RESIDENCY INTERVIEWS & THE MATCH
Elyse's tips on nailing your residency interviews. Our first and most popular series to date!
hands down the best resource to determine how competitive you are for a specialty, keeping in mind that these are averages.
You don't want to be remembered for what you wore. This means don't be sloppy, but also don't be fashionable. Your interview attire should be generic. You shouldn't stick out from other interviewers in a headless line-up. This is about who you are, not what you're wearing.
Welcome to part 2 of tips to match a competitive specialty (read part one - timeline here!). This article is basically a breakdown of your ERAS application. Remember, you don't have to be perfect to match, but it is important to set the bar high. If you shoot for the moon, you're more likely to land among the stars. Leave questions in the comments section or email me (firstname.lastname@example.org).
I'll be sharing in this post the general things you should be doing each year and in the next post I'll go into the components of a competitive application in more detail but disclaimer disclaimer disclaimer - every applicant/school/specialty/program is different. I am a lowly PGY-1 in this big system. Take my advice with a grain of salt.
Looking at these photos fills me with joy and pride for my amazing classmates. So grateful to learn medicine at such a nurturing institution and to have shared those defining years with these incredible people.
Emory by far as one of the most exciting match days of any school. You can catch Natalie and me taking a last minute selfie at 0:43 - right before we both found out we matched our #1 programs!
The rank order list is really stressful especially if you don’t understand how the match works. As strongly as I feel against the match system, it does favor the applicant. It’s important for you to really understand this before you make your list. Basically, no one can take your spot from you. There’s no true incentive to rank a program you think you have a “better chance of matching at” higher than a program you love.
Hey guys! Today we're talking all about what to do and what not to waste your time doing before an interview. Let's start with the good stuff - the BEST piece of advice I received all season --
Rule #1-100: Keep everything you will need for you interview on you at all times. The best piece of advice I received for interviews is invest in a carry-on garment bag. It was such good advice I started dating the guy who gave it to me (I used this one).
I got a little queasy while writing my last post and realizing how much I actually spent on the interview process, but then I remembered how important of a time and investment those few months were for my career. The amount of money you spend will depend on how competitive of a specialty you are applying to. Specialty competitiveness factors into cost in four big ways: