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Rounds to Residency (from MedSchoolCoach)
38 minutes | a month ago
3.15 Residency Q&A w/ Greg Rodden DO - Life of a Resident
Chase DiMarco talks to Dr. Greg Rodden about work-life balance during residency, managing student loans, and how living expenses and taxes can affect your residency journey. [01:59] Work-life Balance During Residency [06:40] Finding Time for Hobbies and Extracurricular Activities [12:24] How to Find Reading Time During Residency [13:14] Coexisting with People with Different Views from Yourself [17:18] Side Gigs and Extra Income [18:27] Managing Student Loans [24:30] Why Living Expenses and Taxes Should not Affect Your Residency Location [26:51] How to Approach Insurance Covers [29:07] Transport Costs and Saving Money [32:30] Do Resident Doctors Need to Invest? Leave us a message Full show notes
27 minutes | a month ago
3.14 Residency Q&A w/ Greg Rodden DO - Medical Intern Year & USMLE Step 3.
Dr. Greg Rodden talks about how to handle anxiety on your first day of residency, build relationships with hospital staff, and how and when to prepare for your step 3 exams. [01:20] What to Prepare for in Your First Day of Residency [08:51] Are sub-internships important? [11:20] How to create and build relationships with your other team members [15:48] How to Handle Your First Day in a Clinic or a Hospital [19:20] Educational Material to Utilize While Working Full-time [21:24] How to Prepare for Your Step 3 Exams Full show notes
25 minutes | 2 months ago
3.13 Residency Q&A w/ Greg Rodden DO- USMLE to Residency Match
Dr. Gregg Rodden, a second-year pediatric resident in Austin, Texas, talks about how to transition into residency, planning and choosing a rotation, and the intricacies of work-life balance during clinical rotation. [06:07] How to transition from med school into residency [09:20] Preparing for rotations [14:23] How to plan and choose a rotation [17:01] Gaining the most out of a rotation [21:37] Perfecting work-life balance during clinical rotations Full show notes
27 minutes | 2 months ago
3.12 Residency Success and Clinician Excellence w/ Stephen Beeson MD
Dr. Stephen Beeson, family medicine physician and two-time best-selling author, discusses clinician excellence and the core competencies important for physicians. [00:51] How Dr. Beeson Is Changing Medicine for the Better [01:41] Clinician Excellence and What It Entails [05:06] Establishing Patient Trust and Connectivity [11:39] How to be a Good Colleague [16:42] Proper Utilization of Tools and Resources [23:13] Dr. Beeson’s Advice to Medical Students and Residents Full show notes
3 minutes | 2 months ago
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23 minutes | 2 months ago
3.11 Health Disparities & LGBTQ Patients Medicine with Samee Hameed
Samee Hameed, a fourth-year medical student, talks about health disparities, racial inequality in medicine, and how the future generation of medics can tackle implicit bias and institutional racism. [02:01] Samee’s Journey to Dual Residency [03:39] How Medical Students are Changing the World of Medicine [06:40] How to Have an Open Discussion with Members of The LGBTQ Community [09:10] Health Disparities Within Medicine [12:45] Implicit Biases Plaguing the Medical Space [15:50] Why Change Needs to Start with Individual Medics [17:20] Creating a Platform for People to Participate in a Conversation Full show notes
31 minutes | 3 months ago
3.10 COVID Clerkships and CV Building with Curbsider’s Beth Garbitelli
Beth Garbitelli, a 3rd-year medical student at Tufts University School of Medicine, discusses her journey to medicine and her recommendations for building your CV during the COVID pandemic. [01:55] From Journalism to Law to Medicine [09:27] Changes in Clinical Clerkships During Covid [16:56] Longitudinal Clerkships [24:49] Recommendations for Med Students Full show notes
38 minutes | 3 months ago
3.9 Mastering your Shelves, Boards, and Dermatology Clerkships w Cory Pettit MD
