It is time to get serious and come up with a rank list that maximizes your chances of getting your first choice residency. Ranking programs is a personal decision making process, because everyone has different priorities and life circumstances. Therefore, no one piece of advice applies to everyone. This is a run down of my own personal thoughts of what is important.
“Feel” of the Program I heard the same great advice over and over while interviewing to write down the pros and cons of each program immediately after interviewing at that place... I never did. So I never had what could have been a handy list to help make my rank list. Instead, I relied on what my gut told me.
EM is unique among other residencies because of the mix of 3- and 4-year programs. There are many opinions regarding which one is better compared to the other. Regardless, I feel that this also becomes a personal question. Not everyone can afford or wants to wait 4 years until they are making an attending salary. I personally chose a 4-year program, because I felt it gave more opportunities in academics. But, it certainly has made it tough financially for an additional year.
Community vs. Academic vs. County
All of these program types have their pros and cons. Lucky for us, we have a choice to select a program type that can suit our personal career goals and academic interests. Choose the one that is right for you.
Other important things for consideration
Don’t rank a program if you are absolutely against going there. Sometimes it is better to have to scramble than be miserable!
Please let me know what other tips you would add!
- Nikita ( @njoshi8 )
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