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					                      If you selected
                       more than 1
                                       What percentage of What percentage of
    To which         specialty above,
                                        1st and 2nd year 3rd year Clerkships
specialty(ies) did    what was your
                                        courses did you    did you achieve
   you apply?      reason for applying
                                       achieve Honors in?    Honors in?
                        to multiple
                        specialties?

 Internal Medicine                              25-50%         25-50%




 Internal Medicine                              75-100%        50-75%




 Internal Medicine                              75-100%        50-75%

 Internal Medicine                              25-50%         25-50%

 Internal Medicine                              0-25%           0-25%




 Internal Medicine                              0-25%           0-25%




 Internal Medicine                              50-75%          0-25%

 Internal Medicine;   I couldn't decide which
                                                0-25%           0-25%
     Med -Peds           specialty I wanted!

 Internal Medicine                              0-25%          50-75%



 Internal Medicine                              25-50%         50-75%
Internal Medicine;   I couldn't decide which
                                               0-25%     50-75%
    Med -Peds           specialty I wanted!


Internal Medicine                              0-25%     0-25%


Internal Medicine                              50-75%    25-50%




Internal Medicine                              25-50%    50-75%




Internal Medicine;   I couldn't decide which
                                               0-25%     25-50%
  Otolaryngolgy         specialty I wanted!




Internal Medicine                              50-75%    50-75%




Internal Medicine                              25-50%    50-75%



Internal Medicine;    Neither of the above
                                               0-25%     0-25%
   Dermatology          reasons / Other


Internal Medicine                              0-25%     0-25%

Internal Medicine                              75-100%   0-25%
                      I didn't think I would
Internal Medicine;
                        match at my top        50-75%    0-25%
    Radiology
                              choice
 Internal Medicine                           0-25%     50-75%




 Internal Medicine                           75-100%   25-50%

 Internal Medicine                           50-75%    0-25%

 Internal Medicine                           50-75%    25-50%

 Internal Medicine                           75-100%   75-100%
 Internal Medicine;   Neither of the above
                                             50-75%    50-75%
Emergency Medicine      reasons / Other
 Internal Medicine;
                                             25-50%    25-50%
   Plastic Surgery
   Were you a
                      Were you a
  member of the                           What was your    What was your
                    member of Alpha
Hobart Amory Hare                         score on USMLE   score on USMLE
                     Omega Alpha
 Medical Honors                               Step 1?        Step 2 CK?
                       (AOA)?
    Society?


       No                   No               220-229          250-259




      Yes           Yes (Junior Member)      240-249          260-269




      Yes           Yes (Senior Member)      220-229          240-249

       No                   No               200-209          230-239

       No                   No               210-219          210-219




       No                   No               230-239          230-239




      Yes                   No               230-239          250-259


       No                   No               210-219          210-219


       No                   No               230-239          240-249



      Yes                   No               220-229          240-249
Yes           No            220-229   230-239


No            No            220-229   220-229


No            No            220-229   240-249




No            No            230-239   250-259




Yes           No            220-229   190-199




Yes           No            210-219   220-229




No            No            230-239   240-249



No            No            210-219   200-209


No            No            190-199   210-219

Yes   Yes (Junior Member)   240-249   240-249


Yes           No            250-259   250-259
Yes           No            220-229   240-249




Yes           No            240-249   240-249

Yes           No            230-239   240-249

Yes           No            240-249   230-239

Yes   Yes (Junior Member)   250-259   260-269

Yes   Yes (Senior Member)   220-229   220-229

Yes           No            230-239   250-259
                                                           Did you have any publications
Did you do research that you were able to put on
                                                              listed on your residency
 your residency application? (multiple answers
                                                           application? (multiple answers
                   accepted)
                                                                      accepted)



       Yes (in the specialty that I matched into)                           No




 Yes (in a different specialty that what I matched into)                    No




       Yes (in the specialty that I matched into)          Yes (in the specialty I matched into)

                           No                              Yes (in the specialty I matched into)

 Yes (in a different specialty that what I matched into)                    No




       Yes (in the specialty that I matched into)                           No




 Yes (in a different specialty that what I matched into)                    No


 Yes (in a different specialty that what I matched into)       Yes (in a different specialty)