Dr. Cory Pettit, who scored very well on his USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 exams, shares study tips and resources to excel on exams in medical school. [01:01] Why Dermatology? [02:33] Studying for Shelf Exams During Clerkship [08:54] General Resources & Study Tips for NBME Subject Exams [12:33] Resources & Tips for Internal Medicine Shelf Exam [15:28] Resources & Tips for Surgery Shelf Exam [18:09] Resources & Tips for OB-GYN Shelf Exam [20:59] Resources & Tips for Family Medicine Shelf Exam [24:09] Resources & Tips for Psychiatry Shelf Exam [26:40] Resources & Tips for Neurology Shelf Exam [29:05] Resources & Tips for Pediatrics Shelf Exam [32:01] Tips for Specializing in Dermatology [34:32] The Importance of Internal Medicine Rotations for Dermatology Full show notes
27 minutes | 3 months ago
3.8 Step 2 Study Guru Secrets with Faustine Ramirez, MD
Dr. Faustine Ramirez, a 2nd year resident in pediatrics at UCSF and Step 2 Guru, talks about studying for Step 2 – which is likely to become the single most important factor for landing a competitive residency. [01:55] Dr. Ramirez’s Study Guru Secrets [12:14] Studying in a Clinical Setting [16:54] Building Rapport with your Patients as a Student [20:15] Building Healthy Habits and Personal Care for Medical Students [24:15] The Shift of Importance from Step 1 to Step 2 Full show notes
28 minutes | 3 months ago
3.7 Boys’ Club vs Women in Radiology with Barbara Hamilton MD
Dr. Barbara Hamilton, a radiologist and physician leader, aims to demystify what life is like as a woman in the male-dominated field of radiology. [01:19] How Dr. Hamilton is Changing Medicine and Medical Education for the Better [02:20] Stats on Diversification Within Different Medical Fields [04:40] Special Tips for Women Interested in Interventional Radiology [09:49] Resources and Tips for Students on Rotation. [14:14] Finding Your Place In Medicine [20:35] Things to Look out for During Residency Full Show Notes
32 minutes | 3 months ago
3.6 Radiology Clerkships, Women in Medicine with Nisha Mehta MD
Dr. Nisha Mehta discusses changing the culture of medicine by creating open conversations about burnout, work life balance, and financial literacy. [01:01] How Dr. Mehta is Changing Medicine for the Better [03:08] Physician Side Gigs and Entrepreneurship [05:36] Current Health Care Landscape for Women in Medicine [09:19] Work Life Balance as a Physician [14:59] Personal Finance Affects Work Life Balance [19:10] How to Prepare for Radiology Clerkship [22:35] How to Study for Radiology Exams [24:57] Tips for Choosing Your Medical Specialization [28:59] Focus on Being the Best Doctor You Can Be Full Show Notes
19 minutes | 4 months ago
3.5 High Yield Graduate Medical Education Highlights with Kathleen Timme MD
Dr. Kathleen Timme discusses health literacy— why you need to have effective communication with your patients, activate the learner, and set yourself up to receive feedback. [01:16] How Kathleen Branched Into the GME Spectrum [03:22] Health Literacy [07:54] The Small Group Teaching [12:18] Kathleen's Personal Experience in the Medicine World [13:21] Activating the Leaner [16:01] How to be a Good Feedback Recipient Full Show Notes
28 minutes | 4 months ago
3.4 Get Productive with Residency Director Sarah Hart-Unger MD
Dr. Sarah Hart-Unger shares time management and productivity tips as well as ways on how to make your CV stand out for residency applications [01:27] How Dr. Hart-Unger Is Changing Medicine for the Better [03:05] Planning for the Upcoming Academic Year [07:01] Clinical Experience and Residency Matching During COVID-19 [12:10] How to Make Your CV Stand Out [19:06] Productivity and Planning Tips Full Show Notes
26 minutes | 4 months ago
3.3 Sleeping on the Job - Sleep Medicine and Telehealth with Joseph Krainin, M.D., FAASM
Dr. Joseph Krainin, MD, FAASM, founder of Singular Sleep, discusses his background in sleep medicine and shares advice for students interested in it. [01:12] How Dr. Krainin Is Changing Medicine for the Better [06:50] Sleep Disorders in Medical Training [10:41] The Varied Pathways in Sleep Medicine [14:27] Most Common Sleep Disorders [20:44] Advice for Med Students Considering Sleep Medicine [22:02] The Future of Sleep Medicine Full show notes
17 minutes | 4 months ago
3.2 Imperfect Parenting and Pediatric Clerkships with Jeremy Toffle MD of ImperfectDadMD
