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Residency Specialty & Average USMLE Step 1 Score

Posted by medliorator on October 21, 2008

Overall, U.S. senior applicants in 2007 had mean USMLE Step 1 scores of 220.4 (s.d. = 20.3)

For U.S. seniors who matched in 2007:

Rank Specialty Average Step 1 Score
1. Plastic Surgery 243
2. Dermatology 240
3. Otolaryngology 239
4. Radiation Oncology 236
5. Radiology – Diagnostic 235
6. Orthopaedic Surgery 234
7. Transitional Year 233
8. Internal Medicine 222
8. Pathology 222
8. General Surgery 222
11. Emergency Medicine 221
11. Internal Medicine / Pediatrics 221
13. Anesthesiology 220
14. Neurology 218
15. Pediatrics 217

Charting Outcomes in the Match [NRMP]

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How to Write a Personal Statement

Posted by medliorator on October 20, 2008

Jessica Freedman, MD:

  • Start with something catchy to engage your reader. The first one or two sentences are pivotal. If the opening of your essay bores your reader, he or she may stop reading.
  • End with a strong conclusion to leave a lasting impression.
  • Do not use cliché phrases such as “I like internal medicine because I enjoy working with patients.”
  • In general, it is better to “show” through example or anecdote rather than “tell.” Instead of writing “I am empathetic and hard working,” illustrate with examples how you have demonstrated these qualities.
  • With every paragraph, ask yourself if someone else could have written it and, if the answer is yes, go back and make the paragraph more distinctive.
  • Do not regurgitate your CV or write about something that can be read elsewhere in your application.
  • Do not repeat yourself. With each sentence, ask yourself, “Have I already said that?” If the answer is yes, hit delete.
  • Use an active rather than a passive voice.
  • Your essay should be authentic.

Getting Into Residency: Part 1 [Student Doctor Network]

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Building a Successful Resume for Residency

Posted by medliorator on July 16, 2008

the page should have more blank space than text. Wall-to-wall print is overwhelming and difficult to read. If you have a lot of accomplishments, that’s great. But be sure that the ones you are trying to highlight are not lost in a big list. Don’t include anything on your CV that you would not want to become the main focus of an interview.

In most cases, CVs are now submitted online through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). This means that you must format your CV within the confines of the ERAS format. You can familiarize yourself with this format by using the MyERAS Application Worksheet

The ERAS application is divided into these categories: Education, Experience (Work, Research, or Volunteer), Publications, Languages, Hobbies and Interests, Awards, Accomplishments, and Memberships in Honorary or Professional Societies. Developing experiences within each of these categories will help you produce a successful CV.

How Can I Develop a Good CV for Residency? [Medscape]

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Top 10 Most Competitive Residencies (2008)

Posted by medliorator on June 25, 2008

(2010 Match data available here)

(2009 Match data available here)

  • 94.2 percent of U.S. allopathic seniors were matched, the highest match rate in more than thirty years.
  • 51.9 percent of U.S. citizens trained in international medical schools were matched, a slight increase from the 2007 figure of 50.0 percent.
  • The match rate of non-U.S. citizens trained in international medical schools continued to decline, from 48.9 percent in 2006 to 45.5 percent in 2007 and 42.4 percent in 2008.

PGY-1 Rankings:

Rank Specialty Applicants/Position
1. Pediatrics – Primary 15.4
2. Medicine – Preventative Medicine 9.3
3. Medicine – Primary 7.8
4. Radiation Oncology 7.2
5. Dermatology 6.3
6. Emergency Med/Family Med 5.5
7. Medicine – Family Medicine 5.2
8. Radiology – Diagnostic 4.8
9. Pediatrics – Emerg Med 4.4
10. Physical Medicine & Rehab 4.0
11. Medicine – Dermatology 3.8
12. Neurology 3.5
12. Preventative Medicine 3.5
14. Vascular Surgery 3.4
15. Medicine – Psychiatry 3.3
Rank Specialty US Applicants/Position
1. Radiation Oncology 6.7
2. Pediatrics – Primary 5.9
3. Dermatology 5.6
4. Radiology-Diagnostic 4.1
5. Medicine – Family Medicine 3.6
5. Medicine – Dermatology 3.6
7. Pediatrics – Emerg Med 3.3
8. Emergency Med/Family Med 3.0
9. Thoracic Surgery 2.7
10. Transitional Year 2.5
10. Medicine – Primary 2.5
12. Vascular Surgery 2.3
13. Physical Medicine & Rehab 2.0
14. Medicine – Emerg Med 1.9
14. Psychiatry – Family Medicine 1.9
Rank Specialty US Matches / Total Applicants
1. Preventative Medicine 0%
2. Pediatrics – Primary 4%
3. Medicine – Preventative Medicine 5%
4. Medicine – Primary 8%
5. Emergency Med/Family Med 9%
6. Radiation Oncology 12%
7. Dermatology 14%
8. Physical Medicine & Rehab 16%
8. Medicine – Psychiatry 16%
10. Neurology 17%
11. Radiology – Diagnostic 18%
11. Psychiatry – Neurology 18%
13. Medicine – Family Medicine 19%
13. Pediatrics – Emerg Med 19%
15. Pediatrics – Medical Genetics 20%

PGY-2 Rankings:

Rank Specialty Applicants/Position
1. Emergency Medicine 5.5
2. Psychiatry 3.8
3. Nuclear Medicine 3.0
4. Anesthesiology 2.2
5. Dermatology 1.8
6. Neurology 1.8
7. Physical Medicine & Rehab 1.8
8. Radiation Oncology 1.5
9. Radiology – Diagnostic 1.5
10. Preventative Medicine 1.0
11. Urology 0.3
Rank Specialty US Applicants/Position
1. Emergency Medicine 3.7
2. Psychiatry 3.3
3. Anesthesiology 1.5
4. Radiation Oncology 1.3
5. Dermatology 1.2
6. Radiation – Diagnostic 1.0
6. Nuclear Medicine 1.0
8. Neurology 0.8
9. Physical Medicine & Rehab 0.7
10. Preventative Medicine 0.0
10. Urology 0.0
Rank Specialty US Matches / Total Applicants
1. Nuclear Medicine 0%
2. Emergency Medicine 11%
3. Psychiatry 13%
4. Physical Medicine & Rehab 26%
5. Neurology 31%
6. Anesthesiology 36%
7. Dermatology 42%
8. Radiology – Diagnostic 56%
9. Radiation Oncology 57%

Charting Outcomes 2008 (PDF) [NRMP]

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Matching Where you Don’t Want to be

Posted by medliorator on May 19, 2008

Approximately 6% of US graduating medical students do not match at all and have to scramble. …in 2007, 58.6% of US students matched at their first choice.

You are going to a program that wants you to be there. …residencies do not rank students who they do not want working for them. If you have a spot, it means that both you and the program managers agree that you fit in there. …you will be disappointed when you first get the news, which is a normal response because of the amount of time you spent thinking about that list. However, allow that disappointment to be brief, because residency is challenging by design and you will need positive energy.

Keep in mind that almost half of the applicants do not get their first choice.

What If I Match a Residency Program I Don’t Want? [Medscape]

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How to Match Derm

Posted by medliorator on April 3, 2008

Excerpts from Dr Benabio’s 10 tips. Find the rest @ the Derm Blog:

1. Work harder than everybody around you. Imagine yourself the Tiger Woods or Lance Armstrong of your medical school class. Be the first one in and the last one to leave the gross anatomy lab. Round on your surgery patients at 4.30 AM. (Yup, that means getting up at 3.30 AM). Know the surgeries you will participate in that day. Know the anatomy you will see in the OR like you know your own name.

3. Accept criticism gracefully. If your resident says you’re wrong, then you’re wrong. Move on.

4. Never complain. Never, never, never complain. Not to your classmates, not to your intern or resident, not to your attending, not to your girlfriend or boyfriend, not even to your mom.

5. Realize that life isn’t fair. Sometimes you will deserve to get a question correct or will deserve a better grade. It’s part of the game; it’s part of life. Just pick your ball up and move on to the next tee.

