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Match 2011 Match Day 2011…. Match 2009 Your Match March 15, 2012 Overview of the process Decide upon specialty Explore programs using Frieda and by looking at program sites Submit your application and all additional materials Invited to interview-set aside a month for this Consideration of your options Rank programs Match day…probably will be March 15, 2012 Selecting a Medical Specialty You will have lots of help!! Dr.Kathleen McKie, Associate Dean Student Affairs Roles of… Sponsoring Department Advisor Match advisor Valuable assistance… The Office of Student Affairs Stephanie Lloyd-A thru Hancock Linda Kimberly-Hanna thru Norton Donna Branan-Obiaga-Z Office of Student Affairs Office Location: CB 2340 2nd floor of the R & E Bldg, immediately adjacent to the cross walk from Hamilton Wing Phone: 706-721-5115 Excellent resource https://www.aamc.org/students/medstudents/ eras/140552/resources.html In our office for your use on loan NRMP and San Francisco Match NRMP – governing body for the Main Match San Francisco Match – governing body for the residency match in Ophthalmology and Child Neurology Military Match, Urology Match NRMP – National Residency Matching Program The NRMP Main Match provides an impartial venue for matching applicants' preferences for residency positions with program directors' preferences for applicants. Statistics for 2009… Over 26,000 positions 37,735 applicants 16,559 U.S. seniors (up by 489) 94% matched # exceeded 15,000 (94.2% in 08) 81% matched in (top 3) Competitive Dermatology, urology, orthopedic surgery, otolaryngology, plastic surgery, radiation oncology, thoracic surgery, and vascular surgery were the most competitive fields The number of U.S. medical school seniors in emergency medicine increased by 7 percent and grew for the sixth year in a row More Data on the Match http://www.nrmp.org/ Match Day Press Release Advance Data Tables Results of the 2010 NRMP Program Director Survey Charting Outcomes in the Match NRMP Registration Ranking Results Students must register with the NRMP to participate in the main match, which typically includes transitional years for SF match. IN ALL CASES U.S. allopathic medical school seniors MUST participate in the NRMP for their preliminary positions. If a program director for an early match tells you they will “take care of your preliminary year” … it may not be correct. You must participate in the NRMP for preliminary positions!!!!! Be careful and make certain! If you participate in an early match… ….and you do not submit a rank order list to the NRMP, then you will likely be “unmatched” for your preliminary position and may not be eligible for the “unmatched list” during scramble. It can be difficult to scramble into a prelim spot ! Better safe than sorry! ERAS Application service is ERAS “electronic residency application service” Students must register with ERAS to apply to most programs…but not all programs use ERAS May explore ERAS at any time: http://www.aamc.org/students/eras/ Our office will notify you when you can access ERAS to begin entering your information. NRMP versus SF match NRMP uses ERAS SF Match uses the (primarily, although CAS (common some programs do not application service) use ERAS). You must check with individual programs… Program requirements It is YOUR responsibility to contact programs concerning requirements. Each program is different and each program has different individual deadlines for applications. Your application will include Application form (open your site and begin your application as soon as you get your token/ electronic registration opens about Aug. 15) Personal statement and photo Letters of Recommendation 3-4 per program Transcript release early and again nearer the MSPE release MSPE (Nov. 1, 2011) Requested target date is October 2011 USMLE scores Letters of recommendation Cover letter/waiver form Number required varies with the program (~3) Originals only!! …on letterhead, no faxes. Provide letter writer with CV and personal statement . Deadline to our office for scanning: ~September 1 MSPE Objective evaluation of your record of accomplishments as a medical student. It is NOT a letter of recommendation! Subjective comments will be cast in the best possible light – within the confines of the truth. Your clerkship behavior will reappear! MSPE Release Form must be signed by you to allow us to transmit your mspe letter. Georgia Health Sciences MCG Letter head Medical Student Performance Evaluation For Your Full Name November 1, 2011 Identifying Information XXX is a fourth-year student at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, Georgia. Unique Characteristics (from your CV includes research, volunteer work, interests, hardships) XXX earned a Bachelor of XXX Degree in XXX from XXX in XXX……. XXX matriculated as a first year student at the Medical College of Georgia in August of 2008. MSPE continued … Academic history LOA, transfer, remediation, combined degree programs, disciplinary action at MCG Performance during 1st two years (basic science) no comments included Performance during core clerkships, electives-final grade and comments Summary Your Contribution to the MSPE Numbers and clerkship comments have been generated over your career and stand as they are at this point You can influence what appears in the area of unique characteristics and in the summary. You are encouraged to meet with Dr. McKie in order to discuss what you would like highlighted. Make an appointment! Contact Stephanie, Linda, or Donna to make