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Old 03-07-2013
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Default Importance of connections and network for residnecy

Hi i started this thread to know the importance of your connections and network for residency esp for IMGs

*what defines a network and connections
*How this network(connections) really help you for match
*how to get connections

please share your thoughts and opinions.

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1. "connections" - you have someone in the faculty or among the hospital admins that has a tremendous influence on the dep't/specialty your applying. and that someone isn't just a mere acquaintance, mentor or previous attending but someone who is really close to you (uncle, aunt, cousin, best friend, close buddy, etc) who will really help you out. hence, the quote & quote bcoz the word is not literal.

2. their influence will get you an invite for interview to that program or best, would get you ranked higher despite whatever credentials you have.

3. its very hard or close to impossible if you don't have one bcoz one can't just walk up to some faculty & say "hi, can you be my friend? & help me get matched?". even Kaplan admitted they couldn't teach us that aspect. but if your a people person or someone who has a politician-like persona, then this wud be very easy for you. since this question of yours can be easily rephrased as: how do you make (close) friends w/ a PD or asst PD or any faculty?

just my opinion.
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life in general, not only getting a residency, is about connections. be nice&loyal&hardworking and you will have them..
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