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True or False?: How to Apply for a Medical Residency
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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.

  • True
  • False

Send your transcript and copies of your letters of recommendation to each hospital you choose.

  • True
  • False

You might interview at a dozen or more hospitals.

  • True
  • False

Some residency programs will pay for your travel expenses to and from the interview.

  • True
  • False

Everyone is matched on Match Day, even if it's not to their top choice program.

  • True
  • False

The computerized matching system has been in place since 1952.

  • True
  • False

You have to take both the USMLE and COMLEX exams.

  • True
  • False

Medical students who went to school outside the U.S. can't participate in the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP).

  • True
  • False

You should schedule interviews at the hospitals you're most interested first.

  • True
  • False

There is only one residency matching program in the U.S.

  • True
  • False

If you're not a U.S. citizen, a residency program you are matched with will arrange a working visa for you.

  • True
  • False

Once you've been matched to a hospital, you are obligated to attend their residency program.

  • True
  • False

Once a residency program has been matched to you, they have to accept you as a resident.

  • True
  • False

Residency interviews are like quizzes on various medical topics related to your specialty.

  • True
  • False

You'll be interviewed by one person.

  • True
  • False

Starting in 2012, "the scramble" was organized to be run through ERAS.

  • True
  • False

Recent regulations have cut the allowed number of hours residents can work per week and in a single shift.

  • True
  • False

The first thing you should ask at your interview is, "What's the salary?"

  • True
  • False

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.

  • True
  • False

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.

  • True
  • False