Your solution to
- Collect reference letters from your Polish
- Apply to do ‘audition rotations’ at schools
where you might want to match in your
- Schedule USMLE CS and CK. I’m not
kidding. Do it NOW!
Canadians apply for MCCEE (you have to
write this even if matching in US)
You have Neurology with Dr. J. You are a
Learn how to properly present patients,
write pt. notes, SOAP notes and how to
Get ref. Letter from Dr. J and your
resident. Letters from residents count for
less but get one anyway.
Apply for rotations in Rochester and
Enjoy summer in Krakow
Study for USMLE
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)
More electives & LORs (have at least 4 in
Write CK if not done already
Fill out ERAS application and write
Get your friends and colleagues to edit your
PS. There are several online examples.
Submit ERAS application as soon as
Start filling out Canadian application
Get interview clothing and practice
Write MCCEE (Can)
Interview season begins. Most interviews are in
Dec/Jan but spread them out so you don’t burn
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
Deadline for Canadian documents to be
submitted to CaRMS
Bulk of interview invitations have been
If you want more interviews mid Nov is the
time to start contacting programs directly.
This often works.
Again with the interviews.
Try not to schedule electives over xmas
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.
Back to Poland! Yay!
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
Work on J1 visa paperwork if needed
Prepare for ECFMG certification
Get grad photos done
Celebrate! You’re a doctor. Go save
CK: Study using 1st aid, toronto notes,
CS: 1st aid for the Step 2 CS is plenty.
Act out scenarios with your friends and
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
Use same material as for USMLE and you
will be super-prepared. It’s fairly easy and
they give you plenty of time.
FRIEDA (the best one)
Student Doctor Network
US News and World Report
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.
-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
-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
-what do you know about the medical health system here vs all the other places you have been
Canada vs. USA
Stay near family/friends
Return of Service req’d except in Manitoba
Need visa for USA and considered for fewer
More opportunities in USA & not in separate
Some programs are longer in one country or the
other. (ex. FM is 2y in Can, 3y in USA)
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