Dr. Jeremy Toffle discusses choosing pediatrics as a specialty, supporting parents through his blog, and the changes in clinical medicine during the pandemic. [01:06] How Dr. Toffle Is Changing Medicine for the Better [05:22] The Difference between University Hospital and Clinical Rotations [06:28] The Personality Traits of Pediatricians [08:08] The Hardest Parts of Pediatrics [09:06] Changes in Clinical Medicine During the Pandemic [11:06] Advice for Med Students Considering Pediatrics [12:48] Why Dr. Toffle Started Imperfect Dad, MD Today, Chase DiMarco talks to Dr. Jeremy Toffle, MD. Dr. Toffle is a pediatrician in Nebraska that runs the Imperfect Dad, MD blog. Through this medium, he brings his parenting and medical experience together to let parents know that they are not alone in the struggle. In this episode, Chase talks to Dr. Toffle about choosing pediatrics as a specialty, supporting parents through his blog and the changes in clinical medicine during the pandemic. Why Dr. Toffle Chose Pediatrics Dr. Toffle has always enjoyed being around children. Following his experience in summer camps and being a camp counsellor, Dr. Toffle became more comfortable with being around kids. Pediatric procedure also drew him to the specialty. Pediatrics and Personalities Doctors in pediatrics are often stereotyped as bubbly and super-approachable, which is not always the case. Dr. Toffle was partly drawn to the specialty because of the difficulty he experienced getting adult patients to comply with his advice and recommendations. He describes the role of a pediatrician as effectively a middle-man between kids and their parents. Changes in Medicine During the Pandemic The field of pediatrics has changed in big and small ways in response to the pandemic. Telemedicine and Zoom are being used for wellness checks and the physical examinations are postponed as necessary. Children who are on long-term medications like ADHD meds are most suited for these remote check-ups and there is often no reason for them to physically be in the doctor’s office. Dr. Toffle predicts that healthcare will continue to use telemedicine and Zoom for checkups that permit them to long after the pandemic has passed. Advice for Students Preparing for Pediatric Rotations and Considering Pediatrics as a Specialty Dr. Toffle thinks it is important for students to understand that children are not “little adults” and that their biology is different. He urges students preparing for pediatric rotations to read up on the developmental milestones and check what their classmates have already learned from their rotations. Pediatric rotations will not be like any of the other rotations. Coming into the rotations with confidence and an open mind will go a long way. Students should look at pediatrics as a completely different world and a completely different type of medicine compared to everything they have learned. When dealing with adult patients and their health, there are many lifestyle choices like smoking, diet and physical fitness that need to be considered. Kids are a blank slate and physicians have the rare opportunity of helping their patients earlier on in their lives to get them to be healthier adults. Imperfect Dad, MD Dr. Toffle started his blog Imperfect Dad, MD early on in the pandemic in an attempt to contribute more at a time he felt parents needed the support. Parents often think pediatricians do everything perfectly when it comes to their children, which is not true. In his blog, Dr. Toffle takes what he knows from his job and being a parent to let other parents know where he has not done a good job. Admitting to his own blunders and flaws takes a lot of weight off parents who feel pressure to be perfect in everything. Check out Dr. Toffle’s blog Imperfect Dad, MD. Check out his LinkedIn, Facebook and Instagram profiles. Sign up for a Free Coaching session with Chase DiMarco, sponsored by Prospective Doctor! You can also join the Med Mnemonist Mastermind FB Group today and learn more about study methods, memory techniques, and MORE! Do check out Read This Before Medical School. Like our FreeMedEd Facebook page and find our Medical Micro Course, Blog posts, and Podcasts at FreeMedEd.org! Feel free to Email any Questions or Comments.
