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Make or break advice on getting into the residency program of your choice

Written by medical students who recently completed the match process

First Aid for the Match is a insider's guide to preparing for and succeeding in the match process. The fifth edition features a new, two-color interior design, the latest statistics and advice on matching in each specialty and major sub-specialty, advice on preparing for the 4th year of medical school, and special considerations for IMGs and residents with young families. A chapter on what to do if you don't match ("the scramble") is also included. Chapters on polishing your CV and writing stellar application essays, plus tips on "wowing" them during the interview, will help you map your career path and plan appropriately for success.


  • Statistics and advice on matching in all major specialties and now--NEW!--major sub-specialties
  • Includes perspectives by residents/fellows about each sub-specialty and why/how they chose it, what their thought process was in choosing it, the attractions and challenges of the field, the future of the field, etc.
  • Application and interview tips, including expanded section on interview questions to include more questions for all interviews, as well as for each specialty. Added examples of difficult or unexpected questions and examples of good ways to think about answering certain questions and things to avoid saying
  • Exapnded section of CVs and high-impact personal statements with real examples and advice on what not to do.
  • Advice for international medical graduates and residents with young families
  • Advice on travelling to interviews, with new ideas and tips for travel/lodging, and useful websites
  • Comprehensive guide to the match and planning for match success. Although some information is available on the internet (some not reliable), this book gathers it all in one place and adds valuable insider information and advice.

The content you need to get the match you want:

The Match,

Setting Up The Fourth Year,

Choosing and Matching in Your Specialty,

Weighing Your Options,

What If I Can't Decide?;

Your Specialty and the Match,

Transitional-Year Program,



Emergency Medicine,

Family Practice,

Internal Medicine & Medical Sub-Specialties,




Obstetrics and Gynecology,





Pediatrics & Pediatric Sub-Specialties,

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation,



Radiation Oncology,

Surgery & Surgical Sub-Specialties,


IMGs and the Match Process,

Getting Residency Information and Applications,

The Application,

The CV,

The Personal Statement,

Gearing Up For Interviews,

Interview Day,

The Rank List and Match Day,

After The Match,

Appendix A: Worksheets for Application Requirements,

Appendix B: Program Evaluation Worksheet,

Appendix C: Recommended Resources,

About the Authors

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Manish Aggarwal, BS (University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine)
Description: This book bills itself as a guide to help medical students successfully navigate the match. The book addresses the various steps of the process from picking a mentor and planning the fourth year to navigating the match list with tips for each subspecialty. It uses multiple graphs provided by the National Residence Matching Program (NRMP), but does not address the Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program (SOAP).
Purpose: The purpose is to help students navigate the whole process of successfully matching to desirable programs. While much of this information is provided by medical schools to their students, this book allows students to look at the information on their own time.
Audience: This book is written for students planning on applying to residency programs. It is most appropriate for students in the latter half of their third year.
Features: It fully addresses the process of matching successfully, presenting information for medical students, starting with the planning of their fourth year. To account for the differences between subspecialties, it provides general overviews of subspecialties.
Assessment: This book is a good concise resource for information on the match process and how to plan appropriately. However, whether a medical student purchases this book is dependent upon the resources provided by the school. There do not seem to be a lot of changes from the previous edition. One glaring omission is the absence of information on SOAP for students who do not match.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071702898
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/13/2010
  • Series: First Aid Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 329
  • Sales rank: 364,000
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Author Profile

Tao Le, MD is the series editor for the First Aid series. He is Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics, Section of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, University of Louisville, KY

Vikas Bhushan, MD is a practicing diagnostic radiologist in Los Angeles, CA

Christina Shenvi, PhD, MD, is a Resident, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC

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Table of Contents

Faculty Reviewers
How To Contribute
Internship Opportunities

Chapter 1: The Match

Chapter 2: Setting up the Senior Year

Chapter 3: Choosing and Matching in Your Specialty
Weighing Your Options
What if I Can't Decide?
OK, I've Decided--What Next?

Chapter 4: Your Specialty and the Match
Residency Training
Emergency Medicine
Family Medicine
General Surgery
Internal Medicine
Internal Medicine--Pediatrics
Neurological Surgery
Obstetrics and Gynecology
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Plastic Surgery
Radiation Oncology
Transitional-Year Program
Fellowship Training
Selected Medical Specialties
Allergy and Immunology
Hematology and Oncology
Infectious Disease
Selected Surgical Specialties
Abdominal Transplant Surgery
Cardiothoracic Surgery
Colon and Rectal Surgery
Trauma Surgery and Surgical Critical Care
Vascular Surgery

Chapter 5: International Medical Graduates and the Match Process

Chapter 6: Getting Residency Information and Applications

Chapter 7: The Application

Chapter 8: The Curriculum Vitae

Chapter 9: The Personal Statement

Chapter 10: Gearing up for Interviews

Chapter 11: Interview Day

Chapter 12: The Rank List and Match Day

Chapter 13: After the Match

Appendix A: Worksheets for Application Requirements
Appendix B: Program Evaluation Worksheet (PEW)
About the Authors

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