As ERAS season quickly approaches, it can be daunting to think about how to approach putting the application together. Taking steps now to prepare for submission of your residency application will stave off stress down the road, and this suggested timeline will help you stay on track to be ready to submit on September 15.
When planning for the fourth year of medical school, students must decide on the appropriate time to take the USMLE Step 2 CK examination. Here we weigh the pros and cons of taking Step 2 CK before ERAS.
Finally, residency interview season has come to a close. Your suit can get packed away in that garment bag for another 18 months, as scrubs (and the dress clothes that you don’t mind getting blood- and sputum-covered) move back to the front of your wardrobe. You can relax, put your feet up, and hopefully cruise through the rest of fourth-year while you rack your brain trying to get your rank list in order.
When it comes to preparing for medical residency interviews, there is one question every med student asks:
Having a well-rounded ERAS application is critical to obtaining the residency you want. Each part of the application is important when a program director is deciding on prospective new residents. Initially your scores and the reputation of your medical institution can help screen your application in the “favorable” pile. But what happens when the program director has to decide on where to rank a few similar candidates? What is the determinant for who stands out? This is where a strong letter of recommendation can help differentiate you from other applicants.
Leila Javidi, MD, MPH — our Medical Tutor and Admissions Consultant — is back with some helpful pointers for your ERAS. She debuted our new Facebook Live Q&A series, and we've included the recording below. First up, here's what Leila had to say:
"Choosing your number one spot for your ERAS rank list just may be the easiest of all...it's picking the order of everything that follows that can be the challenge. In my experience, what is most difficult for medical students is taking a quality self-inventory of what is most important. I find that geographical location, prestige of the program, faculty interests, curriculum, the benefits and the overall feel are really the things that we are truly balancing when deciding which program trumps which.