Goodbye PTAL

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California is one of the most sought-after places to complete post-graduate training; the state has a variety of cases, excellent weather, and a diverse population. In the past, to be invited for a U.S. residency interview in California, an international medical graduate or foreign medical graduate…

How to Study for the USMLE: Tips from an expert – Part 1

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The United States Medical Licensing Examinations are one of the most important landmarks in a medical student’s educational career and in their journey to becoming a medical resident. While the USMLE Step 1 was not originally intended to be a determining factor in whether a residency candidate…

Changes in ERAS for the upcoming cycle

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The race to residency is about to begin in a short time, but as the COVID-19 pandemic has us all adjusting to the “new normal,” you can expect the ERAS season to be quite different compared to the past. This year, ERAS will be open for applicants to submit their applications to programs on…

Programs are Opening Up Post-Match Positions

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If you are an unmatched U.S. residency candidate, you may follow various post-match positions as they open and think that this is your chance to land a post-match spot! Programs that have applied to ACGME to start a new residency program or increase positions are beginning to receive their…

Finding Your Match

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Contrary to popular belief, the Match is not a one-sided process. Both programs and medical graduates must go through a complex process to determine their best Match. However, due to the imbalance of programs to number of applicants, medical students and graduates feel more pressured to make a…

USMLE: Breaking Down the Steps

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As one of the core elements to the residency application, the impact USMLE scores have on a candidate’s journey to residency is immense. As a result, it is crucial for applicants to have a strong understanding of the exam and each of its steps. Here, we give a brief breakdown of the USMLE and some…

Make Your Intentions Known

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It’s never too early to start brainstorming or drafting your letter of intent to the program where you interviewed for residency. This aspect of your application is a crucial element that provides a Program Director with unique insight on your personality, attention to detail, and the program. This…

Why Everyone Should Seek Residency Guidance and Support

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In order to efficiently prepare for the medical residency Match, foreign, international, and U.S. graduates should strategize their approach in order to play to their strengths. Without a third opinion, it is difficult to recognize which qualities are worth focusing on, and which need more work.…

The Importance of Pre-Match

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What is Pre-Match? Pre-Match is when a residency program offers a medical residency applicant a placement before the main NRMP match date where 95% of the residency slots are filled. This occurs when a program would like to secure a candidate, and when that candidate also wishes to secure their…