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Top 10 Most Competitive Residencies (2010)

Posted by medliorator on April 7, 2010

Combined Programs:

PGY-2 Programs:

Advanced Data Tables 2010 [NRMP]

Correlate: Top 10 Most Competitive Residencies (2009)

Correlate: Top 10 Most Competitive Residencies (2008)

Correlate: Top 10 Most Competitive Residencies (2007)

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How to Create a Rank Order List of Residency Programs

Posted by medliorator on January 8, 2010

Kendra Campbell shares her approach to the creation of her rank order list at The Differential:

I created a spreadsheet with 10 different variables across the top. Next, I added each program as a separate row, and then put a ranking (1-5) for each variable …For each program, I added up all the numbers, sorted them from highest to lowest, and voila! I have a rank order list of residency programs… here are the variables I used (in no particular order):

1. Location
2. Patient population
3. Faculty
4. hospital setting
5. Residents
6. Salary/benefits
7. Opportunities for research
8. Hands-on/procedural experience
9. Hospital and facilities
10. hospital’s reputation

How Do I Choose a Residency Program? [The Differential]

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Addressing Mediocre Board Scores during Interviews

Posted by medliorator on December 17, 2009

Dr. William James (University of Pennsylvania)…

I think there are people that have a pretty darn good record, and unfortunately they say things like “Well, my boards could have been better, but you know I had this happen in my personal life.” Basically, they’re apologizing. They may have gotten 80% honors grades and yet they’re apologizing for this one rotation that they didn’t honor, and trying to come up with a reason or excuse. That’s just not a good way to approach an interview.

The way to approach an interview is to be self-confident and to accentuate the positives. They’re clearly there, because if you’re interviewing for a program, you must have a lot of positives. We don’t just interview anybody. You’ve got a good record, so you want to go in and be self-confident about that. You want to look good, and you want to come in sharp and enthusiastic.

The Successful Match: Getting into Dermatology [Student Doctor Network]

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Interview Pitfalls and Match Etiquette

Posted by medliorator on November 12, 2009

The Academic Job Interview

Jessica Freedman, MD:

Interviewers often casually ask applicants during interviews, “So, where else did you apply?” or suggest, “If you are really interested in matching here, please be sure to let us know.” Other programs routinely call applicants who are within “matching range” to recruit them after they interview. Does this constitute persuasion or pressure?

[Applicants] often feel obligated to tell a program what it wants to hear by saying, “I loved your program and I will be ranking you really highly.” Or, applicants may feel pressured to tell a program that they will be ranking it #1, even if that’s a white lie. Sometimes applicants are so nervous about matching that institutions’ recruitment efforts may influence the way they rank programs.

how should applicants deal with these situations? If you receive a residency match “love letter,” take its sincerity and truthfulness with a grain of salt. You certainly will want to respond graciously, but do not say you are ranking the program first if that is not your intention. As for fielding questions or comments that may violate the MPA, I suggest being diplomatic and somewhat vague without confronting or offending your interviewer. For example, if the interviewer asks where else you are applying or interviewing, it is acceptable to answer, “I am applying to and interviewing at a variety of programs, mostly on the West Coast” or whatever situation applies to you. If pressured to express specific interest in a program, it is fair to say, “I am very interested in this program and have not yet decided on my final rank order, but I will be ranking your program highly.” As with the “love letter,” do not tell a program that you will be ranking it first if this is not true.

Residency Match: Avoid Getting Burned [Medscape]

Correlate: The Best Predictors of Match Success

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What to do After the Match?

Posted by medliorator on April 18, 2009

4th year mudphudder shares valuable lessons learned from his own mistakes:

what I should have done in hindsight:

1) get ACLS/ATLS certified ASAP – most of you will take a month off in december or january for interviews, get certified on one of your off days.  Also, most of your medical schools will offer these courses for free, so no excuses.

2) Start looking for residency housing ASAP.  If you know where you will be (to varying degrees of certainty), start looking even before the match.  Look in a few different cities if you have a gut feeling of where on your rank list you will land, but LOOK.

Think Ahead [mudphudder]

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Forum Filter: IMG Taking a Research Year Before Residency

Posted by medliorator on March 16, 2009

Derm83: I am an IMG applying to Radiology next year but I’d like to do 1-2 years or research so that I can be more competitive.

I’d like to start contacting programs for research but I’m wondering what things I should be looking at in a program:
1. A program that takes a substantial number of residents(eg 10)
2. A top tier program which might make more competitive for other programs VS a low tier program where I might have chance matching into.
3. A place where multiple adjacent programs exists (eg Texas Medical Center) so that I have more chances.
4. Research with the PD or chief.
5. IMG-friendly state vs geographically undesired state.

