True or False?: How to Apply for a Medical Residency
From scheduling interviews to the excitement and terror of Match Day, applying for your medical residency can be a daunting process. How ready are you?
You should schedule interviews with the programs you want to attend as soon as possible.
Send your transcript and copies of your letters of recommendation to each hospital you choose.
You might interview at a dozen or more hospitals.
Some residency programs will pay for your travel expenses to and from the interview.
Everyone is matched on Match Day, even if it's not to their top choice program.
The computerized matching system has been in place since 1952.
You have to take both the USMLE and COMLEX exams.
Medical students who went to school outside the U.S. can't participate in the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP).
You should schedule interviews at the hospitals you're most interested first.
There is only one residency matching program in the U.S.
If you're not a U.S. citizen, a residency program you are matched with will arrange a working visa for you.
Once you've been matched to a hospital, you are obligated to attend their residency program.
Once a residency program has been matched to you, they have to accept you as a resident.
Residency interviews are like quizzes on various medical topics related to your specialty.
You'll be interviewed by one person.
Starting in 2012, "the scramble" was organized to be run through ERAS.
Recent regulations have cut the allowed number of hours residents can work per week and in a single shift.
The first thing you should ask at your interview is, "What's the salary?"
You should put some "safety programs" on your list -- ones where you don't really want to be a resident, but at least you won't end up unmatched.
A visiting elective during the clinical part of medical school is a good way to get a feel for a hospital and decide if you want to be a resident there.