9. Elevate the game of everyone around you. Lead. Make your study group the best in the class, your team the best team on the wards, your class, the best class in the school.

10. Take care of your patients. In the end, it’s all about them (and about what you do for others). If, after all the above, you give up your precious exam study time to sit with a lonely patient for 10 minutes, then you have what it takes to get into dermatology.

How to Get Into Dermatology: A Life Hack [The Derm Blog]

Correlate: Top 10 Most Competitive Residencies

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Understand the Match

Posted by medliorator on February 5, 2008

For those who haven’t yet seen Graham’s fantastic piece on the Match

while you’re figuring out where you would like to train for residency (based on a number of factors like reputation, location, research opportunities, etc.) you’re preparing an application for these residency programs. It’s a big electronic folder of things like grades (if your school has them), board scores…, letters of recommendation, evaluations from your time working in the hospital, extracurricular activities, research, and a one-page personal statement. So you submit that to a big centralized clearinghouse called ERAS, which charges you a fee based on how many places you apply to. Depending on how competitive your specialty is…, you may end up applying to an insane number of programs. Like 40. This can be $500-$600 just to apply.

get your application in ASAP… residency programs can start downloading parts of it as soon as you pay… offering you interviews whenever they want. Technically, they don’t have your full application until November 1, when your medical school releases your “Dean’s Letter,” a summary of your performance during medical school and sometimes has a ranking, grade, or keyword (”Graham is a good candidate,” vs “Graham is an outstanding candidate”) to differentiate students at the same medical school.

between late October and early November you’ve heard from most programs via email as to if or when they’re going to offer you an interview. For some of the more competitive programs, you may only get offered one or two dates…. It’s then a scramble to quickly email/call the programs back and confirm the date you want… you are paying for this yourself.

You’ll usually interview with 3 or 4 faculty or residents…. You get a tour, breakfast and lunch, and often there’s a social event the night before to get to meet the residents outside of the hospital environment. They tell you the specifics about the residency program, why the program is unique or special, you get a chance to ask questions. (In fact, often the most common question you’ll hear is, “So, what questions do you have?”)… you gain a ton by going to the institution and seeing it yourself.

the med student ranks all the places he or she interviews. The residency program ranks all the candidates they interview. Then a big crazy computer program (The NRMP, lovingly known as “The Match”) … matches everyone up. There’s a good explanation of how it works here. The Match favors the resident, so if two programs rank you #1, but you rank program A higher than program B, you go to program A.

Everyone finds out where they match this year on March 20, 2008… students on the East Coast would find out at noon their time, and on the West Coast we’d find out at 9am… July 1, or around there, you start your internship. You are contractually obligated to go where you’re placed.

There is a terrible thing called “Black Monday,” which happens the Monday before Match Day, where people who didn’t match at any program find out, and then have to enter “The Scramble,” where they quickly try to find an open residency spot somewhere, often not in their chosen field.

How the Match Works [Over My Med Body!]

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Top 10 Most Competitive Residencies (2007)

Posted by medliorator on November 4, 2007

Correlate: Top 10 Most Competitive Residencies (2009)

Correlate: Top 10 Most Competitive Residencies (2008 )

Rank Specialty Applicants/Position
1. Dermatology 1.8
2. Plastic Surgery 1.7
3. Surgery – General 1.6
4. Obstetrics & Gynecology 1.4
4. Orthopaedic Surgery 1.4
6. Internal Medicine 1.3
6. Otolaryngology 1.3
6. Pathology 1.3
6. Radiation Oncology 1.3
6. Radiology – Diagnostic 1.3
Rank Specialty US Applicant Match Rate
1. Dermatology 61%
2. Plastic Surgery 63%
3. Transitional Year 73%
4. Orthopaedic Surgery 80%
5. Radiation Oncology 82%
6. Otolaryngology 82%
7. Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation 89%
8. Obstetrics & Gynecology 89%
9. Surgery-General 90%
10. Radiology-Diagnostic 91%

Charting Outcomes 2007 (PDF) [NRMP]

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