5 Ways to Minimize Your Chances of Obtaining a Desirable Residency
Let’s face it, medical students drink. Each year a few will take it too far and end up with a DUI, public intoxication, or other less desirable charges. Many residency program directors carefully evaluate the "Risk/Reward" ratio when accepting residents, and any hint of pre-existing substance abuse is a big red flag. Whether it was a one-time slip up, or a pattern of reckless behavior, any criminal charges can make it difficult to get into your desired residency program or even specialty of choice.
Dishonesty is not one of the key personality traits residencies are looking for in their applicants. Even the larger specialties tend to have a very small circle of program directors. Word gets around. Be very careful about how much "elaboration" you decide to include on your application.
Not everyone has the charisma to interview well, but all residency applicants should have the social skills to not completely blow it. Make sure you spend some time on the programs website and talking to residents at the dinner. Think of at least 1 intelligent question to ask in order to sound interested. Under no circumstances be rude, condensing, or abrasive to the program coordinator, secretary, or any other ancillary staff. Your interview begins with the e-mail you send the program accepting the interview. At most programs the residency coordinator holds the power to get your application thrown out if you are disrespectful!
Contrary to popular belief, couples matching, when done in a smart and reasonable way does not decrease your chance of a successful match. However, attempting to couples match into two extremely competitive specialties can sometimes be quite difficult. In order to couples match successfully [...]