Step 1 has been a source of immense stress for medical students since the 1990s. The day you start medical school (or even before that) your peers start talking about Step 1, how to study for it, and how nothing is important in the pre-clinical years except what is high-yield on the test. You start to believe that the entire rest of your life, career, and happiness depends on this single exam, and it can lead to severe burnout, anxiety, and depression.
You’ve been working on ERAS all summer, and you’re finally ready to submit in September. But now there is this new supplemental application to do as well. Since the supplemental ERAS application is brand new this year, it is hard to know how to approach it in a way that helps your overall application.
Amidst COVID, virtual interviews, and changing timelines, this is definitely an overwhelming application cycle. But don’t worry! Here is a general guideline to use this new requirement to make your application shine.
In early August, the AAMC released an update about the supplemental ERAS application, which will impact 2022 Match applicants to internal medicine, surgery, and dermatology residency programs.
As is often the case, not much information has been released, but we've compiled what we know so far below to help you navigate this process.
Hello everyone! My name is Dr. Sarah Godfrey, and I am a PGY-4 Internal Medicine resident, and I’ve served as a senior residency consultant and USMLE tutor for Med School Tutors since 2015. I'm thrilled to be hosting our upcoming ERAS 2022 Virtual Summit, which we've tailored to address the greatest challenges students are facing during this year's application and Match cycle.
Accruing ERAS letters of recommendation is one of the greatest sources of stress for students during residency application season. In the dozens of students I’ve coached through their ERAS residency applications, I’d estimate that over 80 percent of them saw this as a large cause of anxiety in their application.
In the Med School Tutors ERAS 2021 Summit, we covered a lot of ground, and in particular, we focused on how you can set yourself up for success on your virtual interviews from a technical standpoint.
If you missed the summit, or are looking for a recap, you're in luck! We've summarized some of the major points from the Virtual Interview segment and also have included the summit recording for you (skip ahead to 01:22:00 for the Virtual Interview portion).
Let's dive in!
When I opened my letter, my first thought was, “…sh*t.” I had just matched at my second choice and one of the best programs for obstetrics and gynecology, yet I couldn’t have been more dissatisfied with my match. It was at that moment that I realized that I had made my rank list for all of the wrong reasons.
Sending off ERAS can be a simultaneously nerve-wracking and exhilarating experience. In the days leading up to submission, there are a few steps you can proactively take before finalization to avoid any application mishaps.
In a perfect world, your personal statement will flow from mind to keyboard. You will close your eyes, find inspiration, and perhaps without even thinking, your fingers will dance across your laptop, and pound out the most glorious personal statement that a program director has ever read.
Few things excite me as much as reading a personal statement. While they aren’t at the very top of the list that program directors assess when deciding who to interview, they are your only chance to put together a narrative about yourself. This is the only part of the application where you won’t be confined to boxes and bullet points—you can tell your story, something that sets you apart from the entire field of applicants.