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Q: Where are most of your graduates located and what type of practices are they going into from residency?
All of our graduates are family medicine physicians; however, they work in many different practice environments. Most graduates are part of a group practice or are in solo practice, primarily in Central New York. Several of the St. Joseph’s Family Medicine Residency faculty are alumni of the program itself.

Q: Are some rotations done at other hospitals?
A: Yes. Residents complete an inpatient pediatrics rotation during their intern year at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. The residents also work at University Hospital at SUNY Upstate in the pediatric emergency room for one month during the second year. Elective rotations are available at both locations as well.

Q: Are any other residency programs in-house?
A: No. The St. Joseph's Family Medicine Residency is an unopposed residency. However, the hospital currently has Transitional and General Dentistry and Pharmacy residencies, and is a co-sponsor of the SUNY Upstate Medical University ER Program.

Q: How and how often is feedback provided to residents?
A: Residents receive formal monthly feedback sessions with their supervising fellow residents and faculty members on all rotations. Feedback is strongly encouraged to be given at all times during a resident educational process as well.

Questions to Ask Faculty

  • Is the residency program oriented towards education?
  • Is scut work avoided?
  • How diverse is the patient population?
  • Are the residents pleased with this program?
  • Is there a night float system in place?
  • Are the didactic conferences resident oriented?
  • Are residents the primary medical decision makers?
  • Do residents have substantial responsibility when they take care of private patients?
  • Does the program take into account the needs of my wife and our family goals?
  • Is education or patient care a priority in clinic?
  • What is the quality of residents in terms of teachers, clinicians, board exam scores?
  • Do residents play a role in teaching medical students?
  • Do residents go on to do fellowships in OB and sports medicine?
  • What is the percentage of full-time faculty with resident education?
  • Are there programs in career guidance and practice management?
  • Is there an emphasis on EBM and computer applications in medicine?
  • What is the Esprit de Corps? Are residents happy with their choice to train here?
  • What is the average patient volume per resident?
  • Is time off and funding made available for attending conferences?
  • What are the ancillary services and laboratory services like?
  • What is the level of independence as a second and third year resident?
  • What is the ratio of preceptors to residents in clinic?
  • What are the major research interests in the department?
  • What is the structure of the continuity clinics?
  • What paths have your recent graduates taken after completion of their training?
  • What major changes, if any, do you expect to make within the next five years?
  • What is the relationship of subspecialists with the Family Medicine Department?
  • How would you describe the didactic teaching program?
  • Are lectures spread out during the week or packed into one afternoon session?
  • What one change would you make to the training program?
  • How extensive are the training experiences in the ICU, ie. Swan-Ganz, vent management, codes?
  • What is the scope of surgical training? Is it possible to gain credentialing to perform c-sections and other procedures?
  • Does the FP resident maintain the role of primary physician when specialists are consulted?
  • What is the level of participation with the administrative aspects of the program?
  • What are you looking for when you rank candidates?
  • What is the turnover rate of the faculty?
  • Are clinic days fixed or do they change with the residents rotation schedule?
  • Are there non-clinical responsibilities?
  • Are there research opportunities?
  • What type of resident evaluations occur in this program and how often?
  • Have any housestaff left the program?
  • Do you help your graduates find jobs?

Questions to Ask Residents

  • What contact will I have with the clinical faculty?
  • How much didactic time is there? Does it have priority?
  • What type of clinical responsibilities will I have?
  • Will I have time to read?
  • What do you like best and least about this program?
  • Would you have trained here if you had to decide again?
  • What support staff is available?
  • What is the call schedule?
  • What is the patient population I will see?
  • Do the residents socialize as a group?
  • Are the faculty and administration receptive to suggestions and requests?
  • What are the outside interests of the faculty and house staff?
  • What are the details of the fringe benefit package?

Questions to Answer

  • What are your interests outside of medicine?
  • What are your plans after residency?
  • What do you see yourself doing in 10 years?
  • What are you looking for in a training program?
  • How do you feel about working with private physicians?
  • Why have you chosen this particular specialty?
  • What aspects of this program are attractive to you … or are of concern to you?
  • How have you been employed prior to medical school?
  • What are your hobbies?
  • What books have you read lately?
  • Do you have any geographical preference?
  • What are your major strengths? What areas need improvement?
  • Why should I choose you over one of your classmates?
  • What would you do if you did not obtain a residency position for next year?
  • Tell me about yourself?
  • Please discuss the future of medicine?
  • In which direction do you see this specialty heading in the next 10 years? How can you contribute?
  • What three adjectives best describe you?
  • What might give me a better picture of you than I get from your resume?
  • Of which accomplishments are you most proud?
  • If you could no longer be a physician, what career would you choose?
  • How do you make important decisions?
  • What were the major deficiencies in you medical school training?
  • How do you normally handle conflict?
  • What will be the toughest aspect of this specialty for you?
  • Tell me about the patient from whom you learned the most.
  • Teach me something non-medical in five minutes?
  • Can you think of anything else you would like to add? YES!
  • If we offered you a position today, would you accept? "I would love to accept a position in this program. I feel obligated, however, to keep the other interview appts I have made. I will be finished interviewing in early January and could let you know then?"
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