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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: 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.