About the Author

Alexandra R., MD

After completing her coursework a semester early in December of 2013, Alexandra Rzepecki officially graduated with the University of Michigan Class of 2014 with Summa Cum Laude recognition and her BS in Neuroscience. Continuing her education at the University of Michigan Medical School, Alex completed her MD in 2019. During her time in medical school, Alex not only achieved honors in Pediatrics, OB/Gyn, Psychiatry, Neurology, Internal Medicine, and Dermatology, but was also a recipient of both the Young Investigator Award and Rising Derm Star Award for her research. She also served as a student interviewer for the University of Michigan Medical School Admission Committee. Recently, Alex matched into the Dermatology Residency at Einstein-Montefiore Medical Center, ranked among the top 25 training programs in Dermatology. She also matched into the transitional year residency program at Memorial Sloane Kettering Cancer Center, a program universally considered the most competitive medicine internship in the country. Alex is also a published academic author, and her work can be found here.

The Ins and Outs of Virtual Residency Application Season

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Wondering how the virtual residency application season is going to be different from prior years? So are we! We asked some of our students and resident tutors the questions you want answers to.

How to Use the AAMC Residency Explorer Tool

9 min

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To help MD, DO, and IMG applicants make better-informed decisions about which residency program to apply to, the AAMC has partnered with 8 national boards and associations to develop a useful tool for all residency applicants: Residency Explorer

Taking USMLE Step 1 with Step 2CK After Rotations

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Taking USMLE Step 1 with USMLE Step 2ck

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There has recently been a wave of change where some medical students are opting to take USMLE Step 1 after clinical rotations either simultaneously or back-to-back with Step 2CK. Here are the pros and cons of taking this route.

Everything Changed – COVID-19 From a 1st Year Resident’s View

7 min

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364 Views

The past week has been an absolute whirlwind as the COVID-19 pandemic has rocked most aspects of our daily lives. I am a first-year resident at a reputable hospital in one of the world’s largest cities.

Matching Into Orthopaedic Surgery Residency

10 min

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1428 Views

The NRMP Program directors survey “at a glance” tool is extremely helpful in gauging where your application packet stands compared to the applicant pool. Here are the major components to consider when applying into Orthopaedic Surgery.

How to Match into OB/GYN Residency

10 min

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1828 Views

The NRMP Program directors survey “at a glance” tool is extremely helpful in gauging where your application packet stands compared to the applicant pool. Here are the major components to consider when applying into OB/GYN

Acceptance Factors for Matching into a Transitional Year (TY) Residency

11 min

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1331 Views

The NRMP Program directors survey “at a glance” tool is extremely helpful in gauging where your application packet stands compared to the applicant pool. Here are the major components to consider when applying into Transitional Year.

Acceptance Factors for Matching into Dermatology for Residency

10 min

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2204 Views

The NRMP Program directors survey “at a glance” tool is extremely helpful in gauging where your application packet stands compared to the applicant pool. Here are the major components to consider when applying into Dermatology.

Residency Applications: How to Write Your Personal Statement

11 min

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760 Views

There are a variety of mixed opinions about the importance of the personal statement in the residency application process. Some people think that a personal statement, if it is captivating enough, can be your gateway to obtaining an interview.

How to Write the MSPE

13 min

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3280 Views

Towards the end of M3 year, medical students meet with one of their medical school’s Deans and write the Medical Student Performance Evaluation letter (MSPE), or the “Dean’s letter”, which is sent to all residency programs. Here’s what to (and not to) include.

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