Included in this post is a table summarizing the USMLE Step 2 averages for each specialty in the 2011 Residency Match. The information was reported by specialty in the NRMP publication, Charting Outcomes in the Match, 2011. Continue reading
Most of the adjectives below are very general adjectives. When used in an essay, they are so nonspecific that they do not adequately describe an emotional response or experience. Others are sufficiently descriptive, but are used so often that they become generic descriptors. Continue reading
In our series on writing the personal statement for residency application, we thought it would be a good addition to have a section on writing technique. Below are some suggestions that have not yet showed up in the blog series, along with examples to help you with some of the recommendations. Continue reading
We are including a list of all of the forms available this year for self-assessment and practice for USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 offered by the NBME. Note that CBSE Form 3 has been retired and new Form 13 has replaced it. There are six forms for Step 1, four forms for Step 2, and two forms for Step 3. Continue reading
Over the years that I have edited personal statements for students and worked with faculty on selection committees, I have encountered a few things that faculty often see in essays and find annoying. Sometimes it is due to overuse or lack of proper use, while other elements are aggravating because the content is insulting to the reader.
Biochemistry for Step 1 is always one of those subjects that students are unsure about and not quite certain how to approach. Some students report getting very few biochemistry questions on their exam and others find their exam very heavily weighted with biochemistry, so it is an area that students have to master since there is no guarantee which type of exam they will get.
The average minimum Step 1 score, according to the Program Directors Survey, by which interviews are typically not offered is 198. However, they also reported that students are, on average across programs, almost always offered an interview with a Step 1 score of 209. Those scores are very close, so those numbers are at first glance questionable.
The first year of post-graduate training following medical school is called "internship." Medical school graduates in the first year of post-graduate training are called an "interns" regardless of what that first year of training consists. Your initial year could be one of the following: a Categorical Year, Transitional Year, or Preliminary Year.
This article is related to an earlier blog I posted called, Essential Information for the CV and Sample to Use. The CV included as a sample in the post is a CV that the AAMC Careers in Medicine has posted on their website, but looks very much like the CVs I have coached students through at UT. (The activities on this mock CV look like an amalgamation of a Dermatology applicant’s vitae that I worked with mixed with a few activities from another student.) We are definitely on the right track since it was seen as a CV example worth posting and this is the format and suggestions I use in advising applicants.
All-In or All-Out? Residency Pre-Matches a Thing of the Past: New Changes Coming to the NRMP Residency Match in 2013
In a nutshell: Under the All-in Model, independent applicants, Canadian, Caribbean, and international medical student applicants will no longer be able to secure residency positions in the U.S. prior to the formal residency match that takes place in March. Independent applicants, such as osteopathic students and graduate applicants and past allopathic medical graduate applicants, will not be privy to pre-match practices after the 2012 match year.
The NRMP (National Residency Matching Program) has announced that starting in 2013, participating residency institutions will not be able to offer a portion of their positions to students prior to the match. The NRMP Board of Directors decided unanimously in favor of the All-in Policy which states that U.S. residency programs must place all positions in the NRMP match or none. This greatly changes the landscape for both international medical graduates and U.S. medical graduates competing for very valuable residency positions. (Read NRMP announcement here: http://www.nrmp.org/ )