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The Pros and Cons of Virtual Residency Interviews
Posted by Dr. Mike Ren
2020 transformed how we did things. From mask mandates to city-wide shutdowns, the pandemic forced a variety of changes including how medical school and residency interviews were conducted. 
Considerations & Strategies to Optimize Your Final Rank List
Posted by Dr. Mike Ren
Pat yourself on the back. As interview season draws to a close, you can take a deep breath and relax; You’re done dressing up for zoom meetings, watching virtual tours and can finally enjoy the chill MS4 year you were promised. However, as an applicant, your job’s not quite done yet and finalizing your rank list might remain a challenging end to the journey. Everything you’ve done has led you to this point so take in these considerations before you submit your rank list.  
How Will Residency Consulting Help Me?
Posted by Dr. Mike Ren

Like last season, this interview season is virtual, and with it come pros and cons. For instance, you’ll save money on travel, but you won’t get as good a feel for the residency programs you “visit.”

When preparing for a virtual residency interview, you still need practice to earn the desired results. Every interview cycle, programs receive thousands of applications from a wide variety of candidates. The ratio of applicants to available PGY1 spots is growing, which means it’s becoming harder to match.

Virtual Residency Interview Tips
Posted by Dr. Mike Ren

The virtual residency interview process is relatively new for medical students. It can be daunting for applicants and interviewers alike, but other fields have held virtual interviews for years. Let us draw inspiration from our friends outside of medicine and their experiences to help us through this process.

Does Your ITE Score Matter?
Posted by Dr. Mike Ren

You're busy with residency and just received this year's ITE score. And whether your score was good or bad, you're likely wondering: does my ITE score really matter?

When to Take Step 3? A Timeline for Residents in Primary Care
Posted by Dr. Mike Ren

The old adage “two months for Step 1, two weeks for Step 2, and two #2 pencils for Step 3” doesn’t make sense anymore. Step 1 will be pass/fail soon and Step 2 CK remains a nuisance, so when should you take Step 3 during residency?

How to Study for Your Family Medicine ITE: Do's and Don'ts
Posted by Dr. Mike Ren

The family medicine ITE is just around the corner. It’s a lengthy exam, but at least you get a day off from wards. The exam is an invaluable resource for your boards and the best representation of how prepared you are. Here are some do’s and don’ts to practice for the in-training exam. 

What to Do with a Low ABFM ITE Score
Posted by Dr. Mike Ren

In this post, we cover the importance of the ABFM In-Training Exam and what to do if you score low on your PGY3 ITE.

Please humor my analogy as I await the start of basketball season. I realize that we're medical professionals, not NBA athletes, but if taking the ITE were anything like playing in the NBA...

An ABFM Board Exam Roadmap
Posted by Dr. Mike Ren

As you begin your family medicine residency, you may be wondering what the path from intern year to board exam looks like. We overview the family medicine residency pathway in this post. 

Family Medicine Intern Year

The first half of your family medicine intern year will seem eerily similar to med school—like drinking from a fire hose. Absorb as much as you can, and learn from your upper levels to build a foundation to lean on for the remainder of residency.

Boards are far away at this point, and you’ll want to focus on thriving as a resident. Most family medicine residencies have an ITE (in-training exam) in October, but don’t sweat this one because its purpose is to gauge your knowledge thus far. 

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