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The Successful Match: 200 Rules to Succeed in the Residency Match Paperback – January 1, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0972556170 ISBN-10: 0972556176 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 405 pages
  • Publisher: Md2b; 1 edition (January 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0972556176
  • ISBN-13: 978-0972556170
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,444 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Provides the medical student reader with detailed preparation for the matching process."

AMSA Journal The New Physician

From the Publisher

In the 2007 Match, over 40% of U.S. senior applicants failed to match with the residency program of their choice. In competitive fields such as dermatology, ophthalmology, plastic surgery, and urology, over 30% of U.S. senior applicants failed to match at all. The numbers are significantly worse for osteopathic and international medical graduates. In fact, in the 2008 Match, over 5,000 international medical graduates failed to match.

Regardless of your chosen specialty, the key to a successful match hinges on the development of a well thought out strategy. This book will show you how to develop the optimal strategy for success. Learn how you can upgrade your credentials, write high-impact personal statements, solicit strong letters of recommendation, shine during interviews, and much more. This book is an invaluable resource to help you gain that extra edge.

Inside, find the answers to the following questions -

* Who are the decision-makers and what do they care about? Chapter 2 summarizes the data, specific to each field, on the relative importance of USMLE scores, AOA status, number of honors grades, research experience, and other criteria.
* One study of recommendation letters found that key information, such as interpersonal communication skills and cognitive knowledge, was often lacking. What can you do to help your letter writers write the best possible letter?
* A survey of program directors was performed to determine the most important aspects of a personal statement. What were the three most important?
* In one study, 1/3 of applicants were actually ranked lower following the interview. Another study found that 14% of interviews resulted in unranked applicants. What can you do to avoid common interview pitfalls?
* Do you know your competition? NRMP data from 2007 indicate that in competitive fields such as dermatology, orthopedic surgery, ENT, and radiation oncology, over 90% of applicants had participated in research.
* Should you do an audition elective? How important is it? How can you excel during the elective?
* What are the three most important criteria used to select IMG applicants? What are the least important? In one study, 93% of decision-makers felt that letters of recommendation from non-U.S. faculty were worthless.

Featuring discussion of these issues and more, this book will provide you with specific, concrete recommendations that will maximize your chances of achieving the ultimate goal: that of a successful match.

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In fact, I prepared my answers for every interview question in this book.
In short this book will provide you with all the information you need to make this whole process much less daunting.
A. Amin
This book is a MUST HAVE for any medical student planning to participate in the Match.
Med Student

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A. Mallik on February 10, 2009
Format: Paperback
"The Successful Match: 200 Rules to Succeed in the Residency Match" - the title of the book describes it very well. This is a results-oriented, thorough, and complete guide. Remarkably, it is also engaging, step by step and easy to follow. The authors have made a great effort to organize the book with the time-pressured, busy residency applicant in mind.

One of the biggest challenges that residency applicants face is the confusing array of contradictory information from different sources. In this book, the authors do a wonderful job of addressing many myths and rumors that exist out there. They don't merely provide their opinions, but instead provide hard data -- the results of surveys and studies, as well as direct quotes from important decision makers such as residency program directors. Their painstaking research equips the applicant with the knowledge and insight to navigate this challenging process by helping them understand what programs are really looking for. The authors recognize that `one size fits all' often does not work for residency applications - e.g. something that makes sense for one specialty may be inappropriate for another.

I found the layout of The Successful Match more friendly and effective than other reference books. After reading the relevant section of "The Successful Match", I was equipped to deal with that aspect of the residency application process, since the authors provide very useful checklists, tips, and clear guidelines. The section on International Medical Graduates (IMGs) is the best guide out there, and meets a very important need. This book is a must-read, especially for all IMG applicants!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Linda on February 16, 2012
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I am an IMG and I am very lucky that I have received a pre-match offer from one of my top programs this week. It is a long journey and I have so many people to thank. Among them, I would like to thank the authors of this book. I purchased it at the beginning of my application; actually I regret that I did not buy it earlier. I read it several times before I started my application, then I read one more time in the middle of my interview season. It is very informative, very easy to read and very well written. Actually I bought two books for match -this book and `Iserson's Getting into Residency". It turned that I did not have enough time to read both books. One of my friends recommended me this book. I found it very useful every time I read this book. The more I read, the more I like it. When I think back now, I feel this book provides everything you need to know for match.

What I like most about this book is that every statement is backed up with solid data obtained from surveys and studies. So, I trust what they say in this book. In fact, they are right. As an IMG, I was struggling with writing a perfect personal statement at the beginning. This book provides very good points on how to make a special statement which makes you stand out from your peer. I also like the 4 chapters about the interview. In fact, I prepared my answers for every interview question in this book. It turned out they are enough for preparing the interview. In summary, I highly recommend this book to every medical students who will participate match and I truly believe that it will lead you a successful match.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Navy-Bound Med Student on April 16, 2011
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"The Successful Match," by the Baylor physicians Drs. Katta and Desai, is the perfect guide for completing the residency application. It's the ideal book in its class, covering all the important topics with the optimal level of detail. It's that rare gem the med student longs for that is so clearly written, reader friendly, and well organized that it will set you apart from the competition. I don't think it's possible to be serious about the application process without reading it.

There are two books that this one competes with, "Getting into Residency" and "First Aid for the Match." However, "The Successful Match" gives you more information where you really need it. As a first example, Drs. Katta and Desai incorporate a large amount of research showing what exactly program directors are looking for from applicants by specialty--the differences among them are significant. In general, the other two books place far less emphasis on gathering the available data from the various program surveys that have been done. In its section on the resume and the personal statement, "The Successful Match" supplements its instruction with information from literature searches regarding program directors' preferences and perspectives and, again, how these differ among specialties. Its section on letters of recommendation offers a surprisingly large amount of information about a subject that most students--and the two competing books--assume is mostly in the hands of faculty. True, the faculty member is responsible for writing the letter. However, it is a subtle art, fraught with land mines that can't be avoided unless the student is vigilant about preparing the letter writer.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Med Student on September 2, 2009
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This book is a MUST HAVE for any medical student planning to
participate in the Match. Prior to reading the book, I quickly gleaned
through Iserson's Getting into Residency, which pales in comparison to
The Successful Match. The depth of information provided in this book
for each step of the application process is astounding. It is well-
researched and provides insightful perspectives into each specialty.
The tips provided on selecting an advisor to dealing with a
conversational interview will be especially helpful. I especially
liked the information provided for writing the personal statement, CV,
and ERAS. Learning how program directors view the details provided to
them in these documents challenged me to present my professional
background effectively. Being educated about the Match through this
book has reduced my anxiety and I am certain it would do the same for
anyone who avails the use of this book. Best of luck in the upcoming
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