Is Obtaining Medical Residency Becoming More Difficult?

Is it true that obtaining a Medical Residency is increasingly difficult? Numerous studies have shown that there are way more medical residency candidates than there are residency spots. This is called a Residency Bottleneck, and it is as real as sky is blue in the summer. There is also the fact that the United States […]

How Do USMLE Scores Factor In My Residency Interview Prospects?

The USMLE (United States Medical Licensing Examination) exams, also known as the “Board Examinations” consist of a three-step process. Regardless of whether you are a U.S. Medical School graduate or an International Medical School graduate, most if not all medical schools require at least the successful completion of USMLE Step 1 and USMLE Step 2, […]

How can I maximize my scoring potential on the USMLE Exams?

When should I begin studying? How long should I study for? How often should I be studying? What are the best resources to use when studying for USMLE Step 1? These are questions every medical student runs through their head when preparing for their first USMLE exam. Yes, the USMLE Step 1 exam requires the […]

Why is US Clinical Experience Important?

In addition to competitive USMLE step scores and strong letters of recommendation (LORs), program directors consider US clinical experience (USCE) very highly when choosing applicants for their residency programs. Medical students begin their clinical experience journey with elective rotations. These rotations give students the opportunity to explore different specialties within the field of medicine. Upon […]

Why I Did Not Get Any Interviews this Match Season

If you’re asking yourself, ‘why didn’t I get any interviews this season’, you are not alone. The 2015 residency match has been the most competitive in recent history with a record number of applicants fighting for the same amount of residency positions as previous years. Since the 2004 Main Residency Match there has been a […]

The Bias against International Medical Graduates and Foreign Medical Graduates

On September 15th of every year, thousands of medical graduates submit their application for residency within the United States. United States Medical Graduates (USMG’s), International Medical Graduates (IMG’s), and Foreign Medical Graduates (FMG’s), along with Osteopathic and Allopathic applicants make up the pool of potential residents. Although they all flock to the same website, Electronic […]

The Cost of Pursuing Your Dream Residency

For many, the dream of becoming a physician starts at an early age. However, turning the dream into a reality is a complicated process. Applying to US medical schools can be a daunting. Excellent undergraduate qualifications and high MCAT scores are a must, however, that may not be enough to get an acceptance to a […]

The Residency Bottleneck

In the United States, it has generally been the case that going to medical school ensured your career in any specialty. However, the bumpy road to becoming a doctor is now lined with even more obstacles for medical students and graduates. Currently, there is an influx of students entering medical school, yet post-graduation, they are […]

The Primary Problem

The Problem:  The health care system in the United States is currently in desperate need of Primary Care Physicians (PCPs). However, the allure of lucrative sub-specialties tends to sway medical school graduates away from careers in Primary Care. On average a PCP earns about half the salary of a specialist. Since most medical school graduates […]

Residents Medical Presents: Acing an Interview

One of the issues that arises in the journey of those applying to a residency is preparing for an interview. It is important that you make a good impression, and showcase your best qualities. The most important component is to have it less like an interview and more like a conversation. First you should research […]

What is Your Back-up Plan?

With the NRMP Main Residency Match 2015 quickly approaching, it is important to realistically evaluate your chances in being offered a residency position. Residency positions in the United States are highly sought after and it is becoming more and more difficult to secure a position, especially for Foreign Medical Graduates and International Medical Graduates (FMGs […]

The Importance of Research

Currently, as the pool of applicants for residency is increasing, and competition for these spots is growing exponentially, anything to add value to a candidate’s application is worthwhile. What stands out to a Program Director is what sets you apart from the average medical school graduate. Program Directors value research fellowship positions very highly when […]

Things to Consider when Ranking a Residency Program

Gut Feelings – Is this program a good fit for you? Do you see yourself at the program? What is the Quality of the Program? – What is the case load? Are the Teaching Attendants attentively giving instruction? How are the patients being treated? Importance of Academia – If you’re interested in research and publications, […]

What if You Don’t Match?

The Match process is thoroughly competitive. Residency applicants are facing an increase in competition for the same number of residency spots, and every year there are students left unmatched. In 2014, 8,583 active applicants did not match. Of these 8,583 unmatched applicants, 74% were IMGs or FMGs. If this happens to you, don’t panic. Here’s […]

3 Practical Steps for Selecting a Specialty

In Zen and The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Robert Pirsig said “The range of human knowledge today is so great that we’re all specialists. And the distance between specializations has become so great that anyone who seeks to wander freely among them almost has to forego closeness with the people around him”. This also applies […]

The Importance of the Personal Statement

Whether it was in your undergraduate career or now into residency, the Personal Statement seemed like the last thing that mattered in regards to other academic aspects of the application. However, Program Directors who are consultants to us here at Residents Medical say otherwise: “The Personal Statement can be a great tool to connect with […]