       Yes (in the specialty that I matched into)                           No



       Yes (in the specialty that I matched into)                           No
      Yes (in the specialty that I matched into)          Yes (in the specialty I matched into)


Yes (in a different specialty that what I matched into)       Yes (in a different specialty)


Yes (in a different specialty that what I matched into)       Yes (in a different specialty)




                          No                                  Yes (in a different specialty)




      Yes (in the specialty that I matched into)          Yes (in the specialty I matched into)




Yes (in a different specialty that what I matched into)                    No




                          No                                               No



                          No                                  Yes (in a different specialty)


      Yes (in the specialty that I matched into)                           No

                          No                                               No


      Yes (in the specialty that I matched into)          Yes (in the specialty I matched into)
      Yes (in the specialty that I matched into)          Yes (in the specialty I matched into)




Yes (in a different specialty that what I matched into)                    No

                          No                                               No

                          No                                  Yes (in a different specialty)

Yes (in a different specialty that what I matched into)       Yes (in a different specialty)

                          No                                  Yes (in a different specialty)

                          No                                               No
                     Did you hold any        If you answered
 If you answered
                         leadership         yes to question 4,
yes to question 2,                                                 To how many
                     positions (officer,         how many
     how many                                                    programs did you
                     director, etc.) in a        leadership
 publications did                                                     apply?
                          Jefferson         positions did you
     you have?
                       organization?                hold?

                             No                                       20-30




                             Yes                    3                10 to 20




        2                    Yes                    1                10 to 20

        1                    Yes                    1                 20-30

                             No                                      10 to 20




                             No                                      10 to 20




                             No                                       20-30


        1                    Yes                    2                 30-40


                             Yes                    2                10 to 20



                             Yes                    2                10 to 20
1   Yes   3     10 to 20


1   Yes   2      20-30


1   Yes   1     10 to 20




4   Yes   1     10 to 20




3   Yes   5   More than 50




    Yes   2     10 to 20




    Yes   2     10 to 20



1   Yes   1     10 to 20


    Yes   2      20-30

    Yes   3     10 to 20


3   Yes   3   More than 50
1   Yes   1   Less than 10




    No          10 to 20

    Yes   1     10 to 20

1   No           20-30

1   Yes   3      20-30

2   Yes   3     10 to 20

    No        Less than 10
                        How many           How many
  How do you feel                                          How did you feel
                     interviews were   interviews did you
about that amount?                                        about that amount?
                       you offered?            do?



    Just Right            16-20             6 to 10           Just Right




    Just Right           11 to 15           11 to 15          Too many




    Just Right            16-20             11 to 15          Too many

    Too many              16-20             11 to 15          Too many

    Just Right           6 to 10            6 to 10           Just Right




    Just Right           6 to 10              0-5             Just Right




    Just Right           11 to 15           6 to 10           Just Right


    Too many              21-25              16-20            Too many


    Just Right           11 to 15           11 to 15          Too many



    Too many             11 to 15           12 to 15          Too many
Too many     11 to 15   13 to 15   Too many


Too many     6 to 10      0-5      Just Right


Just Right   11 to 15   11 to 15   Just Right




Just Right   6 to 10    6 to 10    Just Right




Too many      16-20      16-20     Just Right




Too many      16-20      16-20     Too many




Just Right   6 to 10    6 to 10    Just Right



Just Right   6 to 10    6 to 10    Just Right


Just Right    16-20     11 to 15   Just Right

Just Right   11 to 15   11 to 15   Just Right


Just Right    26-30      21-25     Too few
Just Right   6 to 10    6 to 10    Just Right




Just Right   6 to 10    7 to 10    Just Right

Just Right   11 to 15   8 to 10    Just Right

Too many      16-20     11 to 15   Too many

Too many      26-30      16-20     Too many

Just Right   6 to 10    6 to 10    Just Right

Just Right   6 to 10    6 to 10    Just Right
                     If you answered
Did you match in   "yes" to question 1,   According to your   In your opinion, at
  your chosen        are you satisfied    match list, where   what level program
   specialty?        with where you        did you match?       did you match?
                         matched?

