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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

‘Pick me!”

Residency Applications

How to write a personal statement that says, ‘Pick me!’

For today’s medical student, the residency application process is tougher than ever. There are far more candidates than there are open residency positions, and many count themselves lucky just to get accepted into a program, let alone the one they want.

Your application itself is important, as are your transcripts and recommendations. However, don’t underestimate the powerful influence of your personal statement in the selection process.

What exactly is a personal statement?

This single-page document complements your ERAS application, adding another dimension to your credentials. Residency program directors place a fairly heavy emphasis on the personal statement, as it’s the only part of your application that sheds light on you as a person. They’re looking for someone who is a good fit for the program—not just in terms of knowledge, but in personality and temperament.

Personal, yet professional

While “personal” is a key word for a personal statement, you still have to keep it professional. A casual, rambling, or cutesy statement will not impress residency program directors—though you’ll only submit a single page of material, it’s not something you can dash off in a few minutes.

Your personal statement should be a well-written, uniform presentation with good flow, high readability, and flawless spelling and grammar. The opening should grab attention, and the closing should tie into the beginning. Every word of your statement requires careful consideration.

There’s another important p-word here, too: passion. You have strong reasons for going into medicine—otherwise, you never would have undertaken the grueling years of medical school. That passion needs to be transmitted through your personal statement.

The big mistake residency applicants make

With all the effort that goes into applying for a residency, it’s tempting to look for as many shortcuts as possible. Some medical students will look into hiring a ghostwriter to draft their personal statements, especially if writing isn’t their strong suit—usually with the rationale of, “I’m going to be a doctor, not a writer.”

This is a mistake. Residency program directors can tell if you don’t write your own personal statement, because the writing style in your application will be completely different. Your entire ERAS application packet must be consistent. Having someone else write what is supposed to come from you indicates to program directors that you won’t be fully invested in a residency—and the position will go to someone else.

Make your residency application shine

With a comprehensive package from Residency Pro, you’ll receive thorough, professional review and editing—not ghostwriting—for your ERAS application and personal statement. We’ll work with you to get your personal statement right the first time, in your own words, so you can land your residency program of choice.

Contact us for more information on our all-inclusive residency application packages.

Donald T. Morrish, MD

Residency Pro



Gain a Strategic Edge for Your Upcoming 2013 Residency Applications

Gain a Strategic Edge for Your Upcoming 2013 Residency Applications

Residency Pro offers a comprehensive package for those getting ready to apply for residency training positions. This package includes a variety of useful and customized programs specifically designed to assist         students to get into the residency of their choice.

Residency Pro’s Comprehensive Package Offers:

-A detailed strategic planning session
-One on one customized advice
-Valuable practice with mock interviews
-Editing and review services for your personal statement
-Editing and review services for your ERAS ® application

Many people don’t realize that acquiring consulting services can vastly improve their changes of getting into the residency program of their choice. The comprehensive package is designed to give you the edge you need in this competitive environment.

With the Residency Pro comprehensive package, students will have access to the services of Donald T. Morrish MD who is a former Associate Residency Program Director and a Board certified practicing physician. Through his innovative services, Dr. Morrish has assisted many students to successfully land their #1 post-graduate residency training position. Read testimonials from clients.


Begin strategizing now! Through June 30th, Dr. Morrish will be offering $100 off the fee for his comprehensive package. Even if you aren’t currently working on the application process, now is the perfect time to schedule your one-hour strategy session to work out a plan of action.

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.

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

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