What’s the REAL Match rate?

Medical students celebrating Match Day in 2014. March 15, 2019 was Match Day. And according to the NRMP’s press release, it was a record setting one. Among fourth-year students from allopathic medical schools, 94% matched to a PGY-1 program – an impressive figure that has been stable for years. Osteopathic students and graduates recorded their […]

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Applying Smarter, Part II: How to Give Students the Information They Really Need

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 […]

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Applying Smarter, Part I: Breaking Down the AAMC’s Apply Smart Campaign

“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 […]

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InCUS: The Conversation Continues

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 […]

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Application Fever: The Movie

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 […]

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