28 minutes | 5 months ago
3.1 Getting Personal with Patients & Emotional Intelligence with Francis Yoo DO
Dr. Francis Yoo talks about the importance of emotional intelligence in medical practice & applying “attention” and “intention” within a clinical setting. [00:53] How Dr. Yoo Is Changing Medicine for the Better [03:55] Applying “Attention” and “Intention” Within a Clinical Setting [08:00] The Importance of Emotional Intelligence in Student Learning [12:43] Emotional Intelligence in the Future of Medical Education [16:16] Developing Rapport Between Students and Patients [20:09] The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and the Enneagram Type “Attention” and “Intention” A major area of focus for Dr. Yoo is the lack of “attention” and “intention” in practice. Applying “attention'' within a clinical setting can be as simple as a student or physician attending to a patient, beyond the strictly clinical aspects of a visit, or an educator attending to a student. “Intention” could involve simply intentionally sharing something useful within those settings. Dr Yoo. describes “magic” as attention and intention modified by belief, emotion, imagination and clarity. Emotional Intelligence in Learning and Medicine Emotional intelligence is a vital part of student learning, particularly for medical students. Dr. Yoo describes emotional intelligence as a set of skills that can be acquired and developed, like any other set of skills. Actively learning and using this particular set of skills reminds students that, while they are in a clinical setting, both the patient and student or physician are human beings first. This acknowledgement allows the student to accept that not everything will be perfect and allows them to draw on their other skills to optimise a clinical experience. The Future of Medical Education Residency programs are facing a challenge in the face of the step exam going pass/fail. They may be looking for other yardsticks to evaluate residents and their competencies. Looking at more aspects of students and their abilities requires more work, especially in the absence of step exam scores, but matching is likely to become more expedient for both the practice and the student. More research will yield better matches for residency programs. Dr. Yoo has found it valuable to apply the skills he's gained from experience in other areas to his medical practice. These skills include branding and marketing and are not generally expressed requisites for residents but may become more useful as a marker for matching in residency programs. Helping Students Build Rapport with Patients Dr. Yoo attests that both top-down and bottom-up communication is essential for properly integrating the student in a hospital or private practice and developing an ability to connect with patients. In an ideal clinical setting, the residents, nursing staff and preceptor are aware of the needs of the students and are actively involved in inducting the student into the practice and the culture of the practice. This deliberate human intervention reminds the student of the humanness of a real-life setting. Making either the student or preceptor solely responsible for the integration of the student is unlikely to yield significant results. MBTI and Enneagrams MBTI and the Enneagram are both models of the human psyche and behaviour. MBTI (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator) is based on the work of psychiatrist Carl Jung on the theory of personality types. The MBTI intends to make Jung’s theory useful and understandable in people’s lives. MBTI is used extensively in personal and executive coaching, as well as team development. The Enneagram is a model which attempts to describe people in terms of types and is based on their motivations and fears. Check out Dr. Yoo’s website to browse his blog and shop his books. Check out his LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter profiles. Sign up for a Free Coaching session with Chase DiMarco, sponsored by Prospective Doctor! You can also join the Med Mnemonist Mastermind FB Group today and learn more about study methods, memory techniques, and MORE! Do check out Read This Before Medical School. Like our FreeMedEd Facebook page and find our Medical Micro Course, Blog posts, and Podcasts at FreeMedEd.org! Feel free to Email any Questions or Comments.
17 minutes | 5 months ago
Bonus: Student Depression & Anxiety During COVID
Chase DiMarco opens up about recent events that lead to personal anxiety and discusses how students can deal with anxiety and depression during COVID. [01:50] Mental Issues Among Medics [03:50] Finding Ways to Deal with Your Anxiety [04:50] Trigger Events [08:52] Seeking Help [12:50] How Stress Can Affect us as Learners [14:10] The Vicious Cycle That is Anxiety and Depression The medicine world has often been recognized as a stressful environment that sometimes hurts a medics' performance, physical health, and psychosocial well-being. Throw a global pandemic into the fray, and you'll find that even more medics are falling into a state of either depression or anxiety. Interestingly, medical practitioners are less likely to seek help because of the fear of being stereotyped or judged by their peers. With the global suicide stats at an all-time high, it's high time we addressed the mental health issues in a COVID-fatigued society. Although Chase has faced bouts of anxiety since his high school, he has managed them with relative ease. However, a recent trigger event made him feel a little overwhelmed with what was happening around him. This trigger event helped him understand that no matter how small the issue you're facing might be, it has the potential to make you feel anxious or depressed. These triggers can come from anywhere, and it won't matter how insignificant they are; the thing to note is that they affect you, and you need to do something about them. We unknowingly struggle with mental issues which means some of us seek help when it's too late. These little anxiety triggers are known to build up and eventually blow up, leading to a spike in negative thoughts crisscrossing