Pre-Interview Morning Routine

Interview season is almost upon us! As a resident, I am very excited for the upcoming interviews to meet all the bright and capable new faces of medicine. But I also remember the nerves that plagued me on the applicant side of interviews. While I felt confident and excited, the anxiety was impossible to ignore.Continue reading “Pre-Interview Morning Routine”

It’s Here! Mock Virtual Interviews

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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

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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

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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”

The Most Important Factor for Board Exam Success

Time. It is the most important variable for Step 1 preparation. It is the great equalizer. Everyone has the exact same amount, but how one spends it will determine his or her board score. For the most part, people who get into medical school possess the raw intelligence and test taking ability to do wellContinue reading “The Most Important Factor for Board Exam Success”

Innovation and Change in Anatomy Education During COVID-19

Laboratory dissection of human body donors has long been the centerpiece of medical student anatomy education. Is there a better way to learn the intricately organized complexity of human anatomy than to trace out the three-dimensional layout with your own hands? Maybe. There are certainly available and emerging alternative options to classic cadaveric dissection. WithContinue reading “Innovation and Change in Anatomy Education During COVID-19”

Application Insights from an OB/GYN Program Director

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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”

How to Study Anatomy During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Anatomy is one of the more difficult subjects during the pre-clinical years of medical school. It involves endless rote memorization and tongue-tying Latin words. Anatomy is often the first-time medical students realize that there is often a big difference between the classic, textbook description and what is seen in reality. During normal times, anatomy isContinue reading “How to Study Anatomy During the COVID-19 Pandemic”

Biggest Piece of Research Advice That No One Will Tell You

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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

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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”