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NYCSPREP Residency Preparation

Strategy for Residency

Improve your residency applications by knowing where to apply, how to apply and what specialties to apply for.

Residency Application Help

Learn how to write an effective personal statement, gain tips on a perfect ERAS photo and edit resume to make it relevant to your specialty.

Residency Interview Guidance

Prepare for the interview with the help of mock interviews with an emphasis on answering challenging questions while maintaining proper etiquette.

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Program Highlights
Personal Statement Assistance
Before you apply
  • 1-on-1 advising process
  • Experienced physicians review your statement
  • Receive a fully edited and revised personal statement for your application

1st draft - 48 hours
Final draft within the week

Residency Interview Preparation
After you have obtained interviews

Session 1:

  • In depth look at your CV and PS
  • Preparing you for the interview challenges (Answering questions, how to be presentable Virtually, addressing red flags)

Session 2:

  • Mock interview (usually held a few days apart from session 1)
  • Your interview maybe be videotaped for review (only if requested)
  • Verbal Feedback, or written feedback on request.
  • We have helped hundreds of students to match, especially those with numerous red flags.

Session 3:

  • Additional Sessions can be purchase at discount now or at $450 per session later
  • If you want to purchase both PS and Residency Interview Preparation as a package, avail of 15% discount by using this code at purchase “PS+RP2020”
3 sessions


“Present your best self.”

1-on-1 advising process includes:

  • Bring in a draft of your personal statement
  • Within 48 hours, one of our experienced physicians will review your draft, edit it to make a strong and compelling statement, and return it to you
  • Review the edits made to your statement, and submit it one more time with any changes.
  • Within 1 week, the draft will be returned to you finalized.


  • 1 specialty per statement
  • 2 submissions
  • 1 week for returned final draft.

Assistance cost: $399


“Stick it the first time.”

Session 1

  • Thorough review of your application
  • Highlighting your strengths and bolstering your weaknesses
  • Preparing you for the challenges of each program (i.e. community hospitals vs. teaching hospitals)

Session 2

  • Mock interview prep
  • Recording your interview (Only by request)
  • Verbal Feedback, or written feedback on request

Session 3

  • Final mock interview

Preparation cost: $1199

  • Additional Sessions can be purchase at discount now or at $450 per session later
  • If you want to purchase both PS and Residency Interview Preparation as a package, avail of 15% discount by using this code at purchase “PS+RP2020”


The knowledge you gained in medical school is important. However, it is useful and becomes relevant in real medical practice only with your residency training. This is because residency is where you put your theoretical knowledge into practice.

A residency program tests you every single day on multiple levels that are mandatory in a good physician. It gives you the confidence and equips you with practical knowledge of practicing medicine independently.

Residency holds more importance than medical school because your residency and fellowship selection reflect your actual performance while practicing medicine while the medical school only reflects undergraduate performance.

Interviews are used by residency programs as a way to understand you firsthand rather than through secondary sources such as written materials. They want to learn about your motivation for medicine and their specialty, your personality, communication skills, self-confidence and above all your ability to handle the interview. These interviews are used to gain insights about your levels of integrity, reliability, determination and how you may respond to the stresses of training and handle criticism. They also try to gauge how well you might fit with the current staff and residents. In the case of IMG candidates, they are particularly interested in the candidate’s English language skills and his or her understanding of the residency training process.

Yes, you do get paid. The resident salary depends on the type of residency program you are training for and which city it is based in.

Medical residency is a stage of graduate medical training. A resident is a physician who holds the degree of M.D., D.O., D.M.D., D.P.M. or MBBS, MBChB or BMed and practices medicine usually under the direct or indirect supervision of an attending physician in either a hospital or a clinic. To obtain an unrestricted license to practice medicine in many jurisdictions, successful completion of a residency program is necessary. Medical residency training may be followed by ‘sub-specialty’ training or fellowship.

The important factors used to select residency students in all specialties include:

  • USMLE Step 1/COMLEX Level 1 score
  • Letters of Recommendation in the specialty
  • Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE/Dean’s Letter)
  • USMLE Step 2 CK/COMLEX Level 2 CE score
  • U.S. hospital clinical experience

Once you are academically and clinically vetted, the focus shifts on your decision-making ability and communication. Interpersonal skills ranked high for all specialties when it came to candidate selection for a residency. The top 5 factors at this stage are:

Interactions with faculty during interview and visit Interpersonal skills Interactions with house staff during interview and visit Feedback from current residents USMLE Step 1/COMLEX Level 1 score

Your work hours depend on the residency at which you are training. On average, most surgical residents work 70-80 hours including call, non-surgical residents work 50-60 hours including call and any resident works for about 10 hours per day when not on call. The duration varies depending on the specialty, size of the resident class and patient volume. Variation is mostly noticed in the frequency of call.

Yes, international students in the USA do get paid during their medical residency. It is basically like getting a job. Getting the residency spot is the difficult part for an IMG. Also, you cannot volunteer through a residency program.

It depends on your specialty and the residency you are training at. It may involve stressful days but the residency program also has its high points and you get to learn a lot.

Program directors may ask some tough and tricky questions during your residency interview. Here are some useful tips which can help you handle the interview successfully:

  • Respond promptly to the invitation for an interview
  • Practice a lot
  • Ask around. You may get some really good advice.
  • Know the format of the interview
  • Research the program
  • Dress smartly and aptly
  • Be prepared for common questions and also prepare a list of questions to ask
  • Know your application thoroughly
  • Remember that all eyes are on you and respond thoughtfully
  • Don’t forget to express your gratitude when the interview is over

Here are some rules you can follow:

  • Make good use of the medical library which is easily available online. Keep reading something every day.
  • You will need to stay calm every moment of your program. Never lose your cool no matter what the situation at hand is. Remaining calm helps keep others around you calm. This helps prevent bad or difficult situations from turning chaotic.
  • Don’t hesitate to ask when in doubt. If what you are doing is working, keep doing it, if it’s not working, change course. Medicine is largely teamwork.
  • Keep a positive attitude.

The duration of your residency program depends on the medical specialty and the country you choose. In the US, for instance, general surgery requires five years of residency training.

The medical residency program is additional training in a specific specialty after medical school. You will need at least 1 year of residency to qualify for a license to practice medicine independently in the US. You need to graduate from your residency program to gain hospital privileges or any sort of employment. You can practice in the specialty you are trained in after graduating from a specific residency program. This graduation also makes you eligible to become board certified in that particular specialty.

If you are trying to get a postgraduate medical residency in the USA, you need to clear the USMLE exams first. It is a compulsory set of exams to get entry into the US and be able to practice medicine there.

It really depends on where you are trained, where your citizenship is and the ease of getting into programs in the country of your choice.

Medicine is a vast field and a medical school will provide you only an introduction to that field. Hence the actual clinical experience you have after graduating from medical school is relatively limited. Post medical school, you do an apprenticeship which is called a medical residency in a given specialty. This equips you to treat patients as a physician with gradually increasing levels of independence, resulting in certification by a recognized specialty board in that specialty. Junior residents are supervised more as compared to their senior counterparts. Independence is gradually given and eventually, after successful completion of the residency, the physician is ready to manage patients independently.

Yes. There is no educational fee once you are matched in the US. Residency is kind of a job you get and hence there is only a salary. No fees. Also, if you want to learn more about the salary and the benefits like scholarships offered by different programs, you can check out the websites of the programs you are interested in.

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