through a person's mind. The most important step in the healing process is recognizing that you need help. While different solutions can work wonders for different people, a couple of resources that worked for Chase might also work for you. With the pandemic restricting people's access to physical help, online platforms such as BetterHelp and TalkSpace are known to offer help via text, chat, or video calls. Chase advises people to try and seek help from neutral parties since close friends and family typically have a bias because of the relationship you have with them. Learners have the most to lose when it comes to dealing with mental health issues. The fact that depression and anxiety can play havoc with one's memory makes it difficult for learners to ingest new material or answer a patient's questions. The mental issues will also affect your sleep patterns, and the longer you wait before seeking help, the longer it will take before you come back to a state of normalcy. Chase's message for you today is that it might not be you who's battling depression and anxiety, but you might know someone who is. Not everybody has the guts to come out and talk about what's eating them. If you notice somebody acting differently from what you associate them with, be the friend and offer a listening ear, you'll be surprised by how big an impact you can have by just being there. You can also share this episode with them to let them know that they are not alone and that there is help. We live in trying times, and the best way to look out for one another is by being there for one another. Sign up for a Free Coaching session with Chase DiMarco, sponsored by Prospective Doctor! Also, do check out Read This Before Medical School. National Helpline Psychology Today Therapist Finder Better Help TalkSpace
22 minutes | 6 months ago
2.16 Perks and Privileges of Fellowship with Interventional Nephrologist Qasim Butt MD
Dr. Qasim Butt discusses nephrology, finances for medical students, & advice for physicians who are taking on nephrology students. Dr. Butt is a certified interventional nephrologist. [01:19] Dr. Butt’s Approach to Creating YouTube Videos [03:51] Why Interventional Nephrology [08:28] From Specialists, to Hospitalists, to Direct Primary Care [11:47] Cultivating Medical Side-Gigs [17:40] Advice for Physicians Who Are Taking on Nephrology Students [20:17] The Importance of Personal Branding Chase DiMarco talks to Dr. Qasim Butt. Dr. Butt is a certified interventional nephrologist. He also has the popular YouTube channel, Your Kidney, Your Health and is on the board of the Texas Kidney Foundation. They discuss nephrology, physician finances for medical students, and advice for physicians who are taking on nephrology students. Why Interventional Nephrology As a medical student at St. Georgia’s in the Caribbean, Dr. Butt was unsure of his future specialty. Interventional nephrology was something that he picked up along the way, by making smart decisions at each step of his journey. After graduating, he did his internal medicine rotation from 2005 to 2008 at Louisiana State University Health Shreveport / School of Medicine (LSU). He liked nephrology, despite not loving it. LSU had openings for nephrology residents. So, he applied and got in. Dr. Butt reminds students that it can be easier to get into a program at a hospital where you already have some experience. This is also where he obtained training for interventional nephrology, which involves putting in catheters, stents, etc. Currently, he alternates between clinical and interventional nephrology on a weekly basis. Cultivating Medical Side-Gigs Although money is not the most important thing, it does influence our lives. Dr. Butt reminds physicians that their revenue does not necessarily come from one stream i.e. their full-time job salary. For example, nephrologists can participate in dialysis units, and most physicians can obtain medical directorships, which require attending meetings a few times a year. However, as physicians begin to diversify within their capacity as a physician, they need to acknowledge that they are donning “golden handcuffs.” Golden handcuffs refer to the phenomena of being tied up by a narrow type of revenue. For example, if a physician wants to either leave medicine, or they need to shift addresses, all their streams of revenue could disappear at once. This setup is not necessarily bad, but physicians must be aware of the situation in which they place themselves. How to Choose a Practice to Join Dr. Butt emphasizes the importance of observing the culture of a practice before joining it. If you are a younger physician looking to join a practice, you do not want to join a practice composed of physicians who are fifty to seventy years old. These older physicians likely have their kids already in college, and are not pursuing a growth model. They are preparing to retire. But you are just starting out, and you want to grow. Advice for Physicians Who Are Taking on Nephrology Students Nephrologists tend to be highly analytical people. This means that they often struggle to convey complex information in simple language. In order to cultivate the next generation of nephrologists to be passionate about nephrology, preceptors must learn to communicate better to the medical students on nephrology rotations. Dr. Butt tries to make his YouTube videos only three to five minutes long, with fun and simple language, to capture the attention of listeners. Preceptors must take a similar approach, and improve their communication skills. Check out Dr. Butt’s YouTube channel, and like his videos and subscribe. Check out his LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter profiles. Sign up for a Free Coaching session with Chase DiMarco, sponsored by Prospective Doctor! You can also join the Med Mnemonist Mastermind FB Group today and learn more about study methods, memory techniques, and MORE! Do check out Read This Before Medical School. Like our FreeMedEd Facebook page and find our Medical Micro Course, Blog posts, and Podcasts at FreeMedEd.org! Feel free to Email any Questions or Comments.
