Residency Application Tip: Make the most of your away rotation

It’s been a while (happy July!) but I’m back this week with another residency application tip. Today we are talking about away rotations. I see a fair number of students coming through on away rotations. I think as a student I thought of away rotations as something that could really help me, but as a resident I’ve seen away rotations

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Residency Application Tip: Residency Application Dinners

Continuing in our series on things I wish someone had told me when I was applying for residency, let’s talk about residency application dinners.  For those who don’t know, the typical residency interview goes like this: Arrive to your hotel in the afternoon. Go to a dinner with the other applicants and the residents (and sometimes some of the faculty).

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Residency Application Tip: Geography Matters

It’s been a pretty crazy few weeks out here, so I apologize that you haven’t heard from me much lately. I’m still doing my best to stay on top of comments, though, so please feel free to keep commenting and I’ll try to keep responding! As we approach residency application season again, I think it’s time for another round of

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I matched lower on my rank list than I was expecting – and I couldn’t be happier.

I fretted for weeks over the details of my rank list. Should I rank this program #1 or #2? #2 or #3? And do you know what happened then? I, like most of my friends, matched to a program that was not in my top 3, but where I am much happier than I would have been at any of my

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Agonizing between two specialties? Some thoughts on choosing.

When I was a medical student, I had a really hard time choosing my specialty. I loved everything! I’ve talked to a number of medical students lately who were having the same trouble. After a recent advising meeting with a student, I thought it might be helpful to share some of those thoughts here. Consider these questions a way to

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Rank list season again

Well, it’s that time of year again: NRMP civilian residency match season. It’s the time when thousands of medical students agonize over their rank lists. (For those not familiar with the residency match, a rank list is an applicant’s “wish list” of the programs they would like to go). Every year, students ask for advice on their rank lists. To

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Residency Interview Tips: Staying in Touch

Happy Turkey Day, everyone!!! Alright, moving on… When programs are building their rank lists, they want to choose people who want to go there. They want people who will be happy at that program and in that location. So, on top of your regularly scheduled thank-you notes, sometimes it’s helpful to reach out again to a resident or program director at

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Residency Interview Travel – Family Edition

One of the decisions that I struggled with during interview season was whether or not to bring my family with me on my interviews. My daughter was 18 mos old when I was doing my interview travel which, as parents know, is an unpredictable age. She has always been a pretty calm, happy, easy-to-please kiddo, but you never know what strange

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Residency Interview Thank You Notes: What you need to know

Continuing on our theme of “things I wish I had known when I was interviewing for residency,” let’s talk about thank you notes. Everyone tells you that you need to send thank you notes every time you interview, to every person who interviews. Let’s talk a little bit more about how to write effective thank you notes, and what role

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Packing for Residency Interviews

Once you have decided what to wear for your interviews, it’s worth putting some thought into how you pack for your trip. Flying Always pack your suit in your carry-on luggage. A few times a year in each specialty, someone’s bag gets lost and they end up interviewing in the sweatpants they wore on the plane. I’m sure there are people

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