From Medical School to Residency: How to Compete by Roger P. Smith

By Roger P. Smith

Looking for a advisor that will help you comprehend "The Match"? glance no additional than this critical source from a famous medical professional who has spent years advising scholars and choosing citizens. This ebook supplies the coed all he/she must comprehend to effectively fit in a residency application in 2000 and past. it's the purely consultant that totally covers the digital program and fit technique, whole with plenty of reveal pictures. This guide also will deal with questions scholars may still ask and techniques for winning matching.

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All you have to do is keep in mind what has to be done and create a timetable to keep you on track. What Has to Be Done? In the simplest form, the tasks are few: Pick a field of study and find programs of interest, fill out and file the applications, get letters of recommendation (and a dean's letter), interview, file your rank order list, wait, wait, wait, and celebrate. We have already looked at the issues of picking fields of study and how to begin to think about specific programs. Because it takes place part way into the process, the actual application form is the subject of a later chapter.

There are, however, very valid reasons to obtain some additional experience in you field, but it should be balanced and timed so you get the maximum benefit. Many students believe that additional experience in their chosen field will make them more attractive when they interview at prospective residencies. Residency selection committees look for a well-rounded background in their candidates. They know that in the years spent in residency training you will receive all the specialty experience you need.

Therefore, while balance in all of its many forms is desirable, there really isn't much the selection committee can do to change it short of closing its doors to one group or another. With the matching system, you have as good a chance as anyone else-no favorites, no penalties. Do the resident selection committees seek out "known commodities"? Does it help to spend time in the department or do an elective in it? While we will devote much of Chapter 6 to this issue, most educators will tell you these steps won't save a bad student or hurt a good one.

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