It’s Here! Mock Virtual Interviews

With residency applications submitted, interviews are right around the corner. Even though you may not have invitations yet, now is the time to start preparing for interviews. With interviews being conducted virtually, it is critical that you master your performance in the residency interviews. To help you perform at the highest level, we are excitedContinue reading “It’s Here! Mock Virtual Interviews”

Interview Season 101

Interview season is officially upon us.  Thus far, you have stressed over writing a personal statement, ensured your letters of recommendation were uploaded on time, and reviewed your activities section countless times in search of typos which all culminated in successfully submitting and certifying your ERAS residency applications.  This culmination marks a major transition inContinue reading “Interview Season 101”

Pause, Relax, Press On

Submitting your residency application to ERAS can be an extremely anxiety provoking endeavor. Was there a typo on your personal statement that you missed? Did you leave off an important research project from your CV? Did all of your letters of recommendation get uploaded on time? On Wednesday, October 21st, 2020, everything is finalized withContinue reading “Pause, Relax, Press On”

Application Insights from an OB/GYN Program Director

We have learned a lot over the past couple of weeks listening to program directors across the country give their take on the unique challenges both students and programs face this application cycle in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Be sure to take a look at each of these interviews to get a sense ofContinue reading “Application Insights from an OB/GYN Program Director”

Should you #ApplySmart?

Given the COVID-19 pandemic, the Association of Pediatric Program Directors (APPD), the Association of Medical School Pediatric Department Chairs (AMSPDC), and the Council on Medical Student Education in Pediatrics (COMSEP) put out a joint statement addressing how the 2020-2021 application cycle would be different. In addition, they outlined cursory guidelines for how applicants to pediatricContinue reading “Should you #ApplySmart?”

Biggest Piece of Research Advice That No One Will Tell You

With ERAS applications looming, here is the biggest piece of research advice that no one will tell you. Whatever research studies you may have that are pending or have been rejected from journals (once, twice…seven times), SUBMIT THEM NOW! The ERAS application allows you to list research papers and presentations that have been submitted toContinue reading “Biggest Piece of Research Advice That No One Will Tell You”

Application Advice from an Internal Medicine Program Director

As the next installment on our series of interviewing program directors across the country, we had the chance to speak with Dr. Scott Kopec, the program director of the internal medicine program at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, MA. Be sure to read and learn his thoughts on the challenges of applying this cycleContinue reading “Application Advice from an Internal Medicine Program Director”

Book Review: The White Coat Investor

The White Coat Investor by Dr. James Dahle is likely the most well-known and read physician-specific personal finance book published to date. The White Coat Investor is more than just a book. It is a podcast, website, and online forum. For many, it is a lifestyle. The Good Life In the book, Dr. Dahle laysContinue reading “Book Review: The White Coat Investor”

What People Think about USMLE Step 1 Becoming Pass/Fail

The USMLE made an extremely impactful decision when it announced its decision to transition the USMLE Step 1 exam from a numeric score to a pass/fail grading system. These changes have sparked extensive national and international conversation on social media and within the academic literature. Here, I have compiled the most up to date commentariesContinue reading “What People Think about USMLE Step 1 Becoming Pass/Fail”

Personal Statement Editing

ERAS applications are due right around the corner. One of the most difficult pieces of the application is the personal statement. Your personal statement should tell a narrative that convinces programs to invite you for an interview. Struggling getting started? Have an outline, but need some inspiration for fitting it together? Need edits on aContinue reading “Personal Statement Editing”