Some Extra Help to Get You through Your Residency Matching
These tips that I am sharing with you have been based on my own
experience and I hope they will help you with your residency matching.
The score value
Don’t base all your hopes for a successful match just based on your
scores. My score ended in the low 90’s. I am going to tell you about
contacts a little later, which is going to be an important part of your
matching goals. With this score, I still was successful with a match at
Univ. Hospital on h1 medicine.
How important is your visa?
This is really important. Preferences can be 5% behind you with the green
card. Its gets better though when you are able to produce something more
supportive as well. I had my externship to rely on.
The best contacts
As I mentioned before, regarding scores, that contacts were going to be
important too. In my case, I relied on my reco. letter writer to contact
various programs on my behalf. However, I made the choice of who to
contact and did not rely entirely on his choices. There is always the
possibility that if you have a program contact, they might be able to
get you in for an interview. This is not something that should be
relied upon though. You also have to keep in mind that even with the
interviews it doesn’t mean it’s a sure thing.
I made a concentrated effort on applying at multiple places for just
observership and ended up getting a sub internship.
You will find handy references here on this website. You can do this on a
b1 visa. Although as I said it’s not a requirement, but it is impressive
as an extra if you do a job that’s well done. I won’t be able to answer PM for
observership leads. I am only familiar with the ones that you will find
on the site. You can email pcs for all the programs. The email id
for this is in freida and eras.
Don’t underestimate program research!
Don’t settle just for the minimum program requirements. Do your
homework and research what you can about each program. I found out
afterwards that although some of the programs only indicate 1 year use
that they will still call for an interview.
Looking for Personal statements
This is something you just are not going to get. I tried for three
months and was interviewed by many people, but they will not provide
Don‘t slack off
Keep yourself involved in your work. You need to keep in touch with
your patients in order to build your confidence. If you do this it will help
when you have to respond to the medical questions during your
interview. Stay busy no matter whether you are in your homeland or
outside your country.
This is really one of the most important areas in order to achieve your goal.
During your interview, how you perform is going to be scrutinized. Be
sure that you portray yourself as being confident but not to the point
of being arrogant. Smile and be pleasant. It doesn’t matter whether you
consider the program to be a bad one, do not voice this when you are
there or use derogatory language. We must remember that we are there as
guests and need to present ourselves professionally. The host should
not be uneasy with our presence. Be sure you are prepared for the
medical questions that you will be confronted with.
I have often found that in my case anyway with some of my countrymen
that they arrive in America with a poor attitude. They want to be
created equally but will often imagine discrimination that is not
present. This does not seem to be an appropriate approach in a Country
that is giving us an opportunity to further our goals. Making
comparisons to the natives of this country should not be the priority.
Some individuals will make the mistake of talking about their most
favored programs when at an interview. All this does is indicate to the
present interviewer that the applicant is not interested in the program
they are offering. It doesn’t hurt to have some supporting documentation
with you on the chance the interviewer asks for it though.
Your attitude towards your friends will go a long way to helping you
achieve your goals. Jealousy is not something that should be part of
your mandate. Sharing and cooperating with each other can only serve to
Show your appreciation
Be sure to show your appreciation with writing thank you letters and
perhaps sending Christmas cards. You want to be courteous but not
overbearing either. You want to stay in touch with the program but not
to the point of being a nuisance.
Hope some of this information helps you along your way.
Best of luck to you!!