Blog Archives: August 2011

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International Medical Schools Seek Expert Advice for IMGs

Medical students and graduates come to me because I know what Program Directors expect from them. I know what PDs want to see, and I help applicants put the right application in front of them. Recently, I’ve been working with international medical schools, as well.

Each year, medical schools abroad encourage international medical graduates (IMGs) with good USMLE scores and excellent clinical skills to apply for U.S. residency programs. To compete, however, these IMGs could use an expert in their corner.

Did you know? Nearly one-quarter of U.S. residency training positions are filled by highly qualified IMGs.

To assist international applicants, many medical schools abroad have asked me to coach their students on the importance of creating a good strategy, the value of an easy-to-read and persuasive ERAS@ application, and advanced interviewing skills.

With these three areas in mind—plus excellent Letters of Reference (LoRs)—IMGs gain the ability to compete for residency training positions in their preferred specialty. If one of these areas lacks thought or thoroughness, the entire ERAS@ application may be at risk.

If you’re an international medical school or an IMG, I can help you. Please contact me.

Donald T. Morrish, MD
Residency Pro

International Medical Schools Seek Expert Advice for IMGs

Last-minute Applications Don’t Have to Look Like It

It’s September 1, and that means medical graduates will begin to submit their ERAS@ applications. Is your application truly ready for Program Directors to access and review?

For years, as medical graduates get down to the wire, they lose sight of the all-important strategy, the value of a unique and well-written personal statement and the boost of LoRs. Rushed graduates forget specialty requirements, make more typos and fail to ask another faculty advisor for an extra recommendation letter. What happens?

These last-minute applicants don’t yield the residency or specialty applicants want.

How are you going to pace yourself during the 2012 Match? Will you rush through your personal statement? Will you forget to mention the research experience or the volunteer work that just might get you the residency of choice? Will you not add an extra LoR from someone whom can give you a powerful backing?

Pace yourself, and never rush anything that has the ability to alter your career path.

When medical graduates come to me this time of year, they usually want to rush through the application process and hope for the best. After we talk one-on-one, they realize that the chance for success improves dramatically when they plan, use the right punctuation, please Program Director eyes and present themselves well.

If you’re feeling rushed, stop. Take a deep breath and call me: (888) 549-8111.

Donald T. Morrish, MD

Residency Pro

Last-minute Applications Don’t Have to Look Like It

The Four Ps of Successful ERAS@ Applications and Interviews

If you remember a Microeconomics lecture or an elective Marketing class from your pre-medical studies, you’ll likely recall the Four Ps of Marketing: Product, Price, Plan and Promotion. This marketing device has been used since the 1960s, and it’s worked well for marketing teams with a new product and the means to promote it successfully.

When you think about pitching yourself to Program Directors, it can be quite similar to marketing and its Four Ps. You’re the product. Your drive determines your vigor (price). You create and pursue a plan that fits who you are and what you want. And promotion—the result of the three previous Ps—includes the complete application and the interview.

How well can you sell your clinical skills? Do you feel confident enough to pen a personal statement that will easily persuade Program Directors to contact you?

Each week, I work one-on-one with medical students/graduates who could’ve used an extra Marketing course (I feel it should be a requirement of all pre-medical programs.). During this time with hopeful applicants, I’ve come up with the Four Ps of ERAS@ applications.

–  PLAN ACCORDINGLY If you want a particular specialty, know what they want. Create a plan to help you reach your goals and deliver the application that gets noticed.

–  PUNCTUATION COUNTS It seems obvious, right? You’d be surprised at how many typos and grammar errors I’d receive during my days as Associate Program Director.-

–  PLEASE WITH YOUR PEN Please the eyes of Program Directors by including the right details and the most interesting information about your medical school experiences.

–  PRESENT YOURSELF WELL Join me for a mock interview. Read up on Dale Carnegie’s presentation techniques. Do whatever it takes to excel during the interview.

Follow the Four Ps of the ERAS@ application process, and I believe you’ll be miles ahead of your fellow medical students/graduates. Don’t let a typo keep you from your dream job.

If you need help, I’m here to help medical graduates every day. Let’s start with your plan.

Donald T. Morrish, MD

Residency Pro

The Four Ps of Successful ERAS@ Applications and Interviews

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, contact me or call: (888) 549-9111.

Donald T. Morrish, MD

Residency Pro