                                                               Top/Mid Tier / Very
      Yes                  Yes             Second Choice
                                                                  Competitive




                                                               Top/Mid Tier / Very
      Yes                  Yes               First Choice
                                                                  Competitive




                                                                Top Tier / Highly
      Yes                  Yes             Second Choice
                                                                  Competitive
                                                               Top/Mid Tier / Very
      Yes                  Yes             Second Choice
                                                                  Competitive
                                                               Top/Mid Tier / Very
      Yes                  Yes               First Choice
                                                                  Competitive




                                                              Mid Tier / Moderately
      Yes                  Yes               First Choice
                                                                  Competitive




                                                              Mid Tier / Moderately
      Yes                  Yes             Second Choice
                                                                  Competitive
                                                              Mid Tier / Moderately
      No                                    Eighth Choice
                                                                  Competitive
                                                                Top Tier / Highly
      Yes                  Yes               First Choice
                                                                  Competitive


                                                               Top/Mid Tier / Very
      Yes                  Yes               First Choice
                                                                  Competitive
                            Mid Tier / Moderately
Yes   Yes    First Choice
                                Competitive

                               Low Tier / Not
Yes   No    Fourth Choice
                                Competitive
                            Top/Mid Tier / Very
Yes   Yes    First Choice
                               Competitive



                            Top/Mid Tier / Very
Yes   Yes    First Choice
                               Competitive




                            Top/Mid Tier / Very
Yes   Yes    Fifth Choice
                               Competitive




                            Mid Tier / Moderately
Yes   Yes    First Choice
                                Competitive




                            Mid Tier / Moderately
Yes   Yes   Second Choice
                                Competitive


                            Mid Tier / Moderately
Yes   Yes    First Choice
                                Competitive

                            Mid Tier / Moderately
Yes   Yes    Third Choice
                                Competitive
                             Top/Mid Tier / Very
Yes   Yes    First Choice
                                Competitive
                            Top/Mid Tier / Very
Yes   Yes   Second Choice
                               Competitive
                              Top Tier / Highly
Yes   Yes    First Choice
                                Competitive




                             Top/Mid Tier / Very
Yes   Yes    First Choice
                                Competitive
                            Mid Tier / Moderately
Yes   Yes    First Choice
                                Competitive
                             Top/Mid Tier / Very
Yes   Yes    Fifth Choice
                                Competitive
                              Top Tier / Highly
Yes   Yes
                                Competitive
                              Top Tier / Highly
No          Second Choice
                                Competitive
                             Top/Mid Tier / Very
Yes   Yes    First Choice
                                Competitive
                    If you answered
                   "no" to question 5,
Did you match at                            Do you have any advice (specialty-specific)
                   did you match at a
   your home                                regarding the importance of Extracurricular
                   program where you
    program?                                      activity during medical school?
                       did an away
                        rotation?

      No                   No

                                           Obviously extracurriculars and especially leadership
                                          positions are good. The interviewers want to see that
                                           you are a real person, passionate about other things
                                              aside from school. If you don't have that many
      No                   No                 "extracurriculars" because you are a superstar
                                         researcher or something, that still counts. And you can
                                          use your PS to highlight those other passions (travel,
                                            athletics, etc) if your CV doesn't seem to have that
                                                                     much.

      No                   No

      No                   No                      leadership positions very important
                                         Do something you enjoy. Don't do anything just for your
      Yes
                                                               resume.




      No                   No                      May help, but was not a hinderance




      No                   No


      No                   No


      No                   No

                                         extracurriculars are very important because they set you
                                         apart from the many applicants with scores and grades
      No                   No            equal to yours. They also give you interesting topics for
                                           discussion at interviews and help your interviews go
                                                                   better.
No    Yes      It gave me something to talk about on interviews!


No    No                 one interesting one is enough


No    No




No    No




            For ENT, it is a numbers game. A lot of it rides on your
                   Step 1 score, but research and letters of
No    No        recommendation are highly regarded, if strong.
            Extracirriculars were never discussed on the interview
                     trail, unless they were extra-ordinary.




