2013 Match

Beyond Words


Why residency programs read between the lines of your application process

It isn’t easy to apply for residency programs. You have to pull together a lot of written material and make it look fantastic. Then, you have to pull yourself together into an irresistible package for residency interviews. The stakes are high, because there are more applicants than open residency positions, so everything counts.

You may have learned that presentation is everything—but did you know that residency program directors will often see more than you intend to present?

Starting with the basics

When applying for a residency, you’ll provide an application and a personal statement along with your transcripts, evaluations, and recommendations. This package has to look good at first glance, and beyond. Applications with simple spelling and grammar mistakes are common, so you’ll gain an advantage over the competition by ensuring that your paperwork is letter-perfect.

There are some basic essentials for the interview process, too. A professional appearance is a must—no black pants and white socks! You should also have some solid groundwork in place, including experienced professional advice.

However, with the fierce competition for residency positions, you need to exceed the standard expectations.

Digging deeper: Crucial elements for success

There’s more to landing a residency position than good grammar and fashion sense. Of course, you’ll want to make sure to have the strongest possible application, with solid recommendations, a good track record, and the required skill set and knowledge base. However, even an impeccable set of credentials might not be enough—because every medical student is reaching for the same heights.

Residency program directors will definitely consider your accomplishments on paper, but they’re also looking for factors that can’t be conveyed by your application. One of the keys is your personal statement, and what it says about you both directly and indirectly.

The interview is equally critical. You have to be a good fit for a residency program not only as a professional, but also as a person. With so many qualified people to choose from, residency program directors can afford to be picky.

The good news is, there are six crucial elements you can work into every aspect of your ERAS® application, personal statement, and residency interview that will exponentially increase your chances of success.

Gain the advantage you need

If you know what residency program directors are looking for in a candidate, you can tailor your applications, personal statement and interviews to highlight your strengths and give yourself an edge. Instead of settling for the first program that ranks you, you’ll be able to land a position in the program and specialty of your choice.

With the Comprehensive Residency Pro package, you’ll learn the crucial elements that can elevate you from a solid candidate to the best choice for the residency program you want. This package includes editing and review of your ERAS® application and personal statement, a one-hour mock interview, and a strategic planning session to help you become irresistible to residency program directors.

Visit Residency Pro today for more information about how our services for medical students and graduates can assist you. Send me a message or contact me at 1-888-549-8111.

Donald T. Morrish, MD

Residency Pro


Details About the Upcoming 2013 Residency Application Cycle

Are you a medical school student or recent graduate? If so, then it is essential to start preparing for upcoming 2013 residency Match. The Residency Application Cycle Start Date is now September 15, 2012 and on that date, ACGME accredited residency programs begin receiving applications.

The simple fact is that the most successful residency match candidates prepare early and also seek professional guidance. The bottom line is that you need to have a good game plan in place and follow that plan to the letter.

What should you be doing now to prepare? The following list details just some of the items that you should be thinking about between now and September 15, 2012.

7 Essential Items to Consider for Your Residency Match

  1. A solid residency application
  2. Engaging personal statement
  3. Preparing for and timing the US Medical License Exam
  4. Selecting the most suitable electives
  5. Obtaining strong letters of recommendation from appropriately selected faculty members/ specialties
  6. Participating in research and networking
  7. Ensuring that your ERAS® Application submission timing is optimal

Keep in mind that the above list contains just of the few of the key items that will make a difference in the overall quality of your applications. As you likely know, this is a very competitive process. Any edge can make a huge difference to the success of your application for residency programs.

In short, my goal is to work with candidates on these and many other aspects of the ERAS® 2013 applications, personal statements, residency interviews and startegic planning. I want to help you maximize your chances of obtaining the residency of your choice!

As an expert in the field, I offer individualized, personalized attention to every aspect of the residency application process. From ERAS® applications, personal statement editing and review, to interview preparation and strategic planning, I can offer advice that colleagues and faculty members cannot.

As part of the process, you can expect me to evaluate credentials and highlight your strengths, and offer advice for areas of improvement. By doing so, I am able to offer a detailed and personalized service for each individual who is applying for residency programs. Through the admissions consulting process, you will increase your odds of obtaining the exact residency of your choice.

For residency application advice, send me a message or call me toll-free: (888) 549-8111.

Donald T. Morrish, MD

Residency Pro