RESIDENCY. For some of us it’s far away, and for others, slowly becoming very real. Our choices in specialty and the residency programs we apply to will determine the path the rest of our lives will take, and is a decision that isn’t made lightly. No matter where you are in the process of medical school, wouldn’t it be nice to have information about our options and what these residencies look for in applicants? Well it turns out we have quite a bit of information at our fingertips.
The AAMC has multiple resources for researching specialties, one which is especially helpful is the “Choosing A Specialty” tab on the AAMC website for students. Here you can begin to research specialties that spark your interest and even find out your current competitiveness for them. Along with these options, the AAMC also has information about the process of applying to residencies through the ERAS, which has a lot of helpful information if you are getting close to that time in your medical career.
Resources closer to home include an abundance of information on our Medical Education website here at the UMN Medical School. Here you can find anything from match data to interviews with actual residency directors speaking on what it is they look for in an applicant and what you should be doing to ensure you meet their expectations. Many other residency questions you may have most likely can be found by browsing this area of the website, and I’ve included the link here.
Whichever specialty you choose and wherever you apply to for residency will be a huge decision. Although it may seem like a lot to handle, with the extensive resources through the AAMC and the UMN Medical Education website, hopefully it will make it a little easier to manage.
We are the UMN Medical School - Twin Cities Student Representatives to the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). As representatives, we are the voice of students in this organization, connecting students with national news and resources from the AAMC and bringing back information and resources from the AAMC to the university administration, faculty, and students.