an appointment . Meeting times Apr- July. 20 minute slots, arrive a few minutes early Bring your CV with highlighted features you most want included. We will email you when dates open for April. Reading your MSPE… You may read your MSPE. It will be available in October (class will be notified by email when letters are ready) You may correct factual errors, but may not edit the narrative comments. (AAMC policy) You should read it so there are no surprises when you interview Southwest Campus Students Dr. McKie will coordinate with Dr. Guest the optimal time to come to your site in order to meet for individual advising and planning of the MSPE. Dr. McKie is happy to speak by phone appt. in the early evenings to answer questions or offer advice. Email me We will coordinate a time for you to review your MSPE. This must be done in person or Dr. McKie can review by phone if necessary. Appealing grades/comments Make appointment with Clerkship director to discuss any appeal of comments or grades. The MSPE is read carefully by program directors and thus you should take them seriously. The MSPE is most important in decisions regarding ranking. USMLE scores have more influence in decisions to invite you for an interview. A few things to remember… Step 2 CK and CS by Dec 15th Interview etiquette Tips for a successful match Schedule now !!! Must take USMLE Step 2 CK and CS before December 15, 2011. Schedule CS as soon as possible!!! If you have not taken/passed Step 2 Most programs will NOT consider ranking a student who has not passed Step 2 CK Step 2 CS Can really trip you up! No kidding!!! Every year several people have to take it again probably because of ridiculous errors that might be prevented by taking your OSCE seriously and by reading the First Aid for CS. Rescheduling is a nightmare and the long reporting time creates major anxiety!!!! Passing USMLE Step 2 is required for graduation You can not participate in Graduation or Hooding if you have not passed Step 2 CK and CS! Interview etiquette Be nice to program secretaries... They are usually in close contact with Program Directors and usually attend all selection committee meetings Take your current transcript and a CV. IF YOU MUST CANCEL, advise program director and indicate the circumstance requiring the cancellation. Call, email and ALWAYS send a follow up letter of explanation!! When you communicate with programs: It is a violation of the Match for a program to pressure you about where you plan to rank them. While it is fine for you to express your admiration for a program, avoid the use of the word “rank” when expressing your thoughts and praise! Strict regulations govern the match; if in doubt check policy. Violations of the match can result in severe sanctions against the student and the institution!! The Couples Match… NRMP offers the opportunity for two residency applicants to link their rank order lists so that the applicants can match to programs suited to their needs. Students enroll individually in the Match, but indicate that they want to be in the Match as a couple. On the Rank Order List (ROL), pairs of choices are submitted for the match. Tips for a successful match Be honest with yourself about your level of competitiveness (Program Directors Survey and Charting outcomes of the Match from the NRMP) Ask your Match Advisor for an honest assessment of your competitiveness Rank many programs – longer ROL = greater chance of matching Do not rely on “scramble” as a Match strategy What if you do not match? You will be notified whether you matched or not on Monday of Match week. If you did not, you can pursue a position through the “Scramble”, which our office operates for you. Scramble is not a viable option! It has become nearly impossible. Be willing to take advice in advance. Scramble 2012 Plans in progress for improved Scramble. I prefer Strategy, Strategy, more Strategy in order to avoid the Scramble. Go after what you want with reality and strategy and back up!! Common Pitfalls in the Match Apply to the correct number of programs, which means many programs for competitive specialties and many programs if you have any academic glitches and more programs if you are looking out of region. If you get only a few interviews, especially in a competitive specialty, you are getting a wake up call! Think about your back up! Apply to and interview in enough programs to ensure “safety net” programs as well as your “reach” programs. Pay close attention to preliminary programs and apply to enough! Talk to your Match Advisor! Do not believe the programs that tell you that you are the best thing since sliced bread and that you are ranked to match. They tell that to all the great candidates!! The match…a legal contract After you have ranked programs and programs rank students, the “match” is generated using a computerized mathematical algorithm. By participating in the match, you are entering into a legal and binding contract. Extricating yourself from this is not trivial. Importance of Advice Please ask for advice, especially from knowledgeable sources. Your Match Advisor has had to deal with Scramble and wants you to know how to avoid it! Believe him or her! Feel free to contact Dr. K McKie and your Match Advisor for straightforward advice! Let’s Meet Again! In June or July 2011 Numbers and ranges of programs to apply to, interview with, and rank. The ROL !! Importance of prelim programs strategy Back Up Plans Couples Pointers Interview Tips 4th Year is Lots of FUN! It’s Your Turn!!!
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