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Admissions Overview

A medical residency is a period of three to five years spent working and learning in a hospital setting. The length of a residency depends on the specialty the medical student is working on. Three years is the minimum for general practice and five years or more for surgical specialties. Medical students typically begin their applications for medical residency in the fourth year of medical school.


Medical residents are required to have completed medical school and hold an MD (Doctor of Medicine) or MO (Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine) degree. They must also pass the USMLE ( United States Medical Licensing Exam) in order to get their medical license and begin practicing medicine. A written application and letters of recommendation are required as well.

How to Prepare for Medical Residency Admissions

Preparing for a medical residency begins with the completion of medical school and earning a medical license. After that, an applicant must research residency programs and apply to the ones that fit the applicant’s desired specialty. 

A written application must then be submitted and an interview process with hospital staff scheduled. Applicants will need to get letters of recommendation from professors and teachers from their time in medical school in order to be considered for the interview process.


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Medical Residency Admissions Sample Questions

  • Why do you want to be a physician?

  • What specialty do you want to pursue in medicine?

  • Why did you choose to apply for this residency?

  • What are your short- and long-term goals in medicine?

  • Where did you attend medical school?

  • What medical school experiences do you think will help you during your residency?

  • What is your biggest fear about practicing medicine?

  • What are some of your strengths and weaknesses?

  • How do you feel about the current state of the medical profession?

  • Have you considered research as part of your career in the future?

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