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