            My extracurricular activity (art) came up in nearly every
            interview. It was something different to talk about, but I
Yes          was able to explain, thoughtfully, how art related to my
                experience of medicine and my specialty choice
                               (Internal Medicine).




            Do what you want, that's most importatn. But if you're
No    No      concerned about highly competitive specialties or
             programs, research seems to be the game to play.


No    No


No    No

No    No


Yes                                 Useless
No    Yes   Yes. Find something. It's good for you and your CV.




Yes

Yes

No    No

No    No
            Get involved! Programs love to see involvement and
No    Yes
                                leadership!
Yes           do things that make you happy and well-rounded
    Do you have any advice (specialty-specific)
   regarding the importance of Research during
                  medical school?




Some programs seem to put a really high priority on it (ie.
  UChicago, UCSF, Penn). It can definitely help get an
 interview, and gives you something to talk about, but it
will not make or break your application to most programs.




     only helps if you did it, doesn't hurt if you didn't

       Not as important as people make it seem.




 May help, but I was not asked about why I did not have
        significant research on my application.




Research is not super important for matching in internal
  medicine, but if you are set on one top choice it will
                     definitely help.
             every interviewer asked about it




 For ENT, it is a numbers game. A lot of it rides on your
         Step 1 score, but research and letters of
recommendation are highly regarded, if strong. Research
   is a great way to improve your application if you are
      worried about your competitiveness in the field.




Do research because it is something you are interested in
 experiencing. I did research in a field I did not end up
entering, but the experience was still extremely valuable.




    Yes, it's important if you want highly competitive
programs. Get involved with any type of project early on.


really only needed for those going into the top competitive
                         specialties



I didn't do research because I have no interest in it at all,
              and I matched at my first choice.

                           Do it
  I think it's extremely important for a few reasons. The
 first is, it's an important experience.... you become very
 knowledgable about something, and you learn about the
research process. That's the most important thing. Also,
 at the interviews for more competative programs, I was
    asked about research, and it was good to be able to
discuss some projects. Furthermore, the mentor/mentee
  relationship you can develope with a research advisor
                can be helpful in your applications.




    Don't worry about it! If you don't want to do it, you
                 definitely don't have to.
            not important for internal medicine
                                                                How are the interviews for your specialty
    Do you have any advice (specialty-specific)
                                                               application? Any specific questions or things
      regarding the the application process?
                                                                            they ask you to do?




Talk to Dr. Kane about the specific programs and where
to apply. Doing an away rotation at a place will (90% of
                                                            Interviews are very laid back. Be able to talk about
   the time) get you an interview. So do that if you are
                                                           "why medicine," where you see yourself in 10 years,
 interested in a big name place. Apply like a bell curve:
                                                          why you like their specific program, and be able to talk
      mostly places you think you are appropriately
                                                             easily about all of your activities. Have questions
    competitive, but definitely apply to reaches/top-tier
                                                             ready... I got asked "what can I tell you about our
schools and at least one a bit lower than you want to go.
                                                                           program?" lots of times.
      Look at the websites beforehand, scout out an
       Jeffersonians to meet with or ask questions.




Take a deep breath...relax. You're going to be a doctor
                       already.
 Try to have specific career goals in mind. Even though       The interview is more about the program trying to sell
   Jefferson will try to encourage applicants to apply to       themselves to you and not the other way around at
   university programs, keep an open mind. There are          least for some of the mid-tier IM programs. The most
  some awesome community programs out there and if                important thing is to be yourself and be nice to
you know you want to do private practice in general IM or        everybody. Try not to be arrogant. Try to keep in
  a specialty it doesn't matter where you train, whether       mind even if you are a top applicant with junior AOA
community or university program. If, however, you want         and publications that the top programs interview like
   to be in academics then university is the way to go.          50 of those a year some coming from top medical
 Finally, take the advice from student affairs with a grain   schools. So be humble. It is easy to pass somebody
 of salt. They may have a different agenda than you do.                up for being arrogant and rude to staff.




              For Med-Peds, apply broadly.




