Every few weeks, someone contacts me to ask some variation of this question: Dear Sheriff, I want to match in a competitive specialty – and my Step 1 score may be the difference between achieving my dream or having a second choice career for the rest of my life. That’s a lot of pressure for […]Read More Why can’t I re-take USMLE Step 1?
To fix Application Fever – the steadily-rising number of residency applications submitted by medical students – some say we don’t need caps. Instead, they claim that students just need more information. Give them better data about how many applications to submit, and they’ll stop overapplying. Or so the logic goes. I’m on record as supporting […]Read More Applying Smarter, Part II: How to Give Students the Information They Really Need
“Your likelihood of securing residency training depends on many factors – including the number of residency programs you apply to.” So begins the introduction to Apply Smart: Data to Consider When Applying to Residency – a informational campaign from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) designed to help medical students “anchor [their] initial thinking […]Read More Applying Smarter, Part I: Breaking Down the AAMC’s Apply Smart Campaign
I was a college student home for Christmas break when the Y2K panic reached fever pitch. For the benefit of readers who may be too young to vividly remember, as the turn of the millennium approached, there was growing alarm about what would happen to computer systems when dates in the MM/DD/YY format ticked over […]Read More InCUS: The Conversation Continues
Okay, so maybe it’s not exactly a movie. It’s more like a podcast. Or a video of me talking over a PowerPoint. But whatever. If you want to learn more about what I call “Application Fever” – the steady inflation in the number of residency applications submitted by medical students – then this is for […]Read More Application Fever: The Movie
In discussing whether USMLE Step 1 results should be reported pass/fail, I’ve gotten to take part in some lively debates. I’ve heard from many who – for one reason or another – want to maintain the status quo. The “save the scored Step 1” is a varied coalition. But you know what’s weird? I never […]Read More A Field Guide to USMLE Step 1 Apologists
We have a problem with Application Fever. The question is, what do we do about it? The nature of the problem Although I’ve written about this before (here and here), let me set out three points as a foundation. 1. Medical students are applying to more and more residency programs. Yes, you read the y-axis […]Read More What’s the antipyretic for Application Fever?