- 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: 71 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,255 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Provides the medical student reader with detailed preparation for the matching process."
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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.
Top customer reviews
The authors did a fantastic job in outlining the fundamental steps to attain the residency you want, with the least amount of pain. I was struggling with the sea of information and the seemingly never-ending amount of misinformation out there when I came across this book. I can't recommend it enough: every chapter is very detailed, with several studies showing exactly what program directors want, numerous myths debunked and endless how-to's. One of the greatest advantages of this book over others is that all the information is based on extensive research. You may read somewhere "the USMLE step 1 score is more important than step 2 if you want to match in Surgery" and you will think to yourself "says who?". Well, page 76 will tell you exactly who.
There are other good books on the market, such as "The Successful IMG", "The International Medical Graduate's Best Hope", but if you are a foreigner trying to navigate the application process, forget the rest: "The Successful Match" is all you need. If you are a medical student, american or foreigner, and want to ultimately match in the US, buy this book before your third year and live by it. You will be shooing away residency interviews!
1)Discusses about different elements of application process and how to improve. These include - LOR, Personal Statement, Deans Letter. Also talks about Competitive programs and what takes to get selected into those programs.
2)Before/During/Post Interview - How to prepare - Really good
3)What are the points (like USMLE score is on top of the list) residence directors are looking to select candidates for the interview.
4) Ranking process - how does this differ from interview process
Useful Information for me:
1) I learned that most programs about 90% ignore IMG LORs.
2) Applied/Selected IMG numbers based on their status like EAD/H1/GC/Citizenship
Cons: no info on how to prepare for SOAP
I think this book provides solid info on how to prepare for the match, I recommend purchasing it as soon as you start med school so that you can start determine what factors are important for your specialty of choice ie) research is important when applying to Derm but not so important when applying to IM / Step 2 score is more important than Step 1 score for certain specialties.