Specifically Designed for International and Caribbean Medical Graduates
The Video Course
The RIQ Course is a unique, powerful residency interview preparation system. You get full-length video answers (90+ videos) to the most important interview questions – specifically designed for the IMG or Caribbean medical school graduate. We have 100+ pages of sample answers, answer outlines, and analysis of top interview answers.
Expert 1 on 1 coaching
With Expert 1:1 Coaching, you’ll get the same Video Course and sample answers, and individual 1 on 1 coaching and mock interview with an expert RIQ interview coach. You’ll also get full email question support with replies within 24 hrs from your coach, and custom, tailored interview guidance. You get these services through the entire interview season.
Interview Advice Blog
Check out our blog for useful tips for FREE. We share our own personal statements and ERAS application. We talk about everything from Thank You Notes, to Top Interview Questions, to What to Wear.
Expert Video Demonstrations, Analysis, and Full-length Answers
Residency Interview Questions (RIQ) is a residency interview preparation system specifically designed for the international medical graduate (IMG) or Caribbean medical graduate. Here's how it works: we've created more than 90 videos and 100+ pages of content to teach you how to nail the highest-yield residency interview questions. Watch and learn from the content, style and body language of true-to-life interview demonstrations. The interview questions you will face are known, let RIQ show you how to create the perfect answers.
Match successfully with our program or your next year is free.
90+ HD-videos provide real-world examples and expert insight. There is more than 100 pages of content to help you craft your own answers. We believe that great interview skills can be taught. Learn the break down of each of the most common, highest-yield residency interview questions. See how we employ body language and tone. We give you the formula to craft your own answer.
IMGs and Caribbean graduates are at a disadvantage in the U.S. residency process - the interview is the most important, modifiable part of your application that you can strengthen. We have an experienced team of top coaches who have navigated the process and matched at their top choices during their own interviews. We have worked closely with hundreds of IMGs in a variety of hospital settings to build this system. RIQ has worked with chief residents, faculty interviewers and program directors to provide insider tips. Our program is the only preparation you need to nail your residency interviews.
Match Successes with RIQ
Collectively Steve and David have interviewed at over 45 different hospitals and academic medical centers across the United States. We have first hand knowledge on how you can perform at your BEST.
We practiced answers, tested each other and crafted perfect answers for ALL of the most commonly asked questions. After we matched, we went back and talked to Program Director and other successful IMG residents about their experiences. This was how RIQ was born. We realized IMGs need a leg up in navigating this challenging process.
Here are some applicant success stories
- As an applicant with 15 years between graduation and an unsuccessful match attempt, George joined RIQ 1 on 1 Coaching and was able to match at his TOP choice. He used our video prep for answering questions on gap years between training and anxiety of returning to residency.
- We matched multiple applicants with Step 1 scores below 219 and two applicants with Step score below 209. With the RIQ Video Course, they were able to address their weaknesses and turn them around to their strengths.
- Our videos are great for those less familiar with English. Laura, an applicant 5 years after graduation with significant language difficulties, was able to match at her TOP choice.
- 54% of our applicants are MORE than 5 years after graduation, and RIQ is able to help them successfully match at a rate significantly higher than average.
- We've successfully matched applicants to Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Pediatrics, Neurology, Pathology, and more.
- 9 out of 10 RIQ users would strongly recommend our service!
David Xu M.D.
Steve Xu M.D.
Interview Advice Blog
Burning Questions – Please Comment and Post! We know that residency application and matching is tremendously stressful process. We went through it. We now evaluate resident applicants. We’ve seen the entire cycle from beginning to end. We also know it is extra challenging as an IMG. Whether you are a U.S. citizen or not, there Read more about Post Your Burning Questions – IMGs and the NRMP Match[…]
Red flags on your ERAS application can be very anxiety inducing. There is a lot of confusion on exactly what to say and where to say it. Overall, programs get multiple pieces of information from letter writers, USMLE itself, your medical school, etc. In these instances, it is best to use the personal statement to Read more about How To Explain Red Flags on Your Residency Applications.[…]
There is one question that I can predict with 100% certainty you will be asked during your residency interview. I was asked this on every single one of my 29 interviews. David and Tamara report the same statistics. No, it isn’t “Tell Me About Yourself.” The question is “What Questions Do You Have For Me?” Read more about What Questions Do You Have For Me? The Single Best Question to Ask Every Single Residency Program.[…]
As we look forward to the opening of the 2017-2018 National Residency Match Program season, we are distinctly aware of the challenges facing international medical school graduates. The threat of an immigration ban certainly concerns us. The discussion on limiting VISAS for foreign medical graduates also worries us. It is something we’re staying up to Read more about Announcing Our Free Module. Building Trust.[…]
7 Easy Things You Can Immediately Strengthen Your Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) CV
The ERAS CV matters. The ERAS CV is a very important document for your residency applications. Too often, we see candidates spend hundreds of hours on their personal statement but only 2-3 hours on their ERAS CV. The secret is that many residency programs actually don’t even bother reading your personal statement. Personal Statement Read more about 7 Easy Things You Can Immediately Strengthen Your Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) CV[…]
