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Default How to Seek Out Quality Medical/Surgical Residency Advice

There is a lot of misinformation on the web and even in residency programs themselves. What kind of misinformation is out there?

A student once focused solely on letters of recommendation because a current resident supposedly got in from a high-profile recommendation. While LORs are essential to the application process, Program Directors look at the whole application. Don’t pursue this kind of advice. Instead, work on your entire application. Everything is what Program Directors always consider.

During the years I worked as an Associate Program Director for a residency training program, I witnessed many unsuccessful residency applicants go on advice from friends, current residents, blog posts or general résumé editors.

How can you avoid bad advice, misguided tips and ill-informed résumé changes? Seek out quality medical residency advice from someone who is:

- A former Associate Program Director. One who has continuously worked within the field and who has worked one-on-one with residency applicants.

- A board certified and practicing physician who not only understands the specialty you are seeking, but knows about current best practices.

- A residency program expert who closely follows the annual changes to application guidelines for both U.S. and international applicants.

Why do you need to trust someone that follows current trends?

Let’s say there isn’t enough research being conducted in a residency training program. What do they do? The Program Directors may look for candidates with research experience and strong communication skills.

You may not have graduated from Harvard Medical School, but if you have research experience, that puts you ahead of the other applicants.

That’s why expert advice from someone who’s in the know is key. You may want to read my story of how well this approach worked for me. To talk about your ERAS® application, mock interviews, strategic planning options, contact me or call: (888) 549-9111.

All the Best,

Residency Pro
888 549 8111
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