal Statement
4) Letters of Recommendation
5) IMGs who are not citizens or lawful permanent residents must obtain the appropriate visa. The two most common visas are the H1-B (Temporary Worker) or the J-1 (Exchange Visitor). Some institutions will sponsor the visa for residents in the residency program.
6) Many residencies list their program requirements for applicants on their websites, such as medical school graduation year, about visa, or the number of allowed attempts on the USMLE. Research residency requirements before applying and direct the submission of your applications appropriately.

Step 4:
The Fellowship and Residency Electronic Interactive Database Access is the online directory of graduate medical education programs sponsored by the American Medical Association (AMA).
The Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) also offers a residency directory at

Common Residency Interview Questions:
1) Tell me about yourself
2) What are your strengths
3) What are your weaknesses
4) Where do you see yourself in 5 years-10 years?
5) What are your ultimate career plans? Are you planning on doing a fellowship? In which subspeciality?
6) Why do you want to come to our program? Why do you like our program? Why do you like internal Medicine?
7) What are you looking for in a residency program? Or what are you expecting from our residency program?
8) What can you bring to our residency program? What makes you different from another candidate? Why should we choose you for our residency program?
9) Tell me something that is not on your CV?
10) Who is your role model? Why?
11) Tell me about the research project on your CV?
12) Describe yourself in one word?
13) Tell me about your hometown/college/medical school?
14) Describe the best or worst incident that you encountered in your medical school/training in your career so far?
15) What are your hobbies/interest? What do you do in your spare time?
16) How do you see the future of medicine? Or the practice of medicine?
17) If you could not become a doctor, what profession would you be in and why?
18) What is the most challenging aspect of the medical profession?
19) How do you think you can motivate your co-worker?
20) How do you approach conflict?
21) Did you ever make any medical mistake and how would you avoid that in the future?
22) Describe a time when you handle stressful situations in medical school/training/Job?
23) Describe the time when your work was criticized and how you handled the feedback?
25) DO you have any questions for me?

Note: The interviewer can ask anything from your CV, personal statement, and ERAS application.

Questions to ask from the Residency Program:
A) Questions for Program Director:

1) How do you support the professional interest of your residents?
2) What is your goal for the program in the next 5 years?
3) How your residency plays its role to maintain a work-life balance?
4) What role do you see yourself playing to improve the personal and professional development of residents?
5) Are you anticipating any major changes in the program in the near future?

B) Questions for Faculty Interviewer:
1) What do you believe are the strength and weaknesses of this program?
2) Does this residency program have an evaluation system for the residents?
3) How has this residency program supported you to achieve your goal?
4) Which aspect of this program attracted you the most? What kept you here?

C) Questions for Residents:
1) How is the typical day like?
2) What you guys do in your free time?
3) Do the residents socialize as a group and how often?
4) How supportive are the faculty, attending, and co-residents?
5) Did anyone leave the program in the past for any reason?
6) What are the strength and weaknesses of the program?

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  • Application Assistance for Residency Match
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