Do you believe 1-2 years of research will make me competitive enough to land a spot? (Non-US IMG, Step 1 99/230+, 2 months of USCE)

lapooh: I would say go for the most top-tier research gig that you can find. Research at big name academic place tends to make you attractive to the mid tier academic programs as well. How much research will help depends on much much you are able to get out in terms in publications from it. Research should definitely help for radiology, even AMGs going into Radiology tend to have atleast some research experience.You would also do well with stellar reccos from your mentors.
Other things being equal, it might be a good idea to go for a place that has multiple programs, like TMC, because you will be able to network with more people. That might help you get interviews at those places.

With added research, you should be competitive for radiology. But I am no expert myself, just know a lot of radiology-crazy people .

Research before residency [SDN]

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The Best Predictors of Match Success

Posted by medliorator on February 23, 2009

From the 2007 match

Of 9 application parameters, the best predictors of match success for U.S. seniors in competitive specialties (Dermatology, Orthopaedic Surgery, Otolaryngology, Plastic Surgery and Radiation Oncology) were:

Rank Application Parameter Odds ratio
1. Number of Contiguous Ranks 1.30
2. USMLE Step I (>=235) 3.15
3. USMLE Step II (>=235) 2.73
4. AOA Member 1.90
5. PH.D. Degree 2.88

Charting Outcomes in the Match [NRMP]

Correlate: The Most Important Components of your Residency Application

Correlate: The Most Important Components of your Residency Application – Part II

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The Most Important Components of your Residency Application – Part II

Posted by medliorator on February 18, 2009

METHODS: A 29-question online survey was designed to discern desired qualities regarding resident selection, interview processes, resident participation, and program director satisfaction with the current process.

RESULTS: 43 of 49 program directors responded (87.8% response rate).

Academic Quality
Average Rank
“What letters of recommendation say” 3.81
“Who says it” 4.31
AOA membership 4.60
USMLE step 1 score 4.63
Clinical grades 4.83
Letters from plastic surgeons (vs general surgery, and so on) 5.74
Research experience 6.44
USMLE step 2 score 6.80
Medical school reputation 6.98
Dean’s letter strength 8.73
Subjective Quality
Average Rank
Performance on away/subinternship rotation 2.29
Performance on interview 3.34
Personality 4.03
Maturity 4.07
Leadership potential 4.23
Research experience 6.00
Interest in academics 6.20
Publications 6.46
Appearance 8.13

Janis JE. Hatef DA. Resident selection protocols in plastic surgery: a national survey of plastic surgery program directors. [Journal Article] Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. 122(6):1929-41, 2008 Dec.

Correlate: The Most Important Components of your Residency Application

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Insider’s Look – NRMP R3 System Rank Order

Posted by medliorator on February 5, 2009

the NRMP R3 System Rank Order List opened up on January 15

It’s a pretty simple system… if you are only doing Categorical spots.  It’s a little more complicated if you are doing both Prelim and Advanced spots, and have to create Supplemental lists

you just click on “My Rank Order List” and literally you search the programs that you want and assign them a rank order.  When you search for a program, then click on it, it tells you how many spots that program has, and lets you know the program director’s name for verification purposes.

Once you are all done with the list then you hit “Certify”, resubmit your password, and all of a sudden the match status changes to CERTIFIED ROL (it really changes from red to green too!).  The beauty of it all is that there is no limit to the number of times that you can certify!

I was instructed on what “Ranked to Match” means  …if there are 8 spots in a program, you are only “Ranked to Match” if you are in that top 8  …there are no guarantees unless you are “ranked to match”.  So even if a program director (PD) tells you that you are ranked highly, or you would fit in, or they are keeping their fingers crossed, it doesn’t mean anything unless they tell you that you are “ranked to match”.

Match Status: RANKING [Med Obsession]

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The Most Important Components of your Residency Application

Posted by medliorator on October 26, 2008

METHODS: A questionnaire consisting of 20 items based on the current Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) guidelines was mailed to the program directors of all 118 EM residencies in existence in February 1998. The program directors were instructed to rank each item on a five-point scale (5 = most important, 1 = least important) as to its importance in the selection of residents.

RESULTS: Response rate = 79.7% of Emergency Medicine residencies

Rank Application Parameter Rank (+/- SD)
1. Personal Statement 2.75 (0.96)
2. Publications 2.87 (0.99)
3. Basic Science Grades 2.88 (0.93)
4. Extracurricular Activities 2.99 (0.87)
5. Medical School Attended 3.00 (0.85)
6. AOA Status 3.01 (1.09)
7. Awards/Achievements 3.16 (0.88 )
8. USMLE step I 3.28 (0.86)
9. Interest Expressed in Institution 3.30 (1.19)
10. USMLE Step II 3.34 (0.93)
11. Elective Done at Institution 3.75 (1.25)
12. Recommendations 4.11 (0.85)
13. Clinical Grades 4.36 (0.70)
14. Interview 4.62 (0.63)
15. EM rotation grade 4.79 (0.50)

Selection criteria for emergency medicine residency applicants [Acad Emerg Med. 2000 Jan;7(1):54-60.]

Correlate: The Most Important Components of your Residency Application – Part II

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