I have a board exam in five days and I am freaking out. This is the culmination of my life. If I fail it I will have no job.
Even after consecutively long days, can I wake up and look forward to working?
I am not quite at the stage yet but from what I have gathered, a residency placement is not guaranteed. When you are nearing graduation, you apply for various residency positions in specialties that interest you. These placements have limited seating. You rank your preferences before matching. It is therefore possible that you are accepted to your first choice, or second choice and so on. However, depending on what specialties you have chosen, especially if you narrowed your focus and chose highly competitive specialties, you may be left without a spot. You would have to take some time off and reapply at the next matching.
You have until we reach the top of these stairs to come up with a differential,” he would say. Of course, he would then run up the stairs to give us less time to think. “Well? What have you guys come up with?
Thanks for reading and thanks for your question estherglass. First congratulations on getting into medical school. I wish you the best on this new journey. It will be both exciting and hard and worth every minute of it. :)
From my talks with some upper years, competitive residencies get ultra competitive. They usually take very few students and you are competing nationwide so it does get tough once you put in your choices. When residency reviews come along they see the H, P or F. If you made it that far you have gotten Ps or Hs. I am not sure if they see the grades or not. What I have been told is more important are the reference letters. Getting a great recommendation from a doctor in that field that you did a rotation with can make a huge difference. These are typically more crucial than EC and research.
Having said that, I have heard conflicting information on research. Some say it’s important; others say it’s not that important. While it is nice to have done research and it does kind of impact your standing in CaRMS, it will most definitely benefit those who have done a lot of research. When you think of comparing a PhD/MD with multiple publications to a student MD who has his name onto a two-month project, those two are not equal. Given that though, I think if you can do research it is always nice. It is a different experience to being a physician. If you are thinking to incorporate some clinical research into your practice in the future, this can be your first look at whether that is right for you.
Hope that answered your questions. If not, feel free to message me again. Cheers! :)