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The Successful Match 200 Rules to Succeed in the Residency Match, 1st Edition

What does it take to match into the specialty and program of your choice?This question is hotly debated and surveys of medical students and program directors find sharp divisions on the topic. In a recent survey of students, the authors concluded that “there are significant differences between program directors’ and medical students’ perceptions of which factors are important in the residency selection process” (Brandenburg 2005).

In advising students over the years, we have come to realize that misperceptions abound, with students frequently overestimating or underestimating certain residency selection criteria. These misperceptions may result in a failure to match or lead to a match with a less desirable residency program.

From our own experiences as students, and in the process of counseling students, we know how difficult, anxiety-provoking, and mysterious the residency selection process is. In this book, we answer the question of what it takes to match successfully. We provide specific evidence-based advice to maximize your chances of a successful match.

Who actually chooses the residents? We review the data on the decision makers. What do these decision makers care about? We review the data on the criteria that matter to them. How can you convince them that you would be the right resident for their program? We provide concrete, practical recommendations based on this data. At every step of the process, our recommendations are meant to maximize the impact of your application.

Utilizing a unique combination of evidence-based advice and an insiders’ perspective, this book will help you achieve your ultimate goal: The Successful Match.

“The Successful Match: 200 Rules to Succeed in the Residency Match” – the title of the book describes it very well. This is a results-oriented, thorough, and complete guide. Remarkably, it is also engaging, step by step and easy to follow. The authors have made a great effort to organize the book with the time-pressured, busy residency applicant in mind.

One of the biggest challenges that residency applicants face is the confusing array of contradictory information from different sources. In this book, the authors do a wonderful job of addressing many myths and rumors that exist out there. They don’t merely provide their opinions, but instead provide hard data — the results of surveys and studies, as well as direct quotes from important decision makers such as residency program directors. Their painstaking research equips the applicant with the knowledge and insight to navigate this challenging process by helping them understand what programs are really looking for. The authors recognize that `one size fits all’ often does not work for residency applications – e.g. something that makes sense for one specialty may be inappropriate for another.

I found the layout of The Successful Match more friendly and effective than other reference books. After reading the relevant section of “The Successful Match”, I was equipped to deal with that aspect of the residency application process, since the authors provide very useful checklists, tips, and clear guidelines. The section on International Medical Graduates (IMGs) is the best guide out there, and meets a very important need. This book is a must-read, especially for all IMG applicants!

I am an IMG and I am very lucky that I have received a pre-match offer from one of my top programs this week. It is a long journey and I have so many people to thank. Among them, I would like to thank the authors of this book. I purchased it at the beginning of my application; actually I regret that I did not buy it earlier. I read it several times before I started my application, then I read one more time in the middle of my interview season. It is very informative, very easy to read and very well written. Actually I bought two books for match -this book and `Iserson’s Getting into Residency”. It turned that I did not have enough time to read both books. One of my friends recommended me this book. I found it very useful every time I read this book. The more I read, the more I like it. When I think back now, I feel this book provides everything you need to know for match.

What I like most about this book is that every statement is backed up with solid data obtained from surveys and studies. So, I trust what they say in this book. In fact, they are right. As an IMG, I was struggling with writing a perfect personal statement at the beginning. This book provides very good points on how to make a special statement which makes you stand out from your peer. I also like the 4 chapters about the interview. In fact, I prepared my answers for every interview question in this book. It turned out they are enough for preparing the interview. In summary, I highly recommend this book to every medical students who will participate match and I truly believe that it will lead you a successful match.

Product Details :

  • Paperback: 405 pages
  • Publisher: Md2b; 1 edition (January 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0972556176
  • ISBN-13: 978-0972556170
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.9 inches

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