31 minutes | 6 months ago
2.15 #MedBikini & DOs and DONTs of Social Media for Medical Students with Dana Corriel MD of SoMeDocs
Dr. Dana Corriel, a physician, entrepreneur, and founder of SoMeDocs, discusses the changing paradigms regarding social media in the medical field. [02:04] How Dr. Corriel Got Into Social Media Branding & Marketing [04:09] Dana’s Most Outrageous Experience as a Physician [08:05] General Social Media Guidelines for Students [12:18] Factfulness in Advocacy on Social Media [16:06] The Importance of Branding and Marketing [20:19] Choosing Social Media Platforms to Use [26:25] How to Find Out More About SoMeDocs With social media playing such a big role in our lives, from politics to #MedBikini, it is important for medical students to consider the role of social media in their professional lives. Chase DiMarco talks to Dr. Dana Corriel, a physician, entrepreneur, and founder of SoMeDocs: Doctors On Social Media. We cover changing paradigms regarding social media in the medical field. General Social Media Guidelines for Medical Students Social media is a powerful tool of communication if leveraged in the right way. However, medical students should do this cautiously because we are steeped in cancel culture. This means that if a medical student says something unethical, everything that they say after that may be affected. Attendings have it a bit easier because they are already established. Just like magazines curate their content, medical students should curate the content that they post on social media to serve their personal and professional goals. Factfulness in Advocacy on Social Media In an attempt to advocate for a cause or to express thoughts important to them, people tend to share posts that they have not fact-checked, or that they have not fully thought about. Social media can become toxic when we are forced to share posts on a topic, unless we are willing to risk our reputations being smeared. We must not succumb to the pressure of the herd, and be willing to think through topics for ourselves. Individualized takes on issues are very valuable. The Importance of Branding and Marketing Often, people who do not prioritize fact-checking end up as the most popular influencers. This is because they might be excellent at branding and marketing. Dr. Corriel is passionate about enabling physicians and medical students— people who have the training to base their claims on facts and science — to in turn become excellent at branding and marketing. Whilst people do respect a medical degree, on social media, branding and marketing can hold more clout. Choosing Social Media Platforms to Use Different social media platforms — LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter — can be suitable depending on a medical student or physician’s target audience, and what they themselves enjoy. For example, if a medical student or physician is excellent at making videos, YouTube can be a great option. If a medical student or physician is skilled at consistently writing short Twitter posts, and thrive in the often argumentative environment of Twitter, then they can choose Twitter! They should not choose a platform that increases their anxiety, or that they hate. If they are looking for some hand-holding to engage more in social media, then they should consider reaching out to Dr. Corriel , who takes guest moderators for the SoMeDocs Twitter chat every week, and provides lots of guidance. Learn more about Dr. Corriel Corriel on her website and the SoMeDocs website. Check out her LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter profiles. Also, check out the SoMeDocs Facebook group. Be sure to check out SoMeDocs lecture series. Sign up for a Free Coaching session with Chase DiMarco, sponsored by Prospective Doctor! You can also join the Med Mnemonist Mastermind FB Group today and learn more about study methods, memory techniques, and MORE! Do check out Read This Before Medical School. Like our FreeMedEd Facebook page and find our Medical Micro Course, Blog posts, and Podcasts at FreeMedEd.org! Feel free to Email any Questions or Comments.
