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The Successful Match

June 13, 2017

In reviewing residency applications, physical medicine and rehabilitation residency programs will place considerable emphasis on your performance during the physiatry rotation or clerkship. In the 2016 NRMP Program Director Survey, "grades in clerkship in desired specialty" was an important factor used by physical medicine and rehabilitation residency program directors in deciding whom to inte...

June 5, 2017

For students interested in pursuing a career in neurosurgery,  clerkship or rotation performance in the field has been shown to be a very important factor in the residency selection process. In the 2016 NRMP Program Director Survey, 70% of neurosurgery program directors cited "grades in clerkship in desired specialty" as an important factor in making interview decisions. It was given a mean importance r...

June 2, 2017

Although the correct ordering and interpretation of imaging tests are essential skills for physicians, only 25% of U.S. medical schools require rotations or clerkships in radiology. Without an adequate education in radiology, students leave medical school not at all confident in their abilities to select and interpret these studies. Left unchecked, these gaps in knowledge may follow the trainee into pra...

May 28, 2017

In 2000, nearly 70% of medical schools required their students to take a formal ophthalmology rotation or clerkship. Just five years later, this number was more than halved, with only 30% of schools requiring students to have a formal ophthalmology experience.

Lack of ophthalmology education during medical school and residency training can prevent future physicians from having the basic knowledge to ini...

May 25, 2017

The neurology clerkship is a required or core rotation in over 90% of U.S. medical schools. Although most students rotating through the Department of Neurology will not become neurologists, this is an important rotation no matter what specialty is eventually chosen as a career choice. Neurological problems are common, and many patients will initially present to other providers. Unfortunately, the eviden...

May 19, 2017

In selecting residents, urology residency programs highly value performance in the urology rotation or clerkship. In one study of program directors, "grades in urology" had a mean importance rating of 7.4 on a scale of 1 (no importance) to 10 (most importance). The only criteria rated more important were urology references and USMLE scores. Given its importance in the selection process, I am often asked...

May 19, 2017

Although NRMP data indicates that otolaryngology has become a bit less competitive over the past 3 years, it continues to attract far more applicants than available positions. In deciding whom to interview, programs will use a variety of residency selection criteria. In the 2016 NRMP survey of otolaryngology residency program directors, "grades in clerkship in desired specialty" was cited as an importan...

May 3, 2017

The anesthesiology rotation or clerkship is one of the most exciting and educational experiences you will have as a medical student. It provides rich opportunities for students to expand their medical knowledge, gain proficiency in a wide variety of procedures, and explore the specialty in great depth. The skills and knowledge you acquire during the anesthesiology rotation will be of benefit to you no m...

May 2, 2017

In the next six months, thousands of emergency medicine rotations will be completed by medical students hoping to pursue a career in the specialty. NRMP data indicates that emergency medicine residency programs place great emphasis on clerkship performance as a factor in making interview decisions. In a survey of 73 program directors, grades in the EM clerkship was given a mean importance rating of 4.8...

March 2, 2017

Over the past 15 years, there have been multiple studies examining the rate of publication misrepresentation among residency applicants applying to different specialties. These studies have consistently shown that misrepresentation does occur, with rates varying from 2 to 45%. 

The most competitive specialties and programs tend to place much more emphasis on an applicant's scholarly productivity. These p...

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