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101 Tips to Getting the Residency You Want: A Guide for by M.D. John Canady

By M.D. John Canady

Every year, greater than 15,000 U.S. clinical students—along with greater than 18,000 graduates of overseas clinical colleges and faculties of osteopathic medicine—take half within the nationwide Residency Matching application, vying for a small variety of positions within the usa. during this keenly aggressive atmosphere, they search each virtue they could get. in line with greater than twenty years of expertise getting ready applicants for residency courses, John Canady has constructed a concise sensible advisor to creating one’s manner in the course of the maze of residency functions and interviews. Guiding residency candidates prior the pitfalls in all elements of the method, a hundred and one tips on how to Getting the Residency you will want comprises sections on tried-and-true tools for senior yr making plans, the significance of networking, suggestions for interviewing, functional recommendation for carefree shuttle, and guidance for follow-up to out-of-town rotations and interviews. This consultant covers the do’s and don’ts that may maximize every one applicant’s possibilities and exposes the typical error which could destroy an software inspite of the simplest grades and attempt rankings.

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Other places may see their mission as turning out physicians practicing top-notch clinical medicine. Some programs may be a mix of the two, but usually one or the other will predominate. The easiest way to deduce what a program really does is to find out what the graduates have done for the last five years or so. Realize, though, that the mission of a program can change with changing leadership. Don’t blindly assume that just because the residents have all gone into clinical private practice for the last ten years that this is what the sta≠ wants to keep happening.

If they think they can’t trust what you are saying, you will not get o≠ered a spot no matter what kind of academic credentials you 25 i n t e r v i e w i n g have. Also, if you spin a di≠erent story to each sta≠ member you interview with, you will likely be caught when they all get together to discuss the candidates. At that point you will not be there to defend yourself and they will, in all likelihood, just move on to someone they think they can trust. In my experience, most of the urban legends students hear about someone with top-notch academics failing to match really means that they had problems in the area of honesty.

28 i n t e r v i e w i n g 30 Use an on-line database search to find out about all the papers each faculty member and resident has written Once you know the sta≠ names (and maybe the residents’ names as well) it is relatively easy to go on-line and use a search service to see what each of them has published. I can absolutely tell you that if you do this, you will put yourself in a very small minority within the group of people who interview for a residency spot. Human nature being what it is, you will find that the people interviewing you will enjoy talking about themselves and what they have published.

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