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THE MATCH Your solution to unemployment March - Collect reference letters from your Polish rotations - Apply to do ‘audition rotations’ at schools where you might want to match in your preferred field(s) - Schedule USMLE CS and CK. I’m not kidding. Do it NOW! April Canadians apply for MCCEE (you have to write this even if matching in US) May You have Neurology with Dr. J. You are a star. Learn how to properly present patients, write pt. notes, SOAP notes and how to dress well. Get ref. Letter from Dr. J and your resident. Letters from residents count for less but get one anyway. May ctd. Apply for rotations in Rochester and California June Enjoy summer in Krakow Finalize rotations Study for USMLE July Begin Electives and collect LORs When asking for LORs provide a CV, Personal Statement plus cover sheet and stamped addressed envelope. Study for USMLE Write USMLE CK (or in Aug) Begin ERAS application (opens July 1) August More electives & LORs (have at least 4 in total) Write CK if not done already Fill out ERAS application and write Personal Statement. Get your friends and colleagues to edit your PS. There are several online examples. AMA tips September Submit ERAS application as soon as humanly possible Start filling out Canadian application (opens mid-sept). Get interview clothing and practice interviewing. Write MCCEE (Can) October Interview season begins. Most interviews are in Dec/Jan but spread them out so you don’t burn out. Interview tips and sample questions online at www.aamc.org. Relax, it’s fun . Send thank you notes to your reference letter writers and also to your interviewers as you go along. Proofread MSPE November Deadline for Canadian documents to be submitted to CaRMS Bulk of interview invitations have been sent out. If you want more interviews mid Nov is the time to start contacting programs directly. This often works. December Again with the interviews. Try not to schedule electives over xmas hols. January Happy New Year! Interview high season Rank schools as you go along and make notes because they all start to blur together. Canadian interviews are in late Jan/early Feb Submit rank list. Scores MUST be in by now. Can always change after certified so do it early. February Back to Poland! Yay! March Canadian Match Week!!!! US Match week!!!! You have this week off so can make up elective time if needed. Or go on holiday to Egypt. Find out if you matched If you didn’t, Scramble If you did, find out where on the Thu of Match week. Canadian 2nd round begins April Work on J1 visa paperwork if needed Prepare for ECFMG certification Get grad photos done May Celebrate! You’re a doctor. Go save someone. USMLE CK: Study using 1st aid, toronto notes, USMLEworld/Kaplan qBank CS: 1st aid for the Step 2 CS is plenty. Act out scenarios with your friends and time yourself. MCCEE There’s a long and complicated application process so start early. Documents can be notarized on Grodzka 50 for 50 zl. They will rip you off if they can. Use same material as for USMLE and you will be super-prepared. It’s fairly easy and they give you plenty of time. Researching Programs FRIEDA (the best one) Scutwork.com ValueMD Student Doctor Network US News and World Report Interview tips Be prepared AMA tips Research each program individually & make notes of q’s you want to ask Attend dinners if possible Observe fellow interviewees to see if they are people you would like to work with. Sample Qs -why you ended up in Poland, -why you want the residency spot in the first place at their institution -why you want to come to the States -why that specialty -what are the challenges the specialty faces -what are some of the downfalls of that specialty -what is your strength -weakness -did you take a course for the steps, if yes/no, why? -tell me about yourself -what do you like to do for fun -what do you do in your spare time -are you ready for residency -why should I pick you -you heard all the good parts about this program, what do you think are its bad parts -why this geographical area (ex. what interests you about doing a residency in state x?) -what are your expectations from this program -which medical health care system is better (I had to answer about American vs Polish vs Canadian) -what do you know about the medical health system here vs all the other places you have been exposed to Canada vs. USA Stay near family/friends Return of Service req’d except in Manitoba Need visa for USA and considered for fewer interviews. More opportunities in USA & not in separate stream Some programs are longer in one country or the other. (ex. FM is 2y in Can, 3y in USA) Statistics 23/32 people went through a match 3/3 matched in the UK 1/4 matched in Canada 14/17 matched in the USA (?) 1/32 is staying in Poland 18/23 matched successfully 4 are going through 2nd round in Canada Stop worrying, just get your act together and do it!
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