How To Explain Red Flags on Your Residency Applications.

Red flags on your ERAS application can be very anxiety inducing. There is a lot of confusion on exactly what to say and where to say it. Overall, programs get multiple pieces of information from letter writers, USMLE itself, your medical school, etc. In these instances, it is best to use the personal statement to Read more about How To Explain Red Flags on Your Residency Applications.[…]

Post Your Burning Questions – IMGs and the NRMP Match

Burning Questions – Please Comment and Post! We know that residency application and matching is tremendously stressful process. We went through it. We now evaluate resident applicants. We’ve seen the entire cycle from beginning to end. We also know it is extra challenging as an IMG. Whether you are a U.S. citizen or not, there Read more about Post Your Burning Questions – IMGs and the NRMP Match[…]

What Questions Do You Have For Me? The Single Best Question to Ask Every Single Residency Program.

There is one question that I can predict with 100% certainty you will be asked during your residency interview. I was asked this on every single one of my 29 interviews. David and Tamara report the same statistics. No, it isn’t “Tell Me About Yourself.” The question is “What Questions Do You Have For Me?” Read more about What Questions Do You Have For Me? The Single Best Question to Ask Every Single Residency Program.[…]

Announcing Our Free Module. Building Trust.

As we look forward to the opening of the 2017-2018 National Residency Match Program season, we are distinctly aware of the challenges facing international medical school graduates. The threat of an immigration ban certainly concerns us. The discussion on limiting VISAS for foreign medical graduates also worries us. It is something we’re staying up to Read more about Announcing Our Free Module. Building Trust.[…]

7 Easy Things You Can Immediately Strengthen Your Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) CV

  The ERAS CV matters. The ERAS CV is a very important document for your residency applications. Too often, we see candidates spend hundreds of hours on their personal statement but only 2-3 hours on their ERAS CV. The secret is that many residency programs actually don’t even bother reading your personal statement. Personal Statement Read more about 7 Easy Things You Can Immediately Strengthen Your Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) CV[…]

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How do programs rank residency interview applicants?

We all know what you do after leaving from the residency interview, they probably follow a pattern like this: Breathe a sigh of relief Jot down notes about the program Write thank you emails to your interviewers Today, will try to elucidate a little about what residency programs do after they interview you, and how this Read more about How do programs rank residency interview applicants?[…]

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Using Body Language to Make a Strong First Impression

Body language is so critical during the residency interview just as it is during the rest of our conversations in real life. It’s the way that we express dynamics, emotion, excitement, that engages our audience. I’ve seen a lot of applicants who interview, and all their body language is showing one thing: they are nervous, Read more about Using Body Language to Make a Strong First Impression[…]

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Probability of Matching as International Medical Graduates

Update – Trump Travel Plan and International Medical Graduates for 2018 National Residency Match Program. We are getting this question more and more from our clients. Basically, will it affect me? Trump’s travel ban is unfortunate, but not something that should deter you from applying for residency. The travel is limited to citizens of these Read more about Probability of Matching as International Medical Graduates[…]

Everything You Need to Know About Observerships or U.S. Clinical Experiences: 2017 Update!

Update – 7/9/2017. We wanted to provide an update to this post. Observerships are very important when it comes to residency applications for IMGs. The simple reason is that program directors want to know that you’re familiar with the U.S. healthcare system. Specifically, they want to know you are familiar with navigating the electronic medical Read more about Everything You Need to Know About Observerships or U.S. Clinical Experiences: 2017 Update![…]

How Many Interviews Should I Have?

How Many Interviews Should I Have? Attention All Internal Medicine Applicants.

We frequently get asked the question about how many interviews should I have by now? This is difficult as every applicant is different. We look at NRMP data to help gauge how many interviews people should have. The most important question is how many interviews should I hope to get in order to match? The data Read more about How Many Interviews Should I Have? Attention All Internal Medicine Applicants.[…]

What do interviewers really read before interviewing you?

What do interviewers really read before interviewing you?

It should not surprise you that PDs and interviewers do not read a whole lot from your application.  Interview day is a schedule packed day for both interviewers and interviewees.  Usually, the next interviewee is lined up outside of the room right waiting to go in right after the previous left.  This leaves almost no Read more about What do interviewers really read before interviewing you?[…]

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English Proficiency for IMGs – My Impressions as a native speaker

Step 2 CS is the bare minimum for english proficiency Every year, about 75% of IMGs pass the Step 2 CS on their first try while 65-70% pass on their repeat attempt. Considering that Step 2 CS tests the bare minimum English proficiency you need, there is a big concern among residency programs and certainly Read more about English Proficiency for IMGs – My Impressions as a native speaker[…]

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Personal statement – How to write the perfect eras personal statement

The personal statement is always a challenge for candidates, particularly IMGs.  We have a strong opinion on personal statements.  We’ve written dozens of them.  We’ve edited many more.  We’ve asked Program Directors about personal statements.  Our advice here in is the same thing other consultants would charge you hundreds or thousands of dollars for.  Most Read more about Personal statement – How to write the perfect eras personal statement[…]

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The Interview Suit – A Practical Guide For Men

Will an outstanding, expensive suit get you a residency position?  No, probably not.   Can a bad suit cause you to feel less than 100% confident in yourself?  Yes.   Will a bad suit give interviews a negative impression on you?  Yes, absolutely.  Can a provocative piece of clothing eliminate my chances of matching?  Yes it can.  We Read more about The Interview Suit – A Practical Guide For Men[…]

Strengthen your electronic residency application service (ERAS) application

Both American medical school graduates and international medical graduates (IMGs) spend countless hours on their essay or personal statement for residency. This is understandable. The personal statement is your way to express who you are in your own words, but what about the ERAS application? One big mistake we see a lot every year is Read more about Strengthen your electronic residency application service (ERAS) application[…]