Q. How did I decide on Emergency Medicine?
Q. How long did the application & interview process take me?
Q. What was I looking for in a residency program?
Large volume, strong EMS component, plentiful peds, trauma and critical care. A place where the EM residency was strong and well established.
Q. Did I register for both allopathic and osteopathic ERAS sites?
Q, How did I decide between pursing an allopathic or an osteopathic residency?
Although there were a few DO EM programs that met my criteria for what I wanted, far too many were at community hospitals (not tertiary care centers) with low ED volumes (some less than 40,000 visits per year) that simply didn’t allow you to see enough types of pathology and were didn’t have the academic support or resources availiable to the MD programs.
Q, How many programs did I apply to?
Q, How many of these programs did I rotate at during 3rd and 4th years?
Q, How many programs offered me an interview? When did I schedule my interviews?
Q, Did I cancel any interviews? How did I go about cancelling interviews?
Q, What is a (insert specialty) Residency interview like? Any interviewing tips?
Q. Did I go on any second-looks? How did I schedule my second-looks?
Q, When did I decide on my rank order list?
Q, Where did I match?
Q, Any other comments that would be helpful for those applying to my specialty
As much as you would like these tips to help, I think they are only useful in the broadest of strokes since the match (at least the allopathic match) is very nebulous and to be honest I never felt like I got a great read off of anyone. Places I thought liked me didn’t and places I thought I had made a mediocre impression liked me a great deal. There is still a great deal of randomness in this whole process so besides telling the students to work hard, make a good impression by rotating at a place and getting good letters...who knows.