Don't apply to too many programs for internal medicine!
 Listen to Dr. Kane! I was nervous and applied to too           Internal medicine interviews are VERY laid back.
many, got interviews at almost all of them, and hated the        They mostly ask you about the things you were
   programs at the end of my interview trail probably                involved in and your goals for the future.
        because I was just sick of interviewing.
   Make your application reflect your personality; most
interviewers seemed to like to see the person behind the           Relax and show them personality
                       application
    make friends with the class above you for advice     very low-key, usually asked about research, hobbies,
   because nobody else in any office at Jefferson gives    why i applied to their program, and do i have any
                     useful advice                                             questions


                                                             Interviews for Internal Medicine are very laid back.
                                                           They are mostly interested in getting to know you as a
                                                           person outside of your CV and grades. The interview
Meet with a specialty specific advisor early to get a good
                                                             days I went to consisted of hearing a lot about the
     sense of programs that are a good fit for you.
                                                           program, touring the place, talking a lot with residents
                                                               (in most cases, but not all), and only one or two
                                                                                  interviews.
                                                              8+ interviews per program (you interview with the
                                                             whole department) You will discuss your research
 Make sure to talk to your advisors -- they will help you   You will discuss your hobbies Interesting tasks: Peel
 understand how competitive you are, and whether you        an orange while interviewing. Make 3 baskets into a
   need to apply to more/less programs or apply to a         kid-sized hoop from 10ft away. Carve an ear out of
                        backup.                              soap Things I heard on the trail: Tie microsurgical
                                                               knots (under a scope) -- racing against another
                                                                     applicant Draw a picture of yourself

                                                                Think about the questions you will be asked (why
                                                              medicine? why this institution?) beforehand and be
                                                            prepared to discuss them in a conversational manner.
                                                                  It's rote but try to give a specific spin on each
                                                            institution. Although they are largely the same you will
 People do read your personal statement, and you can
                                                              notice they highlight the parts of their program they
    tailor it in such a way that you can predict the
                                                               like during the information sessions, so it's nice to
          conversation during your interview.
                                                             echo that during the interview. Interviews are fun and
                                                             a chance for you to gain a different perspective about
                                                            the institution. Always ask at least one question. You
                                                              might end up getting some great advice (as I did on
                                                                                  the interview trail).

                                                              Relaxed. Why that city/state etc., and then have
Do an away if you're absolutely certain of your specialty
                                                            questions for them when they toss it up to you (which
    and want to check out a far program (like CA).
                                                                 happens anywhere from 10 to 30 mins in)

apply even if you don't think you would be interested in pretty laid back - really just want to get to know you as
going there - things change once you are there and see a person and if you would fit in well with the rest of the
             the place and meet the people                                        residents




                   Make connections                                                 Benign
                                                           Low intensity; however, at the higher ranked places I
  Do LESS IMPORTANT INTERVIEWS FIRST. They
                                                            was asked to discuss my research. So don't be an
take practice, and it's nice to hear yourself answer some
                                                          imposter! If you don't know that much about it (ie, you
questions out loud before you have to say those things in
                                                            were named on the paper as a favor), you'd better
            front of your first choice program.
                                                                  learn about it before interview season!




                                                           EM interviews were very laid back. They just want to
                                                                            know about you!
        Any specific comments?




I think for internal medicine, one of the most
 important things is to have an honors in the
         third year medicine clerkship.




Take Step 2 CK early in fourth year to get it
               over with!
One benefit of being a Jeff student (such a big
class) applying in Medicine is you will run into
   familiar faces all the time. If you plan in
    advance you can save $ by carpooling.




           Don't get too worked up.


the best applicant is one who is well rounded,
honestly cares about others, can be a leader,
and is willing and able to work well with others




                      No
   I was a solid applicant, but not off the charts.
   Not AOA, only one honored class in first two
   years. I was advised that I was competative
        for top medicine programs, though.
    Nonetheless, I was not offered interviews at
 Brigham, MGH, or Beth Israel, but was offered
  interviews at Hopkins and Penn. I don't think
 it's coincidence that I was offered interviews at
the places where i did away clerkships. I would
encourage anyone to do away audition months.
They liked me at Hopkins, and they liked me at
  Penn, and despite there being many reasons
 NOT to take me, I got my first choice. Put your
    best foot forward, work your behind off for a
 month as an audition month, and it will pay off.

				
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