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Residency Applications in a Step 1 Pass/Fail World

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. 

How to Approach the New Supplemental ERAS Application
Sarah Godfrey by Sarah Godfrey on Aug 23, 2021 in Residency, ERAS

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. 

The Supplemental ERAS Application: What You Need to Know
Med School Tutors by Med School Tutors on Aug 16, 2021 in ERAS, Match Day

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.

ERAS 2022 Virtual Summit: Navigating The Post-COVID Match
Sarah Godfrey by Sarah Godfrey on Jul 12, 2021 in Residency, ERAS

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.

How to Get a Strong ERAS Letter of Recommendation
Dr. Brian Radvansky by Dr. Brian Radvansky on Sep 1, 2020 in Residency, ERAS

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.

Virtual Interview Tips from the MST ERAS 2021 Summit
Faith Meyer Yeung by Faith Meyer Yeung on Jul 30, 2020 in interviews, ERAS

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!

Which Residency Program Will You Be In Next Year? An Insider Guide To Making Your Rank List
I had spent roughly three and a half years looking forward to opening that letter on match day. Going through interviews during the fall and winter of my fourth year, I constantly found myself thinking, “Is this the place where I will end up?” Matching in to a residency is one of the biggest events of your life – not only are you making a choice that will significantly impact your career, you are also making a decision that will impact the next 3-7 years of your personal life. No pressure, right?

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.

How to Finalize Your Residency Application Plan
Michael Stephens by Michael Stephens on Sep 3, 2019 in Residency, ERAS

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.

Residency Personal Statement Archetypes
Dr. Brian Radvansky by Dr. Brian Radvansky on Aug 14, 2019 in Residency, ERAS

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.

Hey, Your Residency Personal Statement is ... Personal
Dr. Brian Radvansky by Dr. Brian Radvansky on Aug 14, 2019 in Residency, ERAS

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.

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