Saturday, September 9, 2017

Selecting a program to apply to PART 3

This is the method that I myself used in applying to programs. I am not saying that this is the best way to select programs to apply to, however I had certain restrictions; I'm not made of money, loool. My goal was to find programs whose criteria I met.  Below are the steps that I followed:

1) got a list on matcharesident that was based on my scores
2) I looked through all of these and picked only the programs that had about 50% imgs in their program
3) took a list of all the programs that are in my state and added it to the list from matcharesident
4) After that I went to the website of each of these programs and combed through the information there. Most programs list what they are looking for. I made sure I fit their criteria. I had a CS failure so all the programs that insisted on having a one time pass I took them off my list, unless I had a specific reason to still apply and try my luck.

At the end of these steps, while my goal was to apply to 200 programs, I found only 130 that passed my filters. I applied and the rest is history.

The end goal of applying is to match so use the best method that in your opinion will put your application in front of programs that will like you AND you will like. Plan out how you will apply, do not just pick randomly. Of the three methods -1) applying to every program in your specialty, 2) applying to programs that alumni from your school matched in, 3) using the filters I mentioned- none of them are right or wrong. Pick the one that suits you best.

Selecting the right programs to apply to PART 2

Are you ready for ways to select programs to apply to number 2. The first method is one that I mentioned in the prior post. The second method is one that another friend used. He was able to get a decent amount of interviews that way.

The method he applied to places that graduates from my school applied to. The wonderful thing about our school in particular is that they keep a record or list of places that the schools graduates matched into. He combed through those records and selected some to apply to.

The good things about this method is that he got a lot of interviews. Now, it could also be linked to not having a single failure on his step exams on his record so take it with a grain of salt. Secondly, he saved money since he did not apply to every program in his specialty. Applying to about 200 programs means you will spend about 5000$. Imagine family medicine has upwards of 400 programs and you want to apply to all of them. Lastly, if you know the person that matched into the program they could put in a good word for you.

The cons of this method is you are limited to places where your fellow graduates matched into. You might miss out on places where you might be a good fit. Also, its tedious going through program by program.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Which programs should one apply to: Method 1

Imagine you send out your application only to programs that don't like you as an applicant... Exactly, you will wasting your time.  Picking the right mix of programs to apply to is almost as important is it is to make sure you have a solid application. I will be sharing with you 3 ways you can select which programs you can apply to. Two of the ways were used by my friends and one was the way I used.

As a quick side note: none of these methods are fool proof. Also this is not a discussion on which specialties you should apply to. That is an entirely different topic.

The method I will be discussing today was used by a friend when he was applying. I've also heard of other people using this method. 

The good thing about this method is that it includes all of the programs that could possibly like you, every single one of them. It might be the safest bet when it comes to applying.

The bad thing about this method is that it includes all of the programs that do not  like you. It is also the most expensive way of applying so it is not a method that everyone can use. 

Whats the method? If you haven't figured it out as of now, it is applying to every single program in the specialty you want. If your specialty has 400 programs then you apply to 400 hundred programs. If it has 250 programs you apply to 250 programs. 

Whether you will use this method or not usually depends on the availability of money. If you have the money to cover the cost of applying to that many programs then you can try using this method. However, not many people have that kind of cash lying around, and I am certainly not one of these kinds of people. I personally had to find a way to filter my programs so that I could afford it. 

Next post: Which programs to apply to: method 2

Thursday, July 27, 2017

The love of coffee is sooo right but soo wrong

Drinking coffee is unacceptable.... but necessary.

I have been adamantly against drinking coffee because I do not like the taste. At least this is how I felt until residency started. Since July started I have been drinking coffee everyday. About 2 weeks ago I started to feel hmmm... not so bad. Now i feel this is actually good.

I started drinking a type of coffee called Dunkichino and have actually been looking forward to it. It has a hint of coffee but then wait wait there's hot chocolate there too. As a lover of hot chocolate the hint of each was simply orgasmic.

Even after a day of drinking a cup of coffee i would come home exhausted - I know it is normal to be tired after a long days work but I don't like it. If I am not careful coffee will become my morning routine, something I depend on to give me an energy boost. Coffee is not something that I want to be addicted to, or to rely on, as such I have turned back to exercising.

After I injured my knees playing amateur league soccer I have abstained from any vigorous exercise of any kind especially soccer/kick boxing/running. Its been about 2 years since the pain in my knees was so much that walking was an effort. Now while I can walk without pain I will still not play soccer or do kick boxing. I found something else i can do.

Yesterday was the first day I did cardio shadowing boxing for 1 minute. Today I did that for 10 minutes in addition to my usual routine of push ups and sit ups and squats. This is the plan after each work day from now on. I am doing this so that I can build up my energy and stamina for the day. While I might not feel a change in energy in the first week or two, I'm sure by the 3rd week I should start increasing my stamina so that I do not get tired at the end of the day.

When I can stop get to the point where coffee is not only unacceptable but ALSO UNnecessary, at that point I will stop drinking coffee. Until then I will dabble in coffee like a pro...

Monday, July 24, 2017

2017 Family Medicine Conference in Kansas City, MO

The family medicine conference will be taking place in day or so. Go make connections. Heres the link to the website.