Probably Illegal Questions During Residency Interviews Are Very Prevalent!

In this disturbing study, nearly two-thirds of fourth-year medical students replying to a survey reported that they were asked potentially illegal questions during their residency interviews.  The most common categories of inappropriate questions were those regarding marital status, presence of children, and childbearing plans.  Other common questions related to ethnicity, religion, and age.  Being female and applying to a procedural specialty were associated with a higher rate of potentially illegal questions.  These questions led to candidates being less likely to rank the program involved. – Laura Willett, MD

Hern HG Jr., Alter HJ, Wills CP, Snoey ER, and Simon BC. How Prevalent Are Potentially Illegal Questions During Residency Interviews? Acad Med. 2013 Jun 26.

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