Timeline for the 2018 Match
A student asked me yesterday basically - What do I need to be doing right now for the 2018 Match?
I just wanted to follow-up and start a new thread with this information, because I think it is paramount for everyone preparing for the match to be ready. Below are just a few tips for the next few upcoming months -
1. Set up your dates for Step 2 CK and CS – Programs start to review files in September. If you have completed your exams and have passed them, you will have an advantage when it comes to getting an interview. Programs do not like to invite applicants until all of their information is complete. You have a better chance the earlier you have your prerequitisties completed.
2. Set up meaningful rotations at institutions you are interested in being a resident. This means calling the program/student coordinators and asking not only if there are available spots but if there are spots available with important people like those on the residency committees. Try to set up AI rotations on months when program directors or key clinical faculty are rotating. If you don’t ask for these details, no one will give them to you.
3. Start evaluating your own weaknesses – if you have any issues with your files, now is the time to fix them. Get meaningful letters of recommendations from meaningful people. Follow up with your letter writers to make sure they are still willing to write you effective letters. Ask around and see who are great letter writers and hone in on them. Try to get letters from staff with important credentials (Chairman, Program Directors, etc).
4. Also get involved! If you want join an internal medicine residency, join ACP; If you are interested in family medicine join the AAFP; etc... This will help put a hardworking person's face to the application name whenever that time comes.
Preparation is key!
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