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Alina Khil, MD

2023 Residency Application Timeline

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Student happy to receive any email that she has been matched into residency.

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Perhaps the most exciting and nerve-wracking time in medical school is the MATCH. After years of hard work and sacrifice, the time has finally come to go through the application and interview process all over again, just as for medical school. However, this time is much more exciting. This time,...

How Does Residency Matching Work? Get Your Dream Residency

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A group of medical doctors in a meeting room sitting around a table.

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A medical school graduate's first job is determined by a computer algorithm called “The Match.” Just like for medical school, applicants submit an application to many programs. But unlike for medical school, an applicant is matched to only one program in one city. This process is known as residency matching...

Time Saving Tricks to Study for the Surgery Shelf During Clerkship

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Medical school students on their surgery rotation.

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Surgery clerkship is well known for its long hours, which leaves little time for shelf exam studying. A normal day on the surgery ward involved waking up around 4 or 5am, getting to the hospital quickly, pre-rounding on your patients, and being ready for 6 or 6:30am rounds with your...

Step 3: Managing Anxiety if Day 1 Didn’t Go as Planned

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Frustrated medical school student studying for the USMLE Step 3 exam.

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Whether you spent a lot of time preparing for Step 3 or not, the first day for most test takers feels like absolute defeat. But, there is still another day of test taking.

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