How Not To Match Let me state the obvious. There are many kinds of doctors and depending on your specialty you will have vastly different experiences in your medical career. Ideally you want to select a specialty in which you are interested. It doesn’t need to be a passion or even a calling but you […]

Doing it the Hard Way So I didn’t match last year and scrambled into a categorical position in Family Medicine. A categorical position as opposed to a preliminary position guarantees you a position for the total duration of the training for your specialty. It should be obvious that it is much more difficult to switch […]

The Nuts and Bolts While nothing needs to be carved in stone, by the end of third year you should have a pretty good idea of what kind of residency you want to do. This is because matching is a long process that will occupy you in one way or another for most of fourth […]

The Match Described Conceptually By now you have probably heard the ancient medical school adage that “P=MD” meaning that grades are not important and everyone who passes will be a doctor. I want to refute this and caution you to never adopt this philosophy. Grades do matter as you will see later in this series […]

Highway Robbery Might as well come out and say it. The Step 2 Clinical Skills test is a swindle foisted on medical students by bureaucrats with too much time on their hands and not enough to keep them occupied. It had its origin in the the clinical skills test administered to foreign medical graduates to […]


March 8, 2006 | Leave a Comment

Your First Big Hurdle in Medical School I got a fairly decent but not spectacular score on both Step 1 and Step 2 of the USMLE (United State Medical Licensing Exam) so I am not claiming any revealed wisdom or special insight into the tests. You must take what follows as my opinion alone and […]