We all know what you do after leaving from the residency interview, they probably follow a pattern like this: Breathe a sigh of relief Jot down notes about the program Write thank you emails to your interviewers Today, will try to elucidate a little about what residency programs do after they interview you, and how this Read more about How do programs rank residency interview applicants?[…]
Body language is so critical during the residency interview just as it is during the rest of our conversations in real life. It’s the way that we express dynamics, emotion, excitement, that engages our audience. I’ve seen a lot of applicants who interview, and all their body language is showing one thing: they are nervous, Read more about Using Body Language to Make a Strong First Impression[…]
Update – Trump Travel Plan and International Medical Graduates for 2018 National Residency Match Program. We are getting this question more and more from our clients. Basically, will it affect me? Trump’s travel ban is unfortunate, but not something that should deter you from applying for residency. The travel is limited to citizens of these Read more about Probability of Matching as International Medical Graduates[…]
Update – 7/9/2017. We wanted to provide an update to this post. Observerships are very important when it comes to residency applications for IMGs. The simple reason is that program directors want to know that you’re familiar with the U.S. healthcare system. Specifically, they want to know you are familiar with navigating the electronic medical Read more about Everything You Need to Know About Observerships or U.S. Clinical Experiences: 2017 Update![…]
All of your hard-work comes down to this. First, we want to thank you for working with us for your residency match journey and using the RIQ Strategy. We hope we have been able to help you and we’re here to support you all the way to the finish line. Here’s a rundown of what Read more about SOAP (Supplemental offer and acceptance program) – the RIQ STRATEGY[…]
It depends on the program, but more likely than not you will be invited to attend the pre-interview dinner. University programs tend to offer pre-interview invitations more often. David and I went on more than 20 each. Our cholesterol suffered but we also saw these dinner opportunities to make solid first impressions and connect with Read more about Navigating The Pre-interview Dinner[…]
We frequently get asked the question about how many interviews should I have by now? This is difficult as every applicant is different. We look at NRMP data to help gauge how many interviews people should have. The most important question is how many interviews should I hope to get in order to match? The data Read more about How Many Interviews Should I Have? Attention All Internal Medicine Applicants.[…]
It should not surprise you that PDs and interviewers do not read a whole lot from your application. Interview day is a schedule packed day for both interviewers and interviewees. Usually, the next interviewee is lined up outside of the room right waiting to go in right after the previous left. This leaves almost no Read more about What do interviewers really read before interviewing you?[…]
Step 2 CS is the bare minimum for english proficiency Every year, about 75% of IMGs pass the Step 2 CS on their first try while 65-70% pass on their repeat attempt. Considering that Step 2 CS tests the bare minimum English proficiency you need, there is a big concern among residency programs and certainly Read more about English Proficiency for IMGs – My Impressions as a native speaker[…]
The personal statement is always a challenge for candidates, particularly IMGs. We have a strong opinion on personal statements. We’ve written dozens of them. We’ve edited many more. We’ve asked Program Directors about personal statements. Our advice here in is the same thing other consultants would charge you hundreds or thousands of dollars for. Most Read more about Personal statement – How to write the perfect eras personal statement[…]
Will an outstanding, expensive suit get you a residency position? No, probably not. Can a bad suit cause you to feel less than 100% confident in yourself? Yes. Will a bad suit give interviews a negative impression on you? Yes, absolutely. Can a provocative piece of clothing eliminate my chances of matching? Yes it can. We Read more about The Interview Suit – A Practical Guide For Men[…]
Both American medical school graduates and international medical graduates (IMGs) spend countless hours on their essay or personal statement for residency. This is understandable. The personal statement is your way to express who you are in your own words, but what about the ERAS application? One big mistake we see a lot every year is Read more about Strengthen your electronic residency application service (ERAS) application[…]
Every year the question about thank you notes come up. This guide will help you figure out what to do when it comes to Thank You notes. Sometimes, programs will tell you to not write a Thank You note at all. Do not worry, this is not a trick. They are simply telling you to Read more about Thank you notes – all of your questions answered[…]
David and I went through more than 45 hospitals and programs.. We have done polling on the candidates we have helped. At each hospital, we had to do anywhere from 2 to 12 interviews with faculty or residents. Our collective experience extends beyond 100 interviews and we found the most common residency interview questions. We Read more about Most Common Residency Interview Questions[…]
Best Of USMLE Forums and SDN Forums: How To Match as an International Medical School Graduate (IMG) or Foreign Medical School Graduate (FMG)
David and I are a huge fans of USMLE Forums and SDN Forums they are a great resource on how do one can match as an international medical school graduate. We are regular contributors on both sites. We post questions and comments regularly. David and I have learned a lot from these forums. In this post, Read more about Best Of USMLE Forums and SDN Forums: How To Match as an International Medical School Graduate (IMG) or Foreign Medical School Graduate (FMG)[…]