32 minutes | 7 months ago
2.14 The Mind of a Residency Program Director with GME Specialist Brenda Thompson
Brenda Thompson shares advice for residency applications: tips for writing personal statements, requesting recommendations, and navigating rotations. [00:48] Brenda’s Background and Roles in Residency Recruitment [05:26] The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) [10:01] Personal Statements, Letters of Recommendation, and Exam Scores [16:29] Tips for Writing About Extracurriculars [21:24] How to Handle Clinical Rotations [26:30] Social Media, Headshots and Residency Applications [29:17] How to Contact Brenda Chase DiMarco talks to Brenda Thompson, Graduate Medical Education (GME) expert with over ten years of experience in residency-related accreditation, education and other similar topics. They chat about advice for a residency application in 2020, from tips for writing personal statements, and requesting recommendations, to how to navigate rotations Brenda has often been disappointed when working with medical students who are applying for a residency program. They illustrate the lack of interview preparation and professional development programs in medical school. For example, these students do not know the right kinds of questions to ask during interviews, how to structure their personal statements, or what kinds of materials to upload to ERAS. As an independent GME pundit, Brenda’s aims to help to fill this gap left by medical school education, advising students on how to match into the right residency program in 2020. ACGME Accreditation Residency programs depend on the ACGME for accreditation. Student performance, including scores are sent by the residency program to the ACGME. If a given residency program has failing students, they risk being placed on probation by the ACGME, or worse, have their accreditation stripped. As such, the admissions committee tries to get the best students to give the program the best chance of maintaining ACGME accreditation. A medical student wants to impress the residency program admissions committee, but the residency program in turn wishes to impress the ACGME. Personal Statements A medical student’s personal statement, letter of recommendation and board exam scores are crucial components of a residency program application. For the personal statement for your residency application, do not be afraid to get help to refine your letter, and educate yourself on best practices. You have control over this portion of your application. Spelling mistakes are especially unacceptable. Brenda mentions that students often make the mistake of using their personal statements to share what they want from the program, instead of to share what they can offer to the program. Letters of Recommendation As for letters of recommendation for your medical residency application, it might be better to get a higher-ranking person such as a program director, to write the letter instead of your attending. However, make sure that the writer knows you well, and that they will give you a strong recommendation. It is a major red flag, if nowhere in your letter does the writer use a phrase such as “I highly recommend” or “I recommend without hesitation.” If your letter writer asks you to draft the letter first, then you should use this opportunity to your advantage, and be sure to use the right terminology and information. USMLE Exam Scores and Clinical Rotations As for exam scores, a major residency application tip that Brenda offers is that if you failed your Step 2 board exam, try to pass your Step 3 board exam before applying for residency and upload this score to ERAS. If your transcript only lists a failed Step 2 exam, then the residency program might be very hesitant to accept you. If you are applying for residency during COVID-19, the residency program director might understand that you were unable to get into the clinical rotations that you wanted. However, if you do get into a rotation, do your best to get an A, as a grade like a C is a red flag and requires an explanation. If you could not get a clinical rotation in your desired specialty, it is understandable to the residency admissions committee, but be prepared to talk up the specialty in your application. Be very kind to your clerkship/rotation coordinator, because it is very possible that they might end up being your residency program director, and could veto your residency application later on. More generally, be nice to everyone, as the medical world is very small. Being difficult to work with can come back to haunt you years later. Extracurriculars and Connections to the Residency Program Location Regarding extracurriculars, Brenda urges students to consider the location of the residency program when listing down their hobbies. Residency programs want to maximize the chances that you will accept their offer if you do get in. If you have family connections to the area, then they know that you are more likely to accept the offer. But if you do not have family connections, then hobbies that make sense to the location can increase your ranking. Using Denver as an illustration, listing snowboarding and skiing as your hobbies makes sense, whilst listing fishing and swimming does not. Instead of sending a generic personal statement to all your residency programs, try to tailor each one to the location to which you are applying. Furthermore, the ACGME now has standards for physician wellness, so the residency admissions officer wants to make sure that you are able to achieve these standards. Connect with Brenda on LinkedIn or email her at GMEpundit@gmail.com. You Sign up for a Free Coaching session with Chase DiMarco, sponsored by Prospective Doctor! can also join the Med Mnemonist Mastermind FB Group today and learn more about study methods, memory techniques, and MORE! 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