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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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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Dressing for Residency Interviews, Revisited

One of last year’s most popular posts seems to have been this one, which covered tips on how to dress for residency interviews. So, as we approach interview season once again, I thought it might be worth revisiting the topic. The Suit The first question people always ask is whether they need to wear a suit. So let me get this

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Residency Application Tip of the Week: September 24th

Tip #7: Don’t be afraid to reach out Programs want residents who want to go to their program. If you haven’t heard back from a program that you are really interested in, give them a call. I got two interview invitations by calling or emailing programs and letting them know that I was really interested in their program. It didn’t

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Residency application tip of the week: September 16th

I’m going to try something new this year: a weekly tip on applying to residency, during the interview season. I will be builidng on my post on 5 tips for interview season. These tips will be targeted at OB/GYN, but many of the will be applicable to other specialties. Let me know what you think! And, without further ado, this

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