First Aid for the Match: Insider Advice from Students and Residency Directors

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The purpose of FIRST AID FOR THE MATCH is to help medical students effectively and efficiently navigate the often complex residency application process. It is designed to help students make the most of their limited time,money,and energy. In the spirit of FIRST AID FOR THE USMLE STEP 1,this book is a student-to-student guide that draws on the advice and experiences of medical students who have successfully gone through the Match and are now ...
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Overview

The purpose of FIRST AID FOR THE MATCH is to help medical students effectively and efficiently navigate the often complex residency application process. It is designed to help students make the most of their limited time,money,and energy. In the spirit of FIRST AID FOR THE USMLE STEP 1,this book is a student-to-student guide that draws on the advice and experiences of medical students who have successfully gone through the Match and are now training in the programs of their choice.

"Logically organized,succinct and to the point,well written . . . extremely useful. " —Doody's Health Sciences Book Review,on the previous edition The INSIDERS Guide to a Successful Match GET REAL ANSWERS TO ALL YOUR MATCH QUESTIONS *Advice from Students Who Matched with Top Programs *Insider Tips from Residency Program Directors *Latest Trends in Specialties and the Match Process *Application and Interview Tips Tailored for Each Specialty *Real Personal Statements and CVs that Worked *Frequently Asked Interview Questions (and Good Answers) *A Master Checklist for the Application Process *Student-Tested Guide to Cheap Travel The Student-to-Student,Step-by-Step Guide *Get the match you want *Zero in on your goals *Choose the right program *Stay cool with step-by-step directions *Avoid interview bloopers *Apply tips designed for your situation *Learn about match day [McGraw-Hill division logo]

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Debra A. DaRosa, PhD (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description: This book will be welcomed by third- and fourth-year medical students planning for the residency application process.
Purpose: Its purpose is to clarify the many steps involved in the match program and help students manage their time and effort throughout the application process.
Audience: As is apparent from the title, this is aimed at medical students.
Features: Its content validly reflects the information needs of students. The book is logically organized, succinct and to the point, well written, and at the appropriate level of specificity. Information is current evidenced by reference to the status of the AAMC's Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS) and recent journal articles discussing biases in the NRMP system. Notable features include examples of actual CVs and personal statements with critiques. The chapter on planning visits and interviewing is valuable because it addresses common and lethal mistakes made by applicants. The sample forms are helpful but need to be enlarged to be functionally useful. The checklist/timeline for organizing match activities is an especially helpful feature for managing the paperwork and process and avoiding frantic last-minute efforts. The occasional levity peppered throughout makes for enjoyable reading. Busy students can quickly browse the content to find answers relevant to their immediate information needs using the convenient summary statements printed in the margins.
Assessment: I think students will find this book extremely useful. Feedback from readers on the user survey forms found in the front of the book will help the content stay on target with what students need to know to navigate through the match. This "first aid" will make what can be a painful process feel a bit better.
Debra A. DaRosa
This book will be welcomed by third- and fourth-year medical students planning for the residency application process. Its purpose is to clarify the many steps involved in the match program and help students manage their time and effort throughout the application process. As is apparent from the title, this is aimed at medical students. Its content validly reflects the information needs of students. The book is logically organized, succinct and to the point, well written, and at the appropriate level of specificity. Information is current evidenced by reference to the status of the AAMC's Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS) and recent journal articles discussing biases in the NRMP system. Notable features include examples of actual CVs and personal statements with critiques. The chapter on planning visits and interviewing is valuable because it addresses common and lethal mistakes made by applicants. The sample forms are helpful but need to be enlarged to be functionally useful. The checklist/timeline for organizing match activities is an especially helpful feature for managing the paperwork and process and avoiding frantic last-minute efforts. The occasional levity peppered throughout makes for enjoyable reading. Busy students can quickly browse the content to find answers relevant to their immediate information needs using the convenient summary statements printed in the margins. I think students will find this book extremely useful. Feedback from readers on the user survey forms found in the front of the book will help the content stay on target with what students need to know to navigate through the match. This "first aid" will make what can be a painful processfeel a bit better.

5 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780838525968
  • Publisher: A Simon & Schuster Company
  • Publication date: 1/1/1997
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 162
  • Product dimensions: 8.16 (w) x 10.93 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface to the First Edition
Preface
Acknowledgments
How to Contribute
Contribution Form
User Survey
Ch. 1 The Match 1
Ch. 2 Setting Up the Fourth Year 13
Ch. 3 Your Specialty and the Match 23
Ch. 4 Getting Residency Information and Applications 73
Ch. 5 The Application 89
Ch. 6 The Curriculum Vitae 105
Ch. 7 The Personal Statement 117
Ch. 8 Gearing Up for Interviews 161
Ch. 9 Interview Day 179
Ch. 10 The Rank List and Match Day 191
Ch. 11 After the Match 197
App. A: Commonly Asked Interview Questions by Specialty 207
App. B: Worksheets for Application Requirements 209
App. C: Program Evaluation Worksheets (PEW) 215
About the Authors 231
Index 235
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