Tag: Residency

The NRMP Match Part 3: Tips for the Interview Trail

Say what you want about the weather, but it’s going to be 72 and fluorescent for a majority of your residency. – A surgery resident Part 3 is upon us! It’s out of order according to the plan laid out in my first post, but I don’t care! I make the rules around here! If

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The NRMP Match Part 1: Understanding the Statistics – “Will I match?”

Introduction Am I going to match? This is the question that medical students going into their 4th year ask themselves over and over, poring over every detail of themselves and their application with a fine tooth comb. Or in some cases, the big comb from Spaceballs. This post began in an airport in Lansing, Michigan (yes, who

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Making a Doctor 101: How the residency match works (for laypeople)

All I do is try to make it simple, the ones that make it complicated never get congratulated – Kid Cudi Hey.   You.   Yes, you. The one who isn’t  in the medical profession. It’sa me, Mario! More specifically, I’m a student in my fourth and final year of medical school. You’re here because you’ve

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Making a Physician: the USMLE STEP 1

The ISTEP, the SAT, the MCAT, and now the USMLE. These are a series of acronyms that evoke a primal, almost nauseating response among those of us that have fought the gauntlet of standardized testing for the majority of our lives. It is monumental tests like this: single-day, multiple-hour, multiple-subject, and multiple headache-inducing exams that convert

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